Each year, we get the tripod out, keep the kids up past their bed time and head out to 'attempt' some family portraits with my little muses. This year in particular, I have been on a mission to get in front of the camera. I'm the first to avoid it and the first to cringe when I see photos of myself. However 2018 - I have set myself a goal to change that. Not only for me, but so my kids can see their Mum confident in her own skin. Plus they are growing so damn fast, I need more photos of me with my babies!!! So although, I'm still very far from being photogenic, we did manage to get some photos of all of us in them that are going to become part of our family wall collection that I will treasure forever.
We ate fish and chips for dinner and then visited some places I've had my eye on for a few years. Most spots were completely different to how I imagined them - I guess travelling 100km an hour past a location is not a good gage. As the sun was about to set we decided to go down a dirt road and discovered this little gem (first image) so pleased we did!
I have also decided to walk the talk by letting you all in on our own family story, something that I ask from my clients.
This little incredible girl has a memory like an elephant - she literally remembers everything! I have zero idea where she inherited that from! She is as girly as it comes. From the moment she was capable, she would change her outfit 5 times a day if it had a speckle of dirt on it. But now she is at school - I have to wipe the dirt of her face every morning after constant reminders to look in the mirror when washing her face fail. She is not a fan of pants unless they are leggings! Hates any food labelled a vegetable and would live on chocolate if she could. She is baby obsessed and keeps asking for another sister so she can care for it. But for now she will have to suffice with playing second Mum to my 2 year old nephew who just worships her.
Our girl also has a heart of pure gold. I'm proud of many of her qualities but the best quality is her kindness and care she shows to others. She has many many friends and young ones are drawn to her nurturing ways. She wants to make everything and everyone better all the time and hates conflict.
She is our deep deep thinker and holds a lot in. This is my biggest worry for her as her Mum as you can imagine. We work on this often and everyday.
When we had Char we hoped for another daughter to give her a best friend for life. And best friends they are. Char looks out for Holly, even letting her sneak in bed with her when she has had a bad dream. Just last night she told me off for beating Holly at cards and making her feel sad. Char has written lots of notes to Holly about how much she loves her and how much she means to her, that now take pride on her bedroom door. They have their moments like any relationship but quickly get over any little arguments. Holly idolises Charlotte, she mimics her every move - but they are very different in personality.
One of the things I love about parenting... as they grow you learn more and more about them and you immediately start to work out which parts were inherited from whom. Char is 99% her Dad. This one is 99% like me. So yes we clash - we are going to have some doozy battles when she is a teenager. But we just get each other and now that she has just started school, I feel like a body part is missing. I miss her so much and still shed a tear or two - I know such a sook!
She has a wicked sense of humour - a quick wit and a strong drive to make what she wants happen. Our little bear is a different girl in the comfort of her own home. Everyday she has us in hysterics and quite often I think she was put on this earth to make us laugh. Outside of the home she is ultra shy. This breaks my heart a little, as I just want her to be confident and comfortable enough to show the outside world who she is.
My husband... moved in together (overseas) after two weeks of dating! Travelled together, bought a fur baby, had a human baby! Got married, bought a house, had another human baby. Been together for 11 years and married for 7.
I knew quite early on that this man would make the perfect father. With a not so perfect one of my own, finding a man who was going to be an amazing Dad was one of the very important factors in deciding to spend the rest of my life with him. He spoils them a little too much, but they are his everything and he makes sure that they know that each and every day.
He is the organiser of our home - I'm useless with that stuff and makes sure we want for nothing. My heart is very happy that these girls have this incredible man as their father and I have him as my partner for life. He is also quite the creative himself. He and I would have battles with who could take the photo of the day when we were travelling overseas. Majority of the time - he won! He is not a fan at listening to his wife however, so maybe if that could improve he could learn how to use our camera and join forces with me! hehe
With a quick 2 minute demo he did manage to take a few keepers. This one is my fav so I'm pretty damn lucky!
Then it was time to set the tripod up for some last family selfies before we took the kids to McDonalds at 9.15pm for their promised ice - cream cones! Parents of the year right here! ;)
The kids said...'that was actually fun Mum.' And were pretty wrapped that they got to stay up way passed their bedtime on a school night.
If you love the outdoors and those warm balmy nights as much as my own family and would love your family story told. I would love to make the most of this summer and create some stunning candid portraits for you. I have a few sessions left for this season, so please shoot me an inquiry to find out more :) xx