Four Kids and a Camera

Photography and Blogging on the Go with Triplets and a Baby!

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; or (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

Newborn Photos – Baby Joel


Today I want to share with you a very special shoot, which was for my good friends Louise and Christian of their gorgeous newborn little boy Joel. Such a loved and long awaited little boy and a real blend of the two of them. I loved taking these shots in Lou and Christian’s bedroom.

To take the shots, on a previous visit I had looked around the house first to find the lightest room. Once I’d decided on the bedroom I brought along my own white duvet cover as theirs is patterned and a white duvet looks most fresh and natural in photos. I also cleared away all bedroom clutter like toiletries, books, stuff hanging on the walls and made the background as clear as possible.

I also asked Lou to wear neutral coloured clothing as I wanted a Sunday morning kind of vibe. I love these shots and newborn pictures are always so special because they don’t stay this small for long!!

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oh yeah, it’s time for another edition of Photography for Mums: Best of the Web. I found some fab posts this week, and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Let’s dive right in. Remember you can click through to the original post to see the whole post.

Mum of Boys: A Letter to Myself

Louise over at Mum of Boys had this brilliant post. It’s a letter to herself after the birth of her first child, reminding her about what’s important. I especially love two of her tips:

  • Don’t take criticism to heart

No matter how you parent, someone’s going to have a problem with it. If you’re trying to work online (like I am) the number of people you’re interacting with is so much larger. Criticisms and bad comments will come. I’m learning not to take them personally, but I still need reminders like this!

  • Remember to take photographs

Our little ones grow so quickly. I still can’t believe the triplets have been three for a month. Time goes so quickly and Zach is nearly catching up with them size wise!!

Photographs help us remember these moments, so take loads of them!! If you need help boosting your photography skills, be sure to check out my online course!

Photo credit: Mum of Boys
Photo credit: Mum of Boys

Making the Bedtime Routine a Snap

I learned so much about routines from the experience on 3 Day Nanny. The kids have been doing so much better knowing what to expect.

And one way to make everything go smoothly is to have a place for everything. That way we don’t waste any time looking for things we need. This post from A Beautiful Mess showed a lovely bedtime routine organiser in the bathroom.

Using a plant stand, an organization center was created. It houses each person’s toothbrush, comb, and other bedtime essentials. What a fab idea! Now I just need the time to actually start implementing some of this stuff in my own house!!

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Photo Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Getting Control of Toys

We’ve chatted about toys here on the blog here before. With four kids, it’s amazing how fast new toys get added to the house. Then they’re always underfoot, just waiting to be stepped on or spraining an ankle on (I speak from experience). Argh!

Audra from Real Honest Mom shared some tips on how her family finally took control of the toy clutter. I like the idea of having some toys put away to rotate and I always mean to do this, but unfortunately I am more lazy than the kids so things usually don’t get put away so it doesn’t last long! But in my dream world, this would definitely happen – that way the kids aren’t seeing everything all the time, and would be excited to play with them again in the future.

Photo Credit: Real Honest Mom (Before Picture)
Photo Credit: Real Honest Mom (Before Picture–click through to see the after, very impressive!)

Working from Home with a Poorly Baba

As a mum with a home-based business, I know first hand how hard it is to get much work done when the kids are home on holiday. (As the lack of posting lately shows!)

When they’re poorly, it can be even harder! Kids need a lot of cuddles when they’re sick – and I love doing that, but of course don’t end up doing much else! 🙂

Ashley shared several tips for getting work done when the kids are home sick in this post. I’ll definitely be reading this one again if any of my little gang have a sick day.

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That’s a Wrap!

Whew, loads of good reads this week! Do click through and read them if you get a chance.

If you come across anything on the web that you find fabulous, be sure to tag me on Twitter  @rosieparsons or send me the link on Facebook!

Til next time my gorgeous lot!


Rosie xx

Children’s Portraits in a Wildflower Meadow


Last week I caught up with my friends Julie and Jess from my local twins and multiples group (sadly no longer running but it was awesome when it was active!).

Julie is renovating her house and tried out sowing a wildflower meadow. Well it came out beautifully, so we thought it would make a fabulous backdrop for some gorgeous shots of the kids and had a fun morning in amongst the poppies! 😀

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Photography for Mums: Best of the Web 19-08-16


Hope you’re enjoying your summer holidays with your kiddos! I love spending time with my gang, but it’s so much harder to get everything done with all four of my helpers at home!

It’s Friday and oh yes it’s time for another roundup of brilliant posts and photos from around the world wide web. As always, you can click through to the original post to read more.

