Educating in Respect. Meet Irati Ayerza

Educating in Respect. Irati is Photographer and has an special talent for telling stories through photography. This passion, comes from when she was a child. Her father was passionate about photography and accumulated lots of albums and photos in boxes. When she got angry, she go to the attic to hide herself behind the door to look at the family photos.

“When you love doing something, it inspires you, it helps you to communicate and express yourself, because you live it with intensity and you don’t want to stop learning and trying new things ”. What he likes most about photography is “the ability it has to capture that moment or that emotion that with pass of time will be forgotten. In this way we get it to last over time. That desire to remember and transmit is what motivates me most”.

Irati lives in Guipuzcoa with his family: Enko, her partner, and her children Inhar (6) and Udai (4); they are part of the #LittleChanger community, committed families who educate to change the world. Today, we wanted to know about her a little better and we bring you this interview that will surely will inspire you.

Visiting your Instagram account (@iratiayerza) we breathe naturally, it is evident that you take care of the small details, and we feel a deep love for everyday, rural and family life, it is a truly inspiring profile.
How much are about you in your shoots?

I: I think the shoots I make are very sincere. From me, I would say that touch of sincerity, a bit of madness, energy and a lot of love for family, friends and my environment.

How do you encourage your kids to take  their creative skills for make the best of themselves?

I: At home, we don’t force kids to do what they don’t want to do. We always ask them which hobbies they would like to practice.

They both love music. At home they have many kinds of instruments that they can play freely, respecting the material, of course. They, also, have different stuff to express their creativity  (tales, costumes, paintings, games…).

When they are drawing, we will never correct them. Then, they explain what they meant by that drawing. Udai, the little one, loves to take pictures, has his own camera and imitates me. And when we do a shooting session, he always makes some photos in the end.

CONCILIATE Myth or Reality?

I: I think is a myth, a lie that someone have been able to sell very well. With Inhar (6), my oldest son, I had no choice and had to go back to work when he was 6 months old. I worked 12 hours away from home as a journalist, it was impossible to reconcile. With my second child, I was already working with my husband, in the family business, and, luckily, I was able to combine motherhood with my work better.

What are the most important values when it comes to educating your children?

I: I summarize everything in one value: Educating in Respect. First, respect for oneself. We must learn to respect ourselves: respect our physique and not crush ourselves, respect our value and make others respect it. And then respect those around us, our environment, our culture, our planet. If you stop to think, everything is based on respect. And that I try to instill in my two children, I hope to be doing well.