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Me and Mine 2015: July


After my last couple of Me and Mine pictures turned out to be pictures that I liked rather than truly truly loved and wanted to put on the wall, I’ve been reading around and around and around trying to pick up tips and tricks to improve my photography, and the big thing that kept coming through was that for a family of five, I need to plan.  The vast majority of my pictures are candid, or sort of semi-candid, we rarely go out on a specific photo shoot, I just take the camera with me almost every time I leave the house, the remote trigger lives in my handbag and the buggy makes a great impromptu tripod.  If we see somewhere pretty we can stop and take a picture and the most planned we get is the increase in the number of trips to pretty places towards the end of the month.

But for this month I decided that we were going to have an actual proper photo shoot.  We were going to go up to the windmill in the late afternoon sunshine and it was going to be glowing and lovely and everyone would be smiley and happy because it’s such a happy place to be.

Well this is England, and July, and when I finally glimpsed a teeny tiny gap in the cloud and the merest hint of blue sky, it was all systems go; children into car, camera and tripod and iPhone and finally H who I’m almost certain would rather have stayed at home to watch The Ashes, and off we went.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

I’m claiming that that little bit of slightly brighter sky that you can see just behind us is the sunshine that I promised them.  They don’t look entirely convinced do they.

But the advantage of the windmill on an ‘it’s almost about to rain’ afternoon is that everyone else has far more sense and it’s deserted.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

The one man and his dog who were there had headed home but the time we made it up the hill so I thought we’d try a few long range shots to get the windmill in too, and while you may not be able to see it, these are the photos in which everyone has the biggest smiles.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

Because my remote trigger doesn’t cover the 20 something metres between the wall and the camera, so the only way to do it was to press the timer, and run.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

For the record, H, Kitty and I all managed the sprint by ourselves, but carrying a baby Pip and trying to run without jiggling him is …. more of an effort!

By this point the clouds were darkening and I was steadfastly ignoring anything that might have been a spit of rain, and after a ration of mini oreo cookies to all but the smallest member of the family, I tried for the illusive, all five looking at the camera shot.

But my sweet little Pip had other ideas.  Poor boy, he’d been carried up the hill in the sling, sprinted across the grass and passed from pillar to post while we ran back and forth to the camera and he wanted out and down and time and space to wriggle and show off his latest trick

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine


He’s so determined to keep up with everyone else, and if that means hanging onto the wall so he can stand up, then the wall it is.  And while I know you can’t see his smile, I promise it’s there and broader than ever.

And then, as the first drops seriously started to fall, and mere moments before we all hightailed it into the bottom of the windmill to wait for the squall to pass.  Kitty’s telling me that it’s awfully windy, Elma is waving and Pip’s expression is utter confusion, but we’re all looking at the camera – it’s a wonder the heavens didn’t open and a heavenly chorus appear (or maybe they did and angels travel by raindrops).

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

So here we are, my little family, in July.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

Next month’s challenge; encouraging small people to smile at a black box on a stick.

And now of course for the best part: the outtakes.

I’ve only got one, taken just after the last family shot.  The girls are sprinting for cover, H has walked forward to pick the camera up and Pip and I are following and it’s all very much as your would expect, except for Pip’s expression.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine


He does not look impressed with the camera; that’s a pure “you are not allowed to steal my Mama” look, usually reserved for sisters!

dear beautiful

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  • Notmyyearoff 31/07/2015 at 8:52 am

    Lovely setting and lovely photos too. I love how Pip is eyeing the camera so suspiciously. 🙂 I always love out takes too!

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:45 pm

      He’s really very cross with the camera isn’t he!

  • Louise 31/07/2015 at 9:30 am

    Love Pip’s expression in the final photo and well done for managing to get a couple of photos of you all looking at the camera. Two very happy shots there and a gorgeous location for your photos even if the rain did start to fall at the end! Well done to Pip for being able to stand up now – lovely little milestone! 🙂

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:45 pm

      He’s hilarious isn’t he!

  • Kathryn 31/07/2015 at 1:06 pm

    Great pictures Carie, although I always love looking at your family photos every month and watching the little ones grow! The setting is so beautiful. Well done to Pip for starting to find his feet!

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you 🙂 He’s so cute standing up!

  • LauraCYMFT 31/07/2015 at 1:24 pm

    These are great photos! Such fun! The things we do to get that family shot.

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:40 pm

      I know! Bribery corruption and running!

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 31/07/2015 at 4:15 pm

    Wonderful happy photos Carie! Love Pip’s expressions!

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:39 pm

      thank you – he does have the funniest faces!

  • Hayley (@hayleyfromhome) 31/07/2015 at 4:22 pm

    These are some of my favourites of yours, and you have everyone looking at the camera! They are so good and such a beautiful setting, I love that you have shared a few outtakes too, these are always the ones I love to look at! #meandmine

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:39 pm

      Aww thank you, they’re some of my favourites too!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 31/07/2015 at 6:31 pm

    Haha love this, best laid plans eh? Lovely shots at the end though and lovely long range ones too 🙂 our little lady likes standing a lot too these days and is rarely happy doing anything else!! Xx

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:39 pm

      It’s always the way isn’t it – good old british weather!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 31/07/2015 at 6:42 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I love the story behind them, I can just imagine it with you running in and the wind blowing everyone! x

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you – it was a lot of fun, and even the rain just added another level of silliness!

