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new adventures in the bluebell patch

A cool breeze. A sunny day. A dappled corner of a little wood. A patch of spring bluebells.

Sounds idyllic.

Oh it was. But 25% of our party needed convincing of that fact. Just like her big sister did once.

When Sophie was younger and just toddling, we visited the seaside for a family session. What could possibly go wrong? Well not much, until we tried to get her on the wet sand. She screamed like it scalded her feet, lifted her legs, curled her toes just to avoid touching it. So all those lovely photographs I had planned, splashing in the sea, building sandcastles, they did not come to pass. No matter. As ever, Plan B was activated and the session still produced some of my favourite portraits of that family together.

Fast forward a couple of years, another little sister is on the scene and I want to photograph them together. Given that we once drove over an hour to find a bluebell patch to visit, I was delighted when Laura announced there were some considerably closer. 5 minutes walk in fact.

The kids are packed up, there’s even been a colour coordination attempt and we are off. Sophie skips along, on her own little adventure, leading the way. We find the perfect spot – a small circle of grass, under the trees, surrounded by bluebells.

But Lucy does not like the bluebells.

Lucy makes her profound disagreement known.

Laura jumps in to try and calm the situation. It helps. A little.

Sophie doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

Cranleigh Surrey Child Portrait in Bluebells

So Lucy takes a break – as much from the buzzing gnats as from the bluebells to be fair. And Sophie shows me round.

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Lucy wants back in on the action but she remains unsure. Sophie steps up as big sister, whispering and soothing and kissing it better. And they both melt my heart a little.

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There isn’t much that can’t be fixed by a rigorous round of row, row, row your boat.

Cranleigh Surrey Child Portrait in Bluebells

And tickles…

Cranleigh Surrey Child Portrait in Bluebells

…together with a smattering of “If You’re Happy And You Know It” ensures I manage to capture them together.

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But when the bluebells and their accompanying flying insects prove too much for the little one, big sister sticks around to deliver some killer giggles for me.

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It’s getting colder. Time for cardigans.

“Have you had fun Sophie?” I asked her.

“Yes!”

“Well you look pretty serious. https://www.devonhealthandwellbeing.org.uk/buy-cialis-tadalafil-online-uk/. Where is your fun face?”

Cranleigh Surrey Child Portrait in Bluebells

Without missing a beat, she breaks out her fun face for me.

Cranleigh Surrey Child Portrait in Bluebells

I love these kids. It’s so thoughtful of friends to produce them.

If you want me to photograph your kids on a little or big adventure, I’d love to lead the way. It’s easy to book a session – just call me on 0784 147 9035, or email me at kate@kategriffinphotography.com to check my availability and schedule a date.

We have tales to tell, you and I.

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