We have been long time admirers of this gorgeous mama’s Instagram feed @gottshot and we are so excited to introduce her as this week’s amazing Mummy Mondays feature! Meet Emily Byrom: fashion extraordinaire, editorial photographer and, most importantly, mama to two adorable little ones, Jemima & Hunter. Take one look at her stylish feed and you’ll be sat scrolling for hours. Her creativity & style shines through every photo and also through her awesomely honest interview below. Read on to find out all about Emily’s life at home with hubby and gorgeous kiddos.
Where do you live, and what do you love most about it?
We live in rural England. It’s very green and a peaceful place to live.
What inspired you to start an Instagram account?
A friend told me I would love Instagram and as soon as I looked into it, I quickly realised she was right! Things really got interesting when my husband and I turned the popularity of our Insta accounts into a competition. After he gave up (haha) I started to focus on what I love – fashion and family.
When did you know you wanted to be a mama?
When I became one. Although we’d been trying for nearly two years, I didn’t realise how much of a protector and mother I wanted to be until I had my children.
How many kiddos do you have and what are their personalities like?
I have two little ones. Jemima the clever, compassionate little actress and Hunter the cheeky, sweet, cuddly mummy’s boy.
How would your husband/partner describe you?
I just asked him and this is what he said, “better looking with makeup on, the most interesting person I know and one of only 3 people I’d consider spending eternity with.”
What inspires you to dress your children in vintage clothes?
I dress my kids in anything that catches my eye. Whether it is new or vintage it doesn’t make a difference to me as long as I like it. I think how I dress the kids is more of a reflection of me than them but as Jemima gets older she’s starting to choose her own outfits. I think it’s important to give her freedom to express herself and develop her own style/independence.
If you could go back to any period in time, where would you go and why?
Purely for the fashion, I’d love to go back to the Victorian times and wear some of the exquisite dresses they had. Without realising it my wedding dress looked liked I’d walked straight out of a period drama.
Kids wiggle, what is your secret to a good shot of your little one in action?
Patience and a quick reaction speed. It’s always the moments after the madness that create the key shots. I’ve also learned that a little bribery can go a long way 😄.
When the going gets tough with the kiddos all in tow, what is your secret for putting the smiles back on those little faces?
Usually a nap, food or plain old bribery. Seriously though staying calm yourself is a must. Although not always easy to do. Making sure they know that they are loved and a few funny faces tend to lighten the mood.
What could you imagine your children doing in 20 years time?
The other night Jemima said to me, “I’m want to act on a stage when I’m older, I want to be the baddy”. If Hunter isn’t a model in 20 years time he’ll probably be a physics geek like his dad.
What are your children’s favourite things to do as a family?
Absolutly anything. We do everything together. We never wanted to be those parents who use their kids as an excuse to become old and boring so they go everywhere with us: theatre, cinema, safari park, playing in the woods, building dens, waking the dog, going to the marina, riding the train, swimming, here’s a strange one… sitting on their dad’s knee when he’s mowing the lawn! They are adventurer seekers so they love any chance to go outside. When the weather is bad or we’re just feeling lazy you’ll find us watching Netflix, playing with playdoh, Mario Kart, or playing with buttons (1000s of them!).
What is the hardest thing about being a mama?
Time management, there are just not enough hours in the day. Moments and milestones are gone within seconds and easily missed if you’re running at a million miles an hour. My hardest task is making sure that my kids know that they are my top priority even when my attention is needed elsewhere.
And of course, what is your favourite thing about being a mama?
I’ve got a lot of favourites. A big one is knowing that my kids love me, added to that is every now and again they’ll bring little tokens of their love which totally melt me, whether it’s a family painting from Jemima or the ‘best leaf in the garden’ hand picked by Hunter, there really is not better feeling.
What are some daily rules/mantras you use for being a mama?
Rules? We are pretty relaxed as a family and tend to give our children a lot of freedom to make their own choices. A friend told us that they don’t say “no” to their kids unless there is a valid reason, the purpose is to avoid creating unreasonable boundaries for their little ones. We have really benefitted from this advice.
Mantra? Your main role as a parent is to make sure that your children know you love them and that you will always protect them.
When all the babes are in bed sleeping, what are you most likely doing?
Recently, I’m either editing photos, watching Dexter and cuddling with the hubby or in bed sleeping.
If you could take your family anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Never Never Land! I know it’s not real but my kids love Peter Pan and all things magical. Flying with Tinkerbell, searching for pirates and play fighting with the lost boys would be their ideal adventure.
Who are some of your favorite instagram users?
I’ve got to know some really interesting people through Instagram and there are some that I class as real friends. People that are similar to me who just want to give their family the best life possible. There are so many creative people too. It’s great to get inspiration and to see how other people live. Instagram has been criticised for only showing the ‘best bits’ of people’s lives but for me I love this. Think about this… If we only looked at the bad bits we’d become complacent and self assured that we were better than everyone else. It would be quite a depressing world. With all the positivity it motivates you to improve yourselves and with the people I follow, to become a nicer person. I know it can be hard to look at someone from the outside that looks so perfect and not feel down about yourself, I know I’ve done it, but it’s all about finding a balance within yourself. I still get nervous now when meeting people for the first time. What will they think of how I look, will they think I’m awkward etc etc. The key, I’ve found is becoming happy with who you are, not caring about what the negative people think/say and realising that no one has what you have! So embrace it, show it off and be proud of who you are. I’ll stop now as I sound like a motivational speaker ha but there are so many Instagram accounts I love to follow and it’s mad how we’ve all become connected in this crazy online world.
First up is:
@momcrushmonday – Not only a beautiful feed but this lady speaks openly about relationships which I admire so much. She’s paving the way for greatness for her sweet little girl and herself.
@motherpukka – I discovered this super cool Mama recently and now love to follow along with what she’s doing. After reading her blog I realised just how hilarious and real she is. Written incredibly well, her blog is well worth the read.
@nor-folk – Fiona from Nor-folk is one of the first Mama brands I started to follow. I can’t remember exactly how I came across her but I’m sure glad that I did. Not only one of the lovelies people I’ve met through Instagram, Fiona also has a very stylish account, the cutest little boy and her and her husband are a design team made in heaven.
@morethan_just – Instagram has also helped me reconnect with old friends such as Charlotte from More Than Just. Realising how similar we are is crazy and not to mention her beautiful kids who my kids adore.
@amourbows – this is one Mama who I have constant laugh with on Instagram. We have a little giggle about our photos and exchange ideas and inspiration for our upcoming shoots. It’s amazing having like minded Instagram friends who appreciate your work and who I admire too.
@zoardminiboy – this lady I have so much respect for! She has two beautiful children which she raises whilst moving country to country. Brave is an understatement! Her kiddos always come first and her style always brings a smile to my face.