Hope for Harmonie

What a heart warming story shared by Taylor Pittman on the Huffington Post! Little Harmonie was diagnosed with meningitis B when she was only 11 months old. As a result, she had to have her arms and legs amputated.

Harmonie is now a toddler, and recently received an American Girl doll that has been modified to look like her. With the help of A Step Ahead Prosthetics,  Harmonie now has a special friend she can treasure forever.

You can learn more about Harmonie and her progress over on the Facebook Page Hope for Harmonie.

Photo credit: Hope for Harmonie
Photo credit: Hope for Harmonie

The Downsides of Using Your Smartphone Around Your Kids

Oh the smartphone, the beloved smartphone. It keeps us connected to the world around us, allows me to work on my business on the go, and is so very useful (and addictive!!).

But new studies are finding that these phones cause parents to be more cranky with their kids (I’m not sure whether I can really just blame my crankiness on the phone – ha!). Alice Park shares all the details in this post on Time. I have to admit, I am definitely guilty of getting engrossed in my phone in front of the children, and far too often than I’d like to admit 🙁 Have you? Definitely something to be aware of and be more purposeful in having time with kids and time for the phone.

Connecting Emotionally with Our Kids

I learned a lot from our experience with 3 Day Nanny and there is so much more I need to understand about raising my gang of mini-humans!!

This post from Hand in Hand really spoke to me, and provided some talking points for helping kids deal with their emotions. Though it can be hard when I’m struggling with my patience and own fears and emotions, it’s so important. Another post that I’ll be reading again!

Photo credit: Christopher Eriksen

A Mum’s Body

We’ve talked about self-conscious mums and our body image here on the blog before. This post by Joanna at A Cup of Joe is fabulous. She shares a reminder that our kids don’t see our wrinkles and stretch marks when they look at us.

They just see their mum. They see love.

Let’s try to love ourselves no matter our imperfections.

Thanks for checking out my favourite posts this week. Have you found any great posts on the web lately? Be sure to tag me on Twitter  @rosieparsons or send me the link on Facebook. I love reading your fab recommendations!




Nursery Pirate Party!

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I must admit I am not coping that well with the summer holidays! It is tough having everyone at home and thinking of ways to keep everyone entertained and happy for six long weeks!

We just got a trampoline from a friend of mine which has been a real lifesaver though (thank you Jess!!) – the kids absolutely love it and I have also been super grateful for the help from two friends who come over a couple of times a week to give me a bit of a break (shout out to Justine and Jean)!

Anyway, the reason I say all this is because despite my best intentions, actually getting the camera out to take photos during the summer holidays has come as a second priority to making sure that no one kills each other and that I have enough perseverance to get through til bedtime. So I haven’t really taken many photos since the holidays started – I really want to so hopefully I will be able to report back with some next week! But for now, I am going to share with you our fab pirate party that we had at nursery for the last day of term… 😀
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Hope you are managing to survive the holidays and that you’re managing to get out and about! xx

Photography for Mums: Best of the Web 12-08-16


Whew! We survived our appearance on 3 Day Nanny (thank you all so much for your awesome lovely messages and tweets – you are gorgeous people!), and in case you missed the announcement, I’m running a 40% off Flash Sale on my Photography for Mums (and Dads!) course in celebration. The sale ends today, so if you’re ready to take better photos of your kids, click here for all the details!

Now it’s Friday again and time for me to share another batch of fabulous content from around the web. Be sure to click through to the original post to read more!

Get Rid of Self-Doubt

With the airing of the 3 Day Nanny episode this week, and all the negative comments posted on Twitter about previous episodes, this post by Vicki over at Honest Mum was really needed. It’s easy to get worked up over what someone else thinks.

It’s easy to doubt yourself. To begin to wonder if you’re good enough. I know I struggle with this a lot!

But guess what? You are good enough! And so am I. So do what you love and love others!

If you’re dealing with self-doubt, go read Vicki’s post. It’s brilliant!

Vicki Psarias photographed by the brilliant Joseph Sinclair
Vicki Psarias photographed by the brilliant Joseph Sinclair

Tips for Building Strong Sibling Relationships

I want my kids to have strong relationships. Of course they fight like all siblings do (as you’ve seen!), but under that I want them to love each other.

This post on Lifehack shared 12 different tips for building these types of sibling relationships. I especially liked the suggestion for having them help one another, and teaching the art of both apologising and forgiving. We definitely try and do that in our house.

I’ll be reading this one again for sure!

Are YOU In Any Pictures?

