Daylight savings gives everyone a lift, am I right? I start to feel alive and unbundle from the Winter layers. I get hopeful for more BBQs and relaxed evenings that drag until the last light of the day is gone. My planning for Summer holidays gets underway and start the count down till our camping holiday near a fab Northland beach. I also panic a bit that perhaps I ate a few too many Winter treats and that swimwear weather is too close for comfort :)
As a Te Atatu (Auckland) based family photographer, I'm spoilt with some lovely local locations. We have plenty of green spaces - where the kids can burn some energy, the dogs can run free and meeting their mates' too, and I can capture some fun family time before heading back home for dinner as the sun dips below the horizon.
I don't know many people who enjoy those last few weeks of pregnancy. Particularly when it's not your first. Your body is hurting. Your body is puffy or bloated. Your body is being asked to care for your unborn baby while still looking after your older children. It's tough.
It can also be tough wanting to get in front of a camera lens. You aren't feeling your most attractive but you are in anticipation of what is coming and getting to meet your new baby.
So while it's tough, I still recommend get capture the moment. Your family is about to change so capturing the pregnancy and your family at this stage is special and unique. You will look back and remember what things were like 'before' while still having the opportunity to spend time with your family and enjoy each other.
I live in a part of Auckland that offers the most spectacular view of the city. Yes it's at a distance, but it can't be escaped as when you leave Te Atatu, it's very hard to avoid clocking the harbour bridge, Sky Tower, Rangitoto or city landscape. The view never gets old on me, or many locals for that matter.
So when a local family asked me to capture them, we found a local park that basks in this view and had a play together. Thanks, Revell family for getting me back again and spending more time with you. See you on the school run!
I know that family photographs seem like a chore, and an uncomfortable one at that. Yes, it can be like that at the start, but as soon as you are you, and you let your family be themselves, photos are never boring.
We smile, we play, we giggle, we cuddle, we tickle.
Everyone leaves with a full heart. Even me.
A family photo session doesn't need to be formal and posed. It can be a simple Monday afternoon at the beach. That is what this was. We splashed, we explored caves, we jumped, we cuddled.
This was this family, on Pt Chev beach, in November. Love them.
This family were all into having their photos taken! It wasn't a new experience for them which did
make it easier as they were comfortable with a camera around them and happily let me lead them
around the park as we found gorgeous pockets of light, had some cuddles and laughs and most
importantly exercised the furry family member :)
Meet little (hungry) Samantha.
She was an alert two-week old at this shoot and slept for a brief 10mins of our time together.
Her parents adore her and are adjusting to life with a new family member and they are doing great!
Check out those dimples!
So this little guy turned one.
He was so calm on his birthday party, surrounded by so many of his family and loved ones.
Like most one-year-olds, opening presents was not something that he quite understood what to do, so needed some help from dad - but this guy was spoilt! A fabulous range of gifts - toys, ride on
cars, new threads, paddling pool, even his own giraffe couch!
His parents had organised a cake smash for him and it all prepared. We had a huge sheet of white
tarp on the carpet and his own special cake that he could rip in to. Mum had even found him an
awesome little outfit just for the "smashing". But of course for about the past 6 months, Mr B has
been told not to make a mess of food, and with about 15+ grown ups watching, he obeyed what
mum and dad has taught him and calmly observed his own cake. Inspecting with his eyes first, and
then very gently, very slowly with his fingers (and toes!). It took a solid 30 minutes (and some
persuasion from mum and dad) to get into the cake.
While it wasn't an annihilation, this guy did the smash his way. Why?
Because he could.
It was HIS birthday.
It's his rules.
Happy birthday little man xx
Sometimes life doesn't always go to plan.
When it doesn't, all sorts of emotions run through your mind and heart.
But over time, you learn to accept and deal with the challenges and tasks ahead.
While this bump wasn't on the early plan, it was cherished and nurtured. In fact the bump isn't even a bump anymore :) !
We took these photos on a Winter's windy and wet day but your love for each other and your
unborn child shone through
Congratulations guys. You have created a special bundle. Enjoy the newborn smells and little
milestones that come around so quickly. xx