I love springtime, and so Easter is one of my favourite holidays. When someone from George at Asda got in touch with us and asked us to take on the challenge of creating an Easter Sunday outfit, I couldn't resist. Buying children's clothes is one of my absolute favourite things, and I was given a budget of £20.
I had a look through their girls clothes department and selected an outfit for Eilidh. I like little girls to look like little girls, so nothing shiny or tight or stretchy (can you see the arguments ahead when she's a teen?) and fortunately there were lots of lovely things to choose from. I actually got a gorgeous dress with hearts on, a pack of vests with hearts on and a white cardi for a total of £16 (which is probably roughly the equivalent of the price of one mitten from Boden or a pair of pants from Gap).
I then had to decide how to photograph Eilidh to show off her beautiful fresh and yet smart Easter Sunday outfit. My little girl has just started standing up by herself for the first time, so I had the idea to photograph her in the garden, standing up, smiling and perhaps holding a flower. Very classic and springtime, right?
Unfortunately, I forgot two things. 1) We live in Britain and 2) My daughter is Eilidh. The first of these things meant that when we went out to the garden, it was actually bl**dy freezing. The second of these things meant that my highly-strung little girly would not only not stand up to order (and when I tried to stand her up she crumpled to the ground and lay there weeping) but she would not sit with her legs touching the horrid, cold grass, which made quite an amusing photo, if not the one I had had in mind.
No problem, I thought. She looks so sweet that an indoor photo will be just as nice. So I took her inside, got Mimi mouse to cheer her up and arranged a nice photo (fortunately Mimi's colours blended well). Eilidh, still upset from the traumatic grass incident, was not up for this either. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, The Saddest Little Girl in the World:
Oh dear. Then, just as I was about to give up and try another day, something nice happened. Something that proves that the best photos of children are ones that aren't posed, but are ones that just happen. Arran (3) came over and sat down next to his baby sister.
He talked to her and played peek-a-boo with her. He got her interested in the open-up plastic eggs (which I'll tell you more about in a minute). And finally, finally, with his usual craziness, he got that long-awaited smile from her! This I think was far more of an 'Easter' photo than a posed one would have been, because Easter for me is about family and fun, and when I stopped trying to force a beautiful photo, an even more beautiful one just happened. (The photo really is spontaneous by the way, he is dressed like that as he'd just been to a party! He is particularly proud of his tie and says he looks 'like a teacher'.)
Inspired and cheered by big brother's antics, Eilidh suddenly grabbed Mimi mouse, hunched forward...
And we got our pretty outdoor photoshoot the next day anyway (with a blanket to protect Eilidh's legs from that dreadful grass).
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George at Asda is also giving five readers the chance to win a £20 gift voucher. If you look at the photos above, you can see the children playing with some plastic eggs. The 19 other participating bloggers were also sent a number of eggs. If you can track down them all, enter the total number of eggs in the box below (you could perhaps google 'Asda Easter egg blog hunt' to find out who else has been blogging about this).