I had the pleasure of working with the fabulous Hunt family recently during their family session at Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens - and it was SO much fun! Most of my family sessions involve young kids, so having a grown up family was a little different for me.
But just because the kids are grown, doesn't mean the fun has to stop! I absolutely LOVE how much fun and laughter we had during this session - everyone was relaxed and happy and ready to enjoy the afternoon. And the laughter was contagious!
Here are some of the favourites from this beautiful session...
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Its Crazy Hair Day at our kids school today, as part of World's Greatest Shave. Normally they get their hair sprayed at school but today they wanted to do something a little bit different at home. Miss 9 even borrowed some pipe cleaners from the teacher, and then drew me a diagram, so we could create the "antennae" look that she was going for!
Master 7 didn't want to miss out either, opting for multiple mini pony-tails in blue and green...
The best part was when we arrived at school and saw everyone else's fun hairstyles, and the giggles around the school as everyone checked out each other's efforts!
Plus its all for a great cause helping to raise funds for blood cancer research :)
We had an absolutely glorious afternoon for Jo & Rob's family session here at Tamborine recently. We had the most beautiful afternoon light filtering through the trees - and it was so much fun working with these guys! Piggy back rides, tickle fights, and lots of love and laughter was the name of the game for this session...
Thanks guys for a fun afternoon! Here are a few of the favourites from their gallery:
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Our little dog Dutchy is walking around with a bucket on his head at the moment, and let me tell you, he's not very happy about it. A few months ago we noticed a little pimple on the top of his head - small, like a white-head. We paid no attention at first, but over the weeks it started to slowly grow, and grow.
The vet said it was just a sebaceous cyst, harmless, just a bit gross. But then it grew to the size of a tick. Then it grew to the size of a thumb-nail, lumpy and bumpy and not attractive at all. Every time somebody patted him on the head, they retracted their hand in horror! We knew it had to go, but being non-urgent, it was just a matter of timing it with another vet procedure.
So this week poor Dutchy went in to have his teeth cleaned, and had his lumpectomy at the same time. He's sporting a very uncool haircut now - think "reverse mohawk" - and two stitches to add to the look - poor little man!
Today's blog features some images from a family holiday! A holiday is the perfect time to capture some beautiful portraits. I had so much fun capturing these fun, relaxed moments for Esther and her extended family at the beautiful Worendo Cottages at Darlington. The kids loved exploring and showing me around the property (and telling me all about their fabulous trip!) - we even got to meet one of the resident cows who took a bit of a liking to my camera bag, and was super curious about the humans who'd come to visit the dam too!! (See the photo below!)
So much fun exploring this stunning location with such a lovely family - thank you guys for trusting me with these memories of your holiday!
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I've come to the conclusion that Master 6 dislikes having teeth... he keeps knocking them out!
After his previous episode of face-meets-trampoline two years ago where he knocked out two top teeth, we've had a pretty good run. He's an energetic boy, he throws himself off things, climbs, jumps and has no fear - just a typical rough and tumble boy right?
So how do you think this latest knocked-out tooth came about? Falling off something? Running into something? You'd think so, right? But no, nothing so dramatic - he was simply getting ready for his shower the other night and dancing around like crazy. He squatted down too quickly and his knee collided with his face. He didn't even cry. That front top left tooth hung on for a few days, but didn't last long. To be fair, he did say that tooth had started getting wobbly a few days prior, but it certainly wasn't ready to come out just yet.
So the tooth fairy has visited yet again, and that big gappy smile just keeps getting bigger and bigger. I'm hoping he gets all this out of his system before his adult teeth start arriving, or I'm going to have to start making him wear a mouth-guard!
I was very privileged to be involved in Norfolk Village C&K's fundraising mini sessions again this year! These fast paced sessions are super fun so the kids don't get bored and super quick so that the dads don't have to endure a long photoshoot haha!
I love meeting new families and the kids are always so cute! Its also awesome catching up with families who have come back several years in a row too, and marvelling over how much the kids have changed and grown.
Once again these were held over a couple of weekends to ensure we could fit everyone in - here's some of the favourites from these sessions for Norfolk Village for 2018!
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Once upon a time I was a full-on gym junkie. Before kids, I was at the gym doorstep every weekday morning at 5.30am without fail. Weights, cycle & step classes were my therapy. Then kids came along and exercise became more sporadic, I lost my mojo for it, and yes often it fell to the back of the priority queue as the demands of mum-life took over.
