Elma Family Kitty Photography

Me and Mine: a family portrait for June


All it took was one little blog post. One little blog post called Me and Mine. The idea is simple, post a family portrait once a month. But it wasn’t until I started flipping through the thousands of photos on my hard drive looking for a shot to join in that I realised how few pictures of the four of us I actually have. I’ve got pictures taken on the beach last September (H, Kitty, me and the bump that became Elma), pictures of the new foursome plus Grandpa taken in December, and pictures of two sisters and their families taken to celebrate my nephew’s arrival in April.

And that’s it. The rest of the folders have shots of Kitty, Elma, Kitty and Elma, a few with H, and an even slighter smattering with me in on one of those rare occasions when I hand the camera off to someone else and they manage to get us in focus.

I know that, assuming I work out how to back up WordPress, the girls will always have my words to tell our story, but I don’t want to write myself out of the pictures either. I love that if I consciously focus on taking at least one portrait of all of us each month we’ll be able to look back and see the gradual changes, the subtle shifting of baby to toddler and toddler to little girl, and maybe eventually little girl to young woman.

The everyday ordinary tells so much more of the story than a photo taken to mark a special occasion or a once a year (Christmas, I’m looking at you), although there’s no chance that the camera isn’t coming out then either. It might seem a little strange to start now, after all the very talented group of Mummies who dreamt this up are half way through their year, but there’s a strong element of “if you don’t start now, when are you going to start?”, and also, it’s June.

June, our birthday month, the start of our year of being 33. So here’s my commitment to the plan; a family photo each month for our year of 33. And on the basis that if you do things 10 times it becomes a habit, it should be second nature by March.

So with all that in mind, when we packed bathers, quilts and chocolate biscuits for an afternoon at the park earlier this week, I added the remote trigger to my camera bag, and Kitty’s blue stripy sandcastle bucket as a stand in tripod.

This is my favourite,

Me and Mine; June

Kitty’s beautiful smile, me in a scruffy old t-shirt, Elma not quite sure what to make of all the giggly goings on around her, and H doting on his girls. I think that pretty much sums up June in a nutshell.

But I couldn’t not post these:

me and mine June

June family portrait

Only time will tell whether July will make us any more adult; on the current evidence advancing years appear to be having no impact whatsoever!

dear beautiful

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  • lucy at dear beautiful 30/06/2013 at 10:18 am

    There is never a bad time to join in with this project and start collecting these memories. Welcome!
    I love these photos, they are so fun and they really show how close you all are which is lovely. And you have put into words so eloquently why it is that this project started in the first place, because photographing the big events isn’t enough. Until we started doing this I had two photos of us as a four, one from the day our daughter was born, and one from Christmas (3 months later). Nothing at all from the three months inbetween where we had settled into becoming a family, and that makes me so sad.
    Family portraits have definitely become a habit for us now, which I love. Even my photoshoot hating husband spots good locations to get photos now, so I know he loves that we are taking them, even if he hates the act of going out to get them. 😉

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you! I was really surprised at how few pictures I had, given how many I take, but hopefully this is the start of a new album of our family story.

  • Charlotte 30/06/2013 at 11:43 am

    Great photos! I love the last one, it looks like your daughter is flying! 🙂 I love this project as before this year I had no photos of us all together. Thanks Lucy! 🙂 x

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:19 pm

      According to H she pretty much was flying at that point…!

  • nic@nipitinthebud 30/06/2013 at 12:46 pm

    I love these pictures – you’ve inspired me to try and get some pics next month using a tripod rather than always resorting to arms reach!

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:18 pm

      The little blue bucket was a surprisingly good tripod – my real one is far too cumbersome to pack on a whim!

  • Caro 30/06/2013 at 1:56 pm

    I really love the bottom one, but they are all great pictures. I’m still working hard on making this a habit too, and unfortunately have missed two months since we started in January, but I’m determined to stick with it. Oh, and we are the same age, but definitely not all that adult over here!

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:21 pm

      I’m hoping I don’t miss any months but even the odd month skipped is better than nothing at all. I suspect I need to start planning the next one already.

  • Becky Arber 30/06/2013 at 4:06 pm

    Welcome to me & mine! If what you say is true I’ve only got four more pictures to take before this becomes habit!!
    These are lovely shots, you look like you all get on really well!! Lush!

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:26 pm

      I think that’s the stat – cake took a lot fewer tastings to be habit forming, and a myriad of bad habits suggest some things need a little longer so we’ll just have to wait and see!

  • Lauren 30/06/2013 at 6:13 pm

    These are fabulous photos. I love the focus on the first one x

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:27 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Save EveryStep - family stories past and present) 30/06/2013 at 6:47 pm

    These are lovely, and it’s great to ‘meet’ you. I popped over from the Me and Mine hop. Helen, from SaveEVeryStep

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:28 pm

      Lovely to meet you too – I’m meeting so many gorgeous new to me blogs it’s definitely a win-win project!

  • mandycharlie 30/06/2013 at 7:39 pm

    I love the last one too, I was going to say exactly the same thing, Kitty looks like she’s flying.

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:32 pm

      Wriggler extraordinaire!

  • Emily 30/06/2013 at 8:22 pm

    I LOVE these pictures, I’m so glad the me & mine project is inspiring you too! Isn’t it a great idea. I’m looking forward to having a year of pictures!

    • Carie 30/06/2013 at 10:31 pm

      If I manage to get all 12 I’m going to have to frame them all together like a really slow stop motion film!

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  • My Two Mums 01/07/2013 at 10:04 am

    I love these photos! You all look so happy 🙂

    • Carie 04/07/2013 at 8:30 am

      It was a lot of fun rolling around on the grass while Elma just stared at us like we were mad!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/07/2013 at 10:26 pm

    Oh my goodness, these are just fabulous. What great photos. I totally agree with my two mums, you look so happy all of you. Welcome to me and mine, it is so much fun pushing yourselves to get a family photo each month- and I bet we will all treasure them in years to come. These definitely need to go in a frame.x

    • Carie 04/07/2013 at 8:26 am

      I think they’re already earmarked for printing for the grandparents!

  • Chloe 03/07/2013 at 4:46 pm

    These are gorgeous photos. And as I said already, I just love the way you’ve described the reasons for taking your family photos – it’s exactly how we all feel.

    • Carie 04/07/2013 at 8:25 am

      Thank you – I suspect one day, depending on the fashion of the time, our children will be glad we did!