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First Trip to Istanbul | Birmingham Newborn-Maternity-Family Photographer

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First Trip to Istanbul | Birmingham Newborn-Maternity-Family Photographer

This summer our family took a trip to Istanbul. We had been waiting for the last few years to plan a trip here. So you can imagine what the excitement levels were when we finally got to go! :)

Its a beautiful country and there are a number of images that I want to share. Therefore, I have made it into a 3 part series. This is Part 1.

I fell in love with the location of our hotel. We stayed in a very central location which allowed our family to do all the things on our list - two kids in tow! Honestly, I feel that is an achievement in itself! lol :)

We started the trip with the gorgeous Hagia Sophia. There are quite a few pictures of these lamps inside - that were breathtakingly gorgeous! I just couldn’t get enough of them!

The kids were getting a little bored but this little guy kept our older one entertained for a long time!. Can’t thank the crew at Turkish Airlines enough for this! It came as part of the kiddie bag and was just so valuable throughout the trip!

For our younger guy, we were taking turns entertaining and that was just fine for each of us :)

From Hagia Sofia, we took off for the Vast Topkapi Palace. Huge, vast, magnificent are some of the adjectives that come to mind. It was a goegeous day. We couldn’t have chosen a better time to go to this gorgeous location.

On Day 2 we started with the famed Grand Bazaar. Its safe to say that it did not disappoint! It was FULL of amazing finds to touch, feel and taste! Every new corner brought with it a new delight. We had no plans to buy anything….when we entered. The story was quite different when we left! haha :)

Next stop was Basilica Cistern. It was amazing to see such a reservoir from centuries ago. That was one baffling thing about Istanbul. The history of the place just blew us away. Everything we experienced made us conscious that these structures have been in the same place for hundreds of years. That just felt very special.

From the cistern we were off to the Hippodrome. The large open space in the middle of the bustling city was a pleasant surprise!

The final set of pictures in Part 1 are from Galata Tower. One of the landmarks of the city. Getting there was an uphill task…literally! :) It was a long wait but once we were in…it felt like we had been transported into a different world. The views of the city were just breath taking!

That’s all for Part 1. Thanks for being here if you are still with me :)

I will be back with Part 2 of this 3 part series in a few days. xx

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Tribute to all Fathers | Birmingham Family-Newborn-Maternity Photographer

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Tribute to all Fathers | Birmingham Family-Newborn-Maternity Photographer

This week’s post has to be about Fathers!

Growing up, I was lucky to take my father’s presence for granted. I was a morning person. My father used to like to catch a few extra winks at least in those days. Now he’s a changed man. One of my first morning sights used to be my father sleeping soundly. It was mundane back then. Regular. But now…it fills me with peace :) Kind of the lull before the storm really! :) He would wake up and then be out the door in under 30 mins flat!! Only he knows how he managed that!

My Mum was the disciplinarian in the family. Dad was the good cop - always! I remember after a long day, he would come home, freshen up and we would all sit together and watch some TV. But the best time of the day for me was the hour before bedtime. This was the time when we would play board games or even sing songs. My father loved singing songs. And thankfully he had a singing voice too! lol :) This really is the most precious memory from my childhood…this one hour before bedtime. Mum used to be tired after a long day of running after 4 kids. She would sleep next to all the noises we would make. But then Dad would make some joke about her and she would wake up laughing. This really was precious.

I’m thankful that we got this time together as a family. Times were simpler back then. We didn’t have so many gadgets to distract us. But we can make it as simple or as complex as we want. When I tuck my kids to bed - all they want to do is see one more video or play one more game on their ipads. As I kiss my kids goodnight, I reminisce about those days and always am grateful to my father for giving me those memories. Always thankful that even after his long day, he used to take time out for us and make it a point to spend this quality time with us. He used to genuinely look forward to them and it just wasn’t something that he had to do.

When I see my husband spend time with my two boys - I’m taken right back to those days. Around bedtime, most days I’ve just about had it and am waiting for them to just sleep. But when I see their Dad goofing around with them or reading them one extra story or giving them just slightly longer baths….I take a deep breath and I wait. Because years later, when they are in college …or working towards their own careers…this is the time they will remember with their Dad…this is the time that will bring them home, bring them joy, bring them peace. So I wait. For them to be done playing the giggle game with their Dad…which I hope is never!

So if you’re a Dad, know that each silly thing you do with your child - tickle monsters, making faces…making them fly in the air…running, cycling, …every little hug you give them…every time you patiently listen to them…know that it goes a long way in giving them…the memories they deserve….and in shaping the individual they will become tomorrow. I’m sure you already know this! So we will get right down to celebrating you! :) Three cheers for every father out there who is covered in glitter right now or in bubbles or in play sand….or just has little hands hugging him…Happy Fathers Day to you! You guys Rock! (And because you do - we Mums love you so so much! :))

Leaving you with some images that bring Fatherhood to life for me and give me all the feels!

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