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“The mother with her muddy son, kicking a football in the park,

cannot sense as they wander home through chilly, soft-approaching dark;

this was the last time they’d come out

to kick that happy ball about.

How secret, sneaky-soft they come: those last times when we’ll kiss it better,

hold their hand across the road or lift them up to post a letter.

They pass unmarked, un-noticed; for

we’re not so needed any more.

So they abandon fairy tales, and nursery rhymes that mummy sings

and leave behind soft toys – and us – and put away their childish things;

a loss so small. Our loss the greater,

unmissed, un-mourned, until years later.”

(Extract from “The Last Time” by Lucy Berry)

I found this poem years ago – sellotaped to a clients fridge. And I practically collapsed in tears right there and then in her kitchen.

A ‘Boy-Mum’ myself I suddenly realised how many ‘last times’ had been and gone ….. totally un-missed. When WAS the last time I’d lifted him up to post a letter? When WAS the last time I’d held his hand to cross the road? When WAS the last time we’d kicked a ball about together? When did I last ‘kiss it better’?

It goes SO quickly. Sometimes the days feel SO long. But the YEARS! Oh my goodness. How quickly those years are gone. And all the time we are teaching them to need us less and less.

And that is the natural order of things and how it should be – but it doesn’t stop it hurting just a teeny weeny bit.

Stop the clock – just for half an hour! These sessions are designed to fit around busy lives and after school moments. You never know what to wear for a portrait sitting so grab that Long Dress that’s hanging in the back of the wardrobe that you never get a chance to wear (Don’t worry if it’s tight! WE all know we ALL need to loose half a stone!! I only need the front of it so I’ll pin the back for you. No one will EVER know there was a 3″ gap where the zip wouldn’t do up!)

Or lets have a chat. I have a wardrobe FULL of dresses and you can choose whatever you would love!

Better still – I will dress the Little People for you if you need me to. You don’t even have to THINK about that bit!!! The same wardrobe is full of Little Boys Waistcoats and Black Ties and Little Girls Princess Dresses.

All you have to do is get them in the car and bring them here! You don’t even need to park! The studio is at home and home is on a farm. You can abandon your vehicle right outside and just herd them up the stairs!

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Your session fee is £295 and this includes:-

As much help as you need beforehand organising everyone and deciding what to wear

Full use of my wardrobe


Afterwards your ENTIRE session fee is converted to a £295 Collection Credit to put towards your collection of choice


Mama’s Moments   – £295

A downloadable collection of your favourite three portraits as Digital Files sized for Social Media and for printing to 7×5

Mama’s Minutes – £395

A  downloadable digital collection of  your five favourite portraits sized for social media and for printing to 7×5

A Wall Sized Fine Art print, beautifully double mounted, and ready to drop into a frame of your choice

Mama’s Memories   – £495

A  downloadable digital collection of ALL of the images from your session as full size, high resolution digital files with a full print licence.

A Wall Sized Fine Art print, beautifully double mounted, and ready to drop into a frame of your choice

If you decide to add to your chosen Collection you can do so at any time as your gallery will be available for a full 12 months. Individual Fine Art prints start from £45. High Resolution digital files start at £85. Memory Boxes and Wall Art start at £295


Just pop over to the Annie Bee Diary – choose a date – and get yourself booked in. It’s as simple as that!!! Simply click HERE to check availability and to find out what works best for you!

Or – if you want to have a chat first just tell me when you are free and I’ll give you a call –  LETS CHAT

Ten years from now you’ll be really glad you did (or really wish you had!)

Annie xx

PS This session makes an absolutely BEAUTIFUL gift! And it even comes WITH FLOWERS!!

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