What parenting philosophies do you adhere to, and what type of mother do you aspire to be?
I love travelling and spending the maximum amount of time with my family. But I also work, so I’m trying to balance everything and create a sense of stability and harmony in the family. I want to teach my children to laugh, dance, create and in the end, show them how beautiful this life is.
Tell us a little about your photography.
Everything started as a passion. While modelling and travelling, I would take portraits all the time of friends, models or even random people and landscapes.
I only photograph in natural light. My city is a very big inspiration for me and one day I will do an exhibition about Napoli. It’s a vibrant city that is very colourful – you should go at least once in your life!
My passion for photography has grown since the birth of my twins Maxime and Andrea, and made me want to focus on this beautiful bond between a mother and a child, the child with their father and the three of them as a family (or more). I wanted immediately to immortalise those moments
How did becoming a mother influence your career?
It did quite a lot. When I stopped modelling, I was not sure of where I wanted to take my photography, I had mixed opinions.
But the moment I gave birth changed everything. I am one of those mums constantly with the camera. I never tell them how to pose or what to do – I just follow them and they are my biggest inspiration. I knew I wanted to work with families and capture every happy moment of their new life.
How have you approached your career to date? Do you make specific goals and targets? Or do you go with the flow?
My work varies from one day to the next. Sometimes everything runs smoothly and sometimes it’s total chaos! Mostly I go with the flow and all the super mums I have been able to work over the past year have been very kind to recommend me to their friends.
But work doesn’t just come to you, you have to get out, meet people (and hope they like you), start conversations, share your passion and show what you can bring them.
How do you find life with twins?
Being a mom is the most wonderful and fulfilling experience of a lifetime, and being a mom of twins makes me feel special – the love is unconditional.
Their bond is breathtaking and watching them grow together, laugh, of course fight (also part of the process) and love each other is just amazing.
Sometimes I feel like Wonder Woman with Superman as a husband and I am very lucky to have a close family who help whenever we need them to.
How do you approach the juggle between managing a career and family?
Really well. They are in nursery school from 9am til 5pm and I am always there early in the evening to play with them or cook dinner (they are starting to help a lot in the kitchen and are enjoying it too). I prioritise family over work, but I do love photography and I do love my job. Documenting families has also brought me new friends.
What does a typical day look like for you?
We wake up and snuggle for a good 20 minutes as a family. Of course, the kids decide what time we have to wake up, and they literally pull me out of bed! Then we have a pretty good routine. We have breakfast and my husband gets them ready while I jump in the shower, and we are out the door to preschool around 8.45am. After I drop them, I usually go back home to tidy up, have a cup of coffee or tea in silence, an hour editing on the computer, then out to work out, grocery shopping at the local farmers market, cooking something, picking up the kids and if it’s nice outside, we spend some time at the park before going back home to take a nice bath. The days I work most are the weekends (of course as that’s when families get together), but it only takes me away for a couple of hours, and then we will usually go to a local farm or for a walk in the forest.