Karla {+two}

These three beautiful souls, their genuine happiness, and the golden glow of Autumn was just a magic combination.

I’m so happy to have met this wonderful little family.

xo

 

Brittany&Jeremy {+six}

‘If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct’  -Letty Cottin Pogrebin

There’s just so much wonderful, cheeky, happy, gorgeousness across all the members of this family. Similar and yet distinct.

Six kids and two awesome parents, who are doing the most amazing job raising these young individuals. I mean, six little humans under your care, that’s next level commitment!

We took pictures right up until the light faded and the cold Wintery air well and truly kicked in. These guys were total troopers.

And may the image of them all together, sitting in the front yard on random bits of outdoor furniture (which the boys pulled in), ‘go straight to the poolroom’.

It makes me grin every time.

Family photo gold. ; )

xo

 

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Cassie Sullivan - Just stunning Lisa! I don’t know how you handle so many people all together but it results in magic however you do.

Megan&Joe {+two}

This post takes me back to warm Summer afternoons.

Those long days when the sun says goodnight well after dinner, and you come home after hours at the beach with sand stuck between your toes.

Despite having never met me before, this family were just as warm as the sun on the day of our session.

So very welcoming and so very lovely.

With two darling children who I just adored!

They allowed me to simply spend time with them…..and for that, I am ever so grateful.

xo

 

motherhood

When I became a mother, my mind became like an ocean

Sometimes calm, sometimes tumultuous

Feelings and dreams, moments and memories

Rising and falling like the tide.

 

And there are thoughts, that if they were stones

Would be smooth and polished and shining

From the waves of my mind washing over them

Again, and again, and again.

 

And the shiniest of stones

Would hold the soberest of thoughts

Worry, guilt and fear

For never have these words been more present within me

Since the day I met my child.

 

How can something so beautiful and sacred

So precious, wonderful and sweet

Be so fraught with emotions that belie a seemingly simple belief

‘I will love you, and you will love me’

And that will be enough.

 

But enough is never enough

And the waves of thought continue to crash

And I feel the push and the pull, and the tug and the sway

Of the words that are mine

And the words that are others

Tumbling over, and over, and over again

 

Cherish each moment

Don’t ever let them go

Be present

Be calm

Be better

Be more

And each day there is a new resolve

As I strive towards ‘perfection’

 

But all the days roll into the next

And there is weariness and frustration

And busy and boredom

And the guilt laced thoughts

Of what once was, or what could be

 

And then, within the tangle of this everyday

There is beauty

And I feel the push and the pull, and the tug and the sway

As precious moments roll up and over, and alongside the difficult

Confounding and wonderful all at once

 

And I admire your face, and I hold your hands

I feel your warmth, your skin, your breath and your innocence.

And my heart is full of a love so strong

I wonder how my body can hold it.

 

And it’s fast and slow

And beauty with fear

And sadness with joy

And hope with worry

And wave, upon wave, upon wave

 

An ocean that dances to the rhythm of my heart

And a beat that echoes with the passage of time

A time that stands still whilst stealing away

And teases me with memories of what is no more

 

So I quietly grieve each passing phase

While simultaneously longing to see the person you will become

And I hope all the hopes for a life of adventure

But desperately want to keep you close

 

And my mind and the ocean, it keeps on rolling

As I know it always will

For I am forever entwined with you

Like the tide and the moon, and the waves and the shore

 

So onward we go, my sweet darling child

You and I dancing upon the sea

And I am thankful for your young forgiving heart

And your eyes that see me as more than I ever can

And your belief that I am enough

 

Loved

And enough.

 

Nathan&Tracy {+three}

On the cusp of Spring last year, one of my favourite little families welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world.

A darling little sister to her older siblings and a perfect bundle of sweetness.

I was so grateful Nathan and Tracy invited me back into their home, only a few short weeks into their time as a party of five.

Because let’s be real, life with a newborn is very much full of precious fresh love, but it’s also full of sleepless nights, constant feeding and the beginning of a whole new juggling act.

So, to be asked over to take photos (despite all the less than perfect goings on) feels pretty special.

We didn’t stray from home for this session. We just stayed in and spent a little time together.

I loved seeing how wonderfully this tiny girl fit into her new home, with her adoring family around her.

Some things really are meant to be.

xo