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Siblings – in October


If there is one thing that I am rapidly discovering it’s that taking a picture of three children is a bit of a challenge, especially when one of them can’t do anything beyond lying there and looking adorable and/or grumpily puzzled and the other two are extremely capable of running away no matter what the bribery and corruption on offer.

I’m glad that so many of my Siblings photos from earlier in the year were more candid shots of the girls in action and that I’ve captured all the running and jumping and chasing that’s the hallmark of their relationship at the moment because until Pip learns to crawl and gets fast enough to keep up with them I’m going to need them to come to him. And stay there.

The first is not a problem; six weeks in and he is still the first person they look for in the morning, the person they run to when we go to collect them from nursery, and the recipient of onslaughts of kisses, gentle cuddles, and a good few cuddly teddies.

The staying still? Well they’re one and four and behave exactly like one and four year olds; Mummy’s camera isn’t exactly riveting, especially when all this picture taking means that both the slide and the scooter have been temporarily abandonned and you could run off and play with them.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

I think it’s making me realise just how much my natural style is for very candid photography; up until now I’ve tended just to take the girls somewhere beautiful for a nice backdrop and let them run around and do their thing while I try to capture the special moments between them.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And the fact that this is pushing my photography out of that comfort zone is yet another reason why I’ve come to love these family milestone pictures so much; you can read all the theory, study all the pictures you like but nothing quite beats actually getting out there and taking some pictures, and I know I’m going to learn so much about composition and lighting more posed portrait shots through consciously trying to get all three of my little ones in the frame on a regular basis. At least I really hope so.  That or please brace yourselves for months photos of my children sat on my bed, and if all else fails, the outtakes are usually pretty funny where small people are concerned.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

But it’s more than just an excuse to improve my photography, it is, as always, about this little family of mine; watching the novelty value of a baby brother turn into love and with love into friendship.

I have loved capturing the sisterly relationship between my two big girls; the giggles and the laughter and the adventures shared.  That dynamic is still there; if anything I think it’s stronger now.  It’s precious in the quiet moments, on the days when we aren’t trying to go anywhere or do anything in particular, watching them play together, using the laundry baskets as pirate ships or hiding under the dinner table, or whatever Kitty’s latest re-enactment of Frozen might be.

It’s lovely to see the two of them playing together, and for the most part playing happily, and I’m really looking forward to seeing them start to include Pip in their games as he gets a bit bigger.  But for now the littlest part of my trio is still so very very little and new and fragile.  But if all that Kitty and Elma can do is kiss and pet their brother then they’re going to make sure he’s the most cuddled baby that two big sisters ever did have:

Two little sisters, and a brother too – in October:

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life



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This month I’m sending you on to a lovely (and award-winning!) lady who needs no introduction! Katie’s girls are a smidgen younger than Kitty and Elma and with a very similar age gap and I love seeing what her girls are up to – and recognising so much of the day to day life in a family of little girls.

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  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 10/10/2014 at 7:32 am

    Reenactments of Frozen?? I know all about that! Lovely pictures! Good to be pushed out of our comfort zone sometimes! I’m sure it’ll only make your photos even better than they already are! (If that’s possible!) #siblings

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:07 pm

      Yay – it’s not just us then!!

  • Keri-Anne 10/10/2014 at 8:39 am

    Oh, that last picture!!!!! LOVE! I am the same as in, i let the girls run around and i just capture the candid moments. I am awful and making them sit down and stay still and now that they are 3 and 6 and very stubborn little madames, i know they wouldn’t! x

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:06 pm

      Yours and mine both!! Persuading Elma to sit still for a photo is definitely a challenge – Kitty being slightly older is also slightly more able to grasp the concept of bribery!! But I think it’s the candid moments I love anyway – now I just have to work on finding the candid moments with a little tiny baby 🙂

  • Louise 10/10/2014 at 9:06 am

    That last picture is so gorgeous – can really see the love your little girls have for their brother shining out in it. Beautiful 🙂

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:05 pm

      I always knew they’d be great big sisters but I’ll admit it does make me feel very happy when I see them so affectionate towards him 🙂

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry 10/10/2014 at 9:50 am

    That last photo is just precious! Absolutely gorgeous x

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:04 pm

      thank you so much 🙂

  • The Reading Residence 10/10/2014 at 10:29 am

    It can;t be bad to be the most cuddled baby! I love the way you’ve captured them from above, and that last shot is totally adorable x

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:03 pm

      It’s a hard life true, but someone has to be that adored, and round here it’s Pip!