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 31/07/2015 at 8:39 pm

    That is the coolest windmill I have ever seen!!! Do you know I have never thought to print out my me and mine photos- but now I am totally going to do it and put them up my stairs!! #meandmine

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:37 pm

      Oh I need to print some of mine – I think the last ones I printed were a couple of years ago!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 31/07/2015 at 8:52 pm

    Ha! Press and run is what I do every single month… I like to think it makes me look rosy-complexioned for the picturesque! Yes… Plan! I thi that’s what I’m learning with 5 to contend with… So glad to have you a few months further along the line! Gorgeous photoshop! Ps – I love Pop’s giraffe bottom!

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:37 pm

      Ah so that’s the answer is it! And you do look very picturesque!! The giraffe bottoms are Frughi, possibly from the girls sections, but we love them!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 31/07/2015 at 8:55 pm

    PPS – pls excuse the stupid predictive text… That’s *pictures*, *think*, *photos* and *Pip*!!!

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:36 pm

      Oh I love autocorrect

  • Jenny 31/07/2015 at 8:58 pm

    Oh Carie these are truly beautiful captures and what a lovely place to take family captures and make memories in the process. I love them so much. The kids look like they were having fun too. How do you do it? lol The windmill in the background is awesome. #meandmine

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:35 pm

      Bribery and corruption with mini Oreos?!!

  • Amy @ Very Much So... 31/07/2015 at 9:37 pm

    I love, love that first photo of you all with the windmill in the background. You got so many nice photos this month, I don’t know how you manage it with three little ones. I struggle just with one! x

    • Carie 31/07/2015 at 9:54 pm

      I take a lot of pictures!! And the running around seems to help!

  • Helen | Wonderfully Average 31/07/2015 at 10:27 pm

    Brilliant pictures, I think my favourite is of little Pip showing off his new trick! I love the windmill too, what an amazing setting #MeAndMine

    • Carie 01/08/2015 at 11:02 pm

      thank you – it’s amazing how quickly he’s picked it up and gone for it!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/07/2015 at 11:47 pm

    You got five people looking at a camera, I am in awe and will be coming to you for advice. Beautiful photos and what a lovely backdrop. I am so excited that we have a car now, as we can go to pretty places for our me and mines!

    • Carie 01/08/2015 at 11:03 pm

      That’s wonderful news and very exciting – I shall look forward to all your pictures from places near and far!

  • barnraised (Jen) 01/08/2015 at 4:01 am


    • Carie 01/08/2015 at 11:03 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Donna 01/08/2015 at 10:24 pm

    I love how you’ve included outtakes! That first photo is just beautiful x

    • Carie 01/08/2015 at 11:05 pm

      Oh you have to have the outtakes – they’re always the funniest in our family!

  • Lee Cockrum 02/08/2015 at 12:04 am

    That windmill is the coolest thing ever!!! I’d love to take photos there!! What about “bartering” photography services with someone else who has a family?! That way you could do some kind of cool stuff!!

    • Carie 02/08/2015 at 10:56 pm

      Oh that sounds like a good idea!

  • older mum in a muddle 02/08/2015 at 9:47 am

    I really love the last set of photos in particular – what a trooper Pip is, and he’s looking gorgeous as ever! X

    • Carie 02/08/2015 at 11:01 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/08/2015 at 2:17 pm

    What beautiful photos Carie and a stunning location- I would love to find a windmill like that around here. I also love Pip’s little tights/leggings- utterly adorable, I would show my bottom to the camera if I was him too! x

    • Carie 02/08/2015 at 11:05 pm

      I love baby leggings with pictures on the bum – he used to have some with a fox and now he has the giraffe and a zebra pair – when the babies are crawling it’s so much fun!

  • Stephanie 02/08/2015 at 3:50 pm

    Oh I love these photos, beautiful setting and really lovely group photos. I am with you, that I always just capture it at the time rather than having a ‘photoshoot’ but your tips you learnt were worth it as you captured some great photos.

    • Carie 02/08/2015 at 11:07 pm

      I think I shall keep hoping for an impromptu shoot but plan something if we’re getting near to the end of the month.

  • Two Boy Mummy 02/08/2015 at 5:05 pm

    Haha! Your children’s expressions on this series of photos are priceless! I know what you mean about imagining the perfect, glowy family pic and then getting something different . . . but these reflect real family life, and there’s something very lovely about that.

    Kelly x

    • Carie 02/08/2015 at 11:08 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • sally 25/08/2015 at 1:34 pm

    Lovely choice of settings, and beautiful photos. As always the outtake steals the show! I’m very impressed that you got H out for that with Ashes on, I would not have stood a chance with 2 from my household!

    • Carie 27/08/2015 at 10:41 pm

      bribery and corruption wins again!