The day had finally arrived. The one that the kids and I have most been looking forward to. Harry Potter World! Another early morning to make sure we could get a spot for the escape from Gringotts ride. We were sprinkled with some more pixie dust when a staff member let us in at 8.15 instead of 9. (It was reserved for resort guests).
Diagon Alley is AMAZING! OMG! If you are a Harry Potter fan, then let me say, you need to visit here. You first walk through the brick wall, which has been opened already as unfortunately, here in the muggle world, we don’t have real opening brick walls. You are greeted with cobble stoned streets and towering crooked buildings. Every light fitting, ornate sign and shingle is an exact replica of the movies.
It’s very authentic. Directly in front is Gringotts Bank and perched on top, is the fire breathing dragon. Once inside, you walk the impressive hall, lined with goblins. Hard at work, only pausing to give passers-by disgusted looks. You then walk the passageways, deep underground until you are greeted with a cavernous opening, complete with stalagmites. Ayrlie was rightly freaked out by now but we were being reassured by the young girl behind us that there is only one big drop and that’s right at the beginning. Nothing could prepare us though for just how thrilling the ride ended up being!. There was no way I was able to record it with my phone (as I wanted to) because you were so fully immersed in the moment. You plummeted down the track, screaming most of the way before stopping at Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort. You are identified as being an intruder and blasted off by Voldemort into another tunnel of turns and drops. The trolls grab the carriage and you go tumbling off a cliff. By now, your truly can’t distinguish between what’s real and what’s not as the special effects are like nothing you have ever seen!. Finally, Harry, Hermione and Ron guide you out of the bank through collapsing walls and exploding bridges. Mark exclaims it’s the best ride he has ever been on. He isn’t easily impressed so that’s saying something.
After pulling ourselves back together, we head out into the sunshine on Diagon Alley and into the heat of the Dragon. Every so often you will hear a rumble, and feel the sidewalk move slightly underfoot. Then you feel the heat from the fire breathing dragon on top of the bank. The video doesn’t do it justice. It’s really impressive and everyone stops to witness it.
Next up is the all-important interactive wants. You can’t be a wizard and witch at Diagon Alley without a wand. So we head to the only place to get one… Ollivanders. You step inside the dusty shop, stacked to the ceiling with wand boxes. We first witnessed a wand choose a wizard before the kids searched for their own. Scattered throughout both Diagon Alley and Hogsmead are interactive stations where you can ‘wave your wand, recite the spell and watch as the magic unfolds’ (quote from Universal). Which is exactly what happens! You can make feathers float, umbrellas rain and turn on water fountains. It kept the kids entertained for hours.
After purchasing some chocolate frogs from Honeydukes, checking out the jokes at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes and having lunch at the Leaky Cauldron (unfortunately not the best) we headed over to King’s Cross Station to platform 9 3/4 to catch The Hogwarts Express to Hogsmeade.
We have decided that it’s definitely worth getting to the parks early as it’s way less crowded and we can get in a good 4-5 rides before the masses arrive.. The same was today. We first headed to the Kali river rapids but it was closed till 10 so we went to the dinosaur ride. It’s a car 4×4 ride with animations which was super fun. We did that twice in a row before finally getting my Micky photo, along with a few others.
Then it was to the rapids! Awesome! Didn’t get too wet thank goodness so we rode that twice too. We are lucky this is a fairly quiet week as the wait time is only about ten min. After some lunch and a few bits and pieces we made a run for the Lion King stage show. I’ve heard it’s not to be missed. As we were running for the entrance a staff member asked if we were going to the show. He then escorted us through a side door, and right to the front row! *pixie dust* 😍 we couldn’t believe it…. until we realized we would probably have to do something for those front row seats! We were right and 2 min in, Mark had to stand up and give his best Wart Hog noise 😂! Kids were on the floor laughing as that was now the call for our whole seating section! The show was unbelievable and was performed only cm away from us. The kids were then picked to dance around with the dancers and play some instruments during the finale. If you ever get a chance to go to Animal Kingdom, don’t miss this performance. It’s the best we have ever seen.
