Home time

The lure of 2 weeks with 2 doting grandparents on hand convinced me to make the 1000km car trip with 3 small children to my hometown. The fact I had a brand new Fuji X-T10 camera in hand and 2 weeks to play with said babysitters holding the fort  was also enticing.

There is something so beautiful in the relationship between grandparents and their grandkids. Particularly in our family where my 3 are the only grandchildren and we only see Nana and Poppy a couple of times a year.

Lots of playing with the 35mm (50mm equivalent) f1.4 lens. The bokeh is so gorgeous and I have fallen in love with macro flora photography all over again. Images here are straight from camera, no post production.

Heartfelt morning session

Black and white image of a blonde child reading on the bed

In our house at the moment we are all a bit cranky. I think because it’s the last week of first term of Big School and new Kindy AND new childcare. They’re tired, I’m tired and we are all looking forward to our beach getaway over Easter.

However, with Leo at school today it’s a little less…. competitive.  I just found these two best buddies reading to each other.

A simple morning like this is exactly what I love to photograph and it helps me to remember on the not-so-awesome-parenting days that some days are like this if you just slow down and look for it.

Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mount Coot-tha

Children climbing on rock with map

A few weekends ago my 5 year old asked if we could go to Mount Coot-tha.  It was so lovely and vibrant after the hot/wet/hot/wet weather we have had in Brisbane over the past few months.

It is a wonderful place for families.  There is a children’s trail with a map and items to find and check off which my 3 loved. So many great natural learning opportunities as they explore the hidden glades and see the amazing array of plants and flowers, fronds and animals. We spotted some baby Brush Turkeys and a small snake!

Even with 3 small, energetic and FAST! little people in tow, I was able to capture these beauties.  Looking at them took me back to my nature photography days where I could wander for hours in a National Park photographing the fauna and flora.  Isn’t Mother Nature a clever lady?

You can see a few more gorgeous cactus images I snapped on my iphone on my Instagram here

Where’s your favourite Brisbane hidden gem?

Newborn photography – all in the details

Bathing new baby

The first days home with a new baby are surreal, a beautiful hazy time don’t you think?

These images are so simple but the ritual is so precious and fleeting.

Look at this beautiful new family of three. They’re so natural and at ease with their brand new daughter.

Do you have photos of yourself or your babies in the sink? Isn’t it standard to pop them into the kitchen sink when they’re so small? I love it and I know there are a few of me as a bub in the 70’s sitting happily beside a draining board full of crockery!

Alyssa Nicole McDonald

Alyssa Nicole McDonald

Alyssa Nicole McDonald
Alyssa Nicole McDonald

Newborn baby at home

Milicevic Family

Norman Park Family portrait

Documentary family photography

A Saturday morning hanging out with this energy and laughter-filled home was a delight.

Mum Susan particularly wanted to capture 2 year old daughter Evie before she lost her toddler chubbiness and cheek. Pretty sure the cheek is still going to be around for a while! Check out the attitude when given a sneaky kiss by mum!

Joni is the smartest kid on the block. Taught me a thing or two about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Yeah, they’re cool again, 30 years later.

Milicevic family portraitsBinky bearBoy's own bedroomKid's rooms
Dad and son
Relaxed family portraitFamily portraitNo kissing thanksToddler washing hands
Beautiful girl

Toddler storytime