{The Portrait Diaries} Day 20: Birthday Boy

Day 20-

In a flurry of weddings,editing and planning, the blog has been feeling a little neglected. The withdrawal symptoms are getting too much to take so I’m having a quick break from editing to share the latest of The Portrait Diaries!  Today’s portrait is dedicated to my nephew who turned five today. Can’t quite believe it and struggling to understand where the last five years have gone.

His enthusiasm for life, curiosity and cheeky smile are an endless supply of inspiration to me.

Hope you are all having a great Sunday and check back soon for some exciting things I have to share with you.

Lauren xxx

children's portrait

{The Portrait Diaries} Day 18: Changes

Lately I’ve been thinking about how quickly life seems to pass us by. Sometimes, don’t you just want to grab it with both hands and say ‘SLOW DOWN!’ so you can take more of it in?

I think one of the reasons I’m more aware of it this year than any other year is that my nephew was born at the end of 2011 and so my concept of time has become associated with how much he grows and changes. I feel strangely more conscious of time passing, seasons changing, and even the flowers growing.

I am also more thankful than ever for my love of photography.It allows us to be aware of our own growth and change as well as those around us. We can record a moment in time, make memories and create stories of the past that our minds alone can’t contain. Where would we be without photos? They’re like little fragments of our past that we hold onto and that help us make sense of who we are.

It’s strange to think that the world never stops turning. When we stop and sleep at night, le is racing on. Though I’m not much of a numbers geek, I’m a sucker for a good musical and in one of my favourites, Rent, they sing about how to measure the 525’600 minutes in a year. I still struggle to get my head around it… we tend to think of a year as a long time, but in reality when put into small fractions of time, it’s nothing!

We sleep on average for seven hours a day,  so we are only actually awake for 6,205 minutes a year! Shocking isn’t it? It makes me want to get out and make the most of every minute. What does it make you want to do?

I’ve always wished there were more hours in the day and that we didn’t need to sleep. When I was little I remember whenever I didn’t want to go to sleep, my parents used to tell me how important sleep was because it’s what makes you grow. Though I think I don’t think I’m going to get any taller I sometimes remind myself of that even now when I don’t want to sleep because we’re still growing after all, just in a different way.

It is remembering how fleeting time is that makes me want to keep taking photos, to cherish every moment. So I am sharing this photo (not just to make you broody haha) but because when I look at babies I can’t help thinking about how fast they grow up. Today I just want to remember what he is like right now.

Today you are 1440 minutes older than yesterday. Make every minute count.

Lauren xxx

{The Portrait Diaries} Day 3: A Wonderful World

Day three of The Portrait Challenge.

I’m enjoying thinking about what I try to capture in a portrait. Sometimes that magic ingredient needed for a portrait happens entirely by accident. Those accidental portraits can make the best images. I definitely don’t think that a portrait has to be a straight on shot of a person’s face and I really want to try to get a variety in this challege.

So here’s my third portrait and the story behind the image. It’s no secret I love photographing babies but this was by no means a planned shot. I was outside in the garden taking photos & this little fella wanted to know what all the commotion was about outside so came up to the window with his Granddad to watch. I had to get a shot of it & I didn’t really expect it to be good or to like it but baby’s are so curious I loved how this image portrays some of that wonder.

Their world is brand new in each and every moment.

Lauren xx

{The Portrait Diaries} Day 2: Captain America

I watched Captain America last weekend and now have a newfound appreciation for my nephew’s fascination with the Captain.

Finally, I get what he is talking about when he chats away about shields getting stuck in doors.

My nephew is a little photographer in the making and much prefers to be taking pictures than being photographed. To be able to get a photo without him putting a hand up in refusal, or insisting on taking a photo of me instead made a nice change. We had set up a little clue hunt for him and had him running all over the house to find clues. The final prize was his very own Captain America costume.

For me this image sums him so much but i’d love to know what you think.

If you were a superhero, who would you be?

Lauren x