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A snowy Saturday – Personal projects.

I like many in the northwest on Saturday morning, woke up to a lovely big blanket of snow covering everything. So of course, we ate breakfast as fast as possible, before getting wrapped up and heading out in it. Snow is really such a fabulous thing to photograph in, yeah its cold, but it creates a great big reflective background, full of natural light. the result is a natural glow, on everything and everything. as someone who really loves natural light, this is one of the best times to get out my camera. Did you manage to get many photos of the snow over this weekend?

 

Decking our halls – Personal projects.

This year, I’ve broken a record, my own record. This year I haven’t bought one single new Christmas decoration. not one!

And while I’m talking things I haven’t done this year – be obsessive about the decorations is another. When I dragged everything out on Wednesday night, the girls were of course very excited. Instead of the usual “Its okay, mummy can do it” I just let them crack on. Granted I have had a teen, tiny faff about with those baubles since. but not a lot, really they did a good job!

As always, I’m embracing the traditional style this year.  Its just the style that gives me the most cosy, comforting, Christmassy feeling. I don’t think I’ll ever change it.

Happy first day of Christmas!

 

Hidden gems, a windy day in Blackpool – Personal projects.

 

I’m spending a lot of time learning this month, making it a priority to figure out how to improve my skills as much as possible before the rush of next month starts. Because of all this time spent learning, I’m not spending enough time with my camera, I’m having to practice editing techniques on images I already have – which is actually very brilliant, because it means I’m unearthing collections like this. I’d forgotten all about these photos until this morning. Now I’m instantly reminded of the windy early Autumn day in Blackpool, how we walked for about an hour trying to find somewhere lovely to grab lunch – and exhaustedly traipsing into a Mcdonalds instead because we couldn’t find anywhere! I love the dreaminess of these, the detail in the girls faces, pretty much everything about all of them!

I desperately need to get down to the beach soon.

The start of Christmas – A trip to Barton grange. – Personal projects.

 

Its very nearly here. The season of all that is festive! I have to admit, I’ve been known to jump the gun when it comes to Christmas, however I’ve now learnt that if I prolong the start, wait until the 1st until I get those decorations up – then I skip peaking to early, I’ve had years when I’ve had the decorations up for most of November, but had them all pulled down on Boxing Day. It really is all about preserving that spirit & condensing it into those three weeks from the beginning of December. HOWEVER If like me you plan to get so many festive activities done this Christmas season, you’ve obviously gotta’ start a little early, which is what we did this weekend – kicking it all of with a trip to everyones favourite garden centre – Barton grange. I have to confess, I wasn’t feeling this trip all to much after an early morning session and a day full of running errands, I just couldn’t shift the monster of all headaches. I managed to grab some pretty lovely shots though!

 

Home life project: A lazy-ish Sunday & Bonfire night.

 

I mentioned a couple of months ago that I take part in a monthly photography project called the Home life project, hosted by my friend Clare over at Maybush studio. This weekend was Novembers edition, to which I documented yesterday – which was also Bonfire night!

You can find the full post over on mum blog page The little woman pretends. 

Halloween tester shoot. – Personal projects.

 

Just a heads up, I LOVE halloween. Seriously, I just do. Every year I go more over the top than the last, every year I step up my halloween game and this year is no different! This year is set to be my best Halloween yet, not only have a planned the most incredible party for our annual Halloween gathering. But this year, I’ve also organised to do a full days worth of halloween mini-sessions (you’ll get to see how that all turned out on Tuesday.) Anyway, for this day of mini-sessions, I wanted to finally have a go using smoke bombs. And after weeks of research I finally put in an order for some Enola Gaye ones. They’ve been given brilliant reviews, and after having a practice last night with mischance and Izzy, I can confirm, they are BRILL!

So, last night, Mischa and Izzy had their first school Halloween disco, it was pretty perfect timing actually, it meant I got to dress them up, and have a practice at the location and using a smoke bomb before Saturday comes around. I am so happy with how they turned out! And I can’t wait to see how tomorrows turns out!

An autumn bike ride.

 

I mentioned a couple of months ago that I take part in a monthly photography project called the Home life project, hosted by my friend Clare over at Maybush studio. This weekend was Octobers edition, and we headed out on a bike ride. I like to make a point on a Sunday to get out of the house and on a walk. Though this weekend was slightly manic, we still managed it. You can find the full collection of Home life project posts over on my blog The little woman pretends.

Last day of the Summer holidays.

 

So, Monday morning started pretty slow. I made croissants and tea, we sat at the kitchen table with the radio on, just enjoying that last morning of relaxation before the school year restarted. I headed off to a session for a little while, leaving the girls playing, before we spent the afternoon at the Trafford centre. I’d been promising the girls for ages that we’d go to the build a bear workshop there, and as I only passed my driving test a couple of months ago, I hadn’t quite yet built up the courage for a long drive on the motorway. However after our summer glamping, Im not really that scared of being on there anymore! so it seemed the perfect opportunity to get up there. The girls were so excited to pick their new cuddly best friends, and I have to say the whole experience was pretty heart warming. The staff there are so great with the kids, they are really involved with the whole process of building their bear. From peddling the stuffing in, to kissing their heart before its placed inside the bear, even to naming and creating a birth certificate for their new friend. It was lovely! The plan is to take them back at then end of each half term, if they have been given a good report, they get to choose a new accessory. win-win.

So, after that little adventure, we had a stroll, went to the food court for lunch, before rocking home to get their school uniforms named and set out. It really was a lovely way to spend the last day of the holidays.

Sunday-Funday