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Jan 31 / Caro

Me and Mine – January 2015

2015 is the year that I’m determined will see me collect a complete set of twelve photographs of the three of us together as a family. In an ideal world there will be some nicely composed, properly exposed shots taken during days out or memorable occasions, and preferably taken using a camera rather than my phone. These are all things that I’ve generally failed at in the last two years of the Me and Mine project.

On the one hand, we’re off to a good start – I have a photograph to share. On the other hand… Well at least it wasn’t taken on my phone!

January is always a strange month. And this year, between less than great weather, illness, work and other commitments, it’s not been the most exciting or productive month. So I suppose this photograph, taken at home, does reflect our January quite well. I staged it in the one area of our house that tends to get reasonable light in the winter: the stairs up to our top floor which are flooded with the light from a rooftop skylight. There are a lot of problems with this setting, however. Not least juggling a camera, tripod and a very energetic three year old on stairs could easily be a recipe for disaster. With that in mind, this was a bit of a one shot deal. One chance to position us correctly, get us all looking at the camera and expose it correctly. As it turned out my test shots of an empty staircase didn’t allow me to get the settings quite right and as a consequence I’ve over-blown the top of the shot – exactly where all that lovely natural light is!

But I like it anyway.

And at least no one fell down the stairs!


dear beautiful


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  1. Amber / Jan 31 2015

    That’s a lovely picture! I don’t see how you could have avoided blowing the top of the stairs without overexposing your family further. Indoor photography is tricky!

  2. Jenny / Jan 31 2015

    Oh lovely capture of the family on the stairs. I love stair photos I take them often with my bunch. Lovely snapshots for January. #meandmine

  3. Lauren / Jan 31 2015

    Lovely picture, I may have to steal this idea for a future month as we get quite good light on our stairs too x

  4. Rachel / Jan 31 2015

    I too think this is a brilliant layout for a Me and Mine… definitely going to try that one month this year…..xx

  5. Emma Shilton / Jan 31 2015

    Love this photograph. Everyone is smiling and looks really happy #meandmine

  6. Lucy DearBeautiful / Feb 2 2015

    Awww, I think this is a really fun composition. And it kind of reminds me of a lot of family photos we have of my family from when I was a kid, the stairs seemed to feature a lot in those because it was the easiest way for everyone to be seen. 😉
    SO excited to have you back for another year. Thanks so much for linking up with Me and Mine. x

  7. Stephanie / Feb 20 2015

    Cute photo! I struggle so much with indoor photography so you did great!

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