Summer goodness

Isn’t it funny how a little bit of sun on our skin can make us turn from an all screaming, all stressed Mother into ย an all fun, all happy Mummy. Since getting back from our family holiday we haven’t ben blessed with British Summer and pretty much every single day has rained. My tan has pretty much gone and I am clutching on to every single scent that reminds me of holiday and sunshine.

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So this weekend we have been house sitting for my parents, as they have dogs and chickens that need looking after we decided to pack our bags and have a mini adventure. (albeit 8 minutes down the road…) One huge bonus about staying here in the summer is the outdoor pool, and boy have we taken advantage of it in 2 days! We had friends over on Saturday and then spent all day in it today (Sunday) and had an absolute blast. Having 3 children who are so confident in the pool really is quite super, I am feeling so proud of them this weekend.

Not only did we do a lot of swimming, I managed to have some much needed downtime too. I have been thinking a lot about where I want this blog to go and also some personal projects I want to do with photography. I have made a mental list of all the things I want to do and i’m excited to start putting things into practice! I am really determined to take my photography somewhere a bit different, I want to get creative and expand my knowledge on light too so keep your eyes peeled for some fun posts over the next few months!

Char x

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We’ve also been vlogging our weekend! I’d love love love some new subscribers to my channel!

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Beach Life | Ordinary Moments #17 & 18

The past couple of weeks have been busy and cold. Which means not a lot of time for photographs to be taken. If i’m completely honest the Easter hols wiped it out of me and I haven’t had much oomph to pick up my camera.

We had one nice weather day this week so we took advantage and made a trip to the beach before picking up Harvey from his Dads. We forgot coats and the wind was freezing my nose but the the kids didn’t seem to mind so we rolled with it. We missed Joe and Harvey heaps and they made several comments about the fact they would have loved to be there and ‘If Daddy was here he could have bought us an ice cream!’ (apparently I am incapable of doing such things. I am only good for cooking.)

I have been mulling over my blog the past couple of weeks too and I am definitely lacking motivation. I have a couple of posts buzzing around in my head but I can’t seem to put ideas to keyboard and end up deleting anything I have written. I love this project as it means it’s a solid post every week, unless you forget… Which is quite often here.

You are probably aware if you read my blog often that we dip into the world of videoing and vlogging every now and again. Being a photographer, it never really crossed my mind to ever switch to video but last year I took the leap and ended up really bloody loving it. It is hard work, and I have NO idea how some people daily vlog. I guess I put a lot of pressure on myself too to have some half decent footage so the when I saw the idea of a Sixty Second Photograph project I was quite excited.

It is essentially a short cinematography type video that captures a specific moment. In just 60 seconds (or there abouts). I first saw Summer Murdock do this and from there I discovered a few other really incredible photographers. Having first hand knowledge of a camera you would think that switching to video would be a simple process. It really isn’t! So hats off to these incredible women who seem to smash every expectation each month with their videos.

Here is my 1st attempt… Go easy on me!

And some snaps from our little trip to seaside…

Char x

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Time together | Ordinary Moments #15

This week has been a bit of a strange one, it has whizzed by so fast I feel like all housework and washing has gone completely out the pan but yay for so much fun with the kiddies before they return back to school on Monday!

I have a really busy few weeks lined up with work so I am excited to get my teeth into some awesome photoshoots and getting back into the world of work. Every holiday it seems my mind completely ignores my businessย and my soul focus is the children, which is great in one aspect and I love that I am actually able to do that, but it also means I feel incredible guilty and the need to go full force into work mode kicks in and that is where I am at now.

We had a super week, our plans changed slightly and we didn’t end up going away at the end of the week but we made sure we still had some plans set in stone and enjoyed our last few days together. The beginning of the week was spent running errands, with a cheeky trip to Pizza Express thrown in to keep them happy. Joe took some time off from Thursday and so the fun started!

Rain was due on Thursday afternoon so we were up early and out the door to make the most of a sunny morning and went into Hastings old town. We went on the East Hill lift, visited the RNLI Hastings Lifeboat Station and had great fun in the arcades. We had lunch at our favourite ever place to eat, The Pelican Diner. Where they serve the most incredible pancakes and for lunch the most yummy burgers and hot dogs! We videoed our day and you can watch it here!

Friday we spent the day at Knockhatch Adventure Park and you can watch our video of our day here!

It has been so very special to spend quality time as a 5, and none of us are looking forward to getting back into the school/work/pre school routine. The countdown for May half term is on, which will be spent celebrating Harvey’s 8th birthday (WHAAAATT!!??) and the official week countdown will begin for our first proper family beach holiday!!

A few snaps of our week.. I actually didn’t take many as I was so focused on videoing, I forget about photos as well!

Char x

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Our Easter Holidays & Vlogging!

If you follow me on twitterย you’ll know we have been vlogging over the Easter holidays! I have been a bit rubbish this week, I was hoping to complete the full 2 weeks of vlogster but we have missed 2 days, not that it is a big deal. After all, who cares!? ๐Ÿ˜‰ We will be picking it back up again this week and have a busy few days planned so i’m excited to share some, hopefully, cool videos!

I have loved getting a bit more creative with videoing, of course I love taking photographs still but videoing feels deeper. You can see the way the kids move, walk, talk. You can see how they laugh, their facial expressions and their personality. It has been so lovely looking back on last years videos too so I know that in a year or so we will love looking back at the current vlogs we are doing.

Not only is it great for us to catalogue their lives, it is great for family and friends who don’t get to see us as often as we would all like or just want to keep up with our day to day activities. We have had a lovely time off, lots of trips to the park and Elsie has learnt to ride her bike with no stabilisers! Milestone alert!!

Of course, I would love some new subscribers, I have about 20 at the moment. Freakin’ Zoella eat your heart out ๐Ÿ˜‰ You can find my channel HEEERE.

So here are a few vlogs of our week so far… (And some photos at the end too!)

If you have a YouTube channel I would LOVE to come follow you, please comment your links!

Some photos from our week so far…

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Char x

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