The one-and-only RinkaDink Summer Pop-Up is almost ready to be released!
If you are relatively new to RinkaDink and are wondering 'WHAT THE HECK IS THIS POP-UP MALARKEY?!' here's the short and sweet of it:
• Creative Studio mini sessions (30 minutes).
• Released only twice per year.
• Limited slots available between Friday 28th June - Sat 6th July.
• Gorgeously designed set with a dreamy summer palette and that unique RinkaDink Studio lighting adding the magic ;) We’ll even provide you with style guidance (just because we’re nice like that).
• Did we mention that we have a tremendously gorgeous studio - inside - your blow-dry is safe with us.
• As always with RinkaDink, the focus is on FUN, not performance.
• Incredibly affordable - price of £250 includes all of your high resolution files, ready to be printed, via digital download. We do not hold your images to ransom! You get them all and we heartily encourage you to print them like they have the Queen's head on them.
• Online booking will open on Wednesday evening at 8pm. We’ll post the link to the booking page right here as well as on our insta and facebook pages. If you want to be sure you don’t miss out though, just sign up to our VIP mailing list and we’ll email you the info as soon as it’s live! These sessions always sell out sooooooo quickly so don’t hang around!
Scroll to the bottom of this post for a few more of our most frequently asked PopUp questions.
Just the BIGGEST thank you to the ADORABLE Olive and her sweet mum Elanna for helping us test this years set out. I think we can safely say it has been given the toddler seal of approval!
•How many images do I get?
This all depends on the cooperation of the person(s) being photographed but we can assure you it will be no less than 30 lovely images, highest resolution and ready to print.
• How do I get my images?
Your images will be sent to you via a digital download service. We send you a link to a gorgeous gallery and you can download them straight to your computer and share/show off directly from your gallery.
• When do I get my images?
You will receive your image gallery link around 2-3 weeks after the shoot.
• Is this suitable for newborns?
Nope - we recommend babies are at least sitting up for this set. If you have a very tiny human drop us a mail and we can advise you on another session that will work better for you.
• I’d like my child and her cousins photographed together for a gift for Granny. Is that doable?
Of course! Depending on the volume of kids you may need a double slot but we are happy to help you figure this out.
• What do we wear?
Once you have booked we’ll send you a little brochure with all the details on how to prepare for your shoot :)
• Does the shoot include some family photos
• Something we haven't answered?
This family! Arghhhh! How am I supposed to cull down enough for a blog post?! And I’ve to do this with another 3 newborn shoots with equally beautiful tiny people!
Sarah came to RinkaDink for a maternity shoot: click here to see it . Looking back at these photos now and seeing how petite and neat she was, I cannot believe she was carrying this wee chunk Alex. This newborn - oh my word. He was so chilled out. Even when he woke up he just looked right at the camera all chill. And those lips! Such a gorgeous boy, just like his edible big brother Elliott who brought alllll the fun :)
Why is my job so flipping brilliant?!
I have so many beautiful newborns to share! Let’s start with Spencer, the first of our Easter babies, and the first of a run of really, really chilled out little dudes.
Seriously loved this session 💛
I can hardly believe this wee peach is nine months old already! Amelia was a wee dream at her newborn shoot but her Simply Baby session was something else! Twenty adorable minutes of toothy grins, sweet giggles and babbling chats. Simply Baby sessions are THE best! It is just the sweetest time to have images from. Recording all that sweet baby chub before they are really on the move and the next chapter starts. Plus, side note, it’s such a lovely ego boost, nine month essentially olds think anything you do or say is *hysterical* so these sessions really help us feel awesome on the inside lol! Get in touch to book :)
Hi! I’ve been living under a newborn rock so I thought it might be time to crawl out, say hello and share some snaps from our first few months of parenting.
Drew is almost four months old already! And despite my baking her with my body, she is all her Dad, looks, temperament, seriously, she is all Dean! We were expecting a little seven pound, bald headed, baby girl and instead we got an eight pound four oz chunk of love, with the biggest mop of dark hair!
Some fun facts about our sweet girl;
• She’s going to be a talker! She is at her absolute happiest when she is babbling away, particularly if anyone is babbling back to her (Janine can attest to this). It’s getting louder everyday and it might be my favourite sound in the whole world.
