All throughout the year I have had merely a few opportunities for both casual and formal photography. Most of the family shots were asked to keep private, but I always take those opportunities to shoot abstract or organic shots at the locations we meet.
The formal shots that I enjoy showing you are from events or paid-work – but they have been few and far-between during this last year. This has been because of a few reasons, mostly self-inflicted.
The biggest and most important reason: We now have a baby-boy in the house. The monster is growing up big and strong. Thankfully he has not stolen too much of my photo opportunities yet I will admit to not taking my camera everywhere I go – he needs so many bags for his nappies/toys/etc that my camera gets second-billing, therefore is not a high priority.
Here are the finalists for each month throughout 2012 that I like most. Hope you like my effort… Wait, you might see a few photographs that show the progressive-bump on my wife. Aha, the little boy in our life got a few discreet photos online!
Whew, so many, yet is a great reminder of how awesome my year was! Yes, the year is not over yet!. According to my computer clock there is still another 5 1/2 hours left of the year! If we shoot any more photographs, I’ll post them in another article.
Here’s looking forward to another great year in 2013.
See you all there. Enjoy your NYE, share a few bottles, have fun with your kids and family!
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All I want for Christmas for my six-month-old son are the following items:
This would be perfect for every other small toy in my son’s small yet amazing collection. His few small cars and the pack of 20 green soldiers would be right at home parked around it.
This rug with roads and city-planning would give me reason to buy my little boy trucks, tractors, more cars, particularly Ferrari’s and Lamborghini’s, to have driving around this magnificent landscape.
This would be the coolest toy that any child should/could want! The only downside is that we don’t have the space to put this in our backyard, so it would have to go in the front yard. It might make us a fortune out of the neighbours children.
How awesome is this? If we’d had one of these when I was a kid, I’m sure I’d have tried to sleep on it every night. With four windows, two doors and a bouncy floor, this one toy would have got more kids convinced to be an Astronaut when they grew up!
When I was a boy Kombi Van’s were the most righteous car on the market. A van was the best way to do a photo trip around Australia or simply to drive in the city, running on the smell of an oily rag (read: with very little petrol in the tank). So to have it as a tent to plant in the backyard would be totally cool.
My boy already has filled the top bunk of his bed with stuffed toys – pandas, horses, kangaroos, rabbits, bears, dogs, crocodiles, cows, and many more zoo and farm animals.
So to have a rack that looks like an animal-crate up-ended is perfect. It would mean he could still see them all, pull them out, then chuck them all back in at the end of the day! Perfect, my house will remain tidy… who I am kidding?
Just like me, little Jai loves grabbing things, stacking them, then knocking them down. So he might as well build famous architecture in the process. These building blocks are the answer.
Maybe I can find them in other constructions … the Eiffel Tower, the Pyramids, the Sydney Opera house? Dad, would you build these for your grand-son? ;)
That’s all I could find tonight. Here’s hoping someone in our family will see, read and buy these toys. Hint hint! I am so glad we had a little boy. I won’t deny that he enabling to relive my childhood, but through his eyes.
After borrowing a trailer to pick up additional baby-furniture from Baby Bunting last weekend, I stopped to take photographs of the horses owned by family up in the Adelaide Hills. After a long day with their young riders, here they enjoy a drink and a laugh whilst having their saddles removed.
PS. The wife is now VIP member at BabyBunting – and our child is going to love its room for the next 15 years!
We have come to this decision, and it wasn’t easy:
We are giving-away Mischief (aka “Mr Handsome” or “Panther Boy”) to a cat-loving household who can afford the time and space to enjoy his amiable disposition.
Would you like to have a beautiful black cat live with you?
With our first-born due for arrival in late May, our cats will no longer be the centre of attention. So we’ve decided Mischief is the one to get the attention he needs.
He is approximately 14-years-old, is microchipped and desexed (with papers), likes kangaroo meat for dinner, loves a nice blanket to sleep upon, and is an indoor cat as our council objects to cats roaming the bushland and neighbourhood.
Check out the few photographs I have shot of him over the last few years:
Note: If Mischief doesn’t get a new home before the end of April 2012, we may choose to have him euthanised. I would rather not do that. As said, my wife is going to have a baby and I don’t want her going through any undue stress.
Offer only available to residents living in Adelaide (South Australia), and have a quiet home where Mischief can relax all day.
- Black Cat Awareness Day (mymeowz.wordpress.com)
This baby magpie was found at the foot of a tree on family property in the Adelaide Hills. It’s presumed it fell out of the family nest.
It will be hand-reared until it can fly back to its family. Whilst some might think the natural cycle of animals would have culled this fallen magpie, the mother of the three daughters who live on the property was compelled to pick it up and take it home.
The magpie now rules the roost! Check out the handful of photographs I shot earlier today:
I hope to take more photos over the next few months!
To all those spam-bots who followed my last post, well, there’s not much I can say. The article was about graphics, particularly credit cards for shopping web sites, not your products.
To my friends who were dismayed by the article: Take another read. Not everything should be taken so seriously. Please.
Here is ‘Fluff’ sitting in her new favorite cushion in the lounge window.
Fluff looked down out the window to see a bird on the flowers in our front-yard, so I snapped a few more shots of her eyes…
I don’t know what would make a cat smile, but I swear she is here. Maybe just the joy of living comfortably as a family pet is enough to make her smile.