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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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 read something years ago that has always resonated with me. Imagine that it is 20 years from now and your kids are all grown up – they don’t need you any more, they are living their own lives, living their own dreams, and just don’t need you like they used to. How much would you give to be able to jump into a time-travel machine, and go back in time, to right NOW – and get to experience just 10 minutes more of your small child?
10 more minutes of having them small enough to sit on your lap and cuddle, butterfly kisses, tickle fights, games of Hide and Seek? Just 10 minutes more of them needing you, warm little bodies that just want to be picked up and held, and tucked into bed with a story at night… just 10 minutes more of the magic of believing in Santa and tooth fairies, wanting to hold your hand as you cross the road, needing you to kiss their scraped knees until they feel better… just 10 minutes more with your little one?
When our kids are grown, and don’t need us any more – how much will we miss it? Everyone tells you it goes so fast, and yes I’m experiencing that first hand - no doubt we all are. This is a beautiful, magical period in my life, and I know that in time I will miss everything that is going on now, while they still need me so much.
I'm trying to constantly remind myself of this. Amidst the stress and chaos, the bickering and noise, endless requests for snacks and the constant "watch this mummy!" - I'm trying to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment. Its time to be less frustrated and distracted… and just take a moment to stop and REMEMBER, that no matter how busy or tired or frazzled I might sometimes get, this time is so precious and I must not waste it!
Continuing on from last weeks post, here is part 2 of our Fundraising Mini Shoots for a local kindy! These are from the afternoon session - again some families requested to not have their images shared online so you will not see those - but here are a few of my favourites from some of the other lovely families on that sunny afternoon!
Kerri and her family enjoying the beautiful afternoon light!
Lisa's gorgeous girls!
Emma and her handsome boys!
Thank you to all the wonderful families who made the day so special!
It was a very sad day for me yesterday, it was the first anniversary of the death of our beloved dog Elke. She was a Border Collie X Keeshond, a wonderful mix of intelligence, energy, loyalty and love. She was amazing with our kids, faithful and patient, and she had this amazing protectiveness over them whenever they played outside - standing guard watching over them for hours.
Sadly, at age 12, she lost a very short battle with nasal cancer last July, when she passed away quietly at home. A year has passed now, but I still get choked up whenever I think of her. I have been designing photo book in her memory this week, I though if I left it long enough, I would be able to get through it without sobbing - but nope! She is sorely missed, but at least we have so many wonderful memories of her to cherish.
On a lighter note, recently I conducted a fundraising event for a local C&K Kindergarten. These mini family shoots were a fantastic way for families to have an updated photo, without having to spend an hour trying to wrangle small kids into smiling and behaving themselves during a full session! We kept the sessions short and sweet, and captured some lovely family moments!
I love mini shoots because I need to be on my toes - its challenging and super fun to engage with the kids as quickly as I can. Add in the fundraising element for such a wonderful organisation , well its a lovely feeling to be part of it all!
Some families elected not to have their images shared online (and I always respect and honour that request), but here is some of my favourites images from the morning session of our fundraising mini shoots.
Nereeda and her family were bathed in this gorgeous morning light!
Kirsty and her gorgeous four!
Melissa and her family loved hamming it up for the camera!
Lots of big smiles from Dolly and her family!
Its so cool getting to meet so many wonderful families!
Stay tuned for part 2 of these Fundraising Mini Shoots next week!
Its always exciting when plans start to come to fruition. Its long been a dream of mine to have a natural light photography studio. Up until now, all my photo shoots have been outdoors on location, subject to the wrath of the weather gods!
When we searching for our new family home earlier this year, one of the boxes that it had to "tick" was space for a photography studio... and we found it! Now the plans have been drawn, and the work has commenced and I'm hoping it wont be too long before "Hilary Hudson Photography" will have its home base open at Tamborine and ready for a new world of photography services!
Wall framing is complete, electrical work has been done - time for some gyprock! Watch this space!
Featuring on the blog today is Kathy's family shoot.
Kathy was given a gift certificate for Mothers Day last year, and I was thrilled to finally meet her and her fabulous fun family! I tell you what, as a photographer, I absolutely LOVE it when everyone gets involved and has a great time, and that's just what happened during this shoot! This lovely group had no qualms doing anything their crazy photographer suggested, and as a result there was so much laughter and joy shared!
I hope you enjoy these images!
Thank you for such a fun morning, guys!
