Monday, April 16, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 15

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Although it was back to school for our kids this week, other parts of the country had different timing for their breaks. It meant our friends from London were able to visit us for an overnight at the end of the week, on their way home from a few days away. Amazingly we were able to keep it hidden from the kids and it was a wonderful surprise for them to have friends ring the doorbell on Friday evening and then to find out they were staying for more than just dinner. We had traditional American pancakes for breakfast with maple syrup and whipped cream, I call this 'ten at the table'. It was a Saturday morning, so not the most flattering for most of us, but a fun memory nonetheless.


And there was an early morning, wrapped up in blankets game of Monopoly, which may or may not have been continued from the previous evening. Fun times.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 14

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It was so lovely to have the two week break from school. We enjoyed some much needed down time, went to a wedding, visited friends in London...and youngest discovered Garage Band. Older brother has been tinkering with it for a while but this was a whole new adventure for our ten year old. She's come up with some cool stuff already and I'm pretty impressed.



Sharing her creativity and getting some pointers...they're pretty cute together.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 13

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Late posting this week; we were away in London for a good friend's wedding and I was without a laptop and internet access. The beginning of last week it almost was starting to feel like Spring, but it was short lived and then it rained the rest of the week. I'm not sure why nature keeps tormenting us like this when we are so desperate for some nicer weather. Fortunately that one good day we did manage to all get out to a local park and I did have my camera with me. The dog had a good run, the boy rode is bike and the girls enjoyed the playground. Here's to hoping we start to see and feel more of the sun in the days to come.






Monday, March 26, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 12

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The following photo sums up the boredom and waiting around of a hospital stay. So very grateful for modern medicine and doctors who act quickly. Our Friday started with me picking up our middle child to go to the doctor and ended up with a referral to Accident and Emergency at the Children's Hospital in Bristol, followed by being admitted for two and a half days. She didn't feel awful and wasn't in pain, which made sitting around in bed for that amount of time 'so boring'.

A sore ear for weeks, followed by intense swelling of the ear and behind it, had lead to concerns of mastoiditis, which is when the infection spreads to the bone behind the ear, i.e. the skull. Without antibiotics this could be quite serious and in years past children could die, so boredom in hospital seemed a small, reassuring price to pay. She was well taken care of and will need a follow up to check her hearing, but we are praying there will be no long term problems as a result, and that it was all caught in time.


Monday, March 19, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 11

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My youngest is a little camera resistant these days (sigh). She doesn't understand how quickly she is growing up and how desperately I want to remember all the details. In this case how she still loves dressing up. World Book Day was over a week ago, but her school recognized it this past Friday. I have yet to replace my sewing machine, which I sold before our move from the States, so I was limited in time and resources and she was stumped for ideas, so we had to recycle. It was a stretch. She had a parrot costume I had made previously so we decided she could be either the parrot from Treasure Island or we felt sure there must have been a parrot in a Dr Doolittle book somewhere!

She wore it the rest of the day after she got home too, albeit with the hood down. So cute seeing her wander around like that, doing all the normal things...as a parrot. It definitely added some colour to our day, so no turning this one to black and white.




Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 10

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It was another one of those weeks where the weather wasn't great and being stuck indoors with no pretty light is just so uninspiring. Then yesterday was Mother's Day, here in the UK and suddenly I was banished from the kitchen so the kids could work on projects and cook lunch, to give me some time off...lovely. I did sneak in at one point, which is when I grabbed this one; working together and needing to keep surprises secret, I just love it and the bond they still share.




Monday, March 5, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 9

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We got to celebrate another birthday in our house this week;
  • This is my sweet spunky girl who does nothing by halves. She gets things done...all the time. She is creative and doesn't shy from new things. I love that I still get morning cuddles from her and that she listens to her body and knows when she's tired and it's time to stop. She is amazing in so many ways and I can't believe she's becoming a grown up before my eyes! She is a challenge and a joy and I wouldn't have it any other way. 

    She's not a fan of cake, mainly because she doesn't enjoy icing or frosting, so her usual request is for pavlova, which works perfectly well too.

    • Love you my Bryttain Sage and everything about you 😘 


    ...and one more, just because...


