Different ways to photograph your child

5 different ways to photograph your child

If you’re like me, and as a parent you probably are, then I bet you take loads of photos of your children.

The thing is, when you take all these photos they can end up all sort of looking the same.

I definitely go through stages when I feel a bit uninspired and like I’m just taking the same portraits of my children over and over again.  I join in with living arrows each week where I share a photo of my children and there are times when it feels like all I’m sharing is classic, look-straight-at-the-camera photos.

So I want to make a point of mixing things up a bit more this year, to capture my children in different ways and keep having fun photographing their childhoods.  If you ever feel the same way, then here are 5 ideas for different ways to photograph your child.

 

Back away

A great way to add variety and interest to your photos of your children is to back away from them a bit.

When you back up you can get more of the environment into the photo which is amazing for adding more to the story of where you were and what you were doing when the photo was taken.

Backing away a bit also has the added benefit of your children being less aware of the fact that you’re taking their photo, so they’ll hopefully act more naturally and you can capture more of their personalities.

 

Get in close

Of course the flip side of this is another of my favourite ways to photograph my children – get in nice and close.

I love getting in close and capturing the details like the curl of their hair, small hands holding toys and little toddler facial features.

 

Break the rules

When you learn photography you pick up all these rules of composition that you try to faithfully follow, like the rule of thirds and not cutting off limbs in your pictures.

The thing is, if you always follow these rules your photos can end up all looking quite similar and you end up feeling really uninspired.

So mix things up and break some rules.

For example. try placing your child right in the middle of the frame, or just off centre, instead of always placing them in line with the rule of thirds.

When you know the rules you can have quite a bit of fun deliberately breaking them.

 

Get in the photos with them

If you’ve spent any time reading my blog you might have seen this one coming.

When you’re feeling really uninspired with the photos you’re taking of your children, then try getting in some with them.

Set the timer or grab a remote trigger and jump in front of the camera.

Take photos of your whole family together, get some of you reading bedtime stories, helping with homework, or just cwtching up on the sofa.

 

Capture their interests

For me there are a few different reasons why I love to photograph my children.

The first is purely for that visual record of how they’re growing and changing.  I love looking back and seeing how much they’ve changed physically over the years.

Another big reason though is to capture who they are as people at different stages.

A beautiful portrait of your child against a white background might look lovely on your wall, but it won’t tell you anything about their personality or interests at that age.  So take photos that will capture that.

Photograph their little hands holding on tight to their favourite soft toy.  Take pictures of them reading that book that they can’t put down, or listening to you read them that one storybook for the thousandth time.  Capture the look of concentration on their face as they play computer games.

Think about who they are right now, what they’re interested in, what their personalities are like, and find ways to photograph that as well as images just of what they look like.

 

I’m hoping these ideas will help me feel a bit more creative this year with the photos I take of my children.

And hopefully they’ll help you too if you feel like you’ve been a bit uninspired and stuck in a rut with your family photos.

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show You Were There – January round up

I know a lot of people feel that January seems to go on forever, but it feels like it’s flown by to me.  I can’t quite believe that we’re already at the last Sunday of the month and that it’s time for my first round up of #ShowYouWereThere for the year.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

If you’d like to join in then just use that hashtag on any photo that features you (or another grown up who’s important to your child) in some way.

 

My first pick for this round up is this gorgeous photo from Wendy at Naptime Natter.

Firstly because that smile on her daughter’s face is just beautiful, and secondly because it’s a great example of how you don’t always have to show your face to be present in photos with your children!

 

Next up is this chilly-looking photo from Maria at Suburban Mum.

It’s made me feel like I need to get out to some more picturesque places this year!

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Hello – it’s been a while since I’ve posted on the grid! I’ve been a busy bee getting back into the swing of work after the Christmas break. (it feels like a long time ago now doesn’t it?) We spent Christmas at a converted chapel in North Wales, went down into disused mines and went on a rollercoaster in the woods. (you can see my stories in my highlights) We also attempted to see Snowdon but it was too overcast. It was a lovely break and we’ve decided we want to head back in the summer to try Snowdon again. I then spent the last week of the break poorly with an awful cough that didn’t seem to want to go away. One of my aims this year is to try and post more on the grid, I don’t know why, but I’ve really gotten out of the habit of doing it. I’m also excited to see what adventures 2020 will have for us. I’d love to explore more of Great Britain as there are still so many places we’ve not been to. Where would you recommend?

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My third pick this time is from Kim at OddHogg.

I love this photo of Kim and her son, but also feel her pain about how tricky it can be to take children places like the dentist!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

It’s such a lovely photo, with the colour-coordinated outfits!  And if anyone has any advice for Nicola on helping little ones nap when they’re at nursery pop over and leave her a comment!

