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!
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.