Me & Mine: A family portrait project // January 2015

How many photos have you taken of your little ones over the past year? Thousands upon thousands I expect, yet how many of those photos do you all feature in? Not so many?

Welcome to my world.

I have a handful of photos of us all as a family and I think its a sorry state of affairs. So inspired by this great article I read on the Huffington Post, The Mom stays in the picture, I have decided to take action and take part in the Me & Mine: A family portrait project. For those of you who don’t know what it is, it is a lovely link up idea by Lucy of Dear Beautiful. She decided to challenge herself to take a family photo every single month; a photo which you can treasure for years to come and I think it’s a wonderful idea.

These photos were taken on Andy’s birthday at Dunham Massey, a National Trust property near us. It was a gorgeous day; cold and frosty but with clear blue skies and the sunshine was beautifully golden. My dad took these photos and I’m really pleased with them. They are a lovely reminder of a wonderful day with my family and our first family photos of 2015.


I’ve blogged more photos of our morning at Dunham Massey here, as the light was too gorgeous not to snap away.

January has been a fun little month. Thanks to the snow, we’ve done a fair bit of sledging and snowman building, we’ve celebrated birthdays (Andy’s and my dads), played on the beach opposite my grandparents house in Blundellsands (it was rather bracing!), and had LOTS of playdates. I’ve kickstarted my fitness campaign with bi-weekly PT sessions and weekly netball matches, Andy has eased himself back into work after the festive period, Jack had his first ‘big boy’ swimming lession (he hated not having me in the water with him, cried a lot and we haven’t been back since!) and Phoebs is babbling away non stop.

I’m really looking forward to fulfilling this photography project and having at least 12 photos of my little family over the coming year, rather than the handful we normally manage. In addition, I am also hoping to invest in professional photos of our family over the coming year aswell (funds permitting!), to ensure we have some amazing candid photos to treasure, like these ones of Andy, Jack and I when Jack was a baby.

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  • IngaJanuary 31, 2015 - 9:10 pm

    What a great idea Steph :-) I have so many photos of Matt & Isabella and a spattering of me with Isabella, but hardly any of us all together, I’m so pleased we had a family shoot when Isabella turned 1 but that was over 2.5 years ago and now we have another one on the way I’m adamant that I’m going to get some professional photos taken again in the summer when Isabella turns 4 and the baby will be about 5 months. I have been meaning to get a tripod to help me get more photos of the 3 of us but still haven’t got round to it. How are you going to take your family shots? Good luck and I look forward to seeing your family portraits, they will look great all together in an annual book too xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyJanuary 31, 2015 - 10:11 pm

      Who are you going to get to take your photos? Did The Lawsons take your last ones? I really need to buy a tripod too, in the meantime I think I’ll be relying on a lot of walls :) xReplyCancel

  • RachelFebruary 1, 2015 - 8:02 am

    Lovely picture and Dunham Massey is lovely too.. enjoy the project this year. We have been doing it since July 2014.ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 1, 2015 - 7:48 pm

      It’s gorgeous isn’t it. I’m really looking forward to this project, it’ll be nice to have a good selection of photos to choose from rather than the handful we have now xReplyCancel

  • IngaFebruary 1, 2015 - 10:38 am

    Hi Steph, I’m not sure now that we’re down here, I’ve found a couple local-ish photographers that I like so I might contact them, although I think Jodie Chapman isn’t far from us so might enquire with her, as I loved the photos that she took of you guys. I followed her for a while before too. Although of course might get some taken when we are up North in the summer so who knows.

    No it wasn’t the Lawson this time although I love their portrait shoots!! It was Nicola Thompson who a friend of mine of used for their wedding, she was lovely and took some beautiful portraits of Isabella, we’ve remained in touch and I even ended up buying my D700 from her :-) I would totally recommend either Nicola or the Lawsons. If you want to have a look at the photos she took, let me know and I’ll email you the link. I can’t wait to get some more taken, let me know how you get on.

