Portraits – One Year On

You see your children or your partner everyday. Obvious statement I know.  But do you really see and recognise the extent of changes that occur in one year?  From personal experience, I know I certainly don’t.

Every year whilst we are on our annual holiday, Israel takes our children’s (Indrani & Rilien) portraits at the exact same spot – Killick Creek at Crescent Head. Every year, I ask myself the same question. When and how did they change this much in one year? Did I really see them everyday? Yes in the truest sense I did, but somewhere in the midst of doing the do of daily life, I didn’t really see or appreciate their important changes. This little collection of portraits shows what I mean.

The above image is our absolute favourite from this year. It beautifully depicts the developmental stage of both of them. Indrani at 6 (almost 7 mum – can you hear it!), is all about fashion. She just loves it when her strap or sleeve on a top falls off her shoulder. She drives Israel to the brink of insanity at shoots now because she is always up for a good pose. Rilien is at the stage of ‘must be moving – All.The.Time.’ – climb, run, throw, anything physical – all with a cheeky grin.

I couldn’t resist but to include last 3 years portraits at this spot. It really shows the extent of change that happens in 3 short but extremely fast years. From bottom right when Rilien was a compliant 2 month old, to the image above where he had learnt to move & there was no way he was going to sit still, to just over 2 years old and really loving playing games with Indrani. And I adore how this years portrait shows just how clearly they get into each others world.

These 2 sets of last year and this year pictures clearly show what’s happened to our little girl somewhere between Kindy and year 1 ending.  She still looks the same, but she is so much more confident in herself and doesn’t mind to ham it up a bit either. Seriously, both of this years images are totally unsolicited poses. This is just who our girl is at the moment. Just how did our little 1.84 kilo 7 week premmie sparrow morph into this beautiful confident girl? And how about our boy’s changes. The one thing that remains constant between last year & this year is his cheek. Sad as it makes me, he is just not a baby anymore. He’s a boy! Rough, loud, cheeky, adorable. This years picture below with him in the check shirt will always remind me of him telling me he wants to wear a “client shirt”. You see it has buttons & a collar, just like the shirts dad wears when he meets clients, so he just loves wearing client shirts. Did I mention adorable before?

All the following images are favourite moments from this years portrait shoot. Each one of them tells a story. 
This is just so typical of Indrani & Rilien’s relationship. The position of her hands tells me she is shaping up to do a cartwheel (a non-stop activity at the moment), and Rilien grabbing at her is so typical of him trying to get her attention.

Our rough & tumble guy, always on the go. And our beautiful girl, always in the moment of just moving her body. 

Melt my heart moments. I know this very special relationship may not last forever, but I am so enjoying how much love and fun these two have.

Cartwheels, stretching, always on the go.

I don’t mind admitting that I tear up when I look at these photos. PAUSE button required now – Please Universe!
I just love this image above – there is something about them being apart, yet not too far apart that gets me. The sunlight catching their little bodies and the way they are moving says so much about their ages.

And this year, just to try it out, Israel did a selfie family portrait using a tripod. I have to be honest & say it was not a fabulous experience (ready, set, Israel running from behind the camera & jumping in, go) and I would much prefer for one of our fabulous photographer friends do our family portraits but this one shot did catch us in the moment of just being us. Wind swept, in love and listening intently to one of Indrani’s many stories. Perfect time capsule moment. 

Thank you for reading and sharing our family. Bel & Israel x

7 thoughts on “Portraits – One Year On”

  1. Hi Bel – your emails make my day. Love reading them … love listening to you and how enthralled you are with your family. Nothing new for any parent, but to listen to someone else talk about their family the way we all think about ours is beautiful. I hope this comes across the way it is intended but from my perspective, you and Israel are one of those very inspiring couples who even though you had a life before you met each other, didn’t truly shine until you met. You work at this I know, but you have the ability to bring out the very best in each other (clearly) and that is demonstrated in your kids, which is so admorable. Don’t ever lose that because it is priceless.

    And yes, I am sure that your kids will eventually get to a stage where they may not be the best of friends (as all siblings do), but I am sure with the love and guidance that you show them every day, you will give them balance and wisdom to ensure that whilst they may not alway like each other, they will always love each other.

    Keep me on your distribution list forever … I love your newsletters!

    Big love and hugs … Gen xxxx

    1. Hey Gen,

      Bel hasn’t returned home from the school drop-off yet, so she hasn’t seen your comment yet. I wanted to say my own THANKYOU for your amazing, kind words about us. I agree with you completely – it was once Bel & I met that things started to truly light up for each of us. And our kids are just delightful. Every. Single. Day.

      Take care, and stay in touch!
      Love Is. xo

  2. There isn’t much I love more than family and the way awesome families are instantly recognisable. Never stop taking the time to do this, no matter where you are. You’ve got a homeful of love right there xx

  3. WOW Gen,

    You just gave me the best start to the day in the office ever – Seriously!

    Your absolutely beautiful words choked me up & brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter, and write a comment. Makes the effort of putting fingers to the keep board even more worth it.

    Hope you have a brilliant day! You deserve it.
    Bel x

  4. Not even my family – but I have a tissue on the go. It’s just beautiful and the kids are going to LOVE, love, love this when they are older. Well done you! xxxx

  5. Wow….. so beautiful and touching, I’m teared up too! Love the warmth and inspiration that comes from you guys. Keep it coming. xx

  6. Kate’s & Bron,

    Thank you so much for your beautiful comments. It is always lovely to know you are on the right track & your comments tell us we are. Buzz!


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