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Me and Mine – a family portrait for May

31/05/2014

Being always the optimist, and apparently somewhat forgetful about the vagaries of the English summer I didn’t take our Me and Mine pictures this month when it would have been sensible, back in the days of wall to wall blue skies, endless sunshine and whole days spent outside. Instead of course I waited until the last possible day on which any let up in the rain was even vaguely forecast and rounded the family up for a trip to the park, all the while steadily ignoring the ominously black clouds building in the background.

Because much as I love the pictures that I have of us all at home, I wanted these to be special pictures, because this, for us, is a special Me and Mine. Twelve months ago I realised that despite the gazillion photos I take each month, I actually didn’t have that many with all four of us in, and that that needed to change. So last June I committed us to a family portrait each month, for at least a year, and here we are, 11 sets of photos all neatly stacked up in the virtual archives, and today makes 12.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And so we came back to where it first began; our favourite park, full of shady trees and pretty spots and enough space that you can set up a tripod and take pictures without feeling particularly self conscious, or people intentionally or unintentionally photo bombing your shot and having to be photoshopped into trees! (Also to note that my spacial awareness has clearly improved because I set up this shot with a shrubbery behind us not a path – yay, evidence of actual learning!).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

They are I think some of my favourites of the whole year. They’re still imperfectly perfect; I can either have everyone looking at the camera or everyone smiling, but not both; but I think they capture the fun we had, the giggles of the girls, the way they both just adore their Daddy, and the relaxed happiness I feel when we’re all together.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And as always with us, perhaps it’s the out takes that have the most personality!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen some of the behind the scenes footage as small girls ran off to check each picture, or just careened around for the fun of it, and this just about sums up out photo shoots in a nutshell!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s a bit of a change from last year!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I can’t really find words to say how happy I am that I decided to jump on board with this project. I love having these little markers of our family life, of the changing of the seasons, and the gradual changes in our girls (and more recently in me), and I know that we will always treasure them, just as I know that I’m not going to be stopping any time soon. Family pictures have become a habit long ago, and a very good habit it is too!

And so at the risk of crashing everyone’s computer with far too many pictures, here we have my little family, in June, July, August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April and May!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

 

 

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  • Lauren 31/05/2014 at 7:20 am

    Oh I love this! You have such a gorgeous family! Will you continue for the next year when someone else arrives? I think I want join this. I’ll post pictures if our attempted Easter family photo & you’ll see why 😉

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:34 pm

      You should totally join in, it’s so much fun! And I’ve no plans to stop any time soon, taking family pictures has just become part of the rhythm of our family and I love the result!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 31/05/2014 at 7:52 am

    Ahhh… Happy Me and Mine anniversary! So lovely to see family life unfold and these next 12 will bring quite a lot of change for you too! How exciting!

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:35 pm

      Yes, next May’s round up is going to be quite something isn’t it!

  • Capture by Lucy 31/05/2014 at 8:10 am

    We are so thrilled you joined in with #MeandMine it’s such a wonderful reminder of happy family times and the lush green makes the perfect backdrop for this month! I can’t wait to see another small person appear! xxxx

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:36 pm

      Aww thank you! Well hopefully August’s picture will be of a family of five, although there are no guarantees!

  • Emily 31/05/2014 at 8:15 am

    I love love love these pics, even the outtakes are gorgeous! And what a great backdrop!

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you – we’re very lucky to have some gorgeous parks near us that are just perfect for pictures!

  • lucy at dear beautiful 31/05/2014 at 7:17 pm

    Big yay for a whole year of photos. All lovely and all, as you say, marking those tiny differences each month that add up to big changes over a year. I love this months photos, and that you went back to where it all started. x

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:41 pm

      It surprised me how much of a change I could see when we put them all together, not just in Elma, who you can practically see growing by the hour, but in Kitty too! I’m so glad I joined in, so thank you for putting your New Year’s Resolution into practice!

  • Katie 31/05/2014 at 7:25 pm

    The out takes are amazing Carie!They have so much personality behind them 🙂
    Love all your shots together too – i started in July so next month i should have a full set too! x

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:41 pm

      Yay for an almost full set for you too! And I’ll admit I rather like the out takes too!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 31/05/2014 at 8:38 pm

    Looking back at the year of photos is great, I love seeing the differences, Elma was a tiny baby last June! x

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:44 pm

      I know!! And she stayed in one place! I love that over the year the one constant is her slightly bemused expression!

  • Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 31/05/2014 at 9:30 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I love the ones of Elma and Kitty running around! Congratulations on a year!

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you – they were so funny wanting to run around in all directions and then look to see what the camera shot!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 31/05/2014 at 10:23 pm

    Yay to a year, it’s something so lovely to look back on, my hubby very kindly made me a book of them all for Christmas. I love this months, you all look pretty relaxed and natural. Xx

    • Carie 31/05/2014 at 11:48 pm

      Oh what a lovely idea – I had a thought of using them for a calendar or something like that, and I definitely need to print a few more out soon!

  • Double Trouble 01/06/2014 at 12:39 am

    I love how you all are having so much fun taking these photo’s and that’s how it should be 🙂

    • Carie 01/06/2014 at 9:10 am

      Thank you 🙂 it was definitely a fun afternoon!

  • Becky Arber 01/06/2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love your year of pictures! You all look so perfect for the months in each one. It would make a beautiful calendar!

    • Carie 02/06/2014 at 10:24 am

      Thank you 🙂 I printed the first couple of months and then rather forgot – I think at the very least I need to go back and do some printing!

  • Lauren 01/06/2014 at 11:40 pm

    Oh yay!! Well done. It’s lovely seeing all your photos together like that. And it’s been wonderful seeing your beautiful girls grow and of course the excitement of your pregnancy and watching your bump grow. Such a special year and the second year will be just as if not even more special too xx

    • Carie 02/06/2014 at 10:28 am

      Thank you – I’ll admit I rather enjoyed seeing them all together – and yes, next year’s collage should be rather fun to see some even bigger changes!

  • Jenny 02/06/2014 at 8:37 am

    I love that you got one each month for so long and made a collage of it. So beautiful. And lovely photos of this month too Carie. Truly a gorgeous family. Love that you also get outside for so many of yours. We really struggle. Every time we are all four together it’s always raining, need to start getting creative with my family portraits. lol #me&mine

    • Carie 02/06/2014 at 10:32 am

      Oh I know what you mean about the sinking realisation that this is the last day you’re going to have before the end of the month to get everyone together in the daylight and it’s pouring with rain outside! I love my outdoor shots so much I’m going to have to put some more thought into the winter shots for this next year – any ideas?

  • JuggleMum, Nadine Hill (@Businessmum) 02/06/2014 at 1:56 pm

    It’s looking like a lovely calendar!!! Great photos!

    • Carie 02/06/2014 at 8:42 pm

      It would be rather fun as a calendar wouldn’t it!

  • Karen 02/06/2014 at 2:02 pm

    I didn’t manage a whole year last year bug am looking forward to doing it this year. Just gorgeous x

    • Carie 02/06/2014 at 8:48 pm

      It is incredibly satisfying to look back on a whole year – it makes all the last minute aargh we need a photo moments worth it!