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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Two weeks ago I held my third Mother’s Day Charity Event. This year all profits went to Action Aid and we raised £620 who “help transform the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable women and children”.

 

Thank you so much to everyone who took part. Huge thanks to Mark at The Picture Frame Gallery for hosting us.

It was so lovely to see returning faces and meet new ones. Framed images have been collected over the past few days to ensure our mums had them in time for Mother’s Day and I have enjoyed reading the text messages and emails with your responses.

 

Mothers Day Portraits Collage Charity Event 2016 Clare Breheny Photography v2 Essex Family Photographer: Happy Mothers Day 2016!

I am passionate about mums being in the picture and I hope our children will hold on to these images for many many years to come.

 

I was first inspired to run the event when reading this great article….here is an extract…

“Someday, I want them to see me, documented, sitting right there beside them: me, the woman who gave birth to them, whom they can thank for their ample thighs and their pretty hair; me, the woman who nursed them all for the first years of their lives, enduring porn star-sized boobs and leaking through her shirts for months on end; me, who ran around gathering snacks to be the week’s parent reader or planning the class Valentine’s Day party; me, who cried when I dropped them off at preschool, breathed in the smell of their post-bath hair when I read them bedtime stories, and defied speeding laws when I had to rush them to the pediatric ER in the middle of the night for fill-in-the-blank (ear infections, croup, rotavirus).

I’m everywhere in their young lives, and yet I have very few pictures of me with them. Someday I won’t be here — and I don’t know if that someday is tomorrow or thirty or forty or fifty years from now — but I want them to have pictures of me. I want them to see the way I looked at them, see how much I loved them. I am not perfect to look at and I am not perfect to love, but I am perfectly their mother.”

 

Allison Tate

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-tate/mom-pictures-with-kids_b_1926073.html

 

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Today, 15th February is International Angelman Day. Angelman Syndrome is something I had never heard of until very recently… I’ve linked to the information page if you would like to read more… Here’s how I heard about it…

As you may know, I like the name Abigailicon smile Abigails Angelman Charms: An inspiring young ladys fundraising ventureWhat you may not know, is that my husband and I fell in love with the name back in 2008 at my brother’s wedding when they had the most adorable flowergirl toddling around and making us all smile,  named Abigail.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed a few weeks back and I saw that a now very much grown up Abigail has created her own charity fundraising venture. I will use her words here to relay her mission:

My little brother Freddie has Angelman Syndrome. He is very cute, cuddly and smiley. I found out that some Scientists and Doctors are doing research to help people with Angelman Syndrome so started making necklaces and selling them to raise money so that they can keep trying . People have been buying them for £5 and I’ve raised £1300 so far since June. If you would like to buy one you could put a message on here or contact my Mummy. Thank you very much! Abigail x

Since that post her total has gone up to £2000. Check out her facebook page and you will see the beautiful jewellery she makes and her wonderful displays…

My Abigail and I were delighted to receive our charm necklaces and bracelets a few days ago and we captured a few images here for you…

Such gorgeous presentation! Abigail enjoyed wearing hers and then decided to turn the camera on me and made sure I put mine on!!

Needless to say, she has been wearing it non stop! And I have been wearing mine with great pride too!

Thank you Abigail! Keep up the fantastic work xxx

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If you would like have your own beautiful jewellery and support Abigail’s fundraising, then please head over to her facebook page

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A little two and a half year old girl in fairy wings on a photographer’s website… it’s a tad cliche isn’t it!

But I came home from work and my mother in law had brought my daughter home adorned with fairy wings… she thought she could fly and my mother in law was rather concerned that she’d be jumping from great heights… the wand had broken (already!!) and was held together with sticky tape… my daughter was worried the magic wouldn’t work…

The wings had to be coaxed off to get her into bed…

The next day, the first thing she did was get those wings back on… I looked at her… pyjamas and bed head, lost in the tv, a broken wand and wings placed firmly on her shoulders – making her feel magical and important… her words darted in a confused manner from butterfly to fairy as she worked out what that story in her head was…every now and then she’d lose interest in the TV show and break off into fluttering hops and skips… charging towards the window… only to then plant herself back down and lose herself in her TV show again…

People often say that if you take too many photographs you fail to live in the moment and breath it all in… I couldn’t disagree more… my photographer brain is trained to notice every little nuance, and change in energy – from how the wand is held in a tight grasp to how a toe is curled and gently stroking her other foot and the firm thudding feet supporting a gently fluttering arm (sorry, wing!) …I enjoyed immensely watching my daughter lost in her own little world – torn between the make believe on TV and the make believe of her wings… and then I relived every moment a thousand times over as I selected the images to post here…

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We celebrated my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary in Umbria at the stunning Villa Pia (It’s a perfect location that sits right on the Tuscan and Umbrian border) .

