When clever minds run in the family – meet writer Charlotte Scott and her tribe of sunny-faced children, captured in their favourite neighbourhood by Scott's photographer partner, Pierre Toussaint.
What is your viewpoint on motherhood, how has it changed your world?
"I don’t think motherhood changed my world, it’s a pretty natural progression at the end of the day. Whatever I’m doing I can get quite obsessive about so it was just switching gears, a new focus a new chapter. Each stage in their development and mine brings new challenges and surprises. I don’t think my priorities changed too much after having children or I developed a newfound selflessness, it just seemed natural. So maybe I adapt easily, or to be out there, I might have done this a few times before."
How do you define perfect happiness?
"Happiness is fleeting and chasing perpetual happiness is not the goal. It’s what we’re sold and told, but character, enthusiasm, kindness and acceptance create a sunny disposition which is similar to happiness but longer lasting. As a mother, there are moments of great happiness and also moments when the serenity prayer comes in handy, but perspective and positivity and fresh air all help. And connectivity to family, to friends, to community, to nature."
How do you spend a typical weekend as a family?
"We try to keep the kids activities to a minimum on the weekends. They’re not old enough yet to be off catching the bus and doing their own thing, so it’s fun hanging out with them. I love summer and the beach and trying to do a million things and going on mini adventures, so they would probably describe it as salty, sunny and slightly frenetic."
Describe your style-which pieces are you drawn to and why?
"White, natural fibres, ankle grazing pants, short roomy dresses. All things that make me think of summer, tanned skin, warm sun and salty hair. And perhaps coconut reef oil."
In your mind, the definition of true style is…
"I’m not really sure I can answer this, I mean I know it when I see it. It’s a little harder to quantify. I guess a point of difference, attention to details, confidence. And by confidence I don’t necessarily mean swagger or extraversion. My son has his own style and his confidence comes through in his definite expression of that, rather than being the loudest or the most at ease or adhering to what everyone else does. I find these contradictions in his personality and self-expression endearing."
Has your way of dressing changed over the years? How so?
"Hopefully — although I’m pretty sure I’ve been repeat buying a few items over the years and still seem surprised when I realise I have 10 of them with slightly different details. Living by the beach with 3 children and having destroyed my knees, means that a lot of the time I’m dressed for comfort and practicality. Meetings, dinners, parties though, comfort be damned."
The arts, design and books are obviously a great passion of yours - what ignited your interest
"I don’t think anything did directly. My parents were journalists, my father was ex-military, but he was creative in many ways, but they weren’t artists. I think some people have the kind of personality or early experiences or something within them that is a kind of curiosity to look for these things and to like seeing the world in this way. Call it imagination or introversion or sensitivity or expressiveness, but it also all comes back to connection and feeling understood."
How do you encourage your children to be creative?
"We value their drawings and paintings and all the things they like to make and they see their dad works in a creative field, so it probably seems quite normal to them to be very visual. They all like to draw and take photos and design things. Louis makes jewellery but he also loves coding and maths. It’s not something that is actively thought about, the materials are there…. if you want to make a costume though, I’m in."