Christmas is one of the dizziest times of the year.
Basically most years, other than this one, I have raced about until midnight Christmas Eve like Henny Penny proclaiming the sky is falling searching for gifts. Rather than focussing on the people and the time with them and the act of giving and doing. And I only say other than this one because this year I haven’t left it all to the final hour. Though it sure is starting to feel like it 🙊🙊
I digress! A lot.
Photos. Of the Christmas variety…
I don’t particularly recall official photos at Christmas as a family, unless we went to my grandparents or family members place and we all had them. We probably did and if my mum or dad reads this I could be in trouble 😂🙈 When I met the chap started taking a photo on Christmas Day each year. Usually in the nice things we’re wearing that day. When we take it depends on where we are and what’s happening.
And now we are 3 we still do that. And I’ve taken photos of E each year to put on family cards. Except this year (sorry guys!! She didn’t want to dress up so we did a quick one and I’m not sure it’ll be done in time 🙊).
And each year with E I’ve taken photos to capture the memories…lead up, decorating the tree, making cookies, playing with her tree and of course on the day. The DSLR until she became very mobile and active. All just snaps really. Only 1 or 2 setup shots when she was a baby. For those family Christmas cards I mentioned. This year though for the first time though we’re taking E to see Santa. And get a photo. Cause we’re lucky enough to be going going to Westfield with Chantelle (aka Fat Mum Slim). Yay!!!! Excited much?!?! Yay!! Did I say that?
So I’m wondering, what you all do about photos each year? Are they formal or family snapshots? Or do you just take snaps leading up to Christmas, putting up the tree and Christmas morning?
And if you do official, what do you clothe yourself and your children in? Do you have to be all fancified and christmassy for your pics??? I’m uber curious about you all. And also, what the heck do you do if your child bursts into tears?! Visiting Santa?
A lot of people are talking ‘official photos’ and matching outfits. I’m not even sure I’d know how. I’m not good with fancy. I so wish I was. So regretting right now that I didn’t order that Christmas headband I was going to get 🙈
So photos, capturing memories, enjoying it all and getting things done…all occupying my thoughts at the moment.
And sharing the lead up with this little. And cleaning out my camera roll on the phone to fit it all in. My phone may crack it soon there are so many shots on there. Oh and that teensy, tiny problem with the advent calendar of course. That one where I didn’t use strong enough tape on my parcels or envelopes and some of them have popped open. I sooo knew I should have spent time learning how to origami envelopes!!
Let me know about how you capture your Christmas. In fact I insist. I’m dying to know. And maybe you can give this Santa visiting newbie some tips. And maybe put together something I can wear? Because I’m having clothes anxiety.
Hope you’re all enjoying the lead up to Christmas. I am. I really am 😀 I’m sure you’ll hear from me a lot till then! xx
I’m still here! Not missing, just lacked phojo (photo taking mojo) and it seems to have effected all my online. Anyway, I’m still here 🙂 And the post title? No, not a history lesson on the alphabet, though I do love history…just a bit of fmsphotoaday alphabet love!
A while ago I mentioned that I’d show some behind the scenes stuff with the alphabet series because I’d had both fun and frustrating times with it. While some of it has been fun, well, most of it….some of it has been frustrating, trying and downright annoying…like being behind when the alphabet has actually finished! Think also; wind, heat, bunny rabbits, toddler hands and props that don’t stick in the right place. So just a behind the scenes look at my setting u photos experiences.
I had a purpose in mind for this alphabet. The little is nearly 3 and I’d love her to finally have a booklet or poster that I’d made for her for the alphabet especially as she’s helped with some of them.. And I have a new baby to welcome into the family in the early new year so this is such a perfect gift. But shhh, they don’t know about the gift.
For most of the letters, when I’ve had an idea in mind for the shot I’m kind of set on using it. And I have tried so hard to make it happen. The thing is, because i had a dual purpose for the alphabet I didn’t want things to hard to photograph or too difficult for a child to identify. And I want/ed the subject small enough to fit onto a large piece of board. because, well, I used that board as my background and even though the lighting and therefore editing is slightly different, I wanted the backgrounds exactly the same. And I wanted the shots simple and easy to identify, even though I’ll have wording next to or below/above the image. The only thing I wasn’t worried about this time was duplicating the things friends might have taken photos of. Sometimes it bothers me (even though 1,000’s of people participating means there are certainly duplicated ideas). The final product of my shots has meant I really don’t care if 100 other people did exactly the same thing, I just didn’t want anything too odd or obscure. Something I usually love to do. So….keeping all that in mind each time I thought of an idea for a letter, I then had to get that photo.
One of the photos I’ll remember from this month was for G.
