One Year On – A Family Portrait

This time last year, I was midway through the IVF process. My life revolved around Dr’s appointments, ultrasounds and injections. Oh, the injections – there were so many! In total I injected myself for 14 weeks every single day – sometimes even twice a day. That’s around 126 injections I administered into my own skin. I remember wincing at the first ever one, pointing the needle towards my tummy and looking away as I did it. It got easier over time. All I can say if that our baby was so very wanted, I longed for her and I knew she would be so loved. Every needle, every headache, every moment of anxiety, apprehension and fear was worth it a hundred times over.

So, that brings us to now –  a year later we are officially a family of four – the wonders of science!! So to celebrate how far we’ve come and our gorgeous supergirl Ultra Violet, we marked the occasion by having our very first family photoshoot.

The photos were taken by the very talented Brighton based photographer Kitty Wheeler Shaw. I’d seen her work on Aine’s blog and thought her style would suit us all perfectly. I know I’m a blogger, but I’m actually pretty shy in front of the camera and V is even more so. Anything that included awkward posing would just bit a disaster. Instead, Kitty just hung out with us and we played with Violet in the nursery, then down on the beach and you’d almost forget she was there, we were so comfortable. I’m so pleased we did it and were able to capture photos with Violet while she was so small, even in the few weeks since the shoot she looks different already!

Anyway, enough of me – I’ll let the photos speak for themselves!

Big thanks to Kitty for taking such beautiful photos of us. If you like her work, you can see lots more and get in touch with her via her website or Instagram.


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  1. Appreciate the Day
    19 May, 2017 / 10:08 am

    These photos are just beautiful. What a lovely way to capture these memories and the moments of Violet being small.

    • 19 May, 2017 / 1:52 pm

      They are beautiful aren’t they! So glad we had them done. xx

  2. 19 May, 2017 / 12:37 pm

    Oh wow! These photos are beautiful, so precious to have these times captured so perfectly. I think I need to make friends with a photographer….! Esp love the one of Violet and Robbie having tummy tickles together! 🙂 xx

    • 19 May, 2017 / 1:51 pm

      They are beautiful, aren’t they? Kitty is so talented! Haha, not sure Violet liked that moment but it’s a cute snap! xx

  3. Hannah Clarke
    19 May, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Oh gosh, goosebumps! These are stunning Lyndsay, just perfect xxx

    • 26 May, 2017 / 8:07 am

      Thank you so much Hannah! Kitty is a talented lady! xx

  4. 20 May, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Oh my goodness, these are wonderful. You guys are such a beautiful family and I love how the photos capture you at your most natural. You’re definitely both made to be mummies- you can feel your happiness radiating out of every picture!

    Ada x

    • 26 May, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Aah bless, thank you! We are so happy -glad Kitty was able to capture those moments! xx

  5. 20 May, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Wonderful pictures, I love all of them. The one with Violet on her back and the pooch getting his belly scratched is amazing. I love the ones on the beach of the whole family. Heartwarming and lovely. I’m very happy for you. xx

    • 26 May, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Haha, that one is a cute one isn’t it? Violet wasn’t too pleased though!
      Thanks so much xx

  6. Kitty Wheeler Shaw
    22 May, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Such a lovely post! I had so much fun photographing you guys. Xx

    • 26 May, 2017 / 8:08 am

      Thank you so much for the beautiful photos Kitty – they really are something we will treasure forever. xx

  7. 23 May, 2017 / 1:06 am

    These are precious! I love them.
    I haven’t done IVF yet but I have done many injections for IUI. You were so brave to do them to yourself! I have had to have my husband do them for me.

    • 26 May, 2017 / 8:09 am

      Thank you so much. Aah bless you, it’s hard to do the injections but I just got used to it! It helps to numb the area with an ice pack first! 😉 Good luck with the IUI – we did that first then moved to IVF, it’s a tough journey but it’s so worth it xx

  8. 31 May, 2017 / 5:28 pm

    Such gorgeous photos! And such a gorgeous little family you are! x

  9. 2 October, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    Ohhh, she’s gorgeous! You make a beautiful family. xx

  10. Hazel Rea
    24 November, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    What a lovely record of a lovely family.