Archive for 'Kids'

April 21, 2015
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It’s finally here!  As much as I love that I can now sleep in my own bed and I can lounge in front of the TV on my own sofa, what I’m really excited about is having all my camera equipment back in my hot little hands!

The day after it arrived I was able to test it out at the Panaga Highland Games held on the field at Panaga Club here in Seria.  The Highland Games are a tradition in the Seria expat community and is organised a year in advance.  It includes all sorts of games and competitions for both kids and adults including sack races, egg races (for the kids) as well as the welly toss, tug-o-war, caber toss, shot put, sprints, medium distant races, and even market stalls for competitive shoppers.

The kids’ events were held in the morning and I had a great time capturing a few details during their activities.  There was SO much going on that I couldn’t possibly catch it all but it certainly got me back into the chaotic swing of things.  It was great to see them having so much fun!

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My husband was roped into ‘tugging’ for the Chieftains tug-o-war team… kilt and all!

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May 18, 2014
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I had such a fun photoshoot with the kids of Piccalilli!

Piccalilli is a clothing line designed and crafted by Deborah Sax here in Nelson.  They exude such an old world charm with colourful patterns mixed with complimentary textures. Using upcycled materials and fresh ideas Deborah has come up with her own unique style.  Her two kids are so lucky to have a whole wardrobe to choose from.  And I was lucky to be able to photograph each of them in a few different pieces.

The kids were delightful little models and awarded me with perpetual smiles and contagious laughter.  Even in the rain, they stuck it out!  Check out Deborah’s clothes at the Saturday Morning Market across from Whitcoull’s and BNZ or go online at piccalilli.co.nz.

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December 31, 2013
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The months leading up to Christmas are always busy.  Here are a few things I have been up to:

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December 18, 2013
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July 10, 2012
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From time to time I have requests to photograph just the kids minus any adults.  This is great for me ’cause it reminds me of doing catalogue work for companies like Tommy Hilfiger Kids or Gap Kids.  I love styling the little ones and sometimes adding a few accessories for flare.  Fortunately, Mateo has enough ‘flare’ without accessorizing.  He has personality plus and some great expressions to go with it.  I had a great time playing with different locations.  I’ve often seen these old cars parked on the side of the road near where I live and always wanted to shoot there.  So I incorporated it in this shoot.  Mateo wasn’t so happy about it.  But I still love the shots!

July 10, 2012
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It’s that time of year again when my husband’s kids come to visit us on school holidays.  I always try to add some new experience for them that is either part of Malaysian or expat culture.  I also try to incorporate a ‘life lesson’ in it without my husband (or me) giving them a lecture they’ll never understand unless they actually experience it.  This time, I wanted the kids to see what goes into the clothes they wear.  I wanted them to see that it isn’t all about designer brands, but workmanship and what costs actually go into a well made item.

The girls have always been creative with drawing and colouring the things they like, but have just started recognizing their own ‘fashion sense’ when it comes to dressing in certain colours and what style of clothing they prefer.  I thought I’d incorporate both of these by getting them to draw and ‘design’ their own dress.  Jarryd, the oldest and only boy, also designed his own pair of shorts; something he wears all the time but refuses to have anything other than Nike, Addidas or any other ‘name brand’.  So I sat down with them and asked them questions to get them thinking about what their personal style is, what kind of clothes they like and how they prefer to wear them.  From there I got them to put it down on paper.  To my surprise, they were all able to pinpoint what certain aspects they prefer on a ‘dress’ or pair of shorts.

Once they had a good idea of what they like, I took them to the fabric store and had them pick out their own fabric for the clothes they designed.  This part was VERY tricky!  I had to really narrow down their choices but eventually they got what they wanted within the confines of appropriate material.  I have to mention here that although I narrowed down the type of fabric, they were free to pick whichever pattern they wanted regardless of my or my husband’s personal preference.  This was rather difficult for both of us in two out of the 3 cases.  But we held our tongues and let them delve head-first into their own personal style.

Once the purchase was made, we headed to the local tailor.   I often have clothes made and Mrs. Wong is excellent!  I had each of the kids describe, in detail, what they wanted.  They were subsequently measured, all specs written down and material handed over.  One week later (after much anticipation by the girls) we went to pick up the newly minted items.  All the kids were in a state of awe and euphoria!  Jarryd, was completely dumbfounded at how perfect the stitching was – just as good as Nike!  And fit even better!  The girls were in Seventh Heaven.  They put their dresses on immediately and were speechless (they’re NEVER speechless….).

And with that, came the inevitable photo shoot….


Oh… and that purple streak in the hair?… my idea.  She loved it!

 

March 24, 2012
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I love Easter.  With all that chocolate, I can’t resist!  So when my husband and I were in South Africa I was determined to bring Easter a few weeks early for the kids… and, of course, for me.  My idea started about a month earlier when I was in Singapore and found the cutest kids’ clothes shop.  I thought I hit the jackpot!  The clothes were colourful, but still tasteful, modern, stylish and classic.  I knew they’d photograph well!  I was in there for a good hour trying to decide what to eliminate from the stack I had collected at the cash register.  I walked out of there elated with my purchase, but hesitant to tell my husband just how much money I had spent on ‘Easter clothes’ for his girls.  It was easy for me to justify though… as it is for any woman, I s’pose…

Close to the end of our trip, I surprised the girls with their individual dress and wish I had a camera at that moment to capture their wide-eyed looks of adoration.  The youngest couldn’t wait to get hers on (and subsequently wore it for the next few days until the dirt took hold).  The oldest was more modest and wondered why it wasn’t as colourful.  She asked me, privately, which dress I liked better.  I knelt in closer, lowered my voice and said truthfully, ‘I prefer yours.  It’s classic and sophisticated but still very feminine.  You can accessorize it more (she likes accessories). Your sister’s is more colourful only because she’s younger and it suits her personality’.  She looks at me with a big smile, a light in her eyes and firmly states that she prefers her dress much better also!   I knew she would.

As part of receiving their new attire, they know it’s only protocol to have a model photoshoot.  So off we went to a pre-scheduled location.

The oldest, at 7 years, loves her ballet class so she took the opportunity to show her stuff.

The youngest is old enough to think modelling is a ‘series of poses’ but too young to know how to put it all together.  I’m not sure where she gets the need to ‘pose’ but I had to curtail it just a little, yet still keep her excited in front of the camera.  Here she looks a bit more natural.  Oh, and that embellished belt…that made the dress for her!!!  She LOVES those flower accessories!

The following morning, my husband and I hid chocolate easter eggs out in the courtyard.  We burst into the kids’ room after and told them the Easter Bunny had been here early and they must go looking for the eggs!  No surprise, none of them believe in the Easter Bunny at this stage, but chocolate is still high on their list so off they ran in their pyjamas.  They were also well aware of the fact that 2 of the major finds belonged to me and Dad, respectively.

 

March 15, 2012
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South Africa was fantastic!  It is Autumn there now but the weather was still very warm and enjoyable.  My husband and I arrived while school was still in so we were able to catch all the kids’ activities from cricket, swimming, ballet and a bit of rugby.  In between all the manic activities, homework was thrown in, even in the car while waiting for one of the other kids to finish their activity.  I was so excited to be able to watch what they do on a daily basis.  Of course, I had to capture it all!

 

The youngest doesn’t get homework yet, but she was quite diligently working on her LeapPad, a product created by the LeapFrog brand for kids.  They are fantastic learning tools and the kids have always loved their products.

This was in the car while the oldest was playing rugby.  It’s tough organizing activities for THREE kids and finding time to help them with their homework.  But we managed to get it all in.