Lush. I'm off to bed!
We shot the maternity portraits only a couple of weeks before baby Addison arrived (before her due date), and I returned when she was 5 days old to capture her as a tiny new being, so I will blog these photoshoots together.
I'm a recent convert to newborn baby photographs (when I say recent, I should say since Elmer was born!) but now I'm a total sucker for them. I love how you can hold a newborn's whole body in two hands, and how their little hands cling onto yours. I especially love how even though it's hard work, everything seems a little bit magical when there's a new baby in town..
Then just over two weeks later...
Yum. I'll have one of those soon, only a boy version. Speaking of which, my resolution to blog more is suffering only slightly because life is busy with the house. We have 2 months (MAX!) to finish, and Steven is working all hours to get it into a liveable state. Luckily, we have a builder on site part time, and a plumber. I am in charge of extremely important things like ordering tapware... oh and taking Elmer with me when I order the tapware, which is great fun.
I do have a couple of other portrait shoots to blog soon, and I will blog more house photographs as there is progress!
Shelley and I arranged this shoot in a slightly last minute fashion, and we only spent about 40 minutes playing in the grass, but got lots of different set ups. Partly of course because 6 month old babies have a 30 second attention span. Rocco is AMAZING though, and spent the entire shoot laughing and smiling, even though he was simultaneously trying to have a poo. Imagine that!
It's so nice to be able to document Shelley and Bailey's new family because I've photographed their engagement shoot, their wedding in 2010, and maternity shots (last winter). Shelley is an amazing photographer in her own right, and you can see her work here. Looking forward to many more happy years being photography nerds together...
I wasn't really chimping (looking at the back of the camera) for most of the photoshoot because we were moving quickly, but I checked that last one, and was like, 'bingo!' What a lush family!!
You may notice I am storming through my blog posts ;) That's because me and Elmer are off on the big plane at the end of next week to see his Grandma and Grandad. Now I only have 399 items left on my to do list before we leave....
Often when photographing families I can divide kids into two different types. There's the kind who are shy, and take about half an hour to warm up before they become your best friend (Elmer). Then there's the kind who are best friends with you straight away, no effort required. Sam and Monty (I love the name Monty!) are the latter variety and utterly gorgeous. One of the beauties of being small is that you can dispense with boring small talk, like "Hello", and get straight into the important stuff, "Look how BIG the plants are!"
Since the garden is being dug up for drainage, there were two proper, full size diggers left at the side of the lawn for the weekend. Boy heaven. I think we spent about 80% of the photoshoot in the diggers.
What a gorgeous family. I quite like having a boy (who is into all the traditional boy stuff) because it gives me an intro into the world of little boys. Dinosaurs and diggers. I never knew how many different types of vehicle it takes to make a road for example, or who Lightning McQueen was. Just....um..... fascinating....
I have a wedding tomorrow, and then a wedding on Saturday, and then it's Christmas, and then it's 2012!!!!! And in the first nine days of 2012 I have... FIVE weddings!! I'm off to bed!
I took about 100 photographs of his feet - I love a nice pair of chubby ankles on a baby. Cankles is the technical term of course, totally acceptable on babies.
I'm off to watch the rugby world cup final!! Go New Zealand!