"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.
When I traveled up to the Sunshine Coast for D&M's vow renewal last month, I was also able to squeeze in a family session with the Look Family. Let me just come out and say it: you Queensland photographers are so spoilt with your locations and your light. My goodness. I love my beach shoots here in Adelaide, but the light that we were graced with on this Tuesday afternoon was heavenly. So soft and so pretty. This family of four beautiful people also helps. And the flower crowns made by Candice, their Mumma. A perfect concoction.
These sweet souls came all the way from Canada and were such fun to be around. Though Adelaide had been experiencing some pretty horrific weather, we were so lucky to have a beautiful evening last Wednesday. You know those couple of minutes just after the sun sets on a clear day? Those are priceless, those are better than gold.
"There is you, and there is me. But together, there is us. And that's the best part of me."
I had the best time with these three at one of my very favourite parks in here in Adelaide. Lily is the sweetest, with such a big personality and the most doting parents. I felt lucky to just be able to capture what they don't get to see.