Regular readers will no doubt recognise most members of this family. I had the pleasure of photographing the stunning Mummy and her two beautiful girls in a maternity 'bump' shoot, just a few weeks before their brand new baby arrived.
The precious little newborn is also a girl. Daddy is now well and truly outnumbered. All three girls are SUPER gorgeous. Daddy is very, very proud (and will worry about having three girls in a few years time, when he can no longer get into a bathroom!).
This teeny tiny one, was 10 days old when I took her photos just before Christmas. What an amazing Christmas present for the family!
While we were waiting for her to have a feed, Daddy, the big sisters and I, ventured out into the garden. Cue lots of giggles, tickling and general merriment. Well, it was nearly Christmas, and there was a brand new baby to celebrate, so why not let loose and have some fun?!
After some dancing in the garden, the girls decided they wanted to be lifted up in the air (potentially spurred on by me...sorry Daddy). No need for the gym that day!
We then went inside and I was greeted with a very wide awake little one, so alert for only a few days old. Taking in all the world with those gorgeous eyes of hers.
I realise when I am photographing families, the story of their life and our shoot is something that is important to me. Being able to tell their story, to capture their life, to detail all those important passing moments.
That is what inspires me as a photographer. Life. The story. The moments.
I may well have encouraged some slight silliness and a touch of naughtiness during the shoot. I am not convinced that Mum and Dad will be pleased if the girls recreate this trampolining game when the camera isn't there, but is was SO much fun!
At the end of the shoot, I managed to capture this very special moment. The middle sister giving her littlest sister a tender little kiss. How perfect?
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So, I had great ideas for this blog, and have been planning it for weeks. I was going to take some lovely pictures, to showcase my new photo book product. So, I was very excited when the postman delivered them, all wrapped carefully from their journey. Wonderful.
But I have two four year olds.
Intent on causing havoc wherever they are. Their nursery teachers kindly say they are "live wires", and "full of energy". I am no fool. I know that really means that they can, at times, be rather a handful. Wilful bordering on mischievous, and occasionally down right naughty. After all, I live with them and experience it on a daily basis!
So, should I be at all surprised that, IF I leave out my lovely new product within arms reach of two four-year-olds, something MAY well happen? Perhaps I am a fool after all.
For Christmas, my girls were lucky, and got some pop beads, which are small little plastic beads that pop together to form a necklace. I rather like them, as they can keep little hands busy for at least 20 minutes before boredom kicks in, or an argument starts. Any other parent knows that anything that can keep children entertained is a wonderful thing. They come with little stickers to place on the larger beads.
Or should I say, they come with little stickers to place on Mummy's shiny new presentation box, for her lovely new photo books.
I was informed of the boxes embellishment by twin number one. Who is currently going through a rather interesting phase of telling on her sister. All the time. With great glee and gusto, generally. The naughty (sorry, 'full of energy') twin two, tells me that she was "making the box look much nicer". Both agreed, that the stickers did indeed make it much much MUUUCH better.
The good news is, that by testing out my new product in such a way, I can indeed notify you all that stickers peel off said presentation box with ease, leaving no marks behind at all. Phew.
I have been searching for a good quality photo book for months. I have spent hours and hours talking to suppliers, visiting them, and having samples delivered. There are a handful of top quality professional photography suppliers that make exceedingly amazing bespoke albums or books. They come however, quite rightly, with an exceptionally hefty price tag. I was therefore searching for something that was still of exceptional quality, but would be affordable too.
The styles for photo books have been changing and evolving over the past few years. Many of us have used the high street or well known websites to print off and produce our photo books in the past. Which have been in the style of a coffee book, with magazine type pages. The professional suppliers are now producing these new, high quality books, with lay-flat pages and flush-mounts. They feel and look stunning.
So, I will soon be adding these gorgeous photo books to my product list. I hope you agree that they will be a fantastic addition, and make a wonderful keepsake.
In the meantime, check out the wobbly chin on a four year old, who thought she was making a boring black box look rather pretty...
A wobbly chin and big tear filled eyes, and a tiny trembling voice saying "sorry" were enough for me to give her a great BIG hug. All is forgiven.
What is the worst thing your little ones have done when you back is turned? Let me know. I am sure it is far worse than some stickers on a box!
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