Baby Love

“Every child begins the world again”

- Henry David Thoreau

Perfection. New life that is created by the magic of love and the force of nature. What more can be as life-assuring, heart-stopping, awe-inspiring as a newborn baby?

The softest, flaky skin, the tiny fingers and wrinkly toes, the midway-through-my-endless-nap pout, and the adorable smiles. The precious moments that are so fleeting but oh so powerful.

What are your dreams, baby dear?

Mary - March 14, 2013 - 8:49 pm

Just gorgeous Anastasia x

That Feeling of Content

“Life is a big canvas; throw all the paint on it you can.”

- Danny Kaye

It’s February – the last few weeks of summer, the time of crazy weather, and my birthday month. As for the weird weather conditions – seriously, this was the first year in the last I can’t remember how many that the weather was actually very pleasant on the day. All the previous birthdays were the parade of extremes – either torrential downpour and 100% humidity, or 15 degrees and cold and miserable rain, or 45 in the shade. That 45-degree weather forced us to book last-minute tickets to Tassie for my birthday a couple of years ago, where we spent an amazing weekend of wine tasting, photography, and enjoying refreshing 9 degrees at sunrise. Ah, the sweet memories of spontaneous trips – we should all get away on a whim more often!

But this year Sydney just sparkled. I spent the afternoon wandering around The Rocks, attended the exhibition of mind-bending, mega-inspirational work of Anish Kapoor at MCA, then sat on the grass and enjoyed the view of the Opera House across Sydney Cove, and the gentle warmth of setting sun.  Feeling blessed and content. And then I photographed my happy face to etch that feeling into my memory.  Here it is, that photo from three weeks ago, on the day I turned another year older, surrounded by the dazzling waters of the harbour and my favourite soft late afternoon light.

That quote at the top of the post is something I try to remind myself of daily. Because life is a work of art indeed. And you are the one with buckets of paint and brushes in your hands.

Here are few more pictures from that day. Hope you all had a beautiful summer. And I am so looking forward to what autumn will bring.

Mel Riddell - February 26, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Beautiful! I love your self-portrait, it’s gorgeous. Hope you had a wonderful day!! xxx

Cindy Habel - March 8, 2013 - 9:09 am

Love this Anastasia! Happy birthday xx
It’s so nice to spend your special day just doing happy things :)

Anastasia - March 9, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Thank you so much Cindy xxx It was an absolutely lovely day. Great to just wander around with camera for the whole day.

Pure

“Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel. You are unique.
In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you.”

- Pablo Casals

Welcome to this world, little one. I was blessed to meet you when you were only seven days old, a  whole week of being here, the beautiful beginning of a new life.

Oh what joy it is to see you in your mother’s arms, cradling you gently, rocking you to sleep, loving you.

You are everything.

Belinda Radalj - February 20, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Beautiful as always Anastasia. I long for the day when I can take photos as good as yours xoxo

Cindy Habel - March 8, 2013 - 8:48 am

These images are beautiful…they evoke such a sense of peace. Just perfect xo

Happy Valentine’s

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”

- Paulo Coelho

My favorite image from a recent wedding of two beautiful people.

It’s all about Love.

Happy Valentine’s. Spoil your loved ones you today, more than any other day.  Tell them what you have deep inside your heart,  don’t hold back.  Because love must be celebrated.

Belinda Radalj - February 15, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Beautifully written as always. And such a sweet, emotive photo. I can feel the love :)