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'We release balloons on her birthday': Shona shares the emotional story behind this image

‘This looks like the most Instagrammable photo, but the balloons are about more than that.’

EACH WEEK, A different Irish parent chats us through a family photo from Instagram and explains what was really going on outside the frame – from tantrums to toilet disasters.

Fancy taking part? Email amy@thejournal.ie with a few lines about yourself and your kids for a chance to feature.

IMG_5878 (1) Source: Shona Baggett

This week, Shona Baggett (@mammy_and_the_mayhem) chatted us through a poignant photo of her daughter. 

Tell us a bit about this photo. What inspired you to take it?

This photo of my daughter Rosie sparks a thousand emotions. It was taken on 22 August 2018, on what would have been Penny’s second birthday. Penny is our little angel who was born sleeping.

What’s one thing that’s going on in this photo that you wouldn’t know from looking at it?

It was a hard day, as it is every year. For most people looking on, this looks like the most perfect Instagrammable photo, but the balloons are about more than that. Each year we celebrate Penny’s birthday by taking pink balloons down to the beach and we let them go in her memory.

The day itself is always hard, so taking photos isn’t always in the forefront of my mind, but I do like to have at least one to mark the occasion. I wouldn’t let Rosie or my son Oscar’s birthday pass without taking a photo, so Penny’s is no different.

Did it take many attempts to get the right shot?

It was a complete fluke that this photo is so beautiful. Other than brightening it up, there wasn’t any other editing done to it. It did, however, take many attempts to get Rosie to hold the balloon while we got the photo – she just didn’t want anything to do with it. She cried after I tied it to her wrist, and we managed to get this beauty in between tears.

Do you have a family photo from Instagram with a great behind-the-scenes story?

The day at the beach when the little one ingested a mouthful of sand – or the smiley photo taken just minutes after a tantrum? If so, we want to hear from you! Email amy@thejournal.ie with a few lines about yourself and your kids for a chance to feature in What You Don’t See Here. 

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