But something has happened in the last few months - I've become a runner. I started jogging with a few friends once a week - we started with the 5km Park run course on Tamborine Mountain and I just about died doing those early runs! I switched to running on the road/pathways not long after that (my ankles dont cope with trail runs) and I was hooked! And now I spend lots of time thinking about my next run, reading up on improving my endurance and speed, and any spare cash I have is being forked out on running gear.
Earlier this year I was talked into doing a 10km event (on Sunday the 3rd March) and now I'm even thinking about signing up for a half marathon later in the year!
I've been bitten by the running bug - and I'm loving it, its so nice to have a sporty hobby again and something to train towards!
How much fun are beach photo shoots?? Its been a little while since my last beach session but it was well worth the wait :) Toni organised this photo shoot from her home base in Sydney to coincide with an extended family holiday on the Gold Coast. And even though the sun was playing hide and seek that afternoon, we all had an absolute blast running around on the beach and chasing the kids around.
"We booked Hilary for a family photo shoot (13 people including 8 adults & 5 kids under 7).
We are from interstate & Hilary was very easy (& punctual) to deal with through the whole process from booking to receiving our images.
The family had been a bit apprehensive about getting any good photos with all of the young children, but everybody felt at ease with Hilary & she got some fantastic shots for us.
Thank you Hilary for capturing some beautiful shots that our family can treasure for years to come."
Thank you guys for sharing a fun afternoon with me!
Something about the start of a new year, makes me want to go through the house like a bulldozer and chuck out every single piece of clutter that is clogging up space in our tiny home... Its the time of year for fresh starts I guess, but honestly, I used to think I was a bit of a hoarder, that is, until both my kids came along!
WHY oh WHY do we have to hang on to every broken toy, every single piece of "artwork" that comes home from school, every cute lollie wrapper, every broken crayon, and every crappy McHappy Meal toy since the beginning of time...?
Clutter makes me stressed, and I'm getting worse as I get older. With the mammoth amount of new "stuff" that came in the door for Christmas, I'm desperate to throw out or donate all the old stuff. Its not as easy as that though, as they have wised up to my mood and watch me as I tidy, they hover and complain:
"Wait - I still want that!!"
Miss 8 thinks she has found the answer and has started writing little notes on her drawings "Mummy please don't throw this away" :)
I patiently wait until the kids are otherwise occupied, keep a few special items and bin the rest. Once school goes back, its GAME ON though!
How do you handle the clutter?
Helen's extended family session here at Tamborine was an absolute blast!! These gorgeous kids were so much fun to work with, there was a lot of laughter going on and these cousins are obviously great friends too!
Did you know that I do not charge any extra to add in more family members? Aunties, uncles, cousins, grandparents, even the family pet - all are welcome for no extra cost!
"Very happy with our photos and the amazing service Hilary provides. The kids were at ease and happy to smile! Thank you!"
Here are some of the favourites from the day:
When my family were here visiting the other week, the kids brought out our family photo albums to show them. My brother mentioned that they have years and years of digital photos saved on various computers and phones, but haven't really done anything with them, which is kinda heartbreaking!
I guess this is one drawback of the digital age... photos just aren't making it into photo albums these days. My kids LOVE flipping through old albums. Miss 7 in particular loves looking at all my old school photos and pics of me as a kid and giggling at our 80's and 90's fashion! So I made the decision years ago that I would make a yearly family photo album and honestly, the kids love them! We keep these in the lounge room and the kids look through them pretty regularly, as they love reminiscing too!
Its so easy to create your own photo books these days, simply upload them to any online photo lab (Big W, Kmart, Officeworks etc) and create away. You don't have to spend a fortune and it doesn't take long at all. The hardest part is probably finding all your images on your computer or phone! I store our personal images by year/month, so it makes it a lot easier to upload and sort through.
What do you do with all your photos these days? Do you print them, make photo books, or just leave them sitting on the computer? I'd love to know!
Day 2 of our Tamborine Mountain Fundraising sessions were fabulous! I had the pleasure of spending the day with some truly wonderful people, and we were blessed with gorgeous light again in this amazing mountain hideaway!
Here's some of the gorgeous faces from this day:
Every year, for almost the entire the month of January, I have to endure something both hideous and torturous. Its the same, year after year and you'd think I'd have learned by now that its coming and figure out a way to put a stop to it?
