"I'm not sure how but as the time passes my heart simply seems to grow. More room is created every day for all the things I love about you."
This family has a very special place in my heart. Three years ago to the night these photographs were taken, I photographed Ellie & Stephen's wedding. Last year I met Teddy, their baby boy born in March. Then, early April of this year, on the night of their third wedding anniversary, we met again in Hahndorf to photograph these. When I drove home from the hills after this, I truly, honestly had the biggest feelings of gratitude and contentment. I felt, and still feel, so privileged to grow with families like this, to share in their joy. It's so special.
"Love what you have & you have everything you could possibly need."
Where do I begin with this beautiful family? These were photographed back in October and when I scrolled through their gallery again this afternoon, I was hit in the face with the joy & love that surrounds them. Growing up as one of five children, I have such fond memories of the complete chaos that came with being in a large family. In the younger years, there was always laughter, giggling, games and someone to play with. And then there were tantrums and tears and fighting but yin and yang, right? So while I'm sure it was overwhelming many times for my two parents, I am thankful I had so many siblings. Because despite the days where we couldn't get along, I was never alone. My family was and continues to be, a gift.
The reason I am writing this out here is because I see all of those good things that I adored about my childhood in this family. I see bonds that are growing, love that is evolving and memories that will remain with each of those boys as they become adults. I am yet to have my own children, but I can only imagine the engulfing feeling of parenthood; wondering, am I doing any of this right? Photography is here to remind you that you are. Your children are so very loved, happy and that is what matters most.
Finally, thank you to Lydia, who is also a brilliant photographer here in Adelaide, for asking me to capture her family. I was honoured (and slightly nervous) when she asked me to document her family. How glad I am though, because this photoshoot was the beginning of our friendship.