{The Ordinary Moments 15} #16 ‘Against The Garage Door’

Around a year ago now I randomly decided to start taking photos of my girls as we left the house each morning.  I don’t really know why I started doing it, I just decided to take a photo one day as Mads was wearing a particularly sweet outfit, and she wanted to send a picture to ‘show Grandma’ who had bought it for her.  The next time we did it, LL joined in on the photo too, and soon I was taking a photo of them on a regular basis.

The location is not exactly glamorous- it’s in front of our white, slightly peeling, garage door, but for some reason we have taken a photo in front of it at least a couple of times a week ever since.  My girl’s are reasonably good at having their photo taken, especially considering I often have my camera pointed at them, but I find that as soon as my DSLR comes out, if you ask them to look at the camera you inevitably get a silly face or no response at all.  When it comes to my DSLR, it’s a lot better to capture them naturally rather than asking them to look.  But bizarrely, they absolutely love taking these iPhone photos in front of our garage door, so for whatever reason it has become a real ordinary moment of ours.

I absolutely love dressing my girls, I am a really big fan of children’s fashion and I love finding outfits that match without completely dressing them the same- whether that be colours, styles or other little ways of making them a little coordinated each day.  I know that in years to come I will love looking back at the outfits they used to wear, long after we have given all the old clothes away.

But more than that, I love that by taking a photo of them in the same place each time, I am getting to see how much they are growing and changing.  They are growing at such a drastic rate and I can’t quite believe how different they are from even less than a year ago.  I also love capturing funny things they bring out the house with them- they generally always have to bring a toy or some other random little object from home with them when we go out.  Plus of course, I love it when I take a photo of them interacting together or smiling happily.

It’s a strange little tradition to have started, but it’s definitely become an every day part of our lives.  Mads and LL leave our front door and straight away walk towards our garage, even when it’s a nursery day and we are in a hurry, or I wasn’t actually planning on taking a photo of them.  I love that we will have them all to look back on in many years to come.

against the garage door


  • Carie says:

    I love your garage door photos when they pop up on Instagram and I thi it’s wonderful that it’s become a record of their childhood. With such a constant background you can really see how they’ve grown – although it does mean you can never repainted! And I’m with you on loving children’s clothes – it’s so much fun finding outfits for my three and I love your matching but not matching – I’m still matching while I can get away with it!!

  • Natalie says:

    So cute katie, I love these and that pose with mads hand on her hip, adorable! Your girls have such lovely clothes. It’s funny as even though a slightly bigger age gap with you two, they remind me if my girls is so many ways 🙂 my girls also love to pose (but sadly we don’t have a garage, we just have the front door or wherever they feel is best lol Yves is at that age too where she wants to choose her outfits, sometimes completely bonkers ,two tutus and a dress!)so I try to explain it’ll be a bit too hot without disheartening her, other than that they love the outfits we get them . It’s funny how you can get so many lovely things that suit each personality so well isn’t it xxx

  • Aw this is a fab ordinary moments post! I love seeing your garage door pics on Instagram! Your girls are some of the most stylish littlies around I think! It’s a really unique way to document them together- very cool! Amelia xx

  • Nicola says:

    Absolutely love your garage photos, you should compile a book for each year for the girls to have and browse through. Love how something so simple shows how much our little people grow, their little character and attitude!shine through. A beautiful ordinary moments x

  • Alice says:

    I love this tradition of yours….such a good way to see how the girls are changing. Plus who wouldn’t want a daily photo of your girls…they are stunning! x

  • Amy says:

    Such cute photos. It is lovely to see how much they have grown in such as short space of time.

  • I think I have loved every outfit you’ve snapped and posted. I love your style-or mads’ as I’m sure she’s started having a say in what you put on her

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thanks Gem, I really appreciate it. Yes Mads definitely knows her own mind, she comes up with most of her outfits actually! x

  • Lisa H says:

    I adore your garage shots and how you style both of them – they have a pretty impressive wardrobe! X

  • There are some amazing outfits in your photos above, gorgeous pictures 🙂

  • Love their outfits and that you guys have got into this little routine. Some of Mads’ poses are fabulous here, they are both so cute. H never poses for me and if he ever does, it’s with a rather bizarre cheese smile ha ha xx

  • I adore these piccies of your girls! I love children’s fashion too and love seeing what you’re putting the girls in as we have similar taste. Such a sweet little tradition. Long may it continue xx

  • Love that one with Mads posing with her hand on her hip… And little LLs face in that last one – bless!

