When my girls were smaller I used to get my little DIY backdrop out and try and take mini photoshoots of my them both. I absolutely love taking photos of them (I think that’s obvious!) but as they have gotten older and more mobile, I rarely try and take photos where they are actually posing, I actually don’t get my ‘big camera’ out anywhere near as much as I used to as my iPhone is easy to take around with us- I much prefer being out and about and taking natural photos while they are having adventures or having fun. They are less posed, the light is always better than indoors and I don’t get those forced, fake grins that you inevitably get when you ask Mads to smile at nowadays.
However at Christmas we like to get the Grandparents and Great Grandparents a lovely photographic keepsake of our little ladies. Whether that’s a photo book or a framed photo, there is nothing they love more than getting a recent or up to date photo of them both. Indeed my Mum’s house is actually like a shrine to them both, my Stepdad jokes that we may as well move in as he see’s them every direction he looks!
They all prefer the more traditional style of photo, rather than action shots, so around this time each year I do try and take some photos of them together, usually with varying success. I decided the other day to have a little impromptu photo shoot of them both to try and get some nice ones for Christmas time. It also seemed like a great opportunity to try out their new Poppy England dresses which we were kindly sent. So armed with my camera and the dresses we headed off to my Mums house as the light in her house at 4pm in the afternoon is a lot better than at mine.
I actually adore all these photos I took. Far from looking posed and unnatural, I think they look happy, smiley and full of love for each other. I actually look at these photos and feel a lump form in my throat as they couldn’t paint a more accurate picture of my girls at this present moment in time- they are the best of friends (most of the time) and they really are the most happy little souls. What is it about putting on a traditional looking dress that makes them look so carefree, innocent and childlike?
I’m just so pleased with these photos. Technically if you look close they are quite grainy because it is just so dark at the moment but the girls were just so happy and loved putting on their dresses and being silly. The Poppy England dresses are beautiful and we are going to wear them on Christmas Day as they are perfect for a special occasion. The team there also very kindly sent us some cardigans as well but we forgot to put them on. The girls are so lucky to have been sent such adorable dresses- we can’t thank them enough.
Here’s hoping that the Grandparents will love their photos of our terrible twosome this year- I know I will definitely be framing one of these to go by my bedside table too!