After another ride on the rapids we did the Kilimanjaro Safari and saw some white rhino, cheetah and elephants. Ayrlie particularly loved the giraffes.
On the way to the tree of life show we stopped in at ‘A Bugs Life’. It’s like a 4d movie with smellivision and feelivision! Complete with stink bombs and acid attacks. The special effects are beyond anything we have in Australia. We then went to watch the Flights of Wonder bird show. It was a comedy/fact/educational show about birds (obviously) and Benjamin was picked to be in one of the acts. He had to go head to head in a maths off with a talking Parrot. They were both given a sum and the first to answer won. It was so funny as the bird was super fast and Benjamin was not impressed he was getting beaten by a Parrot!. It was slightly rigged tho as whenever the presenter said the word three (the code word) the bird replied instantly with the number four. Benjamin was a good sport when he found out he was set up and he and the Parrot had a good laugh about it.
The tree of life is this truly massive tree, right in the middle of the park. had carvings, light and image projections on the trunk of the tree that made it look like it had come to life. Something quite magical.
Ayrlie loves frozen, and the only way to see frozen at Epcot is to get there before everyone else that want s to see it! There is a boat ride as well as the meet and greet. So we did what every other crazy family does with a frozen fan and got up at the crack of dawn to get there in the hopes of riding/greeting without waiting hours in line! We were lucky enough to hit the jackpot and have the park fully open at 8.10am! We were able to walk right on the ride (which really was great) and then only wait 6-7 min for the meet and greet. One little girl super happy!
Our first fast pass was for the test track so we headed there next for some high speed racing! At its fastest point it hits 60 miles per hour (95km) so the G-Force is pretty strong. As you can see by Ayrlie’s face… no, you cant see. Because she is buried in my arm with her eyes closed hehe. She did like it and wanted to do it again as it was really fun.
After visiting Nemo and turtle time with Crush (An interactive chat with chat which was really funny) we decided to call it a day and head home early. After the late night and massive days it was greatly received all round. We stopped of at Denny’s for our third visit! The food isn’t gourmet but it’s yummy and fairly in expensive. Best bit is I can get pancakes for dinner and that ok 😂. Tomorrow is another big day as we are headed to Animal kingdom.
Magic Kingdom… the most magical place on earth… where dreams come true…
The last few mornings have been foggy, like really foggy, where you can hardly see the car in front of you foggy. It starts to clear up around 9.30 am but it makes it hard to have great first impression of the park when you can’t see it! (The bottom image was taken an hour later)
Today was Magic Kingdom Day and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Beautiful princesses, thrilling rides and the most spectacular fireworks display you have ever seen! So, during my research (which took weeks mind you) I had read that the 7 dwarfs mine ride was the hardest one to get onto. And if you didn’t arrive early, it could be up to a 2.5 hr wait! So, of course we arrived at the park at 8 am, hoping to get somewhat up the front of the line. Now, those of you that know me, know I can be slightly competitive… this was my challenge. I’m happy to say that I won and we were 2nd in line and rode the first train of the day. Now, I had also read, that you could scan your park ticket at the end of the ride, and if you had Memory Maker (you purchase this before you arrive and whenever you have a photo taken in the park by one of their photographers, It gets downloaded into the app. You are then able to download the high res images to keep. A great investment considering each photo to purchase is a min of $15) would receive the coolest video of the ride. I couldn’t find where to do this when we got off so asked one of the staff. She said that that was not true and that I needed a magic band. What the?? After explaining that we had just waited over an hour to ride for that video she said that if i went and purchased one, she would give us a fast pass to hop straight back on. (I forgot to explain this yesterday to those of you that have not visited Disney before. Every day, you are allowed 3 fast passes. This is something you book in advance, and allows you to skip the line for that particular ride, at the time you have chosen) Yay! Pixie dust! (another Disneyism. translation – when a cast member does something nice its called pixie dust). Of course I rushed to the nearest store, purchased my magic band and off we went! See the cool video below.
