Jess Worrall

Children: 2

Industry: Photography

Photo credit: Sophie Timothy @sisterscout_

How would you best describe yourself?

I am a mum of 2 and photographer and I am passionate about mothers feeling valued & seen and existing in memories with their family! I am also fairly easy going and don’t take life to seriously!

How has becoming a parent changed your perception of work and career and what surprised you the most?

I think having kids can really help you start evaluating your priorities in life. I'm not sure I would have ever launched my business if not for my kids. Pre-kids I always felt like I wasn't good enough and I was far more scared of failing. After having kids, I started to ask myself what I would say to them if they were passionate about something but wouldn't give it a try because they didn't believe in themselves. I would hate for them to live with regrets and realised I needed to practice what I preached!

What advice would you give your younger self about starting a family?

Ask.For.Help!!! Before I had kids I really had it in my head that I needed to do it all and do it independently. Despite my background being in social work, for some reason asking for help felt SO hard and kind of like it was admitting I wasn't a "natural mother". I think there is SO much pressure on mum's and that pressure can be overwhelming at times!!

What has been your biggest challenge in motherhood to date? How have you overcome this?

How long do you have? 😂 Honestly, I’m not sure there’s anything more challenging than that initial shock and adjustment of having your first child. I remember feeling so out of control and just like I had absolutely NO idea what I was doing – which then made me feel like I wasn’t “enough”. Oh, and the sleep deprivation – I birthed two children who really dislike sleep, especially in the early days, so that was always extremely challenging!!

What are your strategies to manage the juggle of career and family?

I feel like I'm winging it so much of the time! I think being realistic and not expecting to be able to do an amazing job at everything! Outsourcing what you can (for us, my kids have always gone to 2-3 days of childcare, and last year we got a cleaner once a fortnight which has changed our lives!). Another big thing has been to value myself and the service I provide and to charge accordingly so that I don't have to work unsustainable hours!

What do you do for self-care?

Go walking, pre-covid catch up with friends, I love a good nap (I figure I've got hundreds of hours of sleep debt from when the kids were children that I'm owed!) and just making sure I get enough alone time over the weekend when my husband is home!!

Contact Jess @jessworrallphotography