March 2019 – 10 on 10

March 2019 – 10 on 10

Last month I started a personal photography project for 2019 that I’m really happy I’ve now completed for March.  I tend to think that once I’ve done a couple of months I’m more likely to manage to stick with something like this for the whole year.

The project I’m doing is the 10 on 10 project, and basically just involves taking 10 photos on the 10th of each month.

It’s a really lovely way of recording a day in the life, of sorts.  A little snapshot of our life each month.

So, here are the photos from this month.

March 10 on 10

March 10 on 10

 

Life on the 10th March brought us:

  • A wet and windy morning
  • Sofa cuddles with a brand new unicorn toy
  • A little drive out to Sunday swimming lessons
  • Posing for photos and playing with the remote trigger
  • A chilled afternoon of drawing and reading

 

Now that I’m 2 months into this project I’m starting to really enjoy it.  It pushes me to think more creatively, to find the light in our often gloomy house, to seek out the stories that I want to tell from our extraordinary, ordinary life.

It’s too easy to think that there’s nothing ‘worth’ photographing on a normal, rainy Sunday.  But those are the days and moments that make up our lives.  Those quiet ordinary moments, they’ll be gone all too soon and we’re in danger of not seeing the beauty in them until it’s too late.

So my challenge to you is to start looking at your wonderful, normal life differently.

To notice the beauty in the little moments.

 


Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is an on-location family photographer in central Swansea (Sketty, Brynmill, Uplands) offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

 

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Arnold family – At home newborn portrait session

Arnold family – At home newborn portrait session

The newborn days.

They’re a time unlike any other.  Where time itself behaves in the strangest of ways.  The days and nights stretch on endlessly, but at the same time pass in a blur of milk and nappies and eternal cuddles.

Those early days and weeks are where you start to establish your new family dynamic and it’s such an amazing time to have photos taken.

A while ago the Arnold family welcomed me in to their home to capture this time for them, as they added another baby boy to their family.

Arnold family - at home newborn photo session Swansea

 

I’ve known the family for years now and have absolutely loved photographing them at different stages, from Kim’s first pregnancy, to when their oldest was just a toddler to these busy days with the latest arrival.

I should admit that this little one is really not so little anymore.  I’m really late in sharing these pictures!

Newborn documentary lifestyle photo session Swansea

 

I spent about an hour with the family and we didn’t do anything at all in that time.

There were no special activities planned, I don’t think we even left the lounge at all.  It was just an hour of cuddles and feeds and the sort of family time that you spend while you’re in that newborn bubble.

Here are some of my favourite moments from the session.

Newborn baby documentary lifestyle session Swansea

 

At home lifestyle documentary newborn session Swansea

 

At home newborn lifestyle documentary session Swansea

 

I know that one of the big reasons that people are hesitant to book a session like this is that they don’t think their family is interesting enough.

There’s this fear that our everyday life somehow isn’t worthy of photographing.

We think we need to dress up.  To pose.  To put our babies in baskets and place them in magical scenes.

But honestly, there is so much magic in your everyday life.

These normal, day to day moments will be gone one day, as your babies grow and you move onto the next phase.  And while it might not feel like it at the time, you’ll miss these times of round-the-clock feeding and rocking and holding your baby.

 

Please don’t hold back from booking a session because you don’t think your life is interesting enough.  

Your life is just that, your life.

And it is beautiful and it is magical, in all its routine and normality.

I would love the chance to photograph it for you to show just how beautiful it is.

 


 

Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is an on-location family photographer in central Swansea (Sketty, Brynmill, Uplands) offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

 

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February 2019 – 10 on 10

February 2019 – 10 on 10

I have given myself permission this year, to start things when the time is right for me rather than when the calendar says I should.

Which is my way of saying that I’m starting a personal photography project for 2019 in February.  And not stressing about the fact that I should have started it last month.

In the past I’ve been so caught up in feeling like it’s too late to start something like this that I just shelve the idea completely.  This year though I’m not letting that happen.  I’m jumping in right where I am!