The night before I had woken and had this brilliant idea for a grass scene. It looked amazing in the dream. And I was certain it’d be a doddle to pull off. So outside I went with my board and the card and set to work with my scissors cutting lengths of grass. Again thankful I’d been neglectful in mowing it. And I moved about the yard gathering from different areas to have some variety. And I came back to find our pet bunny, Fudge getting close and sniffy. To MY grass.
And then the little was racing about ripping grass out of the ground and tossing it onto the board to “help you mum”. Moving my carefully orchestrated grass to place her own. Aaaannnnddd, cue the slight rise in tension as I see my brilliant idea disappearing into the wind with the blades of grass.
So I worked quickly and was quite happy with the end result. Though each time I turned around after moving the cardboard to a new location to test light I saw scenes like this.
And had to re-adjust the blades of grass. So there I was, outside, cutting grass with scissors and moving it around on paper, to look like grass. I mean, real grass in the real outside but on paper. Am I sounding a bit nuts yet? Trust me, in instagram lan its not!
You can see it isn’t always easy to get the shot you want 😉
And then there was the time I tried to take the perfect ice-cream photo and ended up with some hideous creation. And on the second go ended up with a photo that I decided to use. But not after heartache and taking ice-cream photos on a board in a bathroom. And that board needed to be replaced. Because id had 2 ice-creams dripping all over it.
Then U for umbrellas? I bought a packet to use and 3 of them were thrown in the bin right away. Because well, toddler. The little wanted to help and had no idea how to put the umbrella up, so ripped it open rather than ask for help, breaking the paper, and flipping them inside out…but she tried. Again, cue the stress as I could see all my umbrellas hurtling into the bin just before dusk.
And the shot with her hands? I may have offered her something because I wanted hands and only hers.
Because well, they’re toddler hands. And how cute? And even though I offered a treat, E still didn’t want to do it the way I asked. And as often happens, one of her ways worked best. But before that there was a lot of me trying to explain to keep hands flat, yes both hands. No, don’t wiggle them everywhere… to an increasingly tired toddler who couldn’t be bothered with the day before she had even started helping me. Thats the best thing about spending time with E doing these things. We learn, we do and amid my frustrations at times we have a good time together and she enjoys arranging things on the board if I’m setting something up.
Such as T is for tree. I tried several different trees and E was desperate to give it a try. I needed to get my photo sorted first though, I was a bit in the moment creating it. And I’m a bit fussy once I’ve started making something like that. After E had decided my time was up and she was bored with my constant photos at 20 angles she wiped the board clean. Because, well that got my attention and a space for her tree. I let her have a go at creating and then she wanted her dad and I to help and all of us work on one together. Which was fine until we weren’t doing it the way she wanted. And didn’t want to share her leaves. But that moment passed really quickly and we ended up with some shrub looking thing (on Instagram here). But as I said, we had a great time and using your creativity is such fun. And you don’t need to buy things to create. You can always use the items you have on hand, around the yard or from your home.
Like the jigsaw puzzle I got for my birthday when I was 10 years old….or something. I love it and have kept it because I loved them so much. I can’t remember using them a lot but know I loved the pictures. I had images in my mind of the photo I wanted to take. The one I used was different to that. But again, after input from E. She made me think of it in a different way so I did something else. But she had a go at the jigsaw, became frustrated and then worked it out. I do love that she has a go and often works it out when my back is turned. Like all toddles, she’s super keen to do it all herself. Which is super fun, super.
So there were masses of outtakes this month and I was happy overall that I created the shots I did. Though some were just too funny to delete but just not usable for this months theme. Thats why you’re getting them all tossed at you here 🙂And although the alphabet finished Friday and I’ve finally posted all my shots I decided to post this round up rather than do a few behind the scenes for this month, because, well….I started this post over a week ago and keep being re-routed by other things. But I’m still here and I’ll be back more regularly! Cross all your things people! And thanks for coming back if you have….and waiting!
I sometimes wonder when I’m trawling through Instagram or looking at other places (mainly Pinterest, let’s be honest but then occasionally Facebook) what do other people do for photos? Sometimes I ask people, because if I don’t ask I don’t know right? In fact that could be my motto because I ask a lot of questions, and I mean A LOT, but sometimes I like to just be in awe and experience the amazement without knowing, until I want to do something similar. Or can’t do something along the same theme. Like today, with ice-cream. Because who knew working with ice-cream would be so darn difficult?!? Okay, it just me that was clueless?
In this months alphabet series over at #FMSphotoaday I’ve been trying hard to get some photos I could use in a poster for E’s room, or for a booklet for her. I know there are awesomely creative geniuses who have already done this and you can buy them! (@thebeecreative for example) but I wanted to make this one a bit personal, it has some of E’s things in it and we talk about the letters each day. I like to think of it as learning throughout doing our everyday. Anyway, one of the things that popped into my mind today was ice-cream because it has to be easier than an igloo right?
