If there's one thing I know about mums it's their commitment to documenting the everyday-ness as well as the big moments in their kiddo's lives. Back in the day it was with polaroids or on film; remember getting those printed photos back from the chemist? How exciting it was to open that envelope and flip through the photos, passing them around your family for everyone to have a squiz!
These days, digital has made it so much easier and quicker to take and share these memories, although we're seeing a generation who don't get the same joy we had holding those photos in their hands - #printyourphotos people! Smart phones and DSLRs have totally changed the way we document our families - and definitely in some great ways!
One thing that hasn't changed much though is that someone really important is often missing from these photos - it's mum (mostly, not always, but most often) who is taking the photos and not always in them herself. With Mother's Day coming up I want to challenge the mum's out there to put yourself in front of the lens (stop waiting, just do it!) It doesn't have to be via a professional photography session, it can be as simple as a selfie with your family (also: fur-babies totally count!) Whatever it is, as long as mum's in it too, share it in the comments or with the #lookseemumsinphotos tag. Go!
Alternative title: Proof of life
I've been sick (bronchitis) or injured (lower back again!) for the last four weeks, so to celebrate not having to take the antibiotics that were making me feel nauseous and drowsy anymore (last dose last night, woo hoo!) and being able to drive again, I managed to get out of the house to do something that wasn't, (a) a doctor's appointment or trip to the pharmacy, (b) a physio appointment, or (c) a Woollies run. (These were the only three times I left the house over the last four weeks and had to ask mum to take me to most of those!)
Some things I saw:
A Peter Rabbit picnic in the park would have to be one of the sweetest ways to celebrate your first birthday, yes? Yes!
Back at the end of January, Isabelle's family and friends gathered together in a local park in Burnie, Tasmania to celebrate and play and eat the very best jelly cakes and macarons on the planet. Not to mention Isabelle's birthday cake which Em made and decorated herself. Em's eye for detail and her floral arrangements are completely amazing and I totally think she should go into party planning and wedding styling as well as her gorgeous flowers. Maybe one day I'll be able to convince her?
Also, did you know that slides are a lot (a lot!) of fun? If you weren't sure, you can find out about that in some of the photos below. I think it's fair to say everyone thoroughly recommends a slide, just in case you were wondering about that. Also, don't be afraid to get a little creative and think outside the box with your sliding. There are a multitude of different ways to slide and I personally think you should aim to use as many of them as possible. There are a few options expertly demonstrated below for your reference.
The biggest of thank yous to Em, Jimmy, Matilda and Isabelle for having me along to help celebrate - I had a ball with you all as always. (And I'm not just saying that because of the jelly cakes!)
"And every breath we drew was Hallelujah..."
Melissa and Aaron were married in January at Guide Falls, Burnie and afterwards threw a very awesomely relaxed backyard party to celebrate with their friends and family. There was a yurt! I can't tell you how much I love a yurt at a wedding - there should be more yurts if you ask me!
These two created a touching, intimate ceremony and there were plenty of happy tears shed (me included - I always cry at weddings, #sorrynotsorry.) Aaron and Melissa's friends and family were involved in helping to make such a beautiful day for them, from creating the gorgeous cake and decorating the doughnuts, to playing music at the reception and a favourite Leonard Cohen ballad for their first dance. I don't know about you, but it's always so lovely to see everyone play their part in the day, adding special touches that I'm sure the couple will remember for years to come.
It was an absolute pleasure to help capture these wonderful memories from your wedding day Melissa and Aaron - wishing you all the very best for your future together! xx
MELISSA + AARON'S VENDORS
Wedding dress: Frank's Bridal
Suits: Maveric Clothing
Bridesmaids dresses: The Gown House
Hair: Des'Ree Alexander
Makeup: Kelly Viney
Flowers and catering: Thistle Hut
Cake and doughnuts: Katerina Hingston; Krispy Kreme
Celebrant: Kathryn Campbell
Music: Courtney Schmidt; Phil Critchlow; Jack Pitt
Yurt: Don River Yurt Co
Photography: Look See by Naomi Fenton