The project is the 10 on 10 project.  I did it back in 2014 and really enjoyed it.  It gave me a great collection of photos of our year without the pressure of trying to do a project 365.

The idea is to take 10 photos on the 10th of each month.  It’s that simple!

So, here are my 10 photos from the 10th of February.

Cup of coffee on a windowsill

 

Little girl making a necklace

 

Child holding a necklace she has made

 

Bunch of daffodils

 

Children's feet standing in the woods

 

Brown curled up leaves on a tree

 

Family in a woods

 

Child smiling in car seat

 

Child's shopping trolley

 

Close up of children playing with small toys

 

Life in February brought us:

  • Morning cups of coffee
  • Colourful jewellery making and unicorn plaster wearing
  • The first bunch of daffodils of the year opening up
  • Stomping in the woods after swimming lessons
  • A drive round to the shops for essentials like bread and Fabs
  • Playing with fairies and pokemon toys in a strange crossover game

 

I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with this project again now I’ve started it.

And if you fancy giving it a go yourself just do it, don’t worry about having missed the start of the year, just jump in where you are!

 


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Arnold family – Singleton park family maternity session

Arnold family – Singleton park family maternity session

I feel almost certain that I’ve shared these photos already.  But a look back through the archives seems to suggest that I actually haven’t.

So, much longer after the session than it should be, I’m sharing my favourite photos from a fun afternoon spent in Singleton park with the Arnold family for a maternity session.

Arnold family -Singleton park family maternity session

 

We have a bit of history with Singleton park, the Arnolds and I.

We went there for a maternity session when Kim was pregnant with their oldest, and then again for a family session when Teddy was a few years old.  So it was so lovely to head back there again to take some family photos while Kim was expecting their second child.

Most of the session was spent in the botanical gardens in Singleton Park.  We went in to the temperate house so that Ted could have a look at the fish and then we wandered around the gardens a bit to look at the plants and flowers.

And of course there was some time for a sit down and some bubbles!

Singleton park lifestyle maternity family session Swansea

 

I absolutely love photographing maternity sessions.

There’s something so wonderful about this time before life as you know it changes.  Whether you’re expecting your first child or your fifth, this time before the baby arrives is full of so many different emotions and routines that will never be the same again.

It’s the perfect stage in life to record with a documentary and lifestyle photo session.

 

If you’d like to have a chat to discuss booking a session for your growing family please do get in touch – I’d love to hear from you!

 


Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is a family photographer in central Swansea offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

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37 photos to take to tell the story of your Christmas

37 photos to take to tell the story of your Christmas

I don’t always take that many photos at Christmas.  It’s a bit of a funny thing to admit as a photographer, and I’m not sure why it’s the case.

What I do know is that it’s something I want to change this year.  I want to take a bit of time this year to photograph our Christmas.  Now, I’m not talking about Christmas-card-perfect images of the family.

I would love for me, and you, to photograph so much more than that this year.

We’re talking about taking the photos that will tell the story of your Christmas.  The big picture and the little details.  The moments, the traditions, the little things.

So if you’re like me and want some inspiration to really capture Christmas this year, here’s a lovely list of ideas for photos you can take to tell the story of your Christmas:

37 photos to take to tell the story of your Christmas

The Christmas tree and decorations

  • Photos from your trip to pick out a Christmas tree
  • Wide shot of your family decorating the Christmas tree
  • Close up of little hands hanging baubles on the tree
  • Detail shots of your favourite tree ornaments
  • Detail shots of the handmade ornaments that your children brought home from school or nursery
  • Putting the angel or the star on the top of the tree
  • Wide shot of the Christmas tree lit up and decorated

 

