Monthly Archives: February 2016

Five reasons to love Whitebox Photography

When you have children you want to capture them growing up with perfect professional photos that make your heart smile whenever you look at them. Baby E was in neonatal after she was born so we didn’t have any cute newborn photos and I was keen to make up for lost time, though I thought it was too expensive to do on a regular basis. But, I’ve found a wonderful local solution which means you can regularly have PROFESSIONAL photos taken at an AFFORDABLE price, right here in the Peak District.

Since our first photoshoot with the wonderful Whitebox Photography we have been back many times and I’m always spreading the word about the fabulous Liam who runs the local franchise. Here are my top five reasons for loving a Whitebox photoshoot:

Unbelievable value
A Whitebox photoshoot is LESS THAN £50. I’ve written that in capitals and bold to emphasis the point – people never believe me! To reserve a photo slot is only £15, so if on the day your children are sick and you can’t go, not too much money has been wasted. When researching online, most other shoots seemed to cost a couple of hundred, this is much more affordable. And at such a great price, you can have regular shoots!

Digital copies
At the end of the shoot you are given a CD with ALL the photos. So there’s no need to um and ah over selecting just 5 pictures (which happens with some photographers) and it means can print them, or share online, whatever you want. We have family all around the UK and abroad so it’s great to easily share photos.

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Relaxed atmosphere
Liam and his assistant make you and the family feel at ease. There are props for photos, toys to amuse the children and if you’re quick you can have an outfit change! Liam is there to get the most out of you so you’re happy with the photos.

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Super quick
Each shoot is about 15 minutes. That doesn’t sound long, but try grinning for 15 minutes or keeping children happy to pose for that length of time! I’m always amazed at the number of photos you get in 15 minutes – on average we have had about 100 each time. Also it’s just the right length of time for children to stay engaged.

There are so many ways you can enjoy the photos afterwards
We are always  thrilled with the photos and have used them in many different ways:

Large print family photo
Framed by Aperture Picture Framing in Buxton (a GREAT framers, he matched this frame to another we had)

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Printed onto canvas
And displayed on our dresser – we use Photobox

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Framed for us to have in our offices at work

Printed copies to pass to nursery
So E could show off her family

Thank you cards
After A was born

Digital magnets made by Sticky9
So E can play with them on our fridge

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Turned into a beautiful illustration
By the local artist Elizabeth Furness to go next to the pencil drawing of her daddy

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Whitebox Photography is coming to Buxton again at the end of February 2016, you can book a slot online.

I will share our photos after the shoot!

Happy posing 😉

Michelle x

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Local purchase: Little Green Radicals jumper

We are great believers in shopping local so I thought I’d start sharing our great buys from local shops.

We’re about to go away and are planning to take just a baby carrier, rather than hauling a pushchair on the plane.

We needed a jumper to keep baby A warm when being carried so popped to the fabulous children’s shop Minibugs in Buxton and picked up this gorgeous starry cloud jumper by Little Green Radicals:


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Starry cloud jumper

Available up to age 4-5 years – why not adult sizes!!! Sulk 😦

Now we’re ready for the holiday!

Michelle x

Great Central Railway: Winter Gala – review

Our little family loves steam trains, my grandfather was a fireman on them and hubby’s parents have always enjoyed them too. It was a big tick when husband (to be) confessed his love of steam!

The in-laws has said they were planning to visit Great Central Railway’s Winter Gala and as we hadn’t been before, and handily it was halfway between where we lived and their house (only 90 mins from Buxton), we arranged for us to all go together. It was running over three days (Frid – Mon) and we picked the Friday as we thought it would be a bit quieter.

The Great Central Railway is the UK’s only double track mainline heritage railway where you can be on one steam train and another flies past! There are four stations, with each themed around a different era of steam; a museum; cafes; shops stocked with train memorabilia; a large restoration (locomotive) shed and of course lots and lots of steam trains.

We arrived around 1140 (apologies to the lovely in-laws, we had said we’d probably be there for 10 – but two broken nights in a row had left us exhausted so the day started late) and were immediately greeted with the great view of not one but two steam trains at Quorn & Woodhouse station. We decided to start our journey there as there was plentiful parking. As it was a Gala there were plenty of trains running throughout the day, passenger and goods, toddler E was really excited! As we’d had 90 minute drive to get there, baby A wanted a feed again so I settled down in the cozy ladies waiting room on the platform. Complete with an open fire (toasty) and a leather covered baby changing table! The room with comfortable wooden benches was a perfect spot to eat our packed lunch. The station has been themed around World War II and has been lovingly restored to reflect the era, with interesting posters about how to support the war effort and the radio in the waiting room was playing some fun old tunes E danced to!

Useful Jobs That Girls Can Do - To Help Win the War
Useful Jobs That Girls Can Do – To Help Win the War© IWM (Art.IWM PST 6079)

After a feed we hopped on a train to Loughborough so that we could have a walk around the shed – a proper man’s shed with huge trains in various stages of being restored, so we could use the exposed parts to explain how steam engines work. Most of the renovations seemed to be individual projects, and there were people we could talk with to find out what they were doing.

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Locomotive Shed

Back on the train we went the length of the track, from Loughborough to Leicester North and back again. By now baby A wanted feeding again so we relaxed in a private compartment whilst I feed A and we watched the world go by – bliss! We had fun spotting animals from the train, interesting buildings – one which had a Lego man painted on the side and more trains. At Leicester E and daddy got out to watch the train turn around, I stayed on the train. The relaxing journey took just over an hour.

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Feeding A and watching the world go by

At Loughborough we got off the train and looked at some of the stalls which were selling train memorabilia, toys and other nicknacks. As we’re in the middle of a HUGE clear out at the moment we were very restrained and didn’t buy anything, though to be honest we already have quite a few train sets…

Back on the train we hopped off at our original station and I decided to top A up again so retreated to the warm ladies’ waiting room. Daddy and E stood on the platform and watched more trains.

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Just before 4 pm it was time to leave and a wonderfully helpful volunteer ran to the station’s cafe for us so we could buy the grandparents some local beer to say thank you for the day.

Though we arrived late, we had a splendid day. It cost £20 per adult and under 5s were free, normally it costs £16 but the Gala was a special event.

We’ll definitely go again, we had a superb time – it was easy to find comfortable spots to feed A – and none of us can resist majestic steam trains.

Finally, a thank you to grandpa for his wonderful photos from the day.

Here’s to our next adventure!

Michelle x