You know those pictures that people take of children and say ‘bring that out when she is 21’ or ’That’s one to show the future husband’. Well these are mine. They were all dug out and scanned for my 21st birthday slideshow and they go from while I was still in my mother’s tummy to when I got my first digital camera when I was 15.
I’m an only child. My parents always had a camera in some shape or form and of course, being an only child I was the centre on their attention so there are a lot of photos of me growing up. I don’t know if it is just me but I think at this age (almost 25) It’s so weird to see photos of my mum pregnant with me.
When I was 18months old my Mum and Dad took me to England to see my dads side of the family. I loved flying but with the constant ear infections I had as a kid, I stranded my parents in Hawaii for a week before I could fly again. I can think of worse places to be stranded!
I loved digging in the dirt and playing in the backyard with the sprinkler as a kid. Growing up near the beach in Australia really cemented my love of the warm weather and being outdoors!
This is my favourite series of photos from the photos from my childhood. Me, pale as anything in a white dress getting closer and closer to the big black dog. I’ve always loved dogs and throughout these pictures you can see my first dog, a Jack Russell named Ritchie after my stuffed dog Ritchie, named after my cousin who gave me him. I also like this because my dad actually took 4 frames of me essentially doing the same thing, which wasn’t done as much with film as kids these days get with the never-ending stream of digital photos. Making them even more special!
This is my stuffed dog Ritchie, I still sleep with him to this day but I’m a lot longer but he’s stayed the same.
This was my first day at school. My parents had separated by this time and you can see my step mum in the next photo with my nieces (from her daughter) and my mum’s boyfriend with his head wrapped with a scarf.
This was my Spice Girls birthday party. I was Baby Spice even though I’ve always had very dark hair, we sprayed it yellow. Following that are some photos from my early teenage years, going up until my 15th birthday. I find these the most awkward to look at because I can still relate to being that age but, if I could only tell that girl what I know now!
I feel lucky to have all of these photos as I know there are a lot of people out there who in the age of film, may not have had a camera or the money to have film developed so they only have school photos to see how they’ve changed throughout the years.