For several years now we’ve deliberated between moving home or doing some pretty major home renovations. The boys’ schools played a major part in this and when my middle son got the school he wanted, it meant my 3 boys’ schools were now in two totally different directions over 8.5 miles apart! That, in itself, is a story for another time. With this great news, we decided it was time to take the plunge and start to think about how we would best use the space available to us, to get one of those “must have” family/dinning/living/everything spaces, that we all hanker after these days. Several builders/designers came round to have a look; we toyed with the idea of a utility area in the cellar to free up kitchen space, but that was crazy money, so it was back to the drawing board. My father in law had spent many years as a property developer, and whilst now retired, had lots of good ideas and also some great contacts. We duly booked for ” John – Steels” (not his real name but how he was later referred to!) to look at the structural side of what we were proposing. […]
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, […]
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 […]
The “H” Bomb! Last weekend, I posted a series of images taken while my 10 year old son began to plough his way through the mountain of homework he’d been saving up all week! In all fairness to him, his life is pretty full on, and after spending 1.5 hours after his school day either at hockey training, after school clubs, or on our journey home that takes at least 30-45 mins, the last thing he wants to do is start that night’s homework – especially if it’s not due in until the following Monday. However, this can soon stack up, and he often finds himself with more than one bit of homework to complete. Two years ago, we moved our youngest boy to a school that runs from years 3 to 13 and were well aware that part of the commitment, on both his and our part, was that there would be homework set each night. Now in year 5 and already transitioning into the senior school, this homework can easily last 40 plus minutes. He gets up at 6.30am, has a packed day at his wonderful school, and by the time we are home, even on a day with […]
Don’t get me wrong, having kids is one of the best things that’s ever happened to me. It’s something I always knew I wanted to do and whilst I am so pleased I waited till I was a bit older and did the things I wanted to do, such as pursuing a career before it became too much of a juggling act and seeing a lot – I mean loads!- of the world, having kids is also the biggest challenge I’ve ever faced. When they were small, I used to think to myself, “this will be so much easier when they’re older” but actually, I increasingly find myself finding that it isn’t and it’s now – these teenage years – that are the hardest part of this journey so far. One of my friends said to me the other day “I just wanted a baby!” we looked at each other and absolutely cracked up laughing, because she is so right! I don’t remember planning a family and thinking, “oh goody, I can’t wait to be a mum to moody teenagers!!” All I saw at that point in time was a precious little baby in a pram and didn’t think about it […]
Photography 365 – what does this say to you? Have you heard of this before? It’s a well known “thing” in the photography world, and one many of us undertake but soon abandon because – if I’m honest – it’s actually quite tricky. Most of us feel we need to start this on the 1st January, in any given year, but actually, you could start this project at anytime in the year because, all it is, is a photograph a day for an entire year. I’m proud to say I achieved this in 2016. I’ve only ever done it once and there were a few occasions where I didn’t manage to take a picture that day, or I ended up taking a picture of an inanimate object, at 10.36PM, having totally forgotten, but, if you can do it, or even manage to complete this project in part, you will be left with the most amazing diary of that time in your life. 2016 was, like any year when you have kids, a big year for us. One of the boys moved schools for year 3 and this was a big deal, for him and for us. It was the last year […]
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