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5 on 5 – October

I haven’t posted in a while. Life has been pretty hectic. With school activities, looking after a large house and a family of six, trying to build my own business with a huge project in the works, and then having kids on school holidays, I’ve had very little time to do anything else. So I’ve missed a few posts. And I was tempted to pass this month as well, but thought I should really get back into the swing of things instead of putting them off.

So here is October’s “5 on 5”. You know the rules – check out what I’ve been up to and then follow the link so you can go around the circle and see what my talented friends have been doing.

I’ve been busy this past month. Firstly, I shot my first newborn session. Man, I was so nervous. I really had no idea what I was doing. And it wasn’t the easiest of sessions, with the heating not working and a very unsettled baby that wouldn’t sleep. But after abandoning the idea of naked baby shots, and swaddling her, she settled right down into a deep sleep and I managed to get some sweet photos. In the end, I was more than happy with the results. I think I’d love to photograph more newborns in future, but handing them back is difficult to do – so much loveable squishiness that I just want to hold on to.Facebook newborn collage

It was the end-of-term school disco. Normally, I dread these, but this one wasn’t so bad. I think it’s because all 4 kids are now big enough to really enjoy it and not have us shadowing them the entire time. Six year old Saraya was in her element, as you can see.


We decided to go on a road trip these school holidays. James had to visit the Children’s Hospital in Westmead for a drug trial follow-up, so we decided to drive down to Sydney instead of flying. We then continued on from Sydney to Mudgee (via the Blue Mountains). I woke up early on our second day in the Blue Mountains to get this sunrise photo of the Three Sisters.


Aaaahhhhh, Mudgee! One of Australia’s wine growing regions, and one of my all-time favourite places. Julian’s sister Rebecca lives in a 165 year old farmhouse surrounded by vineyards. It’s a truly beautiful part of the world! This is the view from her backyard. And my tree, it looks just like my logo.


Looking out of Rebecca’s front door. We woke up to the country view for a week!


I just had to get photos of the girls in the vineyards. Tilly, the dog, decided to join in. And there’s my tree in the background.


The view from Rebecca’s backyard, after the sun has set. This time, it was dark and the moon was setting as well. And there’s my tree. Again.

Sunset Mudgee BLOG

And that’s me until next month. Don’t forget to click on the link and see what my talented friend Lori | Ann Arbor child & family photographer has been up to.

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