It seems to crazy to me that two years ago I set myself the new years resolution to take a monthly family photo during 2013, and that here we are twenty-four photos later, about to embark on a third year of documenting our family each month with a family portrait.
I can put my hand on my heart and say that it is the best little challenge I have ever set myself, and I really don't think I could give it up now even if I wanted to. There is something so addictive about collecting photos of your family. Seeing how you each changed over time, marking those everyday subtleties of what makes you a family. Taking photos for Me and Mine isn't always easy; remotes don't work, people move and they end up out of focus, husbands complain, children get bored, and sometimes the weather just won't play along... but they are always, ALWAY worth that effort when you have yet another family photo to look back on.
One of the lovely things about Me and Mine is the lovely community that we have built. So many families taking the time each and every month to photograph themselves together, and that makes me so incredibly proud. This year we are adding a Me and Mine Facebook community too, so that we can hopefully inspire each other and so that we can remind you when the end of the month link up is coming in time for you to get that snap. And if you aren't a blogger, and you've always wanted to take part, then now you can... take those photos and share them on our wall, we'll be sharing some favourites over the month too. So come across, give us a like and get involved.
The little Me and Mine team line up is having a little change about this year, with some of your original cohosts staying on and some other lovely cohost joining us. Here is your 2015 Me and Mine team, we hope you'll join us.
Alex is one of the lovely ladies joining the Me and Mine team this year, with her gorgeous little family. The family line up over at Bump to Baby is due a big change later this year, when their little boy Ethan becomes a big brother and they get a new addition. It's going to be so exciting to see her family quite literally grow this year.
"I’m so excited to be a part of the Me and Mine team this year and was so excited and honoured when Lucy asked me to join. I absolutely love this link up and the idea behind it - getting the WHOLE family in front of the camera. Because as parents we are far too often the ones behind the camera snapping away at our family aren't we?! I am so looking forward to getting creative with our pictures and hopefully snapping some amazing family shots that we can look back on forever. And what’s even more exciting is that this year our family will be growing! Our second baby is due in June, so it will be just amazing to capture us go from a three to a four!" ~ Alex
Fritha is another new addition to the team this year. Her blog Tigerlilly Quinn is full of family and lifestyle posts and Me and Mine is going to fit in like it was meant to be there. Expect some beautiful, colourful and oh-so-cool family snaps from her.
"I love taking snaps of my family and whilst there are tons of pictures of Wilf on his own or with either Tom or myself there are only about 5 pictures of us a family over the past three years. I wanted to become part of Me and Mine so that I could ensure that there was at least one photo of us a month. Photos of our little family are so important to me and I feel sad that I only own one photo of my own parents and siblings all together! I also want to be a bit more relaxed about photo’s I’m in, it doesn’t matter that I don’t feel I look my best as my family don’t care or notice those silly little things, it matters that we’ve recorded our life together and can look back on how much fun we had!" ~ Fritha
Jenny is the third and final new addition to the team. Jenny embraced Me and Mine as a participant during 2014 and we're so excited to have her on the team with us now. Her and her gorgeous family will be sharing their family photos each month over on Let's Talk Mommy.
"It is such an honor to be a part of such an amazing family portrait project like Me & Mine. I am so excited to have joined the team for 2015! It was one of the first projects I participated in and I am so glad I did. It not only has motivated me to make sure to capture us all together along our many adventures throughout the year but it has made me get creative with my photography and family together. I am looking forward to getting my family more involved and having fun each month with our family portraits this year. The kids are older now so I look forward to being able let them choose where we should take them and what we should do in them!!! It’s a great project to get everyone involved instead of dreading the camera." ~ Jenny
Katie shouldn't be a new face to any of you, as one of the original cohosts over on Mummy Daddy Me. Katie, Mr E and their gorgeous girls always give us something beautiful each month, and I know they won't disappoint this year.
"Taking a family photo each month is one of the best things that I have done via my blog. I know that regardless of blogging I would have taken millions of photos of my girls as I have always been obsessed with photography, but I know for a fact that I would not have hardly any photos of all four of us if I didn't join in with Me and Mine. Although we generally always leave it till the last minute, although my husband and I moan almost every month about going out and taking some, and although people give us funny looks when I run back and forth to the tripod to set the self timer, I love the fact we have got some amazing photos of this time where our family is growing and changing more than ever." ~ Katie
Lucy is another of the original team who is back for another lap around the sun, taking family snaps along the way. Capture by Lucy is full of all things gorgeous, and her family portraits each month always fill that description too.
"The Me and Mine Project has brought so many families together. It may sound terribly corny but it’s true. Before we started this project I could count the number of photos of the four of us on one hand. We had a few, the big moments, the one in hospital, birthdays and at Christmas but everyday memories seemed to pass us by. And often this was because, when we are just the four of us, there’s no one to take the photo!
But these photos of the four of us are so precious because they chart the visual history of us. And that’s worth setting up make shift tripods, hauling the real tripod with us on country walks and asking strangers to take our photo. And then there’s the magic selfie. They may not always be the best quality, the best composition but they are the best at capturing an exact moment!" ~ Lucy
So that's us, we can't wait to see your family photos on Saturday for the first Me and Mine of 2015.