Festive food and drink

  • Close ups of little hands digging in to the tin of chocolates
  • Detail shots of plates of mince pies
  • Drinking your favourite festive drink – a mug of hot chocolate, a glass of mulled wine, a takeaway cup of Christmas coffee from Costa
  • Baking Christmas cookies or mince pies
  • Detail shots of cookie cutters and festive sprinkles
  • Detail shots of special festive plates and mugs
  • Details shots of handwritten family recipes and well-loved recipe books
  • Preparing the Christmas dinner

 

Christmas traditions and activities

  • Making Christmas crafts and playing with festive sticker books
  • Opening a door on the advent calendar
  • Detail shots of the letter to Father Christmas being written
  • Wide shot and close ups of the letter to Father Christmas being posted
  • Visiting Father Christmas
  • Feeding the reindeer
  • Wide shot and detail shots of reading Christmas books with your children
  • Close ups of your favourite Christmas books
  • Building a gingerbread house
  • The wreath hanging on the front door
  • Detail shots of anything with the year on, or ‘baby’s first Christmas’ if you have a new addition to the family
  • Christmas eve box – the contents and the children opening them
  • Everyone in Christmas jumpers
  • The children in their new pyjamas on Christmas eve
  • Skyping with relatives and friends you won’t see in person
  • The children in their costumes for the nativity play or Christmas concert
  • Close ups of details on festive outfits.  Snowflakes and reindeer noses on Christmas jumpers.  Angel earrings and sparkly headbands.
  • The plate of food left out for Father Christmas
  • Stockings hanging up
  • Opening stockings in the morning
  • Opening presents
  • Pulling crackers during the Christmas meal

 

Here’s the thing.

This isn’t a list of photos you absolutely have to take.  It’s not meant to be a check list where you need to tick every item off.

What it’s meant to be is a prompt.

A reminder to think about your family’s story and the parts of Christmas that you’ll want to remember when you and your children are older.

So that you can capture those moments and details that mean the world to you.

 

If you’d like to print a copy of this list then please feel free to download this printable version, and share it with anyone you think might like it!

Just click on the image and a pdf version will open up in a new window for you to download and save.

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What are your favourite things about Christmas?  Please do leave me a comment and let me know!

 


 

Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is an on-location family photographer in central Swansea (Sketty, Brynmill, Uplands) offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

 

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The beauty and power of looking back

The beauty and power of looking back

I’m a pretty sentimental person.

I absolutely love looking through our old photos, listening to music from when I was younger, and watching films and tv shows that I’ve seen multiple times before.

There’s a real comfort in those old familiar things.

And while I don’t want to spend my life looking back, there are some real benefits to indulging in a bit of nostalgia now and then.

The beauty and power of looking back

 

There was a study carried out by Constantine Sedikides that showed there are all sorts of positives to looking back and reminiscing.

Looking back at where we’ve been and what we’ve done in our lives can help to remind us of what we’ve achieved, and can give us a sense of worth when we might be feeling a bit down.  This then makes life feel more meaningful, helping us to feel more inspired about things, and more optimistic for the future.

 

So, in a way, looking back can be really powerful in helping us move forward.

As a parent life seems to move in phases and stages, and when you’re slap bang in the middle of one it can feel like life will always be the way it is right now.  At times like that it can be helpful to look back at photos of our children when they were babies.

Photos from those days of teething and nappies and sleepless nights can act as a reminder of how these phases really don’t last forever.  Things change and when we look back we realise how quickly it all actually happens.

Looking back to help us move forwards

 

Studies have also found that nostalgia can help beat feelings of loneliness, boredom and anxiety.

So looking at old photos from our childhood, or even family photos from a few summers ago, can give us a real emotional boost when we need one.

The power of looking back to help us move forwards

 

Reminiscing about the past has even been found to be a powerful tool to help people with dementia.

Talking through a person’s life history is known as reminiscence therapy, and it uses things like photos and objects from their past to help trigger memories.  This is something I love so much about photography.  Photos capture these moments and memories for us, some of which might otherwise be completely lost over the years.

 

You know that feeling when you look at a photo and it just takes you right back to that moment?

