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Me and Mine: A Family Portrait Project- January.

on Thursday, 31 January 2013.

One portait of your family a month for twelve months.  Sounds simple right?  Especially as I am the person whose camera is permanently attached to their hand, so much so that it is like an extra limb.  However while I take lots and lots of photos, I rarely get in them myself.  Firstly because I don't particularly like myself in photos and secondly taking photos of the three of us is a bit of a palava.  Unless you are out with other people, then it involves getting the tripod and my remote control out, fiddling with the settings so they look ok without you being in control of the camera, and to be honest I just find it easier to be behind the camera taking the photos.

However along with a few other bloggers, I have decided to rise to the challenge of taking a photo a month of my little family. 

How it works is a group of us take a photo each month and then promote all each others blog post in a circle.  This month I am encouraging everyone to visit the lovely Lucy at Dear Beautiful Boy who doesn't really need an introduction as she is one of my best blogging friends and also a very close real life friend now too.  You should definitely go and check out her gorgeous little family, her photos always make me smile. 

There is also a linky below, or on any of the other blogs, if you would like to join in our challenge and take a photo of your family.

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Anyway here is January's photo.

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I love this shot for many reasons.  

It isn't particularly the best photo- in fact far from it- it was one of only three I took and the rest were terrible!  Mads was playing with my remote control the other day and has managed to lose it so I went to set up my tripod next to our bed and realised that I was missing the remote.  I had to keep getting up and using the camera self timer, which isn't easy to get back again in 10 seconds when you are heavily pregnant.

Mads was grumpy as hell, and we bribed her to stay still on the bed with a biscuit, which practically is one of the worst parenting skills ever.  She very badly needs a fringe trim and looks like a scruff bag.  I just look very pale.

But you know what?  This is my family.  

We aren't perfect.  Our life isn't full of amazing shots.  Mads does get grumpy, I do get stressed and bribe her with a biscuit and we don't always have those picture perfect days.

This is us.  And this month is the last month we will be a family of three.  When I come to take a photo at the end of February, there will be another little person joining in.

For that reason I will look back on this perfectly unperfect shot and treasure it forever.

It's my little threesome in all its perfectly unperfect glory.

 

 

 

Comments (32)

  • Kara

    Kara

    31 January 2013 at 05:41 |
    I absoluty love this idea. Lovely to see so many fab bloggers involved. We never have photos of us all. In fact we have 2. One with Gray as a baby and one with Addy last year. Both are not fantastic but are up in our house as only 2. So sad.
    I love this photo as it represents so much for your family and to think next mth there will be a 4th person. Fantastic idea xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 10:21 |
      Get taking some more then Missus! x
  • Jenny paulin

    Jenny paulin

    31 January 2013 at 07:10 |
    It's very true that as a family we never get behind the camera as a foursome I think we have one photo per year for the last two featuring the four of us! Bad really.
    Lovely photo and very natural of you all, and possibly the last one featuring just the three of you too!! Eeeeeeek so close now Katie.xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 10:23 |
      Thanks Jenny! xx
  • Capture by Lucy

    Capture by Lucy

    31 January 2013 at 07:36 |
    Perfect imperfection! That is my motto too! xxx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 11:48 |
      Really? I love the idea of perfect imperfection! x
  • lucy at dear beautiful

    lucy at dear beautiful

    31 January 2013 at 08:17 |
    I think this photo IS perfect Katie, because its real. You all look really happy together and it records a moment in time, a moment which is about to change a lot.
    Thanks so much for being involved with this little challenge, as you know, I'm so excited about it. X
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 10:26 |
      Thanks Lucy, and I love the idea, its very fun!
  • Chloe (from Chloe Witters)

    Chloe (from Chloe Witters)

    31 January 2013 at 08:56 |
    Ah, I'm SO with you on the hassle of setting up a shot with a remote or timer. I much prefer the control of being behind the camera! And I completely agree with your sentiments on imperfect pictures, the moment in time captured is far mroe significant than anything else. Can't wait to see next month's shot when you have a whole new person to include!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 10:56 |
      Thanks lovely and loved your shot this month too. x
  • Charlotte

    Charlotte

    31 January 2013 at 09:34 |
    I think it's a lovely photo! It's also wonderful to have a final photo of the 3 of you. Not long now! How exciting! x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 11:50 |
      Thanks Charlotte. x
  • Jen aka The Mad House

    Jen aka The Mad House

    31 January 2013 at 09:46 |
    Love, ;love, love this idea. I am going to have to figure out the timer function on my camera
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 10:59 |
      I saw on twitter you had bought a remote- looking forward to seeing your photo next month. :)
  • My Two Mums

    My Two Mums

    31 January 2013 at 10:10 |
    Gorgeous family shot. Can't wait to see next months with your new addition :)
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 11:04 |
      Thanks lovely. :) x
  • Lauren

    Lauren

    31 January 2013 at 10:40 |
    I really love this photo. You all look happy, I would never have guessed that Mads was grumpy. I also don't think you look pale, I think you look lovely.
    I just got goosebumps and quite teary (in a happy way) that there will be another person in the next photo! SO exciting!!
    I love the lights around your bed. xx
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 11:10 |
      Thanks Lauren! She was grumpy in general but cheered up cause her Daddy was bouncing her on the bed! ;) x
  • Jem

    Jem

    31 January 2013 at 10:42 |
    Lovely picture :)

    If bribing with a biscuit is the only 'bad' parenting moment you have, you're doing bloody well! ;)
  • Notmyyearoff

    Notmyyearoff

    31 January 2013 at 16:07 |
    That's a really lovely photo! Its such a good idea...I'm pretty sure the last time we had a photo as a family was on Z's birthday. There's always one of us not in it ...or Z is trying to escape so we never end up getting one!
  • Brinabird and Son

    Brinabird and Son

    31 January 2013 at 18:51 |
    I can't believe you don't think that shot is perfect! It is absolutely amazing. I am sooo loving this idea x
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 11:55 |
      Thank you for your lovely comment. x
  • Lisa

    Lisa

    31 January 2013 at 20:42 |
    I want to play! Need to set up my family now!
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 12:19 |
      Join in next month! x
  • Emily

    Emily

    01 February 2013 at 19:45 |
    This looks like such a cute challenge, i really would like to join for the Feb. month! It'd be a great way to collect photos of family, because i know schedules can be busy and sometimes we forget to make time for these types of things ... PS - Your family photo is so cute
    • Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      Mummy Daddy and Me makes Three

      06 February 2013 at 12:29 |
      You should most definitely join in. x
  • Emma

    Emma

    01 February 2013 at 22:09 |
    It's a lovely photo, and looks pretty perfect to me. I can't wait to see next months photo along with the new baby :)
  • Becky

    Becky

    02 February 2013 at 11:00 |
    Lovely shot Katie!! I think it'll be a hassle all year setting up our cameras and trying to stop littlies wriggling all over the place. Soon your pictures will have four of you in! How exciting ;)
  • The Princess and The Pickle

    The Princess and The Pickle

    02 February 2013 at 12:26 |
    I love the idea for this photo project, I also think your photo is beautiful and look forward to seeing next months! :)
  • LauraCYMFT

    LauraCYMFT

    03 February 2013 at 21:57 |
    This is such a lovely idea. In light of what happened today, I think doing things like this is so important. Beautiful photo.
  • Great idea! I'm in!
  • amummysview

    amummysview

    05 February 2013 at 20:38 |
    absolutely gorgeous shot! x

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