Luckily the park was still fairly uncrowded so we were able to get onto the next few rides without more than a 5 min wait, Barnstormer x 2, Ariel’s grotto and the tea cups all done by 9.45 am. Somewhere however between the Test Track and Haunted Mansion, Ayrlie realized she had lost another tooth. That’s 3 in two weeks. We couldn’t find it and decided that we would write a letter to the Tooth Fairy when we go home explaining what had happened. I’m sure she will understand. I had heard that Tales with Bell was a really lovely play so we headed there next. We were sprinkled with more pixie dust when both kids got picked to act out characters. Apparently it’s a reenactment of the Beauty and the Beast with the kids playing vital roles. Benjamin was picked to play Philippe the horse and Ayrlie was the Beast. They did such a great job and at the end, only those who acted in the play, were able to get a photo with Belle….. and after a little begging so was I. (she is my favorite princess and I know the move off by heart).
Magic shots… If you have memory maker, another one of the cool features is Magic Shots. This is where they can add a character to your pic and as you can see, its heaps of fun.
After a lot more rides, Peter Pan, Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean it was time for Mickey’s Very Magical Christmas Party. It goes from 7 pm – 12 am but we’ll see how long we can last. But at least we get hot chocolate, cookies, parades and fireworks! There are more images to come on the Christmas Party but with the computer I’m using at the moment, it takes me a good 4 hours to edit the images just for these blog posts. So stay tuned for some more visual beauty when I get home.
The fireworks and light show on the castle were second to none, truly breathtaking. The kids lasted till 11.30 pm. I think it was the dance party that took it’s final toll… surely not the 15.5 hours or the 17 km we have walked today!
Exciting!! Our first day at Disney World!! Hollywood studios was on the agenda and we were excited! First up was registering for the Star Wars Jedi training. That took a little longer than expected so it was then a quick rush to make our first fast pass, Frozen – a sing along adventure. It was super funny and at the end it snowed in the theater, something which tickled the kids pink.
Next we headed to the Indy stunt show. It had real explosions and fire and the kids were mesmerized. A true highlight of the day.
There were a few meet and greets before they headed to their Jedi training where at the end they battled the sister Sith. The favorite of the day had to be the 3D Star Wars ride.
After a long first day, we realized we hadn’t stopped for lunch or dinner. So we headed for the nearest Denny’s (again) to fill up before crashing! Tomorrow it’s the biggest day by far with Magic Kingdom and Mickey’s Very Magical Christmas Party!
We were up and out the door by 4.45 am to catch the 8.30am flight to Orlando this morning. We walk outside….. and its snowing! Hard! Not this again! Fortunately, the lady at the front desk said the roads hardly ever get icy here so we should be right to go. She was right and apart from some slow traffic, we reach the rental car drop off just 10 min late. We are expecting the plane to be delayed apparently but it its leaving on time. What they don’t tell us tho is that they need to wash the snow off which takes 30 min and that they only have one runway open, and that’s for incoming and outgoing planes. So that then takes another 45 min. Finally we are in the air and sit back to enjoy the very turbulent ride to sunny Florida!
After an hour wait in line to collect the car and a sting charge of $45 a day for insurance (we have the car for 10 days, at a cost of $235???) We head straight to our holiday home. OMG it is amazing! A 4 bedroom house, complete with Christmas tree, heated pool, spa and games room. A TV and play station in every room and goodie bags on the beds for the kids.
Now if only I can get them to bed and out of the house in the morning to head to Hollywood Studios! 🙂
We wanted to stop at Vail on our way to Denver today and since it was already a 5.5 hr journey we were on the road early. The temp was dropping like crazy the closer we got and just on the outskirts of town, it started to snow! We were all so excited to arrive and have a play. We headed into Vail village. It looks like a little town in countryside Switzerland with Bavarian cafes and decorative buildings. We wandered around in the snow before stopping for a hearty German lunch. The snow was heavier when we emerged and it was snow fight time! There was a Christmas tree roundabout in the middle of the square and that’s where it all went down! I felt sorry for the passersby as they were ducking snow bombs left right and center! Needless to say, the hour we were supposed to spend here turned into three, all the while the snow was getting heavier and we were all loving it.