There are photos of me on the beach we went to every summer in France when I was growing up.  Just looking at them brings back such vivid memories.  The sound of the sea.  The feel of the stones underneath my beach towel.  The smell of ambre solaire sun cream.

 

It’s all there, safe in those photos.

 

And it’s why I keep on taking photos.

They tell my story.  And my family’s story.  They’re my tangible links back to the past.

So whenever I need an emotional boost.  Or if I feel stuck in life.

I can indulge in a beautiful bit of nostalgia.

 


Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is an on-location family photographer in central Swansea (Sketty, Brynmill, Uplands) offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

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Anderson family photo session

Anderson family photo session

I should have shared this session long before now.  But I’m taking the line of better late than never because I can’t just not share these photos properly on here!

A while ago I met with the Anderson family for a relaxed family photo session in Clyne gardens here in Swansea.

Anderson family sunny Clyne gardens lifestyle family photo session Swansea

 

Sue and I actually used to work together and it was amazing to get together again and to spend some time with her and her lovely family.

We all went for a walk around Clyne gardens and took in the gorgeous autumn colours.

 

Once the children had had a chance to get used to me and my camera I took some individual portraits of them.  If you book a session with me you’ll see that I love getting a mix of photos, with some where you’re looking right at the camera and some where you’re not.

relaxed autumn lifestyle family photo session Clyne gardens Swansea

relaxed lifestyle family photo session Clyne gardens Swansea

 

At the time of our family session in Clyne Sue’s daughter had only just started walking independently.

It’s such a lovely stage when they’re just walking and are still just that bit wobbly and unsteady on their feet.  I’m so pleased Sue and her husband have these photos to help remember that time in their family’s lives.

After a while of walking though she got a bit tired, so went to have cuddles with her daddy in the baby carrier.

 

babywearing photo family portrait session Clyne gardens Swansea

 

I have such a soft spot for baby wearing and really love it when families include it in their session.

I would actually love to build a whole documentary session around baby wearing so please do get in touch with me if this is something you’d be interested in!

 

Towards the end of their session the whole family got together for some relaxed, natural family portraits.

There was no saying cheese and smiling for the camera here.

Just some fun, some cuddles, maybe a few tickles and some beautiful natural expressions and interactions.

relaxed lifestyle family portrait session Clyne gardens Swansea

Have you visited Clyne gardens in autumn?  

It’s well worth a visit, with so many interesting species of trees turning beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red.

Actually, it’s a stunning place to walk around any time of year and is the perfect setting for a relaxed family photo session.  There are winding paths and little bridges to explore, the admiral’s tower to climb and gorgeous flower displays in the warmer months.  The bluebell woods in particular is so pretty and a lovely spot for some lifestyle family photos before heading off for a walk or a play.

 

If you’d like this kind of relaxed, un-posed photography for you and your family in Swansea, then I would love to have a chat and arrange a session with you.  

If you’re still not quite sure then pop over and read this post to help you decide if I’m the right Swansea family photographer for you.

 


Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is an on-location family photographer in central Swansea (Sketty, Brynmill, Uplands) offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

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Am I the right photographer for you – lifestyle and documentary family photography in Swansea

Am I the right photographer for you – lifestyle and documentary family photography in Swansea

If you’re here, it’s because you’d like to have some family photos taken in Swansea.

The thing is, there are so many different baby and family photographers to choose from in the Swansea area, so how do you know who will be the perfect fit for you?

I would love to be the right photographer for everyone, but realistically that’s just not going to happen.

I offer a style of natural, lifestyle and documentary family photography that might not be for everyone.

But if you’re looking for something a bit more than photos of you and your family in a plain studio, smiling nicely for the camera, then keep reading to see if I might be the right photographer to give you something a bit more special.

Lifestyle and documentary family photography in Swansea (1)

 

I suppose the best place to start, to save you some time, is with a few questions that will help you know if I’m NOT the right photographer to take your family photos in Swansea.

Here we go:

  • Are you looking for posed, styled newborn photos?

