What a gorgeous day in the park for a family photo session. This park was clients choice and so beautiful with the playground, river, grass and old train bridge. I love getting to help create the memories.
Are your kids ready for it?
Spring has sprung and summer is not far away. Now is the time to be educating your kids and being “Snake Ready” in your household.
Australia is a beautiful country to live but we also have some of the most deadliest snakes in the world.
Do you know what to do when you see a snake?
Instinct says “run, run, run” but really you should stay as still and quiet as you can util the snake passes you by.
The other day we were in the vegie garden and my 4 year old spotted a bobtail lizard. Well he started screaming “it’s a snake, it’s a snake” and runs towards us. Now we tell him every year about what to do but KIDS FORGET. He is only 4 so we have to constantly remind because it’s not in his natural behavior yet.
We also have a dog which we tell bubba to keep close when playing in the yard. As much as we love our dog if she can save my son’s life by scaring away a snake or a possible attack then that is part of her job.
To get your kids and your house snake ready
- Make kids aware of what to do if they see a snake.
– Never to approach or try to touch a snake in the yard
– If you cross the path of a snake then stand still and try to keep quiet.
– Always watch wear the snake is moving to and then tell Mum or Dad
– If walking in the bush or with long grass then always wear closed in shoes or boots.
– When playing do not put hands into spaces that they can’t see or into logs.
– Show pictures to kids where snakes like to hide.
- Always check shoes and clothes that are left outside before wearing them because snakes like small dark warm spots.
- Checking under play equipment your kids might have on the lawn. Some have little corners to hide and if kids are crawling around they can be faced with a snake.
- Simply having a sealed garden shed to put toys away after play is very helpful as at least you know they are safe.
- Knowing where your long garden tools are like shovel, rake, hoe etc. Making sure these are not all in one spot but try to place them around the house so there may always be one to find quickly if needed.
- Making sure you know contact number in your area to call if you do have a snake contained and it needs to be removed. All shires and councils have emergency contact people that are available to help.
- If the worst happens and someone is bitten then the steps you take to help before someone gets to hospital can be crucial. Health Direct has a great site to help with symptoms and what to do to administer first aid before you can get to a doctor. http://www.healthdirect.gov.au/snake-bites
If we all aware and prep our kids even young ones we all stay safer. Teaching kids as much about the different types of snakes is also helpful to you so you remember what the snakes common to your area look like.
Lets all stay safe and enjoy the summer!
” Children who grow up with family photo’s being displayed in their home have a higher self esteem and sense of belonging than those that don’t”
Research has found that how many photos people display in the home is directly linked to what they remember being displayed as children. People who grow up in houses with little or no photo recognition tend not to display images of their family also.
In a world of digital technology the chances of children growing up with less images on display is increasing all the time. As a society we put more emphasis on having newer technological devises and less on simpler forms of pleasure.
Although people seem to have more images than ever at their disposal, these are generally of a low quality and kept solely on digital devices. Children rarely see a family photo on their wall any more. Photography is becoming less about enjoying a family experience with your photographer and having a beautiful image to display in your home, and more about a rushed snapshot that gets forgotten and lost over time because it doesn’t get printed.
When we think back our “Nanna’s ” always had albums full of images and memories, or frames all over the house with photo’s of the family past and present. At the time most people were embarrassed by this but now if you think about it because of Nanna you have prints and products that have outlived them and will generally ( if cared for ) outlive you and be passed through more generations.
Currently printing is the only archival form of protecting your images though time. Digital media is constantly changing and evolving and unless you keep your files up to date images will get lost. One thing most people don’t think about is that digital files corrupt or get lost in data so you must always ensure you keep multiple copies.
Haven’t you ever had a DVD just stop working ?
Have you tried to open a USB or SD card and it fails to read the data?
These are forms of digital media and technology companies have not yet established a means of preserving them through time. Some believe the future will hold a new “dark ages” as history is now recorded and saved in digital form . There are universities that are currently working on ensuring an archival means of storing data but sadly this is still out of reach.
As a photographer whenever my bubba thinks something is memorable or he has been rewarded or excelled at something he says “take a picture Mamma”. I think an amazing skill I have and will continue to pass on is that moments in life and people we love need to be remembered so our legacy continues. We do this with photos. Do I think he will be a photographer, NO but he does appreciate art and the memories we capture.
Don’t let your family be forgotten!!!
