A family photo shoot

For my birthday this year, I decided to gift myself a family photo shoot. Laurence and I are often behind the camera. We rarely think of getting someone to take photos of all of us.

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I’d wanted to do one when Talitha was around a year but we never got around to it. In many ways, it feels like it makes more sense doing it now that both girls are here.

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A few of my friends have had their photos taken by Bristol family and newborn photographer Annie Crossman. We liked her work and have met her before (she used to lead the children’s work at our church) so knew she was friendly and great at putting kids at ease. So it was an easy decision to book her.

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The shoot ended up being a bit emotional for me (not that it takes much these days!). We both feel settled that our baby days are going. As settled as you can be without being able predict the future, obviously.

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Of course, if we were to be surprised with another pregnancy, we’d be overjoyed (startled and nervous too but I’m sure we’d get there). But two finally feels like a good number to both of us.

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Part of me can’t imagine never going through pregnancy and birth again but another part of me is looking forward to what comes next as our children grow up.

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The last time we had a photo shoot was our engagement shoot before our wedding. It’s strange to think how much has changed in six short years. Having children together has been so good for our marriage.

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Yes having a baby can practically drop a bomb on a relationship but, amid the chaos, there is so much fun. I told Laurence the other day that when we were at Legoland, I enjoyed seeing him enjoy Talitha enjoying herself. He confirmed that I sounded like a weirdo but it’s true. Loving them has added a new dimension to loving each other.

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If you’re in or near Bristol and looking for a great family, newborn or maternity photographer, I really recommend Annie. We really enjoyed our shoot with her and are so pleased with the images. I’m not sure I can justify buying a birthday treat for myself every year but I’m certainly glad to have gone for it this time.