Newborn Shoot :: Baby Naomi <3

Sweet Baby Naomi. It is such a delight for us (read Pete; he is our newborn photographer!) to capture these fresh moments. The little lined feet. The tiny curled fingers. The pencil lips. The wide gaping yawns. The strong emotions! It’s a vulnerable, fleeting time in life. We will be forever grateful that our early memories with Chloe were captured. It is a privilege to be able to provide the same for our beautiful clients. Sometimes we capture these sessions in hospital and sometimes, like the one below, at home. <3

Australia :: Hahndorf

Hahndorf, established in 1839 (Australia’s oldest German settlement), was such a lovely little surprise. The state heritage area charms with a unique Bavarian ambience. Aside from the obvious traditional German beer sampling (there are a number of boutique breweries, wineries and distillers to choose from), there are plenty of quaint tea rooms, historic inns, craft shops & art galleries to explore - to name a few. Hahndorf’s main street is lined with beautiful elm trees; you will want to slow down & enjoy the wander.

We enjoyed our coffee, chai & babyccino at Caffiend so much that we went back for lunch; #noregrets.

A highlight for our toddler, Chloe, was the Hahndorf Farm Barn. We just wish that we had arrived earlier in the day so that we could all enjoy it for longer!

We chatted with some locals and, we must say, we sensed some frustration that Hahndorf appears to be losing its charm over time to tourism. The general consensus seemed to be that they would not like to see change if the driving force is tourism. There are surrounding villages of Crafters, Stirling, Aldgate & Bridgewater that might be worth checking out.

We left a piece of our heart in South Australia. It was a memorable trip and one that we will treasure. There is still so much to do that we want to roll over to another trip (hopefully in the not-too-distant future):

Safely home (Brisbane) on our Qantas flight :-)

Australia :: Barossa Valley

What is there not to like about the 912 km² that is the Barossa Valley? We have no answer to this question. Stunning Barossa Valley (peppered with picturesque communities including Angaston, Lyndoch, Nuriootpa, Tanunda & Williamstown - as well as hamlets & villages) is steeped in German heritage. Fertile soils. Grape growing & winemaking (home to over 170 wineries & over 80 cellar doors; some unbroken lineages entering their 7th generation). Fruit trees. Meticulous & sophisticated degustation menus promising a culinary journey. Bienenstich. Mettwurst. Streuselkuchen. Vollkornbrot. Artisan cheese. Mediterranean climate. Warm, friendly community. Local characters. Australian landscape of rolling hills & scenic vistas. Live music. Historic churches. Houses built from locally-sourced bluestone, ironstone, sandstone & marble.

Local community is at the heart & soul of the Barossa Valley. With this in mind, we stayed at Pembury Homestead, Angaston (Airbnb). Jonathan and Kate are the lovely hosts of this beautiful home set in superb countryside. They were immediately warm and friendly and helpful. We rarely revisit the same place twice as we both prioritise adventure; however, we are definitely considering going back to Angaston and checking in again for some more (child-friendly) hospitality at Pembury Homestead. Not to mention, the location is central and ideal for day trips around the Barossa (if you want to cycle, Pembury Homestead is located right next to a bike path). Oh, and for the dog-lovers: the stay comes with the added bonus of fur-babies Baxter & Sally.

Pembury Homestead, Angaston

Little lambs <3

Lovely Baxter was a highlight and welcomed us home from our daily adventures :-)

You have got to love small-town grocery pride <3

Barossa Farmers Market, held each Saturday morning & showcasing authentic local produce, can be found undercover in the Vintners Sheds. Think famous Barossa smallgoods. Delicious pastries. Freshly roasted coffee. Olive oils & olives. Hearty breakfast options. La dolce vita essentially.

