Weekly Catch-up [august 5] - Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photographer

It has been so great being back home with my kids after our first trip away from them. It made my mama heart sad but it did the adventurous woman in me a world of good. It felt nice to be free of major responsibility, free from a child pulling up my shirt to nurse, free of having to wear fifty hats at once. The free spirit in me needed this chance to explore and see the world.

Burgas, Bulgaria

 

Since the age of ten my life revolved around visiting and living in other cultures. We were constantly in a state of discomfort and dichotomy as we figured out how to navigate unfamiliar territory and culture. It was this experience that took a backburner when adulthood took over and travel became something we couldn't afford. Hence why we moved back to Scotland where the world feels at our fingertips!

Travelling to Bulgaria last weekend reawakened in me the thrill and emotional side of travel that I had been surpressing to keep my heart from bursting with longing. I have dreams that involve travel that I have never spoken out loud because it's not the time but one of my deepest dreams is photographing families in their countries. Other photographers dream of destination weddings, I dream of destination families.

 

One day...

 

I would love to say that this week has been one of relaxation and refreshment but I've had a one year old screaming at me since we get home. Let's just it's time to wean this fiery little guy. Wish me luck!

day 25.

day 25.

 

And don't expect a lot of Mamahood 365 photos in this post because I have been one burnt out mama!

Anderson Family [beach session] - Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photographer

To say this session made me swoon is an understatement! When a client comes to me and prefers an early morning session, follows my wardrobe guidance, is beautiful and also just happens to be an old schoolmate, you know that the photos you're about to take are going to be simply stunning!

Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photography

 

I went to school with Naomi here in Scotland but we haven't seen each other in twelve years! I love seeing old classmates grow up with families of their own. Thank you, social media! It was so wonderful catching up with Naomi and hearing where life has taken her.

Our 7am beach session resulted in the softest and most romantic light that wrapped itself around them. They were such naturals in front of the camera, I could have kept photographing them all day! But I think it's fair to say that baby Roo had had just enough of being a model and fell asleep before the car was even in sight.

Anderson family, thank you so much for trusting me to photograph you! I loved our time together and cannot wait to see the photos you chose in print!

Everybody do the hora! [Bulgaria travels] - Aberdeen, Scotland Wedding and Family Photography

Bulgaria is such an amazing country! It was never a country I even thought about visiting. So when my beautiful friend told me that she was getting married there and dreamed of having me photograph her wedding I knew I needed to say an enthusiastic yes! It. Was. A. Dream.

Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

 

I dragged my husband along making this our first trip away from our babies. Needless to say, Jesus and I had a lot of heart to hearts to keep me from freaking out. I like to think I'm a brave person but when it comes to leaving my babies I become a big ol' mess. However, the time away was so needed since all my son does is nurse and scream at me. Would anyone judge me if I wore earplugs all day? Don't pretend like you haven't wondered the same with your kids! ;) 

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

 

But yes, our trip was amazing. Day 1 we picked up our rental car, drove two hours to Plovdiv for lunch and then another two hours to Burgas all while being stuck under a rain cloud traveling with us across Bulgaria. We finally reach Burgas on the Black Sea while at the same time getting hit with a downpour flooding the streets with six inches of water in places. We then get to our Air BnB, change into nicer clothes and then high-tail it down to the town hall to photograph the first of Kim and Nik's wedding ceremonies. We ended the day with the most delicious Bulgarian food and it is now my mission to figure out how to replicate some of the food but I know I'll never succeed.

Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

Day 2 was the wedding featured in another blog post and Day 3 was wedding recovery and tourist day as we meandered through the streets of Burgas and up the coast to Nessebar. We explored old churches and ruins as I did my best to hobble along on very blistered and sore feet from the day before, before finally admitting defeat. We then spent our last night enjoying more Bulgarian food.

Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

Burgas, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Nessebar, Bulgaria

Our last day we spent traveling home but not before stopping in Sofia to see the most magnificent church that made my cry. Sofia is stunning and I wish I could have explored for longer than five minutes. 

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Sofia

 

The days we had in Bulgaria were not nearly enough and this short and sweet blog post does not do our trip justice. There are so many more amazing places to be discovered. If you have the chance to go, just go! And be sure to pick up a Troyan pot or two and some rose oil while you're there!

Katrina + Kevin's SURPRISE Wedding (Linsmohr Hotel) - Aberdeenshire, Scotland Wedding Photographer

 Aberdeen, Scotland Wedding Photographer 
 Linsmohr Hotel

 

When Katrina and Kevin contacted me about their surprise wedding I squealed! What a fantastic and special idea! These two have been together for so many years and have three beautiful daughters together. When they decided to up and move their family to Canada in search of a slower, simpler life they decided that their good-bye dinner would be the best time to literally tie the knot. A ceremony the whole family had been waiting for.

The bride waited upstairs in her room at the Linsmohr Hotel in Pitmedden with their daughters while the groom anxiously awaited the arrival of the first guests that would be greeted by a sign announcing the surprise. Tears and gasps abounded !

Everyone followed the groom into the ceremony room where they all excitedly awaited the bride. The
ceremony began in the usual fashion but quickly took another unexpected turn. Katrina and Kevin, despite having planned an intimate wedding, were actually not engaged yet. So down on one knee Kevin went and proposed during the ceremony making it the shortest engagement ever of five minutes! So cute! They then "tied the knot" and were married!

I love small intimate weddings like this! Congratulations Kevin and Katrina and I hope your move to Canada went smoothly!

