I have discovered, during my time in this parenting gig, that sometimes the smallest effort can bring the sweetest rewards. This week, miss 7 lost another tooth - I've lost track of how many have gone to the Tooth Fairy, but its gotta be at least half a dozen. But this time, she decided that she wanted to write a note to the Tooth Fairy.
Well... that all sounded sweet and cute until it dawned on me that I would have be the one to write a reply! And of course I would have to wait until the dead of night to write it and answer her questions... The tired, stressed mum in me wasn't particularly thrilled by this prospect - but Miss 7 wouldn't be deterred and wrote her little note.
So late the other night, after reading her letter, I grabbed a pink pen, and wrote a reply to her in my best interpretation of fairy-style writing - ... tiny and swirly. I madly googled for some answers (what do other parents say that the Tooth Fairy does with the teeth?) - and stowed it away in the little bag.
And oh my... I could not have anticipated the effect, the magic, the wonder that this small little reply created the next morning. Eyes were wide as she read with excitement, she practically hugged the little note to her chest - a wondrous treasure for her to keep forever! It gave me such a beautiful feeling of warm-fuzzies that I'm so thankful to myself for making that small effort to keep this magic alive for a little while longer.
I don't know much longer we have left before she stops believing... but I'm sure as hell gonna milk it for all its worth, while I still can!
I work so much with young kids that its always slightly daunting when I don't have any little ones to chase after or tell bad "dad-jokes" to! However when your clients are as lovely as Julia and Darren, well it was just a beautiful change of pace and I absolutely loved this session. They wanted relaxed, fun-loving and casual, and that's what I tried to deliver!
Here are some of the favourites from our morning here at Tamborine:
Thanks so much guys for such a beautiful, relaxed session!
Who doesn't love a beautiful love story? I know I do! I quite often stop and think to myself "I have the best job in the world!" - but sometimes, it just gets even better.
I was contacted by Sarah a few months ago and we booked in her family shoot on the beach. I knew the shoot would include extended family who would be visiting from Brazil, which was quite exciting in itself, with the challenge of working around the language barrier!
A few weeks later I heard from Sarah letting me know that her sister-in-law's boyfriend Leo was going to propose during the shoot! I knew right then and there that this was going to be awesome. We organized some extra time for the end of the shoot to capture this beautiful moment in their lives. Instructions and discussions had to be translated!
We started by capturing some images of the Martelli family together, and can I just say, what a gorgeous bunch of photogenic people!
So after capturing so many beautiful moments of the family, it was time for the surprise proposal! I'm not sure who was more excited and nervous, Leo, the family, or me!
Leo took his beloved Leticia by the hand and led her along the beach, walking and talking and looking so in love... they stopped and shared a spontaneous kiss as Leo reached into his pocket...
Of course, she said YES! A crowd had gathered behind us and they all clapped and cheered!
The happy couple!
Thank you so much Martelli family for allowing me to be a part of such a wonderful family occasion!
Behind the scenes from this photoshoot - I spend a lot of time running back and forth, finding the right angles and the best light... and yes I do beach photshoots in bare feet! Its a great workout for everyone, and lots of fun too! :)
Capturing that all-important shot of the ring...
A very big thank you to Sarah for capturing these behind-the-scenes photos for me!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.