I wanted to mark the summer of 2015 in a special and meaningful way, being the end of an era for Tween, the start of a summer of fun for Toddler and the last summer before Teenager would be free form the world of work. And as I’ve finally got to grips with the manual settings on my DSLR camera I’ve been photographing anything and everything so I’ve been searching for the perfect photo to use as a canvas from Snapfish that captured the essence of this special break. Buuuuuuut, that’s actually been ALOT harder than you imagine.
In my mind I wanted one of the five of us, but as chief and only photographer, that was never going to happen and I don’t own a selfie stick so any attempts to get us all in one shot just consists of a bunch of heads and eyes which just looks naff. My other thoughts were of a deckchair shot of the grandkids which my sister and I stage every summer for our parents, but I just could find one which jumped out and shouted ‘pick me!’
So I waited and waited until the perfect shot was found, the one which made my heart dance and reminded me of a perfect day, a day when there were no family bickering, a day when we were all together, a day which caught us unaware and captured the essence of our family summer. And in true British form (i’m thinking buses, you know the saying) not one photo caught my eye but three. Each telling a different story, albeit from the same fun fuelled week.
The impromptu evening surf, where the kids squealed with delight at catching waves on their body boards and running in and out of the warm beach pools;
The end of an evening having fish and chips on the beach
Or the times when the Teenager joined us, we know these days are limited so cherish every moment
So you can see my dilemma. I wanted them all! But I had a task, one photo which defined our summer. My aim was to create a wall canvas that would stand the test of time, one which could be mistaken as being a stranger and that only we would know the real meaning behind that moment. I wanted a piece of art, our family art.
So after much deliberation I chose this, a sneaky photo taken of my husband and our toddler, playing with bubbles at the end of chilled festival day. which leaves me with my next problem; where to hang it?
Now I’ve just got to decide where to put it!
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