• She HATES getting dressed or cleaned in anyway. She would happily live in her own filth than have me come near her with clean water. She would also prefer to burst from her clothes (hulk style) having worn them until she has outgrown them rather than be changed like a civilized baby. The daily washing / dressing routine resembles the chaos of say, ‘the battle of the bastards’ in Game of Thrones.
• This kid loves her sleep and has from day one. I thank all the gods every single night for this! I am fully aware of how lucky we are. I’m not saying I would love her less if she wasn’t a sleeper – but I mean, I might love her more because she is.
• She inherited Dean’s grumpy stare. Like all of it. How did this happen?
Parenting has been hysterical, terrifying, heart swelling and frustrating in equal measure! I have learnt more in four short months than I thought possible and I still know absolutely nothing! What I do know is that we are not the parents we thought we’d be…
We are soooooo not cool.
I thought I would be so relaxed and chill because I have so much experience working with newborns. That has not been the case. I think I rode in the back seat of the car to make sure she could breathe in her car seat for like the first week. She also wears a little sock heart monitor thing in bed that lets you see her heart rate and oxygen level on your phone at anytime and has an alarm that goes off it her rate goes high or low. Yip we’re those people. I’m not even embarrassed.
We are not trendy.
She has pretty much only worn baby grows her entire life. When I was pregnant I bought SOOO much baby Zara stuff that I could have opened my own branch! But I have since come to find that baby clothes are a massive pain in the ass! Unless it’s a super fancy event (note nothing in her life has been fancy enough to warrant this as of yet) then it’s just not worth the time. I look enviously at people who can be arsed dressing up their babies but it just ain’t me.
I’m a flasher.
Seriously apologies to the old guy in the hat in café nero Bangor last week who was just trying to enjoy a cuppa and probably did not expect to be flashed. Turns out I am very shit at breastfeeding discreetly. It’s all very clunky and if I’m being honest, if I haven’t got the hang of it by now I’m not sure things are going to change much.
Childcare plans made and then burned to the ground.
Before this tiny hooman came and stole our hearts we had childcare all ready and lined up (we both work for ourselves so this was super important). “Oh she’ll be starting one to two days no later than three months old” I confidently replied to the nice crèche lady when she asked about her start date. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!! I’m not sure I even recognise that version of myself.
We have become soft and mushy and are basically just happy slaves to a very small, adorable cult leader. It’s so funny because I work with parents and newborns so much that I thought I was prepared for how I would feel once Drew was here. Not one actual clue. People tell you. And you see it in other people. But until she’s here you just don’t know. My heart actually hurts I love her so much. Dean jokes that he’s ‘that guy’ in work now, constantly showing off pictures of her. I’ll even catch him snapping wee selfies with her and for anyone who follows me on IG you know this is not normal behavior for my husband who is possibly the most anti-selfie human on the planet. Seriously who even are we now!
We need an extra house.
Like we need a house for having people over and then the one we live in – because the one we live in isn’t suitable for visitors. There is just always STUFF and MESS everywhere! Babies are small but holy shit do they come with a lot of stuff and mess and literal shit! This is not a marketing plug for RinkaDink newborn sessions but seriously, I have no idea how people have newborn shoots in their home. For at least four weeks I don’t think you could see the floor in our living room! Seriously mommas, get your ass in the car and get up to the studio for a couple of hours, it’s all white and calming and there is unlimited biscuits and tea! Plus, one of us will cuddle and photograph that sweet babe whilst you actually finish that cuppa (or three!) I am in love with my bump and newborn shoots! Drew’s bump to baby book is something I simply adore.
So that’s a wee update on how we’ve been doing. I’m insanely grateful to Janine for giving me the time I needed to actually enjoy my maternity leave. Owning your own business and having a baby is tough as balls! J is very much still recovering from her year of hell but she’s handling absolutely everything at RAD and has never made me feel one bit guilty for taking the time I needed. She really is a good’un.
I’m reentering real life slowly. It’s a whole new ball game post baby but I’m soooooo happy to be getting back to RinkaDink. I missed my first baby and I’m properly excited about recording our wee RAD families and their stories with my fresh new mom goggles.
P.S. Thank you so freaking much to all of our sweet clients who have sent messages, cards and gifts for Drew. Our wee RAD tribe is the actual best bunch of humans!
I feel very, very privileged to have had the opportunity to photograph all three Skene boys in their first few days on earth 💛 And of course I fell in love with every single one of them. The are the sweetest natured boys, so friendly and sweet and helpful. Absolute beauties too.
