There seems to be an unintentional tree theme in this post!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with mini-sessions, engagement sessions and weddings. I love it and I love just how beautiful where we live is during spring. We have a bluebell woods nearby and it’s served as a beautiful backdrop for a lot of my recent work. I really want to do a little session there with my own rugrats but have been so busy taking photos of other people’s that I just haven’t had chance yet! This is the second time I’ve offered mini-sessions and while I love the typical at-home lifestyle sessions I normally do, this is really fun and it’s always lovely when people who liked what you did last time come back! I feel like I’m the “Official Family Photographer” for a couple of families which is so nice.

riley-038For this month’s blog circle I’m sending you over to Kassie’s blog Actuary Mom to see her 6 photos for May.

  • Anna Nguyen - love your photos, the wild flower field one is so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Frame This Moment Photography by Thuvan - love your photos, the wild flower field one is so gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Donna - I love the tree theme! You have captured spring perfectly. Love the fence photo xReplyCancel

  • RachelSwirl - Amazing photos- what a fab fab fab photographer xReplyCancel

  • Style me Sunday - Such beautiful photos Hayley. I’m going to make a promise to myself to read your blog more often. And hopefully some of your skills will rub off on me. Also let me know when you’ve done the Lightroom presets post. xxxReplyCancel

  • Michelle Daniels - Loving your tree theme! And love the children in the bluebells. I’ve just photographed bluebells, but unfortunately not with sweet children but family dogs, feel free to look at my blog

  • Elaina Borchelt - These are beautiful! I especially love the one of the two boys on the fence. We have a park with bluebells in our area that is super popular.ReplyCancel

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My kids both *love* YouTube. So much so, the littlest has learnt how to do a Google voice search so she can watch her favourite things. I think she saw a video on it or something… Like most little girls her age she is a huge fan of the videos of other kids unboxing toys and watching people open Kinder eggs. My childless friends are always like “What the…???” but they can’t get enough of those videos. I often find little videos on my phone of monologues about toys and what accessories they came with, complete with “Hey Guys!” and “Don’t forget to subscribe!”. She’s a rather girly girl and has never paid any attention to her brother’s love of Spiderman and Batman but she absolutely loved the new DC Super Hero Girls animated series and so did he although he pretended not too, obviously. He’s nearly 9 and *far* too cool for that kind of thing. The new series features a group of Super Heros on their journey of discovering the power of their unique abilities and friendships. I loved that she wanted to watch something that inspired her for the rest of the day and that there were characters that she could relate to and stories she could enjoy rather than watching videos about stuff. Not so much loving that my vintage scarf collection is now being used for capes…

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You can watch the latest series of DC Super Hero Girls on the DC Super Hero Girls channel and there is an extended online experience on the DC website where kids can play games, download free printable activities and more.

To celebrate the launch, DC Super Hero Girls are offering you the chance to win a £100 Visa Giftcard (pretty nice, eh?). Just follow the instructions below to enter. Good luck!

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Get your cape on!

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This is a collaborative post


When people ask me what I do, I always mention that I’m a blogger. It’s hard to explain the appeal to people who don’t blog and I think the majority think it’s a rather geeky pastime of mine. I love to read blogs and I love to write too but I struggle sometimes because I feel like I don’t really “fit”. I don’t feel it’s my place to write about parenting, I know from my own experience that no two kids are the same. Just follow your instincts and love them to pieces is my motto! I’m not stylish enough to write about clothes and my home is too mismatched for me to claim I know anything about interiors. I love food and enjoy cooking but I’m no Nigella. Photos…well now..I think that’s my thing.

When I’m behind the camera it’s like everything melts away. Almost like Hayley the Photographer is my superhero alter ego. I have worked really hard and I’m at a point where I feel confident and I want to share my work and show people the world as I see it. I struggle so much with imposter syndrome but this is what I love so I’m willing to put myself out there.

A photographer in a Facebook group I belong to, Asea, had the idea to start a blog circle of photographers where we share 6 favourite images each month. For the first month I wanted to share a few images that I think sum up who I am and what I love. I’m a homebird and I love where we live so I’ve shared a few favourites taken close to home and in my own back garden. And of course my little darlings feature heavily! I always wanted to be a mum, I played with dolls until I was really too old for them and couldn’t wait to have babies of my own. Motherhood has been even more wonderful than I thought it would be. Of course there are moments when I’m tired and cross, frustrated than nobody is listening to me, desperate for a bit of privacy (you really don’t need to follow me into the bathroom..) or butting heads with my eldest who is JUST LIKE ME but on the whole? It’s pretty great. They are pretty great and I’m ridiculously proud of these gorgeous little people.

april6-006april6-005april6-004april6-002april6-003april6-001This month I’m sending you over to visit Jenna from Jenna Donato Photography‘s blog. Her photos are just breathtakingly beautiful and OMG do I want to visit Arizona now!

  • Asea Tremp - Your children are beautilful, and that countryside view? GAH!!! I want to come live with you! I can’t wait to see what you share next month!ReplyCancel

  • Pamela B Lewis - Gorgeous images Hayley! Can you ship that field of yellow flowers to dreary Illinois, lol.ReplyCancel

  • Elaina Borchelt - I think we need a group vacation to your place! That beautiful countryside is calling my name.ReplyCancel

  • Kassie Sloss Maroney - I love the flower field photos! What a gorgeous location!ReplyCancel

  • Thuvan - oh my, your location is so beautiful. Your children are such darlings.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty Taylor-Gallop - Oh these are just gorgeous images! I love the one of your little lady laughing.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Green - Beautiful scenery and stunning photos, just gorgeous xReplyCancel

  • Thuvân Ng-Ph - These are so gorgeous and your children are beautiful!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joepet Macariola - You have nice photos here.

    Keep it up.

    Like to see more photos from you.ReplyCancel