Thursday 2 August 2012

The Day That

On this day exactly one year ago I made the decision to go into the local maternity unit.  I had not been able to sleep for a couple of days and was worried that with my impending due date I would be too tired for the labour.  We left early - just as the sun was rising but I was too busy worrying about what might happen to pay any attention.

Dylan was born later that day and I can honestly say I have no idea whether the sun shone or the heavens opened.  I was absorbed in my labour and in my newborn baby boy.  It was the biggest day of my life and one I remember with a tear in my eye, yet I missed much of it's beauty.

I have always been a fan of sunrises and sunsets, and although I have been awake for very few of the former, I remember each and every one:

  Walking down to the beach after staying up all night as a 13 year old at the millenium.  Watching the first sunrise over the waves, struggling to stay awake but knowing it was an important moment

 Staying up all night for a full moon party on Thailand's iconic island and realising it was 6am.  The picture I took of the sun rising over the sea is coloured pink and purple and remains the best picture I have ever taken.

 Arriving at Angkor Wat in Cambodia after
a heavy night of drinking to be overwhelmed by the stunning sunrise.

 The day I had my son

Luckily a company with a beautiful and genius idea have captured the moment for me.  The Day That have been out taking photos of every single sunrise since 2005 and their stunning photos make a unique personalised gift.  Every day they take a selection of photos so you can pick whichever you like.  Here is the photo we picked for Dylan's birth

02/08/2011, the day that

The photo comes complete with a handwritten caption underneath and in a choice of frames.  I went for the silver frame as I thought it complemented the photo we chose the most and it is now hanging in pride of place in the living room.  The images on the website do not do the photos justice either as they are totally breathtaking in real life.

I think it is an amazing idea and it is so easy to order online.  Just input the date you are looking for using the calender on the right hand side and it brings up a selection of images.  By clicking through the frames on the left hand side you can see the image against them and work out what suits your requirements.  They come in a variety of sizes on a budget to suit everyone ranging from £85 to £250.

I would whole-heartedly recommend The Day That as I think capturing your child's first day is so important. They would also make great wedding anniversary presents of the sun rising on your first day as a married couple.  For any more information visit The Day That website

If you would like to get your very own personalised photo, The Day That have a fantastic offer just for you, where you can get a mounted, unframed print absolutely free with every framed print you order. To claim your free print, or just to find out more about them, phone The Day That directly on 01736 758109 and tell them I sent you. Their personal customer service is second to none, and they'll be absolutely delighted to take your call!

Disclaimer:  I was sent a framed photo for the purpose of this review but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. It's such a lovely idea. Wish I could afford one!

  2. Aww almost a year ago for me too. Has gone so fast!

  3. Nice posting! Keep sharing the good work.


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