I've been thinking lately about the whole reason for learning photography years ago... well, like many photographers, it was when my kids were very young. I was so frustrated with the little point-and-shoot compact camera that I had - I would see so many gorgeous little expressions flit across my babies faces, and in the second or two lag-time between clicking the shutter, and the camera firing to life, the moment had passed and was never captured.
So getting my hands on my very first DSLR was pretty life-changing and I was determined to do everything I could to learn about my new tool. Those first few years I photographed my kids constantly (along with my pets, the backyard, insects, flowers, birthday parties, kindy events, trips to the park or the grandparents house)... I took that camera EVERYWHERE and documented EVERYTHING!
And now I'm lucky enough to get to capture these precious moments for other families, and I LOVE that!
But I've also realised that I take my own kids photos less and less these days.
So I'm challenging myself, for the month of August, to capture my own family life in pictures. Maybe not every day, and maybe not always with my big camera (phone pics still totally count!), but I'm going to strive to make the effort - because not only do I love looking back on those memories, the kids do too.
Who's going to join me?
Keelia, Brody, Scotland and baby Daisy joined me in the studio recently for their newborn session. Keelia loved neutral tones, pale pinks and minimalist set ups, which I must admit I absolutely loved too.
Sweet baby Daisy was just 7 days old on the day of the session - she was a little reluctant to go to sleep at first but once she did we captured some lovely family moments and cute newborn images. Big sister Scotland was awesome too - check out that big smile and big blue eyes!
"We loved Hilary! She answered all my questions promptly and was super accommodating. She really listened to what I wanted out of our photo shoot. Our newborn/family photos are amazing and just what I was hoping for"
Thanks guys for trusting me with these precious memories!
I've been talking to friends recently about going clothes shopping... for me - not the kids! Its been a while and I have a few things on my list. But the realisation dawned on me yesterday that despite having a wardrobe full of clothes, I consistently wear the same things, week after week! And the things on my list to buy, are simply newer versions of things I already own!
I pretty much have my own "mum-uniform" - jeans, long sleeve t-shirt, and the same jacket each and every day. I must have about a dozen pair of jeans, sometimes I might change it up by wearing a different kind of top, but essentially its the SAME...OLD...THING.
Do you do this too?
So this morning I challenged myself to come up with an outfit that was different to my standard mum-uniform. I had thought of wearing a summer dress with tights, but my eye was drawn to a long skirt which I've rarely ever worn - so I thought "Stuff it!" and put it on. Added some ankle boots, a denim jacket (also rarely worn) and the outfit was done. I must say, I feel quite self-conscious, but in a good way! I'm going to keep challenging myself to stay away from jeans this week, and see what else I can come up with!
Alexis, Jayk & Kaia came for their maternity/family session at Tamborine earlier this year - we were blessed with beautiful, stunning afternoon light for this gorgeous family as they eagerly awaited the arrival of their little man!
Here are a few of our favourites from this session:
Soon after, their sweet little man Luca arrived! Our session in the studio was just perfect - big sister Kaia was amazing and so photogenic - just look at those eyes!
Luca, just 9 days old on the day of his session, was a newborn superstar and did everything I asked of him, and more! From that button nose to those cute little toes... he was a joy to photograph!
"Hilary did such an amazing job capturing our family in both a maternity and newborn photo shoot. She was so patient and kind with both kids and really took her time to get the perfect shots! Every single photo was beautiful, we can’t recommend her enough"
Thank you Plotkin family for allowing me to capture these precious memories for you!
Old movies... plus Tamborine Maternity session and Gleneagle Newborn Session (+ behind the scenes photos)
At the moment, we're having a relatively low-key school holidays, and I'm totally fine with that. Last weekend we went away for the night with friends, so this week I just wanted to have a few "home days" to get some things accomplished.
The kids aren't totally thrilled with home days though, so I tempted them with a couple of old movies that they've wanted to watch for ages... the dreaded MUSICAL!
Hubby hates musicals so he just rolled his eyes when I mentioned them. In fact, he walked in while one of them was playing, and promptly turned around and walked back out again!
So this week I've treated the kids to three all-time classics:
The Sound of Music
I have not watched Annie since I was about 10, so that was a bit of a trip down memory lane!! I love Mary Poppins too, but I was curious to see how they would cope with The Sound of Music... given how long it is and how a lot of the plot points would go over their heads... well they loved it! Master 6 was quite fidgety towards the end (but it IS a pretty long movie) and Miss 8 cringes whenever there is a kissing scene, but overall it was a great success!
And much to hubby's disgust, we've all been walking around the house singing musical songs all week :)
I loved hanging out with Shayne, Nick and Alyssia for their maternity/family session with Shayne's gorgeous bump! Miss Alyssia is the sweetest little thing and those shy smiles were just so priceless. We were treated to some stunning afternoon light too - check out these favourites!
And then beautiful newborn Amelia arrived and it was time for her newborn session! We held this session in the comfort of their own home, which meant Alyssia could play with her toys and do her own thing when she wasn't needed. Newborn Amelia was quite alert and wasn't keen on sleeping unless she was very firmly wrapped, but we were still able to get plenty of variety in her session and lots of family combinations too!
Shayne's kind words:
"Hilary done our maternity and newborn photos. The photos were just amazing!
She was very patient and made us feel very comfortable. My husband liked the fact Hilary was quick with the photos. I could not recommend Hilary enough for any photos that your wanting done."
Thanks so much to Shayne for capturing these "behind the scenes" photos of me at work with little Amelia!
I've been chuckling at myself the last few days, because in the space of one week, each time I've spoken to someone, I've managed to work in the words "half marathon" into every conversation.
Me: "Ouch, my leg hurts"
Other person: "Oh are you ok?"
Me: "Oh, yeah its ok, I just because I ran a half marathon on Sunday..."
I do apologise to everyone I've spoken to this last week... its like when you've had a baby, you cant stop talking about it, about how painful the experience was, about how euphoric you felt at the end, about every single muscle ache, about all the minute, intricate details of the whole journey...
This race was a big deal to me. I didn't actually realise HOW much of a big deal it was until I crossed that finish line and bawled like a baby. My hamstring seized up at about 15km in, so the last quarter of the race was more like a hobble. There were lots of walk breaks, there was lots of pain. That last 1km was agony and seemed to take FOREVER. But I never once considered not finishing it. I never thought I wouldn't make it. I knew my team mates were all finishing ahead of me, in much more respectable times, but it didn't matter. All that mattered was that I finished.
And I did. All 21.1km of it. And I'm a bit proud of that.
But I do understand that I don't need to keep going on about it. So I'm publicly announcing this now, I promise I will stop talking about it.
Eventually haha :)
When Deep and Sidhu came for their maternity session at Tamborine, I could really feel the excitement from this beautiful couple! They were just days away from meeting their long-awaited baby, what a magical time in their lives! There is just nothing like this excitement of knowing that you're "soon to be 3!"
Soon after, beautiful miss Amroz arrived! This newborn session was held in the comfort of their own home so they could relax and go about their day - it was lovely to include Amroz's grandmother in the session as well!
Here are some of the favourites from their session:
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.