I’ve been trying to try new things of late, so when St John Bosco School contacted me, wanting some images for a school cookbook, I was keen. And nervous as all get out… not about the food (being more than a little familiar with that!), but the children were another matter entirely – and you know what they say about working with children and animals.
I’ve never taken photos of large groups of children before and the first couple were a bit tricky – as a non-parent I didn’t quite have a handle on just how much they wriggle and move about! A couple of kids wriggling I can work with, but a whole class? Eek…
Until I worked out that I could BRIBE them… Before you judge me, I didn’t tell them I was bribing them, so surely that’s allowed? My system went something like this: “Who’s got a silly face they want to pull? You all do? Well okay, but so we don’t get in too much trouble with Ms/Mrs/Mr Teacher, I’ll take a silly photo at the end, but first I need you to sit really, really still and show me your nicest smile…” Pretty sure it’s not the greatest breakthrough in photography, but it’s not a tip I’ve read before and panic meant I worked it out for myself! Once I had that in the bag, the class and school photos were a cinch.
As for the food… om nom nom:
To the lovely Sarah and Victoria who showed me around and made sure everyone was ready and smiling, thanks for getting in touch. I had a blast and I look forward to seeing the finished product soon!
When I was much younger and living at home, Dad would always growl at me for sitting right in front of the fire, “you’re as bad as the cat!”, he would grumble, before urging me to at least put some more wood on to maintain the toasty warmness I was hogging.
I won’t deny it, I love being warm or even hot… bed, the shower, in front of the fire: they’re all places I prefer not to leave, especially lately when proper winter has descended… and boy did it arrive with a thoroughly chilly and white fanfare last week! The teensy bit of snow that fell at my house did so while I was out and didn’t even have the decency to stick around – I suppose that’s one of few downsides of living sorta close to the sea.
While I do love to be warm, the cold makes me very happy too, because it ultimately leads me back to being warm! There’s the obvious fabulousness of winter coats, but the other, slightly more hard-work perk is this one:
I feel all cosy and warm just looking at that… plus the fire is roaring again. Obviously.
There’s something about the way Thomas looks at Amy… something that really squeezes my heart, so I can only imagine how it makes Amy feel. Actually, that’s not entirely true – you can see how it makes Amy feel written all over her face when she looks back at him – there’s something REAL here.
I’ve known Thomas for a few years now and never have I seen him as happy as he is with Amy. They met at Uni in Canterbury – he studying planet-saving techniques with an Environmental Science degree and she on exchange from the University of Connecticut for a degree in Psychology – and have been joined, if not at the hip, then definitely by the heartstrings ever since. Their mutual adoration is almost tangible and their happiness is contagious.
Thomas & Amy – you’re a joy to spend time with and I can’t wait to see you both again soon!
Thomas doesn’t really do sitting still… so he entertained us with tree-climbing and a bit of handstanding:
What girl doesn’t want to be looked at like this?
Amy very shyly informed me before we traipsed up into the Port Hills that she isn’t very photogenic… are you kidding me?!! Amy – You. Are. Gorgeous.
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