for the past couple of years my love for photography has grown massively.
I love looking at other people’s styles of photography, I love seeking out places that I think would look good to take photographs of and I always have the best props to hand…my children.
I have had no formal training when it comes to photography so I’m still very much a point and shoot kind of lady and just hope that I am going to capture the image I have in my head.
The kids apart from my 14 year old don’t have a problem with my continual photo taking and to be honest don’t notice to much as I prefer to try and get pics as the play rather than staged shots.
However from time to time I do try and get some images I have to get them to work with me for.
Today however was probably not the best day to try this as they clearly were not in the mood for it and this was captured magnificently in my photos!
I got home after standing in a field of rape flowers disappointed with them not looking how I wanted, when actually they tell a really good story.
I hadn’t asked permission to be there so I was half freaking out I was going to get attacked by the farmer whilst my children gave me their best ‘natural’ poses!
All I will say is their personalities shine through immensely in these images and now I love them more than the perfect ones I had in my head…well almost!
This week I have chosen this snap to add to My Sunday Photo with Photalife.
I was attempting to get a picture of number four enjoying his crab sticks by the sea whilst on our trip to Margate this week. He wasn’t happy with me interrupting him so this is how it turned out and I actually quite like it!
This weekend we popped along to Limpsfield Common to find Peter Rabbit.
It’s a such a peaceful place and somewhere the children love. We spent a long while sitting watching the boys trying out the new swing and taking in the peaceful surroundings.
This is one of my favourite pictures from our day.
Your child’s first steps, singing happy birthday as your special person blows out the candles on their birthday cake, waving them off on their first day of school.
All of these things are such big milestones in your child’s lives and ones that we want to hold onto for a life time, but sometimes maybe we need to sit back and think, is getting that perfect photo the most important thing or is being there in that moment more what we should be savouring?
I’m never without my phone in my hand much to the annoyance of my husband! And it was this photo he took of me the other day that has got me thinking.
We were having a lovely day in town and I came back with some wonderful photos but did I really need half of them? Not really.
Take this moment for instance. We were sitting outside a coffee shop waiting for my husband by a magnificent ship on the Southbank in on of the most beautiful cities in the world. I should have spent the time chatting with my children about everything that was going on around them, let them talk about their day and what they would like to do for the rest of the weekend instead of trying to get yet another selfie!
I worry that although I’m capturing these moments to keep for a lifetime am I limiting the brains wonderful ability to recall moments in my mind? Am I making myself the secondary memory and not fully feeding my own mind?
I’m certainly not going to stop taking pictures. Since I started blogging photography has become a real passion for me and has in many ways opened my eyes to my surroundings a lot more. It gets me to look at lighting, finding good backdrops for my photos and I definitely have a new found love for architecture and how I can photograph it. But from now on when it comes to time as a family I’m going to spend more time with them enjoying thoses special moments rather than worrying as much about the way I’m going to capture it.
“A Camera is a save button for the minds eye” – Roger Kingston
Photos are there to capture that one moment forever. They enable you to relive those moments that would otherwise be forgotten. They can be looked back on in years to come and bring all of those precious memories flooding back and transport you back to that magical moment in time.
I’m never without a phone or camera at the ready and want to capture as many memories as I can no matter where we are or what we are up to. Sometimes it’s those unexpected moments that you need to be ready for and this is when a super compact camera such as the Lumix Compact Camera is a fantastic choice.
It’s the perfect camera for having to hand all the time. It’s sleek and lightweight design mean that you can create quality images without the hassle of having to lug around a large, bulky camera and all the paraphernalia that comes with them.
On days out with the children I always find getting quality photos a challenge as the camera is always stored safely in the case to prevent being thrown around by one of the little ones and its always nice to be able to get a better quality image than you can on your phone. This is where a camera such as the Lumix Compact is a great choice as it can be easily stored in a pocket or carried around in the palm of your hand.
There is no truer words than ‘A picture paints a thousand words’. We are all visual creatures and our emotions are immediately switched on when it comes to photos. I watch the rapid growth of my children everyday and continually wish I could just freeze time. This is of course impossible to do so the next best thing is to capture each step, each milestone and even the ordinary everyday so that this beautiful moments can be a part of me forevermore.
It was number four’s birthday this week and probably the highlight of his day was the fact that his Dad took a whole day off for him.
My husband works long hours so when he is around the children relish every moment with his biggest fan being number four.
He got a wonderful new gokart for his birthday and we took it up to our local aerodrome to try it out. Whist we were there my husband and son clambered on top of the disused air raid shelters and with some wonderful lighting I managed to capture a few shots that I have fallen in love with as much as I love these two.
This is one of my favourite pics from a day out we had this week at Redhill Aerodrome. Number five is a massive fan of anything that flys so grabbing a drink and watching the planes take off was his idea of heaven.
This weeks captured moment with Heledd at Running In Lavender is number four taking in the sights at the wonderful Sky Garden in Fenchurch Street.
I always hope that taking them to experience as much as they can when they are younger will give them a thirst to explore and take this into their adult life.
We have just got back from another fabulous trip to Center Parcs. It is by far our favourite place to visit as there is so much to do. Because of this the youngest two were completely wiped out and ended up in a sleepy tangle like this in their trailer several times.