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Drop offs at nursery are starting to get easier for this one and he's back to sleeping through the night which makes this mama's life sooo much better. The hardest thing is barely seeing them monday-friday except for an hour or so in the morning and an hour at night. Felix still isn't sleeping well at nursery (he didn't sleep AT ALL yesterday) so as soon as we get home he's usually ready for bed immediately. I'm hoping he starts getting used to sleeping at nursery because he still clearly needs the daytime sleep. How did you cope when your little one went to nursery? Were they the same with sleep or is it just my little guy?! #felixedward #baby #babyboy #babyboyclothes #babysleep #motherhoodunplugged #motherhoodthroughig #13months #babyyears #nwbg #ukparentbloggers #mummyblogger #ukblogcreators #instapalparents #mamaofboys #boymama #showyouwerethere #mummyshot #makingmemories #rememberingthesedays #beautifulbaby #babyphotography #ukparentingblogger #kcacols #mummylife #instababy #babiesofinstagram

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

Steve took this photo of me when we were in Bluestone recently, and I love it in all its imperfections.  The sun is too bright on my face and I’m almost make-up free and dishevelled from being out in the wind and it’s a wonderful reminder of a day spent simply having fun with my family.

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos and I’d love to see as many people as possible jumping in front of the camera more.

Fit your photography kit into the family home

Fitting your photography kit into the family home

Any hobby can slowly take over the family home, but photography is particularly invasive because so much of the equipment is large – and expensive! It might start out as a single camera with a kit lens, but before you know it you’ve got a collection of glass worth several thousand, and enough lights to illuminate a film set.

If you feel as though you’re fighting a losing battle to keep your gear organised and safe, a few of these ideas might help.

 

Dedicated spaces

A special area to keep photography gear is very helpful.

It doesn’t have to be huge, just somewhere large enough for your needs. This is something only you can determine, but it obviously depends on the type of kit you’re storing.

  • Commandeer a cupboard and dedicate it to some aspect of photography. Lenses, speed lights, cables, chargers, batteries, adaptors… whatever you need to keep safe and organised.
  • If you’re lucky enough to have a spare room you can turn it into a home studio that would automatically provide all the storage space you need, including space for light stands, soft boxes or umbrellas and backdrops.
  • If you don’t have a whole room but need that much space for photography gear storage, consider self storage rooms. Alternatively, self storage lockers offer smaller spaces which can be handy for folding backdrops, reflectors, or umbrellas that you need to keep in good condition.
  • Larger rooms at home could be divided, with sections cordoned off where you can stow photography kit. Ornate or decorative room dividers are also useful as studio props for portraiture, so they can have a double purpose.
  • Utilise the nooks and crannies that are often overlooked. The little void under the stairs can hold loads if you fit a few shelves, or the space beneath kitchen cabinets is useful for folded stands or furled umbrellas as long as it’s clean and dry under there. A bit of DIY knowledge is all you need to remove the existing fitted boards and replace them with sliding or hinged doors.
  • Shelving – you can never have too many shelves and so much vertical space gets ignored that there’s nearly always room for a couple more, for example over doors. Arrange lenses, cameras, speed lights, even camera bags to keep them out of the way.

 

Photography phases

Unless your photography focuses solely on one genre, it’s likely you’ll go through phases of different interests. It might be landscape photography for a few months, then shift completely to macro work or to studio portraits. Each genre includes a few bits of specialist gear to get the best results, and these specialised items can clutter up limited space at home.

When you notice a shift in your photography interests, consider placing the equipment you’re not currently using into storage. When items not in use are kept at home gathering dust, there’s a temptation to sell them, especially if other family members don’t share your passion and wonder why you need so much stuff you never use.

Chances are, you’ll want that equipment again pretty soon and it’s nice to have it there waiting for you. Renting a small self storage locker or room will be a more economical option than repurchasing previously owned equipment. 

 

Printing and archiving images

Your portfolio is one of your most important photography collections. Most photographers have thousands of images, and while they may not always be award-winning quality, they’re all precious as part of your photography journey.

While most of us keep digital copies, there’s a growing movement towards printed works, especially in fine art photography. This can create its own storage challenge.

Make a display area by your home printer if you like to proof photos before getting them professionally printed. A corkboard or peg board provides somewhere to hang a temporary gallery, and if you can place it in a prominent position at home, so much the better. Living with an image in a small printed version for a while makes it easier to narrow down your final choice for professional printing.

