It was a big day for the littlest Robinson at the end of April, it was his first day of Pre school!
This day seems to have come around quickly, he is not quite 3 and it feels like just yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital. On the other hand he is definitely a master of his own destiny and we felt like he was more than ready to begin his school journey.
We began the first day by nipping out to the front gate to take a few photo's before setting off to drop his big sister at primary school. Next stop was the pre school, it was the first settling in session. I stayed for an hour and we played with the cars, the train set and the lego. Then I quietly said I was going to go for a coffee and i'd be back to pick him up later. He was so engrossed in what he was doing he didn't reply.
I then sat with a coffee finding it hard to relax wondering if he was ok. An hour later when I went back to collect him, although he gave me a big cheeky grin he didn't seem that fussed about coming home with me!
Was it a one off? if he realised this was going to be a regular thing would he start to cling to me as I tried to leave?
It was a few days before his next session (he's only going a couple of mornings a week) This time he confidently walked in and went straight to the cars. I followed him and said "I'm off now."
This time he replied "Bye MeMe". (not sure why but that's what he calls me)
Right then, thats my cue to leave.......I almost wanted to repeat myself maybe he didn't understand. Surely it couldn't be this easy.
After years of struggling to leave his older sister without lots of tears and tantrums (from her not me!), It really has been that easy, even on his 3rd settling in day it seemed like he actually wanted to go. Maybe it's because is the second child, maybe it's because he has spent his whole life taking his big sister to school so doesn't see a big deal with being left or maybe it's just who he is. Whatever the reason I hope it continues.
On the last settling session he stayed for lunch, as soon at we left the carpark he was fast asleep, I managed to transfer him successfully from the car seat to the sofa (amazing the skills we develop as parents.) I think if I had let him he would have slept for hours, I had to wake him after 2 for fear of him not wanting to go to bed.
The school have sent me the following email: 'We are so pleased at how well he has settled in this term. He is a pretty solid character and has got stuck in to everything - with the occasional cuddle enroute!'
So to all you mums (and dads) that are about to leave your child for the first time it is without doubt one of the hardest things you will have to do. Your child may cry floods of tears resulting in you doing the same once you reach the car park, or they may walk in and not even give you a second glance at you leaving. Whatever reaction they have remember that this is an important part of their development and independence. It is ok to worry if they are ok, if they ate their lunch, if they played nicely with the other children as parents thats part of our learning too.
Life is a balance of holding on and letting go - Rumi
Hi there. It is fair to say this blog is long over due (my last one was back in October!). Another reason that this one is long over due is that these images were taken almost a year ago, which means this little dude is about to celebrate his 1st birthday. I have enjoyed looking back over them and reminding myself of the time I spent with his mum and dad, the first few weeks of a baby's life are so special and it goes past so quickly. It really is a honour to capture some of those moments.
On a Friday afternoon in a small village in Wiltshire at 3:15pm it's not uncommon to see this pony collecting his owner from the school gate. It makes me laugh I can just imagine one of those home to school transport surveys.
How do you travel to and from school? Car, bike, bus, walk, scooter or pony!
I don't suppose there are many children that get to ride their pony home from school, this is one lucky boy.
It was such a privilege to be able to capture the bond between them in this gorgeous setting in Milton Lilbourne. The session was scheduled to start at 4pm at 2pm there was a downpour and I considered cancelling but I checked out my trusty weather app and it said there would be sunshine, well it wasn't wrong, the light was amazing.
September 2018 marks the start of year 2 for this one. She loves school so much that on day 2 of the school holidays she told me she was desperate to get back!
We had an amazing summer and got up to lots of fun things (I'm planning a blog post so you can see what we got up to), and then just like that the holidays were over and it was time for the new academic year to start.
I feel very lucky that she loves school, she was eager to start the term to see her friends and embrace school life. Although she has had a growth spurt she still isn't quite able to reach her peg, her teacher told me today that by Christmas that usually sorts itself out :)
I am a very proud mummy, I hope she continues to thrive throughout her school life.
And then there is this one, he's mummy's little mischief maker!
He is not due to start school until September 2020 but I think he maybe ready now. When I drop his sister off he sits down on the carpet with the other children and tries to join in with what they are doing. When it's time to go it's all tears and tantrums.
What crazy weather we seem to be having, at the end of April and start of May it was wet and cold and now its so hot everyone is in shorts and t-shirts. It's hard to believe it's still spring and not summer!
The Bluebells only last for a short time and although they flowered late this year they are now all gone, so I thought it might be nice to put together some of my all time favourite family shots taken in the Bluebells. I've included 2 cheeky sisters, a just walking 1 year old with his yummy mummy and 3 brothers with their lovely mum. These were all taken in West Woods near Marlborough.
We are so lucky to have this wonderful display right on our doorstep, I drive my husband and daughter crazy as once the Bluebells flower as I keep pestering them to go for walks. I'm obsessed with trying to find the perfect light and locations for up and coming shoots. They are probably both relieved they have now finished flowering, but what they don't know is I now have my eye on a lovely field of wild pink flowers which has popped up recently.
