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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Singing along to "Last Friday night" (ok so it was technically the Friday before) I took miss 8 to go see Katy Perry - her very first concert. It was such a fun experience and I'm so glad I got to share that with my girl, but there was one very important lesson learned...
I am getting too old for these kind of gigs.
Its been a long time since I went to a concert - Robbie Williams was the last one, and I've had two kids since then, so yeah, its been a while.
The support act was playing when we got to our seats, and oh boy was it loud! Like, so bass-y and loud that our chests were vibrating. I texted hubby that I should have brought ear-plugs... his response:
"Gees, you really are getting old"
Yep thanks for that :)
But it was all worth it when Katy Perry came on stage - the look on my daughters face was absolutely priceless... she screamed with excitement and I almost cried seeing how happy she was. We did also get some ear-plugs for her (thanks to my friend), to protect those precious young ear-drums. Then we sang along and boogied in our seats and loved every minute, even if mummy did feel a bit deaf afterwards!
The beautiful Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain was our backdrop Beatrice's & Marcos' family session... We had rescheduled our session a couple of times and on the day of the session we had a few moments of very light rain, which fortunately didn't deter any of us!!
Little Penelope, just 4 months old here was just gorgeous to work with and loved hanging out with mummy and daddy, enjoying some cuddles, showing me some big smiles and kissing mummy's face!
Thanks guys for a lovely session - here are some of the favourites from the day:
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Ok friends, I need your help. I think I'm driving my friends slightly mental by constantly quizzing them on what they have for dinner each night - I need some inspiration!
I have at least a dozen meals that I make regularly, but lately I'm feeling SO over them all - quiche, crumbed chicken, lasagne, rissoles, curries, roasts etc... I keep flicking through recipe books without anything particularly taking my fancy... I need new ideas!
So I ask you, whats your go-to meal, that's a hit with the family and not too complicated to make? I'd love to know!
The stunning Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens was the location for Darian and her family's portrait session, and what a gorgeous day it turned out to be! When grandparents visit, its a wonderful time to capture some special family memories, and hopefully these will bring them smiles for a long time to come!
Here are some of the favourites from their session:
Ahhh winter... nothing says winter like sick kids... master 5 has been knocked off his feet this last week and what started with a sore throat and ear, turned into a case of the "random vomits".
One night last week he walked to the table for dinner and without any warning or complaints, proceeded to puke all over his plate. Oh the joys - my kids have never been vomiters so I have rarely had the pleasure of cleaning up spew since they were tiny babies.
The next few days were spent in front of the tv, eating practically nothing, quietly, strangely subdued with a once-a-day spew at random times, just to keep us on our toes. I made the most of the sick-cuddles though, they just don't happen as often anymore. And while mostly I yearned for my boy to feel better, a little part of me was relishing being the carer, the nurturer, the one to kiss it all better. These cuddles are the one silver lining to that cloud.
A few days later, we knew he was feeling better when the sibling bickering started again!
Have you escaped the winter bugs at your house?
Emma had been wanting to do a family session for a little while but wasn't sure if her gorgeous and energetic boys would be ready to sit still for it. A pretty normal fear for all of us mums, and having small kids myself, I totally understand!
Our morning was spent at the beautiful Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain, cool breezes and lots of things to do and explore, we kept moving and kept the boys occupied! Here's some of the favourites from the day:
I cant quite believe its Easter once again! I have decided this year to pull back with the amount of Easter eggs that I buy for the kids (and actually I try to do this every year but I usually cave in and buy more). I'm feeling guilty about this... and I shouldn't, because I know they will also receive mountains of chocolate from family and friends!
Master 5 likes to eat all of his chocolate in one sitting if possible. Until he makes himself physically ill and there is absolutely nothing left. Miss 7 on the other hand, likes to nibble at hers. Savour it. She likes to make it last for weeks and just have a little bit here and there. While this is great for her, from my point of view its frustrating - she leaves so much chocolate lying around that I feel compelled to help her get rid of it by eating it, usually once she's gone to bed for the night hehe!
I remember last year, probably around October, she asked me if she could have one of her Easter Eggs? I laughed and laughed... oh honey, sorry, mummy ate it all, MONTHS ago!