As a photographer, this post by Melissa Fenton on Scary Mommy definitely caught my eye. Mums are often so busy taking pictures of all the memories that they aren’t in any pictures.

That means when the kids are older and reminiscing on their childhood, they won’t find you anywhere. They’ll know you were there of course, but they won’t have the photos to pull out and remember. That would be so sad!!!

So my gorgeous, hard working, exhausted mama-bears, let’s remember to get in the picture. Have your kids take photos of you doing what you love. Give them memories of you to look back on.

Photo from Scary Mommy
Photo from Scary Mommy

Check Out These Pictures of the Obama Family – so Sweet!

I do love the Obama family! These pictures are so cute– the Obamas are so good around kids of all sizes. Click through to this post from BuzzFeed News to see loads of heart warming photos. If only all politicians could be so genuine like this!

Well, that wraps up the latest edition of Photography for Mums: Best of the Web. I’ll be back next Friday with even more posts for you to check out.

Until then, if you spot anything cool on the web do tag me on twitter @rosieparsons or send me a link on Facebook! x



A Photoshoot with Jen from Mum in the MadHouse!

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Over the summer holidays I have taken it upon myself to go ahead and photograph some of my favourite inspirational women in the blog and business-o-sphere, and to kick it all off, a couple of weekends ago I gathered my small army, packed up our bags and we headed up to the far north – well North Yorkshire. Our mission? To photograph Mummy Blogger numero uno (often number one on the Tots 100 list and many others!) Mum in the MadHouse – Jen Walshaw and her lovely family!

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Google Maps said it would be 5.5 hours from Honiton to N Yorks where Jen and her crew live. I reckoned on a couple of half hour breaks and thought it would be fine. Ha… ha haaaaargh! 10 hours later at 10pm at night, we finally arrived at our little Premier Inn just outside Middlesbrough. Shhhhheeeeeshkebabs! That was one heck of a long journey!

I must give kudos to the staff at Premier Inn though, everyone was so lovely and welcoming and the room was really clean. Plus the following morning while dragging all our sleep deprived bottoms through to breakfast, the ladies serving us could not have been more friendly and happy to help. I really appreciated how lovely they were during what could have been an extremely trying meal (I have filled out the premier inn survey and mentioned them in particular so hopefully they will get some recognition!).

Anyway, I shall not dwell on the traveling aspect too long (I would rather not relive it to be honest! Ha!) and instead shall share my fab experience of meeting Jen and her lovely family.

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Jen and her family – Mum in the Madhouse Blog
Jen from the Uk mummy blog 'Mum in the Madhouse' and her lovely family!
Jen from the Uk’s leading mummy blog ‘Mum in the Madhouse’ and her lovely family!

Arriving at Jen’s home I did suddenly wonder was I crazy to travel 10 hours up country to meet someone I’d only ever spoken to online before. But as soon as Jen came out she was so warm and lovely, enveloping me in a wonderful hug.

I also wasn’t sure how all the children would get along as there is a big age gap between my lot and her boys, but I was amazed! Her boys were so good with Jacob, Summer, Sienna and Zach – they really took an interest in them and got stuck in with playing which helped so much! This was my first time doing a shoot where I’ve taken all the children along with me so I was prepared for it to be a total epic fail, but thanks to Jen’s boys being willing to pitch in and keep the troops entertained, it was so much easier than expected – cheers lads!

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By the boats!
Jen and her family - Mum in the Madhouse Blog
Jen from Mum in the Madhouse Blog

After meeting Jen’s family at the house we headed down to their local beach, Saltburn by the Sea. A lovely spot with boats and a pier. We set up my kids with a bucket and spade and I snapped furiously – but actually my guys were pretty well behaved and didn’t make any breaks for freedom which was a relief!

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Walking along the beach

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Eating chips next to the beach!
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Lots of laughs!
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Jen and Drew’s boys were awesome with my children – thanks lads!

After some portraits on the beach Drew and Jen treated us to a yummy seaside lunch of fresh chips (thanks guys!) and then we headed up to the Moors. I spotted this lovely gate and wall with gorgeous scenery behind so we were able to grab a few family pictures here too.

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Jen and her family - Mum in the Madhouse Blog

Jen from the Uk's number 1 mummy blog 'Mum in the Madhouse' and her lovely family!

Jen and her family - Mum in the Madhouse Blog

The route back was a little easier as I was able to stop in Huddersfield to drop in on my cousin Sarah and her lovely girls. I don’t get to see them at all often due to distance so it worked out really well! I stayed overnight so it was fabulous to be able to see them over two days. I also grabbed a few shots of them before we left southwards which I recently shared here!