Back to the car and out we go, first roundabout….. ohhhh, did the back wheels just spin a bit…. put the traction control on….. take the freeway corner……. ohhhh, did we just slide a bit? ……. no one has chains on, must be ok…… 20 min later….. pure chaos!!! Traffic was down to 15k’s. That was just for the cars still driving! It was more like an ice skating rink for cars than a freeway! Doh! We didn’t think of the downside to a snow storm 😳. Only trucks had to have chains on which was good, because the car company didn’t give us any and bad because we probably needed them but couldn’t stop to put them on! If you didn’t keep moving, you got stuck in snow and would slide to much to move. At one point in the 3 lane freeway, there was 10 lanes of cars with parked and spinning tires everywhere. We were very happy we had the beast car then let me tell you.
The 1hr 20 min drive to Denver ended up taking us 5 and we were more than a little relieved to have made it! After re packing all the bags for tomorrow’s flight to Orlando it was bed for a couple of hours shut eye.
Late last night we realized that we only had one night in Moab and not two! 😳. That meant we needed to head off super early as we wanted to visit both the dinosaur park and Arches National Park. It was a long 3 hr drive as the scenery wasn’t that great except for Mexican Hat Rock. We did happen across an old historical village in Bluff tho where the kids were able to earn another award. We walked through the village built in the 1800’s. The kids decided they much prefer our time! The staff were dressed in period costume which really added to the feel of the place and after filling in their worksheets the kids could choose two stones from a tub.
Arriving in Moab around 12.30 pm we headed straight for the Arches. While there, the ranger rang the dinosaur park to find out it was closed. Looks like we have all afternoon to check out the park now. Lucky too as the first ‘short little track’ took us nearly two hours! That left us rushed to finish the rest. Double hole arch was a definite favorite and we could have spent a good hour there. It was quite magical. The kids were stoked too as they were able to earn their third Junior Ranger Badge!
We are staying at the Quality Suites Moab and the room is a great size. It has a heated pool and gym. Next door is a micro brewery where we head for dinner. Yum, yum, yum! We have a Jack Daniels pasta and slow roasted rib eye. Whole baked apples wrapped in pastry and chocolate brownie Sundaes tops off the night. (Along with a few beer samplers of course)
We have a big day of driving to do tomorrow so it’s an early night for us.
First up this morning we visited Glen Canyon Dam for our tour. It’s the second largest dam in the US. It supplies power to 8 states. We were able to walk along the top then travel the 58 stories down to the bottom to see the turbines. The kids were also able to earn their second junior ranger badge.
We spent the rest of the afternoon traveling to Monument Valley. The countryside definitely became more arid and flat. We are staying at the View hotel, run by the Native Americans. It’s the only hotel in the park and sits right on the cliff overlooking Monument Valley.
Antelope Canyon was our first adventure today and believe me it didn’t disappoint. We decided on Ken’s Lower Antelope tours aside supposed to be quieter than the upper canyon. Being winter also worked in our favor as there were not too many tourists. We were soooo lucky with our guide Tyrone as he let the two tours behind us go through and we were able to walk through the Canyon by ourselves. Completely unheard of from what I’ve read! We captured some beautiful images and I can’t wait to print them big for the walls!
We then headed down to the lake to see our new friends from last night. (Lower Antelope Canyon boat tours) we went to pay only to find out Catherine had paid for that for us too!! We were very honoured. The boat tour went up to the lower Canyon. It was stunning being on the water in the middle of these towing walls. So contrasting to Australia as where there is water we have trees. Here, it’s just the Colorado river cutting straight through rock.
