A Picture Speaks A Thousand Words| Heather Neilson Photography

He’s only mine for a short time.  He’ll be an adult in the blink of an eye.  But right now, he’s all mine.

I pick him up when he’s hurt, I cuddle on demand and I smother him in kisses until he’s giggling with his eyes closed.

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I read the same book, over and over.  I dance and play when commanded.

When he’s naughty and his eyes brim with tears, I give in and hug him that bit longer.

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When he slips his hand into mine and holds on tight, it fills me with pride.  Because he’s my little boy.

These moments we have are short-lived.  The world will change his innocence and trust, and I can’t always protect him- try as I might.

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He’ll start to confide in friends more than Mummy.  And I’ll be replaced for another person in his life, who he’ll love with a burning passion.

And one day he’ll turn his cheek the other way because he won’t want that kiss for fear of being labelled.

So right now, this is the moment I want to hold onto.

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It’s just the two of us.  He’s my everything, and I am his.

“What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce” Karl Lagerfeld.

As much as I love using my camera I am by no means an expert.  So along with Heather Neilson we set out to capture my Son as he is right now.

His personality, his cheekiness, his need to explore and learn and his unassuming need for love.

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I can take a basic photograph but trying to capture a story isn’t exactly my forte, and that’s when a professional needs to step in.

As an award-winning photographer (working in London and California), Heather manages to not only capture these moments, but she has the ability to build and gain trust within moments of meeting a child.

By the end of our session, it was near impossible to take a picture of Little London because he was following Heather around like a lost puppy.

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He was so comfortable and relaxed in her presence that he wanted to be by her side at all times- he had a new friend.

But there was no mistaking it, Heather managed to gift me with precious moments of my Son.  Her photos managed to tell a story.  Perhaps not to you, but as his Mother each one manages to portray a different personality trait and flood my body with memories and moments we’ve shared.

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He’ll be my baby for a lifetime, but I’ll only be his best friend for so long.  They flee the nest these little ones.

But these photos will always be a frozen moment in time for me.  Something I can always sink myself into when I need that warming hug from my little boy.

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thelondonmum

46 Comments

  1. INCREDABLE!! … what superb photos & future memories!
    Hope you won’t mind … Currently working on something I’m putting to music that felt appropriate to honour your outstanding post …

    “Please, do not ask me to remember,
    Please, do not try to make me understand.
    Just let me play … and make you proud … and know you are with me,
    Just kiss my cheek and hold my hand.” Must go. Onwards LondonMum.

      • Please, don’t ask me to remember,
        Please, don’t try to make me understand,
        Just let me play and I’ll make you so proud I know you love me…
        So, Kiss My Cheek And Hold My Hand.

        I’m confused beyond my concept,
        I just want to fly but without you, I’d be lost.
        All I know is that I’ll always need you,
        I’ll always need my Mum, and her touch, and her love, at all cost.

        Please, do not lose patience with me,
        Please, do not scold me, or make me cry.
        I cannot help the way I’m acting,
        I can’t be different though I promise you, I’ll try and try.

        Just remember Mum, I’ll need you,
        For when the worst of me’s still yet to come.
        But, please don’t fail to stand beside me,
        I’ll always need you, and the touch, and the love, of my Mum.

        So Please Mum, Kiss My Cheek And Hold My Hand.

        … Yep. “O”

        • The worst is still yet to come? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! hahah. That was beautiful- loved it 🙂

          • Midlands gig done-n-dusted, I’ll soon be ‘roadbourne’ … & somebody else is now ‘AIRBOURNE’ … THE RACE IS ON haha!! Hope all’s well. Onwards LondonMum.

  2. I just adore what you said about motherhood and your relationship with LL… so beautiful… I was choked up! xx

  3. Oh he is such a little cutie 🙂 this is a great post and your right a picture does speak a thousand words and you should be so proud of how gorgeous he is.

    • Thank you, he’s such a great child. I wish I could take the credit but I think he was just born with a great personality luckily!

  4. Aw, these are such gorgeous photos. They definitely capture the different elements of his personality and his outfit is so cute. Pictures to treasure… as you say, they won’t always be this little x

  5. Aww what beautiful photographs. You’ll treasure these in years to come. And I totally know where you’re coming from. I can’t bear the thought of my boys growing up and (metaphorically) moving away from me. I wish I could cuddle them close for ever and ever.

  6. Just so beautiful and I love what you say about treasuring these moments because they’ll be gone when they grow. xxx

    • I know, I love the idea of him being his own persona nd independent with his own life. But I’ll miss these times we have for sure. x

  7. too much love in one post for this emotional sleep deprived mama. You brought tears to my eyes reading this and it just reminds me that these early years are gone way too quickly. My eldest is now 4 and will be heading to big school in September and I wish I captured his early years more and wrote down more things about how he was and what he was doing and when. xx

    • Oh no, I’m ordering you back to bed for a nap 😉

      I wish I’d taken the opportunity more when he was a baby. I really struggled adjusting to life as a mum and I couldn’t really see what was in front of me, and just didn’t document it as much as I would have liked. x

  8. Wow, what an incredibly adorable son you have! He is sooo super cute! Fab photos 🙂 What a lovely post 🙂

    Gemma xx

    • Thank you 🙂 He’s currently being a little monster and throwing the most epic of tantrums about wanting to nap/not wanting to nap. *sigh* hahah

  9. Oh, I adore this whole post. It is gorgeous. Your little boy is stunning. And I am in love with all of the story that those photos tell. Heather is obviously a hugely talented photographer. I would love to have photos like this of Little Miss H. A gorgeous post. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • I’m just really gutted I didn’t try and get pictures of him sooner, I always thought I was happy with the snaps I took, but when I saw the results it’s just a whole different level. I can’t wait to get some printed up and put on the walls!

  10. This is a beautiful post, they certainly grow up to quick. You little one is super cute and your photos are amazing. Xx

  11. This really is a stunning post - your words, and these incredible shots. Heather really does have a talent for picking up the beauty in the faces of those little ones.

    • She’s is just brilliant. It was a really enjoyable morning that I’d deficiently do again with another baby or with extra family in. x

  12. Beautiful little man so photogenic looks like you had loads of fun
    He will be grown up before you know it xx

  13. Stunning photos, your son is gorgeous. It’s true, our little ones are growing up so quickly, we should cherish every moment. My little boy will be three in May and it is such a lovely age. Beautiful words, I relate to everything you say 🙂 Polly x

    • That’s our next big milestone, I can’t believe that by then he should be full on talking (properly as opposed to his jibbering lol) x

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