Belle. In Bristol. In pictures.

Normally when I ask Belle what she wants to do at the weekend she says ‘nothing really.’ She stays in bed until about 1pm and then watches Vampire Diaries until I drag her out to Homesense or something dull like that.

Last weekend though when I asked her, she said ‘I want to go and do a photoshoot, where I wear lots of different outfits and you take pictures of me in front of cool backgrounds.’


Who would have thought it?

So Belle filled the back of our tiny car with clothes and shoes and make up and hairbrushes and I got my camera and we went up to Stokes Croft in Bristol. When we lived in Bristol we lived pretty close to Stokes Croft and it’s one of my favourite parts of the city. There’s such a vibrance to it – so many colours and cafes and different kinds of people. Unfortunately on Saturday it was also a bit on the drizzly side, and bitterly cold, but we had hot chocolates in Cafe Kino, braced ourselves, and did our best.

I understand that being 15 can suck quite a lot. I look at my body now and think about my body at 15 and I want to cry a bit, because of the inversely proportional relationship that goes on – the younger and more beautiful you are, the more full of self-loathing you also are. Once you get old enough to realise you’re actually a goddess, i.e. me, then things are rather past their prime. Hopefully Belle will be able to look at these photos and realise how beautiful she is.

(Although probably not because of being 15. See above.)

Anyway, we had a lot of fun, despite the cold, and it was nice to get out of the house for a proper weekend outing.

Slummy Single Mummy

Slummy Single Mummy

Slummy Single Mummy

Slummy Single Mummy

Slummy Single Mummy

Slummy Single Mummy




  1. 17 November, 2017 / 11:08 am

    Beautiful girl. And all the ones with the green jumper are just gorgeous.

    • Jo Middleton
      17 November, 2017 / 12:24 pm

      Apparently that jumper is hers now. (It WAS mine…)

  2. Jonet Middleton
    17 November, 2017 / 11:54 am

    Looking gorgeous!! Love gran xx!

  3. Lucy
    17 November, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Belle is a goddess in our house! Just ask Josie! (and me of course)

  4. Mel
    17 November, 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Belle is such a fitting name Joey! Fabulous pictures xxx

  5. Sharon H
    18 November, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    Gorgeous pictures , I definitely think the green jumper should be hers

    • Jo Middleton
      20 November, 2017 / 10:45 am

      Whaat?? Everyone is on Belle’s side with the jumper! I sense a conspiracy…

  6. 27 November, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    Being a part time photographer myself I love the way you have shot these. Getting up close to the subject. Very good images.

  7. 25 December, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    Urgh she’s beautiful.

  8. Nicole Arumugam
    4 March, 2018 / 8:34 pm

    The same beauty that all the boys had a crush on in Year 6 (and with the voice of an angel!) Hope she’s still singing xx

    • Jo Middleton
      4 March, 2018 / 9:34 pm

      She’s still in the choir – hanging on in there! We did a LOT of singing in the car today though :-)

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