Somehow, when leaving Zion yesterday, I left the cable that connects the camera to the lap top there so we headed to Wallmart to see if we could get a replacement. Even in this tiny town it was a massive store. We re-supplied our lunches, grabbed the cable and it only took us 1.5 hrs 😂.
Dinner was a quick pizza from Pizza Hut (couldn’t believe they do gluten free bases for Benjamin) before another last dip in the spa.
Up early tomorrow to pack, checkout before heading to our Glen Canyon Dam tour and the kids second junior ranger badge.
Ok, Ok. So i know it’s winter over here but seriously…. -4 at 9.00am!! What is that? That was the temp as we headed over to the lodge for breakfast… crazy right! We warmed up with vanilla cinnamon french toast with house made cactus maple syrup. With happy tummy’s we set off for our first day of hiking. 12km later, we had seen the Grotto, Emerald pools, the Watchman and the Temple of Sinawava. Everywhere you turned, you were greeted with amazing scenery. Towering canyon walls, glistening streams and wild deer were all within touching distance. It was tranquil, calming and so good for the soul. Below are some quick edits as it’s late again and we have another big day tomorrow. We are hiking weeping rock before check out and then heading to Page.
Today started with a very long walk to the Venetian hotel for a gondola ride. Unfortunately we were to early so had to settle for some photos in front of the boast instead. OMG inside that place is amazing!! I wish we could have spent more time there but we had check out at 11am and had to head back to the hotel.
It’s such a scenic drive from Vegas to Zion National Park. You actually drive right through the mountain range! We couldn’t believe how they accomplished that. Then, the glorious mountains inside the park are stunning. Freezing cold, but stunning! There was actually snow on the peaks, which aren’t that far up. Looks like winter is here and we better be ready. Its midnight, and currently -3 outside. Tomorrow will be a high of 2 going down to -11. Ummmm, can I come home now!. We are staying in a little log cabin with a fire place which is lovely, there are wild dear roaming just outside. We were surprised by how close we could get to them. Anyway, tomorrow we are hiking some of the trails so there should be some amazing scenery shots to come!
We had a lazy start to the day before heading over to Mandalay Bay to visit Shark Reef. Wow, they have really put some thought into the decor! Lots of detail in the tanks and surrounds. You could easily think you were inside a old wooden ship. The kids were just thrilled with the displays and the sharks! There were some beauty’s. They had a touch tank full of baby ray’s which was cool but the blue jellyfish display was by far my favorite.
Afterwards, we rushed down some dinner and headed over to Luxor to watch Criss Angel’s Mindfreak magic show. Well that was definitely a production and a half! He truly is quite spectacular to watch. He actually turned 100 animated doves into live birds that flew from the screen out into the audience, made a full size motorcycle appear out of thin air and cut a lady in half with a giant chain saw. But what he is most famous for, is his levitation. That was simply spectacular! He walked horizontally down a ladder and then proceeded to fully levitate…. all over the stage! If you ever get the chance to see him live I highly recommend it. The kids are magician experts and they gave the show two thumbs up. 🙂
After the show we headed home but couldn’t resist grabbing one last shot of the strip as tonight is our last night here. Tomorrow its off to Zion National Park for the start of our hiking adventure.
So I set the alarm for 8 am after yesterday’s debacle. Didn’t do me much good as Mark and the kids were still lights out till 9.15am! The quick trip to Costco to get some Gluten free food etc for Benjamin turned into a 4 hour road trip all the way to the other side of Vegas. Not quite what was planned for today but at least we are now eating! (and maybe drinking – the made up Eggnog is divine!) As soon as we got home, the kids wanted to head to the pool. They missed it yesterday as the pools are closing early here due to winter so they were a bit bummed. Usually the tradition on holiday is to quickly dump any bags in the room, strip and dive straight in. So, it was first up today. Let me tell you tho, it was 11 deg and blowing a gale so not my idea of a good time!
