It was a very sad day for me yesterday, it was the first anniversary of the death of our beloved dog Elke. She was a Border Collie X Keeshond, a wonderful mix of intelligence, energy, loyalty and love. She was amazing with our kids, faithful and patient, and she had this amazing protectiveness over them whenever they played outside - standing guard watching over them for hours.
Sadly, at age 12, she lost a very short battle with nasal cancer last July, when she passed away quietly at home. A year has passed now, but I still get choked up whenever I think of her. I have been designing photo book in her memory this week, I though if I left it long enough, I would be able to get through it without sobbing - but nope! She is sorely missed, but at least we have so many wonderful memories of her to cherish.
On a lighter note, recently I conducted a fundraising event for a local C&K Kindergarten. These mini family shoots were a fantastic way for families to have an updated photo, without having to spend an hour trying to wrangle small kids into smiling and behaving themselves during a full session! We kept the sessions short and sweet, and captured some lovely family moments!
I love mini shoots because I need to be on my toes - its challenging and super fun to engage with the kids as quickly as I can. Add in the fundraising element for such a wonderful organisation , well its a lovely feeling to be part of it all!
Some families elected not to have their images shared online (and I always respect and honour that request), but here is some of my favourites images from the morning session of our fundraising mini shoots.
Nereeda and her family were bathed in this gorgeous morning light!
Kirsty and her gorgeous four!
Melissa and her family loved hamming it up for the camera!
Lots of big smiles from Dolly and her family!
Its so cool getting to meet so many wonderful families!
Stay tuned for part 2 of these Fundraising Mini Shoots next week!
Mr 4 doesn't do things by halves. Last week we had a bloody scene on our hands on the Trampoline, where he had tripped, and face-planted into one of the few bits of exposed metal on the whole structure. (seriously, there is padding almost EVERYWHERE else!) Miss 6 started shouting and we came running...
The result was blood, tears, one tooth knocked clean out, and another one bent back into his mouth at a frightening angle. His mouth looked like mince meat!
So the last week has seen us running around for multiple x-rays and dental appointments ,along with soft foods and cautious warnings to settle down. This week we returned to the dentist to have the second tooth removed, and he was super brave. He didn't even flinch when the needle went in (although I did, watching on, eeek!) and he handled the whole thing quite calmly and without any fuss.
Now that he's had his first visit from the tooth fairy, he's thrilled! I doubt this will cause him to slow down at all, but we can always hope!
Alexis and Ryan showed off their beautiful baby bump at their maternity shoot recently - doesn't she look amazing? It was so beautiful to capture the love between this gorgeous couple, as they eagerly awaited the arrival of their little girl! I was lucky enough to do the newborn shoot for this little bub once she was born too, coming up on the blog soon! Here's a snippet of our images from this day:
Beautiful memories for a beautiful family!
The second week of the school holidays was a bit of a write-off here. I came down with some sort of viral flu thing, so for 2 days we were house-bound while mummy shivered under a blanket with the chills and bodyaches. The kids coped as best as they could, but inevitably, cabin fever set in. The fighting and bickering hit an all time high, and everyone was just sick of the sight of each other, and sick of shouting at each other.
So when my husband suggested we have a quick 2 night getaway somewhere, well I wasn't sure how it would go! But it turns out, it was just what we needed. Change of scenery, some fresh beach air, new sights, sand between our toes, and no work or other distractions for a few nights. We did a couple of touristy things, but mostly just relaxed and enjoyed being away from it all. And two nights of no cooking certainly counts as a holiday to me!
Nice to be home now and ready to tackle the new term, and whatever it may bring!
We had a lovely afternoon for Sasha, Chris and Mark's family shoot recently - Sasha and Chris are keen ice hockey players and wanted to incorporate some of their gear into the shoot. It made for some really fun and colourful images! Mark loved being able to bring his bike along for the photos too.
Thanks for a fun afternoon, guys!
I had one of those days yesterday. It all started quite peacefully, until my school holiday dawdling had us running late for an appointment. I am definitely getting crankier in my old age! The kids had been playing quite happily until crazy mummy started running around shouting: We're going to be late! Get your shoes on! Have you brushed your teeth? Turn that TV off! I thought I told you to get your shoes on!!? etc etc until we were in the car where I gripped the steering wheel in sheer frustration...
And then we got stuck behind every slow truck possible, along with roadworks and red lights - I think my blood pressure started to boil... made worse that I knew it was all my fault for slothing around the house without realising the time. In the end we were only 5 minutes late and I felt like I could breathe again.
I should have turned around and gone home then, but then I decided to brave Kmart, which given my frazzled state, was probably not a good idea. I felt somewhat comforted though by the large number of other frazzled mums who were also in Kmart tearing their hair out, all screaming at their kids to leave stuff alone, and stop running off. School holiday fun, right there folks.
I felt like making eye contact and offering them a Hunger Games style 3 finger-solidarity-salute.
Deep breaths, mamas, deep breaths.
The beautiful botanic gardens on Tamborine Mountain was the location for Cassandra and Brendans family shoot recently, and we had a fun afternoon exploring this lovely spot! This was a sentimental location for them as they'd had their wedding photos taken here also. Sunlight filtered through the trees creating a gorgeous backdrop, and the kids had a great time running around too!
Thank you for a lovely afternoon guys!
Miss 6 has been begging us for months to be allowed to watch the first Harry Potter movie. We've resisted, since her brother is only 4 and would want to watch it too, and we thought it may be a bit too scary and would give him nightmares for sure.
But now its school holidays, and the other night we finally decided we'd let them see it - a family movie night! They LOVED it! Funnily enough, Mr 4 was totally fine with the reveal of Voldemorts' face on the back of Professor Quirrell's head, and Miss 6 was the one who freaked!
They've watched it a few times since then (the shock factor has worn off now), and I must admit its so cute watching them run around with a stick imagining its a magic wand, shouting "Wingardium Leviosa!" at every opportunity (swish and flick!) and pretending they can fly on a broomstick.
Now we just have to deal with the constant requests to watch the second movie! So far, the threat of seeing the giant spiders is keeping that at bay.
How are you keeping your kids busy during the school holidays?
The very cute little Leo came to visit me recently at Tamborine, along with his gorgeous mum Jo! We set ourselves up outside on a lovely warm morning and proceeded to capture the many varied expressions of this handsome little dude! He gave me the most gorgeous smiles, and was such a happy, cruisey little man throughout the whole shoot, as you can see in the images below...
Such a gorgeous little guy!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.