The Home Life Project {February 2017}

The Home Life Project {February 2017}

Wow, I cannot believe I’ve already taken part in my second month of The Home Life Project (hosted by Clare). We’re a little late to the party again this month as we were away from home last week, house hunting in Bristol.

It was a slow, chilled out family day as often is the case at the weekend. We didn’t do much except take a trip to the cinema and then head back home to relax for the rest of the day.

I still feel like I’m fighting a losing battle against the crappy winter lighting (or lack thereof) but hey, Spring is in sight. There are still a few photos here that I’m proud of and I am so glad I’ll have them to look back on.

Date photos were taken: Sunday 12th February 2017

Camera used: Canon G7X

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I woke up and pulled back the curtains to see the houses outside dusted in snow. It’s been snowing for a few days here in Suffolk but until now it hadn’t settled.

Well, at least somebody gets a lay in!

Trying to think of a non-self-deprecating caption for this photo. I can’t so I’ll move on…

Ahh, Sunday mornings… waking up slowly to the sweet sound of you daughter playing the… oh no wait. This toy sounds HIDEOUS.

My second ‘reflection’ photo of the day. I feel I’m cheating a little by using a mirror but look… cute baby!!

Heidi the snow dog.

Daddy and daughter snuggles. And a less than flattering photo of my hubby’s giant feet.

Remember last month I said I hoped our ‘For Sale’ sign would be a ‘Sold’ one in February’s photos? Hurrah!

A family trip to the cinema to see Trolls.

Unfortunately I didn’t take many photos during the latter half of the day. I was so exhausted from night feeds that I went to have an afternoon nap with Elowen and the next thing I knew we woke up at dinner time! But whatcha gonna do? My aim next month is to stay awake the whole day! ;)

Post-nap snuggles with Elowen.

A game of pirates before bedtime.

Goodnight!

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I’d love to know which photo is your favourite from this month’s bunch?

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The Home Life Project {January 2017}

The Home Life Project {January 2017}

I took part in Claire’s brilliant Home Life Project last January and had every intention of taking part each month. Except I didn’t, and I really am kicking myself about that. Since then a lot has happened, most notably- we have a new member of the family! We are now a family of four after welcoming our gorgeous girl Elowen into the world back in November.

This year brings with it even more big changes for us (we don’t do things by halves). Our house is currently up for sale as we’re planning to move down South. Stephen will be working remotely for the company he currently works at. And I’ll be back living closer to family and friends – the support network I’ve been lacking for the last few years. Exciting times ahead!

With all this in mind, I am even more determined to take part in this project for the rest of the year. I want to capture our beautiful, ordinary and mundane moments in what will be our last few months in this house. The house we brought our first child home to and where I gave birth to our second. Equally, I’m excited to capture snippets of our lives as we settle into our new home. (Wherever that ends up being!)

Date photos were taken: Saturday 14th January 2017

Camera used: Canon G7X

Edited using: VSCO App

I wake up to find that Stephen is already downstairs with Jasmine. I feed Elowen and then enjoy some post-milk sleepy snuggles with my littlest lady. I’m soaking up that baby smell. I never thought I could love a photo where I have messy, greasy hair so much. But I really love this photo.

It’s not long before the peace is disturbed. Jasmine climbs into bed and hides under the covers. She is a bundle of energy this morning.

I went to have a shower. It got hijacked. Left her to it. (She’s ‘cleaning the window’ with Daddy’s shower gel!)

At 10am we have a potential buyer coming to view our house. We spare them the chaos and head out for a walk so they can view the house in peace. I really hope that come next month, when I take part in the next Home Life Project weekend, this will be a ‘Sold’ sign.

Elowen is dressed for the cold weather. And yes, she always looks this petrified.

It was super chilly outside but we enjoyed the glorious sunshine.

My Tribe. :)

Tummy time. Nailed it!

Clearly all that tummy time was tiring work. E falls asleep on the sofa and is sparko for several hours.

