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Our Thursday Photo #79

18 months ago almost to the day, I decided it would be great to launch a series on my blog called Our Thursday Photo.

I thought it was a lovely idea to photograph both girls together every week.

Lovely to look back on, I thought.

Great opportunity to make sure I get loads of photos of both girls together I said to myself.

Let me tell you now, I was a fool.

The first few weeks were easy. In fact, several months passed before I started to realise that this wasn’t such a great idea.

It wasn’t until Lia started walking that I understood what a huge mistake I’d made.

So now that I’ve become a reluctant expert in the topic, let me explain to you how to take a photograph of two toddlers in 20 easy steps.

1. Look for the camera.

2. (SIX WEEKS later) Find the camera.

3. Look for the lead to connect the camera to the computer.

4. Realise that you no longer have the lead. Remember that you now have toddlers instead.

5. Take out the mobile phone. Again.

6. Wait half an hour while the toddlers take photographs of the dog, television, their dad, their fingers and up each other’s noses.

7. Delete the toddlers’ photos.

8. Put both children on the sofa.

9. Chase one child at a time around the house.

10. Pick each child up off the floor, tend to stubbed toes and bruised foreheads.

11. Put both children on the sofa.

12. Tell them to say cheese.

13. Not working. Children jumping up and down. Tell them to say biscuits.

14. Both children realise there are no biscuits. Dry more tears.

15. Put both children on the sofa.

16. Take 9,723,986 photographs.

17. Realise that EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Is just a blur.

18. Repeat steps 5 to 17.

19. Repeat steps 5 to 17.

20. Edit and post the least awful photograph.

And the moral of that story – in case you hadn’t guessed – is that if you are considering a commitment to taking a weekly photograph of two young children, don’t do it.

And on that note, here is our Thursday photo #79. I am now sitting in a darkened room with a glass bottle of wine dreading looking forward to next Thursday.

Thursday Photo #79



  1. Jess
    November 13, 2015 / 1:13 pm

    Haha this made me laugh! I gave up trying to set up photos with Abbie when she started crawling, now I just try and capture the moments when she’s playing or doing something when she’s almost still lol x

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:41 pm

      This is definitely the way forward, I need to keep the camera on me more often.x

  2. November 13, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    Haha, this is so true! I hate the stage where they won’t sit or stand still for photos but do love capturing those moments where they’re not posing. Lovely photo! xx

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:39 pm

      Thank you Kerry. You make such a good point too – I need to get my camera out more often on the spontaneous moments.x

  3. November 13, 2015 / 4:07 pm

    Haha all so true. I find this when just trying to take photos of one let alone two. I love the idea of taking one of the both of them each week. Will be an amazing thing to look back on if you ever stop!!

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you Alice. I’m sure it will be lovely with the benefit of hindsight 😉

  4. November 13, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    I’ve had a pretty awful day and this made me smile. I have so many blurry photos.

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      Thank you Jodie. I hope you’ve had a better one today.x

  5. November 13, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    This post literally had me laughing out loud – i think every mama with toddlers can totally relate to this and i for one feel your pain! Will be lovely for them to look back on though xx

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Aw thank you. And I agree, it’s for the greater good 😉

  6. November 13, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    This is so funny but so true. Since my youngest can walk it is just a nightmare taking photos of them!

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:37 pm

      Oh definitely, it’s walking that’s the killer 😉

  7. November 13, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    I think your pics are gorgeous, but this did make me chuckle 🙂 I got the phone I have purely based on the camera in it (Nokia Lumia) – not fancy digital SLR quality, but better than my own digital camera (no idea where it is anyway), and always in my pocket so I can snap away. Also I just email myself the pics, so no worries about finding leads. A few years ago I said ‘why do I need a camera in my phone, I have a camera?’. Do not listen to me about what I need, I’m clueless about predicting what I suddenly can’t live without.

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      Thanks Maz. I’ve got a new phone now. My camera on my other one was ok but the memory wasn’t up to much. I’m hoping this one will be a bit better.x

  8. November 14, 2015 / 8:54 am

    Oh no! Poor you! Just trying to get one toddler to sit still for a photo can be a mission. I can’t imagine the stress with two xx

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Haha it’s worth it though, photos are awful but they are brilliant company for each other.x

  9. November 14, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Haha this is brilliant! It’s hard enough trying to get my two year old to stay still for a photo.. I usually just give up in the end! xx

    • November 14, 2015 / 9:52 pm

      Oh me too, it’s so tempting just to say sod it and give up!x

  10. Ally Messed Up Mum
    November 14, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    The exact reason I’ve never started a linky myself, especially not one with photos, I’m so rubbish at catching the important moments! I never think to take photos, I get too carried away in the moment. Well done for continuing for so long, if I ever get a photo, I’ll try and add!! x

    • November 15, 2015 / 12:06 am

      Ah thank you Ally but it’s not a linky – I’m really not into linkies (*ducks* – fully aware this is controversial) it’s just something I do for us to keep.x

  11. November 15, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Ha this is brilliant! I’ve totally given up on regular photo linkies, it’s just too stressful! xx

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:22 pm

      Oh no, I couldn’t manage a linkie. This is just a record for us 😉

  12. November 15, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Ah still a lovely photo though, I can imagine committing to getting all three of mine sat together for long enough each week theres not way the would co-operate – maybe once a month it would work haha x

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:21 pm

      Haha I’m not sure I’d manage to throw a third into the mix either!x

  13. November 15, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    I love this post. It really bought a smile to my face. I struggle to take a photo of one toddler. Let alone two! They are such cuties though. It must be lovely to have a photo of them every week. Hugs Mrs H xxxx

    • November 19, 2015 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you. Yes, I’m sure it will be lovely to look back on 😉

  14. November 19, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Haha perfect!! This is basically my photo life with the boys. I don’t know fully where to begin to reply here but every step is spot on!

    • November 19, 2015 / 10:33 pm

      Lol thanks Martyn, sorry you’re suffering the same fate 😉

  15. November 19, 2015 / 10:51 am

    Haha! That’s exactly it! I only have one toddler to photograph, he’ll sit perfectly whilst I get the camera and as soon as its in my hand he’s just a blur. As soon as I give up he’ll strike the most adorable pose lol.

    • November 19, 2015 / 10:32 pm

      Oh totally, they spot it and make life difficult on purpose don’t they??x

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