I’m pretty relieved for this week to be coming to a close. I’ve had a whingy, teething, hyperemotional baby on my hands all week. The poor thing just doesn’t know whether to be happy or sad and oscillates wildly between the two emotions. This picture was taken amidst one of her overtired meltdowns. As soon as the camera came out to distract her she instantly cheered up as if all her woes were forgotten.
Another month, another hospital admission for Oscar. With the change of weather and icy cold nights we’ve been having, his asthma over the last few weeks has been terrible. Last night he coughed so hard and so much that he burst some capillaries under his eyes and today he was really struggling to breathe and needed his ventolin every half hour or so. We took him to emergency and he was put on oxygen and admitted for the sixteenth time. Here we go again.
Tim doesn’t get nearly enough credit for being behind the scenes supporting and often giving me a helping hand when I need it. I recently shot a series of self portraits and needed someone to stand in my place while I set the focal point for the shoot. Somewhat reluctantly Tim stood in to help and this picture was the result. I think his enthusiasm for the job is perfectly captured right here.
As we’ve been madly rushing around getting the house ready for Lola’s first birthday party the cats have been doing as cats do – lying smugly in the sun. Cats have a certain way of rubbing their lifestyle perks in your face when you least need the reminder. Nonetheless and despite the severe envy I was feeling Josie and Tiger made good photography subjects today.
In the lead up to her first birthday this week is all about Lola. To balance out her unfortunate reaction to her ‘cake smash’ session I thought I’d add one of my favourite portraits of her that I recently took while playing on the front verandah. Can’t believe this little doll face is nearly one year old.
Oscar deserves a loyalty card to the local hospital. In his 3 years and 9 months of life he has had an incredible sixteen admissions to the Children’s Ward. On (Not-so)-Good Friday we took him to Emergency with breathing difficulties and fever which had been going on for a couple of days. We had been treating it at home as an asthma attack – the primary cause of his previous fifteen admissions – but this time his symptoms seemed a little different. Assessed as a Category 2 triage patient they immediately took him in to be seen and followed up with a chest X-ray. We were told that the cause of his illness this time was not only his asthma but also pneumonia.
Never one to toe the line and after continued deterioration overnight it was decided that he had an atypical strain of pneumonia which required a more individual treatment. Unfortunately he will likely be there for a few more days meaning that this year Easter will be spent in hospital.
Given this blog is about capturing life, in all its rawness and honesty, I thought it was only fit to capture some moments at the hospital today. The bad moments are what build character and help us to appreciate the good so I feel they’re also worth remembering.
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.
One of my favourite things to capture is the very special relationship between mother and child. Small children are not renowned for their compliance but one of the perks is that they do not alter their behaviour for the camera so capturing genuine emotions and candid moments is relatively easy.
My sister in law is one of the most amazing and intuitive mothers I know. I feel like I’m often blindly fumbling and feeling my way through this gig yet it all just seems to come so naturally for her. Even before she had her own children I was in awe of her skills in this area. I captured a few lovely moments of my gorgeous nephew Archie and his Supermum in action.
My original baby of the feline kind turned the big 1-2 this week so we decided to celebrate with an impromptu ‘fish cake smash’ session. (Hey, if babies can do it so can she!) Despite her somewhat disgruntled look she appeared to have a great time and was the perfect model sitting until she had finished all of her meal. Happy birthday to our alpha cat, Josie!
Lola has recently graduated from a slow four-legged crawl to standing and cruising. Aided by walls, furniture and any other stable surface she can move at what seems like the speed of light around a room. Her clever little feet now take her almost everywhere.
I took this photo on a whim as she was sitting playing with her brother’s toys in our front yard. The light was just right allowing me to see all the detail of the skin creases on the bottom of her foot. The foreground blur (called the ‘bokeh’) is caused by the use of a relatively narrow aperture, an effect which puts greater emphasis on the areas in focus.