Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day
Valentine’s Day Ⓒ Catherine Houston

When I first decided to write a blog for Valentine’s Day (I know….how original!!) my plan was to found out some great “historical” facts about the origins of Valentine’s Day. I started “googling” and reading about the legends/history starting in the ancient Roman Empire and as I was naively expecting to read one story/legend about love and romance (although true to some extent) I was overwhelmed by the number of stories/mythologies starting with the imprisonment and execution of poor Saint Valentine in the ancient Roman Empire… So to make it very very short: Valentine’s Day became a symbol of love for different reasons in the Middle Ages (celebration of spring, of love, ..). (you can read more about it here : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day).

As you most probably all noticed, it’s now a very over-commercialised day. It can represent something different for all of us: the declaration of a new love for some, a competition of romance for others, a dreadful day for the singles, …. (and for me really just the day before my birthday ;-)).

In any case I wanted to share with you pictures of Love.

“Un petit peu de douceur dans un monde de brutes”.

– Mothers’ Love –

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Valentine’s Day Ⓒ Catherine Houston

– Siblings’ Love –

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– Young Love –

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– and more Love (in Paris…of course) –

– and I will finish with one of my favorite quotes from my favorite author:

“Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la même direction.”(“Love does not consist in gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.)

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry –

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Valentine’s Day Ⓒ Catherine Houston

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

(and if you don’t know what to do on Valentine’s Day, read the “Petit Prince”- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, best book ever about Love).

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First Birthday Party / Photo session

Last week we celebrated our youngest little princess first birthday party!!! And as a “Mammarazzi” (see previous post….) 😉 my job during all our family celebrations/outings is to take lots of pictures for our family books.

And I love to photograph birthday sessions in general. As a photographer you can make a list of “to not miss” shots (almost like a wedding photographer…. rings exchange, the Kiss, family groups, …). Well for a birthday you have the obvious: the Cake, blowing of the candles, opening of the gifts, …

And when it’s a first birthday it’s even more cute because the baby is discovering all of this for the first time. I’m not exactly a big fan of the “cake smashing” photo sessions myself but I liked the idea of a tiny cake that our baby could actually eat.

So here it is..Happy Birthday Miss R.!!!

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Birthday Cakes
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What’s going on here?
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Okay, let’s run with it…
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Wait!!!!
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Too late….
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Is that edible??
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Let’s try…
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That’s pretty good!!
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Let’s have more!!!
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Gift time…

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Play time…

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