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Living arrows – 10/52

Every night in our house we basically follow the same bedtime routine of bath, pjs on, stories on Mummy and Daddy’s bed and then little ones off to bed.

Sometimes Rhys will read his latest book from school, other nights they’ll have 3 stories read to them.

Sometimes they’ll get into Rhys’ bed together, sometimes Nerys will switch ends of her bed so she’s closer to him.

Sometimes they’ll go off to sleep quickly, other nights there’ll be shouts for drinks, and teddies and one-more-hug.

But the part of the evening that’s pretty consistent is the bath.

We’ve found that they seem to need that signal that it’s time to start preparing for bedtime.  And they’re both big fans of being in the water, so they play with their bath toys, pretend to swim, sing with Daddy and generally have a good time.

I love this photo of Nerys enjoying bathtime, partly because you can really see how her hair is finally starting to grow longer, with the lovely little curl around her ears.  It’s taken a long time to get to this point!

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

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Living arrows – 9/52

My boy.

My sensitive, handsome, bright-as-a-button little boy.

He’s starting to get more self-conscious about having his photo taken, which means I sometimes get a really fake smile, or an over the top one, when I try to capture him.

So I really love this picture of him.  Flushed cheeks from running on the beach on a freezing cold day.  Attention captured by something in the distance.  Little smile on his lips and in his eyes.

My boy.

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A birthday trip to the beach

Yesterday our baby girl turned two years old.  We kept things pretty low key for her, as we’re all still run down with coughs and colds (still!).

So we wrapped up warm and headed down to Swansea bay in the morning for a run around and a blast of fresh air.

Both Rhys and Nerys love it down at the beach, regardless of the time of year.  They really enjoy just running about, playing in the sand and jumping in the sea.

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When the cold started to get a little too much we headed off the beach and over to Victoria park for a bit more of a walk and a play on the swings and slide.

Pretty much the perfect morning for a 2 year old and her big brother!

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reasons to not be in photos

8 reasons you shouldn’t have your photo taken (and one really important reason you should)

If you’ve visited my blog before you might have read my other post about the photos we wish we’d taken.  In it I mentioned that throughout March I’m planning on taking a photo every day with ME in it.  And even though I really want to do this, there are still those nagging thoughts and excuses that pop in to my head telling me why I shouldn’t get in front of the camera.

But, those little voices are always silenced by one really important reason why I NEED to do this.

If you’re thinking about joining me and taking more photos of yourself, here are 8 reasons you might be coming up with for why shouldn’t have your photo taken followed by my one reason you really, really should.

8 reasons you shouldn't have your photo taken

 

 

8 reasons you shouldn’t have your photo taken:

 

1)  You need to lose half a stone.  Or a stone.  Or just those last few pounds.  Yeah, you’ll have your photo taken once you’ve lost that last bit of tummy jiggle.

 

2)  Your hair is in dire need of a cut and colour.  Seriously, no one wants a photo of you with greys sprouting up in your parting and split ends everywhere.

 

3) You don’t have the time to do it.  You have far more important things to do with your time than bother setting things up to get in a photo.

 

4) You haven’t had a full night’s sleep in 3 years and you just. look. tired.  Pale skin and dark circles under your eyes isn’t a look you really want to have on record.

 

5) You don’t photograph well.  You just don’t.  You pick apart every photo of yourself, wondering why the camera hates you.

 

6) No one wants a photo of you, in this moment, you’re not reaching any milestones worth capturing like your kids are.  Every little thing your baby does is worthy of a photo, but you managing to drink a whole cup of coffee while it’s hot isn’t really a moment that’s worthy of being recorded.

 

7) You’re more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it.  Now this I get.  Life is pretty good from behind a camera.  Who needs to come out from that place and step in front of it?

 

8)  You just don’t like having your photo taken.  End of.  (Does anyone still say ‘end of”?  No?  Oh well!)

 

So there you are.  8 reasons (excuses) I’m sure we’ve all used at one point or another to not have our photo taken.

Reasons that feel perfectly valid to us and keep us safely out of the way of any cameras that might be pointed in our direction.

