So after a rather disastrous first birthday cake smash Lola proved she can smash food for the camera and started with her lunch. Watching her twirl the spaghetti around her fingers, throw it through the air and rub it through her hair was worth capturing.
One of Oscar’s favourite meals is sushi and at his request we made some for dinner the other night. He’s at an age where he loves being involved in the preparation and making of food and it actually encourages him to eat better. I love sushi but I do find his fixation on it rather strange for someone who is all of 3.
It’s a fairly regular activity in our house so I took a few photos while the boys set to work.
On Saturday New South Wales went to the polls to vote for the State election. We walked to our local public school to vote and navigated the party volunteers thrusting pamphlets, sausage sizzle and cake stall to stand in line waiting for our turn to put numbers in boxes. The task was a little more tedious than usual holding a wriggling, impatient baby in one arm and trying to write with a near-blunt pencil with the other.
In the end our electorate’s candidate retained her seat as did the ruling State Government so there wasn’t too much excitement to report.
Our trip to Sydney almost always involves a visit to our favourite park, Darling Quarter. It is one of the most well designed children’s spaces in the city and on a hot day is jam packed full of locals and tourists looking to get their feet wet.
Water is such a wonderful thing to photograph and I’ve always been really fasciated by water drop photography. Combine this with the excited reactions that water play induces and a water park is the perfect photography location.
We are very lucky to live in such close proximity to some of the most amazing beaches in the country. It means we can make spur of the moment decisions to head to the beach at the end of a long day. While Oscar is more reluctant to dip his toes in the ocean both kids are well and truly beach bums.
I shot these pictures late in the afternoon on a dreary, windy day while Tim chased the kids around. I snapped away a few photos without giving them much thought and assumed they would be nothing special but as I began to edit them I fell in love with each of them and how they capture the kids’ relationship with their awesome Dad.
For the last year Oscar (along with every other 3 year old boy I know) has been completely obsessed with a kids’ TV show called ‘The Octonauts’. On the weekend we took Oscar to Sydney to see the live stage show at the Capitol Theatre in Sydney. He was very excited but being a slightly highly-strung individual he was also very nervous about the new experience. His nervousness was placated by an over-priced piece of merchandise for long enough to get him into the theatre but he spent the first 15 or so minutes on Tim’s lap, facing away from the show. After a few key words and songs caught his attention he managed to relax a little, turn around and watched the rest of the show.
Summer celebrated it’s last day with exhaustingly high temperatures and clear blue skies. We spent the day in Camden with extended family for Uncle Michael’s birthday. The adults attempted cheese making while the kids enjoyed the sunshine and cooled off in the garden playing with water. I always love capturing water play because the splashes of water always look amazing when frozen and the kid’s joyful reactions are priceless.
One of the huge joys of having a little person in your care is watching them play. This kid of mine has a wild and crazy imagination which can transform even the most mundane object into a huge castle or a big, hairy spider or whatever pops into his head at the time. He’s only three yet as we were travelling in the car the other day off his own bat he started seeing bunny rabbit shapes in the clouds (and I could see them too once pointed out). The downside of such an incredible imagination of course is the constant threat of the monsters under his bed, but I’m hoping he’ll grow out of that one.
Bathtime is one of my favourite times of the day. Some children are all over their baby brothers and sisters from the moment they are born while others, like our Oscar, are more reserved and stand-offish. Bathtime is one time of the day where they are ‘stuck’ together in a confined space and are destined to interact. I would love some sweet sibling cuddles to photograph but for now, bathtime play, will have to suffice.
‘Desperate times call for desperate measures’ as they say. In an effort to keep a tired, grumpy teething baby happy Tim has mastered the frog leap complete with sound effects.
It works momentarily but unfortunately has to be repeated over and over for ongoing happiness so by the time Lola has a full set of teeth Tim is going to have some amazing leg muscles!