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).
Love watching this little man grow up, most chilled out smiley boy I know.
Despite being under the weather on Saturday he still managed to crack a few smiles and demonstrate his walking abilities now that he has reached his first birthday.
I am pretty sure you will be seeing more of him on my blog in the future.
Now we have moved we are lucky enough to have the biggest sea of Bluebells I have ever seen right on our doorstep.
On the edge of Marlborough for 2 Sundays each year the forestry commission open up the gates of West Wood for vehicles it helps the Lions club raise money for charity. It is possible to park close by the rest of the year and walk but there is something appealing about going in your car and being able to explore the vast expanse of flowers. As the weather was particularly nice it was quite busy but we managed to find a nice quiet spot to get out have a little walk and take a few photo's.
My little girl is growing up - she now has her own ideas for poses and where she would like to stand. The top photo was all her own idea and she insisted on bringing her own camera with us so she could capture the Bluebells herself.
Like star dust glistening on fairies' wings
Little girls dreams are of magical things.
After attending a good friend of mine's little boys christening, once we were home I found my daughter walking round the house wearing her fairy wings and carrying her magical wand. I think she may have been trying to do her best impression of the 'fairy' God mother.
The unusual background is due to us having recently moved house - any dust seen in these photo's are more than likely brick dust rather than fairy dust.
No leaves, snails or flowers were harmed in the making of this Autumn Crown which now proudly sits round the neck of the wire rabbit that resides on my kitchen table. A while ago (when the sun was still shining) we took a 5 minute stroll to the local park and filled a bag full of autumn goodies. The snail shells were all this creative little lady's idea, I wasn't exactly sure how we were going to fix them to the crown but somehow we managed.
I must mention 'concentration tongue', I had to capture that too - just like her dad.
Today was the first day of term at Pre-school for my little girl. The pre-school take some photos to go in her learning journal which are great but the inspirational for the photograph above came from the kind of yearly photo's my sister and I had taken when we were at play group. I need to ask my mum to dig out a photo of me then I can add it to this post.
The house is quiet today without my shadow following me round saying "i'm hungry", so uploading these photo's has been a good use of the time/a nice distraction.
I hope she is having a great day making lots of new friends and having fun , I know when I pick her up later and ask her about her day I won't find out much as 'what happens at pre-school stays at pre-school'.
This series of photographs were taken on the 7th August, my daughter decided to take an early morning nap (naps are very much a thing of the past in our household now she is 3 1/2 years old). I took the rare opportunity to take a few photos as the light was perfect. At the time I didn't realise how precious they were going to be. Why? On the 8th August the dummy fairy paid my daughter a visit (a spur of the moment decision made her dad and I), she kindly left a rainbow ribbon, a Frozen torch projector and a Frozen pot to put snacks in! - I know the presents could have been better but like I said it was a spur of the moment decision. The torch was brilliant as when she couldn't sleep in the following few nights asking for her dummy we were able to use it to distract her.
After her nap we took Muffin the dog (which was a soft toy originally belonging to my husband) for a walk around Greys Court in Henley. It was a lovely day we had ice-cream, looked for fairy doors (see if you can spot one in one of the photos), ran round the maze, looked for the fairies in my camera and shared lots of giggles.
For my 3 year old daughter a recent family trip to Disneyland Paris meant that her dreams really did come true. In her words everything was "magical". We filled our days with meeting some of the characters and princesses, our nights were filled with a late night show (sing-along-Frozen) and the firework display.
A lovely afternoon spent with my little girl among the magical sea of bluebells. She wanted to bring along her rabbit mask which caught the attention of many passers by and made them smile. When I decide to take my camera out with us I find it always goes better if there is a promise of cake at some point during our outing and this day was no different. I brought the cake for us to share, it was a big slice and I was lucky enough to be given a couple of mouthfuls. I am looking forward to spending more days like this with my daughter - we just need less rain and more sun!
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.