Picking daisies (and floral bloomers!)

Marlow and daisy
Billie Blooms bloomers 2
floral bloomers 2
marlow picking daisies 2
I recently signed up for a photography course with Lesley Colvin in an attempt to really learn how to use my camera. For years now I’ve taken decent photos in auto-mode (all thanks to a good camera and some good lenses), but lately I’ve become frustrated with the photos I’m getting and I decided I really, really need to learn how to use my camera in manual mode if I want better results. I’ve tried to learn by reading and taking online courses, but what I’ve learned about myself is that I learn best by doing and that I need someone to actually show me how to do it.

Ivy picking daisies

I’ve now taken one very enlightening class with Lesley (the first of a 3-part course) and I’ve been trying to practice with my camera all week. I took my camera to the park over the weekend and got some photos of the girls picking daisies — they were so focused on their daisy picking and crown making that they actually stayed still enough while I played around with my camera settings, and I managed to take a few photos I really like!

Also, can we talk about Marlow’s floral bloomers? Aren’t they so adorable? (This style is conveniently called ‘Marlowe’ so how could I resist?!) They’re available from Darling Clementine, and if you’re interested I curated some favourites from the shop this month and you can find them here.

Courtney x

The girls’ jumpers are from Babaà (Marlow’s is from this current season and is available online). 


Comments (12)

April 29, 2015

Adorable girls and beautiful pics!
I’ve also alwsys wanted to learn the proper technique.
(Being in London too, just wondering- Is it not a bit too cold for the girls to be wearing shorts and short sleeves?)

Courtney in London
April 29, 2015

Hi Zima,
Thanks for your comment.

And no, it wasn’t too cold for short sleeves that day. Marlow actually had tights on under her bloomers and took them off because she was too hot. x

April 29, 2015

Beautiful images! Investing in mastering manual mode will be time and money well spent for a lifetime! Good work mama!

Esther in Amsterdam
April 29, 2015

Nice!! I only know one setting on my camera too — I should maybe read the user guide at some point… xxx

April 29, 2015

🙂 Sorry for asking, I know you would care if they were cold (It’s just that I see so many children in London wearing skimpy clothes in very cold weather; mums in thick coats and boots pushing a 2-month old barefoot baby in a summer dress. What is more, my friends’ kids who seem not to wear warm clothes in cold weather seem perfectly healthy.).

April 29, 2015

Your pictures are beautiful! Learning to use the manual mode properly is also on my to-do list… I discovered your instagram feed and blog only recently and absolutely love the way you always do your girls’ hair! Looks very scandinavian to me 🙂 Thanks for sharing so many amazing motherhood tips and brands for kids, I am sure it will come in very handy in a few months/year… 🙂 greetings from Paris! xx

Michelle Madden
April 29, 2015

Beautiful images! what camera are you using?

April 30, 2015

Lovely Courtney! I switched to manual mode about five years ago and it opened up a whole new world to me. You’re going to love it! This look on Marlow is one of my favs…she really knows how to rock bloomers with those perfect chubbalicious legs of hers. xoxo

April 30, 2015

Hi Courtney, do you mind sharing which camera you use? I can imagine manual mode is hard with little ones moving all the time. I don’t think my 18 month old would sit long enough for me to get an ‘in-focus’ shot! Lovely pictures and yes those bloomers are a must! 🙂

April 30, 2015

Great to discover you finally! Lesley has said nothing but great things for months and of course it has taken me a while to actually visit your site. Plague of a working mum. Love the photos, your girls, the hair, everything!

May 7, 2015

Where is her adorable yellow sweater from? I’m in love with it 🙂

June 20, 2015

Dear Courtney,
I’m Anke from Berlin and via google i found your lovely daisy pictures with this piece of sugar on two legs, which stares at the little flowers (Photo Nr.4). I created a new product with daisy leafs and the words “he loves me”. Now i’m looking for “THE PEFECT PICTURE” to renovate my little DaWanda shop. – so here it is, -your Number 4. I would love to use it as kind of the basic Picture, on which i would create some graphics. Would you allow me this ?
No question I would name you, I mean, if you want to.
I wish you many, many more of this summerdays and for sure: a lot of fun with your camera! Anke

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