So you remember Ann and Adrian. Well Baby S, came a little late but he came eventually and I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing him on Saturday.
For the rest of the photos, please check out Ann, Adrian and A Baby
Everybody needs a cousin Marion, of this I am sure.
She is not my cousin but my Mum's, as they were so close in age they spent a lot of time together when they were growing up.
Now as older and some would think, maturer, ladies they once again get to see each other quite often. I am a little scepticle about the maturity thing. As I see it when they are together they revert to their youth!
Cousin Marion's favourite phase is 'get away' and also rather likes calling me facetious, usually after her technology questions.
So recently on Mum and I's tour round the Glasgow area, we first stopped at Cousin Marion's. And I must say her garden was a great place to start with the photos.
Oh such beauty, in a small garden in Scotland!
Cousin Marion took us to visit this place Chatelherault, but en route decided to stop at her elderley friend's house where I was then assigned the task of photographing their flowers whilst they all had a natter and looked at beads. Take photos, look at beads... what a choice!
Yes even more flowers than Cousin Marion. And what you see above is barely a glimpse of the garden. Amazing.
And here, the famous (or infamous?) Cousin Marion and my Mum. Can you see the mischief in their faces?Thought so.
We said ages ago that we really should do photos, but never quite got round to it. As Bill and Nici prepared to leave the area recently we finally fixed a date to do some family photos.
Bill has been the curate at my church and done an amazing church (remember the soul in the city videos? he made them), Nici - his wife and then there are the three children. Three boys to be exact.
Three boys who liked pulling faces. Hampstead Heath in the middle of the day on the first sunny day in ages and quite possibly the first sunny bank holiday in a very long time. What a challenge. I can't tell you how hard it was to find a picture with no funny faces and everyone looking the right way. But it was lots of fun!
Anyway Bill, Nici, boys - hope you enjoy these photos. Thanks for letting me take them, there are more to come but these are some of my favourites...
Well actually they have had their baby. A little girl! So lets rewind to bank holiday Monday, on a sunny afternoon at the canal by Caledonian Rd.
These photos are more than a little inspired by my last lot of maternity photos (Ann and Adrian) and you will probably see similar ones in sessions to come. I'm on this mission to take lots of photos, get lots of practice and hopefully build up my own style and repertoire of poses, it is hard work but I feel I'm making progress.
Thank you to Leah and Tom who were absolutely lovely, and welcome to your new little daughter, I can't wait to meet (and photograph) her!!!
Leah saw the scooter photo I did for Ann and requested a bike photo, this has to be the coolest bike ever.
This little boy who was asleep when we ate the french fancies.
But when he woke up, he found the box and ate all the three remaining french fancies.
It cheered him up all bit.
Earlier I asked LissaLou who she thought the makers of the French Fancies were, when she didn't know I suggested she looked at the label on the box. She looked intensely for a moment and then called out 'God!'.
Well I say you should never laugh at what a child says in case they are actually being serious, thankfully LissaLou has a good sense of humour as I tried hard to keep my lunch from flying across the table. Turns out she saw the 'good' and thought it said 'God'.
After an eventful week it was such a lovely pleasure to go and hang out with the family, and make the most of their garden.
In the end, Jojo was in bed most of the time and when he finally woke up wasn't in much of a mood to be photographed. LissaLou has always loved to be photographed (lets hope that continues!) and CassCass likes it on her own terms.
Luckily for me both girls were in the mood and this is where the camera took us...
It never really fails to amuse me that despite the amount I detested London growing up, I am indeed still living here.
And not only that.
I actually really like it now!
And even find it hard going to other places which are a lot quieter and don't have as much to do.
Well how about that!
So during the holidays whilst I had long days with the girls I look after I was determined to make the most of this amazing city. One of the places we visited was the London Transport Museum.
I must admit I was initially not that thrilled with the thought, wondering how can you possibly create a museum out of public transport?! Well if you can make a museum out of pencils, you make a museum out of anything.
And I tell you, I very highly recommend the London Transport Museum, whatever your child, girl, boy, young, or even no child at all. The place is just amazing. Very cool old busses (I want to start a campaign to bring the old busses and trains back, how could get they get rid of such beautiful gems of metal?!)
The cost is £8 for adults, free for kids. On arrival, the kids get a card which they can punch holes in as they go around. There is honestly so much to do and see. I made two visits with the kids and still don't really feel like I have seen half of what there is to see. During the holidays they were running workshops, at the first one the kids had to build a bridge which would take the weight of five london busses (ours took the weight of 4, so close!) and then the second visit the workshop was to make a bus shelter to keep barbie dry.
There are tables to sit and eat your picnic and there is a little play area for the children. It is also possible to get on and sit on the old busses and trains. And there is even a 'Harry Potter' style train. My only problem is as previously mentioned, it is just too exciting for one visit. I plan to go back.
Note the road on the ceiling. Didn't even notice that until the second visit. Also note our very stylish bus shelter for barbie, even decorated with a map (yes its a tube map but use your imagination).
Part of our holiday entertainment, me and two girls 10 and 7 years old.
Camley Street is situated next to St Pancras and is an oasis in a very urban world. When there we saw a heron, some turtles and a pond-skater which wasn't really that much considering its a nature reserve. We even had a pleasant walk around this small site, unnfortunately there just wasn't really much for the girls to do.
We arrived around 10am and there was a holiday club later in the day. It would have been nice though if there was something for the kids to engage them a little when just walking around the site, maybe their own little map with things to look out for?
We would recommend it for anyone who was in the area anyway but probably wouldn't recommend for a special outing!
As you can see from the above, it was great for photos and I took lots of really lovely photos of the girls as well as the wildlife and the flowers!