Elma Family Kitty Photography Pip Siblings

Siblings 2015 {November}

15/11/2015

Back in March, in search of somewhere to put the children for a Siblings photo shoot I tucked them all into the big saucer swing at the park; Kitty very much the photographer’s assistant – “hold onto your brother and let’s hope your sister doesn’t move”.

Pip looked so teeny tiny tucked up in the middle of his sisters, and Elma didn’t seem much bigger, but they were thrilled to be together, gently swinging in the sunshine.

Roll on eight months and we found ourselves back at the same park and the same swing and wow what a difference those months have made.

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

It’s not just Pip, who frankly looks like he’s doubled, but I can see the changes so clearly in Elma and Kitty too.  They all still love the saucer swing and now that the chances of one of them (Elma or Pip, take your pick) suddenly deciding to stand up and leap off are less, they can all go a little bit faster too.  Great fun for them, more of a challenge for photos!

And all that growing means that so much more of the playpark has opened up to them too.  Kitty has nailed the fireman’s pole and seems to be able to climb just about anything, Elma is determined to go on each and every roundabout or even anything that might be a roundabout, and my once tiny, couldn’t sit up yet baby Pip Squeak is a determined but wobbly toddler who is quite certain he’s not going to get left behind and would give Edmund Hilary a run for his money.

Which would be how they all ended up like this:

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

(“Elma? What is our sister doing?”)

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

I’ve always said that my photography style is ‘perfectly imperfect’ and these are a perfect example of the made up genre.  But it’s a genre I love, not just because it’s the only sort of photos I can take, but because I think it brings my little trio’s personalities to the fore and tells the story of their relationship in a way that would never come across in a formal studio portrait.

Every month their friendship as a three gets stronger and stronger as Pip also gets stronger and stronger and it’s lovely to see them truly share their fun, even if it’s just sitting on the lounge floor building block towers.  I love that in these saucer swing photos all three of them are clearly loving it, and they speak of the sweetness and the almost maternal sisterly affection that Kitty and Elma have for Pip.  They love that he’s starting to walk and for every time I stand him up against the furniture and call him to walk to me just to see him do it, Kitty and Elma will be trying to persuade him to totter between them.  It’s quite unbelievably cute.

And then the pictures in the weird roundabout dish (what is that supposed to be, does anyone know?). I can see in the way that Pip is looking to Elma for explanation and reassurance, the cementing of their friendship as something separate to Kitty, built up as they spend so much time together without their big sister.

But mostly, I see their smiles.

Two little sisters, and their brother too, in November:

Space for the Butterflies - Siblings

I wrote most of this post on the train home on Friday night and then sat with H, shocked and dismayed to see the news from Paris, a city we love so much once again torn up by terror and grief and it suddenly seemed so very trivial to be writing about children in a play park. Except that it’s not, they are my joy that balances the sadness and the reason to keep striving for peace, so that maybe, just maybe, we can leave them a legacy of a world where no one is trying to hold us ransom with fear.

dear beautiful

This month I’m sending you on to the lovely Amber. Her adorable twins are actually a whole year old now and as the boys only seem to get cuter and cuter I can’t wait to see her beautiful photos. And so now it’s your turn; how have your Siblings been this month?



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  • The Reading Residence 15/11/2015 at 7:43 am

    Lovely idea to revisit the playground. They do look like they’re having so much fun together, their smiles are beautiful x

  • Annie 15/11/2015 at 8:45 am

    I love how you capture their characters perfectly, and I know exactly what you mean, when they are outside plating as usual that’s the best time to capture those natural snippets of their lives to show them when they re older.
    Love those faces in the 3rd one down!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM) 15/11/2015 at 9:06 am

    Such lovely happy shots of your full of fun trio Caries and I love your genre of photography you are absolutely right the in the wake of horrors such as this that happy moments like these are even more important xx

  • Suzanne 15/11/2015 at 9:12 am

    Gorgeous post Carrie, so lovely to observe them growing and striving for new things. I love your sentiment at the end too. So very true. X

  • lucy at dear beautiful 15/11/2015 at 9:29 am

    Aww, I love these Carie, they look like they’re having so much fun. And it’s so interesting to hear about how Elma and Pip are forging a relationship that is separate from Kitty, as I suspect my girlies will do that too. I think that’s a big bonus of being the middle kid actually, you get to be close to both siblings in different ways. x

  • Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) 15/11/2015 at 9:44 am

    These are such beautiful photos Carie and such a difference from your March photos – the girls and Pip have grown so much. Love the shots where they’re sitting up, especially the one where Pip is looking at Elma – that expression on his face is just fabulous. I don’t think it is trivial at all to be writing about children in a playpark in the wake of what has happened in Paris – focusing on the joy and the wonder that children bring is a way of bringing back a little bit of light and positivity into the world. These little ones are the most important reasons to keep trying to fill the world with joy, with love and with peace x

  • Colette B 15/11/2015 at 9:08 pm

    I love your perfectly imperfect photos – they’re so natural and absolutely capture your babies. Who wants to see them sitting neatly in a line anyway 😉

  • barnraised (Jen) 15/11/2015 at 9:46 pm

    Cute! 🙂

  • Donna 15/11/2015 at 10:03 pm

    They all look so happy!! They are growing up so fast and Pip looks so much bigger! x

  • Christina @ Ladybug Home & Designs 16/11/2015 at 12:14 am

    This photos are filled with some fun and character. I am always curious about how relationships develop with 2 or more. Thank you for sharing with us.#Siblings

  • Katy (What Katy Said) 16/11/2015 at 7:36 pm

    You are so right, they bring us joy and that is why we must carry on with hope of the future. Really lovely post hun xx

  • LauraCYMFT 16/11/2015 at 7:59 pm

    Such beautiful photos! Pip is getting so big! I love his face as he’s looking at his sister as if to say what is going on here?!

  • Lauren | Belle du Brighton 16/11/2015 at 9:38 pm

    I love the phrase Perfectly Imperfect, i’d not read it for a long time and it reminded me of my old dance school teacher! Anyway gorgeous photos and Pip is really catching up with his sisters isn’t he!

  • Jane - Our Little Escapades 19/11/2015 at 6:51 am

    I love your photos, I think you are so brave putting them all on the swing. I love to hear how their relationships are developing. I’m sure pip will be chasing them around soon x

    • Carie 20/11/2015 at 7:59 am

      Oh I don’t doubt it, his walking is coming along in leaps and bounds!!