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Cuteness even in potty training and sickness?

Any mum will know “everything is just a phase”, and strangely it turned out that even the phases I HATED the most, like potty training, carried sentimental value as soon as they came to an end...

I am not a very organic earthy kind of parent, I really do like everything clean and tidy and running on a schedule – I’m not proud of this, but it is who I am. This means I HATED potty training and anything that came with mess (but strangely I have no issues at all when newborns poo and wee on me during their sessions - different story!). Yet, when potty training came to an end it was a sign of my youngest growing up, more sand slipping through my fingers, and suddenly I did want to hang on to this phase; watch him chatting to him self on the potty and to those first little pants. We are all heartbroken when our little ones are poorly, but it is all part and parcel of being a mum, and rightly or wrongly I did also photograph these stages. I stumbles across these images the other day, when I was writing the initial “A day in the life of...” blog post, and they melted my heart, so thought I would share them, and encourage you to go and capture what ever stage your children is currently at... Look at how his little brother is close by when M was poorly on the sofa, bringing comfort and care. 3D4A1239AS 3D4A1241AS 3D4A1245AS 3D4A1254AS 3D4A1105ASBW 3D4A1112AS 3D4A1118AS  
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A day in the life of…

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards” – I have practically grown up with these wise words by Soeren Kirkegaard, but they have never been more true to me than now...

A common criticism of my type of photography is that it isn’t “real”. Our children aren’t perfectly colour coordinated, sitting still, holding hands, with perfect smiles! They have often dressed themselves, (making you feel slightly embarrassed as you whisk them through Sainsbury’s), with snotty noses and an agenda all of their own which only rarely collides with yours. I am acutely aware that I have invested huge effort chasing the perfect picture for my customers, this was me living life forward setting aims for perfection. However, I have now had 6 full years to understand, retrospectively, what it is actually like being a mum! A few years ago I became more aware of this aim for perfection and to counter act it in some way I started shooting more personal and “real” pictures of my own two boys... I call these images “a day in the life of...” because they are just quick documentations of every day life with my little ones. They are a far cry from perfect, but the more they grow up, the more I treasure these little time capsules. It isn’t just about seeing them grow up, it is also about the toys they had, the clothes they wore, their drawings and general development, it's all in the details! I am just a mum with a camera, and my boys are probably the most photographed kids in Europe, but I highly recommend you set your self a similar project. Take some good solid pictures of everyday life with your kids, because sooner than you know they will be off to school! Secondly, do something with those images, put them in a book or collect them in a personal blog, just somehow collect them, so you can enjoy them. Here are some of my favourites, and I am going to post these more regularly which might inspire. My only regret is not starting this project sooner... DCIM100GOPROGOPR0024. 3D4A1966AS 3D4A1995AS 3D4A5961AS3D4A1931AS IMG_1421AS 3D4A1953AS 3D4A8691AS IMG_1462AS IMG_1555AS IMG_1560AS IMG_5511AS IMG_5508AS
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