These two have such a strong bond.
 It's so strong that her cat is more like a dog with how
 she responds to a call or a pat on the bed. Miss J picked her out
 over seven years ago, she was the little runt
of the litter of course,
 and they have been best friends ever since.
This bond has its concerns.
 Her cat has heart problems and has a low life expectancy so
 you can understand how dreadfully heart broken Miss J
will be when the time comes. We have tried from the beginning to teach her that
animals are not like humans and have taken her with to vet visits
 to hear the vet talk about it but I can see the defiant denial in her eyes.
 She is willing her precious friend to live forever.
 So we wait and she simply enjoys their time together as she should.....

I saw them lazing in Miss J's bedroom
in the sunshine
 and I have very few photos
 of them
 together so I grabbed my camera,
threw a throw over her bright flowery duvet cover so
 the focus would be on them and proceeded to catch moments.
 These are not thought out images or correctly posed either,
they are just moments telling a brief story
 of a girl and her cat lazing on
 her bed in
warmth of the sun.


And they were on the move,
out the door, dress thrown on the bed,
 I suppose because there was no more room
 left on the messy floor.
 This is why I love photography.
These moments have to be captured and treasured.
 That IS what it's all about.
 So clich├ęd.
 So true.

Yes girls will be girls.....
I cannot begin to describe the tornado of mess my two leave behind them....
They are both old enough to clean up their own mess so my job is to just nag them...
and take a photo
of course.


Girl In Her Red Dress | Melbourne Photographer

We had planned to do a fifteen minute mini session to mark her turning Thirteen, but the park was so quiet and the light so yummy, we decided to make the most of it and got a few more poses in. I can't believe my first born, my baby, is now officially a teenager! Where did the years go? I still see her as a little curly headed girl, always full of questions, constantly talking. So when she sweetly peeked around the tree like this I had to snap the moment....just as a reminder that although she is growing up, she still has so much of that playful, cheeky child in her.

Colour or black and white. You choose. I couldn't. 

She is a natural poser, maybe it has something to do with being in front of my camera so often, but her natural clowning can't be contained for long and when I get this expression I know something is brewing behind those eyes.

Yip, there it is. Cartoon time. The funniest thing for me is how hard she laughs at her own clowning.  I mean it literally takes minutes and minutes for her to stop laughing hysterically! Of course we are all laughing so much by then none of us can carry on until she calms herself.

 There it is again. A jogger jogged behind her just as I took the photo and she found this incredibly funny for some reason. The giggles continue...

 I couldn't decide between the black and white so I again put both versions up. These are my favourite because I can see her eyelashes and freckles. You see....she's still my baby!

I adore her so much. Can you tell?  Happy birthday sweetie pie!



..... of the facial kind.
 I had to laugh the other day when a friend commented on my daughters very intense expression.
 We have known each other since our kids were together in first grade
and I wondered how she had missed seeing it before.
 It made me think about it though
 and how I always got that comment when I was spotted in my car driving....
except I get told I look angry.
 So I made a concerted effort to relax my facial muscles so as not to send the wrong signals.
 So here we are with life repeating itself,
except reminding her to relax only makes the frown deeper.....
and in anycase on her I find it interesting.
 It happens when she is miles away in her own thoughts
 and I wish I could tune in.
 Or maybe
 I should be careful what I wish for...
after all she is a teenager!

And then she registers my camera
 but only her lips change instantly to tell me to go away:)
Her full thoughts haven't returned to the present yet.
I love the mood of this next pic,
to me it shows the relaxed,
 hazy day we had on fathers day,
 with just a suggestion of hubby with his hands in his pockets
 pretending to stare at the ocean
 but actually listening to
 the conversation of
 his girls and
 having his mind slightly curdled.

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