The last time these siblings and cousins had a family portrait the youngest was just a few months old. So a decade + on they decided it was time to update their family portrait as a gift for their Grandmother's birthday.
Their session also marked the tides of change, as now young adults each of them are venturing on to new beginnings - high school, university, new cities and new careers.
This family certainly knew how to laugh and it was so evident they had much fun when they got together and an abundance of shared good times.
June is a busy month for birthdays in the McSkimming family, with 7 family members celebrating birthdays pretty much within a week of each other. So this year my sister in-law decided that a wool shed party would be the perfect way to celebrate.
And so family and friends gathered on Saturday night at Barney's wool shed. It may have been a chilling -5 degrees outside but it was far from that on the inside as everyone rugged up for a good time and relaxed to the very talented sounds of Monty Bevins, a good friend of my brother and sister in-law.
Monty is about to start a national tour beginning in Invercargill and working his way up to Auckland and I recommend you check him out! You can find out when and where he is playing on his facebook page here.
In the meantime here are some pics from the Live and Barefoot @ Barney's Wool Shed gig!
In my last post, of the beautiful Aitken family, I made a comment in my
Facebook link that our lives can become rather chaotic and we forget to take in
the real moments of our lives.
I can say without doubt that this weekend spent in the Catlins
was truly a little piece of my real. I was in a place of true beauty,
surrounded by some of the amazing and beautiful people in my life and yes I
took a moment and breathed.
You know those moments when you actually stop and think yeah
this is what it is all about!
There was nothing fancy about it, nothing luxurious.But there was sun, there were bush walks,
there were flying foxes, climbing walls, the beach, fishing, relaxation,
smiles, laughter and good old fashioned fun.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hanging out with this
gorgeous family and I loved every moment of it. I did have my work cut out for
me as Mr H was not really into looking at me and the big black camera I had in
front of my face, in fact, he did a really great job at pretending I was not
there at all.
But what was evident was the obvious love that these two parents
had for their little boy and the love that he gave them in return.
It really was wonderful to capture such beautiful love.
5 years ago an English Rose decided to embark on an
adventure of a lifetime and travelled to the other side of the world and
arrived on New Zealand shores.She had a
love of wildlife and couldn’t wait to explore Dunedin’s beautiful coast on an
organised wildlife tour.Little did she
know that she would meet a Southern Man, her tour guide, who also had a love of
wildlife and would steal her heart.From
that chanced meeting love blossomed and the English Rose decided to stay and
see where the romance would take her.Before long the Southern Man proposed and the English Rose said yes
knowing that this would lead to happily ever after.......
Ok, ok, writing is not my forte.But 5 years ago Katie was on her OE and did
arrive in Dunedin and did take a wildlife tour where she did meet Shaun and a
romance begun.And on the 16th
of February Shaun and Katie pledged their love to one another at the Orokonui
Ecosanctuary, a fitting surrounding for two people who are passionate about
wildlife. The sun shone, the birds sung
and everyone buzzed with happiness and it was without doubt that this was the
beginning of their happily ever after.