If you’re looking for photos of your baby wrapped up in pretty blankets, fast asleep and gently positioned into sweet poses in a bucket or basket, then I’m not the photographer for you.  There are other photographers in Swansea who create these kinds of images, and they are beautiful, but that’s not what I do at all.

 

  • Do you want themed photos, with special outfits and editing?

There are photographers who do themed sessions, like princess or fairy sessions where your children can dress up and have their photo taken on special sets, with magical elements edited in later.  Again, these photos are amazing and there are photographers in Swansea who are really talented in this area, but this isn’t something I offer.

 

  • Do you just want a few photos of the family together, smiling for the camera?

A lifestyle family photo session with me does normally include a few more traditional photos of the family together, but it is so much more than that.

If all you’re really after are some photos of the family, to capture what you look like right now, then I may not be the photographer for you.

 

If you’re still here with me, hurray!

Now lets take a look at some of the things you might want that you can get from a session with me, to help you decide if I am the right photographer for you.

 

You want photos that capture genuine expressions and connections

I think we all know that slightly forced smile you see in photos where you’ve been asked to say ‘cheese’ or smile for the camera.

With the mix of lifestyle and documentary approaches that you would get in a session with me, you would get so many more genuine and authentic expressions in your photos.  Natural smiles and real laughter.  The look of concentration on your toddlers face as they measure out ingredients to bake with you, or that determined expression they get when they go to face the fireman’s pole in Brynmill Park.

 

Natural family photography Swansea

 

You want photos that show the love that you and your family have for each other

You’ll also get photos that show the love and connections between you all.

The way your baby looks you at you when you feed her.  The way your child holds your partners hand as you walk along the beach at Swansea bay.  The hugs and the shoulder rides that are part and parcel of this stage of your parenthood journey.

Relaxed lifestyle documentary family portraits Swansea

 

You love photos where no one is actually looking at the camera

We will get some photos during your session where everyone is looking right at the camera.  But there’ll also be lots of photos from the session where not everyone is looking.

There will be some photos where no one is looking at the camera at all.

Because a session with me isn’t just about ‘nice’ photos of you all.  It’s about your life as it is right now.

It’s about giving you photos that show the way you look at each other, not how you look at the camera.

Relaxed family portraits Swansea bay

 

You want to remember more than what you look like, you want to remember how your life feels right now.

A few years ago I saw an exhibition at the Glynn Vivian art gallery here in Swansea.

It was full of all sorts of photographs, including one of a little girl sitting down and smiling for the camera.

Next to it was a quote of a question that the child was asked, and the answer she gave:

“What are you doing in this photo?”

“Having my picture taken”

It has stuck with me ever since, and drives me to offer so much more for my clients than just ‘having your picture taken’.

I want you to look at your photos in the future and remember how you felt at that moment in time.  The routine of your life at that stage.  The little details that will be long gone as your children grow.

Natural breastfeeding family photography Sketty Swansea (1)

 

You like photos that are natural, relaxed and real

Like I said at the beginning of this post, if you’re looking for creative, fantasy photography with props and digitally enhanced images then I am not the photographer for you.

If, on the other hand, you want photos of your parenthood journey that are natural, relaxed and real then we really should talk!

Real is the new perfect after all.

Relaxed lifestyle documentary maternity pregnancy portraits Swansea

 

You want your photo session to be fun.

You want your session to feel like a normal day with your family rather than a stressful experience where you worry about everyone behaving.

The whole point of a session with me is to capture your life as it is right now, not to capture photos of you in front of a screen, worrying about the children smiling nicely and staying still.

With a lifestyle and documentary session your real family memories will be captured.

Before your session we’ll discuss a few activities that you like to do as a family.  It might be baking fairy cakes at home, feeding the ducks in Brynmill park and having an ice cream from the kiosk or building sandcastles and flying kites on the beach at Swansea bay.

Whatever it is that you tend to do as a family at the moment.