This is wee Sonny and he was every bit as chilled during his newborn shoot as his big brothers Ted and Seth were before him. An amazing little family that are an absolute joy to photograph.
The newborn schedule for the next two months is INSANE - I look forward to many sweat sessions in the NewbCube with all of these new arrivals lol. If you know you want a newborn session, let us know as soon as you can. I know a lot of you don’t like to book before baby is here, and that’s totally understandable, but even giving us a heads up as soon as they are here makes it easier for us to move things around and fit you in.
I’ve one more edit and session to post - HOPEFULLY before heading off for Easter for a few days :)
Simply Baby Sessions have always been one of my absolute favourites. Babies are sitting up, but not quite walking. They are full of new tricks and delighted to have an audience to clap at or blow kisses to. These wee sessions typically last 20-30 minutes because let me tell you, this amount of energy burns out fast. So I run like a ninja round that bed in my YPLW to get every single brilliant expression that I can!
Angus absolutely rocked his Simply Baby session. All of these images (and around 160 more) were taken within 20 minutes. And then he let us know he was done :) I don’t know if I smiled and laughed more during the session or the edit, but he surely brightened at least one of my days.
If you are interested in a Simply Baby session I highly recommend contacting us as soon as you can. We are now booking Saturdays into end of June/July and mid-week availability is becoming really limited with a heavy newborn schedule ahead. So get booked in and let me fall in love with your adorable bird and take lots of photographs for you to fall in love with too :)
I absolutely loved the tones and textures of the dresses Sarah chose for her bump shoot. The velvet photographed so soft and beautiful and perfectly hugged the bump to show it off. The kimono style was the most perfect Spring pastel and the wee belt again accentuated that gorgeous bump.
I’ve just found out these dresses are from a local business called Mamacitas Maternity Dress Hire. So, if you are pregnant and have a special occasion like a wedding or a bump shoot but don’t want to splash out on a ‘forever dress’, then this is definitely a place I would check out. Sarah’s dresses were stunning.
Little Aodhan, what a sweet, beautiful boy. He definitely stole my heart 💛
Beautiful Chloe rocked her bump shoot :) I loved the spring colour palette she chose and the boho vibe from the green and cream dresses.
If you follow me on instagram you’ll have been waiting for this post! For everyone else, here’s the cliff notes as to why I’m posting about skincare on the blog (and not even sarcastically, but for real!). I had pretty good skin my entire life until I started Keppra. When I started that I would get this weird occasional red spotty rash on my nose - it would flare up when I was run down or stressed (and actually it lined up pretty well with bad seizure days). Then last year as my dosage went up and up and up to finally the legal limit (4,000mg a day!) this rash was permanent. And spreading…all over my face. I was also run down all the time, could fall asleep standing up and felt pretty flipping drugged out! As you can see from the first picture - the black bags and sallow skin and red rash. I’ve been down about this skin thing for a while now because I am SO CLUELESS about skin - I’ve never needed to care. So I had no clue what to do. My neurologist doesn’t care about my skin, he just wants my brain to function properly. I was stumped. And it feels a bit silly to complain about your skin when you are having seizures constantly and could die at any moment, so I tried not to complain too much. Just took sadsack pictures and sent them to Lindsay.
THEEEEENNNNN I met with my bestie of 25 years for a coffee and we got to talking about being in our 40s and the joys that come with it and she said she had met with some friends of similar age a while back and they all looked unbelievable. So I said what are they injecting and how can we get our hands on it?! She said ‘Oh Janine, I have been sent all of the information in a series of WhatsApp messages, I’ll forward it all to you!’.
So, given that I was already desperate to do something with my skin (which was getting worse and worse and worse), I was highly motivated to actually read the information and purchase the products and then actually use them. I did all of this and -ohmyword - my skin is completely changed. It is smooth and hydrated, definitely less wrinkles, brighter, healthier, and - most exciting of all - the rash is gone. There’s a little bit of scarring which is getting better by the day, but there’s been no new spots since about day two of my new routine.
I wrote about this on my instagram and everyone wanted the #anonymouswhatsappguru skincare routine! But there were so many WhatsApps I couldn’t get the information out via instagram easily so I asked my friend if she would ask the guru if I could publish her extensive and very useful information here. She said yes! Yay!
