The excitement levels have reached level 10 here last week... when miss 8 was told that I am taking her to see Katy Perry on Friday - her very first concert! (I had to wait until I was 17 to go to my first concert - which was The Cure, by the way - so I think she is one very lucky 8 year old!).
She's loved Katy Perry for ages, always her favourite singer, so last year when we heard that she was coming I jumped at the chance to get some tickets with two lovely friends and their daughters - a girls night out!
But keeping this a secret for a year has been tough!!
I planted the seed a few weeks ago, when we heard the radio station talking about the upcoming tour. We started talking about it and she was all like:
"Wait - what? She's coming HERE?"
Me - "Yep! That would be an amazing concert, wouldn't it?"
Miss 8 - "OH MY GOSH - CAN WE GO???"
Me - "Oh sorry Bubba, I think the tickets sold out ages ago"
(Am I a nasty mother for doing that??)
So with less than two weeks to go, I gave her a challenge. She had 2 stars remaining on her star chart before she got to the "reward star". I told her if she achieved those 2 stars in one day, and it had to be a mammoth effort, she would receive an AMAZING reward.
Well, she worked her butt off! She picked up dog poo, tidied her room (even vacuumed the floor without being asked), did some maths revision, made her own lunch, washed all the lunch dishes, and was just generally super helpful all day - so yes she earned her reward!
The response? Think jumping up and down, clapping her hands, shrieking "YES!", and hugs for everyone.
Totally worth it - cant wait to share this experience with her :)
Beautiful mama-to-be Sara came to Tamborine for her maternity session recently - absolutely glowing and due to have twins!! The sun was playing a little game of hide-and-seek that day, so we ventured further down our property to the little dam - an area I dont often shoot at, for these images.
Some of Sara's favourites:
Not long afterwards, I got to meet these very precious twins, Matilda & Xavier! They spent a little time in the special care nursery, so they were 3 weeks and 1 day old at the time of their session - but still very sleepy and tiny!
Posing twins can be a bit more of a challenge, but these two made it so easy and did everything I asked of them. Those sweet smiles and gorgeous twin cuddles made for many "awwww" moments during the session.
Thanks so much Sara & Mitchell!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.