Milk baths – picturing innocence

Bathing in milk is nothing new, Cleopatra is said to have taken daily baths in donkey milk, and the Romans were known to have done the same. But there is a rising trend amongst photographers for photographing women and children in luxurious baths of milk. When I mentioned this to my daughters, it being the Eater holidays and us being at alone end and all, they decided they were up for the challenge.
So off I went and dutifully purchased some dried milk powder, and a bunch of pretty pink roses. I ran the bath about 4 inches deep, and then mixed up some of the milk powder in a jug. After about 3 jugs full I had achieved the look I was after, a translucent, milky white bath. I then added the flowers. It looked very pretty. So then I was ready for child number one. She got in the tub happily enough, but then we had a issue with the depth of the bath. She didn’t like the water covering her ears! So we had to let out a little water. I then climbed above the tub and braced my feet on either side (not the easiest of tasks, we have a corner bath and it’s really quite wide!). 

  

She was a little squinty and stiff when we started, but I made her laugh by pretending to almost fall in the bath and she soon relaxed.

  
  

Next it was the turn of my youngest daughter. She was a little more challenging. Having a few sensory issues, she was a touch reluctant as soon as she saw the bath. She had a mini meltdown and I had to talk her around and negotiate. In the end it came down to adding more warm water to encourage her into the tub. Then we had another ear meltdown. So it took a little while to persuade her to lie down. Once she was in though she found the whole thing quite amusing. She loved playing with the flowers and swishing her hair.

  
I may be biased but I think the photos haves turned out beautiful, showing their innocence and beauty stripped back and natural.

   
 
The added bonus is that their hair has been left so soft and shiny! Milk is definitely good for a conditioning rinse.

So will I be offering these shoots as a regular thing? I don’t think so. It was a fun way to spend an afternoon with my girls, but I’m not sure I could achieve the same results with children who don’t know me. I’m glad we did it though, I now have more beautiful photos for my gallery wall 🙂

The endless battle for the perfect party!

My eldest son turned 11 a few weeks ago. Every year, as his birthday approaches, I face a dilemma that I’m sure many parents of older children can relate to, the dreaded birthday party decision! I have to admit, I only have myself to blame here. His very first party, for his fifth birthday, was so awesome and memorable that I find myself having to try and come up with something a bit different to the norm every year! That first party was an animal encounter party, long before animal encounter parties were all over the place. 
Since then we have been tobogganing, bowling and had an outdoor adventure building campfires and shelters. We have missed a few years due to illness or lack of inspiration! But this year he only had one thing in mind, something he has been asking about for a few years but has been too young for until now. This year, we have been paintballing!
  

We found a great place nearby, Domination paintball. The staff were fantastic with the kids, scared them into be having with tales of people in America who has removed their masks and been shot in the eye and died! None of them were tempted to remove their masks after that! 

Of course, I took my camera! I relished the opportunity to shoot something a bit different, and edit alot more gritty and urban than my normal style! I was made to don a mask that my daughter gleefully told me made me look like Antman, and was then allowed to enter the battlezone. The paintballs whizzing around made me slightly nervous, as aside from the mask I was not dressed for getting covered in yellow paint! But one of the marshals kindly shielded me and my camera from harm with a riot shield.
  

Great fun was had by all, every child went home happy but exhausted, full of tales of shooting his friends. They are still reliving it now. I call that a success!

So now to relax and forget about birthday party stress. Until next year. The struggle is real :/
  
  

Another newborn……Welcoming my new baby boy!

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Its been so long since i updated, apologies for this! I had a very difficult pregnancy, and have since been incredibly busy. I’d forgotten how time consuming newborn babies can be! But now my little dude is sleeping, and i thought I’d take the time to post a few of the shots from a little shoot i did with him when he was 4 weeks old 🙂

He is quite a difficult baby, he suffers quite badly from reflux so having him settled and still is quite a rare thing. It took lots of patience to achieve these, good practice for the future when he is grown a little and I photograph newborns for a living 🙂

So here are a few of my favourites.

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