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And a few cute ones of our boys together...
Cute aren't they?
Next up... Milo and Elmer x
Yum. Feels like the end of summer to me. Autumn is pretty cool though, so I'm mostly okay with it.
Oh, and just so I can show off, here is the tasty banana loaf that Deirdre MADE for me!!!
It's all gone. About 1/3 was gone before I got home actually, running around on the beach with heavy cameras is hungry work.
I have to try hard not to show off about this baby. His natural reaction to almost everything is to give us this huge beaming smile. When he wakes up from a nap I wander in to him and he is examining his little hands, then he sees me and his face lights up, rather like this...
Life with two small children, and a mostly-work-from-home job is quite busy. That would be an understatement actually. At this time of night (10pm) my brain almost ceases functioning completely, but I can just about manage to arrange some nice photographs of my baby. Goodnight!
Here he is yesterday busy at one of his favourite recent pastimes... driving cars through yoghurt (with berry smoothie):
Only a big spoon will do these days, and a big plate... and a big chair. Anything as long as he is just like Daddy. That's great because I was thinking he wasn't enough like Steven already.
We got back from the UK last Thursday night, and headed straight into some bitingly cold weather. Since winter here is a quieter time for weddings, I hope to be able to devote more time to blogging and other neglected activities. Not least because I have a terrible memory and love being able to look back at my blog over the last years to see what I've been up to.
It's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster travelling from my current home in NZ, back to the UK to see family and friends, and then leaving them all again to come back and see Steven, who missed his wife and son loads (I'm told). I hate saying goodbye, and tend to keep it very short and casual. Anything else and I'd be a sobbing wreck. Once again, Elmer was amazing - maybe it's his age, but he finds travelling so exciting, and was dying to see his daddy again. Unfortunately he was fast asleep for the big reunion, but when he woke up (in the car on the way home) a big smile grew slowly on his face when he realised he was back, and he reached out for my hand and whispered "Daddy".
Here are some highlights of Elmer's stay in the UK this year:
Elmer's fallen in love with a few new friends this year, and has discovered a hidden passion for worms (of the common garden variety). He's such a beautiful, gentle boy, I'm lucky I can haul him around the world and get away with it.
More blogging to come, including the current state of the house build, and a wedding I shot last Friday in Dunedin (stunning)...
Elmer said goodbye to his Grandma and Grandad two weeks ago, as they left New Zealand headed for the UK. Considering he absolutely adores them, I was dreading the goodbye. But when the time came, he was fine. He said 'bye bye!' and I explained Grandma and Grandad were going home on a big plane. He asked for Grandma that night and I told him the same thing. Then nothing for three days. Until we were in the museum last week and Elmer was looking at an exhibit, when suddenly he turned around and shouted "Da Da!!" (Grandad) in a big loud voice. "Where is he?" he said, looking around. I had to explain again that Grandma and Grandad went home on a big plane. It was like he suddenly realised they'd gone.
I don't know how a two year old brain works, but I'm glad he's more robust than I am!
Phew, a blog post done! I will endeavour to get on here more often. An Ohau wedding coming up too!
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!
Brothers Harry and Archie and two of the smiliest boys I've encountered. They are totally and utterly adorable.
I see that look quite a bit on dog's faces. He's loving it really.
We played in the garden at home, and this year we also went to the beach where Grandad has a beach hut.
A family portrait there, even though I may not be popular for including it on the blog! Aren't they all beautiful and photogenic though?? No reason at all for anyone to think otherwise.
We are off for a family holiday in Cornwall tomorrow. My brother Aidan and his wife Katie who married last year are doing a post-wedding 'trash the dress' style shoot with me whilst we are there. Hopefully it will involve wading through the (FREEZING cold) sea!
It was over a year ago now that I photographed Belinda at home with husband Sean and baby Claudia. Claudia is now two years old (scary how that happens) and has a baby sister who is almost old enough to be cool and play games with her, but in the meantime is at that cute, cuddly giggly stage.
I tell you what, these guys make such a gorgeous family unit, I could photograph them every week. You know how it's cool to have a 'girl crush' these days? I think I have a 'family crush'! We were chatting in advance of the shoot and decided to do a two stage session - one stage at home involving jumping on the bed, and one stage in the woods with balloons and bubbles. Organised chaos!
Lush. A few more blog posts coming up. If I don't fit them all in before I leave I will be blogging from Wales!
