Can the real summer please stand up!

August 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment



Black and white photograph of a little girl in rah rah skirt and the flower she has picked from along the hedgerowSummer sunPicking flowers along a country lane

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless,  and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color.”  - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

- cue gramophone needle being drawn across vinyl to signal mis-fit lines!

What has happened to our beautiful August weather?

When I was young - and I've checked this with my mum and an old teacher - August days were long, warm and sunny. Dear knows where it all went wrong!

Stay calm and get a tan!

Black and white family photograph of mother and her three young girls sitting on studio floorMum and her girlsMum could pass as a sister!

I had a client, who had received a Family Portrait Session token as a retirement gift from his work colleagues, call me to ask if he could delay the session by a couple of weeks.

"Not a problem", says I, "I hope everything is ok."

"Oh yes", says he. "The girls want to get a tan before they're photographed!"

In their defence I have to add that school examinations, including 'A' Levels, were approaching at that time so hopefully that meant that the girls had their heads down and studying hard.

Black and white photograph of three young sisters looking off to the distanceThree sistersSisters relax together The girls in my family photograph above have no such worries, though it'll be a while before they're thinking about 'A' Levels!

We had a great wee session one morning just before mum had to leave the eldest to primary school.

This is the third time I've photographed this family - the first when the little one still had two weeks to cosy in her mother's womb! The girls are so natural together and I love how mum coordinated the colours and outfits.

Black and white photograph of young sisters smiling broadlySistersSisters and siblings don't always argue and fight!

Coordinated smiles

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Professional family and children's portrait photography in Northern Ireland. Drew is a qualified Associate member of both the 'Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers' and the 'National Photographic Society'. He is qualified to Licentiate level with the 'Professional Photographers Association of Northern Ireland' and is a Master Photographer of the 'National Photographic Society'.