This month, we took the boys on a little tour of London. We ambled along Southbank, walked over the bridge towards Big Ben, through Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and St James’s Park. It was a family outing that we’d been wanting to do for some time, as we knew Arlo would love watching the buses and taxis, and seeing the landmarks.
Arlo didn’t need us to explain any of the sights to him. Trafalgar Square: “Mr Maker comes here”. Buckingham Palace: “Mr Maker comes here”. “Oh, over there, that’s where Co-Op is”…no Arlo, it’s Big Ben, not the South Norwood clock tower.
The sun was bright and our spirits were high. I really wanted a photo from that day to be our Me and Mine shot. I pictured something significantly ‘London’ in the photo – a big red bus, a phone box, or one of the landmarks. Our family in our home city. But it turns out that I happened to choose the worst possible passer by to take our photo. I still can’t stop laughing at it.
The guy was confused because there was no live-view. I don’t think he had ever used an SLR before, which, as Sam reminded me, is not the weirdest thing in the world…unless you’re me.
Our Me and Mine photo is from that day, but I had to give up on the idea of getting a London shot as I knew I’d be pushing my family’s patience. Instead, as we sat in our local coffee shop for a few refreshments after getting the train home, I clocked the late afternoon sun streaming through the big stained glass window behind us, so I quietly set up my camera on the table facing us to snap a few shots using the remote access app on my phone whilst everyone was just doing their own thing. No dramas, no gimmicks to get the kids to perform, just us sitting together having our drinks.
Techincally, they are not great. I struggle with backlit shots when using the remote. I need to practise more until I feel I have the same control as when I’m behind the camera. I probably should have spot-metered rather than guestimate my exposure compensation. But they do capture what I was going for. The mood is there, and the memory of our day in London.
Excuse my ridiculous face. It looks like I’m posing, but I was actually in the middle of nagging Sam about camera settings – I am attempting to teach him, but I am a really bossy teacher.
This month, I am wholeheartedly encouraging you to visit Lauren and her lovely family at The Real Housewife of Suffolk County. I love reading Lauren’s blog because she has two little boys, like me. And they’ve just bought a sail boat! We definitely need a Me and Mine boat photo, Lauren ; )
There were so many link-ups last month that I’m still working my way through commenting on them all. So great to see so many families joining in… it’s so worth it.