My routine has gone from a quick rub with a simple wipe and maybe some coconut oil or nivea moisturiser. Maybe. Now I have a morning and night routine. In the morning I cleanse and most days I put that V55 max salicylic acid cream on followed by a good heavy moisturiser like Clinique Moisture Surge (as the V55 can be drying but boy does it work magic on spots). At night I cleanse and then put the Alpha H AHA on followed by a 20% vitamin C serum and a lighter moisturiser. Sometimes (as per the instructions on the box) I just use the Alpha H on it’s own as it’s supposed to be a better exfoliation that way. I’d say out of everything, the acids have made the biggest difference as my skin is so bright and smooth now. There’s not a single spot on my face. I can’t get over it.
That was supposed to be short and sweet. Sorry! And if you were here for the cute babies or witty stories about my life, I’ll be back to normal in the next post :)
Hopefully this helps someone out there because I know skin is problem for so many of us and we have no clue where to start! If you disagree with anything written here then you don’t need to tell me. This is a private WhatsApp conversation that I stole so it’s hardly like some masked charlatan has started up a clinic in their garage and is charging you all for this information. It’s free! Take it or leave it!
*Order of Routine*
Exfoliate (acid not a scrub)
I mostly try to avoid fragrance in any skin products. So if you see fragrance or Parfum high up the ingredient list I would avoid. I never use fragrance on anything for the kids as they have eczema prone skin. Most kids products are doused in fragrance. Bare in mind that as none of my recommendations have fragrance, they’re not going to smell nice or give you a real sense of pleasure to use but they’re going to work!
Essential oils - not good for the face and can be irritating.
Alcohol - always best for drinking not for skin! Again if it’s anywhere near the top of the ingredient list I would avoid. It’s irritating and drying.
As a general rule I would say that you don’t need to spend a lot of money on cleansers and even moisturisers. Most of your money should be spent on serums (I will discuss these in detail later!).
It’s a good idea to introduce active ingredients one at a time so you can see if you get a reaction and/or if it’s working. All the actives I will suggest are brilliant for the skin but you have to be careful to build up and not overdo it.
Finally be patient. Most of the key ingredients in the serums can take up to 3 months to show a difference.
Firstly wipes are not acceptable for your face unless in an emergency! Also don’t use a foaming cleanser. Nearly always they are going to dry out the skin.
If you don’t have time or can’t be arsed to wash your face you should use a micellar water with cotton pads. Bioderma or Garnier are good and will take off all makeup inc eye makeup.
I tend to cleanse twice in the evening. For the first cleanse I use a balm or cream cleanser to take get my makeup off. Then for a second cleanse I use a lighter gel like one to give the skin a final clean. I have combination skin so I like a light gel like cleanser to finish but if you have dry skin you’re probably going to want to stick to balms/creams.
Cleansers should be effective at taking make up off but shouldn’t contain any irritating ingredients. Also no point in having lots of active ingredients in them as they’re going to be washed off so quickly.
I like Clinique take the day off balm and also the oil version. Both are really effective. The oil isn’t actually an oil, it’s an ester, but feels like an oil. It also comes in a lotion.
Some other options that I haven’t used but are on my list to try are: cerave hydrating cleanser, la Roche posay toleriane dermo cleanser, Paula’s choice (lots to choose from depending on skin type). Also, boots have a new brand called YourGoodSkin and there is a hot cloth cleansing cream that gets great reviews and I will definitely be trying it. All of the ones above are around £8.
I would always recommend using a flannel or Muslim cloth to take makeup off.
As long as you avoid bad ingredients you just need to find a cleanser that suits you.
I’m keeping this one short! I’m on the fence as to whether you really need one or not. If you’re keen to keep your routine short then I wouldn’t bother as this is def the first step I’d drop. If you’re going to use one then the most important thing is to make sure you’re using a good one that doesn’t have any irritating ingredients as per my previous edition!
If you have one you use or one you’re thinking of buying send it through and I can look at the ingredients list.