When you take an image down off the wall (to make room for a new one) pack it away carefully. Images printed on paper store well in artist’s folders or archival quality card folders or boxes. Wrap up images printed on canvas or paper prints that are staying in frames. You can use bubble wrap or sturdy wrapping paper to cushion them from knocks and protect them from dust. Put them in self storage for long term protection, where they won’t be disturbed or damaged.

At the same time, make backups of digital files on flash drives or external hard drives, and put these into secure storage along with printed portfolios.

When you add up all the equipment photographers collect, it’s no wonder it can easily take over the family home. Factoring in the financial investment, it’s definitely cost effective to figure out ways to store things safely and keep those precious possessions in mint condition.

 

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Things you need to know if you're new to photography

5 things you need to know if you’re new to photography

Have you made a promise to yourself that this will be the year you actually learn how to use your camera?

If the answer’s yes, then you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed by all the things you think you need to learn to be able to finally take your settings off ‘auto’ and get the kinds of photos you want.  Before you jump in to learning all the technical and creative parts of photography, there are some other little things that I think everyone who is new to photography should know, to help ease you along your journey.

 

1.  Enjoy the process

I remember how long it took me to really get my head around the technical side of photography.  It felt so hard to put it all together and make sense of it all, so instead of stressing out about it I took my time.

I actually did a distance learning course in the end, and did it over quite a long stretch of time.  Taking the time to really understand it all made the whole process easier, and more enjoyable, for me.

So don’t feel you need to learn it all at once.  Try and enjoy the process of learning, and seeing your photos improve over time.  See the thing is, like with most things, there is always more to learn with photography.  You’ll always be striving to improve your work, to be more creative, to learn new techniques.  So just try and have fun with it and let yourself be a beginner.

 

2. Black and white covers a multitude of sins

No matter how long you’ve been taking photos, you’ll always end up with some situations where the pictures you take just aren’t quite right.

They might be a bit blurry, or blown out with bright highlights.  It might be that the place you’re shooting in is really cluttered, with loads of distractions in the background.  In these, and lots of other, situations black and white can be your best friend.

Converting the image to black and white either in photoshop/lightroom, a free site like Canva, or in-camera if you have that option is generally quick and easy to do and can transform photos that you might delete into real keepers.

 

3. Take time to learn the rules, so you know which ones to break

There are quite a few ‘rules’ of photography, mostly related to composition and lighting.  Things like the rule of thirds, filling the frame and not cutting off limbs when you photograph people.  They’re all really important to learn, know and practice.

Then once you’ve got them all mastered, you can start to intentionally break them to tell more of a story and get more creative with your photos.

 

4. Learn your settings and get things right in camera

Take your time to really get to know your camera and its settings so you can get things right at the time of taking the photo, rather than ‘fixing’ images in photoshop afterwards.

Now, we all make mistakes and have photos that need to be saved and editing software is a brilliant tool for this.  It’s also great to be able to tweak images the same way people have always done in darkrooms.

But try not to rely on post processing.  Make it your aim to get the image to look the way you want it to look, as best you can anyway, at the time of taking the photo.

 

5. Take it all one step at a time

I know I’m basically repeating myself here but it’s so important.

There is so much to learn with photography.  It’s so easy to look at other people’s photographs and think you’ll never be able to take any as good as theirs.

Just remember that everyone was a beginner once.  No one picks up a camera and takes an amazing shot, using manual settings, on their first try.

Take it all one step at a time.  Practice each thing you learn until it becomes second nature.

And enjoy the process!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

We’ve come to the end of November, and it’s Sunday, so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Laura at Dear Bear and Beany.

I love this photo of Laura and her girls, and hope they’re all feeling well again!

 

Next up is this lovely photo of Lucy from Mrs H’s favourite things.

Lucy is such a beautiful person and I really love the message she’s shared in this caption about taking time to really look at ourselves and appreciate our own beauty, rather than always looking out for our perceived flaws.

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*BEAUTIFUL* _______ I've always struggled with the way I look. As a teenager, I was convinced that I was ugly. And even remember, a "best friend" ranking all our girl friends in order of looks. I came last. She even ranked herself higher than me. It wasn't great for helping the way I saw myself. _______ But gradually over the years the way I see myself has changed. Being over 40 has really helped me see myself differently. I've learned to look for the beauty and see myself as beautiful. _______ Sure, I still think my nose is too big (I will never get over that one). But I can now see the beauty in my face. I have lovely eyes and I have always loved my hair. _______ Even now saying this I feel like I am being egotistical. But it is not that. It is just seeing the beauty in my face and it is an important exercise to do. _______ So next time you look at yourself in the mirror. Really look at yourself. See the things about yourself that are beautiful and be grateful for them. Because you are beautiful. You just need to see yourself as I see you. _______ #ig_bbcc #ukparentbloggers #parentblogs #ohheymama #uniteinmotherhood #bodypositive #bodypositivity #beinthepicture #showyouwerethere #spooniesister #bemorewitwitwoo #mentalhealthspoonie #mama_pals #uniteinmotherhood #honestmotherhood #ohmama #ohmamamoment #motherhoodrising #motherhoodsimplified #mentalhealthmatters #mumlife #motherhoodalive #itsokaynottobeokay #mentalmutha #sharewithnoshame #spooniewarrior #mentalhealthwarrior #mentalhealthawareness #thespooniesisterhood #mentalhealth

