One question that I'm frequently asked is, how did you get into photography? Well, like a lot of photographers, it all started when I had my own kids.
Here's a common scenario - baby pulls the most adorable face... mum gets the phone or camera out, but by the time the shutter clicks, the moment has passed and that fleeting expression has gone! I desperately wanted to preserve those moments and I knew the solution was that I needed a camera with a fast shutter... I NEEDED a DSLR! I dreamed about getting one for maybe 6 months. And in that time I researched, studied the light, learned about the exposure triangle, got my head around aperture, read as many online resources as I could while the baby slept... I basically became obsessed!
So by the time we took the plunge and I got myself my first ever, entry-level Canon DSLR, well I was well and truly hooked. I reckon I took that first camera EVERYWHERE! It went in my handbag and came with us to the shops, to the grandparents, to Playgroup, to every single birthday party that we were invited to. I did my first ever workshop and delved deeper into learning. Every afternoon I took the camera into the garden and learned manual mode, I shot bugs, flowers, trees, the kids, the dogs... I learned panning, played with depth of field, slow shutter speeds, abstract photography, white balance... and I loved it all!
But the thought of actually doing this for a job wasn't something that I'd really thought much about... until people started suggesting it to me. And once that idea took hold, it grew. Photo shoots for friends were the next step... you would not believe how nervous I was during those early sessions! But that was the beginning of Hilary Hudson Photography.
The learning continues to this day and I love being challenged as this pushes me to grow and develop creatively.
And you know what? Some days I sit down and pinch myself that I've found my passion and I get to have this wonderful, rewarding and creative career!
There is something just so special about newborn sessions... yes there are the newborn cuddles, the squishy cheeks, tiny hands, windy smiles and cute little feet - but its just such an honour to be able to capture these precious moments for families...
Tiny little Hazel was a total dream to capture - sleepy, smiley and oh so photogenic! Even when she was awake, she looked up at me calmly with those lovely big eyes and I knew we were going to have a great session.
Thanks so much to Hazel's lovely parents Rebecca & Mark, and her big sis Scarlett for having me capture these moments for you!
Rebecca's kind words:
"I didn't know photoshoots could be so much fun. I'm so in love with the moments she captured and I now have them locked in time... I wasn't planning on doing a newborn shoot but after seeing our maternity photos she totally changed my mind. Once again Hilary made me cry the photos are just so gorgeous.
Seeing behind the scenes and how the results turned out she is truly a gifted lady and a highly skilled photographer. I cant wait to do another shoot with her in the future and am looking forward to seeing what she can do next.
Thank you for such brilliant memories Hilary you are the best."
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I have this rule in my house, you cant ask me "What's for dinner?"
I got so sick of the family asking, so now that both kids can read, if anyone wants to know (including husbands!), they simply refer to the dinner meal plan for the week ahead, which is stuck to the fridge.
However, Master 6 is still learning, and so he needs help with quite a few words. One had him completely bamboozled the other night and I heard him standing there saying:
"Kwitchie... chips and salad... Kwitchie... Kwitchie...? Mummy - whats Kwitchie?"
I started giggling and then miss 8 joined in. She begged: "Mummy, can I tell him? Can I tell him?"
We gave him a few hints... its made with pastry and eggs... its got bacon in it...
he was still completely puzzled so we put him out of his misery - "QUICHE!!!"
Haha - I had to write this down in my book of funny little things my kids say :)
Jacinta's gorgeous baby girl came to the studio recently for her newborn session - little Alanis was just 6 days old and was a perfect little angel!! Such a perfect little pout and a few little smiles too... big brother Xavier was so cute and loved having cuddles with his new little sister too - awwww :) Thanks for a lovely morning guys!
Here's a few favourites from this session:
Flossing... is your kid still doing this funny dance move? I must admit I was a little amused when miss 8 started flossing in the kitchen earlier this year. She quickly taught me how (she's a good teacher!) and we occasionally bust a move together. At the Katy Perry concert we learned how to double-floss courtesy of Katy herself, and I've been told there is even a "rainbow-floss" and who knows what else. Master 6 can do it super fast too!
But the absolute best part about this flossing thing, is that they are trying to teach daddy! And every now and then, when the mood strikes him, I'll catch sight of him standing in the starting position looking confused... and I must admit this makes me giggle. He gets the first part right, but it all goes wrong after that and its just arms and hips moving at random. The kids leap up and continue trying to instruct him, but it normally ends in peals of laughter with daddy enjoying acting the clown, and still none the wiser at how to do it haha!
Can you floss? Can your husband floss? And does it look as funny as my husband trying to do it??
Another fabulous year for kindy fundraising photo shoots, for Tamborine Mountain Community Kindergarten!! I simply adore doing these sessions - fun, fast and full of laughter, I meet lots of lovely local families and I get to muck around with so many gorgeous kids - best job ever, right??
Thanks so much to all these beautiful families for letting me capture these moments for you - here is a snippet of the love we captured over a couple of weekends, on the mountain :)
So we're in week 2 of the school holidays already, and today the fighting has reached epic proportions. My two are normally pretty good friends and I have to say that miss 8 usually has the patience of a saint when dealing with her little brother - but today they are both tired from a big day yesterday and miss 8 has developed a snotty nose - so tempers are flaring and master 6 knows how to push her buttons.
Today, master 6's goals seem to be: Follow my sister around and mess up everything in her path. Oh so you want to tidy away your pens? Let me tip them out again and rummage through them. So you want to draw? Let me grab the paper off you and rip it. You want to quietly watch a movie? Let me jump all over you, make lots of noise so you cant hear it, and push your buttons so that you spend your day whining and complaining to mummy about me being so annoying.
My initial reaction was to roar at him and yell at him repeatedly and send him away... Then it dawned on me that he was really looking for attention and obviously feeling like he wasn't getting any. So instead of yelling, I took him aside for a big long cuddle instead. And after a little chat, we were all feeling a lot calmer and they both agreed to play nicely instead of fighting. And so far, several hours later, they are back to being good friends.
Sometimes I need to remember that yelling is not the answer... sometimes a little love is really what they need.
It was a match made in heaven - take one beautiful mum-to-be, a gorgeous and photogenic 2 year old, a stunning location and a glorious sunlit afternoon - and the end result is something really special!
Rebecca's maternity session at Boyland was a photographers dream, I loved exploring this amazing property and capturing these sun-filled images. Rebecca's husband Mark stayed behind the scenes and watched his lovely ladies enjoy the limelight for the afternoon. We chatted and explored and followed the light, little Scarlett had some fun chasing bubbles and enjoyed snuggling up to mum with her wedding veil - it was so much fun spending time with such a lovely family, and I didn't want it to end!
Some kind words from Rebecca:
"Hilary is a little hidden gem at the bottom of Mt Tamborine. I was recommended her by a friend and I couldn't be happier with the photos. I had asked Hilary to come to our family farm for a certain style and lighting that I had seen and she captured it perfectly (even better than I could of imagined.) I cried when I saw the photos they were just beautiful. Hilary was wonderful with my toddler and very patient with us, I felt comfortable around her from our very first phone call.
I didn't know photoshoots could be so much fun. I'm so in love with the moments she captured and I now have them locked in time. The expression on my daughters face is priceless."
Thank you so much Rebecca!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.