Who doesn't love a beautiful love story? I know I do! I quite often stop and think to myself "I have the best job in the world!" - but sometimes, it just gets even better.
I was contacted by Sarah a few months ago and we booked in her family shoot on the beach. I knew the shoot would include extended family who would be visiting from Brazil, which was quite exciting in itself, with the challenge of working around the language barrier!
A few weeks later I heard from Sarah letting me know that her sister-in-law's boyfriend Leo was going to propose during the shoot! I knew right then and there that this was going to be awesome. We organized some extra time for the end of the shoot to capture this beautiful moment in their lives. Instructions and discussions had to be translated!
We started by capturing some images of the Martelli family together, and can I just say, what a gorgeous bunch of photogenic people!
So after capturing so many beautiful moments of the family, it was time for the surprise proposal! I'm not sure who was more excited and nervous, Leo, the family, or me!
Leo took his beloved Leticia by the hand and led her along the beach, walking and talking and looking so in love... they stopped and shared a spontaneous kiss as Leo reached into his pocket...
Of course, she said YES! A crowd had gathered behind us and they all clapped and cheered!
The happy couple!
Thank you so much Martelli family for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful family occasion!
Behind the scenes from this photoshoot - I spend a lot of time running back and forth, finding the right angles and the best light... and yes I do beach photshoots in bare feet! Its a great workout for everyone, and lots of fun too! :)
Capturing that all-important shot of the ring...
A very big thank you to Sarah for capturing these behind-the-scenes photos for me!
It was a simple comment: "Thanks mum"... but to me, it spoke volumes.
Up to now, ever since she made me a mother, Miss 6 has always called me "mummy". From the first time that word came out of her sweet little mouth, I was hooked. She didn't have me at "hello" - she had me at "mummy". I remember waiting and watching patiently while she was a baby, knowing the first words were developing and wondering what her little voice would sound like. There was nothing sweeter than hearing that word for the first time and knowing that she was talking, actually referring to me.
The word has been used perhaps thousands of time since then, sometimes plaintive, sometimes crying, often followed by the never ending: "... can I have something to eat?" Sometimes, in tiredness and frustration, hearing it has made me want to hide in the bedroom, but most of the time it has warmed my heart.
But when one day recently, she swapped "mummy" for "mum" - I noticed, and I felt a twinge of sadness. She is growing up fast, my girl. Like most of us, I alternate between rejoicing at every new step of independence and watching her become her own person, and feeling melancholy as with each step she pulls a little bit further away from needing me. For now, the term "mummy" is still in frequent use (with the occasional "mum" thrown in), and so I'm focusing on enjoying the 'now'.
I know its all part of the journey, but its bittersweet all the same.
I love photographing kids. I love chatting with them, finding out what they like, teasing smiles out of babies and gaining the confidence of toddlers. I love telling silly jokes and acting the fool to raise a giggle. Most of my littlest clients are well under the age of 10, and still think super heroes and Disney princesses are cool!
When I met Michelle and her family, I knew that it would be a little different as both kids were teenagers, and this required a different approach. Particularly as master 14 was absolutely determined not to raise a smile during the entire session! With lots of coaxing and the help of one of his mates, we got there in the end!
Two gorgeous ladies with matching beautiful eyes...
Finally cracked a smile, and it was worth the wait!
Thanks guys for a lovely morning!
Fords vs Holden - a story about brainwashing your children...
The other day we were doing a bit of a car switcheroo. I had both kids in the car with me, while my husband was somewhere in traffic behind us in his Ford. Now, hubby is a big, BIG Ford fan. Both kids have been schooled on this since birth, especially during V8 supercars season. Each kid has numerous Ford t-shirts. We all have to wear them on Bathurst day haha! Our blood bleeds blue, and "Holden" is a bit of a dirty word in our house!
So when we were in the car the other day, miss 6 kept peeking behind us to see if she could see daddy in his car. Finally we pulled up to a roundabout and she spotted a white car behind us.
"Oh! I think I see Daddy, I think that's him behind us!"
I snuck a quick look in the rear-view mirror - "Nope, thats not Daddy. Thats a Holden!"
Miss 6 then said "A HOLDEN?? Bleurghh YUK!"
(And when he heard the story later, he gave her a high 5!)
I'm still playing catch up with some family shoots from late last year - this weeks feature is of the Stephenson Family. It was a super hot morning but we had fun exploring the park, looking at the ducks and finding some shady areas to run around in. And how gorgeous are these two little ones?
I feel so privileged to get to capture so much love between families, thank you Stephenson family for sharing your morning with me!
So the kids went back to school this week - did you shed a tear, or breathe a sigh of relief? Or were you something like me and did a little bit of both?
Miss 6 has been ready to go back to school since about the first week of school holidays. We've had an pretty constant line of questioning something along the lines of:
"When can I go back to school?"
"How many sleeps is it NOW?"
"WHY cant I go back yet?" etc etc
She had new school shoes and spent the last few weeks clomping around the house in them. She's instigated games at home where she is the school teacher to Mr 4 (he is SO used to being told what to do already lol!) and she has even been spotted sitting down reading a book to him, teacher style.
So its safe to say, this week, she is one happy little vegemite.
Mr 4 on the other hand has spent the last 6 months telling us he is NOT going to kindy, and getting upset every time it was mentioned. Even promises of a school bag of his choice (Avengers), a fancy lunchbox, lots of painting, new friends... "NUP! Not going mummy. I wanna stay home with you!"
So it was with great trepidation that we arrived at kindy on Wednesday. I was nervous for him, but I kept my tone light, talking about all the fun he was going to have. We walked through the door and he was off, playing! I spent 10 minutes chatting to the teachers, and then told him I was going. He ran to me, gave me a big hug and kiss, then waved me off with a "See ya mummy!" and barely a backward glance!
And now I dont know whether to sigh with relief that he's settled in so well, or to be slightly miffed that he doesn't need me as much as I thought he did!
Harris family shoot; I love doing family shoots at this lovely park - every time I go there I find another little gem location with amazing light and a spectacular backdrop. Trees aplenty, lots of shade, and lots of space for the kids to run around and have a ball!
The Harris family did just that - and 3 very energetic and absolutely gorgeous kids made for a fun day at the park. And the best bit is they got to have a play on the playground as a reward (for all those beautiful smiles!) when it was all over!
Thank you Harris family for allowing me to capture these memories for you!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.