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Thought I’d go for something a little different for this title, and inject a little editorial street style into my photography today! My two teenagers have been wearing Converse for what feels like forever now, and my daughter even has a pair of black knee high lace up ones, so they are definitely part of their street style! Didn’t manage to get the knee high’s in this one as she wore them to school today!
You could be forgiven for thinking that I’m a bit obsessed with my kids footwear, but I promise I’m not, honest!
So today’s word is heart, a nice easy one for me! I did briefly consider the glass heart ornaments on the christmas tree, but really, when I think of my own heart, I instantly think of two very special people in my life, my kids. So really, the bigger challenge for me was how to portray what they mean to me.
As a photographer I’m lucky in that I have the most enormous stash of photos of my kids, and I have photos of them at all stages of their lives, and up to all sorts of mischief and fun. Relaxed individual portraits of them, newborn photos, family portraits, photos of them playing in the park and on the beach, and all the little moments that make up family life. But I have a feeling that if I post up any of those on here I will be in serious trouble with them! And I doubt very much that either of them will be willing to let me grab a photo of them today either, somehow, now they are in their late teens.
And then I remembered something someone once said to me which has stuck in my head ever since, and proven to be true over and over again, – that having children is like having your heart running around outside of your body, and totally beyond your ability to fully protect anymore.
So I had a dig through my baby memory box and found their first ever proper pairs of shoes for this image. Hard to imagine that they were ever this small!
Whilst I may not always be able to protect them as I like, particularly as they go off on their own adventures, one thing is certain, that wherever they go, they will always own my heart, and I will always treasure each of the photos I have of them wearing these shoes, and others like them, as they were off out & about, having fun and growing tall xxx
Ok, so just a quick warning, this is a bit of a personal post, purely for fun, and just because I wanted to!
This year I thought I would start the New Year a little differently, with a personal challenge to myself. I have to admit that since I’ve taken up photography as a full time, paying career, that I’ve got just a little lazy about taking photos for my own personal pleasure and satisfaction – but I’ve also noticed that it’s something I’ve missed too – I love the creative side of photography, the opportunity to explore my surroundings, to capture thoughts and feelings – of others or my own – and as a way to express myself, so I’ve decided to take some time out every day to do this just for me – but you’re welcome to come along on the journey if you fancy it – if you’re feeling really brave then the list is on my Facebook page and you could even join in with me! I’d love to see your photos too, and your interpretation of the daily subject.
I’m not too sure how this is going to go either! I’ve watched other facebook friends participate in various daily, weekly, monthly or even 365 day photo challenges, and have always been hugely impressed with their beautiful photos and creative interpretation of the themes, but I’ve also often sat there and thought ‘I’d never be able to do that/think of that’, feeling slightly jealous of their creativity too!
And I have no idea of whether this is even something I should really be including on my business website or not – you may all decide I’m ever so slightly mad and never want to let me near you with a camera ever again, who knows! So, if you have an opinion, either way, please do comment on these posts – I really would love to know what you think – if nothing else I’ll know I’m not just talking to myself!
So, today’s theme is:
Like most everyone, I usually spend a bit of time on New Year’s Eve thinking back over the past year, and wondering about the new one just ahead of us. I can’t say that I ever write any real resolutions down, as such, but I do have lots of thoughts and hopes for the coming year.
So when I saw the theme for today’s image it kind of reminded me that while I may have lots of hopes, plans and dreams for the coming year, I still need to remember to take time to enjoy every one of the 365 ‘today’s’ that my year will be made up of.
In a busy life it’s so easy to get caught up in all the ‘musts’ – must do, must see, must go, must have… the list can be endless and you can quickly get buried under it all. But this year, I want to remember to stop and take time out somewhere, every day, just for today.
So for ‘TODAY’ I’ve chosen an image of a counted cross stitch picture I’ve been working on for just about forever, of a Thai dancer in traditional costume. It’s my own personal reminder to take a little time today, for something special, – to savour a moment – maybe a conversation with one of my kids, or a walk with the dog, a cup of tea with a friend, a quiet time, a bike ride, or maybe to bake the family some cakes, or maybe even to put a few more stitches into this picture…..