7/52

those quiet moments, when a parent checks on their child to find a calm, relaxed sleeping babe after a day of ups and downs. it’s some kind of wonderful… 

joining with jodi.

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

isaiah: sound asleep and hugging ‘baa’; he loves that big comfy softie.

shot on a canon 450d with tamron 18-200mm lens – 1/60, f/4, ISO 800

not an easy shot to take in the darkening room, so i had to keep really still to not blur the shot (it still is i think). such a cute moment to capture.

:: holding on to the good ::

6/52

we are getting into some good routines and our boy is loving his new daycare. no tears today when we said goodbye and he is coming home with new words and new joys like throwing!
it’s fun to capture but you have to be quick!
joining with jodi

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

isaiah: his new obsession – throwing… down the stairs, down the hill, i find things in new places all the time!

shot on a canon 450d with tamron 18-200mm lens – 1/50, f/6.3, ISO 100

i really need to spend some time figuring out the f-stop function because it’s hard to get my boy to slow down… but I like this action shot, it’s true to form.

:: holding on to the good ::

5/52

we took a road trip to a secluded beach called takou bay, one with rough roads and a koha at the gate. 
after a few wrong turns we made it, not the ideal beach for relaxing on the shoreline but it was nice to experience this place i have heard so much about. 
i never regret going to explore somewhere new….

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

isaiah: relieved to arrive at takou bay and go exploring with dad.

shot on a canon 450d with tamron 18-200mm lens – 1/1000, f/9, ISO 400

:: holding on to the good ::

4/52

we have some epic spots to visit around our new home and isaiah’s new favourite word is water {water peese!} and i soon learned that he didn’t want a drink of water, he wants to be IN the water!

let the endless days of summer continue…

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.
isaiah: running, always running.
shot on a canon 450d with tamron 18-200mm lens – 1/320, f/7.1, ISO 100
:: holding on to the good ::

3/52

this week has been exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. we live in a new area of absolute beauty. we are spoiled with amazing native bush and our own private harbour side beach. my mouth is still agape. 
we took an adventure there one evening after the rains had cleared… 

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.

isaiah: wanting so badly to be out with dada in the deep water. those clenched little hands say it all.

shot on a canon 450d with tamron 18-200mm lens – 1/320, f/11, ISO 1600
i realise now my ISO is completely out but just loved the cloud formation and how the water resulted. still practising…

:: holding on to the good ::

2/52

the second installment for the 52 project.

part of the motivation for this project is for me to re-learn some photography skills along the way. it will be a fun, creative way of challenging myself again. and i enjoyed pratising this week.

do you enjoy photography? what do you like the most about it?

a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.
isaiah: a new interest this week is this puzzle but even more so trains, planes and automobiles.
my first photo on manual for this project! 
shot on a canon 450d with tamron 18-200mm lens – 1/50, f/6.3, ISO 100 
:: holding on to the good ::

1/52

for the last two years i have wanted to join in with the 52 project but thought to wait until my son was a little older {and i also forgot last year!}.

and what better opportunity than returning from our camping holiday?

so i am posting my first one (feeling a bit like a person who is sprinting to catch up to my friends who are already ahead on the walk – are you someone like that too? – but i am joining all the same}

yay!
a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.
isaiah: visiting the bulls over the fence at our place in the far north, a family holiday spot. he had to visit every morning and say good night before bed too.
part of the motivation for this project is for me to re-learn some photography skills along the way. i loved my photography classes at high school – developing them in the dark room – but i have found myself a {point and shoot} type of person. it will be a fun, creative way of challenging myself again. 
joining in with jodi.

1/52

for the last two years i have wanted to join in with the 52 project but thought to wait until my son was a little older {and i also forgot last year!}.

and what better opportunity than returning from our camping holiday?

so i am posting my first one (feeling a bit like a person who is sprinting to catch up to my friends who are already ahead on the walk – are you someone like that too? – but i am joining all the same}

yay!
a portrait of my son, once a week, every week, in 2015.
isaiah: visiting the bulls over the fence at our place in the far north, a family holiday spot. he had to visit every morning and say good night before bed too.
part of the motivation for this project is for me to re-learn some photography skills along the way. i loved my photography classes at high school – developing them in the dark room – but i have found myself a {point and shoot} type of person. it will be a fun, creative way of challenging myself again. 
joining in with jodi.

christmas wishes 2014

i love christmas!

i love how we can take time to celebrate with family, give to others {in presents, time and blessings} but most of all we celebrate the greatest gift ever received…

a baby that was born in a stinky little barn for animals. this baby would change the world at the time and forever afterwards, bringing hope and breaking apart the prisons we can create for ourselves so that we can know a Father’s heart towards each one of us.

i am forever grateful.

wishing you and your family a time of joy and hope this christmas and new year. 
merry christmas!
:: holding on to the good ::

a {farm park} birthday party

isaiah is an animal lover at heart and i couldn’t think of any place better than to visit animals in a quiet location with our family to celebrate with.
serendipity farm park in whangarei, is a tranquil setting for a day trip, escape from the urban hustle or in our case, a 2nd birthday party! 
the day started off clear (as rain was predicted!) and so we prepared the food, packed raincoats and rain boots and traveled a short distance from the centre of town to a whau valley…


loaded with food bags and watching out for birds underfoot we explored the different animals and took as much time or moved on as quickly as needed.

what was wonderful about this place is you can go at your own pace and the staff are friendly and approachable. forgetting a lighter to light the candles of a birthday cake, no problem for them to help out!

 the walkways are well kept tidy, with an array of animals to visit.

what was also great was that we could bring our own party food and set up under the balcony. also ordering coffee and snacks for later on at the nosebag cafe.

it was so wonderful to have the cousins together; having fun interacting with the animals and unwrapping special gifts.

 you can tell what isaiah was into straight away!

so we have a two year old! 

and great memories of our time together celebrating in a unique setting. 
** this is not a sponsored post, all thoughts and words are my own! we just loved the place so wanted to share about it. 
:: holding on to the good ::