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My third pick this time is from Laura at Laura’s lovely blog.

This is such a lovely photo of Laura, and a lovely reminder in the caption that it’s ok to have hard days as parents, especially at this time of year when everyone seems to be falling ill.

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Well, first of all let me tell you that I don't look like this today. Today has been not been the best of days, after being in denial all week I finally got to the doctors and have been diagnosed with an acute UTI. This is my 3rd in 5 months which also means I am going to need some tests to find out why. But it all went a bit wrong with the prescription getting sent to the wrong place and me not being able to get it. The doctor's surgery then being closed and having to call 111 in the end to get them to sort out my prescription for me. Which I have just noticed is still wrong, but it's enough to get me started tonight, as I really don't want the infection traveling up to my kidneys. Fingers crossed. ⁠ ⁠ This combined with Bo being ill last week is making me feel like I am falling behind on life. I have a to-do list as long as my arm and all I really want to do is curl up on the sofa. This is the part of motherhood I never really appreciated until I had children, that no matter how poorly you are, you often still have to keep going and look after children. I so miss the days when I could just call in sick and have a much needed duvet day. ⁠ ⁠ Thankfully my husband is home this evening after a night away on business. So he's here to help and tomorrow is a new day. But I do think it's ok to admit sometimes that today, today was hard. Because motherhood it can be hard and it doesn't make you a failure to admit it. ⁠ ⁠ #thisparentlife #lifeupclose #parentsinthepicture #motherhood #thismamloves #mumsthatslay #coolmumsclub #ukparentbloggers #mumlife #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #littlestoriesofmylife #odcumentyourdays #oureverydaymoments #documentyourday

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My last choice for this round up is from Jules at Pondering Parenthood.

This is such a joyful family photo, taken by Beth Moseley.  I would absolutely be framing this one if I were Jules!

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📷 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 Special Family Moments {AD} 👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 📷⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Do you ever manage to get decent photos of yourself with your children? I know I don’t! My phone is full of pretty terrible selfies with the girls. So, I thought it was time for another family photo shoot. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We had such a wonderful time with @bethmoseleyphotography during half term, and now that I’ve FINALLY chosen the images I want to keep (there were so many brilliant ones it was almost impossible to narrow them down!), I’ve written a blog post all about our experience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ AND Beth is offering 30% off her longer family packages for Pondering Parenthood readers, so if you’re local to Norwich and are looking for a fantastic local photographer, then do pop over to ponderingparenthood dot com and have a read of my review (or you can follow the link in my profile!). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷 photo by the fabulous @bethmoseleyphotography. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #parentsinthepicture #showyouwerethere #beinthepicture #Norfolk #norfolkfamilyphotographer #norwich #norwichplantationgardens #plantationgardens #plantationgardensnorwich #familyphotographer #mama_pals #stylintinyhumans #dresskids_likekids #whatmykidwore #ootdkids #dressthemlittle #whatthecoolkidswear #whatthekidswore #norwichfamilyphotographer #familyshoot

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Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

Now my turn.

I had the camera out with us on our walk in Clyne Woods yesterday, to take our family photos for the me and mine project.  So I made a point of handing it over to Steve at one point for him to take a few photos of me.

I always love the photos that he takes of me, mainly because he knows just how to make me laugh and then smile naturally as he snaps away!

 

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.

Photograph your family's winter outdoor adventures

How to capture your family’s outdoor adventures this winter

We live near the beach here in Swansea, and I absolutely love going down there for walks all year round.

Sometimes I think I actually prefer it in the colder months, when it’s that bit more wild and much quieter.  The children love it too, with the freedom to run around and the fun of looking out for treasure brought in on the tides.

If you love to get out on adventures with your family in winter, but find you don’t take as many photos when you’re out this time of year, then hopefully these tips will get you capturing a few more of those chilly trips out.

 

Have a plan

If you’re going out and about to somewhere you’ve been to before, have a think before you go about the photos you’d like to take.

