INSPIRING MOTHERS AND THEIR STORIES.
WE SIT DOWN WITH WOMEN FROM AROUND THE WORLD TO DISCUSS LIFE, WORK AND MOTHERHOOD
Incredible images fill the squares of Clancy Paine's Instagram – long dusty roads, muddy kids bathing in buckets and the elements of our stunning country captured by her lens.
We had a #cheekychinwag with Clancy and discussed life on the road, photography and her advice to fellow rural mothers.
It’s not everyday that you hear of a family packing up to spend their life on the road, especially with three children. Clancy’s husband, Mat is a truck driver so instead of staying at home in Dubbo, Clancy bought an off-road caravan. Together with their children Daisy, Dolly and Trader, they travel through outback Queensland, Clancy following Mat.
She jokes that she does it “to cook his dinner every night and to keep his beers cold,” but really, “it keeps the family together”. This adventure of their daily lives is captured by Clancy and her camera and mesmerizes thousands of her followers, myself included.
Mindful of her creative potential since high school, Clancy says she was always that crazy friend with the camera at every event.
“I was inspired early on from an aunty and uncle who both owned great cameras and captured the magic of my childhood growing up with five siblings. The bloke who owned the camera store and my art teacher encouraged me to pursue photography, they obviously could see some creative potential” she said.
Now she gets to photograph her favourite subject every day, children in their natural environment. “I love capturing kids just being kids, getting dirty, playing make believe,” she explains.
Clancy’s journey is an inspiration to other women looking to pursue their own dream. Her advice? “Just start”.
She also encourages rural women to join social media, “I message and talk to other creatives via Instagram that I’ve never met before, to share ideas and to encourage one another,” she explains.
“Don’t wait until you’re in a better position, financial situation, kids are in school etc. In some form start something. It may be a mood board of your dream. Keep manifesting it. Put pen to paper. “
Lastly, a few cheeky questions
Every child is different, Dolly my eldest is very aware of how an item of clothing makes her feel. If it’s a long heavy linen dress she’s twirling in it, touching it etc. She doesn’t like her pants pulled up too high. Daisy will wear whatever you dress her in and carry on with the day. For me living out of a caravan, and relying on laundromats, I like dark pieces and clothing I don’t have to iron. I also buy some unisex pieces like overalls that I can dress Trader in after the girls grow out of them
Other Mums, old people, travel, exploring outback Australia. Sundown feeds my soul and music makes my heart sing
I prefer lifestyle photography, because I love capturing the greatness of ordinariness. Prior to having Dolly I was doing loads of weddings, now I just do the odd wedding here and there
What is your favourite go-to meal to cook in the caravan?
We don't have an oven so lots of stove top meals, lots of BBQ meats in the warmer months with vegies or salads. If we've pulled up somewhere for a few days and we have fridge space, we'll cook a camp oven