This season, we partnered with some of our favorite mothers who happen to be multi-talented artists, photographers, and designers. We asked them to capture their littles in their natural elements. The result has been a series of beautiful images from around the globe.
We are so excited to introduce our friend Sara Tasker (@me_and_orla), an incredible mother and photographer based in Yorkshire, England. We chatted with Sara to learn how she balances motherhood, career, and to get a glimpse into her daily life.
B+G: What are the biggest gifts and challenges of motherhood?
Sara: It’s the greatest adventure, and a huge learning experience to watch a whole person develop from that tiny helpless being you give birth to! It’s also the first time I’ve really known this really deep, unconditional love. As for challenges, it’s exhausting and draining and there are days where all of my needs are neglected in favour of hers. I’m still waiting for the day I get to have an unhurried shower again!
B+G: What is your favorite thing to cook for Orla? Or what is her favorite thing to eat?
Sara: Orla will never turn down carbs, so on weeknights I tend to cook a lot of quick Italian pasta dishes that I can throw together from memory. At the end of each week I turn all of our leftover veggies into a big soup which is really satisfying; it’s nice to know we’re all eating something so nourishing and clean.
B+G: Describe your ideal family day.
Sara: We wake up to the sun shining through the windows and read books together in bed for a while, ideally with fresh coffee that my other half magically produces. I’ll cook us an indulgent late breakfast like pancakes, then we’ll all walk down to the stream and the woods and pick wildflowers or collect firewood and just wander for hours. Back home to play or paint or push kittens around in toy pushchairs, and then a chance to sit and talk with my love while Orla naps.
B+G: What are your favorite things to do with Orla?
Sara: I love joining in with the games she invents, and seeing her delight when I follow her lead. Today we put fallen leaves into the swings at the park and pushed them back and forth, which Orla took very seriously. I also get a lot of joy from taking her out and seeing her charm the pants of people. Or not, depending on the day!
B+G: What is your philosophy when it comes to motherhood?
Sara: To always treat children as equals, though that doesn’t mean as adults. I struggle with any parenting advice that tells me to treat a child in a way I’d never treat anybody else; they’re just tiny humans after all, and their needs are just as valid as those of us taller ones.
B+G: What was the biggest surprise about becoming a mother?
Sara: I expected to love it, and sometimes I don’t! I love my daughter and I wouldn’t change any decisions, but it’s a really tough job sometimes. Now I look around at other mothers in awe, and realize how strong women have to be.
Orla wears our Alice Dress available here
B+G: If you could go back 10 years, what would you tell yourself?
Sara: To worry less, but I wouldn’t have listened.
B+G: What excites you most about motherhood?
Sara: I get so much excitement just from watching Orla grow up! Every day she learns something new right now and it’s so thrilling to watch and help. Right now her language is really flying and she can tell me all sorts of things about her world - it’s completely enthralling.
B+G: You’re an amazing photographer. How has it been balancing a career and caring for your family?
Sara: Well, thank you! It’s a struggle, as any working Mama knows - I always feel like I’m neglecting work or Orla and there’s always some guilt. Before I was a parent I divided my world into ‘work time’ and 'me time’. Now that time spent working is my 'me time’, and I wonder what I used to do with all those empty hours!
B+G: Any upcoming work projects you are excited about?
Sara: I’ve just heard this week that some of my photographs will be used on the big iconic screens in Piccadilly Square in London, which is pretty amazing! I’ve also got some collaborations planned with some of my favourite talented instagram folk, which are always a dream and fill me with inspiration.
B+G: How would you describe the aesthetic of your home?
Sara: Nordic and simple, I think. I’m obsessed with light and space and natural materials, and am working hard to help us all live more minimally and simply every day.
B+G: How would you describe your own style? How has it changed since becoming a mother?
Sara: Simple and romantic. I most often wear a palette of grey, nude, white and black, with details like draping or lace, or rose gold.
B+G: What pieces would you consider staples for your wardrobe?
Sara: Black superskinny jeans, nude ballet pumps and a big slouchy grey cardigan. I’m not sure I could get dressed without at least one of those things available!
B+G: What do you love most about raising Orla where you live?
Sara: The freedom, the space, the slowed-down pace. No doubt my kids will grow up rebellious and head straight for the city, but I hope they’ll always be able to come back to this when they need it.
Orla wears our Isabel Crew available here
B+G: Would you like to live anywhere else?
Sara: I can’t imagine it, but I never say never; if life one day decides to throw me a little flat in Paris, I’d definitely consider it!
B+G: What is your favorite room in your house and why?
Sara: The kitchen, definitely. It’s big and bright and we have an AGA (a classic English range cooker) that always keeps it warm and cozy, and a big old table where family life happens - coffee, meals, work, important scribbling in purple crayon. I’ve painted it all white and this week we pulled down some pine cladding and found 200-year old beams underneath, so it just got even better!
Stay tuned as @me_and_orla takes over our instagram account this weekend @byboyandgirl, and see more from Sara on her personal blog.