Portrait by Paige Joanna

To mark mine and Spencer's first Wedding Anniversary back in November I decided to stick with the traditional paper theme and commission a family portrait. I wanted the portrait to be of us in our everyday life, so just chilling on the sofa, Spencer on his laptop and me on my iPad with the cats around us. It was surprisingly easy to persuade Spencer to pose for the photos without letting him know why, I made up some tale about a blog post.  

I took to Twitter for suggestions on who to use and was recommended to use both Paige and Sarah. Both of their work looked fantastic so I emailed them both and decided I would use the person who replied first, which was Paige. 

I sent Paige a selection of very dodgy photos, it is so difficult to get three cats to pose with you on a sofa! Thankfully Paige managed to put all of the good bits from all of the bad photos into one very lovely portrait. She kept me updated every step of the way including sending me regular progress shots, it was great to see the work in progress. When the work was complete Paige sent me a scan of the portrait by email and the original watercolour in the post, which now has pride of place on our fireplace. 

The original was held up with Royal Mail which resulted in a scary couple of days for both myself and Paige, thinking that the original had gone missing in the post wasn't nice. Thankfully it arrived and all was well. I would suggest that if you do have anything like this done you request that it is sent by Recorded Delivery and send a little extra money to cover it.

Go visit the very talented Paige's blog here.


  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! What a lovely anniversary gift xx

  2. Oh I LOVE this! What a beautiful gift - thank you for sharing. And Happy Anniversary for back in November!

    1. Thanks, and no problem re sharing it :) x

  3. I love this what a lovely gift idea :) http://www.joannavictoria.co.uk/

  4. I love it, it's such a cute portrait! x

  5. Such a great picture! A really great take on the traditional family portrait! X


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