Yes, we were the only freaks in the pool! Well, I stayed in the spa which was passable but the other weirdo’s in my family actually hit the pool. They said it was slightly heated but as you can see, they spent more time with me so I’m guessing it wasn’t that warm :). After the pool, we hit the strip. MnM world was spotted by the sweet tooth in the family aka Ayrlie on the way in yesterday so off we went to check it out. Dinner was on the recommendation of Aunty Michelle, the Rainforest Cafe. What an amazing place. Roof to floor vines, animated animals and even a thunderstorm every 15 min complete with flashing lights and sound effects. Dinner was great and the kids had a ball.
The strip has such a different feel and look by day and night. It’s truly magical as the sun sets and the lights turn on. The Bellagio Hotel is OMG massive and does this beautifully choreographed water light show every 15 min. The kids were mesmerized, so much so we watched it twice in a row. I didn’t realise they played different songs and each show is different. It was stunning!
Everyone is still recovering from a bit of jet lag so we are forfeiting the trip to Hoover Dam tomorrow for a show and gondola ride instead. Now, off to bed.
After 4 hours of delays we finally touched down on US soil! Phew, that was a long trip! We head to the car dealership to be told our luggage won’t fit in the car we booked….oops. Half a house payment later, we’ve upgraded to a beast of a car and are on our way to find a Costco and Wholefoods for some much needed alcohol and gluten free food for Benjamin :).
Due to massive traffic and the late arrival we never made it to Costco and decided to leave the shopping till later. We grabbed some dinner and headed to the hotel. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite as described on line so we just closed our eyes, thought happy thoughts and went to sleep! 15 hours later and just 15 min before checkout we peacefully awaken from our slumber. Mad rushing follows to pack, get dressed and rush out to start our drive to Las Vegas. The scenery was beautiful! Very arid with cacti everywhere. We stopped in at Peggy Sue’s Diner for lunch. It’s a typical 50’s Diner set out in splendid decor.
It was already colder than we expected so we aren’t looking forward to the next couple of weeks. We are staying at the MGM Signature tower in a gorgeous suit booked through AirBnB. Sorry the images aren’t great as the camera was flat and they were taken on the mobile. We are on the 34th floor (only 37) so have a stunning view of the strip. The bathroom alone is bigger than our fist nights accommodation!
After a quick break we rugged up and headed out for dinner. Margaritaville was the destination, the one ‘must see’ place on Hubby’s list. It didn’t disappoint either. We all shared the Volcano Nachos and topped it off with Key Lime Pie, Margarita’s and house made Blueberry Lemonade. Every 30 min they put on a show that ends in a girl riding down the slide into a jug of Margaritas. Kids thought this was just the best. Food and service was excellent and we will definitely go again.
The time in now pushing midnight so I’m off to bed. Big day exploring tomorrow.
Oh Miss W. You were such a pleasure to work with today! That cheeky little open mouthed giggle! You are the spitting image of your sister at that age (Miss C’s Cake Smash) , tho I think you enjoyed your cake a little more. Thanks so much C family for trusting me with another family milestone.
Boys. They run, jump, pull faces and love getting dirty. They love to fart, get naked and be loud! My first born is a boy and we have so. much. fun! These two didn’t disappoint today and performed just as little boys should. With fun, laughter and spirit… I wouldn’t have it any other way. Mum’s with boys will have someone who will love them snuggly and treat her like a princess for the rest of her days. Dad’s with boys will have a forever mate to fish, tackle and rough house with. I think in today’s session, we did all of it. 🙂
What an amazing, fun day today! After some pretty intense planning, mum and I finally decided on theme, clothing and location for Miss L’s 1 month session. Who said you couldn’t pose a 4 week old like a newborn! She was such a little doll. Thanks for your patience guys and trusting me to capture this special day. 🙂 x
It was round two for the A family as last time I saw them they only had little G. Today however I was fortunate enough to meet the new addition and play will Miss M too. We twirled, chased birds and read stories. We popped bubble and danced amongst the stars. No better way to spend a day really 🙂
Who doesn’t love a Birthday party! I certainly do. It’s so much fun watching the kids run around, parents relaxing and best of all watching the birthday boy eat his first cake! Master F was a pro and just kept going. For a first timer, he had no problems! How amazing does the theming look. All the little details created to make the perfect day. F’s very talented mummy from Lilah and Co made the tee pees and did all the styling. I think it came together beautifully! Happy Birthday F!!
