When I started this blog, I had one goal in mind: to have somewhere to remember those little memories in our everyday life. After nine months into motherhood, it struck me that I had already forgotten so much. I didn’t even remember the first few weeks of the birth and was adamant to hold on to those moments somehow, and through my blog I fell in love with taking photos of our family.
Remembering the Moments, Not Poses
My favourite snapshots of the past year of writing my blog have been the little moments of our day to day life, which say so much about our family and how close we are. It’s that bond that James and Emma share, the laughter and happiness in our home and remembering that it’s not always about posing for a shot. I love these pictures and it makes me so proud of our little family.
I also use it to remember the times where it didn’t go quite according to plan. It’s easy to believe on social media these days that everybody’s life is a perfect picture of happiness but the fact is that with a toddler, that is not really the case. I’ve often taken an idyllic photo of James and Emma, which seems so cute and perfect but the reality is that a major toddler tantrum was round the corner! I’ve always wanted to show an honest account of being a mum and even these more challenging moments are ones I want to remember.
Falling in Love with Sussex
The other reason I continue to take pictures of us is because moving to Brighton was such a huge part of my life. I was 7 months pregnant and about to embark on the next phase of our life. Recording our everyday life was my way of coping with the big move and slowly falling in love with the new city in my life. It was about embracing being a mum to Emma and reminding myself that we’re doing okay.
Slowly over time, I have fallen head over heels with the area we live in – and with Emma’s newfound exploring side, we are going on more adventures than ever. It’s been amazing to discover news area every week, even if it’s just a new park and watch her run around in delight and enjoy every second. And all the while, it’s made that leap into being a mum and raising a family that little bit easier.
How do you keep your memories?
When I was younger my mum would tirelessly take photos of all of us and I’m so pleased she did – I love spending hours flicking through photo albums remembering our childhood. So I like to think that this is my version of all those photo albums, to remember these days together. What about you, do you enjoy taking photos of your family too?
This is a collaborative post with The Case Farm