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They always start the same.

I sit in a quiet corner. Fiddle about with the camera. Chat to the mums. Then watch and witness and capture.

Every time I settled down to photograph these tender moments for the MILK project, I was invited in to the heart of the family to listen to their personal stories.

For every mum I met, I learnt that there were just as many different ways to breastfeed, with various positions that worked best for them and baby. Everyone shared how they felt about being able to breastfeed and what a deeply satisfying experience it was for them – whether it came easily or after a little battle.

When I met Rosie and Georgie they had it worked out into a swift, smooth operation. It was full of warm, motherly smiles and twirling fingers and toes.

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So here’s a little peek behind the scenes at a very happy, very full Georgie. She was showing off her pretty pink cot to me.

It was like MTV Cribs – but with actual cribs and less bling. Georgie did very well in the plush toy stakes though.

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If you’d like to book a MILK session for you and your breastfeeding baby, I’d love to hear from you. You can call me on 0784 147 9035 or email me at kate@kategriffinphotography.com for more information.

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  • July 13, 2016 - 9:09 pm

    Christina Michelle Photography - I was searching google for amazing breastfeeding photos when I came across your images. WOW!!!! What a wonderful set of photographs!!!! I bet mum will treasure these forever. Breastfeeding is such a special experience, and I love how you have captured it. And how cute is that little one?! Such beautiful eyes! xxxReplyCancel

You’ve mastered sitting up. You can roll around with the best of them.

Now for that very tricky business of getting those little legs working and standing up.

Tip #1: Pick a spot with a soft landing.

Tip #2: Have your loving family around for support.

Now clamber, grab and heave.

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Reality check for the second born. Big brothers have a habit of muscling in and showing you how to do it. They’ve been there. Probably done it. Most likely got the t-shirt first.

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This big brother has mastered the fine art of being both big, brave and cute to boot.

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But this little brother seems to have learnt from the best.

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But there will always be a bigger boy in the house, ready and waiting to teach them everything he knows, share his passions, give his love. Dads are very good at that.

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Being outnumbered 3 – 1 in a house full of boys isn’t so bad – especially when they all know how to wrap you up and plant the kisses.

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For the life of me, I just can’t remember what happened to get this reaction. I’m guessing I told a really bad joke.

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But it was very easy to tease him out from behind is little hand and into a big hug.

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Yes, we can absolutely get the family portraits that light Granny up with affection for her family. But I also love to make sure we get those images that capture the rough and tumble of a house full of boys. Sitting in a neat family pile isn’t half as fun as rolling around and having me capture your boys trying to escape from a brisk tickle.

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It’s a beautiful day. The sun is out. Time to release the boys into their own beautifully kept patch of wilderness.

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You can try and get the family together. You can emit all the farm animal noises you know. But if a plane passes overhead, there’s little chance of grabbing everyone’s attention at the same time.

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Last cuddle before the youngest reaches his limit (he did wonderfully well) and rests up inside.

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The best way to end a family session: the sandwich. That little boy you adore makes THE BEST filling.

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Gather together the people you love. Let me know where to find you all.

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Stretched out, socks off, toes in the grass, good book aloft blocking out the sun. That’s how you’ll find me when the weather’s warmer. Book reading for the Spring/Summer season is definitely an outdoor affair.

So having a little bookworm session outside, in the grounds of a ruined abbey, well that makes perfect sense. Even when the little bookworm in question has a hard time choosing a favourite, so has to bring his own mini mobile library along.

He’s a typical boy, his Mum told me. He’s also a pretty cool dude. Meet Joseph.

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He was only two when we met in Farnham, so not quite reading on his own yet. But he knew the books he loved, recognised the pictures, loved flicking through the pages to find the funny bits.

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Like that bit in the The Very Hungry Caterpillar where…well every single bit of that book is genius. Joseph was very happy to show me ONE of his favourites, even if it was only the back cover. We’re not yet at the stage of selecting an absolute favourite.

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There were t-shirt changes and cool dude shades and places to run and hide to. This was definitely not going to be a quiet session. But when he did sit down for a moment, it was always because of a book.

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In the end, we called in the big guns. Granny.

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There’s still time to run about, reach for the sky and do great big bunny jumps off big bits of stone.

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But in the end we settle on a favourite. The brilliant Monkey Puzzle written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler (the dream team behind The Gruffalo) and for literally minutes Joseph is engrossed. Minutes for a little boy who bubbles with energy and fizzes with enthusiasm is a long stretch of time. This book must be good.

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When you’re little and you learn a book by heart, you can get easily upset by any deviation from the story. Now I’m not sure whether Joseph’s gran was going off script and improvising, but something definitely made Joseph sssshhhh her.

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And then together they turn the page and discover something really surprising. Isn’t that the sign of an absolute classic? It doesn’t matter how well thumbed your favourite book is, it’s still able to delight and surprise you.

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Whilst his little pot of fruit lasted, he picked book after book. He got quite comfy there and clearly enjoyed the experience of entering his imagination with someone he loved leading the way.

When I used to visit my grandparents up in London, I used to get to pick a book from behind the glass cabinet and read it to them out loud. Well, anyone that would listen actually. I remember it vividly. Books and stories don’t have to be an isolating activity when you are little – they can be a shared experience that create a lifelong love of reading.

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When the last book was read and all the fruit was gone, it was time to capture 3 generations in one cuddle.

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But independent boys can’t be held still for long.

Sunglasses back on. Attitude. Strike a pose.

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If you have a little bookworm in your life but don’t live in Surrey, I’d still love for them to take part in the project. There are so many places that are great for outdoor libraries and stories told under an open sky.

To learn more and to take part, just click here.

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