Clare Breheny Photography » London based people photographer specialising in beautifully relaxed home newborn photography and baby photography in your home.

The butterfly fairy: Watching our children through child photography

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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