  • I always love seeing these photos, the girls look like they’re having such a good time 🙂

  • Al Ferguson says:

    That’s such a cool idea! I might magpie it! 🙂 Thanks for hosting!

  • Lauren says:

    Awwww these are so cute. I love that this is now your “thing”. Mads is very good at posing, my favourite pose of hers is when she is wearing the ‘still living with my parents’ top.
    And Ll’s face in the very last one is ADORABLE!! xx

  • I love these photos. Whenever they pop on instagram it makes me want to go and buy all types of clothes for kels I love their style, very stylish and very cute xx

  • Ann Winters says:

    This series of photos is adorable! your girls are so cute :)x

  • Love you garage door photos! And you girls’ outfits! They are so stylish and it always makes me second glance what I’ve put Ella in that day!!! Looking forward to seeing lots more of them as they grow up! x

  • I always love pics of your girls and especially love that it’s become an accidental tradition too!!
    It is definitely lovely that you’re taking pics in the same place, it will be so nice to look back on one day! I hope they are still up for the pics when they are teenagers 🙂
    I think what’s lovely is you can also see their bond becoming stronger and stronger in these pictures too it’s beautiful!!! Xx

  • really cute photos, I love their outfits

  • Chantal says:

    I always love when you post these photos! Its such a lovely tradition, and your girls are always so well dressed 🙂 I’m actually pretty envious as they have better style than I do! xx

  • Jodie says:

    wow look how tall LL is getting!!

  • Adorable little girls and such trend setters too x

  • I look forward to your garage door pictures every morning 🙂 Love the way you style the girls (and they style themselves if they’re anything like B!)! xxx

  • Sarah says:

    They are just adorable! It’s amazing to see them changing in almost every picture. I love the clothes your girls wear – makes me sad I’m not going to have a girl to dress, it’s so much harder to find cool clothes for boys!

  • I love seeing your photos on Instagram, you dress your girls so well and they always look so cute together in front of your garage door. It’s a lovely tradition to have started and you’ll enjoy seeing how much they’ve grown. I regularly take a photo of Rosalie in the same chair, have done since she was born, and it’s amazing to see the changes xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Jess, its lovely taking photos like that so you can really see the changes isn’t it? 🙂 x

  • Such a great tradition and will be such a lovely record of how much they change as they grow! You always have them in such gorgeous outfits too! Xx

  • I love your garage door photos and it really shows how much LL has grown over the past year. I love your girls clothes, boys fashion is not quite as much fun xx

  • I always adore their outfits, so cute xx

  • If I could get mine to stay still I would totally do this too, I love your photos and you can see how much LL has shot up lately too! I love dressing my boys, and I am sure Finn’s clothes will be all over IG once he grows into some as I am loving shopping for baby things at the moment

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks so much Bex, yes I bet it is harder getting those cheeky monkey’s to stay still! x

  • ‘Against the garage door’ didn’t sound like quite such an Ordinary Moment when I first saw the title 😉 However, now I know what you mean, I LOVE these pics – the white really sets off their outfits well and it’s such a lovely regular photo slot. x

  • I love these pictures. We sometimes do gargare door pictures too! As you know I adore children’s clothes too, your girls have such fabulous clothes, love it xx

  • Love your garage door tradition, I think we look forward to seeing them as much as you love taking them. Would love to do something similar with my boys when the twins are a bit bigger but the chances of getting all three to stay still? Slim! xx

  • These pics are absolutely adorable and what a lovely accidental tradition to have created. I love their style and the way their clothes are co-ordinated but yet not the same. Fab-u-lous xxx

  • Mummy Fever says:

    Fantastic photos – love the one with the lunchboxes – have a great week x

  • Katie says:

    They always look so cool! My boys mostly look a bit mismatched and worn, but they hate getting dressed and don’t care about clothes. I think if i had girls i would be much more into dressing them up 🙂
    I’m sure you need to start your own clothing range Katie you have a good eye for it x

  • Kate✚ says:

    I love your garage door pics 🙂 Love that your girls head straight to it when you leave the house!x

  • What an amazing idea, and how stylish they both look! And how happy! =D

  • Honest Mum says:

    So gorgeous Katie, love that it’s become part of your day, my kids love posing, particularly my youngest (and watching films of himself)-I wonder who he’s taken after 😉 and my favourites are often my phone shots rather than my fuji or 5D. My phone never takes pics as good as yours though, these are so crisp and clear, I would never have though they were on a phone, ever, love that you co ordinate them, I adore my boys’ wardrobes, kids clothes are so much fun x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Vicky, they definitely are lots of fun to dress these little people aren’t they? xx

  • Mary says:

    Love the garage door pics and always look forward to seeing their outfits too – they’ve so much style! It is fascinating to see how quickly they change and grow! x

  • Sherry says:

    I love your garage door pictures, your girls are always beautifully dressed and I love how toys and items always make their way into pictures 😉 x

  • I love these pictures. They are always my favourite ones of yours to see. You can really see how they are changing. xx ps. I love it when you join in too xx

  • Oh wow look how much they have grown! You can really see their changes in these pictures,gorgeous girls and fabulous clothes 🙂

  • Jenny says:

    I can’t stop laughing Katie, I wrote my siblings post which included our on the wall, on the garage photos of my two last week and thought it would be great because it’s becoming on ordinary moment for us too. I have seen it on instagram A LOT lately and it’s funny how fast the kids love it and want to do it everytime. (I am sure you were the first and one that started this garage photo craze by the way!!!) lol Because you of course invented the selfie too. Look what you have started now! hahaha Love it. Your girls are so cute with it too. It’s my favorite photos of yours on instagram on your garage portraits. hahah That’s a good one for a new linky!!! In itself. My kids will back up to any wall or door or garage and ask for photo selfie it tickles me. Although they aren’t coordinated and trendy like your too. usually the opposite filthy and crazy. lol I love how you don’t match match your girl but they are coorindated. I try that with mine but think it’s a little harder with a boy and a girl. Lovely post hunny keep them coming and keep inventing these we all can do and copy you are so creative always setting trends! lol hahaha Great ordinary moments this week. Love it. Thanks for hosting. #ordinarymoments

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      I think it’s definitely great way of capturing them growing and giving a comparison- I am so glad I started doing it as it will be lovely to look back on in years to come! xx

  • I just love the way they look at each other. I think this is a really great way to capture them growing up. I would love to take photos of Elsa like this but she HATES having her picture taken and I’m lucky if I manage to get one of the side of her head these days. x

  • mamasVIB says:

    Love your garage door picts – don’t ever change the background! I love that they go straight over to the doors ready for a shot – what are we doing to our blogger children! ha ha … I love how you dress your girls and LL and Marnie have so many of the same outfits – I would like to know what you do with all the clothes they have grown out of? You could so do a MummyDadyme sale on IG xxxx Hand-me downs have never been so cute xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Hehe I know poor blogger kids eh!? Thanks Bonita, I often wonder if I should do a instagram sale but I am a hoarder and I always keep them in case we have any other little people! x

  • Ah I love how you have this beautiful record in exactly the same place Katie, they are fantastic shots and wonderful memories x

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks so much Sarah, it’s just become part of every day life but I love it and how we will be able to look back on it in years to come! x

  • Alex Bump to Baby says:

    Your girls always look so stylish Katie – they have such amazing outfits. I bet it’s so fun getting to dress girls! xx

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Thanks Alex, yes it’s great fun dressing them, although I see such funky little boy outfits too! xx

  • Your everyday photos always cheer me up and amaze me. How on earth you manage to get them both posing on a daily basis is a mystery to me 😉 They are incredible photo memories you’re creating for them, and they are so, so cute

    • Mummy Daddy Me says:

      Ah thanks so much Maria, yes they are pretty good at posing for me now, they automatically rush off to the garage to do it haha! xx

  • becky says:

    I adore your girls! They are so blimmin’ cute! And their outfits make me need to go shopping, much to the hubs dismay! Last year I got into the habit of outfit of the day pics but then I stopped and actually your Instagram made me want to try and starting again but I haven’t got back into a routine with it! Maybe today…

    Shall be linking up for the first time this week as I have some lovely photos to share from a walk in the woods…but no post to go with it, but I thought Ahhh Haaa! Ordinary Moments is the best place!

  • Chloe says:

    Love that you can literally see their height difference getting smaller and smaller. Lovely photos.

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