This has been my week #2

If you read my Some days post on Wednesday, you’ll already know that as far as weeks go, this one has been pretty rubbish. The last of the spring sunshine deserted us on Tuesday and it’s rained on and off ever since. We’ve also been living in the middle of a massive and incredibly loud building site (see the picture on the bottom left). Both boys have been bothered by the noise and have subsequently taken it in turns to bother each other. The joys!

So what have we been doing?

We’ve been out for walks. We sat in the sunshine (before it disappeared). We took photographs of flowers and crazy artwork. We picked up sticks. We made flapjacks. We held hands and danced in the living room. I ate pick and mix Swiss-style while the boys were sleeping – I don’t share Lindt.

Despite having an absolutely wonderful and beloved new camera, all this week’s photographs were taken with my iPhone or compact. I have been using the new one a lot. An awful lot. So much so, that the toddler has started to run away as soon as he sees me reach for it.

So why am I not sharing them?

Well, they’re almost too good that it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. I’m happy to post the occasional snapshot of CK and BB on my blog and on twitter but I mostly use ones that don’t fully capture them. I had some of the photographs that I’d taken of the boys with the DSLR formatted and ready to share but I couldn’t press publish. I’m not entirely sure what makes me hold back. I don’t think it’s about protecting them; I think it’s more to do with keeping the really special moments to myself.

I shall ponder it for a while longer but in the meantime, I’d love to know your thoughts on it and how much you’re willing to share.

12 thoughts on “This has been my week #2

  1. You know me – I’m an over-sharer ;) Do whatever you feel comfortable with.

    So glad you’ve got a lovely, new camera – I love my DSLR! xx

    1. Verbally, there’s probably only a couple of topics that are off limits for me and they rarely tend to come up in conversation. I’m also not uncomfortable with being asked or answering most questions. It’s just photos, especially of children. There can be something so raw about them, especially if it’s just their face looking at the camera … it feels odd to publish it.

  2. Ahhh those are lovely pics too. I had no idea there was such a thing as Lindt pic and mix!! I know what you mean about special photos. I have a really lovely one that I was going to use for a post recently. Then I thought “do I want this pinned to other people’s Pinterest boards?” And I didn’t so held back and used another.

    1. I think it’s because they’re very close up photos of the boys’ faces. The expression ‘the eyes are the windows to the soul’ springs to mind. They’re almost too intimate to post.

    1. That hat was a couple of francs from H&M and I struggle to get it off him. It was 20 degrees today and he still insisted on wearing it. He’d sleep in it if he could.

  3. I am a new blogger and was all set to publish pictures of my two toddlers (inc. full names etc) but I had the same moment as you… failed to tap publish. I feel this is more to do with privacy. Would either of mine want to see pictures of themselves in 10 years time with a custard pie in their faces (etc)… lots for me to consider, but I think it is an issue that needs to be discussed on an ongoing basis. Thanks for raising it…

    1. I rarely use the boys’ names – not because they’re a secret but because I don’t want to repeatedly use them and they become familiar or searchable on the internet. I’m okay with quick snapshots of them doing something or playing, or even sleeping, but it’s the close up of their faces when they’re looking directly in to the camera, that I don’t want to share. They feel too personal almost.

    1. I think I struggle because I love blogs where they share tales of their family lives and have lots of pictures. I really enjoy them. But I guess my conscience is telling me that I don’t want to be like them.

  4. Well as you know from reading my blog Rachel I am the BIGGEST over sharer. However when I first started blogging I was almost positive that I wouldn’t post any photos of them. But I just fell in love with photography and I enjoyed the blogs that showed family life so I decided too. But thats just me and I do occasionally start to worry if I am over sharing too much. People will read your lovely blog regardless of whether you post lots of photos so just do whatever you feel comfortable with.

    PS. Love your little about me image!

    1. Katie, your blog is one that I love and had in the back of my mind when I wrote this. I love your photographs and your tales and would so much like to share my own but I have a little ball of unease sitting in my stomach. I’m not sure why. I think I’ll try little by little. Thanks for your lovely comment x

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