We've just come back from a fabulous holiday in Cornwall. We stayed in a caravan right on a private beach. We ate pasties, went swimming, and had good old fashioned family fun.
I must say that this was one of the best holidays we have had as a family. A week by the seaside, having relaxed, sandcastle building, ice cream eating fun (one ice cream a day is the correct amount on holiday, right?!!). We enjoyed the great outdoors at it's finest.
We were also rather lucky with the weather (hooray), and so only had one morning that we couldn't really enjoy the beach.
I wanted to share this with you, to show you happiness in it's rawest form. Here is a series of photo's of one of my twins. She got a serious attack of the giggles. Huge, enormous, tear inducing, belly ripping giggles. For no discernible reason, she launched into this fit of laughter. Luckily I had my camera to hand, so managed to capture it. I decided to keep on clicking, as her giggle-fest continued on and on. Now I will always hear the giggle that goes with this image. A memory I will save forever.
Thanks for reading. If you would like me to capture your family memories that you can save forever (giggles included), please do get in touch.
I am very excited to announce that my lavender mini sessions are now open for booking.
The lavender field is such a special place, and the perfect backdrop to take stunning photos of your family. If you are interested in reserving a slot, please get in touch via my contact page here.
What is a mini session?
Lasting 30 minutes, they are simply a shorter version of a bespoke full portrait shoot (which normally last around 2 hours). Due to the shorter shoot time, you will be shown fewer photos. It is a good option if you want to have just a few special pictures and want some relaxed, natural photos in an outdoor location.
A mini session is not advised for larger families, or those with teeny tiny newborn babies. For these the full bespoke session is best, as I can spend longer with you.
When are the mini sessions?
The lavender mini sessions are to be held on Saturday 18th July 2015, and Sunday 19th July 2015
If you are interested in reserving a slot, please get in touch via my contact page here, as soon as possible, because they will get booked up quickly.
Where will they be held?
They will be held at a lavender farm in Banstead. For those of you based near me in Teddington, it is about 12 miles away, and takes about 40 minutes to drive there (subject to traffic). Please note there is a £2 car park charge (which is redeemable in the shop).
How much does a mini session cost?
The price for the spring mini sessions is £180. This includes:
The same number of digital images and prints during a full photography session would cost you £269, so saves you £89. You can see my full pricing details by clicking here. You can of course purchase more products or prints but are under no obligation to do so!
How can I book?
Please complete your details on my contact page by clicking here (or if you have any questions, I will happily answer them!). I will then send you an invoice for £50 to reserve your time slot and date. Once you have paid, your time slot will be reserved and confirmed for you. The remaining £130 will be invoiced, and must be paid within 5 days of the shoot.
Other important points
If the weather is horrible, then the back up dates for my mini sessions will be arranged with you. In the event that we cannot find an alternative date, then your £50 will be reimbursed in full.
If you have any questions, please just contact me and I will be happy to talk it through with you.
There are many days that we choose to celebrate: Mothering Sunday, Fathers day, birthdays, Easter, Christmas, The FA Cup final... the list could go on.
I am a bit of a sucker for these things, well maybe not the last one! It's not that I'm materialistic; quite the opposite. In fact the older I get, the more I'm filled with dread as the shops gear-up for Christmas in the September, and Creme Eggs hit the shelves in January. No, what I mean is I treasure the occasional days where we can just to be thankful. Days when we can pause and reflect.
Back in 2012, the United Nations declared that the Global Day of Parents would be held annually on 1st June. This observance recognises parents' vital role in providing protection and positive development for their children. The UN also noted that parents of every race, religion, culture and nationality in all parts of the world were not only their children's primary caregivers but also their teachers.
Being a parent is tough. I read a number of funny 'mummy' blogs, that demystify the whole parenting lark. To share how it really how it is, because this sharing makes us feel that we are not dealing with it alone.
It is not smiles and roses all day, every day. For example, this past week has been tough for me, as my girls have horrid coughs and asthma. As a result, they have pretty much vomited every night (don't worry, no pics of that)! It means changing the bedclothes, disinfecting, showering them off, all whilst trying to keep the other twin asleep. Hard. And, frankly , rather unpleasant.
However, just a little look, a request for a cuddle, a muttered "I love you, Mummy" makes my day. It makes the tough parts bearable. More than bearable: it makes my life complete. I am trying to teach my girls the best path to take, to protect them and guide them in the best way I can. That is what being a parent is all about.
Happy Global Day of Parents everyone. You're all doing a fabulous job.