So we've been sweltering this week and I've been dreading sitting in my little "hot box" of an office... anyone that's been to my studio at Tamborine may have noticed that our house on the property is a little A-frame... "little" being the key word! We only have 2 bedrooms at the moment (big plans to extend) and therefore the only space for my office is upstairs - right under that hot tin roof!
Last year was horrendous, I couldn't work in the middle of the day as it was like sitting in a sauna (not good for the poor computer fan either) and that led to late night editing sessions when it was cooler, just so I could catch up on work. Which led to much less sleep and a much crankier mummy!
A few weeks ago, hubby installed an air conditioner upstairs, but we had to wait for the electrician to come around and wire it up... so its been sitting there taunting me as the days got hotter and hotter. Finally we got it all wired up on Saturday, so I've been powering through my editing this week in air conditioned comfort - heaven!!! I've been enjoying the cool so much that I've actually had to consider putting a jumper on haha!!
Now if I could just get a dishwasher installed, I would be stoked!!
Today's blog features some beautiful families from my Winter Mini Sessions! Why do I do mini sessions in winter? Simple really - that glorious LIGHT!! That golden glow just adds such a beautiful feel to your family images... I love it!
Here are some favourites from these sessions:
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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 :)
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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Woah... is it just me, or did term 1 FLY past?
I seriously cant believe that we are almost a quarter of the way through the school year already. There is one dead giveaway though - my kids emotions are on overdrive at the moment. Bickering, tired and emotional and just about done, I reckon. I knew that miss 8 was tired when she burst into tears over breaking her fingernail O_O
I think we'll be keeping it low-key during this school holidays, a few catch up days and a few quiet days at home. We all need a little break now and then - what about you - have you got any big plans?
Last year's Christmas Mini Sessions were fabulous!! These were held over 3 weekends here at Tamborine, with a choice of outdoor (non-themed) or indoor with festive props. We had amazing luck with the weather until the very last session with patchy rain - so some of the outdoor sessions became last minute studio sessions instead!
I love doing these mini sesisons - fast paced, fun and I get to meet so many wonderful new people along the way, as well as catching up with past clients who have come back to update their family photos for another year!
Here are just some of the favourites from these mini sessions:
I am very lucky to have a clever and hardworking husband who is also a builder, and he's been hard at work the last few weeks creating a lovely new outdoor entertaining area beside our pool. Its all come together so quickly and its been great to have this beautiful new space to relax in!
Our house is a tiny two-bedroom A-frame (with big plans to eventually extend it), so last year we spent a lot of time outdoors or under our small patio area beside the house - but this new deck area is going to make it so much more comfortable - fire pit in winter, pool and bbq's in summer, I cant wait!
Our final sessions from Norfolk Village fundraising mini shoots were fabulous! We had such beautiful light and of course I loved seeing so many wonderful happy families, including the kindergarten director! It was also very cool catching up with some friends who were previous attendees of the kindy when my daughter went there.
Some of our favourites from these sessions:
*Below images taken at different location*
*Above images taken at Meadowbrook*
I've written about misheard song lyrics in the past, and its always a source of giggles in our house... and I must admit I was listening to the radio the other day puzzled with what Rihanna was singing about when I thought she said:
"When I'm with you all I get is WAH-THOSS"
(its ok, I have since figured it out)
Now, we have this rule in my car, whenever Justin Bieber comes on, we change radio station (no its not just my rule, miss 7 is the enforcer of this). But Mr 5 must have heard some of "Despacito" recently, because the other night when I was tucking him into bed, we had the following conversation:
Mr 5 - "Mummy, what Despacito mean in Japanese?"
Me - "Its not Japanese buddy, its Spanish"
Mr 5 - "oh... well I know what it means in Australian!"
Me - "What?"
Mr 5 - "He's singing about a drink!"
I went downstairs chuckling to myself - he thinks Justin Bieber is singing about the soft-drink 'Pasito'... :)
This year I did fundraising photo shoots for two different kindergartens, one after the other! Straight after finishing up with Tamborine Mountain's sessions, I headed over to do some more fun sessions with the families of Norfolk Village C&K. Here are some of the gorgeous groups from the first session!
Thank you for such a fun day guys!
I've done some crazy things with my hair in my time... I remember one time, after changing my hair colour and style YET AGAIN, a work colleague asked me if I'd done it "as a dare"...
I'm naturally "mousy brown" with a few greys creeping in... but over the years I've been black, white-blonde, had electric blue streaks, purple hair extensions, I sported a bright orange slash in a dark brown bob for a long time. I used to colour it ginger for years - I've chopped it all off, worn it stuck out, worn it smooth and sleek, permed, teased, fringe/no fringe... phew!