Some time ago, we decided to stop watching the nightly news on TV. Our kids don't need to see all the dramas in the world, and honestly, we are so much happier without it. Some might say we have a "head in the sand" approach - however we still get to hear the main news stories via social media and radio, and that's enough for me.
It took some time to get used to. I felt like I was missing out on something... knowledge... information... ? But in its place, we now have family "happy hour". Family Feud, followed by M*A*S*H! Both kids love watching M*A*S*H and Miss 6 even shouts "YAY!" when she hears the theme music every night. She likes Radar and Frank, while Mr 4 likes Klinger best. I never really watched it much as a kid (personally I always preferred Hogans Heroes and Get Smart) so its mostly all new to me as well :)
Do you feel the same way about watching the news?
Jen, Bryce and little Hudson are featuring on the blog today - their shoot was a prize from a competition I ran earlier in the year. I was thrilled to hear that they were also bringing along their Spanish Water Dog, Muffin!
Hudson was super cute and full of smiles, and Muffin was so well behaved - we had a great morning!
Here's some of my faves from the shoot:
Thanks guys for a lovely morning!
It was a simple comment: "Thanks mum"... but to me, it spoke volumes.
Up to now, ever since she made me a mother, Miss 6 has always called me "mummy". From the first time that word came out of her sweet little mouth, I was hooked. She didn't have me at "hello" - she had me at "mummy". I remember waiting and watching patiently while she was a baby, knowing the first words were developing and wondering what her little voice would sound like. There was nothing sweeter than hearing that word for the first time and knowing that she was talking, actually referring to me.
The word has been used perhaps thousands of time since then, sometimes plaintive, sometimes crying, often followed by the never ending: "... can I have something to eat?" Sometimes, in tiredness and frustration, hearing it has made me want to hide in the bedroom, but most of the time it has warmed my heart.
But when one day recently, she swapped "mummy" for "mum" - I noticed, and I felt a twinge of sadness. She is growing up fast, my girl. Like most of us, I alternate between rejoicing at every new step of independence and watching her become her own person, and feeling melancholy as with each step she pulls a little bit further away from needing me. For now, the term "mummy" is still in frequent use (with the occasional "mum" thrown in), and so I'm focusing on enjoying the 'now'.
I know its all part of the journey, but its bittersweet all the same.
I love photographing kids. I love chatting with them, finding out what they like, teasing smiles out of babies and gaining the confidence of toddlers. I love telling silly jokes and acting the fool to raise a giggle. Most of my littlest clients are well under the age of 10, and still think super heroes and Disney princesses are cool!
When I met Michelle and her family, I knew that it would be a little different as both kids were teenagers, and this required a different approach. Particularly as master 14 was absolutely determined not to raise a smile during the entire session! With lots of coaxing and the help of one of his mates, we got there in the end!
Two gorgeous ladies with matching beautiful eyes...
Finally cracked a smile, and it was worth the wait!
Thanks guys for a lovely morning!
Is it over yet?
I have loved school holidays. I have. I've loved spending so much quality time with my amazing family. I've loved the beach visits, the road trip, the staying up late with friends, the sleep ins - and yes I'll admit that I've also loved not having to make school lunches, keep school uniforms in check and be out the door at a certain time.
But you know what? We've all been in each other's company for too long now and we are all grating on each other's nerves. I'm so ready. Miss 6 has been ready to go back since before Christmas!
Mr 4 starts kindergarten/pre-prep this year and I'm giddy at the thought of having 2-3 child free days each week. Sure its only about 5 hours each day, but nevertheless, the prospects of what I can achieve during that time is exhilarating.
Unfortunately one of the first things I've got scheduled in is a dentist visit for some fillings!
Who else is ready for school to go back? :)
Catching up on blogging some mini family shoots today - first up from this session was Jess and her family. I really enjoyed these mini sessions as they were fast paced (less time for the kids to be 'over it') and I had to think quick - I love being kept on my toes! Having super cute kids to photograph helps too!
Here's a few of my favourites from this session:
Love how happy everyone is in this one!
The second mini family shoot from this session was for the Keats family, and how gorgeous is miss Bel?! I just love that flower headband!
Christine and Bailey, I love this one! Bailey went to kindergarten with my daughter so I was thrilled to be able to capture some family memories for them. A few more of my favourites from this shoot:
As always, thank you to the wonderful families who put their trust in me to capture these memories!
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!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.