I must say, its a little bit daunting, putting something out there that you've written. This week I hit "publish" on a little e-guide that I've written, based on my experience photographing families and hearing all the fears from the mums when they arrive for their family portrait session.
"I'm so worried my youngest wont behave!"
" My husband doesn't want to be here"
"They're not very co-operative today"
"I wasn't sure what to wear"
This 5 page guide has lots of little tips and advice to help your family session run smoothly, and to help mums relax before the big day!
I asked my dad, who's the worlds' biggest grammar & spelling nazi, to proof-read what I'd written and ask if he had any advice. Of course he did a stellar job picking up on my errors, my very bad habit of over-using exclamation marks (!!) and condensing down anything too 'wordy' (I do like to waffle on a bit)... but my favourite comment from him was in regards to the photo that I'd used of myself.
He said - "I'm not sure about that picture of you... you look too... hairy"
Gee thanks dad.
If you'd like to grab a free copy of this guide, you can do so HERE!
I'd love to hear what you think (be kind!), or if you have any other tips to add!
Sam's family mini session at Tamborine was all about capturing the love and fun between grandparents and grandchildren... I knew that this family was not into posing or sitting still, so we aimed to create lots of interaction and love, with plenty of opportunity for cuddles, tickles and games to get everyone laughing!
Sam says "We had amazing photos from our grandparent and grandchild session down on Hilary's property. Not surprisingly the kids were not in the mood for a great deal of cooperation but the informal shots were nothing short of a miracle. It was so relaxed and Hilary just went with the kids chaos"
Some of my favourites from the day:
Do you have a couple of "go-to" phrases that you dish out when you're talking to the kids? I swore once that if I ever became a mother, I would never EVER use that trusty line:
"Because I said so!"
- which is really a bit of a non-statement isn't it? Its just something you say when you cant think of a reason... and the kids know it too.
And do I say it? Oh hell yeah, all the time. Sometimes the kids ask me for something and I say "NO" without really thinking about it... and then when they question why, well I honestly sit there thinking "Why DID I say no?" Its just habit.
My own mum loved trotting out those old familiar lines:
“You’re like a bull in a china shop!” (well, I am a bit of a klutz)
“My house, my rules”
“Think about all the starving children in Africa!” (don't think that ever worked to get me to finish my dinner)
"I'm changing my name!" (upon hearing 'mum' for the hundredth time that day)
And my own personal favourite, when she got sick of that endless whats-for-dinner question, she would sigh in frustration and then reply:
I still, to this day, do not know what a ‘yim yam’ is.
Do you have your own favourite 'mum phrases' that you always use?
You know, I feel so incredibly lucky to have some amazing friends, and even more lucky when those friends ask you to capture their memories for them. I've known all these gorgeous kids since they were born so it was kinda fun to capture their little personalities on camera, here on our 5 acres at Tamborine.
These guys are such a photogenic family too which makes my job super easy! Here are some of my favourites from the day...
Always love catching up with these guys!
I watch my two from afar. I not only marvel at, but I also celebrate the differences between them, a boy and a girl. I don’t know if the difference is primarily due to their gender, their ages, or simply because they are two completely different human beings, but I do so love watching their personalities grow each day.
It must be one of the biggest joys in a parents life: watching your child develop into an individual, a completely separate and unique human being.
What a marvel, this walking, breathing, talking, complex little individual – a completely random mix of mum and dad, with a bit of their cousin and a bit of their grandparent and a bit of auntie/uncle thrown into the mix. What amazing creations, our children.
Do you often look at your child and suddenly see a “flash”, a glimpse of a cousin, or an auntie, or a grandma in their sweet expression, or the turn of a head? I find that quite delicious, that sudden little flicker of someone else. That link between families is such a beautiful thing, and makes them all the more special to our dearly beloved.
I'm so in love with watching my two...
Have I ever told you how much I LOVE maternity/family shoots? I love that connection between a mama, her belly and the rest of the family - it makes for some beautiful, tender and emotional moments during a photo shoot. And what an amazing time in your life to celebrate! Beautiful families, creating new life and celebrating all that is wonderful - what could be better?
Mel (and her bump), Craig, Ella and I had a fabulous time at the ever beautiful Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, and isn't miss Ella just the sweetest?
Thank you guys for such a beautiful morning on the mountain!
One big ball of stress and anxiety... that was me, exactly one year ago today as we prepared to move house. Its been a memorable 12 months, and I must admit, this time last year I honestly could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Research says that moving home is just as stressful as relationship breakdowns, divorce or starting a new job. I reckon that's about right too - buying and selling aint fun as far as I'm concerned - grey hairs, no sleep, running on adrenaline and nerves... no thank you!
But one year on, we're loving Tamborine. Its a completely different lifestyle. We can sit by the pool and see kangaroos grazing in the back field, keeping the grass down for us. Families of ducks and lots of little hares run around. We love the quiet street, cows and horses as neighbours, everyone is friendly and chatty... we feel like we live a thousand miles away, but we are really only 20 minutes away from our old home in suburbia.
Feeling pretty lucky (and a lot more relaxed!) right about now!
Ok I am REAAAAALY behind with blogging! This weeks blog features last years Christmas Mini Shoots from the outdoor sessions, and I was totally thrilled to have so many returning families back to update those precious family portraits!
Here's some of those lovely memories from our mini shoots...
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.