Lessons from our children


Last Friday evening, my daughter Elvia and I were invited along to a fans screening for a new film that is just about to be released.  The screening took place at a fancy hotel in London, and as we walked to the train station, I had a moment of self-doubt and said to Elvia that I hoped everyone else wouldn't be dressed up. Her response was a pleasant surprise, "You're Emma Harris, you can do whatever you want"!  As someone who has always suffered from low self-confidence, inside, I was thrilled, my demons haven't been passed along the family line, and one of the life lessons I have tried to teach was obviously sinking in.  You know the kind of lesson I'm talking about; it doesn't matter what other people think of you, you can be whoever you want to be, and do whatever you want in this life, who cares if you're dressed differently from other people, it's good to be unique. The sort of things, we struggle to believe ourselves but desperately want our children to.

Magically, Elvia's words did wonders for my confidence.  "Yeah, who cares if I'm dressed differently from everyone else there, I can wear what the heck I like.  I can be who the heck I like!"

Fast forward a couple of days, to Sunday morning to be exact.  For some reason, I started thinking about my life, and how it has changed over the past couple of years.  Three years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do with it, but through the power of the Internet and more specifically Instagram, I have managed to carve out a whole new career for myself, and one that I absolutely love.  In the past couple of week's, I have shot a few photos for one of my favourite brands, styled and shot an interiors scene for a magazine, been asked to take images for an essay for another magazine and arranged to take photos of the work of a London florist!  It is really quite incredible, I've gone from barely picking up a camera to taking photos for magazines.  I feel truly blessed.  But most importantly, I have realised that Elvia is right, I am Emma Harris, and not only can I do whatever I want, I already am.

Another important lesson learnt from my daughter, and I am sure it won't be the last.

Emma x

PS and yes that is me being all confident in the photo, coat from Toast by the way.