Following the ceremony and after portraits they joined their 25 guests for a meal. The Linsmohr was the perfect venue for this small, laid back affair. I cannot wait te be invited back!

Gayle and family - Aberdeenshire, Scotland Family Photography

 Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photography 

 

It was such a joy photographing this beautiful family! I think you'll agree that their outfits and session location were perfect! When my clients book their sessions with me I send them a style guide to help them plan what they'd like to wear. I love when they take on my suggestions because it makes a huge difference to the look, feel and confidence levels of the session!

Aberdeen Scotland Family Photographer

Gayle and family's session was a breeze! Little Magnus tried to give us a run for our money choosing a more pensive face for the session but his adorable no matter his expression! Kids are funny! You just never know what their mood will be but we managed to coax some smiles out!

I am beyond thrilled to share their photos with you! Enjoy swooning over them!

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Cambodia, Italy and Mamahood [weekly update] - Aberdeenshire, Scotland Family Photographer

Aberdeenshire, Scotland Family Photographer 

This week has been all about preparing for our upcoming trip to Bulgaria! We are so excited! It will be the first time we are away from both kids for longer than 24 hours. As I told my husband and a friend today, I oscillate between extreme excitement about photographing a sweet friend getting married in a new country and complete dread over leaving the kids behind. That's mom life, am I right? "Take my kids! Give me rest... no wait, bring them back!"

But I'm so excited. Excited over new sights, new foods, hot sunshine, no parenting, the beach. Bulgaria was never on my radar to visit until I was asked to photograph my friends wedding and I started googling photos. Yes please!

I also got back into my "Cooking Through the World'' project this week with Italy and Cambodia being our counties. Last week we also did Malawi so I'll include that here too. (See the end of the post for recipes followed.)

ITALY

We had friends over for dinner on Sunday night and, as is tradition in my family home, we host homemade pizza night. We invite people over, have a million toppings to choose from and everyone makes their own pizzas. So we decided to start that tradition in our home. The pizzas may not be Italian replicas but you've never had pizza until you've had homemade pizzas with pesto, yummy cheese, veggies, and olive oil and salt on the crust.

Aberdeen Scotland Food Photographer

CAMBODIA

Aberdeen Scotland Food Photographer

Then last night we had Cambodian food. I had been preparing this food for almost three days! On the first day of the dish, Bai Sach Chrouk, I made homemade pickled cucumbers, carrots and radishes. I confess, I forgot to add slices of ginger that I know would have greatly changed the taste of the meal. Then the day before we made the meal I marinated the pork for about 18 hours. We then grilled the pork shoulder and put it on top of rice with green onions, pickled veggies and chicken broth. Soooo yummy!

Aberdeen Scotland Food Photographer

I love all the foods we are getting to try! I know I can never totally do them justice but at least we're exploring and my kids have eaten every single thing!

MALAWI

The last meal we've had so far is from Malawi. It is a maize based dish that you eat aside different relishes like the tomato and kale one I made. you grab a chunk of cooked maize and scoop up the relish. I have to say, I was the only one that went plate and fork-less. Everyone else was lame! But regardless, it was tasty and super simple.

Aberdeen Scotland Food Photographer

That's it for food for now but enjoy this week's installment of Mamahood 365 moments! Sadly a couple of days were missed when I didn't really see my kids or simply forgot. This is a complete schedule change so I forget to factor it in to my day! But at least I'm trying! And thank you to everyone who's given me such encouragement with this project! It means so much that people are inspired by what I'm doing!

Until next week!

Cambodia: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-marinated-pork-rice|
Italy: http://www.jernejkitchen.com/recipes/bread-and-doughs/quick-pizza-dough-crust
Malawi: http://honestcooking.com/six-traditional-malawian-dishes/

Mamahood 365

Aberdeen, Scotland Family Photographer

I have a slight obsession with my kids. Is that okay to admit? But I'm sure I'm not alone in my obsession over my own children. Because of these feelings I decided to start a new project. I am still cooking my way through the world, never you fear! Up this week is a meal from Malawi. But I digress...

While sitting in my kids' room waiting for them to fall asleep I suddenly had this overwhelming need to capture each day with my kids. Maybe you're like me and you have the worst long term memory. I blame it on moving so many times in my life. It was a survival tactic. By not allowing myself to think of where and who I just left behind it made it easier to move on. I'm what they call a third culture kid. A kid who identifies with one culture (in my case American) but grew up in cultures other than their own. It is the most amazing gift I could have ever been given but with it came the heartache of leaving so many people behind. Yet thank God for social media because I can follow so many old friends lives which I honestly love and our paths can cross anywhere in the world. LOVE IT!

But like I said. this amazing gift came with the side affect of blocking out a lot of my life because the pain of loss was too great. So now I earnestly seek to hold on to every moment I have even though I know I can't. I want to look back and remember the small things in our days like bath time escape artists and tickly toes at shoe time. I want my kids to see how we loved, laughed, played and did life together. Because of this I have decided to take a photo a day with my kids.

Now, these are not just phone photos or selfies.These are real photos of real moments in our day captured with my real camera. Does this project sound daunting and very easy to fail at? absolutely. I'm exhausted just thinking about it but I'm so excited for the end result! I admit I've only been doing this for just over a week and have already missed two days because I forget. It's a lifestyle change for sure!

So enjoy the first glimpses of what this project will look like and cheer me on as I do my best to make this project a monumental memory!

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