Portraits of the children at Stourhead Gardens and a new Sugar-Free Me!


Argh, I know I am so bad at keeping my blog and newsletter on schedule! I’m so sorry – my life is totally insane and I’m now also trying to lose a heck of a lot of weight (5 stone ideally!!!) which has seen me join the local gym and get a cross trainer off ebay. So most evenings you will now find me red faced and puffed out in front of “Obese a Year to Save My Life” trying to keep the motivation going! I’m half a stone down so far – and no I am not telling you my starting weight!! So it is going well, but it is tough! I’ve had to throw out all the sugar in my house, even granulated sugar because whenever I get stressed that is my go to thing. I’ll even make raw cake mix if I don’t have anything else in the house!

Fortunately I now don’t have that option and I’ve found it really useful to have a cup of chai tea with Stevia sweetener whenever the sugar cravings pounce. Three weeks in and I’m still sugar free mainly due to that!!

Anyway I digress! I hope you are all enjoying the new term and the season starting to change! I am loving the beautiful colours and lovely autumnal walks in the crisp air with friends. My friend Cazz actually showed me a fantastic new walk from Branscombe beach in Devon that is buggy friendly and half a mile to a tearoom and back – isn’t that the best?! (No cake for me, obvs!). I took all the children back there with my mum today and it is so great to find a new place where they are safe to roam away from cars but also easy for the buggy!


One of my favourite places for an autumnal walk is Stourhead Gardens in Wiltshire. It’s famous for being ranked as one of the top ten places to see Autumn in the UK. We went for the first time last year and thought there had been an accident because the queues were back to the dual carriageway. But nope – just lots of other people wanting to walk around the lake and admire the gorgeous scenery like us! So if you want to go then my top tip would be to definitely arrive early!!

I plan to take the children again once the leaves have turned a bit more, but as well as the gorgeous autumn colours, Stourhead has some gorgeous buildings. Ever since I saw the buildings (which are a stunning bath-stone type colour) I’ve thought it would be lovely to get the children in their best clobber and take some nice shots of them there. So a few weeks ago that is exactly what we did 🙂

It did start raining half way round and there was actually quite a lot of bribery involved in the form of gummy bears, but I think the kids did good! Hopefully they will love these when they are older! I do love natural shots but sometimes when you want to be sure of a great shot then a bit of thought and effort in terms of location and outfits goes a long way! 🙂

I told the girls to rub each other’s noses. I didn’t mean with their fingers! Sweet little moments like this are so lovely!!
I got all the outfits from Ebay and was really fortunate that even though these dresses were from two completely different brands they were the exact same colour which was perfect for photos!
I didn’t manage to get that many photos of Zach this time as most of the time he was on the move, desperate to throw himself into the lake for some reason!
Hooray one nice photo of the four of them together – and right before it rained too!

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Do you ever get your kiddos dressed up especially to take photos? I’d love to hear what you’ve done! If not yet then definitely have a go, it’s so much fun!!


I usually just post our weekly photo challenge in my newsletter, but thought it makes sense to enable new faces to join in too as it is a brilliant way to get your creative-juices flowing! Our last one (and sorry again that I’ve taken so long) was on the topic “Faceless” and the winner is Cheryl Dagger with this absolutely beautiful shot on the beach! Congratulations Cheryl!


Why does this photo work so well?

Firstly the connection of everyone holding hands is gorgeous. So much love! And the girls in the middle works really well. I also love the lines created by the different textures of sand – the stones then the glassy wet sand and the lines of the waves. It’s a really special moment that stood out to me as something that should definitely go on the wall.

Well done Cheryl on another fabulous shot and thank you to everyone who posted their photos in the Facebook group (for students of the course). If you are not on the course you can also join in with the weekly challenges (I will try and keep them weekly and less sporadic!!) by posting in my public Facebook group which is for any parents interested in photography.


Our new photo challenge is AUTUMN as proposed by Sarah Talbot (thanks Sarah!) and there are already entries coming in which are gorgeous! So grab your kiddos and head outside to get some beautiful autumn shots and come back and share your best with the group! You can also post on instagram with the hashtag #rosieparsons if you prefer!

The deadline for the Autumn challenge is Wednesday so pull on your boots this weekend and get some great photos!! Can’t wait to see them!

To enter, share your best photos in either of my Facebook groups; http://facebook.com/groups/rosieparsonsphotography or  http://www.facebook.com/groups/RosieParsonsVIP (for course students only), or if you’re on Instagram use the hashtag  #rosieparsons … The winner will be announced in next Friday’s newsletter and featured on the blog!

See you soon!



Rosie x