In this section I’m focusing on exfoliating acids. In my opinion these should be used instead of a physical grainy exfoliator and they are a key part of your routine for brightening the skin:
Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
They exfoliate the skin, stimulate collagen and are good for signs of ageing. The most well known one is probably Glycolic acid. It’s the smallest molecule in AHA family, which means it’s able to penetrate more deeply than some of the others. I’ve used it for years and wouldn’t be without it. However, you need to build up the % you use, starting low and gradually moving up if you need to. I’d say you want to start at no more than 5%, using the product 2-3 times per week. Depending on what product you’re using, you can then increase to daily usage and/or increase to a higher % product. For reference, I use a 10% PC product and use it most days. It’s worth noting that some people are sensitive to glycolic acid and just can’t tolerate it. It can also make skin sensitive to the sun. I’ve never known anyone to have an issue (is it ever sunny here anyway) but in saying that maybe it’s something that could be skipped when you’re away on holiday.
I’ll list a few glycolic options below but if anyone feels their skin is very sensitive there are other AHAs and also PHAs on the market which could be an alternative. I’m not detailing them here as I’m afraid you’ll lose the will to live!!
(I’ve used this one on and off for about 10 years and will always come back to it. The first night I used it it stung like eff for about 10 min but literally after a few uses it stopped and then very quickly my skin was looking much better). My sisters both use this too and I don’t think it ever had even any stinging at the start. I am very fond of quite a few products from this brand.
https://www.paulaschoice.co.uk/resist-anti-aging-advanced-smoothing-treatment-aha-m7651.html?dwvar_m7651_size=fullsize&cgid=exfoliants-products#start=0&top=385 (this is the one I’m currently using but may be too strong for someone just starting. However, PC has one of the best selection of acids you can get so have a look on the website and see what would suit you best).
(I haven’t used this one but def will give it a try. I also like a few other products from this brand).
Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHAs)
There is only one beta hydroxy acid, which is salicylic acid. It’s derived from aspirin so don’t use it if you’re allergic to aspirin! BHA also acts as an exfoliant but as it’s oil soluble it can actually get into the pore, which is why BHA is extremely useful for treating blocked or clogged pores. This is a must product for someone who has blackheads or spots. Again, you need to be careful what % you use and also make sure you use a good formulation and have other good products in your regimen. Basically this is an excellent ingredient but there are lots of shit products out there that have Salicylic acid in it and will dry your skin etc.
I use BHA 2% intermittently only on my chin and nose when I feel my blackheads are getting noticeable. So if I think they’re getting bad I’ll use this for 6-8 wks mist days and then stop if I think I don’t need it. I’ve only ever used Paula’s Choice for BHA and as her formulations are very good, I’ll probably never look elsewhere. Again check her different options out and pick one you think best suits you. She does a lot of travel sizes in both the AHA and BHA exfoliants so you could try them rather than spending on the full size.
Paula’s choice does a nice one that’s a light serum but it’s only 15% vit c, which is a perfectly good concentration, but as I’m hardcore I like to go into the 20s as a minimum! I’m about to try one from this brand, which is a great brand but I’ve never used their vitamin c.
Beautiful little Drew, what more can I say?
She is absolutely gorgeous like her mum and dad 💛
So basically, Oliver is the cutest little peanut on earth, packed with as much personality and joy I’ve ever seen in a tiny human. The smiles just never stop, he was a pure delight to photograph. And if you can believe it, we shot all of these images and more within 15 minutes.
Did you miss the Newborn shoot window? Then Simply Baby is the session for you.
These are sweet little mini sessions that focus on your little one in this blink of a moment that is gone before you know it. When they are at that perfect stage of sitting up all by themselves and being delighted with their buddah bellies and scrumptious thighs! Before the kiss curls have been cut and they have discovered that running everywhere is much more fun than sitting still and being charming!
We focus on baby for around 20 minutes then take a couple of photos with mum and dad (if you want!) to end the session.
Simply Baby Sessions cost £275 and this includes all of your high resolution images to print as you please. We also have a bunch of cute knits, rompers and leggings in the studio so that you can get timeless signature RinkaDink images like these of Oliver :)
Email today to book your session - we are now booking into May/June!
A baby will make love stronger,
days shorter, nights longer,
clothes shabbier, the past forgotten,
and the future worth living for.
Because of the way your body has made room for this miracle.
Because it’ll be gone in a blink and replaced with a couple of random memories like ‘I craved seaweed and cockles’, or ‘I felt sick for three months straight’, or ‘I don’t miss peeing ten times a night’.
Because this is your special story that you get to share with your baby some day.
Because you’ll forget about how excited you were.
Because no-one else in the world has this bond with your baby but you.
Because after she is born, you are a brand new person. A mother. Her mother.
