Preserving a lasting memory of your summer holidays

Preserving a lasting memory of your summer holidays

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!’

capturing families in restaged photos, this one is restaged every year on a beach in Devon


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;

An evening surf on Croyde beach in North Devon


The end of an evening having fish and chips on the beach

Capturing summer memories with the perfect photo


Or the times when the Teenager joined us, we know these days are limited so cherish every moment

Capturing family moments and the photo which defines our Summer

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?

Making summertime memories with a father and son moment


Now I’ve just got to decide where to put it!

finding the perfect summer photo and preserving it as a canvas wall art



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  1. 24th August 2015 / 7:21 am

    Wow whatfab pictures no wonder you had a job to pick ! Love them all and it will give you so many memories in the future

  2. 24th August 2015 / 8:07 am

    Gorgeous pictures, I love the sea one, but they are all great. Well done for mastering manual x

  3. 24th August 2015 / 12:01 pm

    You’ve really had a beautiful summer holiday filled with family fun, it’s great you’ve had so many fab memories to share a family. I love all the shots that you have in this post, each one having a different meaning but all representing your family. Popping by from Magic Moments.

    • 24th August 2015 / 1:28 pm

      Thanks Fiona, no rainy day shots here, you could be mistaken for thinking we’d had a warm & sunny summer!

  4. 24th August 2015 / 4:22 pm

    No wonder you struggled to choose they are all wonderful! A very special summer. #magicmoments

    • 25th August 2015 / 10:27 pm

      thanks catie, I think I may need to get some more canvas’ made. I keep finding places where I could put one.

  5. 24th August 2015 / 9:07 pm

    I love this post, you have captured such precious moments. It looks like you have had a wonderful summer. I would have struggled to choose one photo too, I love all of the images you’ve chosen x #whatsthestory

    • 24th August 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks Sara, it was so difficult, I just wanted one which wouldn’t date hence deciding on the last one.

  6. 26th August 2015 / 7:49 am

    I love that first one in the chairs! #sharewithme

    • 26th August 2015 / 4:14 pm

      We stage that on every year, it’s fab seeing how much they grow

  7. becca farrelly
    26th August 2015 / 10:28 pm

    Lovely pictures!! I wish i could take pics like that, looks like you have had a lovely 2015 summer!!


  8. 27th August 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Lovely pictures, I can see why you had trouble deciding which to print! Becky #sharewithme

  9. Angela
    28th August 2015 / 5:15 pm

    Great pics! I have been taking hundreds of pictures of my kids this summer in hopes that I become a better photographer sooner than later. Practice makes perfect!

    • 28th August 2015 / 8:35 pm

      That’s so true, I’ve been doing the same, I’m terrible at not deleting any though so have loads!

  10. Jenny
    1st September 2015 / 2:49 pm

    Absolutely stunning photos of summer and beautiful memories. Way too many favorites here. They are all gorgeous. Thank you for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

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