Monday, February 26, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 8

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We continue to unpack and settle into this new home but I feel like the day in and day out is much the same, with little variety for photos. It is our life right now though, so I push through. This little guy has found his spot. He loves to sit by the window facing the street, so he can monitor all the comings and goings, and you know, bark at any passing dogs. When we leave the house I put his bed on top of the chair and as it's quite cold at the moment I also add a blanket, that has slowly become his. He seems to have adapted without problem and will relax quite happily here, although he'd rather be snuggled up with one of us. I think he's doing just fine, the rest of us should hopefully catch up soon.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 7

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Moving is exhausting; physically and emotionally draining. We have moved far too many times and it never gets easier and we are not pros. I don't have many photos from the last week and once again am posting late, because that is my current reality. There are still boxes and chaos and kids and a dog adjusting, although I feel everyone is doing pretty well.

This photo was a day or so in, at the end of a long day. Empty shelves, boxes, tired daddy, dog just happy he was sitting long enough he could jump up on his lap and get some love; because nobody explained to him life was about to get turned upside down...again. But as long as he's with his people, it's all ok.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 6

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A couple of days late posting this week, for last week, but with good reason; we just moved this past weekend and our internet service didn't start up again until yesterday. This picture is absolutely not a 'pretty' one, but it is an accurate representation of my last two weeks; packing, packing and more packing!

Our move day was quite amazing! We had put a message in our church bulletin asking for help and we had so many people turn up. It was probably our quickest, smoothest move ever, completed in record time and it was a wonderful feeling to have so many people in our new home. As people chatted and drank tea and munched on biscuits, there was a real sense of community and I felt so grateful, not only for all the help, but for this new house and the space and all that it represents as an answer to prayer. This is a new season!

(Taken with camera on tripod, with camera set to take multiple photos)

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 5

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It's still so cold, but we get the occasional bright day and there were a couple of days this week where it was still bright when the girls got home from school and as the sun set beyond the fence, for a few moments our living room streamed with light. I just had to capture it. It's fun to play with sun flare sometimes, it turns the drab into something a little more whimsical.

My eldest girl enjoying the last few rays.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 4

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Littlest wasn't feeling too good on Monday so we let her stay home from school. Now she wasn't deathly ill, so this did not mean a free pass and playing games all day. We did some art and watched some educational nature videos...

...and also, I am bound and determined to get into some of these photos as I am a part of this life! So...





Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 3

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Three weeks in and I already find my photos getting a little repetitive. But this week we found out we got accepted on a different house and I am once again reminded I am, and have been, documenting a season. This is our living room, in a house which has been a challenge, but was nevertheless, our landing spot. Just under six months ago, we moved to Bristol, from California, with just our suitcases.  We rented this house and have gradually accrued most of what we need; our personal items, but no furniture, arrived three months later. We still haven't finished unpacking, as we haven't had the space to store stuff, there are pictures and photos still stacked in the corner which we never got to put up. This has been an ok house but we are really hopeful this next move will have us starting to feel like we are in a home.

It is still early days, there is still much adjustment to do, but family and faith is what roots us. Spending time with each other, even just a boy and his dad playing computer games together, these are the simple and important things.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Week 2

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Second week of this year, just documenting our real life. With my portraits I'll clear and tidy backgrounds, I would have closed cabinet and microwave doors, zoomed in much closer, but by stepping back, using a wider lens, more of the story is told; there'll be more to remember. It's hard for me, this is a discipline, a different way, maybe not as 'pretty' but in some ways freeing...beautiful in it's own way.

This is my older girl. My tween. Such a great help. It was a night last week where time was getting away, she was bored and kindly offered to cook dinner. Win!


Monday, January 8, 2018

2018 Lifestyle Project - Introduction and Week 1

It's been a couple of years since I've attempted a 52 week/year project, but here I am again. When my kids were small I constantly had my camera and would document them and their little lives, our life. When I started my portrait business I wanted pretty portraits and photos that I would be proud to show, which meant I didn't document so much anymore. I didn't wand the boring and messy of our real life. It makes me a little sad; I still have plenty of photos, but real life isn't always picture perfect and it doesn't need to be and those photos are missing. It's about the real memories. So this year's project will be just that; documenting our life as it is. The kids may not be as little and cute and cooperative as they once were, honestly it's much harder now that they spy the camera immediately, sometimes getting cross or frustrated, sometimes (which I prefer) just ignoring me, but these memories are important. I love looking back at them. At the end of the year I'll have at least 52 authentic photos of our life. Thanks for following along and let me know if you are doing something similar.

