As a mum and an artist I was forever taking photos of my family, but never had any with me in. Then I discovered that I could take my own family portraits using a mirror and created some really interesting, unconventional family photographs. I decided to challenge the ideas we all have of what a family portrait is. Traditional family portrait photographs tell us so little about who we really are and what family life is and can be like. I wanted to find an alternative, to push the boundaries of what a family portrait could be, to let the world see who we really are and be proud of it. I recorded some really personal memories of my experiences as a mum; how my young children used to balance on my lap, piles of washing and nappies nearly but not quite put away, favorite toys long forgotten. I also discovered that it was an opportunity to take a moment out of a busy day to take stock, to stop and look at yourself, not to see how you look, but how you are. I found that when I was inspired and creative, those menial chores did not seem so difficult. I had something focus on. I learned to look with new eyes on family life, to see beauty in the ordinary.