This way the whole family can feel more relaxed.  There’s no pressure on the children to ‘be good’ and sit still.  They can run wild and have fun doing the things they like to do.

And the photos we’ll create together will mean you can look back in years to come and remember how much you loved doing these things together.

Swansea singleton park family lifestyle photographer

 

If you’re still not sure if I’m the right photographer for you, here’s a bit more information about what I do.

My approach to sessions is a mix of lifestyle and documentary family photography.  

During a session we’ll get some lifestyle images; these are the ones that are a bit more posed, where I’ll give you a bit of direction to guide you into position and encourage genuine expressions.  These photos are most likely to be the ones where you’re all looking at the camera.  The grandma shots if you will.

But in a session with me you get so much more.  With the documentary approach there’s no posing and no real directions from me.  You just do your thing and I’ll photograph it for you.  So you get the in-between moments.  The little details.  The unposed, unscripted moments that are your real life.

 

If this sounds like something you would love to have for you and your family, please do get in touch to have a chat about a session.

I can’t wait to meet you!

 


Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is an on-location family photographer in central Swansea (Sketty, Brynmill, Uplands) offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

 

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7 fascinating facts about our memories

7 fascinating facts about our memories

One of the things that I absolutely love about photography is how it lets us hold on to moments in time that might otherwise slip away.

As much as we might like to think that we’ll remember all the important things, it’s quite scary how much ends up fading away over time.  I find the whole thing really interesting though, and loved studying the psychology of memory back in Uni (not that I can remember everything I learnt about it back then!).

I’ve been reading more about it recently and have found these 7 fascinating facts that you might not know about our memories:

7 fascinating facts about our memories

 

1. Our brains physical change when we learn new things

When we learn something new it causes actual physical changes in our brain’s structure.

Researchers have used MRI scans to discover that, when we learn something new, there is increased activity in certain areas of the brain as well as long-lasting changes in terms of white and grey matter.

 

2. We fill in gaps in our memories

We don’t always remember the details of events as accurately as we think we do.

A lot of the time our brains fill in the gaps based on what we think most likely happened.  We do this so subconsciously that we believe the memories to be completely real and accurate.

 

3. We remember things that didn’t actually happen

Following on from the last point, not only do we fill in gaps in our memories but we can also create entire false memories.

We all have things that we ‘remember’ from our childhoods that we’ve actually just pieced together from stories our parents have told us and photos we’ve seen from that time.

It goes further than that though.

A study carried out at the University of California involved people with normal and superior memories, and found that all the participants could be tricked into creating false memories.  During the study even the people with superior memories ‘remembered’ things like seeing footage of United Flight 93 crashing in Pennsylvania on 9/11.  This footage doesn’t actually exist, but the idea that it does was put in their minds by the researchers and they then went on to describe what they remembered seeing on it later on in the study.

 

4. We start forming memories before we’re even born.

Studies have been carried out that support what lots of parents have believed for years; that unborn babies can hear and remember sounds that are played to them.

Which is why newborn babies can often be soothed by the sound of songs that they heard a lot before they were born.

This is known as prenatal or foetal memory, and scientists believe it’s crucial in the development of attachment of a baby to its mother.

 

5. We also start forgetting memories while we’re still children

This is something I’ve noticed with my own children.

Rhys is 7 and has no memory of the time he spent going to nursery as a toddler.

Psychologists at Emory University carried out some research to find out when this ‘childhood amnesia’ starts.  They found that children aged 5-7 could remember over 60% of their earlier life events, while those aged 8 and 9 could only remember around 40% of these memories.

 

6. Our emotions influence how well we remember things

Dr John Medina, a developmental molecular biologist, has found that we remember emotionally charged events better, for longer and more accurately than events that are more emotionally neutral.

He’s explained that this is most likely down to the dopamine that our brains release when we feel strong emotions.

He describes dopamine as being like a post-it note for our brains, telling them we need to remember this particular event that has an emotional significance for us.

