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31/10/2015

Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip The 52 Project

44/52 {The 52 Project}

31/10/2015

Linking up with Jodi with a portrait of each of my children once every week for 2015 and a bit of a Halloween theme!
Space for the Butterflies - the 52 Project

Kitty: You’re coming to the end of your first half term and I think you’ve had a blast and a much needed break.  You were so tired coming home on your last day of school but a visit from Grandpa over the weekend and then your birthday treat surprise with Grandma and Grandad (lunch out and a trip to Disney on Ice) means that your finishing the week brimming over with happiness.  You loved our trip to the pumpkin farm, spent a lot of time carefully weighing up the merits of each pumpkin so that when we asked you to choose one you’d had it picked for half an hour.  As I write this it’s sat on my desk next to me and I know you have some very specific plans for carving it, let’s hope Daddy and my carving skills can match up to them!

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/200, f/4, ISO 100)

Space for the Butterflies - the 52 Project

Elma: I do have pictures of you among the pumpkins for this week too, a matching set to go with your brother and sister, but there was just something about this shot that I couldn’t resist.  We were walking down the hill at Charlecote on the pumpkin trail and I’d been taking pictures of your silhouette sat up on Daddy’s shoulders when you turned around to smile at me, sharing your joy in the moment and I think a little bit checking I was still there. You’ve not always understood why I’m not around as much as I used to be, and jobs don’t mean much to a two year old, but I promise I am here as much as I possibly can be, not a minute wasted.

(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/250, f/4 , ISO 100)

Space for the Butterflies - the 52 Project

Pip: apparently when you are 14 months, and your favourite thing to do is climbing anything and everything, a pumpkin farm is just the most exciting place ever.  We’d barely stepped into the big barn before you were wriggling to be put down and start exploring, climbing and crawling and rolling off them. I think you may have invented crowd surfing pumpkins!
(Nikon D80, 35mm 1.8 lens – 1/125, f/5, ISO 100)

Elma Family Kitty Me and Mine Photography Pip

Me and Mine 2015: October

31/10/2015

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

How are we in October already? The way I perceive time is never going to slow down is it? I feel like I’m always saying this but really this month has whistled past.  It’s the combination of working weeks and school weeks and the winter darkness starting to close in at either end of the day and suddenly before we knew where we were it was half term, and the end of the month and a tiny moment to pause and take stock.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

We’re no longer new to the school, H has got the school run down to a fine art, including a bit of time for Kitty to get some fresh air racing around the playground in the morning before the bell goes, he’s settled in to the routine of playgroup and gym club and doing the shopping and looking after the house, although he claims that the laundry is his nemesis.  The children are thriving and he’s loving getting to spend so much time with them.  He’s got two more videos of their days out under construction; everything he’s absorbed about blogging and videos over the years is paying off!

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

With half a term under our belts I can see a difference in Kitty from the little girl that first walked through the gate on a sunny September morning.  She’s made friends, been to birthday parties, and runs in every morning, wreathed in smiles and usually without a backward glance.  Miss Elma is enjoying her time as sole big sister, and Pip’s chief source of entertainment. The other day she spent ages building wooden block towers for him and rolling on the floor laughing whenever he knocked them down with his nose.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And as for me, well I’m still finding my groove in our new normal.  It was never going to be easy to adjust to being away from the children, however much I love my work and I’m making the most of every moment at home.  Which right now means throwing ourselves into a little Halloween silliness.

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

All of these pictures came from our trip to the pumpkin farm. Last year we tried to go to a pumpkin farm that we found on google and we drove and drove and drove, round and around until finally we conceded that we were in the right spot, but without a single pumpkin in sight.  This year, we followed the truck with the giant inflatable pumpkin on top to a barn filled to bursting with absolutely giant pumpkins.  It was perfect, and such a relaxed happy atmosphere, lots of people were choosing pumpkins and taking pictures but there was plenty of space to wander around and take all the time you needed, and a haunted castle to explore that the girls thought was hilarious, especially when H, carrying our whopper pumpkin, got tangled up in the curtain across the doorway and all we could see was a floating pumpkin saying “help! help!”

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

And from a photography perspective it really was such a great backdrop.  We were getting towards the golden hour when we turned up, but the autumn’s just one long golden hour and in a barn covered in plastic sheeting it was the perfect sort of diffused sunlight that my camera loves.  And with my Dad visiting for the weekend, we even had a real person behind the camera which means that the children have half a chance of being looking in the right direction.  I could have easily taken double the number of pictures and spent the entire rest of the afternoon chasing Pip to catch his funny expressions but we were on a mission to choose our giant pumpkin and we did finally tear ourselves away from the camera(s).

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine

But the result of all that photography indulgence is that we have some of my favourite pictures of the five of us yet, pictures that caught Pip’s chuckle when Kitty tickles him, or the face that Elma pulls at the moment when you ask her to smile.  They are the next pictures to go on my desk, my whole world, my family, in October:

Space for the Butterflies - Me and Mine