Shortly after bringing Jess home, I decided it was time for some family photographs. We often go to the woods near our house for a little walk and I always think of how beautiful it would be to take photographs there. Being nearly two years old, Finley got distracted by many things on the way there and ended up wanting to be carried by daddy, who was already carrying my camera bag and tripod!
Jessica slept most of the way there, but since mummy couldn't quite make it over the stye with her in the sling, I ended up passing her over to daddy. She didn't sleep through the transition but remained calm. We walked around the woods as usual and Finley enjoyed looking out for the wooden animals which were dotted around various points around the forest. We settled in a spot and I began to set up.
As you can probably imagine, Finley did not want to stay put. I set up the tripod behind a low hanging brach to add in some leaves in the foreground of the image. I then manually focussed on the logs I wanted us to sit on and did some test shots. The family (as pictured above) did not take these shots too seriously!
I set the camera on a timer and we attempted to lure our toddler over to where we were. This went as well as could be expected. Finding creative ways to entertain toddlers is one of my husband's many talents. He ran around with Finley for the seconds before the shot and quickly sat down and asked Finley where the camera was at the last second.
Finley actually wanted to sit on my lap so this one wasn't too difficult. You may notice his foot is sticking out slightly towards the log next to us. This is because between every shot Finley would kick the log down and laugh when daddy kept rushing to put it back up and get out of the way as quickly as possible.
Jessica and I were ready for a nice mummy and daughter photograph, when the boys photobombed us. Finley thought Jessica's yawning was hilarious.
Of course, while we were there, I decided to get some couple photographs of us in. This doesn't happen very often! Partly because we are always looking after the kids and also because my husband is not very good at doing what he's told and I get easily frustrated. He did okay this time though.
All in all I'm glad we did it as it's such a precious time to capture these moments as a family, even if it was a bit frantic!