The journey back from Huddersfield was not easy – the children were not so patient as they were on the way up and Summer was not keen on me having the radio on (think screaming loudly “NO MUSIC! I DON’T WANT MUSIC!!” over and over again). And although she was happy when it was off, I was getting more and more tired by the minute, which is not really what you want when traveling at 70pmh.

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The amazing play area for children at Gloucester services farm shop (iPhone snap)
Yummy treats at Gloucester services farm shop (iPhone snap)
Yummy treats at Gloucester services farm shop (iPhone snap)

This combo was not really workable long term, so in exasperation I stopped at Gloucester services instead of Bristol. And oh man I was glad I did! Seriously I have never seen anything like it! Why can’t all services be like this?! It is a gorgeous farm shop style (but very stylish and modern) with extremely high quality, nutritious food (I was about to pass out if I’d eaten another Burger King!) and joy of joys a play area for the kids at the back of the restaurant!! And not a scummy dirty one either, an actual really nice, clean, quiet play area! I nearly cried! Highly recommended if you are traveling up the M5 (I believe they have one both north and south) – just look out for the services that say FARMSHOP. You won’t be disappointed! (on a side note, one mum I mentioned this to on a Facebook group i’m in said she loved it but there were no baby food pouches available which is not ideal. I’m sure this is something they would want to change if they knew about it as they seemed very helpful and eager to help families. But worth knowing this in advance if you’ve got a wee one.

So who will be next in my intrepid travels?! Despite the epic nature of talking 4 children age 3 and under away for a few days I did actually really enjoy myself, so we shall see where we end up next time!! 😀


Photography for Mums: Best of the Web 05-08-16

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Whew, is it Friday again already?! It’s easy to lose track of days when the kids are all home on holiday!

Here’s another batch of my favourite finds from around the web this week. Since I’ve had four small badgers climbing all over me and bickering all week, I haven’t had quite as much time for reading, so you’ll notice it’s a bit shorter than normal!!

A Fresh Take on Childbirth Images

This post on The Guardian from Milli Hill at The Positive Birth Movement shares some beautiful pictures of women giving birth. These women aren’t scared, they’re embracing the experience and playing an active role in the birth of their babies.

I had the birth of the triplets photographed (by Ashlee Taylor) and it is amazing to be able to look back on those photos!

Facebook is known for banning such images unfortunately. This post tackles some of the reasons behind that, and it’s probably not what you’re thinking. Definitely a good read.

A Fun Personalised Gift!

If you’re looking for a unique gift to give a child in your life, definitely check out these personalised storybooks from Not on the High Street. 

I know my guys would love to discover an adventure behind their names! Will remember this for Christmas (I like to plan ahead!).

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A Peek at Motherhood Past

Motherhood hasn’t changed much in the past 50 years! Mums are still rocking their little ones, giving them baths, and making sure everyone is well fed.

This post on The Huffington Post  shares black and white pictures of mums from 50 years ago from the archives of photographer Ken Heyman. I loved seeing the similarities between the photos and my day to day life with the kids. It just shows that the cornerstore of mothering – love – shows itself exactly the same yesterday, today and I bet it will in the future too. Heartwarming stuff!

Ideas for the Summer Holidays

I don’t know about you, but we’re only two weeks in and I am already going slightly insane trying to keep everyone happy! Thank goodness it’s at least sunny!!! So I did appreciate this great post from NOTHS with lots of great ideas for keeping everyone entertained – like these activity boxes from Toucan Box!

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Image from Toucan Box

Are you excited about the Rio Olympics starting tonight?

If you fancy doing some fun and colour Olympics themed crafts with your kids, then definitely check out this fab post from blogger Shanon Wong Nizic from Oh Creative Day over on Momtastic. She has some great ideas that look like they would make a cool afternoon of fun together with the children!
That’s it for this week! What great finds did you stumble across this week? I’d love for you to share in the comments section!

Photos of the cousins in Huddersfield!

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On my way back home to Devon from visiting Jen at Mum in the MadHouse in North Yorkshire I was really pleased to see we’d be passing through Huddersfield where my cousin Sarah lives! We hardly ever get to see each other due to the distance, so this was the first time the children had all met!

We had a lovely time just chilling in the house letting the children meet each other for the first time and I snapped a few shots of them in the garden before we left. I love these girls! What a fab treat to get to spend time with them! xx

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons


family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons

family photos - photography courses by Rosie Parsons


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