Picture above taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Pinhole Art Filter
This is my third and final post for the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Olympus Challenge #myfamilylens series (see my first post here and second post here). All photographs have been taken using the Olympus OM-D E-M10. Olympus have kindly sent me this camera with the 14-42mm lens to test out for two months. All words, opinions and views are my own.
Nyla you turned one last month, which undoubtedly was a huge milestone for you. It also marks a huge milestone for the family as you grow from being a baby constantly needing our help into an independent toddler. As I pack away the toys which you have outgrown, the same baby toys I’d packed away once before for your sister, I can’t help but think that your first year seemed to have flown by…How can we be closing yet another baby chapter so quickly already? Was it really a year ago when I was shaking and sobbing in the shower at the intensity of emotion and physical pain during the last stages of labour? And was it really just a year ago when I first held you in my arms and then only 15 minutes later you were taken away from me when you suddenly turned blue and stopped breathing?!
As dramatic as it was on your birth day, your first birthday was relatively stress free. I didn’t want a huge party like we did with Lily. Having gone through that and so many other first birthdays now I could already picture what yours would have been like. Adults (without kids) standing around awkwardly and staring at all the kids screaming as their parents are running after them. Your dad would be consoling your sister because she is jealous that it isn’t her birthday and you are getting all the attention. And then there would be me trying to make conversation with everyone and serve food amongst all the chaos whilst holding your hand to relax your nerves of being around so many people. So who exactly is enjoying themselves then??
So I decided to forgo the massive celebration and do something really small just with the family instead. But this didn’t mean we weren’t celebrating – we still wanted to mark the milestone and have a good time. I made a pink ombre piñata cake the day before and without the pressure of a party I didn’t aim for perfection but was really happy with the results. Your aunties made your party hat and I ordered these beautiful big balloons with tassels. We didn’t have to painstakingly make decorations or prepare lolly bags. Easy peasey and the most important thing was that your loved ones were around you and you got to enjoy yourself with our undivided attention.
In your first year we’ve seen the biggest steps in your development from struggling to breathe on your first few days of life to smiling, eating, saying a few words, crawling, standing and now walking. You have been completely different to you sister in terms of your personality and development and it keeps us all on our toes guessing what will be next.
I see a lot of myself in you with your tenacious spirit and commitment to finish everything. You show your love for people as you have loved cuddles from day one and always prefer to be around people. I can see that you might be a bit of rebel with your refusal to take ‘no’ as an answer!
I’m sure the rest of your birthdays will mark significant milestones and the best thing is that we will always share them with you as a family. We love you so much and so grateful to have you in our lives.
Love your Mummy, Daddy and Lily x
I used the loan Olympus OM-D E-M10 camera to take the pictures above and trusted it would take great shots. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is the latest addition to the Olympus OM-D range, and offers a compact all metal body, TruePic VII, a 16 megapixel Live MOS sensor, a tilting 3inch screen, an electronic viewfinder, and a built in pop-up flash.
The Olympus’ OI Share app enabled my iPhone to control the camera settings such as shutter and aperture. This is such a powerful feature as I could use my phone to have more control over the camera than a standard remote and use the live view mirror to see what the camera sees. I then directly uploaded the pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@SassandSpice My Family Lens: #myfamilylens) via the in-built WiFi. I especially got a lot of love from Instagram so thank you for all the kind comments!
There are 12 art filters which you can see live on the viewfinder so you can preview the filter before taking the shot. I used the pinhole art filter for one of the cake photos (the first picture in this post).
The axis image stabilisation (which allows for a steady handheld shooting experience) and defining the focus easily via the touchscreen helped me capture Nyla even though she was constantly on the move and wouldn’t sit still. My favourite thing about the camera though is that it’s compact and lightweight enough to take anywhere. Especially if one hand is occupied carrying a heavy birthday girl!
I hope you liked the pictures as much as I do! Unfortunately we didn’t end up getting a shot of the family via the Olympus as my sisters and parents were too busy using their own cameras and by the 100th photo Nyla got in a mood! All views expressed in this blog post are my own and are in no way influenced by the loan product as I really love this camera. I’m trying my very best to win it and this is my third and final post. Please let me know what you thought of my three posts. You can see my first post for this competition here and my second post for the competition here.
Thank you to lovely people at Olympus and Kidspot for allowing me to participate in this competition and have the Olympus OM-D E-M10 on loan. I’m so sad to be giving it back! And thank you to all the readers for showing your support and following my journey throughout the competition. I have my fingers and toes crossed!!
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