You passed the half year mark earlier this month. When you were born, we wondered how we would make it, but the time is passing faster and faster… So what have you been up to this month?
The day after the last letter to you, you decided that you had worked out how to sit up. After a week of this you were a pro at it and were already moving on to the next thing! Rolling started, slowly but surely, back to front over your left hip. Another week or so of that and you are now flipping yourself over and back like an expert and loving the different perspectives it is giving you on your world. We were a bit worried the first time you did this in your cot, but you soon realised it wasn’t the end of the world and you don’t scream the place down now when it happens. Another first – just a couple of days ago your first tooth came through!
I could swear you gave me a kiss the other morning. We have a little routine whenever we get you out of the cot or after a nappy change where we stand in front of the mirror as you love looking at yourself and mummy or daddy in the mirror. I usually give you a kiss on the cheek and have been getting snuggles back from you. Then one morning you turned to me and pressed your (open) mouth to my cheek. You then licked my cheek, but I’m sure that was you giving me a kiss.
You’ve also migrated out of having your arms swaddled. You started with one arm out – that took a lot of getting used to as you kept pulling your dummy out and losing it! After a few weeks of that we tried you with both arms out – after just one go settling you this way you were happy with it and now take your dummy out and put it back in again like an expert.
We had some fun with the camera this month to capture the 6 month mark and even managed to capture a couple of those cheeky grins this time.
Check out the next blog in the circle by Nicole to see her letter to her daughter.
Well, not my backyard personally… This beautiful family were catching up with friends later in the day who just happened to live on this lovely property with a gorgeously landscaped yard.
I love doing shoots like this – we wandered around, letting the kids do their own thing, getting them back in for some whole family shots, then letting them go again and capturing the natural groupings as they occurred. Finding great little locations in the yard, getting the family in the general area and seeing what happens, give a few directions, but basically letting them interact in their own way and coming away with some beautiful photos.
The kids were fantastic! The boys were so well behaved and into the whole thing while the little girl toddled around after her big brothers and her parents. This is a family that obviously love each other to bits. That photo below of the two boys – I just asked them to sit next to each other on the steps and this is what they did, such a special photo.
It was a pleasure meeting this family and taking their photos.
With these first few blog posts I will be mixing in a few of my favourite previous shoots along with posts for new shoots. I’ll also try and give you a bit of a “look” at what you can expect while on a shoot with me.
I absolutely LOVED doing the photos for this family! The mum is an old school friend and their two boys are so energetic and full of life. We met down at Sirius Cove on a beautiful spring afternoon and started off with some simple family portraits away from the water before moving down to the beach. This is such a great location and for a small park has such a variety of settings – grassy areas, stone walls, rocky outcrops, bush and of course, the beach itself.
The further through the shoot we got, the closer we got to the water until everyone (except for me!) was IN the water to some degree. The boys still had energy to spare, even after jumping off the stone wall onto the beach for again and again and again, so I suggested some action shots in the shallow water. The below photos show them finally starting to get a bit tired (and just a bit damp) after splashing around.
The best part about the whole thing? Not too long afterwards, I caught up with the family at their home to be proudly shown several of their photos from this session printed on canvas and hung up around the house. The two boys had a collage canvas made up with three of the images each to hang in their own room as well – love it!