Posted by: Admin | August 4, 2012

The Saturday Interview 26 – Christine

Meeting with Christine the day after her 50th birthday, I walk into her light-filled kitchen and see a row of laptops lined up on the big wooden table, waiting for the children to come home and get on with their homework. Being an empty-nester myself, I’m always a little taken aback to see someone my age still in the throes of busy family life. And boy, is Christine’s family busy!

“It took us a long time to start our family,” Christine explains, “it just never seemed to happen in the early years of our marriage.” Now, she sees her five children as a blessing.”It’s busy, yes, but I love every minute!”

I first met Christine a while ago when we were both on the same photography business training course. I was a newbie to the industry while Chris already ran a successful studio and she was kind and generous with her time and advice. Having recently moved home, she is currently taking a break from her business.

“For me, the time leading up to my birthday has been a time of reflection. I’ve started to reassess what I want to do next and, for the time being, my husband and I have agreed that I’ll focus on the house renovations and see the children through their exams.”

This decision has, in part, been driven by the needs of ailing parents and health issues. A problem with her voice box requires regular injections of botox into Christine’s throat to relax the vocal cords and affects her speech.

“I have to have one side done, then the other a few weeks later as to inject both sides at once would stop me from breathing,” Chris explains.”It’s not life threatening, but it is incredibly tiring.”

It can be nerve wracking, photographing other photographers, but Chris and I relax and have fun with it. In May, it was sunny and warm, so we made good use of the garden and probably amused the builders still working on the house! More photographs can be seen on my Celebrate Life! Photography blog. Thanks for taking part, Christine, and for being such a good sport. You were one of the first participants of my shooting tour and got the series off to a great start!

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