Monday, 29 June 2015

Paddling pool fun

by Bex

I bought a cheap paddling pool for the babies recently and added the balls I got at an NCT nearly new sale.  We had 2 big bags of balls but the pool was too big for them to be effective as a ball pit.  Priya was the first to try it out and we just piled the balls onto her in the dry pool.  She was a bit confused at first but soon started enjoying it.

I decided to keep the big pool for us adults to dip our feet (or whole selves) in the hot weather and bought another much smaller (and cuter) pool for the twins.  I'd seen Megan having a lot of fun in hers and I bought some more bags of balls to go with it.  It turns out to be an excellent purchase (thanks for the inspiration Katie!)  and £10 well spent (+ £10 for the balls).

I set it up in the living room when it arrived as it wasn't a very warm day and we had lots of fun playing and taking photos.  The green sunshade makes for a fab bright backdrop!

Kalyan wasn't too sure about sitting in the balls and soon had enough.

Priya loved it though and I started throwing balls at her saying "Ready....catch." (before Mum took over so I could take photos of the massive grins!).  She loved the balls bouncing off her head!

Kalyan was quite happy quietly licking the balls from the safety of the rug.

We've since used it in the garden in the sunshine and then with water in as well.  Again, K was a bit unsure initially but he is warming to it (it seems he's not a fan of the red balls!).


This lovely sunny day was their 7 month birthday.  You can see a series of them fighting over the milestone card here.

Friday, 26 June 2015

7 months

by Bex

This little series, taken on the twins' 7 month birthday, shows you part of the personalities of the twins.  Priya wants anything Kalyan wants or has.  She takes it from him and he (so far) doesn't seem too bothered.  He'll take it back only to be thwarted by his determined sister.  Usually it's a toy she's trying to claim but here it's the milestone card which I placed in front of them to try to get a photo - they were too quick for me!

Wish me luck for these two being toddlers!!

Monday, 22 June 2015

Underwater photo shoot with Little Dolphin

by Bex

I mentioned in my post with my underwater snaps of the twins that we had a professional shoot booked at Oaklands pool where we take the babies for swimming lessons.  We had a great time with Zac, the photographer from Little Dolphin Images and the 'baby handler' for the day, Roz from Swim2me.

Obviously the set up was much better than when I hired the pool with Mum & Dad to assist me with the babies and my little G11 compact in it's housing.  Zac had a blue backdrop to hide the tiles on the side of the pool and of course the full underwater set up with an SLR housing and two strobes as well as off camera lighting.  My Dad took some photos of the shoot, (with permission from Zac) since we were the only ones in that time slot, so we got some behind the scenes pictures of us in the pool too.

We saw some of the photos as the shoot progressed and we loved them!  I was so excited to see them all and select the ones we wanted to buy.  They are fantastic and we ended up with a great selection!

It was very relaxed and went so quickly as we had fun trying a few different shots including a surprisingly successful attempt to capture both twins together underwater!

Luckily the babies are quite relaxed underwater (particularly Priya) thanks to our fantastic lessons with Rebecca from Love Baby Swim School.  We've now completed two terms over the last 3 months and the babies have made some great progress.

We also got some with flowing fabric, I think the one of Priya looks like she has wings:

And we got a family shot (where I was more of an issue as I hate opening my eyes underwater and water going up my nose but I managed to suffer for the art and put on a smile!)

As far as professional photography goes, Zac's prices are very reasonable, especially for a specialist shoot like underwater.  The shoot itself was £40 (per child so pricier for us with the twins at £80) and there was a choice afterwards of how many images you want instead of having to buy a package.  For just one image it was £69 but we opted for the package of 10 for £119 and paid an extra £10 for black & white conversions.  I thought about doing that part myself as we get high res digital images but given I am already struggling to find time to edit my own images of the twins and it was only £10 extra, we thought it was worth it, plus Zac does a better job than I could anyway!

In total it cost £210 which is about the same as our other professional shoots of the bump and newborn images we had done by Lauren, Laura and Jude.  Again, this was something I would have regretted if we didn't do it, plus I picked up some tips for having another go myself too ;)  It's just as well we're good at finding bargains for everything else since I keep spending so much on photos!

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