One of my favourite afternoons was with this bunch of lovely people.
We were at Melissa's Mum and Dad's place at Galdfield near Warwick.
It was so nice to jump in the car and drive into the country to meet this family of 6.
Melissa and David have 4 delicious children who all had beautiful personalities.
I fell in love with their youngest, Joseph. His spirit and his larger than life light that just shines the moment you meet him.
I kept saying, oh he makes me laugh and that he did!
He was fun, happy and enjoying being 2.
His big brown eyes and smile was a big lot of cuteness. His love for life and playing made things fun and he was just a pleasure to be around.
Sam was quiet and so sweet, you could sense this sensitivity and kindness. If he was with his mum or dad he would rest his head against their body or hold their hand.
When he was with the animals he approached them in a gentle manner and touched them softly. I think the animals loved him as much as he loved them.
I would have loved to talk to him more and just listen to his words and wonder.
I would find myself just gently smiling at him or with him.
Sophia was delightful, sometimes you would catch her laughing or poking her tongue but when she was near a horse you couldn't help but watch her. You would lift your head from behind the lens and just look at her, she was so calm and just together with the horse embracing their moment.
Her yellow dress shined as did her playful spirit. I enjoyed talking to Sophia and loved taking her photo. Her beauty inside and out was magical.
James had the most gorgeous smile and when he smiled I couldn't help but smile back. He was close to his mum and I loved how he would hold her hand or lean into her and chat. There was a moment Melissa had her hand wrapped around his shoulders just walking together. I loved that closeness.. James also had a gentle nature that shone, he is kind and a beautiful boy who is growing up so quickly.
Melissa always had her hand wrapped around one of her children or their hands were wrapped around her, in her hair, around her legs or sitting on her hip.
An amazing mum I see here!
Her children are drawn to her and her smile is magic. When she laughs and smiles she radiates.
Her patience and kindness with her children and animals just pours out of her, a beautiful soul.
I loved watching her sling the rope over her shoulder and catch the horses so the kids could ride them.
It was nice to meet David and watch him with his children and what was even more lovely was to see David wrap his arms around Melissa, hold, laugh with her and kiss her.
It was fun jumping fences and walking around this property with all of you Whites even your mum and Dad they are genuine, honest and dear people who made me feel so welcome.
Once again I am so humbled to be asked to be capturing moments like this.
A lovely girl bought all of her family together today and it was such a joy watching a big family just be together, it made me smile....
I have known Jenna for some years now and watching her with her family over the years she just shines. Jenna invites you into her home and family with open arms and I get to see how much she loves being a mum, how proud she is of her family and when she speaks of them her eyes light up.
So this afternoon I got to see her with not only her children and husband but all of her family.
It was lovely seeing her nieces want to be near her, they are drawn to her. Jenna's 2 big boys still wrap their arms around her knowing it is a safe place to be and to just be still. Jenna's daughter reminds me of her and it is lovely watching her blossom and walk alongside her mum and giggle with her dad.
You can see Jenna's mum and dad are close to their grandchildren and the children are so loved by them. You would often find the little girls close to their grandparents, sitting on their lap or holding their hand. Sometimes they would just go to them for a cuddle or ask for them for help.
It was so nice to see Jenny wrap her arms around her big boy who she looks up to and loves so dearly.
I had a little girl who did not want to get her photo taken which was kind of cute and she would hide behind her hands, a little girl who cartwheeled everywhere and was just so delightful and another who just smiled and filled my lens with beauty. All so different but all so precious.
The boys ran and tackled each other, they were happy to be all hanging out with one another and you could hear their cheeky laughs.
The men were all lovely and they talked and watched over the kids as they played.
It was nice to see sisters laughing and just a big family being themselves.
The afternoon sun was almost gone when they received a phone call that Jenny's mum had passed away. It was nice that everyone was together as they then all left together to say their goodbyes to their Grandmother and mother.
I enjoyed the family all wandering the hills together under that beautiful sun and I hope I captured some sun soaked memories and moments of all these lovely people.
This is a little bit of our hour together.
We found a little river and recharged our souls for the afternoon. I grabbed my phone and captured a couple of moments to make as lasting memories.
We threw pebbles, rocks and sticks into the water, well anything the kids could get their hands on really. Grass, leaves and dirt were also collected and thrown into the river. It was just fun watching the river swallow it.
There were little tracks to tip toe on, long grass to lie in and the trees were so majestic.
We put the kids on our laps and let them take turns at driving. My phone went flat at this point and the charger was broken in the car but Bridies smile was so beautiful as she was in control of the steering wheel.
Narah's joyous little spirit cam pouring out and Balun found peace just being here.
I love our drives together.
A beautiful girl makes her way across town with hair wrapped in roses and the sun following her every step. The glow that radiated from her as she carries her first born child was just lovely, a little bit magical and a whole lot of beautiful.
Ange, her husband Shane, their dog Dodge and Ange's family all gathered together today to support these parents to be. The family stood at a distance watching Ange wander around and then they couldn't help but all gather together on top of this hill and connect, laugh and of course touch that beautiful baby bump.
I was so grateful to be capturing forever memories in their moments that afternoon.
We got lost in the country on the weekend.
I am so grateful that I get to play with these people. I love watching the kids play and discover new things.
Welcoming our new little baby into the family has been beautiful.
There has been many moments that have filled me with joy and many moments my eyes filled with tears.
There have been moments that I have felt overwhelmed, frightened, exhausted but that little voice inside creeps up and speaks to me. It never shouts, only whispers and tells me " I can do this".
It was a gentle reminder to nurture and love these little people around me and most importantly not to forget myself and to remember the beauty and love that surrounds me.
So on this day, I asked Craig to take us for a drive, I grabbed my camera after many months of not picking it up and clicked, just clicked capturing my delicious children creating their magic in the sweetest grass, under an apricot coloured sky and the cold autumn air kissing our skin.
On Sunday afternoon I got to spend a little bit of time on top of a big hill with this lovley family.
Mitchell, who was quiet, beautiful and shared some lovely intimate moments between his mum and many playful times with his dad. Mitchell's eyes were deep and dark and always looking straight at me with his head slightly tilted, he was just delightful to capture.
Erin was full of smiles and laughter, she would spin around with her dad or climb on his back and whisper in her mums ear. I loved her missing teeth and fun personality.
Their mum and dad were kind and gentle and a pleasure to be around.
There was a big storm cloud hovering above us but it let a little bit of sunlight through to allow me to capture a few special moments between this family.
Here are a couple of photos..
I met 2 girls on the weekend and the one thing that stood out the most was that their love is set in stone and nothing could break them apart.
A mother and her daughter sat in the long grass, walked along a quiet dirt road, felt the warm sun against their skin and they even turned the music up from the car and they danced together amongst the butterflies.
I am sure when these two met for the first time they smiled, their love felt true and I am sure this love is engraved deep in their hearts.
It was once again a pleasure to capture little moments of happiness between people and I just couldn't get enough of little Ellie, her delicious skin, her beautiful smile and delightful energy.
I hope these pictures make you smile as I was behind the camera.