Some time ago, we decided to stop watching the nightly news on TV. Our kids don't need to see all the dramas in the world, and honestly, we are so much happier without it. Some might say we have a "head in the sand" approach - however we still get to hear the main news stories via social media and radio, and that's enough for me.
It took some time to get used to. I felt like I was missing out on something... knowledge... information... ? But in its place, we now have family "happy hour". Family Feud, followed by M*A*S*H! Both kids love watching M*A*S*H and Miss 6 even shouts "YAY!" when she hears the theme music every night. She likes Radar and Frank, while Mr 4 likes Klinger best. I never really watched it much as a kid (personally I always preferred Hogans Heroes and Get Smart) so its mostly all new to me as well :)
Do you feel the same way about watching the news?
Jen, Bryce and little Hudson are featuring on the blog today - their shoot was a prize from a competition I ran earlier in the year. I was thrilled to hear that they were also bringing along their Spanish Water Dog, Muffin!
Hudson was super cute and full of smiles, and Muffin was so well behaved - we had a great morning!
Here's some of my faves from the shoot:
Thanks guys for a lovely morning!
The other night while I was getting dinner ready, Miss 6 called out:
"Oh MUMMY! Come and look at the sky! ITS BEAUTIFUL! Bring your camera, you should take a picture!!"
I didn't have my big camera nearby, so I grabbed my phone instead...
I love that she is learning to look for the beauty in her surroundings - the child of a photographer :)
This is what she saw:
My friend Christine brought her gorgeous little man Kobe along for a childrens shoot recently. He wasn't quite sitting up on his own at this stage but he gave it a good go!
Here's a few of my favourites from the day - I LOVE this expression, it just reminds me of Joey from "Friends" saying "How YOU doing...?"
Such a happy little man!
We have been in our new home for about 6 weeks now, and things are starting to feel a little more "normal". New routines are feeling a bit more established, I'm slowly getting used to driving up and down the mountain twice a day for the school run.
I've got the kids well trained too - the first week or two on the way up, I was a bit nervy with all those twisty, turny bends on the road. The sharp drop offs didn't help either! My rule in the car was "no silliness or loud noises" on the way up so mummy could concentrate... One morning, Mr 4 was carrying on in the backseat, and before I could even say anything, Miss 6 pipes up:
"STOP BEING NOISY! Mummy needs us to be quiet otherwise she might run off the side of the mountain and we'll all DIE!"
...ahem... slightly dramatic!
One exciting thing that has been happening is my new photography studio is under way! I look forward to sharing some progress photos soon!
Today's feature is of Anu, Sangeet and their family. We gathered together on a rainy Friday at a park in Brisbane. Anu was given a family photo shoot as a gift (organised from the UK!), and I was thrilled to meet this lovely family, along with newborn twin baby girls!
The rain was patchy, but rescheduling wasn't an option as some family was due to fly home in a few days - so we worked with what we had! That meant huddling under a gazebo to keep the babies dry for their photos (and for some group shots), and taking advantage of short moments of no rain!
It all made for a fun morning with such a friendly family, and such beautiful babies!
I was also lucky enough to get to have a cuddle at the end of the shoot - thank you so much Anu and Sangeet for sharing a rainy morning with me!
I don't normally bring Mr 4 along with me to photo shoots, but I did a shoot recently at Crossfit Arena at Slacks Creek and my husband was also coming along, so Mr 4 got to have a great time in the gym while mummy worked.
Halfway through the shoot we thought it would be a bit of fun to set up this image (below). There were many 'out-takes' as we tried to line up arms and legs, and get it so that he looked like he was actually lifting the bar (I have many shots where he had his arms bent, or one leg off the ground!) Then I got to have a play in Photoshop! The original image is below, he had just a little bit of help as you can see!
The "before" image:
The rest of the shoot was fun too - and something a little bit different for me. Jarrod, who was a Masters Competitor at the 2014 Reebok Crossfit Games in the USA, wanted to get some new headshots, and also go through a range of exercises and movements. I think I got the easy job though!
Here's just a few from the day:
Thanks Jarrod for an awesome day at your gym!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.