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~It's not that your parents love their grandkids more. It's that their grandkids remind them of you as a child. And its like getting to love that version of you all over again ~ Tiktok 2024


Well, well, well guess who grew up and guess who wasn't ready for it, yup me!  Our oldest grandchildren Grayson 18 and Tayla 15.  Where oh where have the days gone because I swear it was only yesterday my oldest daughter was tellling me she was pregnant for the first time and in the blink of an eye we suddenly have two teenagers and with Grayson turning 18 this year he's really an adult not a teen.  They are two of the best humans I know and yes I'm a little bias, they are afterall my oldest grand-son and grand-daughter.


These amazing humans love on the younger cousins as if they were siblings and are always up for snuggles, its awesome to watch.

Grayson is normally the first to show up for new baby snuggles and even when they turn into toddlers he's often found convincing them they need another hug, so cute!

Welcome to our newest littlest love, Elliot Michael Leo Wild.  Our ninth Grandson Elliot was named after his Grandad (Michael) and Great Grandfather (Leo). Yes, you may be thinking oh didn't that certain Grandad already have a Grandson named after him? Yes he did!  This is Grandson number two, imagine how swollen Grandads head is hahaha - no seriously isn't it awesome!

I didn't think he was ever going to come out.  Watching our youngest daughter through the first stage of labour wasn't easy, while she was being an absolute trooper the time had come for her to head to Waikato hospital by ambulance and I returned home crying, worried sick her and baby along with dad to be Josh.  I knew they would be in the best of care but still a mother worries.  Before long Josh was messaging letting us know they were both safe and sound with a photo of their new edition - more tears, thankful for our girl being safe but also for our new Grandson.



Elliot loved following the camera around which I really haven't had in previous newborn sessions. So we were lucky enough to get some awake and some sleepy photos.

Welcome to the family little man, you are truly loved.

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Our youngest daughter and her partner Josh are celebrating their rainbow pregnancy.  * A rainbow baby is a term for a child born after a family has suffered a pregnancy loss. The experience often comes with complicated emotions.

We headed to Centennial Drive for some a  mid June maternity session. The leaves were still falling which added a little color to the ground and it was lovely. After completing the first section of the drive we popped Savannah into the blue gown and set about getting some extra images. 

With their baby boy due in August we didn't have too long to waitm which was great because I was growing impatient.


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When they say good friends are hard to find they obviously hadn't met Carmen or her son Sonny. 

This mother and son duo met up with us to have lunch - yum another excuse to go to the Stables on Alfpha!  We looked into a couple of places in Cambridge and found this new little place (well new to me) Lake Te Joo Utu Reserve was basically just up the road from where we were and what an awesome little place for photos of any kind.

We had talked about capturing these two for a while so it was good to finally get them in front of the camera. Sonny always has us in fits with his querky humor and  lets be honest, any time with them both is always a good time. We love them to bits!


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When your much younger and may I add crazier friend, has baby number three! 

Meet Ardie Ross.  Little brother to Axton and Alby.  Ardie arrived with a ton of gorgeous dark hair any mother would be proud of.

Parenthood comes natural to these two I swear they can take on anything life throws at them.  Axton too is such a natural when it comes to welcoming his little siblings.  You can tell by the way he holds his little brother that he's taking it all in his stride.  Alby on the other hand - well he wasn't too sure, after all sharing his daddy for the photos was very new to him but he was happy to show this new little bundle entering his life some brotherly love.


Look at that hair on Master Ardie isn't that amazing, he has some gorgeous lashes too along with those wee chunky checks and button nose.  He is picture perfect.


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