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Life Reflected Photography
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing Nicky from Nicky's Kitchen, my favourite sessions are those when I walk along side the family as they hang out, taking photos as they interact. These pictures were taken at Wandsworth Common, on a gorgeously warm day. ..
It is funny how much of the early days become a blur in the midst of feeding, sleeping and simply adjusting to the new being in your household. That is why it is so important to have someone record these images.
Even as a photographer I canjust couldn't have taken my own photos, hiring someone else allowed me
- To be in the photographs myself, that my children will be able to see those moments for themselves.
- To get nicer images than I would be able to take myself. Life with a newborn has enough stresses than to worry about taking and editing photos!
So it is with great joy, that now my newborn is 9 months old, I am once again taking photos..
Leah is owner of Meggy and Me, and baby S. was 10 days old for his shoot. He was wide awake and ready to go, but so chilled - he was a delight to photograph!
Since it has been almost a year to the day since my previous blog, I think it is probably time to get back into it! If only so in years to come I can show my daughters what life was like when they were children!
It is funny how the times we have the most to write about coincide with the times we have the least amount of time to write it.
The last year has bought Indiana into our lives. She arrived in the comfort of our home on a boiling day in July, her arrival brought relief to a challenging pregnancy for me and a new playmate for Dessi! The days are full of getting out to playgroups or the park and the evenings full of making the most of the peace and quiet, I'm incredibly grateful that both girls are decent sleepers.
Dessi is turning out quite lovely, phew! Her passions in life mostly centre around Mr Tumble and she is having a fun time exploring new words and speech. She loves to see her friends and play and is full of excitement when she hears the key in the lock in the evening signalling Andrew's arrival home from work. Thankfully she likes Indiana too, and loves to give her hugs and kisses, as well as sit on her legs and play 'Row your boat'.
Indiana is delightful, has the most amazing belly laugh and looks pretty much the same as Dessi did at the same age. It is great to be able to see the daily changes and wonder at what kind of person she will be like.
Well now the toddler is awake so better upload it whilst the going is good!
What I love about these photos is that we took them in our bedroom at home, whilst we live in a small flat, we do receive some amazing light in the afternoon. So this day we made the most if it, plus, these moments are so representative of our daily moments. Dessi, as we all are is happiest in her natural environment.
Happy 9 months-anniversary Dessi, you have now spent longer out of the womb than you were in growing in it! We love watching you grow, you're pretty adept at crawling, still learning the art of sitting up without throwing yourself backwards after a few minutes. You are also trying to pull yourself up, won't be long before you are climbing into trouble, I imagine! You love spending time with our neighbour Christa, when you and Christa are grizzly, we put you both together and you are both a lot more peaceful and happy!
Your favourite foods are breadsticks, jacket potatoes and bananas. Not so favourite is spaghetti and rice. You are three teeth, two central lower incisors and lower right lateral incisor, I thought the top teeth come in first, but you seem to like doing things in your own sweet way!
As a photographer I've never photographed an ugly person, or a fat person. Whatever their size or looks, they have always been beautiful.
Yet when I first saw our photos of Dessi I could've cried. For the vein reason that I thought I looked too fat. 'Who is that person I wondered?'.
Whilst I would've liked to come out of the experience looking like Kate Middleton, the 3 day induction and birth left me looking like the michelin man.
It is so hard to be photographed when you feel you don't look like your best. I'm still far chubbier than the day of my wedding, My wonderful pregnancy hair fell out on schedule at 4 months, leaving me me with an old man receding hair line.
Thankfully the process has left me with a beautiful baby girl who I want to be photographed and who I want to be photographed with. I want to remember this time, however I look. For this reason I'll be proud of my photos. A visual reminder of what I went through to have this beautiful girl.
"Who is that person I wondered?"
Well she is the one' that had 40+18 weeks of pregnancy, sickness and nausea for most of it, pelvic girdle pain making it too hard to walk in the latter weeks.
It was she who spent hours battling through horrible pain to learn to breastfeed, who missed hours of sleep to tend to her daughter's needs.
It was she who had awful water retention that had me sweating buckets in the dead of winter.
She, whose tummy will never be the same now it grew a baby.
Motherhood is not always glamorous, but it doesn't need to be. Our photos, our memories need to be truthful. It doesn't matter how we look, it is who we are beneath it all that will shine out.
As a photographer, I'll tell you that you look beautiful because you are. That you won't regret making a record of these memories. I'll also be sure to let you know the best way to stand to look your best for the camera, because let's face it... some angles are definitely better than others.
The first time she wore you in the sling, was when she stayed for a couple of nights. She carried you all the way to coffee shop. We were trying to hard to make sure she was firm and steady with you, I lost my footing and fell of the curb, spraining my ankle. You and Charis were fine, on firm ground.
When she carries you, she wraps her arms around you. I can see how much she cares for you.
When she carries you, you relax and enjoy her embrace.
These photos above were taken on a beautiful Thursday afternoon, 1st October in Morden Hall Park. We met Auntie Heather and your cousins, and it wasn't long before you and the sling were on Charis. And there you fell asleep.
You slept as she walked around the rose garden, and sat on the swings, as she wrapped her arms around you. I gave Charis a few opportunities to let me take the sling so she could paddle in the stream, take photos and play with more freedom. She thought about it and chose you instead.
And what a beautiful pair you make!