1 year olds

Mearns family

It was so awesome to be able to catch up with this little family again after meeting them when Stacey was still pregnant with Joshua and then again when he was born... and now he's over 1 year old! He is such a friendly little guy full of hugs and giggles. He showed me all his toys, and played some fun dad-games, then we went for a walk in the freezing cold wind and slushy mud to the park, then back home to the warmth for a little snack and a story with mum and then dad had a snuggle with Rocky the dog because he was feeling left out. Such a lovely afternoon.

Clayton family

I loved this session so much.  It is always my wish to be as much of a fly-on-the-wall as possible, and for this family I was mostly able to be an observer. They just did their thing. Tipped toys everywhere, raced around, played with cars and remote controls and more cars (and yes, Lucas sleeps in his bed with all those cars). Pulled Mums hair, got belly tickles, jumped on Dad, played peek-a-boo and watched ipad cartoons. Sounds pretty typical to me. And now they can remember it as it was. Real life at their place.

The Wilmshurst family

We had the most perfectly timed Autumn shoot a few weekends ago. So many scrunchy leaves to play with and BEAUTIFUL Autumn colour and light. It was lovely playing in the chilly morning with this family (I went to high-school with this lovely mum and haven't seen her since then!), and the photos turned out just right (despite 15 month old teething pain and reluctant 4 year old)!

The Hughes family

I have so enjoyed working on these photos. Look at the big blue skies! It was such a beautiful sunny day. And such an awesome family!  They ran down the beach, splashed in the waves, jumped off rocks and cuddled in the sand dunes.  We needed to get Dad in lots of photos since he is usually the one behind the camera. Gorgeous kids with big sparkly eyes and LONG eyelashes, but Mum and Dad ended up stealing the show at the end of the shoot. The kids were exhausted and hungry, so while they had a snack, Mum and Dad did some posing. It was magical - they were giggling and playful just like a couple on their wedding day. So lovely to see.
And I can't decide which I like best from this little series below, so I'll show you all of them!

Lucas

Lucas loved the camera so much he refused (for the most part) to let his mum and dad get any camera action! It took a bit longer, but he finally let me get some family shots too. I think he must know how squishable and model-worthy his cheeks and big brown eyes are. Also, it was his birthday weekend so he could do what he wanted.  Here are some of my favourties.
This was the last photo of the day, I think Lucas was over having my camera in his face!