But, here’s why none of that matters and why you should really, really just get over yourself and in front of the camera.

Your children will want those photos of you.

They will want those photos of you regardless of how you look.  They honestly do no care about the extra weight you’re carrying.  They couldn’t care less about the greys in your hair and the bags under your eyes.

They won’t see those things.

They will just see YOU.

In years to come they will just be so grateful to have photos of you.

Sue Bryce said it best:

“One day your children will look for photographs of you. What will they have?”

 

Don’t let your insecurities about how you look and excuses about lack of time stop you from existing in photos.

I mean, by all means take a few minutes to do something with your hair, put on a top that you feel more comfortable in, get some bb cream on your face to brighten that pale complexion, but then GET IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA.

No more excuses.

This isn’t really about you.  It’s about your children.

Make sure that when they look for photographs of you in the future they have plenty to find.

The photos we wish we'd taken show you were there

The photos we wish we’d taken – #showyouwerethere

I’m pretty sure we all have them.

The photos we wish we’d taken.

The moments we wish we’d recorded.

The people we wish we’d captured while we had the chance.

The photos we wish we'd taken show you were there

 

Over the last year or so I’ve found myself becoming very aware of how few photos I have of my parents.  My visits to see them are normally so rushed, so full-on, so busy with children underfoot, that I often don’t end up taking any photos at all.

I like to just ‘be’ in the moment, enjoy everyone’s company, take in the little details of home.

But then, after I leave, I kick myself for not taking 2 minutes to take a few photos.  To capture forever the way my parents look at each other.  How in love they still are.

So, as I was packing up my bag ready to head back to Wales at the end of my last visit home, I grabbed my parents and my camera and we headed out to the back garden for a quick photo session.  And I’m so, so happy that I took that opportunity.

 

I will never regret taking these photos.  But I know had I not, I would always wish I had.

 

These photos mean so much to me already, and in years to come they will mean so much more.  So, thank you to my parents for humouring me, stepping out of your comfort zone a little and getting in front of my camera.

 

It means the world to me that you exist in these photos.

#showyouwerethere

#showyouwerethere

#showyouwerethere

Last year for the month of March I challenged myself to get in front of the camera and in a photo every day for the whole month.

I want to be sure that I exist in photos for my children too.  I want to show them that I was there.

So this March I’m doing it again.  Every day I will step in front of the camera, and I would love as many people as possible to do it too.

I’ll be posting my photos using #showyouwerethere on Instagram and on my Facebook pages for this blog and for my photography business.  If you fancy joining in please tag your photos with that hashtag so I can find them.

Don’t end up wishing you’d taken those photos.  Just do it!

 

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Living arrows – 8/52

I’ll be completely honest with you here.  I’ve been feeling a little bit frustrated with my photos of the kids, or lack thereof, recently.  I think with all the rain and dark and illness I’ve been a bit uninspired, and then end up only picking the camera up at bedtime to snap a quick shot of them.  By which point the light is gone and the photos are nice, but a bit, well, uninspired.

So today Nerys and I had a little photo shoot.

I opened up the hallway door to let the natural light flood in and, oh, the results make me so much happier!

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I’m planning a blog post in celebration of her second birthday this coming weekend, and I think a few more photos from our little session will make an appearance then!  For now though, I just had to share this one.  I’m not sure what exactly had caught her eye outside but I just love the expression on her face.

At times she seems so grown up to me, it’s hard to believe that she’s only just turning two.  But at the same time, I can’t believe she’s turning two!  Where did that time go?  Where did my teeny baby go?!

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Living arrows – 6/52

Another week of cold and rain and general under-the-weatherness means we’ve once again not really ventured outside much.  I think we’re all starting to go a bit stir crazy and once storm Imogen goes on her merry way I think a good trip to the park is in order!

In the meantime though, we’re having lots of fun at home with sticker books and a growing collection of character toys.  Nerys has started to enjoy getting them all out of the basket and lining them up, just like Rhys used to do, which really makes me smile.

Here she is proudly showing off a well-loved and rather-worn-out-looking Sarah, before she went to join Mim Mim, the Twirly woos and about 6 Peppa Pigs!

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“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”

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