I hate it, I hate it, I HATE Halloween!

….and yet I succumb each year now. The nagging. The peer pressure. They have won.

Here are the kiddos this year: Black cat and Vampire. (“What’s a vampire, Mummy?” “Something quick and easy to pull together, my son! Something quick and easy.”)

And I discovered I can paint faces. Who knew?

PS: To my pleasant surprise, Halloween was whisper quiet around here this year. The only trick-or-treaters we had were the kids from next door, unlike the last few years where we’ve had so many kids (and some of them way too old to be trick or treating in my opinion) that we’ve all but run out of treats. I’m not a party-pooper, though. Really, I’m not.

PPS: For a softer view of how Halloween has come to be part of our lives now, take a trip to this post on Tummy Mountain’s blog. I think I’m just a cranky pants!

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Millie’s people | Sydney child and family portrait photographer

Millie’s peeps, at last.

Thanks Millie for letting me have such a great time with your people!

I only have two (yep, just TWO) more portrait sessions available this year, so click here if you’d like to make a booking!

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Meet Millie | vividity, Sydney family portrait photography

Meet the gorgeous Millie. Only weeks old and already the leader of the pack at her house! I’ll introduce you to her people soon. Meanwhile, enjoy this little black bundle of shoe-chewing, mischief-making fur.

Millie by vividity, Sydney family photographer

Millie by vividity Sydney family portrait photographer

Millie by vividity, Sydney family portrait photographer

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Oops!

Many of you will know that I am running a little Facebook competition. Well, I’ve just learned that what I’m doing is actually against the rules. You can’t  run a competition on Facebook where people are entered into a prize drawer just for liking your page, because it means that all the people who liked your page before the competition are being entered into a raffle without their consent. Fair enough, I suppose. So, long story short, I’ll have to change how the competition is run.

It will still be linked to people liking my facebook page, but you will  have to leave a comment here on the blog to enter the competition. So far I’ve announce first, second and third prizes:

THIRD PRIZE: Three people will win a gift pack of 10 of my luxurious hand-made greeting cards. Each pack valued at at $49.50.

SECOND PRIZE: Two people will win $250.00 credit towards their print and product purchases when they have a portrait session with vividity.

FIRST PRIZE: One lucky person will win a free mini concertina album and $500.00 credit towards their print and product purchases when they have a portrait session with vividity.

GRAND PRIZE: Will be announced when I have 100 ‘likers’ on my vividity photography by Jennifer Taylor Facebook page.

BUT WAIT! Don’t go leaving comments here yet. Well, actually, it would be GREAT if you were to leave me a little love in the comments section. Go on. You know you want to. Just say “hi!”. It won’t hurt. Not one little bit.

But it won’t get you entered into the competition, either.

The competition will open up to entries once I have hit 100 likes, so keep an eye on this space.

Actually, go check out facebook, make sure you like my page there, tell all your friends about it and suggest they like it, too. And THEN watch this space.

Oh, and for those of you who are not able to come to Sydney for a shoot with me, or who are photographers yourselves, I’ll run a separate competition over on my Pompalary Blog where you can win a hand knitted or crocheted hat or scarf of your choice from my range of designs. Great for yourself, your kids, or to add to your collection of cute photo props!

And here’s a little bunch of flowers, just for you:

Oh, and please note that by entering the competition you are:

1. providing any and all information included in your entry to vividity/Jennifer Taylor, and not to Facebook,

2. acknowledging that the competition is being run by vividity/Jennifer Taylor, and not Facebook, and

3. releasing Facebook of any liability whatsoever in relation to the competition.

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All grown up! | Sydney child and family portrait photographer

This gorgeous boy was about one year old when I last photographed him. Things have sure changed since then! Back then he was just toddling around (and I was shooting film!). And now look at him: Master Lego builder extraordinaire!

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Hornsby

Things have changed in other ways, too. He has a little sister!

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Hornsby

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Hornsby

And they’re about to change again…

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Horns

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Horns

I’m looking forward to meeting your new little brother or sister! See you in a few short weeks! Love, “Jentographer”

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Look what just arrived! {vividity, Sydney child and family photographer}

I love this job! It’s like being Santa. I get to deliver beautiful goodies like this:

And here are some of the layouts inside:

I had the opportunity to photograph this baptism a while ago, but I’ve held off on blogging about the shoot until I had delivered the album. Can’t spoil the fun for my clients! I’m thrilled to bits with how this turned out. Such a great quality album, all hand stitched, and they did a fabulous job with printing the cover. So lovely! I can’t wait to do some more of these. Such a great way to display your images and be able to pass them on to your kids when they’re all grown up.

Apologies for the blur over the name on the cover. I promise all my clients that I won’t use their names (unless they ask me to!)…. I guess it’s just in-grained after years in the academic world where research participants’ names were protected more than Fort Knox. I don’t mention my own family members’ names here, either. I know it’s pretty much the done thing amongst photographers and other blog authors to talk about their children and call them by name. And I understand the warm-fuzzy feeling that’s generated for readers by sharing that level of detail. I feel like I really know some of the authors of blogs I stalk… er… read, because I am privy to all sorts of details about their lives. But I just can’t bring myself to do the same. I don’t know what my children and husband will be doing years from now. Imagine if my daughter one day becomes Prime Minister. (Good Lord! Imagine!) She probably wouldn’t want photos of her in the nicky-noo plastered all over the cover of Woman’s Day! So, I choose not to identify her by name here. You’ll see my children and husband called all sorts of things on this blog, but never by their names.

What do you think about that? I’d be interested to know how you (other blog authors) handle this decision, and why you choose to do what you do. And I’d love to hear from my readers and clients what they think about the lack of names here.

Have a happy day!

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Cute little cubeo

Two of these arrived in the post yesterday for my kids. They come from a little business in Western Australia called Organise Easy. I bought them as a kind of back to school treat. Can’t remember how I found out about them, but something about them came across my ‘virtual desk’ a while back. Probably from someone’s blog somewhere. So, thank you Someone, whoever you are!

These little cuties are great! You customise them for each day of the week with the re-usable stickers,

 

…put them on your child’s bag and — hey presto! — getting ready for school in the morning is suddenly fun!

Miss Vividity got ready for school in record time today. Let’s see if this cute little organisation tool means she gets ready for school on time every day. (Am I chasing a pipe dream?)

love, Jen.

Oh. P.S.: All images in this post are from Organise Easy, and are used with permission.

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