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Miracle Pirates

When our school gives us one days notice that Friday is ‘dress as a pirate day’ and we don’t have pirate costumes, so I decide the kids can just wear jeans and a striped top.

Then after a super busy day for the whole family and a tiring night (the kind where my husband works til 9pm and my 6 yr old refuses to do her physio exercises or eat her dinner or anything I ask her to do really… and my 8 yr old takes all night to finish her homework and the list of things that need to be done before everyone can go to bed seems never ending) and when everyone is finally in bed and it’s now close to midnight, I suddenly realise the kids jeans are in the laundry basket!!

So I leave them washing in the machine as I go to bed. Then wake in the morning and throw them in the drier in hope they will be dry before its time to leave or else the kids are going to school as pantless pirates.

Then miss 8 searches the toy box and finds an eye patch I didn’t remember owning and miss 6 cries because she wants one too…. and I regret that I didn’t make her one yesterday, but now with minutes to spare before the school bell rings, there’s no time, so she settles on a beard and moustache.

Then as we all fly out the door (in jeans that did dry just in time) miss 6 throws on a cap and says “P for Pirate!!”. We snap a quick photo on the way to school with the swords we just happen to own. We just make it to school on time in their make shift outfits and both kids have their gold coin donation in hand, their jackets, their homework, their 3 lunch boxes, water bottles, signed notes, library bags, library books… and just as I start to get that, ‘against all odds I am a mum who can perform miracles’ false-sense-of-security feeling… Miss 8 says, “hey mum don’t forget I need new ballet and jazz shoes before dance class tomorrow”.

Ahhh life… You are funny.


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Luke, Kelly, Jake, Mitchell – Sydney family lifestyle photography


This family session had it all….  gorgeous kids, belly button reveals, a little bit of illegal pen graffiti, some much loved toys, some soccer, a couple of chupa chups & beers in the afternoon sun.
I love a family who will happily go with the flow when I suggest a spontaneous happy hour at the end of their session.
Luke & Kelly, thanks for a fun afternoon with you & your boys xx

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glitter & gold | Sydney family photographer


Sharing this family session that didn’t make it to the blog in 2014. One of many. Happy to finally have some time to share in this space again. When I started this blog I had a toddler & a newborn at home with me. This year I sent my youngest child off to school, leaving me with this strange thing called ‘day time’ work hours. I haven’t had day time work hours since before I took leave for the birth of my daughter who is now eight. But the time flies by, as I was told it would. That season of my life is now precious memories, feelings, stories & photographs. More about that in another post.

Aren’t these kids gorgeous! We had the prettiest light for them to play in during this session & what could be more fun than a little gold fairy dust. Well… fun for the kids… probably not so much for the parents (cause we all know that stuff doesn’t wash off for days!)

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Day 31 | January photo a day project


The end of another project, documenting you at ages 5 & 8 in the January of 2015.

Sometimes you are happy for me to photograph you & sometimes you let me know that you aren’t. Sometimes you don’t want to stop and wait long enough for me to take a portrait. I get that.
So what do I do when I need one more photo to end our project and the daylight is running out on the 31st and the sight of my camera makes you run for the hills?
We take a photo with the ipad, because then it’s just a happy snap and you don’t have to wait for me to get my camera settings right.
So here you are ‘not being in a photo’ but just holding up the ipad photo I took of you laughing together….  and really, this is what a project like this is about.
Turning who you are now, into pages of a story.
A story that reminds me to love you as you are every day.

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I honestly dont think I could ever EVER tire of looking at your gorgeous images hun. EVER xx

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