That moment

March 3, 2014

There will always be photographs for those special occasions, the best ones being when they don’t know you’re there. Like the time POD wanted to play in the garden just before her Christening!

What I love about photography is that you capture that moment. Whether it was the first time POD blew a dandelion clock,


tasted a lolly


or tried out her new swing!


Occasionally there’s no photograph, just something that happened you simply have to remember. Last night POD opened a nursery rhyme book at bedtime, said “what’s this one Mummy?”and promptly sung it word for word. Only to do the same again with a further ten nursery rhymes. It’s the most wonderful sight to see our three year old have an impromptu sing song at bedtime!

Linking up with Living Arrows at I Heart Snapping, Magic Moments at The Oliver’s Madhouse and All the Small Things at Mummy Never Sleeps. 

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  • Alison March 3, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    Gorgeous photos, not sure what she thought of that lolly though

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:04 pm

      Thank you Alison. She loved that lolly until she spotted my Magnum *tsk*

  • Dean March 3, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Fantastic photos Charly! Hope you win! I voted for you 😉 x

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      Thank you so much Dean – on both counts!!!

  • Sarah (@tamingtwins) March 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Oh Charly, those photos have made my heart melt! You have such an amazing eye for capturing these moments.

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm

      What a lovely thing to say Sarah, thank you. I don’t capture them all sadly but I do try 🙂

  • Notmyyearoff March 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I love that first photo – as is she’s ventured into a magical garden somewhere 🙂

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you, she’d just been pulled the leaves off a bush! Sadly no magical garden but a muddy one 🙂

  • Jenny March 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I am so in awe of your photography. Every single one of these is stunning! I have no words to say how adorable and precious they all are. She is gorgeous. The pictures are gorgeous, thelocations are gorgeous and I am jealous. lol hahaha THanks for sharing.#livingarrows

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      You are too kind Jenny but thank you very much indeed. What a lovely thing to say x

  • Vikki Holness March 3, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    I LOVE everything about these photos and think each one captures the essence of childhood beautifully. Our babies grow up far too quickly and i’ve come to realise that it’s the littlest moments that actually make up the BIGGEST moments in our lives. xxx #livingarrows

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:24 pm

      Thank you so much Vikki. It’s very true that the little moments make up the big moments especially when they grow so fast. I love that at least some can be captured through photographs 🙂

  • Helen Sims The good life mum March 3, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    i love that first lolly lick wow i think that almost came off the stick pretty girl

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      LOL she did enjoy that first lick! Took a fancy to mine though after a while! Thank you 🙂

  • Mammasaurus March 3, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Such a lovely selection – that lolly shot makes me grin!

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Thank you Annie – that lolly shot cracks me up too!

  • The Reading Residence March 3, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Ah, so sweet! Gorgeous photos, and loving the idea of that singtime 🙂

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn – it really was wonderful and so unexpected. That’s probably what made it so special!

  • Iona@redpeffer March 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    I love these photographs and yes, there are many moments I wish I could bottle and store for the future. Thank goodness for blogging!

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:36 pm

      That’s very true – so wish I’d started before POD was two! Thank you very much 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT March 3, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Great set of photos. It amazes me how they just “do” things one day. I still love that sun hat of hers.

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Me too – it’s funny isn’t it. We’ve done nursery rhymes at bedtime on a few occasions and she’s just been learning the words of the less popular ones. Amazing! I so hope that sun hat still fits when the weather is warmer 🙂

  • Tarana March 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    She’s so adorable! I wish I could capture the countless memories I have of my toddler, but it doesn’t always work that way 🙂

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      That’s very true, it doesn’t always work out the way we plan it! Thank you 🙂

  • Sarah MumofThree World March 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    You really do capture the most beautiful moments. It’s amazing how much POD has grown!
    (And you got my vote – I really do love your photos.)

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Thank you so much Sarah, that’s such a wonderful thing to say. And thank you for the vote too, really is much appreciated. POD has grown so much recently, it’s quite scary!