Creating an ice-cream photo isn’t dangerous or life threatening, but let’s just say I had ice-cream for breakfast today. Not really something that I’m enjoying right now. After the fact. Those all kinds of wrong feels you get, you know? Anyway, I have it and I won’t be doing it again in a hurry. Though I did do the photo again, this afternoon. This time though Miss E got herself and ice-cream and was super excited to get amongst some Neapolitan, let’s face it, who isn’t? Though strawberry? vanilla? Not so much. Oh who am I kidding? Just give me a big old tub of chocolate. And look, while you’re there, pop some choc chips in it or some fudge or caramel. Or I’ll be happy with some vanilla, sea salt, caramel or macadamia, all in one tub of course.
Anyway, the photo and our return journey to ice-cream today.
Take two….saw me making Miss E an ice-cream, as mentioned. She then proceeded to go outside, probably so she wouldn’t be wrangled into being in a photo. Smart girl. I took everything into the bathroom, the best light in the house and unless its lunch time it’s not too directional, i.e. not too many shadows most days. It’s about 22 here today, and warmer in the bathroom. The ice-cream started to melt fairly quickly. I couldn’t work fast enough, nor could I find anything to tell me how to do this properly. Basically, twice today I made the worst ice-cream cones I’d ever made. And quite frankly, I’ve had enough now. But I did spend time outside with E and Fudge (our rabbit) while I ate mine and she ate her dripping remainder.
And I left the mess inside, hoping someone would clean it while I was away. No one did.
The result of all this? Last night saw the chap (the patient, other half of me) going out to the shops for ice-cream so I’d have a tub of Neapolitan to use today. How awesome is he? And I ate two ice-creams. In one day. One for breakfast. I took a stack of photos. None of which will probably be used. Oh, except here. For you. I’m now over ice-cream photos. So I moved on to ice. Feel free to slap your hands over your face and exclaim ‘oh no’. Yep. Lets just say I’ll have another go at ‘i’ tomorrow. Maybe.
And look, I’ve done lots of things to take photos over the years, some eye-rolling and eye twitching like this. Some maybe verging on the dangerous. Well, kind of, just dangerous, but I don’t tend to do those as much now I have E. And it got me thinking again, wow, the things we do for a photo. Are others as clumsy and dangerous as myself (again not the ice-cream being all dangerous)?
What do you do for your photos (I know there are cool things out there like using frozen foods or travelling 100’s of kms with a bunch of balloons….this last one was sayhellojo, an awesome chum, do yourself a massive favour and check her out)? Fail or otherwise? How far do you go? The snorty laughter type stuff, the eye rolling and the dangerous? Feel free to leave a comment and let us all know. I bet we ALL do some intriguing things. I can tell you right now this is just one of mine. And I can tell you that like this, they’re the dizzy limits! Some not on the most dizzying scale, but quite a few are.
If there is one thing I’ve learnt from the life altering experience I’ve had on Instagram, it’s that its ok to break into song on occasion, especially when talking about photos or in this case, my blog posts. Thanks K 😉 And you’ll find out over time, I’m hopeless with song lyrics and names of songs. So if you’ve got no idea which song I was referring to, that’s totally ok. There’s no test, I promise! And I’m not going back to the start, that song has just been in my head as I was planning what I was going to say today.
Oh, and I should introduce myself…I’m Fiona. Or Fi or Fee. I’m so very pleased to meet you 🙂
There are so many stories and bits of information and tips and tricks and just chatting about what we did today that I really don’t know where to begin. But like all great friendships and relationships, it comes out over time. So i’ll try not to bombard you, rush or overwhelm. Let me know if I’m talking too fast, you get lost with my moving about from topic to topic or basically don’t make sense. Trust me, it’s a given, it’ll happen at some stage 🙂
I take part in the FMSphotoaday over at Instagram and occasionally on Facebook so I really want to share some of that with you, a big part of what I do and some of the activities E and I do stem from the prompts…I’ll share in my next few posts some of the stuff we’re doing in October, the alphabet. Its awesome and I decided as its Christmas soon and have some mini’s to make gifts for that I’d create a booklet or poster for them. I can’t wait so I’m working hard at some nice shots. So there’ll be some behind the scenes there too.
Anyway, my first post is way longer than I intended but I hope you enjoyed! I have so many exciting things planned and a small surprise here and there (a word of warning that you may want to grab a drink when you sit down to my posts 😉 but no pressure!).
Nice to meet you all, please say hi and let me know you stopped by. I’d love it xx