It was lovely to chat to Stacey about baby-rearing, and see her and Paul so content and happy as a little family unit. Makes me feel all emotional, sniff!!
Paige the terrier was also there. I'm sure she has a little inward groan when she hears me coming up the drive, poor dog.
A few from our session last week:
Love this next series I've entitled 'Crazy Baby'..
Cute! I have a few more baby related images coming up. One is Elmer dressed as a bee!
Lush. You may have noticed a few changes around here - chief among them my new website, which isn't a drastic change from the old, but a bit swankier and smoother. I'm also not logo-ing my images anymore. That's just a personal decision, I hate smacking some writing on a photograph, and the reasons I was doing it before don't really apply anymore. I reserve the right to change my mind though! We'll see how I go.
Guess what? The roofers are arriving tomorrow!!! We will have a roof on the house this time next week (quick, touch wood!) if all goes to plan. I'm totally ready for it to take 15 times as long as expected (as per usual with this house), but ahhhh, it'll look great.
Does anyone remember a house on Grand Designs that was in the Isle of Wight and was a 1950s bungalow conversion? They did an exterior cladding on there by blow-torching larch weatherboard. Burning it black. That's what I want on the side of the house :) A bit of a feature. I'll be gutted if Steven gets to do that whilst I'm away though. I want in on the fun.
Even as I type this, there are about 6 other bits of wood joining these two, but I'm only just getting around to blogging. They are very tall, and make me think how big the house will seem compared to our little barn conversion.
The last few days I've been dreaming about the finished product. In particular:
- I want a wind-break slatted fence to go around the edge of the garden area to make the house all cosy and enclosed. I wonder if we'll be able to afford this when the house is finished?
- What type of bath will we have?
- I would like Elmer to have a really magical, colourful bedroom. I wonder what I'll do with his room...
Here's the boy himself examining his Dad's handywork...
I'll blog as much of the build as I can over these next few weeks. If it doesn't rain constantly that is..........
Edward is so full of character and smiles, and didn't get grumpy the whole time I was there, very impressive - Elmer, take note.
Lush! Blog posts coming up: Cute Elmer; Cave Wedding; House Build....
Me, Elmer and the dogs (I know grammatically that should be "Elmer, the dogs and I" but I don't like that rule) took a couple of walks around the land and I took my camera. It was a cold when I took these, and I thought it might be the end of summer.. but today, a week later it is beautiful and I'm sat here in my shorts!
How can I not take photographs of someone THIS cute??
Those are man-tights by the way.
I think Regal is the word you're looking for:
For all the people who ask, "Sinead, why are there no photographs of the house being built on your blog?"
Believe me, when something of interest happens (i.e., something other than the foundations), it will be photographed.... and blogged... The exciting thing is I think the house will definitely be built before Elmer goes to school :)
I'm off to dig up potatoes. The Desirees have come up lovely.
This is what Elmer does:
He lies like a cute little slug looking out of the window and contemplating life. But hey, who needs a big thick neck full of muscles when you ALREADY have a girlfriend?? Here is Elmer in bed with his girlfriend Erin, and you'll notice they are holding hands!!
I'm not sure what he said to impress her enough for this to occur, but it may have been the fact that he now sleeps in a cot!! Like a big 'ole baby. Well, I say 'sleeps'... haha, maybe 'naps' would be more appropriate...
Look at his little shocked face! I probably shouldn't have told him we're sending him out to work quite so soon....
During the shoot I imagined we were in any number of different cities, all within little ole' Dunedin (Stacey and Paul's dog Paige came along for the ride).
Some leafy suburb of Paris maybe:
And New York(!)
Nice to imagine anyway!
He's either frowning or laughing...
He's getting some nice baby chubb now. All he needs next is some hair! My parents are arriving in two weeks(!!!) so I'll have to teach him some tricks...
I did a little mini - photo session with Taylor and Kate at their home last weekend. Taylor is 2 and a half, and Kate is 6 months. Kate is at that sitting up stage where she is liable to topple over if there's a slight breeze, or if she moves an arm... so I have her all lined up in the view-finder and she just disappears from sight! Taylor is easier to capture as long as you have a shutter speed of about 5000ths of a second :)
This is Kate. Look at those cheeks!!
And her gorgeous big sister:
There's a couple of exciting things coming up round 'ere, so I shall keep you all informed x