  • Sam March 3, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Charly your photos are absolutely stunning! #MagicMoments

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you so much Sam, that’s such a lovely thing to say 🙂

  • Actually Mummy... March 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    It really is about trying to capture the moment somehow. It’s why I blog and now it’s why I’m trying to aspire to photographs as good as yours!

    • Charly Dove March 3, 2014 at 11:57 pm

      What a wonderful thing to say, thank you so much. I love that it’s been possible to capture so much on the blog although I wish I’d started it earlier 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) March 4, 2014 at 4:01 am

    Love these photos, especially the first one. Beautiful moments x

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you so much Sara 🙂

  • Funky Wellies March 4, 2014 at 7:47 am

    Fabulous photos of your gorgeous daughter… Capturing the right moment is just wonderful. xx

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:32 pm

      Thank you Katia, you’re so right although it’s not always possible!

  • Susie Dove March 4, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Lovely captured moments – bless her.

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you Susie 🙂

  • MummyNeverSleeps March 4, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Just simply breath-taking photos Charly, just gorgeous. I think we all aspire to bottle those moments – more often than not with me though my skills are nowhere near as good as yours so they’re more like little reminders 🙂 Thank you so much for linking up! 🙂

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Thank you so much Cas, that’s really kind of you although your photos are great! Sorry it’s taken so long to link up *makes note to remember*

  • Verily Victoria Vocalises March 4, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful, stunning photos as ever Charly. I loved looking at these 🙂 x

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you so much Vicky, what a lovely thing to say 🙂

  • Katie Kitchen March 4, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    What stunning photos… one of my favourites of my son is with his best friend one I had forgotten. He is wearing a Superhero outfit and is holding her hand – the photo is not focused properly just snapped but perfectly for that moment. I was given a quote this week “Sometimes being a friend is even better than being a superhero” and it reminded me of this lost second in time.

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:45 pm

      What a lovely moment Katie, that just sounds wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing and your comment 🙂

  • Jenny from Cheetahs In My Shoes March 4, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Like so many others, I love the lolly one – so many parents can recognise that moment and that first taste of cold sweetness is so magical

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      That’s very true, the look on her face is just priceless! She did end up going after my Magnum though cheeky monkey 🙂

  • Mummy of Two March 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    What beautiful photos – I especially love the first one. These will be so nice to look back on together when she is older.

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you, it will be nice to look back on these. I still find it incredible how much she’s grown over these past months!

  • Complicated Gorgeousness March 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    What fabulous pictures of such precious moments and such a gorgeous girl x

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Thank you so much, what a lovely thing to say 🙂

  • The English Dad March 4, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Beautiful photos! Love the dandelion one.. Caught her at the exact right moment there 🙂

    I often think I should rush to grab my phone or camera to record them singing. Sometimes I catch a little bit of it but often spend more time faffing than actually just stopping and listening. Should just listen and treasure the memories!

    • Charly Dove March 5, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Thank you very much – I do love that dandelion one, she was so confused by it initially! It’s very true about trying to capture that moment, sometimes it’s just not that easy. I had a feeling if I got my camera or phone while she was singing she’d stop 🙂

  • Jenny @ The Brick Castle March 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    All those firsts – and they don’t ever seem to end thankfully, they just have new challenges and achievements to add to the collection 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle March 5, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely post… what a treat it must have been to hear her sing those songs, just gorgeous. Love the pictures of POD in her christening outfit and the dandelion clock! X

  • HPMcQ March 5, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    love the dandelion photo, it’s the big effort she is putting in, gorgeous x

  • Mari March 6, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    Wow your photography is breathtaking! I love all of them and want to get my camera out now, thanks

  • brinabird and son March 7, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    I try to capture everything I am so bad that sometimes I am like to him stop no wait I need to get my camera 🙂

  • Jaime Oliver March 9, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Charly these are utterly stunning moments captured forever, that blink of an eye that second.. beautiful x

    thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments xx