Barossa Farmer's Market is open on Saturday mornings

Such quaint markets <3

Barossa Farmer's Market samples

Clearly a popular item at the markets :-)

Strawberry tart by Stuart Jones, chef pâtissier; this (relatively unassuming) stall comes VERY highly recommended

Ham so good all it needed was some fresh bread and butter

The taste of simple, quality ingredients

The markets provide such a delightful start to a Saturday morning :-)

The more you look, the more snails you will see; pretty sure the only other place we spotted this many snails was at the France-Belgium border

Maggie Beer's Farm Shop was definitely a highlight of our trip. Maggie Beer is a well-known Australian cook & author (“The Cook and the Chef” is an Australian television series). The Farm Shop is the perfect spot for a relaxing picnic overlooking a dam. Think calm, peaceful surroundings and you have pictured the setting. A visit here is a must.

Stunning peacock at Maggie Beer's Farm Shop

Pheasant Farm Chicken & Smoky Garlic Pate Picnic Basket

Chicken & Tarragon Pastry Parcel

Daily Verjuice demonstration at 2 pm… go on - you know you want to ;)

Wine, flowers and cheese... pretty much everything on our shopping list while exploring Tanunda, the cosmopolitan heart of the Barossa Valley!

Pretty posies available to purchase at the supermarket in Tanunda

Average big-brand South Australian supermarket; unique supermarket experience for Queenslanders, though ;)

Ah, delicious European influence found at the local supermarket :-)

Apex Bakery still uses slow natural ferment doughs & a wood-fired Scotch Oven, traditions carried on since opening in 1924. Recipes date back to the 1800s (featuring no preservatives & breads with no sugars). We took them at their word & opted for a Bienenstich - it was delicious as promised!

Mengler’s Hill Lookout provides one of the best views of the farming patchwork that is the Barossa Valley; you can see for miles. Fantastic opportunity to stop and take it all in - and we could imagine it would make a fabulous picnic spot, too.

The view along our drive on a rainy day <3

Barossa Chateau boasts 30000 roses. After visiting a cellar door or three or ten, visiting Barossa Chateau and getting lost in amongst the roses is a pleasant palate cleanser. This was officially the most amount of roses we have seen in a day! We have heard really good reports about the high tea on offer at the chateau so we just might be back for research purposes. All in all, a lovely day out and one we recommend.

The view from our car; Barossa Valley is so pretty in the misty rain <3

If there is someone in your life who has everything except for a fossilised crocodile, you can snap one up at Chateau Dorrien

Lyndoch Lavender Farm introduces you to more than 90 lavender varieties over 5+ acres. The landscape is tranquil & relaxed; we enjoyed a very pleasant afternoon tea here followed by a wander through the stunning gardens. PSA: if you are are allergic to bees, though, don’t leave your Epipen at home.

We were informed that D&M’s Bakery Cafe offers The Best Vanilla Slice in the Valley. Vanilla slice is a favourite of mine (Em’s) since childhood so it is safe to say that I have sampled a few over the years. As I am typing this, I realised that I have not had a vanilla slice since our South Australian adventure at the end of 2017. I suppose that is an endorsement in and of itself. Perhaps I will not bother again until we make it back to the Barossa Valley. Come to think of it, it probably is worth the wait. (Unless Pete offers to make his version in the meantime - in that case, I will be a lost cause.)

Australia :: Adelaide

One of our travel goals is to see more of Australia. Given that our country is approximately 3860 kilometres long and almost 4000 kilometres wide, we think it is perfectly reasonable to shelve this ambition under a “goal” category. To date, we have explored parts of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria & Western Australia between the two of us. We were keen to add South Australia to the list even though our knowledge of the state can be quantified here (solid effort, Simon Taylor!).

Adelaide, the cosmopolitan capital of South Australia & the wine capital of Australia, was a great place to kick off our South Australian adventures. We fell in love with a few of its features. The city is surrounded by beautiful green space - rolling hills in the east & white sandy beaches in the west. Historical buildings. Check. Superb architecture. Check. Wide, welcoming streets. Check.

