It shouldn’t be hard to get a picture of all 3 of us should it? Yet casting back through the hundreds (maybe thousands) of snaps taken of Euan over the last year I can only think of a handful featuring Mum, Dad and Baby. The ‘now we are 3’ photos we do have are a lovely reminder of special days out or time spent with family and friends who have captured the moment for us. They’re rarely prize-winning pictures though…self-portraits snapped at arms length tend to have that slightly odd ‘we’re-so-happy-but-why-is-our-child-trying-to-escape-our-clutches?’ look about them. Like this one taken on a lazy Sunday afternoon when E was 8 months old.
Photos taken by other people can be disappointing and I admit to feeling a bit deflated by someone elses efforts on my behalf (ouch, slap my wrist for being so ungrateful!). So with this in mind I was intrigued by Lucy’s ‘Me and Mine’ challenge to capture a monthly family portrait over the coming year. Perhaps it’ll inspire me to get creative, learn to take better photos myself (seriously considering this fab looking e-course) or force me to be more pro-active about seeking out and guiding someone else to take the picture in my mind’s eye for me.
Euan had his first birthday in January, shared here, but we missed that all important ‘now were are 3’ photo. We don’t have one from his first Christmas either. Fortunately we celebrated my Mum’s birthday the day after E’s and she took this shot of the 3 of us during her birthday lunch (thank you Mum, beats no photo at all!). As it’s my birthday next week there’s no excuse for not being on the ball with this month’s picture!
Of course there is a third category of family portrait after ‘self‘ and ‘random passer-by’ and that’s the professional photo shoot. On a chilly Autumn morning a few months ago we went up to our local gardens to play with E while our friend Shane discreetly clicked away in the background. He really captured the essence of the fun we have now we are 3, the absolute joy our little man brings us and the delight he sees in everything.
(this last photo is our favourite: it shows E pointing to the trees saying ‘ook’ (look) – his first word after Mummy and Daddy. He says it a lot and always turns to check we’re marvelling at how great the world is too.
If you’d like to take part in the ‘Me and Mine’ family portrait project check out details on Lucy’s Dear Beautiful Boy blog post.