Book your maternity shoot. Because this is a blink of time that will become one of your babies favourite stories to hear.
“When I got the pictures it brought a tear to my eye. I was so pleased the way Rinkadink had captured my bump, I kept looking at them and look forward to showing them to Charlotte so she knows how her mummy looked when pregnant.”
“I would never have booked this session without encouragement – I was so hung up on what the photos would look like that I never stopped to think about how they might feel. And now I have them, I know I’ll treasure them – and so will our family, as a cherished reminder of what is undoubtedly the most exciting, emotional, exhausting, incredible time of my life. I just wish I’d done it every time.”
“When I look at those photos I don’t see what I’m wearing or how my hair looks or even whether the light is making me seem smaller. I see two things.
I see my body, and my big bump, that has carried and nourished and protected our unborn child all these months – and that is a beautiful, amazing thing that I feel so very lucky to have experienced three times now.
And I see joy. Joy that shines out of my face when I take away everything else – all the daily ‘stuff’ that makes a third pregnancy harder than any one before – and just focus on this amazing thing that is happening right now. Joy in taking a moment to think about the little person inside, and who he or she is going to be, and how much we already love him or her before we’ve even seen that precious baby face.”
NEW YEAR NEW MEEEEEEE!!
I’ve come to a decision, and it will affect every aspect of my life, most especially at RinkaDink.
From now on I will wear Yoga Pants and Leisure Wear to work, and I am not willing to compromise. For those of you shaking your head and tutting at my unprofessionalism I ask you - have you ever had to chase a toddler wearing a leather skirt that spends every moment on your body trying to escape your ass and hang out with your waist? Have you ever sweated every ounce of liquid out of your body in the NewbCube because you decided that 120 denier tights would look good with your new dress? Indeed, have you ever tried to squat for hours at a time in jeans that don’t have enough elastic to accommodate your ‘carrying a bit of holiday weight’ frame?
I THINK NOT.
Yoga Pants are my new identity. I’m the Zuckerberg of Leisure Wear.
Don’t call them leggings. They aren’t leggings. They are seamless Yoga Pant Leisure Wear from H&M and the moment I put them on my legs my life was changed forever. I’m not linking them because you will all buy them and they will be sold out, and I probably need more. I’ve already spent my entire Christmas gift cards on them, and I now have five pairs.
I’m not sorry, don’t try and shame me.
Look at them. Look at me. Look at that precious ‘I’m finally living my best life’ face. Look at how happy and free I am in these bottoms. In any other Yoga Pant, it looks like I'm smuggling those £1 bags of flumps you get at the garage in the place where my knees should be. In my £19.99 H&M Supreme Seamless Yoga Pant I am a gazelle. I have a knee. I have two knees. I am QUITE SURE my cankles are minimised. They contain my entire ass even in a full squat position. Check the photos if you don’t believe me. I can do yoga poses with a camera and a phone in my hand, because of my YPLW (Yoga Pant Leisure Wear).
I’ve spent some time today between shoots capturing my joy around the studio as I do my everyday tasks in my YPLW. 2019. This is my year.
Enjoy these special images.
P.S This morning I spent 35 minutes on the train watching, with fascination, a lady applying foundation to the bare shoulder of her one-shoulder top. Come on. Life’s too short, man. If it takes you that long to perfect one shoulder just wear a poncho and call it a day. Also, it’s minus 50 today, where are you going with that heavily foundationed shoulder? This just ain’t it sis. Come over to the YPLW way of life. You’ll never need a contour kit for a single shoulder ever again.
RinkaDink runs a Saturday picture club on instagram called #radsnaps. We change the handle according to the year so it has just changed to #radsnaps19. For all you new followers or anyone who's been thinking about joining in, here's what it's all about:
• Take one photo every Saturday and post it to Instagram. Whatever you want, whatever you are doing. As mundane as it is, do it. Because over the course of the year all those Saturday snaps suddenly become one big story and as a whole, they are an amazing collection of memories and moments.
• Use the hashtag #radsnaps19
• Additionally, if you want to have your own radsnaps album (which of course you'll want to) use a second hashtag with your name (or just your own word) at the end. For example mine is #radsnaps19janine
That's it! Easy peasy! So, why would you do this?
• A little prompt once a week to photograph a moment in your life. It takes a couple of minutes and while it seems like nothing at the time, at the end of the year you will have collected a lot of wonderful moments.