Adelaide Central Market was established in 1869 & is home to 80 stalls. Stalls offer flowers, fruit & vegetables, bakery & patisserie, continental & cheese, and meat, poultry & seafood, to name a few. They are proud to inform you that the market is visited by more than 8 million people a year.

We stayed at Sage Hotel Adelaide. It was comfortable, clean & the staff were friendly. We enjoyed a hot, hearty breakfast here, too.

Living our best hotel dessert life - enjoying Maggie Beer’s Dark Chocolate & Vino Cotto Caramel with some Brandy Butter Sauce on top for good measure… because why not ;)

We visited the iconic St Peter’s Cathedral.

Lunch at Kutchi Deli Parwana was a delicious treat. Lovely, attentive staff and memorable lunch for all the right reasons.

You will find a cluster of colonial institutions along the North Terrace precinct, the cultural heart of South Australia. Institutions include the Adelaide Convention Centre, Art Gallery of South Australia, Government House, National War Memorial, both Old Parliament House & Parliament House, South Australian Museum & State Library of South Australia. Heading east, North Terrace becomes Botanic Road; here you will find the National Wine Centre of Australia (we could have said something about it being within spitting distance but that would be too obvious) & the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.

The Art Gallery of South Australia was an enjoyable pit stop. We recommend the experience. The staff members at the Information & Ticketing Desk were especially warm & welcoming. The gallery regularly changes displays & collections include Aboriginal art, contemporary art, decorative art & art from Europe, Middle East & Asia. At the time of our visit, the gallery was showcasing Paolo Sebastian:X (7th October - 10th December 2017). Paolo Sebastian is a label founded by South Australian fashion designer Paul Vasileff. The collection, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the label, was presented in partnership with Adelaide Fashion Festival.

The State Library of South Australia was a highlight. The Mortlock Wing, named after John Andrew Tennant Mortlock (the library’s greatest benefactor), has been voted one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It opened as a public library in 1884. The Mortlock Chamber Clock is fascinating in its own right. The clock, purchased from Dent & Sons on the Strand in London, is wound each week with a large key.

Adelaide Botanic Garden & Botanic Park (150 hectares worth) celebrates plants from across Australia & around the world. In typical Adelaide fashion, the garden is rich in art, architecture & heritage.

We drove along the Mount Lofty Ranges for a panoramic view of Adelaide’s city skyline.

On the 19th of April 1982, Adelaide & the ancient Japanese city of Himeji became sister cities. Adelaide Himeji Garden is described as a Garden of Imagination (in celebration of the beauty of nature). The layout includes features, such as an Okunoin Lantern (an inscription reads For the friendship of two cities), Pine Trees (symbolising courage in adversity), & a Teahouse (represented by an open pavilion, like the porch of a Zen temple), to name 3 of 13 key features.

2018 // Year in Review

Happy New Year! We wanted to celebrate by sharing some of our favourite images from 2018. We're looking forward to comparing our posts in the coming years. (You can see 2017 here.) <3

 

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

Jayden & Talisha <3

 

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Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

Christopher & Megan <3

 

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Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

Michael & Tara <3

 

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Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

Thomas & Katerina <3

 

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Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

Joe & Gemma <3

 

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Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

Morgan, Demi, Katherine & Johnré <3

 

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Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

Johnré & Samantha <3

 

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Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

Hannah <3

 

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Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

Behind the Scenes for Emunah Events <3

 

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Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

 

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Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

Kayla <3

 

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Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

Emma & Dorrion <3

 

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Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

Greg & Claudine <3

 

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Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

Baby Kimiko & Family <3

 

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Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

Emunah Events <3

 

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M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

M&S <3

Fresh 48(ish) :: Baby Kimiko <3

This sweet little bundle of joy, Baby Kimiko, was only a few days old when we captured these images of her. We did a newborn shoot with her big sister Florence last year (here). Toward the end of this blog post, we have interspersed some images from Big Sister Florence’s shoot with Newborn Kimiko’s below. Whilst both girls have their own unique features, we also found their similarities striking. Two adorable little humans. <3

Florence concerned about Kimiko’s hearing test <3