So, we had a family photo shoot last weekend for the blog.

It was awkward as hell, but it had to be done. Well, it didn’t HAVE to be done, but I had been given a voucher to have it done by the amazing and talented Celeste Reid Larkins and I was actually really excited about it.

In the lead up to it I had all of these visions about how kick ass I would be. I had all of these super cool outfit plans in my head, never mind the fact that I would have to get changed mid location surrounded by weeds, enraged magpies and the occasional piles of dog poo.

But that bit didn’t matter. I was pumped and it was going to be awesome.

Yep, I was going to be cool, confident and I was without a doubt in my mind going to have the greatest hair that the world had ever seen immortalised in a photograph.

I was going to look just like one of those awesome bloggers that I loved so much. Except that I wasn’t taking my pics in various countries around the world. I would be taking them from regular old Eltham in Victoria. And I’m not a size six anymore… These days I have soft bulgy bits in places that no soft bulgy bits should ever be seen. Lordy, I am basically a sausage.

But that didn’t matter because I just KNEW within my heart of hearts, that I was going to be a photographers dream this time, NOT my regular awkward self!

And then the day of the shoot arrived.

I had made up my face to within an inch of its life so I didn’t look quite as tired and haggard as I really was in real life. Though naturally, I couldn’t quite hide those massive sleep deprived bags under my eyes, no matter how much makeup I slapped on and around my eyes.

I chose my outfits with care. Well, to tell the truth, I had all of these plans on what to wear and they were glorious, but the weather turned out to be a truck load colder and a poop load wetter than what I had planned for, so five minutes before we were due to leave I needed to change everything completely!

When I was done, I chose my sons outfits with care. I left my husband to his own devices and just hoped for the best that he would choose something nice, and then we prepared to leave.

On the drive there I started to get a little nervous. What if my boob popped out of the dress that I was wearing? What if I looked really fat when the images came back? Meh, I am sure she would be able to Photoshop that right?? Oooh, actually maybe she could make my nose a bit smaller too whilst she is at it? Shave a bit off my double chin too potentially???

Anyhoo we got there super early (for like the first time ever) and waited for our photographer – Celeste to arrive. It was warmer than what had been predicted that very morning, so naturally I started to sweat a little in my wintery wardrobe. I tried not to think about it and just pray that I didn’t sweat my face completely off.

When Celeste arrived we got straight into it, and my husband was SUCH a professional! He showed a side of himself that I had rarely ever seen. He went photography crazy! He danced about, he laughed, chattered and joked the whole time, tossing our son high in the air in the process to make him squeal with joy too. He constantly moved into new positions to keep things interesting, grabbing leaves and sticks for our son to bat him across the head with, and all in all really got into it.

And then there was me… I froze and stood there like a statue. I felt like such a robot…I didn’t know where to put my arms, or how to arrange my face, and I am pretty sure I had permanent crazy eyes throughout the whole shoot. It took me right back to my awkward teenager days, when I didn’t want anyone to look at me but desperately wished I could really let go and get involved all at the same time. Sigh.

However Celeste was amazing, she waved a toy elephant about to capture our little ones attention when he started to get a little distracted and made us feel really comfortable. Well, my husband and the baby felt comfortable. I felt a little like I had forgotten to put my pants on that morning and was just hanging about in my old Nanna undies while everyone else around me was looking amazing.

After an hour (ish) of awkwardness (for me), it was over. I could take my jacket off as I no longer had to hide my fat bits from the world, which was lucky because I was really starting to sweat in earnest by that point. Should have worn my hair up too…

But it was over, so we got in the car and drove home complementing ourselves on a job well done. And with me secretly wondering if my awkwardness would come through in the pics that were sure to otherwise be lovely…

And then last week, I received the edited pics from Celeste.

Mind you, she hadn’t shaved off any double chin or fat bits so I didn’t look like a Victoria’s Secret model, but you know what?? The pics were glorious. We looked happy, we looked real, and you could see the love in all of our faces.

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So you can see from these pictures, that we looked pretty swanky, super happy, and not at all sweaty.

So thank you Celeste, you gorgeous girl you, for not making me look like the completely insane people we are. And thankyou for capturing our family in such a beautiful way.

We feel very lucky to have these gorgeous memories captured for the rest of our lives. xxx

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Photo’s captured by Celeste Larkins. You can check out her beautiful images via her website: http://www.celestereidlarkins.com 

 

 

 

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