The evening we cracked open the champagne to celebrate we were blessed with a stunning sunset over the hills…

This picture is so special to us as thousands of miles separate these cousins… It’s framed in three homes in two different countriesicon smile Sunset on the Tuscan & Umbrian hills : London Family Photographer

 

for mum and dad v2.4 Sunset on the Tuscan & Umbrian hills : London Family Photographer

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Back by popular demand – ha ha ! I’ve always wanted to say that!! But it’s true, so many people have asked me if I’ll be doing this again… so here goes…

For those of you new to my Mother’s day events… the back story: I decided that I would make Mother’s Day the time for my annual charity event following the overwhelming response to my Mother’s day blog post and my call to all mums to ‘put themselves in the picture’ .   The idea is that YOU as a mum have a picture with your child(ren) to make sure YOU are recorded in pictures with them. If you are camera shy then please please please go read that article – I hope it helps and inspires you in the same way it did for me:)

I did my first Mother’s Day pop up studio in Zurich in 2014 and loved every minute of it.

Last year we had a wonderful day in Gidea Park and had amazing feedback. We sold out in just a few days and raised over £500 for NSPCC, capturing portraits of 25 mums and their children.

This year’s event will be raising funds for Action Aid, who run numerous projects to improve the lives of women and children. They tackle the tough issues of FGM, violence against women and getting girls into schools.

This year I will be working with Mark Belda again at The Picture Frame Gallery, to host a pop up studio in his shop.

When: Saturday, 20 February 2016 |15 minute time slots available from 10:00-16:00

Where: The Picture Frame Gallery | 142 Main Road, Gidea Park, RM2 5EU (map)

Cost: £35 (A minimum of £15 will go to Action Aid)

What’s Included: I will have a shooting area set up and will pose you with your children.  Following the photoshoot, a photographer’s choice photograph*  will be printed (print size 7″x5″), mounted and framed (Black or white frame) ** ready for collection from The Picture Frame Gallery in time for Mother’s day :)***

Who is welcome: Any mum with her children of any age. (Please note the photography space is limited and so large/extended family images are not possible)

Where does my money go: At least £15 of each booking fee will be donated to Action Aid.  The rest of your fee covers the cost of running the event and producing your framed portrait. No profit is made from the event. I give all my time and talent for free. I will post evidence of the payment made to Action Aid on my blog and Facebook page for 100% transparency.

Can I buy anything else:
Upgrade your framed image from a 7″x5″ print to a 12″x8″ print: £10 upgrade cost
Additional framed images can be purchased:
Additional 7″x5″ framed image: £30 (£15 of which goes to Action Aid charity)
Additional 12″x8″ framed image: £40 (£15 of which goes to Action Aid charity)

(Please note that these are additional copies of the same image. Only one finished image per session is available for purchase)

Additional items can be ordered and paid for at the event IN CASH ONLY.

 

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I hope you agree this is a great opportunity to raise money for a wonderful charity, as well as get a portrait at a HUGE reduction on my usual prices.

Cancellation Policy: For ease of running the event, all bookings and payments are final.  If you are no longer able to attend you may privately arrange to pass your time slot to another mum. In this scenario, please email me with their details at clare@clarebrehenyphotography.com. There are no refunds for sessions unused on the day.

* ‘photographer’s choice photograph’ means that I select the picture (i.e. no galleries or viewings) BUT in practice, last year we were able to agree the image on the day by checking the back of the cameraicon smile Mothers Day Charity Event 2016   Pop up studio in Gidea Park

** Frame will be black or white. Only one range of frames is on offer for this event. All framing decisions must be made before or at the event.

*** Please collect your framed print on Friday 4th March or Saturday 3rd March from The Picture Frame Gallery. If you cannot pick it up on those dates you can either pick it up the following week or if you tell me in advance I can arrange to courier it to you (extra charge of £7 per frame to be paid in cash).  Please note that I cannot guarantee delivery dates, however I will get them sent out by the end of Wednesday 2nd March. (Please note the shop is NOT open on Sunday 6th March!)

TO BOOK YOUR SPACE:

Booking is a two step process – Please fill complete BOTH links :

1. Head to this link, select your desired time slot and make the payment

2. Then, complete this online booking form so that I have all the details I need

 

I cannot wait to see familiar faces from last year and lots of new faces!!

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