Do you "help" your kids with their Easter chocolate too?
Recently I met with Krystal and her extended family at the Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens for their family session - we had a lovely afternoon in such a beautiful location. Here's a few of the favourites from our afternoon:
Thank you guys for a lovely afternoon!
I watch my two from afar. I not only marvel at, but I also celebrate the differences between them, a boy and a girl. I don’t know if the difference is primarily due to their gender, their ages, or simply because they are two completely different human beings, but I do so love watching their personalities grow each day.
It must be one of the biggest joys in a parents life: watching your child develop into an individual, a completely separate and unique human being.
What a marvel, this walking, breathing, talking, complex little individual – a completely random mix of mum and dad, with a bit of their cousin and a bit of their grandparent and a bit of auntie/uncle thrown into the mix. What amazing creations, our children.
Do you often look at your child and suddenly see a “flash”, a glimpse of a cousin, or an auntie, or a grandma in their sweet expression, or the turn of a head? I find that quite delicious, that sudden little flicker of someone else. That link between families is such a beautiful thing, and makes them all the more special to our dearly beloved.
I'm so in love with watching my two...
Have I ever told you how much I LOVE maternity/family shoots? I love that connection between a mama, her belly and the rest of the family - it makes for some beautiful, tender and emotional moments during a photo shoot. And what an amazing time in your life to celebrate! Beautiful families, creating new life and celebrating all that is wonderful - what could be better?
Mel (and her bump), Craig, Ella and I had a fabulous time at the ever beautiful Tamborine Mountain Botanic Gardens, and isn't miss Ella just the sweetest?
Thank you guys for such a beautiful morning on the mountain!
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!
I'm not sure we realised just how mammoth the task of setting up my studio would be. Work has been quietly plodding along in the background on most weekends: gyprock, plastering, sanding, lighting, getting a big sliding door delivered and installed... but right now it feels SOOO close! Its at a stage now where I can actually do something to help instead of the whole project hinging on my husbands availability (and energy!).
Final sanding and painting happened over the weekend, including painting of the whole outside of the shed. Goodbye nasty faded green, hello Colorbond Dune! Everything feels so much fresher, and the internal white walls have brightened up the room considerably.
If you missed the post on my Facebook page, you can see some progress photos here.
Realistically there is still a fair bit more to be done, with the big ticket item being the flooring, along with cupboards, air conditioner, desk and furniture etc - but hopefully it wont be too much longer!
I met with Kari and her lovely family recently at the beautiful Botanic Gardens on Tamborine Mountain. We were blessed with gorgeous light and had some fun running around exploring the gardens, which is just a fantastic location for photo shoots! Such a wonderful friendly family, and such cute kids too!
Miss Mia showing her brothers how its done!
Thank you guys for such a fun afternoon!
I had one of those days yesterday. It all started quite peacefully, until my school holiday dawdling had us running late for an appointment. I am definitely getting crankier in my old age! The kids had been playing quite happily until crazy mummy started running around shouting: We're going to be late! Get your shoes on! Have you brushed your teeth? Turn that TV off! I thought I told you to get your shoes on!!? etc etc until we were in the car where I gripped the steering wheel in sheer frustration...
And then we got stuck behind every slow truck possible, along with roadworks and red lights - I think my blood pressure started to boil... made worse that I knew it was all my fault for slothing around the house without realising the time. In the end we were only 5 minutes late and I felt like I could breathe again.
I should have turned around and gone home then, but then I decided to brave Kmart, which given my frazzled state, was probably not a good idea. I felt somewhat comforted though by the large number of other frazzled mums who were also in Kmart tearing their hair out, all screaming at their kids to leave stuff alone, and stop running off. School holiday fun, right there folks.
I felt like making eye contact and offering them a Hunger Games style 3 finger-solidarity-salute.
Deep breaths, mamas, deep breaths.
The beautiful botanic gardens on Tamborine Mountain was the location for Cassandra and Brendans family shoot recently, and we had a fun afternoon exploring this lovely spot! This was a sentimental location for them as they'd had their wedding photos taken here also. Sunlight filtered through the trees creating a gorgeous backdrop, and the kids had a great time running around too!
Thank you for a lovely afternoon guys!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.