But ever since having kids, I've pretty much just stuck to the one thing. Dark brown shoulder length. Wear it in a pony-tail every day because its easy. It doesn't get in the way. It doesn't require thinking or any work. And I was so bored with it.
So the other week when we all went to get our hair-cut, I got the chop! Ok so its nothing drastic, but quite a bit shorter than it has been for a long time - and there is nothing quite like a new "do" to make you feel better about yourself, is there?
So maybe I should go back to some wild hair colours again?
Our final sessions from the Tamborine Mountain kindy fundraiser were awesome! Lots more lovely families and a fun moments captured. Here's some of our favourites from these sessions...
I have this dream that one day, my kids will get out of bed at a reasonable time, eat their breakfast without drama, brush their teeth without being reminded, and get their school uniforms on without stopping to play with toys (all in various stages of undress, I might add) and without being asked TWENTY.MILLION.TIMES.
I did not realise that this was such a difficult wish, but OMG lately its a struggle. I would love to have a pleasant, relaxed drive to school instead of the mad dash out the door each day. Honestly, the neighbours must chuckle to themselves - I'm sure they can hear me as I progressively get louder and angrier every morning...
Ok I know this is a minor issue in the grand scheme of things (and I am so grateful that we are all happy and healthy)... but I ask you, mums and dads everywhere... is this struggle the same in your house? What magic remedy do you have, that can make this process easier on us all? Please share!!
This is the 2nd year that I have been a part of a local kindergarten's fundraising efforts, and I absolutely LOVE doing them! Its so wonderful to meet so many local families (who were all so lovely, I might add) and to help the kindy raise funds. We ran quite a few of these sessions this year, here are some of my favourites from the first day!
Thank you beautiful families for spending some time with me and capturing these precious memories!
One big ball of stress and anxiety... that was me, exactly one year ago today as we prepared to move house. Its been a memorable 12 months, and I must admit, this time last year I honestly could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. Research says that moving home is just as stressful as relationship breakdowns, divorce or starting a new job. I reckon that's about right too - buying and selling aint fun as far as I'm concerned - grey hairs, no sleep, running on adrenaline and nerves... no thank you!
But one year on, we're loving Tamborine. Its a completely different lifestyle. We can sit by the pool and see kangaroos grazing in the back field, keeping the grass down for us. Families of ducks and lots of little hares run around. We love the quiet street, cows and horses as neighbours, everyone is friendly and chatty... we feel like we live a thousand miles away, but we are really only 20 minutes away from our old home in suburbia.
Feeling pretty lucky (and a lot more relaxed!) right about now!
Ok I am REAAAAALY behind with blogging! This weeks blog features last years Christmas Mini Shoots from the outdoor sessions, and I was totally thrilled to have so many returning families back to update those precious family portraits!
Here's some of those lovely memories from our mini shoots...
Its pretty easy to get overwhelmed isn't it? I mean, the kids are always wanting something, the noise in the background gets louder and louder, you've still got dinner to cook, you forgot to buy dog food, and the pile of washing still hasn't been folded or put away... add in a cranky mummy with a sinus infection and its a recipe for disaster.
Yesterday, fed up with everything, I spent my morning barking orders at the kids - yelling at them for their lack of organisation. Frustrated that it takes 3 reminders to get dressed, that teeth brushing is turned into a messy/noisy game which takes 10 minutes and leaves the bathroom looking like a disaster, that they cant find a shoe, or that they wont stop bickering with each other.
And yet even while yelling at them, I felt guilty. I know they're just little kids, I know they don't have any concept of time management. I know that a lot of the frustration comes from my own lack of organisation, from letting them sleep longer than they should, for not having pre-packed their school bags or for letting them watch tv while they have breakfast... I'm venting at them when really I'm just annoyed at myself.
So today I'm turning it around. I'm reminding myself to take a deep breath and be calm. To stop yelling and actually ask them to help mummy instead of barking orders at them. I'm going to use the Star Chart more often (lately it has fallen by the wayside a bit). I'm being organised and will have things ready the night before to avoid the morning panic... I have also started banning TV in the mornings until both kids are dressed and ready!
How do you cope with the morning rush?
I'm loving having a studio! Not only do I have a back-up plan for when an outdoor session is rain-effected, I love having families come into my new little space (especially since the air conditioner was installed!) I'm loving trying out new backgrounds, seating, props and lighting for these sessions too - and my Christmas Mini Shoots was the first time I got to have a proper "play" in my new studio!
Here's a few of my favourites from my Studio Christmas Mini Shoot sessions:
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.