I will take photos all week and choose a favorite to post no later than the following Monday.

Without further ado: 1/52




If you've been following along for a while, you know that we recently moved our family from California, to Bristol, England. That means I lost all my sunshine; my beautiful light. Seriously, it is cold and by the time the children are home it is already getting dark. It is dreary. A photographer is always looking for the light and I am being forced to use the ugly, harsh artificial lighting as so often we are indoors. Sigh. But it is what it is. This is my reality right now. Littlest working on homework earlier in the week.

And a couple of bonus photos as this was a highlight. We were amazingly blessed to have friends visiting from California over the Christmas break and before they headed back today, we went into London this weekend to spend last precious minutes with them. We met up at Kensington Palace (as you do) and were walking the grounds to find the Princess Diana Memorial and Playground when we stumbled upon an area with parrots. They were not in cages, they didn't appear to be tagged and they were incredibly tame. They would land on the kids and eat seeds or nuts right out of their hands. It was such a sweet surprise and an incredible memory made. We will go back for sure.





Friday, July 21, 2017

My Kids - 2017

So...the Cannans are on the move again, back to the UK! Daddy has gone ahead of us and we already miss him terribly and I realized that I had never taken this year's Father's Day Photo. Since the kids were really little, the youngest just over a year, I have always taken a photo of them for his card, it's been a fun tradition and I love looking back over previous years' photos. So even though it's not Father's Day, these kids have an amazing Father every day, not just one day of the year and this particular photo tradition will continue.

James Cannan we miss you and love you and can't wait to be reunited, lots of love, your kids and wife (and of course Scout). xxx

Monday, June 26, 2017

Couple's Photoshoot

Having photos taken can be a little awkward, let's be honest. Maybe not if you're a supermodel, used to posing all day long, but for most of us who are just regular people, there's nothing worse than being told by your photographer to 'Just pretend I'm not here!'...um, and then what?

I love to capture genuine interactions and people being themselves, so I help create the moment and provide ideas and suggestions, then let you do your thing and be yourselves. I recently did a little shoot for my lovely sister and her Paul....I can't call him her boyfriend, they've been together for seven years and live together, so he's more than that...but they're not married, so he's not her husband. If there's an appropriate term, someone please let me know :P


They're pretty cute together!

Relationships are worth celebrating and documenting, whether you're newly in love, or an old married couple, or something in between. Don't forget who you are together and all that you have. Life gets busy, but the people we love should always be the priority.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Five Days New



Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, has got to be the hugest life changing event ever. It's wonderful to get married and that changes life, for sure, but it's more about adding a person to your life, as it is. When you have a child your time is no longer your own. Your emotions multiply exponentially. You are responsible for another human being, who is completely helpless and totally relying on you...for everything. It is amazing and overwhelming and wonderful and truly exhausting in those first months, in a way nobody can explain.


Two of my brothers have just started the journey and I could not be more excited to finally have a new niece and nephew and see them becoming fathers, with their beautiful wives. We were just over in England for a, too short, trip and I was able to meet my brand new niece, still at the true newborn stage...in the hospital. She was a perfect little doll, alert and aware and just gorgeous. My time with them was way too short and I have way more cuddles and kisses to give this beauty, but I was grateful for the time we had.


Precious little Thea we love you so much already and can't wait to see the person you will become!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 31

Day 31 - and just like that the month is over, one last pretty for you :) thank you for following along!



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 30

Day 30 - a simple daisy



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 29

Day 29



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 28

Day 28 - the prettiest of bugs



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 27

Day 27 - make a wish



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 26

Day 26 - Lemon blossom



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Macro May 2017 - Day 25

Day 25



I love macro photography. The ability to get extreme close ups and focus on details. When you focus on a close object, the depth of field is much smaller and I love this effect, which further draws your eyes to the subject being focused on. It forces me to look at things in a different way. For the month of May I will be taking at least one macro photo a day, to add to my collection. Some may be more artistic than others, some may be more technical but I hope to push myself, grow and have fun. Feel free to follow along and let me know if you are doing a similar project that I can follow or if you have any ideas for something you'd like me to try to shoot.