Yes its called "watching the tennis" and my husband likes to punish me with it year after year. This brings back boring, horrible memories of having to sit through the "Summer of Tennis" season with my mum when I was a kid. Just the sound of that tennis ball being struck back and forth, back and forth, the grunting, monotonous line calls and slow commentary makes me want to drift off to sleep. The sound will forever remind me of lazy, hot summer days and long boring school holidays!
My husband of course just laughs and tells me this is his payback for him having to endure 11 months of the year with endless cooking shows (seriously, how can he not enjoy Jamie Oliver?), dancing shows and reality TV. So for the month of January, I act like a very patient wife and endure with limited eye-rolling. We only have one TV in the house (the other TV is in the studio) so there is no escape! And to make matters worse, miss 7 loves it too so they love to tease me about it!
But now, alas, the finals have been played... and while my poor husband mopes about the fact that its finished for another year (and there is now apparently nothing on TV worth watching), I'm silently and secretly doing a little happy dance... hehe... and now back to our regular programming!
Do you have to put up with your significant other's TV shows, for the sake of peace, too? Which show is it at your house?
Lisa and her extended family shared a lovely afternoon with me in a fabulous park recently - all was not too fabulous to start with though as when I arrived on location, my favourite shooting spot was fenced off and being dug up by excavators! Not happy!!
All was not lost though as we had plenty of other areas to explore and of course the adorable Master Leo and his new baby sister Layla to keep us occupied!
Here is a few of my favourites from the day!
Thank you Lisa and your beautiful family for sharing your morning with me!
Teachers have told us that most kids will have a tendency to do better at either English, or Maths. Miss 6 has a very definite leaning towards English, just like her mummy. And just like her mummy, maths is a weakness. I dread the day she starts bringing home maths homework, daddy will have to help her with that!
With this newfound ability to read and write, she spends her spare time writing letters to friends, teachers and family members, drawing funny cartoons to go with them and being much more aware of the written word in general. She loved the TV show "The Spelling Bee" when it was on, and constantly requested new words from us to try to spell out loud!
But with everything that is cool about being able to read, there are a few disadvantages in my view. She has a habit of peering over my shoulder sometimes when I'm scrolling through Facebook. If I don't realise she's behind me, I may stop and read something that is entirely inappropriate for a 6 year old to read, and then come her questions!
Last week as she got ready to brush her teeth, she spotted a new tube of adult toothpaste:
"Mummy! This says it will whiten my teeth in 14 days!!"
Don't believe everything you read, kid!
Another drawback is that we can no longer spell out words when we're talking about something secret in front of them, such as what Santa will be bringing the kids for Christmas. You cant spell "S.A.N.T.A" without her big ears flapping and suddenly she becomes very interested in an adult conversation!
Did it surprise you how quickly your kids learned to read?
This week's blog post features Nicky and her family, we spent a lovely morning at the Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain, such a cool place to explore and run around, as Lincoln discovered! I love all the little hidden treasures, nestled in amongst nature, a bridge here, a pond or a carved statue there - so much to see!
Make a wish!! Thanks for a fun morning guys!
So its now the start of a new school term, and to be honest, its left me feeling like - "Where has the year gone?" We filled our school holidays with fun and love... catching up with friends, play dates, theme parks, play centres, playgrounds, late nights, sleep-ins, mornings in our PJ's until 9am (gotta love that!) and laughter. Busy days, where their eyes were pretty much closed before their little heads hit the pillow. Late mornings where I could let them sleep until their bodies decided it was time to wake up.
I try to savour days like these, as I am lucky enough to be able to work from home and enjoy these precious moments with them. This is such a magical time for us, and it is simply going too fast. It feels like only yesterday that we moved to this beautiful spot, hard to believe its actually been 8 months!
Its a big countdown now to the end of the year, and no doubt that will go just as fast. Next year we have miss 6 excitedly heading to year 2, and the scary (and exciting) prospect of Mr 4 starting prep (eeek!) I'm not sure how I will feel about losing my little shadow - thrilled that he is gaining his independence, becoming his own person and heading out into the big brave world of school... but also sad that the years of having a little one at home with me are done.
Its bittersweet, and they're growing up way too fast!
Recently I met with Rob and Cindy for a super fun family shoot at Currumbin beach! Every time I do a beach shoot, I come away feeling so energised - perhaps its all the running on the sand, or the sound of the waves crashing - or maybe even just the infectious joy from two brothers having a ball near the water! Whatever it is, its always a great time for all! And what a lovely family to share it with!
Thanks guys for such a fun afternoon!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.