Capturing all these lovely families lately has made me realise I don't have ANY recent photos of my own little family - we have photos of my husband and the kids, and of me with the kids, but not many with all of us! I have plans to rectify this in the next few weeks! Mums, exist in photos!
This year, coming up to Christmas, I have offered mini family shoots for the first time, and I must admit I really enjoyed them! These are a really great way to update your family photos, without the cost and time commitment of a full session. I've really enjoyed having to think quick, keep moving and capture some really lovely moments in a shorter space of time. Of course, having an awesome location really helps, this is one of my favourite local spots in the Ormeau area!
The Verschuren family came along for one of my mini sessions recently, and Miss Lacey and her baby sister Paige totally rocked it! I loved chatting away to Lacey, who had so much confidence and told me lots of gorgeous stories. Paige got the giggles towards the end, which was the cutest!
I've got more mini shoots to share soon - watch this space!
Currently I have about a zillion things to think about. Sleep - who needs sleep? Does anybody actually get enough?
I've struggled with bouts of insomnia in my time, terrible endless months where sleep just evades me and turns me into a walking, talking zombie. It can take a while to break the cycle.
Do you have one of those brains that just wont quit? I can be perfectly relaxed and calm before bed, and then the second my head hits that pillow - BOOM - I think of a million things I should have done today, or need to do tomorrow. I remember I was supposed to get the steak out of the freezer for dinner tomorrow and forgot. I remember that I meant to call my brother back. I remind myself to remember to do something. I dont just leave it at remembering, I venture into the deep dark depths of WORRYING about everything too. Goes with the mummy-territory I guess.
So sometimes, it can take forever to get to sleep. I need to step away from my computer and editing by about 9.30pm, otherwise I'll still be mentally hyped at 11pm. At the moment, that's just not happening. Too much going on!! And lately, if I wake up in the middle of the night, it can take me hours to get back to sleep too.
And maddeningly, I have a husband who can fall asleep within 20 seconds of climbing into bed!
With all the stressing about sleep lately, its always a beautiful thing to see a new little bundle of joy, sleeping, calm and happy in their parents arms, and thats exactly what little Benji did for almost the entire hour of his family's photoshoot on the beach. This little man is a super trooper! When he did finally wake up, he was super relaxed and happy - such a joy!
Awww, nothing better than a peaceful, sleeping baby!
So much love...
And then he woke up and just chilled out with dad...
So much beautiful light during late afternoon beach shoots, I love sharing them with beautiful families. Thank you Brian, Anita and Benji for allowing me to capture these memories for you!
Isn't it funny how when you're a kid, all you want to do is grow up? Dress like a big kid, eat what you like, do what you like, stay up late and play for as long as you want - heaven, right?
My own miss 5 is becoming "miss independent". Achievements are coming thick and fast - first we could click our fingers, then whistle (wasn't THAT a fun week at our house!!) Now we can tie our shoelaces and show everybody at the first chance we get (seriously, we stop and untie our laces every 10 minutes, just to show everyone we can) She has lost her second tooth and been on her first school excursion. Tying her own hair is the next challenge.
Although we do battle EVERY - SINGLE - MORNING getting ready for school. Apparently its impossible to get ready without having every single step spelled out at least 3 times.
"Time to put your uniform on please"...
(Goes and checks 5 minutes later to find her playing instead)
"Why aren't you dressed? Get dressed please!"
(Checks soon after)
Repeat same conversation for: Brushing teeth, putting shoes on, combing hair, picking up school bag etc.
But honestly, WHY do we want to grow up so fast? I mean, being a kid means someone else pays all the bills, puts meals down in front of me, does all the washing, drives me around everywhere I wanted to go...?
And also, being a kid looks like so much fun! Just ask Jayden and Hudson from my recent shoot with their family - they had a blast! (And secretly I did too!)
Riding on dads shoulders, I'm sure many of us remember doing this as a kid? Kinda scary but kinda exhilarating at the same time!
Tackling your brother from behind, big bear hugs :)
Running, running, everywhere - why walk when you can run?!
Rewards for good behaviour - still works for me now actually!
But best of all, cuddle and tickle time with family!
Yep - pretty sure being a kid is still pretty cool. If only we could appreciate it when we're that young!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.