Wasn’t going to post this, but had way too much fun not to.
This was my first ever Halloween. Our dear friend and neighbour as from California and she was going with her brood. We’ll do it again for sure.
Love me a bit o’ dress ups.
I can never get over how amazing the female body is.
Every single pregnancy is a miracle, and every time I get to share and shoot that special time with someone I’m completely awed by the fact that a person is growing inside my muse.
Andreia was no exception. She a quiet grace that I tried to capture.
Meeting her little family and talking with her big boys about the impending arrival of their baby brother was such a special afternoon. Big Daddy, Hugo, arrived just as we were wrapping up so in a moment of divine timing I managed to capture a few moments with him also!
I couldn’t even tell you the last time I sat in a patch of clover and a made a daisy chain without a care in the world.
Something so tiny, so meaningless, became a magic moment in time. I let all my worries seep into the grass beneath my bum and I was just present with my babies.
We just sat in the garden before we began our day and we made daisy chains and laughed and cuddled, and broke the chains and made new ones.
It wasn’t expensive, it wasn’t fancy, it wasn’t messy or educational.
It was just time.
Moments in time.
I found the ugliest, lairiest dollhouse you ever slapped your eyes on, complete with bag full of wooden furniture at a local opportunity shop recently.
I thought for the piffling price of $15, I could take that puppy home and pimp it a la The Block : Skyhigh.
Each room could have it’s own vibe and I could release all of my pent up interior design energy.
We don’t currently have any dolls, per se, so it’s inhabited by dinosaurs, animals and Tranformers and Power Rangers. It’s like a big inter-species swingers party, and everyone seems to be getting along swimmingly.
One house for rent for very short family. Newly renovated, great living areas and fantastic light in every room. Some plumbing issues, but perfect for a family that doesn’t need to flush the toilet.
These kids don’t get to see each other very often, but when they do the way they play together, and love each other, warms my heart to it’s beating core.
There’s something precious about seeing the child of your sibling’s flesh play with the child of your own flesh.
Almost as though you’re recreating your past.
There’s something special indeed about the connection between cousins, and I hope these guys always love each other like they did this day.
Linking up to My Little Drummer Boys for Wordless Wednesday.
You may remember about a year ago I made our dear friends a Yum Cha lunch to wish them farewell as they were moving to Melbourne.
They left a very Wilson shaped hole in our lives, so when a new Wilson arrived on the scene, in the form of a perfect baby girl, I took D Man and Kiki to spend some time south of the border.
It rained almost the whole trip, but it really didn’t matter.
What mattered was catching up with our Wilsons.
Linking up with Wordless Wednesday over at My Little Drummer Boys. Go check it out.
Two days before I was due to photograph the 50th wedding anniversary vow renewal of this Groom and his Bride, I was invited into their home so we could get acquainted before the big day.
In this old school Italian family’s home, I sat at the table with the happy couple and some dear old friends of theirs who had been married for 43 years.
This here marriage novice had the most insightful discussion with these nuptial heavy weights on the secret to longevity in a union. We ate cheese and figs and drank wine and in no time I felt like I was part of the family, and it was beautiful.
The big day was touched gently by sadness, as it also marked the end of a mourning period after the loss of a dear one, but I truly believe I saw many generations of this family present, those with us and those passed, all celebrating 50 years of amore and famiglia.
What else is important?
I’m honoured to have been able to chronicle the day, and capture just a few of the precious moments that this family had.
The biggest thing I’ll take away with me from this experience were the words of the Groom, the evening we met.
‘In life, in the home, there will be storms, but soon, the sun… she come out.’
Sage advice for a novice.
I’ve known Wendy for about 9 months, so the whole time I’ve known her she’s been pregnant. It felt like the longest pregnancy ever, probably even more so for the gorgeous Wendy!
I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to come and photograph the latest addition to her family, Darcy. Little three-week old Darcy is so tiny and sweet, and his big sister, Chloe, is just crazy bonkers about him, as is the family pooch. Everyone just wants to be near him. Or on him.
I adore shooting families at this precious time, because I can feel a little piece of that newborn magic for the time I’m there….and then I get to go home with my nipples in tact and sleep more than three hours at a time. Win.
Wendy made having a newborn in the house look effortless, as she simply radiated love.
Hooking up with my fellow Tuesday bloggers over with the divine Jess @ EssentiallyJess.
― Lily Bollinger
I’m not doing to great on the Summer To Do List this season…..but some things I just couldn’t neglect.
I’m Flogging My Blog with Grace today, cos it’s sweet, sweet Friday.
I recently had the pleasure of capturing Marcus at three weeks old.
You forget so quickly how tiny babies are, and in the blink of an eye they’re big and robust, and that breath-taking vulnerability is gone.
I had a really difficult time choosing the images to give to Marcus’ family because I fell in love with them all. Newborns pull the funniest faces as they road test all of their facial muscles.
In case you haven’t guessed, Marcus is the result of the bump I shot before Christmas. He was born the very next day.
Talk about perfect timing.
If you missed the gorgeous images of Yasmin, check ‘em out here.
As before, I have to respect the family’s wishes of not showing too much of their beautiful baby as they’re not comfortable with images being on the net….. again, you’ll have to take my word that this kid is a keeper.