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starting a new tradition. – Personal projects.

I’m starting a new tradition. Every birthday, I’m taking portraits of the girls. And this weekend I started with Mischa’s 7th Birthday. Seven whole years since she burst into the world! So early, so poorly. It was two weeks before I’d get to hold her, 12 weeks of living in the Neo unit before we got to bring her home. I see her now and it all feels like a lifetime ago! 7 years of having her with us, 7 years since she made me a mama. I could never ever imagine my life without this beautiful ball of sunshine in it. I still don’t understand how I managed to create such a wonderful human being!

Happy birthday Mischa!

A woodland walk – Personal projects.

 

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.