• Many of our #radsnapsgang reckon they wouldn't have half those moments captured if it weren't for the Saturday prompt. It's like having a gym buddy, but for photos :)
• Community. #radsnapsgang are some of the best people we know. We root for each other, cheer each other on and generally all have a little bit of banter.
• Radsnappers get extra special discounts and treats throughout the year. Well, we gotta look after our wee tribe the same way they look out for us.
So, that's it in a nutshell! Want to try it? Just take a picture today and use the hashtag. It's that easy! You will be so glad you did weeks from now when you have a bunch of photos and some new insta chums :)
Happy Saturday, gang!
My Bump Shoot (from the one with the bump).
Full disclosure – despite this being my studio and Janine being my bestie and business partner - I was proper nervous and feeling mega self conscious before my shoot. I’m not sure if it was;
Just normal nerves about having my pic taken (no one is ever cool about this right?)
Let’s be real – having your pics taken when you’re feeling swollen and a sore and not really feeling like you have any control of your own body is just plain weird!
Maybe because I was completely knackered on account of the shitfest that is restless leg syndrome and had barely slept a wink the night before (TIPS WELCOME!).
OR because of the good old heckling I took before my session from lovely Alan, our building handyman!
Probs a good old combination of all of the above lol.
J and I had three shoots before mine so I was pretty much a sweaty mess by the time we were ready for my shoot. (Note to self 90 mins in the newbcube + two hours of toddlers chasing is probs not the ‘best’ shoot prep!) Anyways it helped take my mind off everything and despite feeling all sweaty and super awkward and a bit sore and swollen - this shoot was so much FUN and just plain good CRAIC! Seriously I had to take like 3 pee breaks because we laughed so hard!
Bottom line – despite how much I had built it up in my head - it just wasn’t that big of a deal! It was 35 mins long (inc the pee breaks), Janine and I quickly went through my outfits choices before we started the shoot and we finished it off with a cuppa and a kit kat. We pretty much roared our way through the whole shoot – stopping only for two reasons a) to properly laugh our asses off when Janine gave me hysterical direction (I am not the easiest person to pose – imagine hunched shoulders and too much eyeball) or b) to say “omg I can’t believe we are actually doing this bump shoot” (it’s still a bit surreal to both of us that I’m actually having a baby!).
Having a bump shoot is personal to each momma-to-be but here are some of the reasons doing this was important to me:
Documenting every part of this little babies story. Being in photos with this little human is SOOO important to me. I don’t have that many pictures of me with my parents and it breaks my heart because they aren’t here anymore so there is squat all that I can do about it. BUT I can and will learn from a sad chapter and use it to make this next chapter a very happy and well-documented one. I want this baby to be able to see themselves in my belly! I want to show them the book that will live in our front room that shows their bump and newborn shoot. Imagining myself showing this story to our baby is something I am weirdly excited about.
Let’s celebrate the wins! Pregnancy (for me personally) has not been a magical time! Despite being super lucky and having had a really great pregnancy so far - I just don’t enjoy being out of breath all the time, or having to sleep on my side, or the weird pains or the evil asshole that is restless leg syndrome! BUT all the crappy stuff to one side – it’s a real life miracle! Growing a human with your body is insane and something I struggle to even wrap my brain around every single day. Feeling this little one kick and squirm and hiccup and stomp all over my organs is something I’m incredibly grateful for. (OK so I’m not always grateful for the bladder stomps). We are all guilty of not celebrating the good stuff in our own story! It’s so easy to focus on the bad things, or the next things and not take time to appreciate the good things right now. So for me, the bump shoot was a way of doing just that. Stopping for a moment to appreciate the fact that I’m lucky enough to experience growing this wee human for 33 weeks now! And a way of recording what’s happening right now - knowing that in 7 short weeks things are going to change forever! It really doesn’t matter how I feel today or how self-conscious I might be of having my photo taken. That’s not what I’m going to remember in 1 or 5 or 10 years from now. I already LOVE these photos and I know I’m only going to love them more as the years pass.
Momma’s business! This one is going to be personal to just me but I’m INCREDIBLY proud of what Janine and I have built at RinkaDink. We’ve worked so hard over the last five years to create something unique and completely different to anything else out there! We’ve worked our asses off to curate each shoot at RAD to make it something we ADORE – so OF COURSE I wanted to experience the RinkaDink magic for myself! And I can honestly say it was as amazing as I hoped it would be.
