Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Capturing the moment with Caroline Stocking Photography...

I adore taking photos - in fact I would go as far as to say I am obsessed with taking photos - especially of my family. However, there is one thing that I am very guilty of is and that is always tending to stay behind the camera and rarely in front of it in the actual picture.

My boys are growing up so quickly and I only have to browse back over my Instagram feed to see just how quickly that's happening and in front of my eyes. It was actually through Instagram that I stumbled across Caroline Stocking Photography. After a few mutual likes here and there we started chatting via Instagram and before I knew it we were due to meet at 1030am on a damp autumn morning half term.

What I loved instantly about Caroline's style was that she just "got it". She got the type of photos I wanted to achieve and there was no pressure to nail the shot and especially with two children and a dog that was never going to be easy.

Whilst I wanted cool and casual shots I wanted us all to roughly match - or should I say compliment each other! Boys were decked out in H&M kids, whilst Webb opted for an older number from Crew Clothing and I wore a spotty blue and white number from Primark and I even pushed the boat out and had my hair blow-dried before that at Baloolah

Naturally the boys started off happy as larry but as the shoot went on their enthusiasm wore off and the willingness to smile naturally seemed to disappear - that said Caroline, goodness knows how she did it managed to keep them going and pull off the nicest shots I have of the boys.

Photos are an amazing thing. A snapshot of life at that time and I am so pleased that I now have some really lovely family photos of all of us together.

Thank you to Caroline for taking the time to come and shoot my family and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do. If you'd be interested in getting Caroline to take some beautiful photos of you and your loved ones then you can get in touch with her at www.carolinestockingphotography.com .

Nathalie x


Thursday, 5 October 2017

DIY Designer Pumpkins In Under 30 Minutes...

I love this time of year, in fact I will go as far as saying that autumn is my favourite season. The nights start to draw in, the leaves start to change colour and the abundance of new fruit and vegetables leaves me yearning for casseroles and flaky pastry pies. 

This month also sees that spooky tradition of Halloween. I have to be honest I am not a massive fan of this holiday and the prospect of taking my kids door to door knocking for sweets quite frankly leaves me feeling a little awkward. That said being a modern day mum I like to embrace all these holidays and we always have a pumpkin outside but this year I decided that having lusted over patterned pumpkins over on Pinterest last year to this year  pimp my pumpkins!!

So after work this afternoon I went in search of materials and as soon as Webbo stepped through the door we set about this super simple task....

What you'll need....

- Pumpkin (mine were a bargain, big one £3, smaller ones £1 each from Tesco)
- Spray paint colour of your choice (I got mine from B&Q for £9 each)
- Shape stickers or electrical/masking tape

How to do it....

Start by sticking and pressing down your chosen shape sticker

Make sure to cover your little stalk too!

Spray your pumpkin with a thin coat of the paint - don't be tempted to spray too much in one area. Now leave to dry!

Carefully peel off the stickers...

I chose to do one with stripes

And I love the way the one with stars came out!

I am so chuffed with how these turned out and they really were so easy to do and all finished and by my fireplace within half an hour!

Please SHARE this post so that you too can jazz up your pumpkins as wildly or as simply as you like but I hope you'll find some inspiration in my pumpkins!

Nathalie x
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