  • LauraCYMFT 10/10/2014 at 10:53 am

    Such cute photos. Love the last one.

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:03 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Kriss MacDonald 10/10/2014 at 7:54 pm

    Wonderful last photo of the three!

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:01 pm

      thank you – it’s my favourite too 🙂

  • sally 10/10/2014 at 9:59 pm

    What a beautiful last picture, and I understand your situation! I remember taking similar photos when both the girls were tiddly babies, and having to bribe boys to be part of the process! I’m not a set up a pose kind of person for photos either.

    • Carie 10/10/2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thank you 🙂 the last one is definitely my favourite! Hopefully I’ll get better at posing them as the months go on and I know I’ll always be glad I took them – whatever funny faces Pip is pulling!!

  • Vickie 11/10/2014 at 1:53 pm

    That last picture is so beautiful, it’s brought tears to my eyes! Definitely one to bring out in years to come when they’re squabbling with each other. 🙂

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:31 pm

      Proof that at one stage they all liked each other!!

  • lucy at dear beautiful 11/10/2014 at 2:25 pm

    Awww, these are so lovely. Pip looks like he’s totally showered with love by his big sisters, what a lucky boy. And it’s definitely true that photography is tricky when they are babies. I remember finding it really hard when our little miss was first born, and I desperately wanted a perfect picture of them as a pair, but it was so tricky. It wasn’t really until she got bigger that I could get those real relationship capturing photos I really wanted. But I think you’ve done an amazing job with your three, that kissy one is so incredibly adorable… not to mention making me very broody for another! x

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:30 pm

      Well three is a really great number ….!

  • Donna 11/10/2014 at 4:08 pm

    The photos of the three of them lying down are beautiful. I find it hard enough photographing two, let alone three! You have a beautiful family x

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:30 pm

      thank you very much 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 11/10/2014 at 7:14 pm

    Oh these are absolutely beautiful Carie! There’s nothing else to say about them but that. Amazing. x

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:29 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Jane 12/10/2014 at 8:12 am

    Love the photos, and the whole blog post. I’m so looking forward to Little E getting bigger so she can give Ethan a run for his money but at the same time I don’t want to rush it. But boy is the time flying so quickly. The laying on the floor photos work best for us too at the moment. No idea how I will capture them together when Little E can sit up!

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:29 pm

      I think it’s going to be the crawling stage that will get really challenging – then they can go in three separate directions!

  • Anna-Marie 12/10/2014 at 9:01 am

    Oh my heart is melting! these are beautiful.. I absolutely adore the way Kitty is cupping Pips face.. xx

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:27 pm

      It’s really sweet isn’t it – and if you look there’s a little Elma hand in there too – such adoring big sisters 🙂

  • Morgana @ butwhymummywhy 12/10/2014 at 9:46 am

    These are just beautiful Carie, so precious xx

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:24 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle 12/10/2014 at 7:56 pm

    Oh wow – that last picture is beautiful. X

    • Carie 13/10/2014 at 12:17 pm

      thank you – it’s definitely one of my favourite so far 🙂

  • Caro 13/10/2014 at 6:51 pm

    Aaaah Carie, these photos are SO precious! I absolutely LOVE the last one! Look at that little face — that boy is going to be utterly revered by his big sisters. He’s a lucky fellow indeed! 🙂 X

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 6:29 am

      Aww thank you – he really is 🙂

  • Camille 14/10/2014 at 1:43 pm

    Such precious photos!!

    • Carie 15/10/2014 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you 🙂