now we are 3 {Me and Mine – January}

February 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm 14 comments

largeIt shouldn’t be hard to get a picture of all 3 of us should it?   Yet casting back through the hundreds (maybe thousands) of snaps taken of Euan over the last year I can only think of a handful featuring Mum, Dad and Baby.  The ‘now we are 3’ photos we do have are a lovely reminder of special days out or time spent with family and friends who have captured the moment for us.  They’re rarely prize-winning pictures though…self-portraits snapped at arms length tend to have that slightly odd ‘we’re-so-happy-but-why-is-our-child-trying-to-escape-our-clutches?’ look about them. Like this one taken on a lazy Sunday afternoon when E was 8 months old.26-8-12 - family Moorey by the canal 4B

Photos taken by other people can be disappointing and I admit to feeling a bit deflated by someone elses efforts on my behalf (ouch, slap my wrist for being so ungrateful!).  So with this in mind I was intrigued by Lucy’s ‘Me and Mine’ challenge to capture a monthly family portrait over the coming year.  Perhaps it’ll inspire me to get creative, learn to take better photos myself (seriously considering this fab looking e-course) or force me to be more pro-active about seeking out and guiding someone else to take the picture in my mind’s eye for me.

Euan had his first birthday in January, shared here, but we missed that all important ‘now were are 3’ photo.  We don’t have one from his first Christmas either. Fortunately we celebrated my Mum’s birthday the day after E’s and she took this shot of the 3 of us during her birthday lunch (thank you Mum, beats no photo at all!).  As it’s my birthday next week there’s no excuse for not being on the ball with this month’s picture!19-1-13 - mum's birthday_Harvester lunch us 3 4B

Of course there is a third category of family portrait after ‘self‘ and ‘random passer-by’ and that’s the professional photo shoot.  On a chilly Autumn morning a few months ago we went up to our local gardens to play with E while our friend Shane from Youngs Photography discreetly clicked away in the background.  He really captured the essence of the fun we have now we are 3the absolute joy our little man brings us and the delight he sees in everything.Moorey Family 022* 4B Moorey Family 009_E flying 4BMoorey Family 024 4BMoorey Family 021_look 4B
(this last photo is our favourite: it shows E pointing to the trees saying ‘ook’ (look) – his first word after Mummy and Daddy.  He says it a lot and always turns to check we’re marvelling at how great the world is too.

If you’d like to take part in the ‘Me and Mine’ family portrait project check out details on Lucy’s Dear Beautiful Boy blog post.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Susan Hayward  |  February 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Such a happy bonny baby! Greetings from snowy Chicago! (minus 12 celsius right now) Susan Hayward

  • 2. narf77  |  February 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Lovely photos of a lovely family :).

  • 3. Janet/Plantaliscious  |  February 2, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Those pro shots are magical, how lovely to have had them taken outside, so much more full of life and fun than any studio shot. Enjoy your birthday, and good luck with the photo project!

  • 4. Lauren (@LaurenInSuffolk)  |  February 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    Gorgeous photos. The autumn leaves make such a perfect backdrop.

  • 5. Nic  |  February 2, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Lovely photos, what gorgeous smiles!

  • 6. lucy at dear beautiful  |  February 2, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Gorgeous photos. I actually am rather fond of an at-arms-length portrait, they may not be the best technically, but it gives you a good excuse to get close up and cuddly.
    Thanks for joining and linking up with our project. See you for February in a few weeks! x

  • 7. Nip it in the bud  |  February 2, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Susan – phew, that’s cold, I bet the kids and dogs love the snow though :o)

    Narf – awwww thanks :o) {blushing}

    Janet – it seemed right to play outside for our shoot, although we have some lovely indoors ones too (well who can resist the sight of a baby in a nappy?). I’ll pass your kind comments on to Shane and thanks for the birthday wishes

    Lauren – thanks for your comment and welcome to my little blog. I’ll look forward to catching your me and mine with your lovely boys

    Nic – E’s a very obliging subject and has a way of making everyone he comes into contact with smile :o)

    Lucy – they certainly have their charm and beat no photo hands down. Thanks for the inspiration and I’ll look for to catching the February round up in a few weeks

  • 8. Choclette  |  February 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    One already? That is truly astonishing. The main thing is you all look so happy and that’s what makes the photographs special.

    • 9.  |  February 3, 2013 at 10:28 pm

      thanks Choclette – we marvel at where the time’s gone too. As you can imagine our potato growing was non-existent last year.

  • 10. Kate  |  February 8, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    What a great idea! We have exactly the same problem – I can’t think of a single photo of all 3 of us… oops! And I’m horribly ungrateful about other people’s shots of us too (blush!). I love your pro ones though, so gorgeous. I’m not a fan of studio shots but love the natural setting of these,

  • 11. Denise  |  February 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Fantastic photos. We had a couple of good ones taken by strangers this year sorry last year.

  • 12. Johanna GGG  |  March 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    it is hard to get a good shot of the whole family – we have occasional photos of the three of us but many are disappointing. I love the professional ones – would you believe that we have never had professional photos taken of the three of us. Maybe one day!

  • 13. Lucy Heath (@capturebylucy)  |  March 14, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Beautiful photos so pleased you linked up! xx

  • 14. Nip it in the bud  |  March 15, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Kate and Johanna: what a shame you don’t have a Shane living near you – capturing children in a natural way is quite a talent isn’t it – and making the parents look presentable, even more so!

    Denise – that was a stroke of luck

    Lucy – me too!


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