    Yes I’ve been relying on tables and chairs to take some self portraits with Isabella but doesn’t always works, I definitely need to invest in a tripod soon xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 1, 2015 - 7:46 pm

      Definitely enquire with Jodie, I adore her photos and she shot all the ones of us on film. I’d love to see the photos Nicola took, I love her work xReplyCancel

  • Mummy on a BudgetFebruary 1, 2015 - 7:33 pm

    Lovely family pictures. You’re definitely all wrapped up for the winter weather! I’ve joined up for the 1st time with this project this month. It’s such a great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 1, 2015 - 7:44 pm

      Ah thankyou! It’s a brilliant linky isn’t it, I can’t wait to compare all the photos over the 12 months and see how much the littles have changed. XReplyCancel

  • SianFebruary 1, 2015 - 9:25 pm

    Love these shots – it’s great that they are so seasonal too! We have joined in for the first time but our photos don’t quite show how cold it is. Looking forward to seeing more as months go by xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 2, 2015 - 1:40 am

      Ah thankyou! It’s a great project isn’t it, ill head over to yours now…ReplyCancel

  • JennyFebruary 2, 2015 - 7:25 pm

    Ahh you have a gorgeous family. Looks like your son and daughter are similar ages to mine (age gap between them) so cute. Love your captures the lighting is amazing. I am off to peak at your other post you mentioned. Lovely blog too. I look forward to your family captures next month too. It’s such a great project and I am grateful for a whole year of it last year. #meandmineReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 2, 2015 - 7:45 pm

      Ah thanks Jenny. There is nearly 3 years between Jack and Phoebs. XxReplyCancel

  • Jane - Our Little EscapadesFebruary 2, 2015 - 9:24 pm

    Great family photos, it looks like a lovely day out. We want to get some professional photos too. We had a few taken of Ethan when he was a baby but we have had none of Little E yet. Looking forward to seeing your family grow up over the next twelve months xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 2, 2015 - 9:25 pm

      Thanks for your lovely comment. We are the same, you definitely do more with the first don’t you! XReplyCancel

  • Louise (@TattooedMumsy)February 2, 2015 - 10:35 pm

    Lovely family portrait, I love the Winter sun in there. :)ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 3, 2015 - 8:43 pm

      Thanks Louise xReplyCancel

  • CarieFebruary 3, 2015 - 8:50 am

    Oh they’re lovely photos! I started joining in with Me and Mine precisely because I realised how few of the family pictures I actually appear in and I’m so glad I did!ReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 3, 2015 - 8:43 pm

      Ah thank you! 12 whole photos as a family of four… I can’t wait!! xReplyCancel

  • Amelia @OhLittleOneSweetFebruary 3, 2015 - 3:50 pm

    What lovely family photos- the location looks stunning with the frost on the ground. We too are looking forward to joining in again this year with Me and Mine and getting 12 photos of the three of us together. And such a good idea with the professional photos too- I’d love to do that! xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 3, 2015 - 8:40 pm

      Thanks Amelia, you should definitely look into professional photos. Where are you based? xReplyCancel

  • LucyFebruary 4, 2015 - 2:15 pm

    What gorgeous photos of you all, I love that cold crisp wintery light for photos… it almost makes me like the winter! 😉 I hadn’t seen that Huffington Post article, but I’m glad it inspired you to take part in Me and Mine, I think its so important that we be in the photos and the memories with our children. Thanks so much for linking up with Me and Mine. xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 8, 2015 - 10:20 am

      Thanks for hosting! Its such a brilliant idea and I’m looking forward to having a whole host of family photos at the end of the year instead of the usual handful! xReplyCancel

  • Katie @mummydaddymeFebruary 4, 2015 - 9:53 pm

    Gorgeous photos of you all Steph! I love the winter light. xReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 8, 2015 - 10:19 am

      Thanks hun xReplyCancel

  • Natalie @ Little Jam Pot Life BlogFebruary 5, 2015 - 10:48 am

    Lovely photos! This location looks delightful & lovely to see some babywearing :) xxReplyCancel

    • Steph@HelloBabyFebruary 8, 2015 - 10:19 am

      Ah thanks, I adore wearing the little lady; it so handy! xReplyCancel

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