Friday, 16 March 2012

Leo & The Photoshoot...


Well everyone we are finally there, we have hit the Friday mark once again and the weekend is upon us!

I can hear you all breathing a sigh of relief while kicking off your shoes, putting on your slippers, popping open that bottle of wine, and making yourself comfortable in preparation for Mother's Day this Sunday! A day where we Mummy's should all get completely spoilt and pampered.

For Luke, Leo and I today has been a very special Friday, you see today we have been on a family photo shoot! We have done our hair and some of us have applied our make up, and we have addressed our paparazzi. This post is all about taking photos. Whether we are behind the camera lens or taking photos of our boy.

When Leo was born we were in receipt of a truly special gift that we will treasure forever. A baby photography package which gave us 3 individual shoots for us to redeem over a year, capturing different periods of development in Leo's ever changing features. The end result will be a triple frame, with a picture from each shoot pride of place.

Today was our second shoot, which we have been putting off for a time when Leo could crawl. And boy...Can he crawl now! So after my trials and tribulations of finding the perfect outfit to wear, getting Leo and myself ready for our pictures. My little family were ready to say 'Cheese'.

Leo took a little convincing to smile his toothy smile, but when he did smile he filled the room with his presence. I am sure Leo's personality will shine through in each individual picture. Luke and Leo wore almost identical shirts for the photos which I think added a lovely touch, and really demonstrated how Leo was a little Mini Me of his Daddy. They took a few photos of Daddy and Leo, Mummy and Leo and then shots of Leo doing his own thing. We have a lovely variety!

I am very excited to see the end results. I have used the same photographer's for years and always love the finished images. Our next session will take place at Leo's next big milestone. Walking.

Luke had booked the day off work to spend with us, so we decided that after the shoot and a long nap for Leo. We would visit our local Wacky Warehouse so that Leo could be introduced to soft play for the very first time.

Leo absolutely loved it straight away, Luke and I regressed and were soon in the ball pool with him. This enabled us to quickly retrieve Leo when he vanished underneath the surface of the ball ocean. It seems that now he is on the move, this is the perfect habitat for Leo to be, he can play without risk of crawling into a wall and bruising himself...again.

I thought I would take my camera and get some arty shots of Leo playing amongst the balls and capture Leo's very first visit, but the staff had other ideas. It looks as though Soft play areas are now yet another venue to be added to the list of where 'you must not take photos'.

I completely understand the reasons behind it, and I respect them, but why should I not take photos of MY Son. I would never take a camera to the public swimming pools as I can see the worry that may occur there, but really? A soft play area!? You wont be able to take pictures at the beach in the future for fear of snapping someone elses child!

I have read that in some places at Christmas, you cannot sit your child on Santa's lap for a photograph anymore. The company's wont allow it in case parent's complain and turn the once fun Christmas tradition into a negative point, that ruins it for everyone else. How can we be coming to this?

I know that this guideline is their to protect the children, but it is a silly guideline. If I wish to take a photo of my Son, playing happily in a ball pool to stick in his scrapbook. Then I shall.

I left my fancy camera in the bag and brought my phone along with me. I got some lovely snaps that I feel I was entitled to take. Look for yourself. Lovely aren't they!?

What are your views on taking photos of your child while out and about? Do you feel it is a God given right to take these photos of your children? Or do you think that I should have respected the guidelines and not taken photos of my son?


Laura & Leo xx

10 comments:

  1. Ahhh lovely hun! I've always wanted to do one of these shoots! x

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    1. They really are a great experience. They make you feel great! Also lovely memories for the kiddies! I bought my Mum one for Xmas and she cannot wait to use it! xx

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  2. I hate the way society assumes the worst all the time it breeds fear and insecurity. I sometimes do sneek a photo when you shouldn't, but most of the time i stick to the rules and then kick myself for missing the perfect photo opportunities and hate not being able to perserve the memories in a photograph.

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    1. My thoughts exactly. It seems such ashame for those parents that actually just want to capture those moments in time as a keepsake, but can't without being penalised. Usually I am so wary about getting the camera out...and I think that is a bad point in it's self.

      Society is going crazy!

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  3. Really I think that's crazy - where on earth are they going to stop photos next???

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    1. I wonder....It is just madness! I understand the need in some places but then they push the limit and my patience! xx

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  4. I understand the whole photo's thing in swimming pools to a certain extent, although i do think it's sad that a whole new generation aren't going to have those kind of photo firsts in their albums but I do agree the world has gone crazy in other aspects, I mean a soft play area??? Fine if you were pointing the camera at someone elses child ina rather weird way, that's wrong, but your own child? documenting their experiences? What's wrong with that!?

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    1. Exactly, There was a time in the not so distant past where it was more than acceptable to take a camera to the swimming pools. It is sad that in this day and age we have to worry about certain people taking photos that may or may not involve our children. I think it is just going to carry on and before long we wont be able to take photos anywhere! The park...beach...xx

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  5. Seriously? Next you can't take pictures in your own home xx

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    1. Madness. Rules are meant to be broken. I shall continue to be a snap happy, scrapbooking Mummy! xx

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