My People

All four of us are nursing some pretty wicked flus, the washing pile has taken on a life of its own, I’ve barely slept in seven months apart from a few good nights here and there, and there are about six hundred Dora band aids stuck to our bathroom floor. So excuse me while I crawl into fetal position and leave you with some pictures of our weekend.


_MG_4753My family gathered in Kingscliff to celebrate my parent’s 40th anniversary. Joel had to stay behind for some courses he was attending, but there was no shortage of people to love on our kids.




We had BBQs and water balloon fights. We built epic sandcastle kingdoms and fed birds. We came back with tangled hair and sandy feet and salty skin and it was one of the best weekends we’d had in a long time.





























My brother’s girlfriend, Sophia, has been bumped up to Number One ranking because although there was beach for days, sun for miles and fun enough to last her til Christmas, when nail polish is whipped out, I don’t care who you are but you are IN with my daughter.



The charm of the Nail Polish did not escape my dad or my brother’s toenails, and we watched as two grown men sat obediently – enthusiastically in fact – indulging this little person they so love. Such is the beauty of watching your family love on your kids.


Thank you Auntie Sophia! Please never leave us!


My highlight though?



My oldest friend is having a baby in a few short weeks and she and her husband made the trip down so I could photograph them as their pregnancy comes to a close and they eagerly await the arrival of their first child. I love photography for so many reasons, but now I can officially add another – to witness moments and seasons in people lives I love, to mirror back to them the beauty I see, and to gift people with this creative outlet I so love.





Ella photobombed on our parade, rocking up in her favourite set of wheels.



We didn’t mind though.



Our families define us long before we grow to define ourselves. I have two parents and two brothers, and in my thirty years of life with them, we have not been without our conflicts, our pain and our misunderstandings. But the older I grow, the more I acknowledge the good, the more I enjoy them, and the more I define them as my people. And what good, good people they are to love.




Onwards, friends, to sick-free days and more happy things. Spring post coming soon! Amen to SPRING!





4 Responses to “My People”

  1. NatandDan

    Amen to spring alright! Hooray it’s finally here! I love Kingcliffe… I stayed there in the caravan park for two weeks with my friend and her parents in my early teens. I have great memories of swimming with dolphins at that beach. Beautiful spot.

    • The Red Tent

      Yes! That’s where we were too! We stayed in fully kitted out safari tents with bathrooms, kitchen and electricity. My kind of camping these days! We didn’t catch any glimpses of dolphins though — how lucky that you got to swim with some there.

  2. Erica Wheadon

    I used to spend Summers in Kingscliff as a teenager – I love it so much there. Also – loving the pregnancy photos. You really have an eye for beautiful moments. x

    • The Red Tent

      It’s a great spot – definitely been added to the Favourites List. And thanks for the compliment. I’m still such a novice but it’s fun to try xo


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