As well as giving me the hysterical direction, Janine put me completely at ease – reassuring me the whole shoot and helping me to ‘get out of my head’ about the whole thing (trust me - this is not an easy task)! I’m beside myself about the newborn shoot and I am so crazy grateful that I have such an amazeballs friend and business partner to do this for me!!
People say to me “Why are you so angry at Instagram, Janine? What did the peonies, woolly clothing, personalised mugs and letterboard messages ever do to you?”.
Well, let me just say I’m not angry at Instagram all the time. Just around 90% of the time. To reduce my Instagram Anger Issues, I unfollowed everyone apart from meme accounts and the people who are raising my adorable nieces and nephews. But sometimes when I’m putting a post on the business account, I’ll have an ‘oul scroll through InstaLand and my head goes like that exploding emoji, and I say things like “Who the actual hell has time to put all of those letters on a letterboard for an Instagram post?”, or “Who the actual hell has a husband who will take photos of them looking serenely out the window/the sea/a forest path/a hipster coffee shop?”, and “Who the actual hell has enough time and money to buy ‘twinning’ outfits for their kids?”. I barely have the time or money to do seasonal wardrobe swaps for my kids - I’m almost always playing catch-up with their growth spurts. Have you any idea how difficult it is keeping up with three different sizes and speeds of growth spurt? I’d need a spreadsheet or something, and that wouldn’t work either as I can’t read spreadsheets.
I was just about caught up on growth spurts last month when each kid came to me with a request. Kid One wanted an Eleven Degrees hoodie (I had to google it), Kid Two wanted the latest Jake Paul merch, and Kid Three said he would be needing a new winter coat for the neighbour’s dog chewed the arm off his last one (of course it did). So I get on the internet and get all the requests ordered. No sooner do the packages arrive and all I hear is complaints from Team Turd:
“Mum this T-shirt is down past my knees! It looks like a dress! I can’t tuck it in - you can see it now through my tracksuit bottoms. But if you cut a bit off the bottom, the logo will be gone! Never mind, I’ll wear it as a pyjama top.”
“Er, Mum what size did you order my hoodie in? Well, I’m not likely to grow THAT much in the next 6 months. Never mind, I’ll wear it when I’m 26.”
“Mum my arms don’t reach the end of my coat sleeves! Never mind…”
Such blatant ungratefulness! All I want is to get more than 3 months wear out of an item of clothing - is that too much to ask? So no, there are no cute woollen outfits here, no twinning and no seasonal colour palettes. There are hand-me-downs and you’ll-grow-into-it, and I’m not even angry about it.
Things I am somewhat perturbed about (not even angry):
• The mass murder of Elf on The Shelf. What was a lovely family run business in America, a sweet (if not incredibly creepy) idea with a cute doll and book and genius bribery tactic for the entire of December has been absolutely butchered by mass production. I was in The Range the other day and watched two kids hand pick their own elves from this offensive display of fake Elf on the Shelf dolls. I yelled “You stupid, stupid little people. Don’t you know that you shouldn’t touch the elves? They are dead now. You’ve murdered them with your child hands. Santa will find out, and you will get bugger all squared for Christmas you terrible, terrible murderous elf-touching turds.” I remembered to yell it inside my head, thankfully.
• Disorganised teens. I just sent this note into school, and I’m not even angry about it.
• Other people having their shit together. My shit is very much apart. My hair is too long, and I can’t find time to get it cut, so I look like I’m about to found or join a cult. My skin needs some serious attention. That’s never happening. My to-do list just keeps on keeping on, and nothing ever gets ticked off. When I was folding the washing yesterday, I noticed that there were no clean knickers in Will’s pile which begged the question “Did he not wear pants at all last week or has he hidden the dirty pants somewhere to avoid the three steps to the wash basket?”. Neither answer is good news. I absolutely know I have to exercise someday soon - either that or unfollow The Body Coach and pretend that burpees are no longer a thing people do. Out of sight, out of mind. I should probably read more and write more and digest Intelligent Opinion Pieces instead of watching videos about dogs on The Dodo. I’m not learning every day. I’m not getting fitter every day. I’m not becoming better every day.
I’ll put it all on the to-do list. I’m definitely not even angry about it.
To end this post, here’s some of my finest work on Instagram. Winning at that Lifestyle Influencer Status with posts like these!