Mornings with school aged kids is pretty hectic! Between packing lunchboxes, getting everyone fed, clothed, shoes on, socks on, shoes and socks back on…..some attempt at dental hygiene, a hair do of sorts for everyone (and a swipe of mascara for me)
I am making an effort to stop and savour the lovely light in our house, the way the kids’ bedhead hair reaches such heights, sleepy breath and morning cuddles.
This morning I captured these images of Edie in about 3 minutes before she woke up completely and was on her merry way. She is completely at ease in front of the camera and let’s me photograph her without objection.
My little muse.
If you’ve been following me on Instagram you’ll already know the man I love is American. He has introduced us to some great traditions but none have been so much fun as Halloween.
On Tuesday night Jon and the kids carved the pumpkins and roasted the seeds in butter. Ummm yum, I could really get into this holiday!
Wednesday was Halloween and Max wanted to go as ‘that fangy monster guy’ to Kindy so out came the face paint and away we went.
Wednesday evening the kids were hyped. It was their first time really celebrating Halloween and they couldn’t wait for Jon to get home. They put Skelly the skeleton and the talking tombstone outside and lit the candles in the pumpkin. I went into overdrive getting the costumes sorted. Assuring Edie that being creative with things we already had in our wardrobe and dress up box was much more interesting that buying a cheap and nasty costume at the local $2 Shop.
“You’ll just look like everyone else, plus those costumes are hot and sweaty” I said convincingly…. “All I want to do is look like everyone else and I’m cold” Miss 6 said. Meh.
Once that surly thundercloud passed we set off to the streets near our school for Trick or Treating. The kids ran in a pack, from house to house laughing their heads off and filling their bags with lollies. When we got home they spread out their lolly haul. If you know me, you’ll know I’m the Sugar Grinch and don’t give my kids much junk. We compromised and they quite happily threw out any of the really nasty lollies but decided they could keep all the chocolate. They still ended up with approximately 18 years worth of sugar so they were happy with that!
Why I choose to shoot the real moments, the family exactly as they are – often dubbed Documentary Family Photography: Photographing my own family I approach it as that this story, of us, of our time together. It is a gift to my future self: to the me who will look back at these groundhog days of tedious, repetitive tasks and a role that often feels very much under-appreciated (especially between the hours of 5pm-8pm!). I know I will look at my prints and photo books and realise that motherhood, parenthood, really is the most important job in the world.
The Tate Modern Gallery defines Documentary Family Photography as: “…a style of photography that provides a straightforward and accurate representation of people, places, objects and events”.
And so my sessions are completely unscripted. No need to dress up or be coordinated in your outfits. No need to make the bed or tidy the toys. The more real it is the more you it is. A day in your life as they say.
I spend time getting to know your family then I photograph the little things you do daily but might not think much about – making breakfast with little helpers, a trip to the supermarket, or bath, teeth and story time with kisses on freshly washed hair.
Honest little moments you sometimes wish would pass and at other times wish would never end. I don’t want to forget a thing but I know without my photos I will.
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This year is flying and now we are settled in a new home (with gorgeous light!) I am making time to document our life a little more consistently. Â Having the very compact, mirrorless Fuji X-T20 now I have the camera with me all the time and it makes documenting our daily rituals so easy.
Yesterday was our 6 month dental check up providing some pretty funny moments I didnâ€™t expect (though with these 3 characters I should by now!) Â Max was particularly chuffed as it was his first official visit and Dr Megan confirmed what he had known for….. 2 years now… that his tooth was ‘a little bit wobbly’.
If you’re looking for a dentist that is fantastic with children and a practice that is very transparent in their pricing and services I highly recommend Dr Megan andÂ Richmond Road Dental
A sweet morning spent capturing everyday rituals was just in the nick of time as Rory had baby Piper only a couple of days after! Riley must be the most loving big brother – he was a total sweetheart. We hit it off straight away and he showed me ALL his tricks, toys and giggles. I do have a special place in my heart for little boys. Â I’m yet to get my cuddles with beautiful baby Piper but stay tuned…