One Moment In Time With Hungry Harriet

9 February 2018

Welcome to one moment in time, a guest posts series, where bloggers share the stories behind special or significant photographs. This week's featured blogger is the lovely Steph who blogs at Hungry Harriet. Thank you so much for joining me!

I got my flair for photography from my Dad. In fact, my Mum has always been a dab hand at snapping those special Kodak moments too so it was no wonder that we returned from our trip to America with an album full of picture perfect images. The kind of images you could print onto a postcard or a canvas and sell to giddy tourists in Central Park.

My other half (and talented videographer/editor), Abby came with us as an honorary member of the family so I took all of my shots on her super expensive, super whizzy camera. The Statue of Liberty in perfect focus against a sunny Staten Island backdrop, skyscrapers glistening perfectly against happy-accident lens flares. The photograph I love most of them all though is this one - the totally imperfect and off-guard snap of my Mum, my Dad, my brother Jake and I, taken by Abby: 

My parents, Abby and I had made the trip across the pond, from our home in the North West of England earlier this year in honour of Jake’s graduation. He had been studying business and kicking ass on a tennis scholarship at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey for the past four years and it was finally time to celebrate all of his hard work and incredible achievements.

The sun was cracking the flags, we finally got to meet all of Jake’s fabulous friends (his American ‘family’), we got to see the MetLife Stadium in real life and Bon Jovi even performed at the ceremony. I mean, it was an unforgettable day, it really was but the best part about the entire trip was having all of my favourite people in one place, brimming with pride and bursting with love for each other.

America has claimed my little bro for the time being (and who could blame him really) so we don’t get to spend much time together, face-to-face anymore. It’s all dodgy Skype signals and WhatsApp calls when the time zones collide. Moments like the one in this picture are something I had previously taken for granted and something I treasure more fiercely than ever before these days.

Of course the version of the image that came afterwards when Abby laughed and told us all to look her way and smile at the shutter was ‘better’ but this one shows us how we really are. A bit daft, definitely different and as close knit as can be. All with such a special addition to our family behind the lens too. If I could live this moment on a loop forever, I would.

That reminds me, I really must buy a new frame…

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