This way you can get yourself in position when you get there.  Then you can quickly get the photo you want and get on with enjoying the time with your family.

Having a plan and knowing the kinds of photos you want to take will also stop you shooting haphazardly and having to sort through hundreds of pictures when you get home.

 

Work quickly

Chances are your children won’t want to be out for quite as long in the cold weather, so take the photos you want to take as quickly as possible.

If you’ve followed the first tip then you’ll have an idea of the photos you want to take.  Stick to your plan, work quickly and then put the camera away for a bit and enjoy the time with your family before everyone needs to head home and warm up!

 

Freeze the action 

If your children are anything like mine then you’ll need this tip.

My children like to run around, and jump about, and throw sticks and stones into any body of water they come across.  And the best photos of these moments come when you’re able to freeze the action rather than have images full of motion blur.

So set your camera to a good fast shutter speed before you start snapping.  You might need to use a wider aperture or a higher ISO to compensate if it’s a gloomy day but it’s worth it for these action shots.

 

Embrace the weather

Don’t let the winter weather put you off from taking photos.

Some of my favourite photos were taken on grey, gloomy days.  And rainy days are so much fun for photos, if you can either catch a break in the showers or protect your camera while out in the wet.

 

Dress in bright colours

The winter can be quite flat, colour-wise.

With the bare trees and hardly any flowers showing their faces, you sometimes need to add some colour to your outdoor adventure photos yourself.

So dress everyone in brightly coloured clothes before you head out.  Even if it just a colourful scarf or bobble hat to add a pop of colour to the pictures.

 

Tell the story of your adventure

When you plan out the photos you want to take, think about telling the story of your trip out.

Move back and take wide shots that capture the scenery of where you are.  Get in close and get those detail shots like little hands in mittens, bright coloured wellies and fluffy tops on bobble hats.

If there’s a certain spot you always stop for a snack, or a tree your kids always want to climb, make sure you photograph those moments that make up the story.

 

Make sure you get in some photos too

I know.  I always go on about this, but only because it’s so important.

Set the timer, use a remote, grab a random passer-by.

Do whatever you have to do to get in some of those winter adventure photos with your family.  Make sure you show you were there too.

 

So there you have it, my top tips for photographing your outdoor adventures this winter.

Have I tempted you to head out with your camera one day soon?!

#ShowYouWereThere round up

Show you were there round up

It’s almost the end of the month, and it’s Sunday so that means it’s time for another round up from my little Instagram community #ShowYouWereThere.

In case you’ve not come across it before, #ShowYouWereThere is all about getting more parents in more photos, both with and for our children.

 

My first pick for this round up is from Nicola at Mummy to Dex.

I love this picture, and it made me smile even more when I read at the bottom of the caption that it was taken on a different day to the one that Nicola was writing about.  Something about that just sums up life as a busy parent to me!

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I’ve had an amazing day out with this one exploring @bolton_library_museum before stopping off for a late lunch at @thehighfieldcroston on the way home. I loved how family friendly @bolton_library_museum was with tons to do including a where’s wally hunt, colouring stations, a stand with lots of interesting exhibits to manhandle (including an eagle’s wing and pig’s skull) and loads of history for geeky Mummy who loved learning all about the cotton mills of Bolton and Ancient Egypt! Literally had zero chance for decent photos so am sharing this one of me and my babe from a few weeks ago when we visited @ntspekehall 😍 #dexterjames #mummyandson #showyouwerethere #toddlerexplorer #spekehall #familyfriendlymuseum #toddlerdayout #northwestdaysout #ukparentingblogger #ukparentblogger #ukblogcreators #mummyblogger #nwbg #instapalparents #northwestmummy #ohheymama #motherhoodunplugged #makingmemories #mummyshot #toddlerfun #toddlerlife

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Next up is this lovely photo from Kim at Odd Hogg.

We’re on half term next week and I’m really looking forward to the break from routine, so it’s interesting to hear the other side of that from the point of view of someone who really needs to keep some sort of structure and routine.

Also, how amazing is Kim’s hoodie!

 

My third pick this time is this gorgeous photo from Sabrina at The mummy stylist.

I love this moment that’s been captured, I think it’s a pretty familiar one to us parents!

 

My last choice for this round up is from Chloe at just the three of us.

This is just such a lovely photo of Chloe and her children, and the location is beautiful!

 

 

Thank you so much to everyone who is using #ShowYouWereThere, I love seeing your photos popping up over on Instagram, they always make me smile so much.

If you’d like to join in with my little community and possibly be featured in my next round up (with a nice link back to your blog!) then just share a photo of yourself over on instagram using #ShowYouWereThere.  It’s all about getting more parents in more photos.