I recently joined a blog circle with some very talented photographers I’ve met through a series of classes.  The idea is to post five photos on the 5th of the month from what we’ve been working on in the month before.  I take a photograph or two – or sometimes more – everyday for fun, to learn, or just to document our daily life.  Some days are less exciting than others but when I go to look back at the photos from that day I always see something extraordinary in those routines, play times, meal times and bedtimes.  We are big into celebrations in our house.   Valentine’s Day is no exception even though kids don’t really celebrate it here in Australia.  I grew up with the typical American Valentine’s Day party at school and the excitement of trading those little cards and getting lots of chocolate.  While I can’t pass down the tradition of a class party to my kids, I can give a them a reason to celebrate family, love and February. This year we did a mini countdown calendar and here are a few captures from February.

An early morning princess asks to make Valentine’s cupcakes


What would Valentine’s Day be without a little primping?


Craft time.  Paint…it always seems like a good idea.


 Decorating together… on the floor because that’s where the best light is in the afternoon


A Valentine’s bath… perfect way to end our February days


Please continue along the circle to see a glimpse of what my talented photographer friend Sharyn has been working on in the past month on her blog www.SweetSaraya.com 

  • Awe very sweet photos of a special day <3ReplyCancel

    • allisonleedc@gmail.com

      Thank you Melissa! So glad to be in the circle with you :)ReplyCancel

  • […] got lost anywhere along the circle, here are this month’s links:  Heather, Lori, Sarah, Allison, Sharyn, Melissa. Happy […]ReplyCancel

  • Allison!I love this! My favorite is the picture of the kids “primping” So cute!ReplyCancel

    • allisonleedc@gmail.com

      Thanks Heather! I am so glad you put this circle together!ReplyCancel

  • As you probably now know, here in Australia we don’t really get into Valentines Day. But I always love seeing how my American friends celebrate it. And, being an american in australia, it’s even sweeter to see. You little girl looks so darling dressed up as a princess. Plus, it’s so lovely to see YOU in the frame as well. Looking forward to next month’s post. xxReplyCancel

  • Lori

    These are great, Allison! I like the primping one too! And LOVE the red in the first couple of images.ReplyCancel

  • These are wonderful, such bight vibrant colours :) your kids are so cute, love the one of your daughter showing your son how to pucker up for the lipstick, so very cute!ReplyCancel

Kristin was one of my first friends when we moved to Australia.  We met at our neighbourhood playgroup when Ingrid was 18 months old.  Her youngest is almost exactly Ingrid’s age so it’s been fun to see them grow up into “big kids.”  Kristin is from Norway so we also had that expat connection which bonds you together quickly when living in another country.  I met up with Kristin and her two boys one summer morning at the neighbourhood park for a casual photo shoot.  The boy were happy to cooperate and show off their mad climbing skills. And that newest member?  She arrived a few weeks ago. Can’t wait to get her in front of the camera!




We took our princess obsessed four year old to Hong Kong Disneyland in November.  It was really a trip for me – the Disney fanatic that I am.  I think Disney is amazing and taking a child for there first time is as magical as it gets for me.  Really we were just on a princess hunt and they did not disappoint.  Here are a few from our trip.  Seriously I’d go back tomorrow if I could!



I have just taken a mini course about capturing the magic of your children being themselves.  Any of you who know my daughter either in real life of through images can attest to the fact that she is ALWAYS dressed up.  She’s been Rapunzel for weeks straight and since the age of 2 has never left the house without a tutu. There is one I love which was created by Collette Dinnigan for Target here in Australia so I decided we’d try a mini shoot one evening up on a place we call Magic Mountain right near our house.  Here is the result.