Yesterday I did not use my camera!! I have to say I had itchy fingers all day! Why? Because I practised what I preach and had a family photo session with my nearly husband and son Max.
The shoot was so much fun with the lovely Lianne from Dinky Heart Photography.
When speaking to Lianne about the shoot we wanted a location that was different but fun for all of us, so we chose Cotswold Wildlife Park.
The park has so much to offer for a family day out but also a photo session. We hardly noticed we were having photos taken. Alan was running round like a kid at christmas…. so was Max.
Over all our time at the park was amazing!
The morning however…….
As any Mother will know, getting ready is a pain in the bum!
For any normal day it is difficult enough, even just to go to the shop is a mission. Michael McIntyre’s skit about people who don’t and do have children springs to mind every time,
People who don’t have children “Shall we leave the house?”
“Yes”, opens door and leaves house.
People who do have children “Shall we leave the house?”
“where are your shoes? Why don’t you have pants on? That is your lunch for later! Come on we’re leaving, bye bye bye!”
Leaves house an hour later.
So my morning yesterday was a bit like the later.
Thinking I had everything planned out; shower, packing food, outfits, shoes, hair etc
But nope nothing works out according to plan.
Nearly husband and I got a sleep in, this started out ok as the shoot wasn’t till the afternoon.
The trouble was trying to organise tidying my eyebrows, a shower for myself, drying my hair and Max’s nap time at the same time!
This does not work.
I got out of the shower late (5 minutes to yourself turns into 10), my hair took longer than normal to dry (as always when you need to be quick). Max refused to sleep on time but then woke up after half an hour while I was attempting my makeup. He refused to go back to sleep so I had a sleepy koala bear baby hugging into me while doing the rest of my makeup one handed. Thankfully I decided to put my nice clean dress on while he was sleeping.
The rest of the getting ready events were pretty much the same.
Max was grumpy after not napping for long enough and wanting to be carried round with me. Finding colour coordinating outfits that are clean and not completely crinkled. Packing lunch and snacks for Max then realising some had run out. Trying to make up an emergency bottle without Max seeing it (stuffing it under my dress then shoving it in the baby bag). Max has now emptied my wallet twice and I’m trying to find my bank card and receipts. Keeping grubby fingers off my nice clean (for once) clothes and packing Max’s clean clothes into the bag for later, this worked!
Looking in the mirror on the way out and thinking ‘this will have to do’.
We were actually on time stepping out of the door, but still hadn’t packed up the car…..
And still had to rush to the shop.
So I’m on my way to a lovely family session feeling quite stressed out. I also forgot my second outfit.
It doesn’t seem like a lot to organise but as any Mum will know trying to juggle so many things at once while keeping your child happy while trying to stick to a time frame gets you quite flustered.
While chatting to Lianne in the car about writing this post I thought I could have made this so much easier on myself!
Lets face it, when your a Mum things never go to plan.
You just have to roll with it.
A lot of the time I walk out of the house with scruffy denim cut off shorts on, a top with baby finger marks all over it and am rocking a mummy bun (a twisted bun that sits on the top of your head because you haven’t washed your hair in 2 or 3 days).
But sometimes you do want to be clean and look nice. Have some gorgeous family photos to treasure. As a photographer I am hardly ever in front of the camera. I love my job and being able to capture life happening around me. But it is nice to have someone capture me to prove my existence.
So my tips for being able to get yourself and the rest of the family ready and be out the door and in the car on time!
1. Have a shower and wash and dry your hair the night before.
2. Have outfits selected, clean, ironed and hug up the day before. Look on Pinterest for outfit ideas!
3. Pack lunch/snacks while making breakfast.
extra tip – pack lots of treats that will instantly make your child as happy as a Mum who’s baby naps for 2 hours.
4. Pick up any extra snacks or treats from the shop the day before.
5. Put baby/child down for a nap 20 minutes early so if they refuse to drift off for 20 minutes at least they are going to sleep on time (or they might surprise you and doze off early).
6. Do hair and make up as soon as your child is asleep.
7. If Dad is home get him to pack the car some time during the morning or nap time.
8. Have the post code/ directions ready the night before.
9. Put an ‘allowed to get dirty’ outfit on your child on the way to the shoot and get them changed into their nice clothes when you arrive.
10. Pack your second outfit in the baby bag the night before.
These tips may seem so simple and obvious but they will surely save me some unnecessary stress and give me and hopefully you more time to properly get yourself ready for your family photo session. Not to show up feeling half dressed with one leg shaved and food in your hair 😉
As Mums we are all special and you deserve to feel that way in your family photos. If not for your memories then for your children’s.
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