I realised a couple of weeks ago that it was time to hand over the Living Arrows baton. For the last two and a bit years (has it really been that long? Yikes!) a group of mums have shared a favourite photograph each week. I have found some wonderful blogs and photographers through the project and I want to say a huge “thank you” to everyone who took part. There are some wonderfully inspiring and talented mums out there in blogland and I’m honoured to have featured some of them in the weekly posts and to have made some fabulous friends. Taking weekly photos really helped me improve my technique and it’s lovely to have those photos to look back on now. They were so small when this all started!

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Donna is continuing the project over on her blog, What the Redhead said every Monday.


  • Katie @mummydaddyme - You take the most beautiful photos Hayley. xxReplyCancel

    • Hayley - You are too kind! I’m excited to photograph you and your sweet family soon x

  • Donna Wishart - I’m so proud to be taking over that baton. Your photos are so beautiful Hayley xReplyCancel

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth

Aby | You Baby Me Mummy

Alexandra | I’m Every Mum

Clare | Maybush Studio

donnaDonna | What the Redhead said

emmaEmma | Bubbablue and me

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Kara | Innocent Charms Chats

ZoeLA8Zoe | My Little Wildlings

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  • Mim Jenkinson - Oh such beautiful photos! Thank you for hosting lovely lady x xReplyCancel

  • Aby Moore - Gorgeousness! Stunning pictures, thanks for hosting xReplyCancel

  • Emma T - Some stunning photos and use of light this week. I just love Zoe’s. StunningReplyCancel

  • karen - Such gorgeous photos, especially love the one at the bottom 🙂 xReplyCancel

  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum - Oh these are beautiful Hayley. I’m in LOVE with Zoe’s what a great concept and Baby looks beautiful in the top one. Clare’s are always stunning, so much light, and Honor is just gorgeous. Too many people to mention. Love them all xxxReplyCancel

  • Mommy's Little Princesses - Such a beautiful selection of pictures! Thank-you for hosting.xxReplyCancel

  • Amy @ Very Much So... - Great selection of photos this week. I love Zoe’s bathtub photo, it is just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Patrick - Gorgeous photos. Thanks for hosting. xReplyCancel

  • Hayley @hayleyfromhome - Lovely to see the sun creeping into a few photos, another lovely lot and I love the last one so much! xxReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - Oh the light in all of these is so delicious! I LOVE the bath shot!ReplyCancel

The first beach I ever saw was in Greece as a young child, aged 7. I was just spellbound seeing all that water. I know I had been to beaches before that but it’s the memories created at this age that truly imprinted upon me. I was amazed that a short plane ride had taken me to a world so different to the one I knew and that feeling stayed with me. Even now, I remember closing my eyes and feeling the sun on my face and thinking how happy I was to be there.

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Somedays the thought of lying by a pool in the sun with a cocktail seems like Heaven but I know what I’m like and that I’d manage an hour tops before I got suncream on my book and wanted to go off and do something. My perfect holiday would be the chance to share an unforgettable experience with my family. It would consist of beautiful surroundings and the opportunity to try something new. I like to go and explore a place and really soak it all in, enjoy the different cultures and cuisines. Everytime I travel somewhere, a bit of my heart gets left behind but in return a bit of magic comes home with me and I’m left with wonderful memories. That’s what I want for my children. To reminisce in years to come about “That time we went to….”. And I’m sure they’ll laugh at the outfits I picked out for them, just the way I do with my mum.

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Part of the fun for me is the opportunity to take photos I wouldn’t normally take. My love of film was cemented after a trip to New York where I shot film exclusively on a little plastic Lomography camera and I’m already thinking about what lenses I want to take with me for our big family trip to California next spring. I love to capture our real lives and find the joy and beauty in those everyday moments. To do that with a different backdrop just makes it all the more fun and special.

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I feel travelling to new countries is one of the best educational experiences children can have. Equally, seeing them exploring rock pools on a freezing beach on the Isle of Wight will become a memorable family holiday moment. One thing I hope for my children is that their travels inspire them to have the confidence to try new things and to throw themselves into new experiences 100%.
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Mark Warner Holidays are looking for their 2016 blogging ambassadors and this is my entry for the fab photographer category. It would be a dream come true if we were one of the chosen families. 


  • Wave to Mummy - Ah, I know exactly what you mean about looking forward to seeing the new scenery through the viewfinder! I always get excited about it too, photography is just such a lovely hobby 🙂 Good luck with the application! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Donna - I can just imagine the experiences you would have on these holidays, and the photos you would take. I would LOVE to read about them and truly hope you get chosen. Good luck Hayley! xReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - Beautiful photos, jolly good luck!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra | I'm Every Mum - Aww beautiful post. I hope you get chosen, you’ll be a brilliant Mark Warner Mum xxxReplyCancel

  • Kara Campion Spencer - You would make their holidays look beautiful like above xxReplyCancel

  • Sian Russell - These are such gorgeous pictures. Good luck!ReplyCancel

  • karen - Such lovely photos, even entered too so fingers crossed for both of us xxReplyCancel