There are two things I look forward to most that help me get through exam season. Nailing down another unit of study and photoshoots. Heidi contacted me back in April, when I was in the thick of essay-writing. It was all I could do to silently squeal, “YES!” for the second weekend of June and meekly stick my nose back in the textbooks.
When that weekend arrived however, I realised I wasn’t as ready as I hoped. A flower crown?! Why hadn’t I thought of this? Wire; green tape; flowers… Would fencing wire do the trick? Beekeeping wire! It’s the finest wire under the sun. I was unable to find the roll of wire, so I unwound some shiny wire from a broken bee hive frame. Scissors in hand, I cut pieces from every plant that looked potentially suitable: grass, tea tree, wattle, banksia rose, eucalyptus, houseplants, you name it!
Back at the table I decided that beekeeping wire was actually too fine and extremely difficult to shape into a neat circlet. I tried some wire from our loom and found it to be worse. I kept searching through my card-making supplies; green yarns… “I give up!” I announced to nobody in particular. But I don’t believe in giving up. So I persisted. And somehow, I think it worked.
A few days previous, I location-scouted. I thought I had figured out all our photo spots. And yet, on the way to ‘meet-at-the-grid’, I suddenly saw two trees, as if for the first time. I double checked the horizon that Heidi and Daniel had not arrived and turned around. I took a test shot. This was it. My new favourite location! The artistically speckled gums, would frame them perfectly!
Back at the grid I had only a moment to take a deep breath. Then a cloud of dust and Heidi and Daniel’s grinning faces appeared. I’d met Heidi a month or so beforehand in her perfect role of ‘aunty behind the scenes’. Though Daniel was a new face, he fell into step as quickly as though we were old friends. The awesome thing about him was that he was up for any crazy suggestion – including four-wheel-driving up a terrifyingly steep hill for the sake of the view. And I secretly couldn’t stop marvelling over what a gorgeous mama-to-be Heidi is, the whole session long. I feel so very blessed to have such wonderful clients! And I can’t wait to meet their baby in a few weeks. He/she is going to be super adorable – I just know it! With parents like Heidi & Daniel, how could he/she be anything else?