30th July 2009 – Random thing about me: Fact 10

Written on July 30, 2009 – 3:44 pm | by BryonyParkes |

I’ve been really looking forward to doing this random thing, what better excuse than this to do a little mini photoshoot with my girls? I don’t need an excuse of course but sometimes it takes something like this to give you a nudge.

“10) My girls are my absolute world. I am constantly wanting to be a better mum”

It’s not that I think I’m a bad mum, I just want what everyone wants: I want the best for my children. They deserve the best childhood and upbringing possible and I sometimes wish I could give them more. They are super girls though, I really am so very very lucky to have such bright and beautiful children. Did you know that the Big One can write her name at the tender age of 3 years old and 4 months? She can also draw her Nanny with curly hair, ear-rings, arms and legs! She can tell you that Mummy starts with M and Tree starts with T. I’m not boasting, this probably all typical 3 year old stuff but I think it’s amazing and I’m incredibly proud of my daughter and watching her develop is so much fun.

We once had a conversation about bees and how they make honey. She told me that the Queen Bee looks after the honey and the other bees go to flowers to get it. I asked her what happens after that? She gave it a quick thought and then told me confidently that then Winnie the Pooh comes! How I howled!

The Small One is only 6 months, but despite some really rough months with Colic and Reflux, she is just the happiest, bounciest baby in the world. When she’s not in pain (which thankfully is hardly ever now) she can beam a smile that would stretch to the moon if it could. She’s starting to learn how to crawl, it’s adorable to watch. She gets onto her hands and her knees, sometimes her hands and feet and her bottom wobbles to and fro as she rocks to go forward. She’s been sitting up unaided since she was 22 weeks old I think, so it’s a lot easier to leave her to it and she’s quite happy to sit there and watch her big sister.

I really enjoyed doing this mini photoshoot, they are gorgeous in my eyes so it wasn’t hard to get a decent picture. Of course I’d say that, and I wouldn’t want to hear otherwise ;o) It was challenging though, it was just me to direct and position them and take the shots at the same time. I finally put some new batteries in the flash gun which helped as well as it wasn’t starting to die on me, and I used my trusty old fleece blankets for the background although space issues meant that there wasn’t as much distance between the girls and the background so it’s not as seamless as it should be. I decided to try the black for a change (I normally only use white for children) I think it works well on this occasion, but wouldn’t like to use it all the time. I know I didn’t get the lighting quite right but that’s ok, cos I’m happy with them enough and will definitely be framing my favourite!



















And my favourite:

I’d love to hire a studio one day, give it a go properly. If I were ever good enough in the future to go Pro then studio photography I think, is what I’d like to do. Weddings for example will definitely NOT be my cup of tea, I have huge admiration for those who do them. I couldn’t hack the pressure of a different venue every time, different lighting, weather problems, trekking kit around with you, dealing with “the annoying guest with the camera” that every wedding always has, not to mention getting it right first time on a day that won’t happen again. If I have a knack for anything I think it’s studio portraits although I may think differently after I’ve taken my 500th shot in a studio! I would love to shoot a wedding one day for the experience, don’t get me wrong but studio shots I think is my forte. I’d love to know if anyone agrees with me, but of course be nice ;o)

Photos taken at 1/200 and f/5.0 (flash gun used)

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  1. 4 Responses to “30th July 2009 – Random thing about me: Fact 10”

  2. By Eliza Claire on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    Bryony, these are truly beautiful photos. I love the black background, so different to the usual harsh white.

    I really think you have a gift being able to photograph your own children, I find it impossible!

    Weddings are fantastic fun but exhausting and can be stressful. I guess I thrive on the stress! You’re welcome to come and second shoot for me at some point if you’d like to? Give it a try?

  3. By BryonyParkes on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    Wow I’d love to Liz, yes please!

    Thank you very much for your kind words, they mean a lot x

  4. By Judith Green on Jul 30, 2009 | Reply

    Ah these are lovely – great shots, lovely words…you should be v proud of your lovely children. xx

  5. By Ray on Aug 2, 2009 | Reply

    really graet pictures, I thaey are as good as any “proffesional” pictures

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