With five boys aged six and under, my hat goes off to these parents! We met up out at Bicentennial Park at Homebush one sunny morning to see how we would go trying to get all of them looking at the camera at the same time. They were all so lovely and friendly though that we managed to get some great family photos with very little effort. Then it was on to get some images of all the boys together and then the crazy energy started. Putting five boys in a great big park with so much space and so many places to explore made for us all being constantly on the go, grabbing the photos whenever they paused for breath before they were off again. It was a beautiful morning and the boys really were delightful!
So much energy, so much activity and constantly on the go. But then when you have kids as cute as these ones they are hard to resist. We finished up the session at the water play area and let they boys run around some more. I put the zoom lens on the camera and kept well back from the splashing and it was a really fun way to end things. Luckily a change of clothes had been packed for all the boys because they certainly needed it after this!
This fabulous family decided that they wanted to have photos at the beach, so one late afternoon we made our way down to Long Reef to see what we could find there. I had already checked that it would be low tide, so most of the sand and rock platforms would be exposed, giving us loads of opportunities for exploring and some interesting shots. It was the end of a beautiful sunny day, a little bit windy and made for some fantastic photos!
The kids were fantastic, they were so enthusiastic and had a great time exploring the new beach. The kids (and mum!) all had new outfits bought especially for the shoot so they were excited to get to wear them and looked great! We played in the sand, checked out rock pools, clambered over driftwood and in general just had a lot of fun! As we neared the end of the shoot, the reflections in some of the rock pools were just magical, so of course we had to get one final family photograph…
It was a gorgeous sunny morning in Sydney when I met up with this family to take their photos at Ballast Point Park in Balmain. The kids were fantastic, happy to have their photo taken and keen to show me to all their favourite places around the park – it is pretty local to them so they know it well. There were three, no four, no FIVE favourite places we had to go to and take photos in each – all of them just perfect! And baby Gus is one of the most smiley bubs I’ve met and would look over with a big grin almost every time I called out to him.
You’re growing up so much now! Your second tooth came through shortly after the first and you now have both bottom teeth which you enjoy using to get stuck into your food. This month has seen you really getting stuck into eating – we now have porridge and fruit for breaky each morning, veggies and fruit for lunch and, depending on timing, you will get bits of our dinner or something to munch on in the evening too. We try and give you things you can pick up and feed yourself with as well as spoon feeding you so you can start getting the hang of feeding yourself, although you still prefer us to feed you.
This month has seen you become much more smiley, with a huge cheeky grin always at the ready. You are also becoming much more vocal with us, no recognisable sounds yet, but it can’t be too far off. You are also much more mobile, rolling around as you please and this month you started doing a “commando” crawl – not up on your knees yet, but definitely getting pretty quick moving around the place. After a couple of incidents, the cat has worked out it is much safer to be out of your way!
We started up a bit of an evening routine with you now as well. You skip your nap between the last two feeds and stretch out being awake for a little bit longer. We help with this by taking you for a long walk each evening which you seem to enjoy. Then once we’re home it’s final bottle for the night, clean nappy, read a book and put you down to bed. You’re slowly getting the hang of it and going down much better of an evening than you have done.
I’m also very pleased to see that your hair has started growing back in. Much lighter than when you were born but it seems to be growing quite quickly, can’t wait to see what it looks like as it grows more. It’s been a lovely month with you watching you grow and learn,
Love you lots and lots and lots xoxo
To take a look at the next “Letters to our Daughters” in this blog circle, click here to read what Nicole has to say and see her beautiful photos.
It was a gorgeous misty morning up in the Blue Mountains of Sydney when I headed up to photograph this gorgeous family. I hoped the mist would hang around for a while and give us some lovely soft light, but it cleared quickly into the most glorious day for the start of autumn.
The older two boys were a little unsure about the whole thing at first, but quickly got into it and we got some lovely photos of the boys and the family. While the grass was soaked from morning mist, there were some beautiful big old trees in the park which were just perfect for setting up some shots of the family sitting together.
Towards the end, the boys got a little tired of “standing in the right spot and looking at the camera”, I grabbed some photos of mum and dad together. I absolutely adore these shots, after three kids and nearly nine years of marriage, they are still so obviously in love.
Then it was the baby’s turn and he put on a wonderful show of grins and giggles, with a few serious faces thrown in for good measure. He was most obliging, and lay down, sat, munched on his toes AND looked at the camera – a perfect model, and a perfect way to finish off the shoot!
Well, this little chap is certainly growing up fast! He was a touch over six months old for these photos and is a deliciously chubby little boy who looks older than he is, possibly due to the loads of gorgeous hair he already has. For this shoot we started at a local park near where the family live. It had been raining all week though, so the ground was soggy and options became limited, so we grabbed a few shots and moved on.We went back to their home to get the main lot of photos done inside and wow what a perfect set up they had in the living area. There were beautiful polished floor boards, against recently painted skirting boards and walls, with huge windows letting in loads of natural light from both sides. Master Lachie is still perfecting the art of sitting up, not that you would know if from the photo below! I love the series of images with Dad reading to him – he looks so thoughtful, as though he’s really taking it all in. And when they pulled out the jack-in-the-box, he became so focused. He’s such a cute little boy and with such a sunny disposition, it was an absolute pleasure to photograph him with his mum and dad and catch up on how he was going.
This family was always going to introduce a little bit of chaos to things with 3 boys under 7 and a 6 month old girl in the mix. The mum described it to me as herding cats when the three boys are all together and she wasn’t far wrong! I had met them all previously as the little girl is born on the same day as my daughter, but never all of them at the same time. Having said that, the boys are fantastic – friendly, energetic, cheeky – and all with gorgeous blond hair.
We had already had to postpone this shoot twice – once due to all the rain we have been having in Sydney lately, and once due to a couple of the kids being sick. So third time was the charm and while it looked a bit touch and go in the morning, the afternoon was prefect and turned on some gorgeous late afternoon light for us
While the boys complained a couple of times about having photos taken, they still managed to find bridges to run across, trees to climb and water to play in. These boys don’t do anything by halves and were all soaked by the end. I seem to be getting into the habit of finding some water to be splashed around in at the end of a shoot!
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!