Are there any words feared more by parents across the country at this time of year than ‘Egg Decorating Competition’? When I was a child, egg decorating was a fairly simple affair, usually involving a little paint and a repeating pattern. I vaguely recall upping my egg-sculpting skills one year and creating a Humpty Dumpty inspired affair: an egg with a face, and possibly a hat, sitting on top of a small box covered in brick-pattern paper. I don’t want to claim that I revolutionised the niche, but the judges were suitably wowed by my devil-may-care attitude to the traditions of the craft.

Today, every child is under pressure to create an entire scene based upon an egg-based pun, along the lines of Egg Sheeran, or Jurras-Egg Park. So when our eldest daughter came home from school eggcitedly clutching a letter inviting her to submit a decorated egg for the PTFA competition, I made sure that she handed it straight to Anna! Happily, my wife had a plan ready to hatch, and all she would need was 5 eggs (actually 3, with 2 spare, in case they eggsploded in the pan), some paper, paint, several hours and an endless supply of patience… (Enough with the egg puns now. I had another, but I’m at risk of going to eggstremes, so Omlettin’ it slide).

Most parents with children of a certain age will be familiar with the Octonauts. For those who haven’t been subjected to it yet, it’s a TV show about some animals who, for reasons known only to themselves, roam the oceans in various submarines, helping the local residents overcome their problems. My daughter loves it, and handily it has a short syllable which can be replaced by the word ‘egg’. Octonauts become Eggtonauts. See what we did there?

Actually, it was a lovely way to spend a Sunday when you’re snowed in once again, this time by The Beast from the East’s smaller, less beastly cousin. I spent most of the time holding a sleepy youngest daughter, whilst Anna and Ellie worked hard on their creation.

On the photography front, unfortunately, the snow put paid to the Derbyshire engagement shoot with Shaunie and Chris that I had planned for Saturday evening.  However, I did deliver the final edited images of a beautiful wedding from a few weeks ago. I’m looking forward to sharing more photos from Ellie and Reese’s wedding in the coming weeks, but for now, here’s one of my favourites from their portrait session.

Stay tuned this week for a trip back to last summer as I try to catch up with wedding blogs – I have a gorgeous tipi wedding in Derby to share with you! Have a great week.

I’m Jon and I’m a wedding photographer based in Derby, covering weddings across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and around the UK. I chose to specialise in weddings because each one is unique and special to the couple. If you’re getting married and would like to know more, get in touch!

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