We can use this to our advantage when we’re trying to learn something new, or teach our children something.  If we can teach our children something in a way that engages them emotionally they’ll be more likely to remember it.

 

7. Taking a photo of something makes your memory of it less clear

This might seem a strange thing for me as a photographer to share but I think it’s an important one to know.

Research has found that taking a photo to remember a particular moment in time can actually make our memory of that moment worse.

Scientists believe that this is down to the fact that our brains are focusing on the act of taking a photo rather than paying full attention to the thing we’re photographing.  So while we want to take a thousand photos of our children, we need to find a balance between that and fully being present in the moment with them to remember those times better.

 

 

We all want to remember as much as possible about our parenthood journeys.  From the big milestone moments to the little everyday details that make up the different stages of our children’s lives.

The perfect way to help keep these memories alive is to have a photographer come and document your family for you.

As much as we’d like to think we’ll remember everything, our memories are fallible.  We can’t always rely on them to keep these moments we want to hang on to safe.

So photograph the things you love, record those moments both big and small that you want to remember.

And from time to time, book a session with a photographer to come and record things for you, so you can be truly present in the moment too.

 


Madeline Littlejohns Photography relaxed fun family photos Swansea documentaryMadeline Littlejohns is a family photographer in central Swansea offering relaxed, natural portraits and documentary family photography to record your family’s story.

If you’d like to have a chat about a fun family photo session in Swansea, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.

 

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10 (more) things you might not know about me

10 (more) things you might not know about me

I’ve been running this business for a good few years now, so it’s been quite a while since I really introduced myself.

A while ago I wrote a post with 10 random facts about me, that you may or may not have read at the time.  Looking back at it though, it’s quite a basic getting-to-know-you type post.  I wanted to share a few more little bits of information about who I am and what I love to help you get to know me even more.

So, whether this is the first time we’re meeting or you’ve known me for a while, here are 10 more things that you might not know about me.

10 things you might not know about me

 

1. I love coffee, and drink several cups a day.  But I go off the taste of it when I’m ill.  At times like that only tea will do.

 

2. I write a blog.  It’s a family lifestyle blog called this glorious life and I write about parenting, family life, psychology and photography.

 

3. I love the smell of rain on a hot pavement, and that of freshly cut grass.  I think my favourite smell though is the one that comes from the tumble dryers at launderettes.

 

4. I can curl my lip like Elvis, but I can’t roll my tongue.  One of my children can roll their tongue and the other can’t.  I’m actually not sure about their lip-curling abilities.

 

5. I used to be really shy as a child, but having children of my own has forced me out of my shell loads.  I’m still an introvert at heart though.  I really crave time to myself and love just staying in at home.

 

6. I still have the teddy bear that was given to me the day I was born.  He is very imaginatively called ‘brown ted’.

 

7. When I was 10 I fractured my wrist and now it hurts when it’s going to rain.  One summer I was working in a pub back in Kent and looking out the windows it seemed to be a bright, sunny day.  My wrist started hurting so I told a few people that it was going to rain, and they all thought I was mad.  I still remember the looks on their faces when it clouded over and started to pour with rain 5 minutes later!

 

8. I resisted watching Game of Thrones for years, then binge-watched almost the whole thing to catch up.  Now I can’t wait to see how the whole thing is going to end.

 

9. I love looking at the little details in old photos.  The things that we might think of as mess and clutter at the time, these are things that bring the memories back when we’re older.  The posters and photos all over the walls of my teenage bedroom.  The jumperoo and babygym filling up the living room when my children were babies.  The random notes and magnets all over my parents’ fridge.  These are the details of life that I love in pictures.

 

10. One of my favourite films is ‘About Time’.  I love everything about it.  The casting is perfect, the soundtrack is beautiful and the story is just wonderful.

 

So, there you go.  10 little things that you might not have known about me before.


If I sound like someone you would get on with, and you’d like me to come along and photograph your family’s story for you, please do get in touch to say hi and discuss booking a parenthood session.


 

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