Emily – 2

I had hoped to get time to do a nice little photoshoot with my niece Emily this past weekend. She’s such a cutie.

Sadly Emily was ill this past weekend so her level of cooperation was at an all time low and her nose was snotty. Two things that don’t make photoshoots fun.

All I managed was a couple of photos in situ and the odd iPhone shot. There’s always next time and she’ll probably just get cuter as she grows.

Emily eating pancakes
Emily drawing
Emily playing peek-a-boo
Emily takes saving money very seriously

Maygen – 12


To say Maygen is funny would be an understatement. She has a way of reacting to situations like you wouldn’t expect, Maygen has a quick wit and she’s always ready with a comeback.

Next year Maygen will transition into high school. I hope she manages to maintain her demeanour and she isn’t eaten up by the system that high school can be.

Maygen is loyal and loving, though she doesn’t always let on how she feels.

I’ve loved spending the couple of days I did with her and am grateful for her stepping in front of my camera. You can see from the photos below how much fun she has doing this. I hope, unlike her older brother, she’s happy to continue being in front of the camera as often as I can point it at her.

Maygen Jumps
The Kids
Maygen and Dolly

Alek – 15

Alek flying on four wheels

Alek, one of my nephews, age 15, flying down a hill on his skateboard.

His grandmother has kittens when we talk about him doing this, probably because she remembers a time my Dad put my older brother on a skateboard and sent him hurtling down the steep hill near our great grandmother’s house in Kogarah. Brian didn’t fare so well, pretty sure some skin was removed that day, but at least he didn’t make it to the busy road at the bottom of the hill.

These days, kids are wearing helmets and kneepads and sometimes elbow pads for protection. While grateful Alek was wearing them he didn’t need them, seemingly gliding with ease down the hill on which speed was easily achieved.

He tells me this isn’t the big hill. In this park there is a bigger, steeper hill that he’s not brave enough to try, but I think he’s plenty brave to take this one on.

My brother, Greg, didn’t do so well, no protection means when he tried Alek’s skateboard, from about halfway up the hill, when he came off his knee became a bloody mess.

Over the past weekend, Alek stood in front of my camera a few times. He’s a great kid.

The second day we went back to the park where we photographed the photo above but we walked around the place stopping at different places when it looked right. You can see the results below.

At one point we were down by a lake, using the stone wall as our backdrop and a guy approached walking his dog. I was all ready for Alek to want to stop, to go all shy and think it was “uncool” but he didn’t. He was ready to keep shooting. It was great that he has this confidence and self-assurance. I wish I had that at his age.

Alek flying on four wheels

Jacob – 17

Jacob is not long 17, my nephew by marriage I have known him all his life, he’s one of my favourite people in the world.

Here he is pictured with his first car. I hear he sold practically everything he owned to get it, including his beloved motorbikes. Granted, he’s become somewhat gun-shy on the bike front since his massive accident that saw his leg snapped clean in half, his foot broken and his wrist broken. He had a long road to recovery so I can understand if he has given it away for a while, possibly for ever.

Being the wheeler and dealer Jake is he’s already considering the sale of his car in the hope of getting something new. In a move that surprises, he’s looking for something more practical, something less pretty. I guess he’s growing up and seemingly faster than most young tradies.

I don’t get to see these kids often, living in Melbourne while they are in Sydney means we only get to see them a couple of times a year. I miss a lot of their growing up. I miss that.

Jacob Extreme Portrait
Jacob with Kimana
A boy and his dog
Jacob and his first car
Jacob and Dolly