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Stephen goes food shopping. Elowen is still asleep. Jasmine asks to play with her train set so we have a bit of mummy/daughter time.

Watching ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ for the millionth time since Christmas.

Bedtime stories with Daddy. Jasmine’s clearly knackered as she lays there quietly listening to the story. (She normally talks over us!) The soft toy pile at the end of the cot seems to be growing bigger every day. I’m pretty sure I can see some of her baby sister’s toys in there. The scamp!

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So there we have it, my first set of Home Life photos of the year! There’s plenty of room for improvement and I did the best I could with the rubbish lighting (let’s face it, this time of year sucks for indoor photography). I’m already looking forward to next month!

I’d love to know which photo is your favourite from this month’s bunch?

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My love for film photography grows…

My love for film photography grows…

Recently, the lovely Vickie over at A Pocketful of Dandelions shared some photos on her blog which totally captured my heart. They were taken on an old film camera (we’re talking circa mid eighties!) that was given to her by her dad. Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I’ve developed a love for film photography since being bought a lomography camera as a Christmas present. However, Vickie’s photos inspired me to trawl through eBay listings to find the exact camera she had used – the Canon T70. To my delight there were quite a few listed, for around £40 each. I then spotted one that was being listed by a charity for the measly sum of £14.40 – it was unchecked (and therefore there was no guarantee it actually worked) but I took a risk and bid on it anyway. At just shy of £20 pounds (inc. P&P), what was the worst that could happen? A little money given to South Bucks Hospice and no harm done!

I won the auction and the camera arrived to me a few days later. It was still in its original (and very retro looking) box, which was being held together with tape. I excitedly pulled the Canon T70 out and immediately inhaled that familiar and nostalgic ‘loft’ smell. That scent reminds me our old artificial Christmas tree we had when I was a child. Every year my dad dragged it down from the loft and each year it looked a little more worse for wear. We must’ve had that same Christmas tree for about 15 years. I digress.

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The camera appeared to be in brilliant condition and as soon as I popped some batteries in it and a roll of film, it jumped into life. I then proceeded to take all 36 photos within a couple of days. I was desperate to check that it was all working OK and the only way to do that is to take photos and get them developed!

I got my first batch of photos back today and I’m super, super chuffed with them. There’s a few that are blurry and couple that are over-exposed but on the whole I was really pleased with the results. If you want perfection, stick with digital, right?!

Now that I’ve rambled on about this camera, I guess I should let the photos do the talking…

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I’d love to know which photo is your favourite?

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Jasmine’s 2nd year in photos

Jasmine’s 2nd year in photos

I made one of these photo collages last year as we approached Jasmine’s 1st birthday. It was so much fun to do and I loved seeing all of the subtle (and not so subtle) changes that took place as she grew each month. It’s Jasmine’s 2nd birthday a week today so I’m back to share her second year in photos.

In some ways, I feel like this year has gone even quicker than the first. Although I’d never have thought that to be possible!  I miss my squidgy baby, of course. But I am having so much fun getting to know this crazy toddler’s personality. I love her cheeky sense of humour and her wicked giggle.

Here’s to another incredible year, baby girl. xxx

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My Life in Lomo #3 (B&W)

My Life in Lomo #3 (B&W)

Ahoy-hoy!

I’m back with another edition of ‘My Life in Lomo’ and this time it’s a little bit different. A few months ago, I decided that it was finally time for me to brave using a B&W film in my La Sardina camera. I’m not too sure what I was worried about, I think I just find B&W photography harder to get right. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned about lomography, it’s not about ‘getting it right’.

As it turns out, this happens to be my favourite batch of lomo shots yet. I’m in love with every single print.

Here’s a few of my favourites….

(As always, it’s mostly photos of Jasmine but I make no apologies for that!)

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If you’d like to, you can see more of my lomography photos by checking out my previous ‘My Life in Lomo’ blog posts here and here.

And for more B&W photos, check out my ‘Home Life Project’ post from January by clicking here.

Which photo is your favourite?

Do you ever use film cameras? If so, which one(s)?

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