Alpaca Show at Whitman Park
The lovely ladies from Cantik were the models at the very first fashion parade held by the Alpaca Association and CLP Photography got to be there to photograph the event. All the garments worn by the ladies are hand made using Alpaca fleece. Here is a small part of the show so you can see how many beautiful items you can make. The only limit is your imagination.
It’s hard to imagine when you become a parent that every move and gesture you make is being watched.
When you become a new parents your head will be full from all the advice that is given to you from everyhwere. New mums are encouraged to join groups to aid in the discovery of their journey as a carer. Groups for new parents helps everyone to learn from each other. Things that is tried and works or fails is able to be shared so others can make informed choices in what works for their child. They are also a way gain a new social circle with people in a similar situation. As most new mums are sleep deprived and “feel alone” in their situation a group can help them to gain outside support and knowledge. Parents aren’t the only ones to learn from these groups, young children learn most of their skills through socialisation.
Although it is common for everyone to recommend you to join mothers groups and playgroups as you and your child will both benefit and learn, what people don’t tell you is the biggest influence in your child’s learning is YOU.
Teachers, the media and even your doctors recommend you play alongside your kids and encourage them with books, flash cards, and socialisation so they get an early start on their educational journey.
What no-body makes clear is how dramatically YOUR kids are learning their life skills from YOU everyday with how you talk, walk, clean, and even do the dishes.
The other day my 3 year old came up to me complaining his toy ( a front lift truck ) wasn’t working. It normally has noise buttons and battery operated levers to lift a bin using the front forks just like a real garbage truck. He tells me “No worries Mamma I’ll fix it”. The he goes to the cubbard gets out the battery container and a small screwdriver, and proceeds to unscrew the truck and change the batteries. I try and help but no ” I can do it, I fix like Daddy”. My bubba has probably watched my husband change hundreds of batteries but when he managed to do it alone I was gobsmacked. Just by watching a simple task my bubba has learnt skill.
So many times I get told my bubba has the same mannerisms and faces that we both have. I don’t think it is because we share the same blood but because he watches and learns by copying. Parents put so much pressure on themselves these days to be “perfect parents” and bring up their kids “right” when what we should be concentrating on is being the best possible versions of ourselves we can so our children can learn how we want them to grow up.
By including your children in tasks you do and letting them “help”, no matter how frustrating for you, they learn what is expected. My husband is a “Mr fix-it” and is constantly building or fixing something, his father is the same still and by including our bubba when he starts a task he is already encouraging him on a path of learning. Chores are important for children also. They see you have jobs that must get done and by allocating them tasks that they can achieve to help they also get the satisfaction of a job well done.
Never forget that YOU are the greatest tool you can ever give to your child.
This is a question that I get asked all the time and the only answer is that it’s never too late to Photograph your baby.
“A baby is classed as a Newborn for the first 28 days “
Does this mean that if your baby is 3 months or older that photos are not possible? NO. Photos are ALWAYS possible. Capturing your Family is all about YOU and how you want to remember your life journey.
What is not common knowledge is that all the squishy curled up images of babies posed in baskets, or buckets happen during the first 2 weeks of life. Most photographers will recommend that you book your session while pregnant. This might sound weird to you as you don’t even know when the baby will be born.
This allows for the photographer to be flexible in their schedule and allow a timeline for when they will be needed. Once you give birth and call your photographer you can pick a definate day and time.
Before you book your Newborn session it’s best to have a think about the types of images you would like displayed on your walls. If you want images displaying how teeny tiny they are when born then the it’s best to book your session for when bubba is 5-14 days old. If on the other hand you want to wait till bubba has some personality and is more awake and smiley then don’t be discouraged by people telling you photos aren’t possible because they are.
Another thing to consider is that your baby will only fit curled up in your arms for so long and to capture that beautiful image is a memory you will have to treasure forever.
Why do we recommend 5-14 days? The answer is simple. It generally takes a few days for the mothers milk to “come in” fully and for baby to be feeding properly. During the first 2 weeks baby is still really sleepy and happy to be naked in a warm environment. As baby grows hormones kick in which produce rashes and they are awake for longer times between feeds.
The older the baby is the less flexible they become also allowing for less possibility of poses.
Some babies develop their own preferences right from the start and are very unwilling to be placed in certain positions so you must always remember that as your photographer we will always create the best images of your baby on the day so you have images that will be displayed proudly and passed on through the generations.