A mum of 2 trying to stay sane in an overly airbrushed world.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Priceless Moments

My father in law told me as we were hanging wedding photos that soon they'd all disappear in favour of photos of our kids. I was pregnant with Henry at the time and just laughed, thinking to myself... 
Yeah whatever! As if I've just spent a shed load on these photos of us looking the best we ever will to move them in favour of pictures of snotty kids and babies!
Nearly 4 years on and sadly I must admit he was right! 

The fight for wall space in our house is now weighted heavily in favour of those snotty faced, pooey panted, torture enforcers (the kids). 
Since our wedding we have spent somewhere in the region of £2k on photo shoots and photos. I've always preferred photos to other pieces of art - so can honestly say I do not regret spending one penny of it on them! 

They're more than just memories; every picture offers a story of that time - our own personalised art. What better way to remind us that sometimes we are all happy to be around each other than by covering the walls of our home with them! It may sound self indulgent, vain or unnecessary to some; but its not like the walls of Katie Price's home - we don't fork out on the full hair, makeup and airbrushing that gets you overly perfect pictures. Our photos are always very much the reality of the time. 

Some may argue that in a time where everyone has a smart device capable of capturing fab photos, then paying for a professional may seem unnecessary. If you're anything like me though you'll have a phone full of misjudged selfies and heavily filters shots of your kids that you think are arty. Every time I view a professionals efforts with my family I instantly know there is no comparison to the quality, style and time they've spent producing the priceless memories I'll look back on as years continue to speed by.  

As a family we have 3 photographers we love and continue to use; alternating photographer every few shoots so we get a variety of styles. Our shoots are always a minimum of 6 months - 1 year apart so there is a notable change in the children.

Here are some of our favourites:

1. Claire Basiuk - Claire Basiuk Photography - Manchester)

L - Our wedding & R - With Henry 1.5.

Things may not go to plan - but you'll always get the reality of the time captured!
2. Catherine Bradley (Clearvision Imagery - Leicestershire)

With Henry 6 months.

Louis' newborn shoot Henry 2.5.

3. Lizzie Adams (Shoot It Momma - Leicestershire)

Louis' 6 month shoot - Henry 2.5
You'll always get images that you'd probably not even think to capture yourself!
All 3 of these fabulous photographers is willing to travel so if they're not local to you then you could still enquire with them. I found all 3 via the powers of the Internet (Google or Instagram), so if you're thinking of getting some shots its worth a quick search. There's nothing I like better than having a good nosey of a photographers website, scrolling through a portfolio and getting an idea of style and the jobs they enjoy. 

Make 2017 the year you invest in some personalised art of your own! I promise you won't regret it!

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