I recently bought a new camera and have been spending many an evening snapping away at anything and everything. Its a Nikon D5100. Not something I ever intended to buy as I’m not that avid a photographer. But since I’ve had it I now want people to get married, have parties and lots of babies…just so that I have lots of stuff to photograph.

At the moment my subject matter is rather boring and mostly inanimate objects.

Like this…

Or This….


I haven’t actually taken that many of Little Z as yet as he never sits still or wants to take photos himself…so, one a couple of occassions I used Cookie Monster as my test subject.

And yes he is VERY expressive, as you can see….

The “Pondering sat on the window sill” expression…

Cookie Monster

The “Oh no, Its raining. Again!” expression…


The “Ooh you’re too close and your lighting is all wrong, I think you need more lessons” expression…


And last but not least, The “He Never?!!!” expression….

I do have a very long way to go but its a very addictive thing trying to get that shot “just right”. I’ve since got a few very lovely ones (and many wonky ones) of Little Z too and think I understand a tiny bit about why photographers invest hundreds of pounds in lenses.




  1. Sarah MumofThree World April 24, 2013 / 5:46 am

    I love the ‘oh no, it’s raining again’ expression 🙂 I understand about wanting new lenses too! Just want to go a bit closer and a bit wider. Maybe I should ask for one for my BIG birthday coming up?!

  2. farfromhomemama April 24, 2013 / 6:52 am

    Not only do I love this post but now I’m exceptionally excited for mine to arrive 🙂

  3. Shell Louise April 24, 2013 / 9:21 am

    The ‘oh no it’s raining’ expression made me laugh out loud; glad I’m home alone! 🙂
    I’m actually very jealous and hoping that Santa will be bring a nice shiny new camera for Christmas this year!

  4. Louise April 24, 2013 / 9:21 am

    Love these photos – the Cookie Monster has some fab expressions lol! x

  5. Kelly Wiffin April 24, 2013 / 9:24 am

    I so need a new camera, love your photos!

  6. Mother Goutte April 24, 2013 / 9:38 am

    Haha, what a brilliant take on this week’s theme! That really made me smile 🙂

  7. Jacq April 24, 2013 / 11:01 am

    What? No COOKIES expression?

  8. Herding Cats April 24, 2013 / 11:12 am

    I absolutely love the ‘Oh no, it’s raining. Again’ expression photography. It has everything right for a great picture!

  9. LauraCYMFT April 24, 2013 / 11:48 am

    Great photos. I do love taking photos but I know I’m not great at it. I do see why people can spend lots of money on it though as when you get the perfect shot, it is just amazing.

  10. Coombemill - Fiona April 24, 2013 / 1:00 pm

    A permanently surprised expression! Popping over from The Gallery

  11. Kelloggsville April 24, 2013 / 2:09 pm

    The problem is the better the lense gets the bigger it tends to get and I like the camera in my pocket approach. I love the window one too.

  12. Katie @mummydaddyme April 24, 2013 / 2:36 pm

    HAHAHAHAHAHA I love this post so much! Especially Cookie Monsters ‘Oh No It’s Raining’ Expression! These are great photos, I love learning all about my camera. I had a D5100 for ages and loved it. x

  13. Jaime Oliver April 24, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    I absolutely love it!! i think cookie monster is amazing too! love your take on the theme 🙂

  14. Lous Lake Views April 24, 2013 / 6:11 pm

    Great witty post. I love it! I’m learning more about my camera too, I’m better with landscapes as I haven’t sussed the close ups yet.

  15. Rachel April 24, 2013 / 7:37 pm

    Cookie Monster is hilarious! I love the name of your blog. It is so true!

  16. Mama Syder April 24, 2013 / 8:22 pm

    Haha Great shots! Made me smile x

  17. Brinabird and Son April 24, 2013 / 8:50 pm

    Definitely a different take on the theme! The trick with a new camera is to just keep snapping and get comfortable with it and have FUN!

  18. older mum in a muddle April 24, 2013 / 10:35 pm

    I absolutely love this – it really made me laugh. Thank you for making me cheery before bedtime!

  19. A Patchwork Life April 24, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    Perfect test subject!! 🙂 Glad you’re enjoying your camera. Might need to get a new one soon…mine’s never been quite the same since I dropped it in a bowl of cream.. 🙁

  20. bluebirdsunshine April 25, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    I love, love, love the shots of Cookie Monster, fabulous!

  21. Mum2BabyInsomniac April 25, 2013 / 8:55 pm

    Great photos! I bought a dslr camera a little while ago and am looking forward to one day having the time to learn how to use it properly! x

  22. Sonia Cisco April 26, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    Hahahahahaha Cookie Monster RULES!

  23. Emily April 27, 2013 / 9:25 am

    Wonderful, hehe!! X

  24. Erica Price April 28, 2013 / 8:00 am

    I take almost all my photos on my iphone and the few that I don’t are on a fairly ancient digital camera that doesn’t have many features. I’m starting to feel that its holding me back and I love the idea of getting something better and learning how to use all those lenses. Good luck with your experiments.

  25. JallieDaddy April 28, 2013 / 11:23 am

    That Cookie Monster! He can say so much without speaking! Clever idea: like it 🙂

  26. Molly April 28, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Blooming hilarious! I’d love to be a fly on the wall during your Cookie Monster photo shoot!

  27. Clare May 5, 2013 / 11:57 pm

    LOVE the “Oh no, Its raining. Again!” picture!!!

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