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!
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!
Since my daughter was born (2012) I have always taken photographs of her around this time of year. At the moment I never seem to have any time to take photos but I was determined this year wasn't going to be any different. My little one is 4 months old so taking photographs of him outside caused me a couple of issues:
1) It was pretty cold
2) He isn't able to sit unaided.
The solution to the first problem was to find somewhere that looks like it's in the middle of nowhere with trees and leaves but in reality was very close to where we parked the car. We moved to Wiltshire in January last year and are now very lucky to live close to Savernake Forest so this seemed like the best choice of location.
The solution to problem 2 was to use his sister to hold him up. Perhaps harder than it sounds, I might have resorted to bribary. The whole shoot lasted no more than 10 minutes, so with that in mind I am very happy with the results, especially as I managed to get one of the four of us and we're all looking at the camera.
If you are having photos taken in Autumn it's a great idea to think a bit about what colours to wear, I think it really enhances the end result. I made sure we were all wearing complementing colours and patterns much to my husbands amusement.
2016 has been a big year for us as a family - new house, new baby and for our eldest child this month saw the start of a new school.......BIG school! As a parent I think I underestimated exactly what this meant for me. I knew it would mean spending less time with the person who has been my shadow for most of the last 4 and half years. I knew I'd miss her and I had prepared for that but what I hadn't really thought about was the new routine. Add into the mix a new born baby whose routine is all over the place and it's made for a pretty stressful first couple of weeks.
Saying goodbye to my little girl each morning whilst she held on tightly to my finger (or leg, or top) not wanting to let me go was pretty tough. Not to mention the bruises I gained on my legs from carrying her rather hefty baby brother in a car seat round to the classroom. However, I am pleased to say 2 weeks in and despite her being super tired and unusually hungry she is really loving school and I think its going to be alright.
These photo's were taken a couple of days before her first official day, she was so excited when we got her school uniform I had to hide it as she wanted to wear it all the time. As you can see the cardigan is massive even though it is the smallest size you can get, I guess it means it should last a while and her shoes in the photos are very shiny, suffice to say they don't look quite the same 2 weeks in :)
So as my not so little girl embarks on the start of her school journey, I adjust to early morning starts, ensuring homework has been done and try to stay onto top of the endless emails from the school. Then once the morning school run is done I get to spend time getting to know the newest member of the family - scary to think in 4 years time we get to do this all over again with her brother, although hopefully by then I might be better at it as I'll have had some practice.
On the Sunday the 17th of July I got a surprise birthday present - My son was born. He was a week over due and even though everyone joked I don't think anyone thought he'd actually decide to arrive on my birthday!
I mean what are the chances?
His dad describes him to everyone as a 'lovely little chap', and he really is. These photographs were taken when he was 7 days old, it's hard to believe he is 1 month old already, he has changed so much in the short time he has been born.
He has stolen the hearts of our whole family, particularly that of his big sister (although she's not too keen when he cries or getting too close to his dirty nappies).
I absolutely love taking lifestyle newborn photographs but add into the mix that the mum of the latest edition to the family is one of my best friends whom I met at primary school then for me it really doesn't get any better. Watching my BF's family grow is great and being able to document the special moments in their journey together through my photography is a real privilege.
In the deep (not so) dark wood there were a sea of Bluebells and we were sure we heard the sound of the Gruffalo in the distance. Joining me on my Gruffalo hunt in Caversham were this lovely family and their gorgeous dog Spencer. These photographs were taken around May last year. I think the bluebells are going to flower a bit earlier this year, I am really looking forward to exploring some new locations to find the perfect Bluebell meadow to use as my backdrop.
I try to update my Blog at least once a month, it sounds like an easy task - just one post once a month. But somehow January ran away with me and before I knew it we were in February! Anyhow here is what I intended to post in January. It is a family session I did before Christmas, you might recognise some of the photos as I was able to post a few on my Facebook page but had to hold back on some as they were for a Christmas present. The beautiful location (close to Henley) was chosen by the family as it is a place they often go together.