Oreos for breakfast

April 5, 2019

Oreos for breakfast – sadly I kid you not. This term my teenagers, in years 10 and 8, have both decided they don’t want to get up at 6:30am for breakfast anymore. I’m not quite sure what to do about this as I’m a firm believer in picking my battles, and do I really want to start each day with a shouting match? Should I try and drag all 5ft 9” of them both out of their beds?!! So I’ve decided to let this one slide. At the end of the day, they’re old enough now to make their own decisions and if they want to go to school with no breakfast then be my guest. Wednesday saw me come home to an empty Oreo packet on the hall table and that gave me the idea of this very short blog post – it’s probably more worthy of an Instagram comment post but it tickled me! Should I be forcing breakfast down them in the morning, make them eat it and suffer the row and the noise first thing in the morning? Who knows, but for now this is one battle I choose not to have.

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I was delighted to be booked to photograph a friend’s Mum and Dad’s Golden (50th) wedding anniversary party. I hadn’t really shot many events like this before and was really looking forward to trying something a bit different.  When Rachel got in touch, she told me that the afternoon would start with family and friends all meeting at her house for champagne and nibbles, followed by a surprise trip to the church where her parents had made their vows 50 years earlier! She’d spoken with the Vicar, and he agreed to be there to have a chat with them on the day. The last part of the party was a lunch in a private dining room with its own terrace at a lovely restaurant; it all sounded just wonderful. Rachel and I met a few weeks ahead, to have a “recce” of the different venues. With an event like this, I always like to look ahead. That way I can foresee any lighting issues, find a decent spot to park and seek out potential shoot locations. I always take my camera along for some tests shots too. On the day of the party, I arrived in plenty of time so […]

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Well, this was a first! I’m not normally found mixing in celebrity circles but when my good friend and celebrity cake designer, Nicola Hall of Hall of Cakes, got in touch and asked me to join her to capture her setting up for this event, I jumped at the chance! Not only did this sound like lots of fun, but it also got me away from my house on a Sunday, when my boys want nothing more than to play their beloved computer games! And, as any of you who read my blog will know, I hate this! The details of the shoot arrived and the event, which was to be a surprise for Billie, was being held at Sienna’s Restaurant over in Brentwood. Nicola picked me up and we transported her wonderful cake over to Essex and were soon stood in Sienna’s drinking coffee (thank you, great coffee it was too!!). Along with Nicola, there were two other companies there, also setting up for the event. They’d been there for quite some time and the sight that greeted us was absolutely stunning. A giant wall of balloons and beautiful fresh flowers, which must have been 8 foot tall, adorned half the restaurant, as […]

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This bunch were loads of fun. We had booked in this photoshoot quite ahead of time and I was really looking forward to meeting them. The family were a friend of a good friend of mine, and included her husband and two children (with another on the way), her brother and his wife and new baby and Nanny and Grandad, (who the children call Nonno & Nonna). We were really lucky with the weather, a beautiful early autumn September’s day greeted us as we met in the car park at Hall Place.  I love this place as a venue for my photoshoots, especially my extended family ones. There are so many different places to capture wonderful shots and it really is just like going for a nice family walk with me tagging along to capture the day. We started at my favourite line of trees, a perfect straight line that all the little ones like playing peek-a-boo round. I was also able to get some lovely relaxed and candid shots of the adults; they were not paying me any attention as they thought I was busy taking photos of the kids which gave me a great opportunity to snap away, […]

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Back in October (yes, this is how far behind I am!) I met with this lovely family who live really close to Greenwich Park. I love shooting at Greenwich, it’s the most beautiful place and a perfect back drop for the outdoor part of a family shoot. I love the fact that, if the weather plays ball, you can get some great shots with the London skyline in the background, and of course, all the amazing architecture around the naval college and observatory, not to mention the spectacular natural beauty of the place. We arranged to meet early on the day the clocks went back and I was soon parked up and saying hello to the most amazing little man and his lovely Mum and Dad. This little chap was absolutely fascinating to talk to; his knowledge of the world around him was incredible and don’t even get me started on his fantastic reading skills! I was blown away by the books he was reading, he clearly loves it and it showed through when he shared a book with Mum and Dad while I took some pictures. I was able to capture some great, authentic moments with him and Mum […]

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Skiing with school – what to think about Four out of the five of us are fortunate enough to be going skiing this February. Packing for a ski trip, for school or otherwise, can be quite a minefield so I thought I’d write a quick blog post on it and my top tips! A skiing holiday is quite a big thing to prepare for and I am by no means an expert! Both my older boys went skiing with their school whilst in year 6 and my youngest is heading off in year 5 this year. All the schools have been great with meetings and advice, but I think it’s those little tips that us parents share with each other that make things a little bit easier. I posted out to my facebook friends and have had a few tips come back, so along with my own ideas I’m sharing them with you in the hope they will help. Packing – Yikes! Something we all dread with any school trip! I pride myself in being able to travel light, and pack for a family of 5’s summer holiday into two large holdalls – yes for 2 weeks! This isn’t going […]

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Oreos for breakfast

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Oreos for breakfast – sadly I kid you not. This term my teenagers, in years 10 and 8, have both decided they don’t want to get up at 6:30am for breakfast anymore. I’m not quite sure what to do about this as I’m a firm believer in picking my battles, and do I really...

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