Blogging with Instagram

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I’m late to the game when it comes to Instagram but I’ve finally made it! At the moment I’m using it for a couple of mini-projects and if you’re interested in them, I’d love to share them with you.

#100happydays is a challenge to be, yes you guessed it, happy for 100 days. It is certainly getting me to focus on the positive, and at the end of the day, after hour-upon-hour of a tantruming toddler, it is so very easy to forget all the good bits! You can find out more about the challenge and sign up at 100happydays.com

My other on-going project is a mini-diary for my youngest boy, a documentary of his day-to-day life. You can follow his story with #lifeofatwoyearold

Please feel free to share your projects and/or usernames below. I’d love to hear what you’re up to! And if you want, you can follow me – I am @ceriherd

 

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Elf on the Shelf – The Final Installment

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Better late then never, here is the final episode of The Adventures of Estelar the Elf.

16th December: snowball fight!Tulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf17th December: Estelar made us snowflakes so we made a few more.Tulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf18th December: Naughty elf teepee’d our house!Tulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf19th December: Good elf helped clear up all the mess he madeTulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf20th December: Sitting in the tree. Almost an angel, but not quite!Tulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf21st December: fishing elfTulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf22nd December: another day being naughty, Estelar opened a Christmas present. Inside were two Christmas dvds and some popcorn so, after making sure the boys knew exactly how naughty Estelar had been and that they wouldn’t copy him, we had a lovely family afternoon snuggled on the sofa.Tulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf23rd December: Estelar delivered stockings so we were ready for Santa.Tulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf24th December: on his final day with us, Estelar wrote a letter to the boys. He told them he was sad to be leaving but had to go with Santa that night, he’d really enjoyed his visit and that they were mostly very good so they would be added to the Nice list. The boys were delighted (and have been asking after him ever since)! We’re looking forward to Estelar coming back again later this year.Tulip Tree House Photography - Elf on the Shelf

Also see previous posts:
Elf on the Shelf – Week One
Elf on the Shelf – Week Two

Elf on the Shelf – Week Two

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The further adventures of Estelar the Elf

9th December: the Elf sneaks into Daddy’s backpack and goes to work on the trainTulip Tree House Photography

10th December: Duplo Lego house building (but the silly elf didn’t make it quite big enough and got stuck inside)Tulip Tree House Photography

11th December: naughty elf wrapped up the tv!Tulip Tree House Photography

12th December: Estelar was playing Christmas music when the boys came downstairs for breakfastTulip Tree House Photography

13th December: Swinging from the lampshadeTulip Tree House Photography

14th December: Estelar brought us doughnuts for breakfast (including mini elf- and boy-sized ones). Yum!
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15th December: the boys love books and were excited that Estelar brought them a few new ones all about Christmas
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Also see previous post: Elf on the Shelf – Week One

Elf on the Shelf – Week One

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This is the first time an elf has been to visit our house and we’re loving having him come to stay!

1st December: “Mummy mummy, someone is stuck in the letterbox!” Estelar the Elf arrived with a letter from Santa and advent calendars for the boys

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2nd December: Estelar made a big mess playing with ALL the boys cars!Tulip Tree House Photography

3rd December: Shall we make mince pies?Tulip Tree House Photography

…but I left the flour within reach of the boys and then this happened:Tulip Tree House Photography4th December: Elf in the Fridge?!Tulip Tree House Photography

He dyed the milk PURPLE!Tulip Tree House Photography5th December: Estelar had a cotton wool bath
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Tulip Tree House Photography…and took him to see some of his reindeer friendsTulip Tree House Photography7th December: Apparently elves like treats for breakfast too (and can use computers)!Tulip Tree House PhotographyHe particularly enjoyed his pancake with greek yogurt, strawberries and raspberries
Tulip Tree House Photography8th December: Estelar got all the decorations out of the loft and told us it was time to put up the tree. And so it was done!Tulip Tree House PhotographyWe’re looking forward to seeing what he gets up to next week!

Hollie & Willow

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I was delighted when a friend asked me to take pictures of her two gorgeous girls. These two are such a joy and I knew we would have a lot of fun, but I’d never attempted a formal shoot with babies that can move – who knew what would happen!

Well, this happened…

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One thing is clear, I want to do this again please – I loved it! More models required 🙂

Footography

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I recently read a great article, 21 Best Do It Today Photo Ideas. It gave me so many more ideas and left me with a ‘to do’ list as long as my arm, but I particularly got to thinking about what I have already done that fits in with these suggestions. Besides a self-portrait (which I may share with you another time), the easiest starting point seemed to be ‘Shoot a Single Theme’. Looking back through some old albums one of my ‘themes’ is obvious.

Feet.

And they don’t even have to be human…!

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And my obsession is wearing off on the offspring! Would you believe my 18-month old took this one?!
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What makes a good photograph?

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My blog may have been neglected recently but my camera and I had a happy and busy summer. Sorting through the hundreds of pictures from our holiday in France I got thinking about what it is that makes a good shot. Light. Composition. Subject. Clarity. Sure. But if you have good light, good composition, a good subject and a crisp finish, what makes one picture better than another? What makes a picture good enough to enlarge and hang on the wall? And above and beyond that, what makes it good enough to sell…?

I don’t have the answers to these questions, just a whole load of pictures and an inability to identify which one is ‘the best’. Take this for example: 5 minutes chasing a small tortoiseshell butterfly round a buddleia in a French garden, taking all these pictures (and more). I can’t pick a favourite, let alone tell you if they are any good. But is that because of my indecisiveness, my ability to procrastinate and over-think, or my lack of objectivity as the photographer?

Putting that aside, there is something I love about each of these shots so, as long as I don’t decided to hang one on a wall, I can just enjoy them for their own sake.

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Cranleigh Show 2013

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My camera and I (and the rest of the family too) had a lovely time at the Cranleigh Show this weekend. It was a great opportunity for me to try different settings and lenses, but I’ll admit there were probably more misses than hits. Nonetheless, it was all great fun and good practice!

My first aim was to capture the main events.

Show jumping:
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In the parade ring. What characters these two are:
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I love how this man’s cap throws the whole picture back in time:
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Judging (and peeking through the crowds):
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And (questionable) entertainment:
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I recently read a blog about focusing on details and not being afraid of ‘the crop’ to achieve a more interesting and well-rounded shoot. Admittedly the post was talking about babies, but it got me thinking differently when I was walking round the show and saved me from hundreds of boring pictures of bored-looking sheep. So my second aim was all about the details.

Baaaaaaaa…
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(There are people that would pay good money for a perm like this)
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And then there was some lovely food and big tents:
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I love these lines:
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And, apart from pictures of the boys sitting in a fire engine and eating ice cream and running round like whippets (all of which I shall spare you from this time), here is my favourite shot of the entire day. Look at that gorgeous nose!

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