I’m often asked if I still document my children “as they are” anymore. And I have to say in all honesty – yes, however – not as often as I would like. Its not to say that I don’t want to. I just get distracted with work, life and well living. As a photographer I often find I am like a plumber with bad plumbing.
A few years ago whilst traveling I took lots of photographs of the family. Like the one above. This is Penny holding a sword that we had picked out for a shoot of the girls in an English garden – Robin Hood style.
The girls had dreamed up the shoot when they found a stick with a feather in it, all carved into the shape of an arrow. It was obvious another child had stayed in the same house, which by the way use to be the holiday house of the Queen (apparently). A gorgeous English estate in West Sussex with the most extraordinary gardens.
The girls loved the gardens. So the Robin Hood shoot was dreamed up and off we went to shop for it. A few bits of leather, old skirts and of course a sword. The one Penny is holding in the above pic.
And below are the results (which I posted a year ago). Which photograph are more real?
My answer is truly both because I just love to explore and expand on the imagination of children – whilst also documenting what they are doing with their “right now” imaginations.
To me neither is less real. Just two different styles I guess. xoxo
PS this post makes me want to go through all the family pics for overseas and share some. If only I had more time!
January 1 of 2014 and I am so somber, - no, just quiet and patiently awaiting the future. I feel grateful, and like a child wide eyed with hope for what is to come.
A new baby coming to complete our family of already beautiful babies.
Simpler times ahead and …did I mention a little baby!
We are all very excited.
This is my daughter, Talia. I am her mummy so of course I cant help but think she is just so beautiful (as I do Penny & Ede) however I just love how she can hauntingly stare down the camera.
I have used this photograph in the Natural Retouching Video in the upcoming post processing videos that are being released on the 15th of January.
So today, this 1st day of 2014, I just want you to know that you are beautiful. Yes you!
HAPPY NEW YEAR.