Back in the "olden days" when I was a kid, I'm pretty sure we never had anything as fancy as Book Week. I don't seem to remember any 'themed' dress up days at school where everyone went above and beyond to create something amazing. There is no photographic evidence of this in any of my mums photo albums, but maybe I've just not had enough coffee and my memory is now failing me.
But Book Week... oh Book Week! I'm really not sure if I love you or hate you at this point. Its been a mad scramble in the last few days to organise something that vaguely resembles a character from one of our books. Miss 6 starts by asking if she can dress as someone in particular (this year she wanted Elmer the Elephant), which then results in mummy scouring the internet for ideas on said character. Then mummy realises just how complicated this outfit will be (have you SEEN Elmer the Elephant?!!) and then spends the next week talking miss 6 into doing something much more achievable with my non-existent sewing ability and non-crafty tendencies, coupled with a lack of time due to leaving it so late to get organised.
Hence this year we patched together the witch from "Room on the Broom". Except that all our brooms are the wrong type, and I could not find a witches hat on the one day that I went to the shops to buy one (its obviously not close enough to Halloween yet). So we improvised with a big stick with pine needles lashed to the end (thank you, back-paddock), and I turned a box of Rice Bubbles into a witches hat. The wand is a stick with a cut out star stuck on the end. The very sad looking cat is a cardboard cutout, coloured in by miss 6, and attached with duct tape (and yes I've attached the cat facing the wrong way, d'oh!)
Very very home-made, but hey, we had fun and that's what its all about, right? So many kids looked AMAZING at the school parade this morning though!
So next year I vow to be prepared for this LONG before the day arrives!
Chloe and Craig came to our property at Tamborine for a shoot on a cool winter's morning with their little boy Thomas, who was an absolute superstar during the shoot! He smiled and laughed like a pro, giggling at us and wanting to go exploring! There is nothing like a happy, cheeky little person to get you smiling, and to be honest, I edited this whole shoot with a massive grin on my face, because, well how can you not smile when faced with so much cuteness?
Thanks so much, Chloe, Craig and Thomas for allowing me to capture this special moment in your lives!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.