Have I told you how much I love it when clients come back for a second visit! This beautiful family first came to see me for Master K’s cake smash. We went with the Hungry Little Caterpillar theme and to date, his has been my poster child for cake smashes! He really, really smashed his cake! 🙂 Well, today his sister has been taking note because she did just as well. Miss H simply loved every bit of her cake tho I definitely think the icing was her favourite! Thanks so much S family for coming back for another visit. xx
I want to say thank you and happy Mother’s Day to all you super mum’s out there. You wear so many hats, all at once. You work, look after the family, hubby, the house, your friends. You are the pillar of strength in you family and we need you! To say thank you to my beautiful clients, for Mother’s Day this year we organised a gorgeous set full of flowers and ribbon. It was an awesome afternoon and every single mum looked stunning! I’m lucky enough to be surrounded by some pretty talented ladies and Kate from Opium Wedding Flowers put together the most divine flowers for us. It’s those little details, like the smell of fresh flowers, that make days like today even more special. Thank you Kate!
It was such a warm and scrumptious day with the stream gently trickling over the rocks when master C came to the forest for his outdoor newborn session. As much as we were all loving the weather and smell of the trees, little C was not impressed! Tummy troubles made him one unhappy poppet. My ninja wrapping and mummy cuddles would soothe for a few moments, enough to get a couple of snaps in but we ended up calling it a day. So, we rescheduled a studio session when he was feeling better. Still, how gorgeous does he look in this setting!
I was lucky enough to have one of my favorite families in the studio today. After Master N’s cake smash last week it was time to round up the troops and have everyone in for their family portraits. True to form, the gingerbread was a hit. 🙂
It seams like it was only yesterday when we photographed this little miss as a newborn (here). She has grown into the sweetest little baby! Mummy wanted something super girly and shabby chic to celebrate so we used Ayrlie’s pinwheel backdrop from her 3rd birthday, and added a pink backdrop and some extra props. It turned out stunning and miss A really enjoyed eating her cake.
It was the second visit to the studio for this little man, the first being his newborn portraits (here). But this lovely family are regulars! Actually, they will be back next week for the family Christmas portraits. We had a ball putting this session together and master N had even more fun eating it! Happy Birthday Master N xx
I ended up changing my mind like, a million times on today’s cakes mash set up! Of course, it was at 2am but I’m so glad I did! It turned out perfect for Master A and he couldn’t have been happier! One of my favorite things to capture is grandparents with the family. I think it’s something we don’t enough, so when L brought her parents today to be in the session too I was stoked! What a lovely memory for master A to look back on when he’s older. Happy Birthday A! I know you enjoyed your cake!
Well, I will admit I’m glad I have been in the business for as long as I have, before master W came in today! It was sheer experience and mum’s patience that got us through today’s session. Combine an active 3 year old with a non-sleepy, must be wrapped the. whole. time, won’t go on my tummy, don’t touch me baby and you have whittled your options down to about .0001% :). Hehe, but thankfully, we can still bribe toddlers with bickies and over the years i have collected waaaaay too many wraps and props so we were all good. That and the fact that my Photoshoping skills are now pretty awesome! Introducing, a very awake, Master W…. (don’t let the closed eyes fool you, he’s blinking!)
At 3 weeks old baby C was a little older than we normally photograph newborns. She was however perfect for her session today. Still tiny and curly, just how mummy wanted her captured. It was so exciting using the new studio for this beautiful family.
How amazing does this mamma look! At 38 weeks she is simply glowing. I was fortunate enough to take the photos of master 3 when he was a newborn but look at him now. Full of beans and excited about meeting the new addition to the family. Stay tuned for the arrival of bubby number 2.