In the month of December last year, we reconnected with Rachel of Love, Bonito since our short stint of assisting with production in their previous office space. In the last five years, we have watched the growth of Love, Bonito into what it is today, and followed on her journey of her beautiful marriage with Leonard, and the both of them starting a family together.
Just like what we had last remembered, Rachel is warm and engaging. Their home is beautifully decorated with very tasteful ornaments and pictures of themselves and their loved ones through the different stages of their lives. Through the coffee table talks we exchanged during interval breaks of the shoot, we would describe the both of them as grounded and personable, and they have this quiet strength in tandem while taking turns in caring for baby Oliver.
Rachel was our inspiration behind the idea of ‘Dearest’, as we wanted to be able to offer more than just stills. We wanted to be able
to offer the gift of a time capsule in a film for Oliver. Hence, we boldly invited Rachel to pen a letter together with Leonard, and being able to document their family in this intimate setting was humbling for us.
Amidst Rachel’s busy schedule, we managed to steal a moment for a little catch up while she navigates this initial stage of motherhood with a fashion empire in tow.
1 – How are you adjusting into your new role as a mother?
Ollie is heading into his 10th week as I write this and I’ve been struggling especially with the nights and coping with work. I hope to be able to find my rhythm soon! One thing I’ve discovered about myself this month, hmm – I guess it would be that I’ve underestimated the importance of sufficient rest!! Haha
2 – Share with us one of your favourite things about Ollie.
His love for the outdoors and nature! One thing that is a sure-way to calm him down whenever he is fussy is to bring him to our balcony where he can listen to the sound of nature – of wind blowing against the trees and the sound of waterfall.
3 – Can you describe a typical day in your shoes, now that you are a mother?
It’s been varying so much according to the stage of development Ollie is at! But overall, I spend my day at work, pumping every 3-4 hours, squeezing in some play time in between, and the evening and nights are spent caring for Ollie till the next morning.
4 – What are some of the steps you have taken or planning to take, to balance work and your family?
Being very aware about how I am struggling or succeeding in coping, making necessary changes whenever needed to ensure that I do not drop any ball that cannot afford to be dropped in this season!
5 – What is your advice for female entrepreneurs who are planning to start a family?
Strong support both at work and at home is crucial! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and be very aware of how we are doing mentally and emotionally.