It seems like a long time ago since I wrote a blog post. Most of everyday life has slowed down and business like mine having to press their pause button. However, I've been surprisingly busy, mostly with university work and training courses.
After hearing the most recent government announcement I am very excited once again to get back to the job I love from the 12th April (if all goes to plan). You'll now be able to pre-book your photoshoot from March 29th.
Today I really wanted to touch upon why photography is important, especially in the current climate.
Photography matters. Photography is a way of capturing what is important to us. We have a connection to images, just look at your phone, how often do you snap photographs of your family or even your pets? There is a role for photography in our lives and it speaks to our desires. We often look at photographs to inspire us. Photography also captures precious moments and preserves events, like birthday and marriages, holidays etc. We photograph to document human activity and our human legacy, just like the cave paintings did for us at the very beginning.
Photography can portray emotions like a complex language, express love, sorrow and curiosity. It has the power to move us and make us feel things through its language. More importantly it's an amazing tool to capture family life. How many times do you flick through family albums of family members no longer with us and memorable moments growing up? When we are gone, only photographs will remain to tell our story.
Lockdown has been very tough for many families, we have had to spend months away from each other. I know the first thing I will be doing is visiting family and giving them a long awaited hug. I'll defiantly be taking so many more photographs.
The summer is coming to an end, many children have been homeschooled by their parents since the lockdown began in March- gosh... that seems an age ago.
For children starting school, this can be a nervous time and for children returning, this may almost feel alien. This school year will be different. Almost like a new environment but schools are ready to welcome back pupils and get education back on track.
I have put together some tips for getting first-time pupils ready. As I previously worked in a primary school, I used my experience to make these relaxed tips, helping you ease your little ones into the change. The most important thing to remember, is that this isn't scary, make it fun and exciting for your child.
Number One: Teach your child how to spell their name
They may know their name by sound, but get your child used to seeing their name on a page. Start by drawing dots, make it a game, when the dot are together, they form their name. Your child doesn’t have to know it perfectly, Reception child usually learn with a teacher in the first term. But even having practise holding a pencil will give them a start. This will just reassure them that they will be able to read and write soon. Some children could get upset if they see others know how to do something they can't, but just continue enjoying learning together and having fun.
Number Two: Getting toilet trained
If your little one hasn't completely mastered this yet, don't panic. Just inform the teacher. Have spare underwear in their school bag, so they don't feel embarrassed or have to be wet all day. Just practise a routine with them - how to use the bathroom, how to wipe, flush, wash hands and how to use their new school inform properly, show them any buttons they should use when in the toilet etc. Hygiene is very important, share your knowledge about germs and Coronavirus.
Number Three: School Uniform
For most children going to school for the first time this will be their first uniform. So make it exciting to wear, get them to try it (maybe only a few days or night before). Going shopping together, pick out a fun packed lunch box, water bottle or pencil case. This can really help them prepare mentality for the change ahead.
Number Four: Relax and Communicate
Ask your children about how they feel and if they have any worries talk to them. Make them feel confident to come to you for anything. Tell them you'll be super excited to pick them up afterwards and you will want to know everything that has gone on in their day. This can also be a difficult time for you, especially if this is your first child going to primary school. The house will now feel rather quiet, so don't forget about care for yourself. Maybe speak to other mums or find time for a hobby you always wanted to try.
Number Five: Photography
Take some photographs, make them feel like this is a fantastic opportunity and a positive change! If you can, show them your photographs and talk about your experiences. This is a big step for them, they are going up - don't forget that these moments, so capture them.
I hope these tips help you and your little one prepare for the big day! Just remember to be positive and listen to your children. This is going to be a fun and new experience for them, support is all they need.
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