In May last year I had the pleasure of photographing this young family in the Bluebells which can be found at West Woods in Marlborough, Wiltshire. This couples 'story' is like something from a film, a real life fairy tale. She is from America and he is from the UK, they met whilst on holiday in a country thousands of miles away from either of their homes. They had only known each other for a short while but it was enough for them to know they were meant to be. Soon he went to visit her in the states for a short holiday and then it wasn't long before she got a flight to England with the intention of staying for 6 months, the rest you could say is history. Fast forward 2 years to when these photos were taken, they are now married and have a gorgeous daughter who makes up their little family. She may have only been 9 months old but she was already walking and enjoyed exploring the vast carpet of Bluebells. Shortly after these photographs were taken they moved to the States, but I am hoping they come back to the UK soon so I can take some more photo's of them.
So my idea of getting some lovely family images in the snow didn't go so well this morning. I have waited for a long time to have the opportunity to get a photograph of my two kids standing together. The youngest is now 19 months and only just getting steady enough on his feet. Safe to say my first attempt didn't quite achieve the results I was hoping for. I'm not sure exactly what the problem was, maybe it was the freezing temperatures or the biting wind or the fact he had so many layers on it was hard to move or it could have been the fact his had gloves on preventing him from sucking his thumb. Anyhow it wasn't long before we were all back inside!
So after spending most of the day inside waiting for the wind to drop, take 2 in the late afternoon went slightly better, I think he began to see the fun side of snow and on a plus side at no point was he made to walk or stand in the white stuff!
If you are thinking of having some photographs taken of your new bundle of joy, but you are not sure how it works and what to expect, then please keep reading. If possible it is best to photograph babies within the first 2 weeks of life. This is because they are at their most sleepy, their skin is usually clear and they are fairly amenable to being moved around without waking up. However, my preference is to photograph your new addition when you are ready, that might be after a few days of them being born or it might be a few weeks. It is best to contact me before baby is due (around the time of your 20 week scan) that way I can make sure to keep some dates free in my diary around babes due date.
I carry out newborn sessions in your home. This means that you don’t need to worry about packing up the millions of things you seem to need to take everywhere with you when you have a new baby. Also by being in the comfort of your own home I believe it allows you to feel relaxed which often makes the baby feel more relaxed.
I usually allow up to four hours for a newborn session - This allows plenty of time for feeding, nappy changes and time for baby to fall sleep. It's a good idea to make sure the house is warm – a contented baby is usually one that is warm and has a full tummy. If your baby is unhappy at any point during your shoot we can take a break and continue once you feel he/she is ready.
When I arrive at your house one of the first things I like to do is take a quick look around and find the best location to set up. All the photographs on my website are lit using natural light. This means that I need plenty of natural window light and that is what I’ll be looking for. Please don’t worry if the place is untidy I completely understand that you are busy with your new little one.
The session is unique to you and your house, I do bring a long a bean bag but if the bedroom has good light then the bed works just as well. I do not pose the babies as such, I tend to find that babies get into positions that they feel comfortable in. I will however make a few adjustments if I feel it will make the final image look better.
You are requesting me to photograph your newborn but along with them I love including mums and dads in my images – you make great props. It is also really important for me to make sure I have some shots of you as a family, this is a special time and moments that you will treasure in years to come.
I love to lay the baby on blankets that belong to them, It helps to make the photographs unique to you. It’s also helpful if you dress your baby in something simple, sometimes the best shots are when they are in a plain white vest.
This is just a guideline to how a session normally works so that you know roughly what to expect.
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These two kids are my world, there is an age gap of exactly 4.5 years. My daughter tells me she loves her brother but she often tells me that she never wanted a baby! Sometimes she says that a girl baby might have been better! The reason she has 'issues' with the little man is not due to his gender it is due to his behaviour......you know crying, dribbling and filling his nappy - all the things that babies do.
I would love to be sat here telling you how amazing it is to see the bond between the two of the growing and how amazing it is to watch the love that my daughter has for her baby brother but that wouldn't be the truth.
What I can tell you is that when she thinks we are not watching I know she is keeping an eye out for him making sure he is ok and she'll play and talk with him, she also becomes very protective of him when we are around other people. On the other hand my son adores his big sister, his face lights up when she enters the room and he tracks her like no one else. Perhaps one day (hopefully sooner rather than later) when they are both bigger and they can play together she'll realise it's not so bad to have a younger brother.
For now though I am preparing myself for what I see as the next hurdle, he is getting closer to becoming mobile and once he is able to touch her toys I know there is going to be some major trouble ahead!
Wow I can't believe this is my first post of 2017!
Someone recently mentioned to me how they like reading my blog, I then realised that it had actually been quite a while since I had put together a blog post. It is hard enough to find time get out my 'big camera' leave alone putting together a blog post but spurred on by that conversation (and my son now having a fairly predictable nap in the mornings) I have managed to do one.
My little dude is now 8 months old and all of my time is spent looking after him, in between the daily school run of my daughter! This means that he has become my main muse especially over the last few months, now that he is doing more. So I have put together some of my favourites; they involve a fair amount of sleeping and thumb sucking. He is a happy contented boy, as long as he's been fed of course! He has amazing blue eyes and his own unique hair thing going on. Hopefully this collection of photo's show all of that and more.