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Family Stay in I.O.W

Documentary family photography is something I love to do and wish I could do more of. So today I wanted to share a few family photos from our break to the Isle of Wight last year. 

Documenting our own lives and our loved ones around us is so important, particularly with small children, they grow up so fast it's unbelievable. Ethan turned three last month and Isabelle is a now proper little girl, walking about, causing mischief, it feels like she is so much older now than in these photos which were taken just 6 months ago. 

During half term week in October we went from Nottingham to visit and stay with family on the Isle of Wight, the children's great grandma to be exact. This is pretty much an annual trip for us and it's lovely for the kids to be involved as well. This trip was Isabelle's first time across to the island and Ethan's second. 

With Ethan being 2.5 years old at the time, it was the first time that he really appreciated the ferry ride across to the island, he had a whale of a time (haha).

Most of these photos were taken at great grandma's house (isn't it funny that you talk in terms of the children's relationships), with a few from the park and of course a trip down to the beach and amusements. 

My favourite images from the set are of Isabelle having a melt down in the patch of light coming from the kitchen, the kids on the swings and Ethan's cheesy grin. 

It's great to look back at these photos and see the changes in the kids, and this is just after 6 months, I can only image what these images are going to mean to us in 5, 10, 15, 20 years time. It's like money in the bank with a high interest rate, they'll be worth so much more to me in years to come than when I took the photos.

I encourage you to take plenty of photos of your loved ones and one day you'll have a treasure trove of memories to share.

DP

Meatball

Meatball (what a fantastic name!) is a Bull-Pei puppy with loads of energy and a love of cheese. After setting up, Meatball wanted to explore what was going on and along with a little bribery (cheese) he duly posed (very briefly) for some wonderful images. 

One of the interesting things about Bull-Pei's is that they have coloured markings under their tongue and I was delighted to be able to capture these markings as Meatball (can't get enough of that name) licked his lips, see some additional photos below. 

 I enjoyed the shoot so much that I can't wait to take more dog photos soon. So if you'd like a portrait of your dog, get in touch and arrange a portrait session with me and your dog today!

Lily - 6 Months

I loved Lily's portrait experience, those big blue eyes are just mesmerising, I could have spent all day photographing her. While those big blue eyes are so beautiful I still love my monochrome photos, they offer a real timeless quality that I just can't get enough of at the minute. Here are 4 of my favourites from the portrait experience.  

Lily turned 6 months old when I shot her portrait experience; having my own son around a similar age as Lily, I can't believe the change in him just a few months later. I'm so pleased I was able to captured Lily at this age and I hope her photos last her a lifetime. 

As part of my new year resolution, to share more of my photos, I'll be posting loads more photos to my blog in the coming weeks, I hope you enjoy.  

Palmed Light

Palmed Light

Spotted on a recent break in Blackpool, UK.

We recently had some lovely weather, and what do Brits like to do when the weathers nice, we head to the coast of course! We were brave and decided to take advantage of the weather, so we took our 1 month old son for his first trip to the coast and went to Blackpool, the vegas of the north!

While I took plenty of photos of our little one I also kept an eye out for street images, whether that be interesting people or interesting scenes. This was taken in Blackpool's main shopping centre.

Once again, this was taken on the Fuji x100s, which the more I use it, the more I love it! It's small, silent and perfect for wandering the streets. I particularly like it's small form factor, as the wife doesn't moan quite as much as she did when I carried my big DSLR around with me. If I'd taken this image with a DSLR, I may have been stopped by security, but because of the form factor, you blend into the crowd, you're just a tourist with an old looking film camera, harmless.

The X100s now comes with me everywhere I go!

After it's form factor the reason this camera comes with me is because... well it's because its currently my only camera! I sold all my Nikon gear while the second hand market in DSLR's still holds some value.

I'll shortly be adding to my Fuji kit and the X-T1 and a couple of lenses are high on my shopping list! The only problem is the X-T1 and lenses are so sought after they're currently out of stock. Here's hoping it'll be back soon. The X-T1 and the 2 lenses, 10-24mm and 56mm will provide very different photographic opportunities to the X100S, but more on that another day.

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DP