1. Outdoor Adventures of The Fay Family

    *Warning* When you see this gorgeous family, you may wonder where I found models. But my friends, it is a real-live, real-life family! 

    These two adorable boys Cael and Senan were so fun to observe. After being with these boys a while I could see that their personalities are very complimentary. Cael is thoughtful and sensitive. Senan, curious and adventuresome. But the traits they seem to clearly have in common, both are clever, determined, kind and loving and it’s seems certain they will be best friends.  

    After getting to know their parents, Niall and Creenagh I could see why they are such loving little boys. It’s clear these two deeply respect and love one another. And I’m pretty sure they know how to have fun together,too. I may have a family crush on them! They are so cool. For example Cael has employed his parents to help him raise funds for an amazing charity called “OrphFund”. Here is an exerpt from his page-

    "After finding out that the charity ‘OrphFund’ was trying to raise money to build bread ovens for it’s orphanages he settled on this as his  primary 2014 goal, along with raising as much additional funding for Orphundos other projects. He then came up with the idea of having a ‘charity birthday party’ and has asked for all his friends to not bring presents (he says he has enough toys) but to instead bring a donation for his OrphFund savings."

    TOLD YA! What a stud! If you want to help him help others, go HERE.

    But for now, have a glimpse of the love this family has for each other.

    Thanks for the fun adventure in the park Fay family!

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  2. The Morelli Family

    The Morelli family recently welcomed a beautiful little girl named Madeline into their family, and she is a treasure! Sweet and tender.

    Her big brother Lucas, loves trains. A lot. But I think his baby sister is in the running for his love. He was so gentle with her! My favorite moment was when he was holding her under the tree, patting her her, and shhhh-ing her saying “It’s okay, baby girl. It’s okay”. MELT. MY. HEART.

    Michael and Melissa are so caring and gentle with their children and each other, it’s no wonder their son is so loving toward his sister. They have poured that love into one another and it beams from their family. I could see that they are very intentional on spending time with and loving one another.

    Madeline has many train adventures, cuddles and kisses awaiting her! I have no doubts that her big brother will be teaching her all she needs to know (especially about trains) and protecting her with his brotherly love. Morelli family, it was a treat being invited into your home, observing your love and capturing your family. -x Crystal

     

  3. One Brave Family

    Last weekend I had the privilege of meeting James, Gabbi and little miss Allegra.
    I went to their house to photograph them, when I stepped in I felt like I had entered a design magazine set! It had such an extraordinary and unique feel. I was in house design heaven! That aside, I spent the afternoon with this resilient, gorgeous family. James is American, like me, and right away I felt at home being around him. He is the one in the family with the great eye, in fact he said that he would have liked to be a fashion designer (I would totally buy his clothes). He has a charisma and kindness about him that makes his girl at ease around him. Gabbi exudes natural beauty and is a down-to-earth, honest kind of lady, who makes being a mother look easy. She and James make such a great team. Together they are overcoming a great battle for James’ health with such bravery and perseverance, they are still fighting this battle. As far as I’m concerned, by their love and laughter together, they are winning. They have seen true miracles and we are believing for many more. Allegra, well, as you can see is a beautiful miracle in herself.
    What a true HONOUR (or honor *shout out to my American peeps*) to capture this family and their love for one another.
    Here’s to your year of miracles.

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  4. Ford Family Photos in Kangaroo Island

    What’s better than having a holiday with friends? Having a holiday with friends and being hired to take their family photos!!! I mean seriously, this family is so much fun. We got to ride on a ferry with them across to the island, stay with them in a lovely holiday house close to the water, see the seals, caves, lighthouse and we did all with our kiddos in tow.

    It was over a year ago now that we met up to do their first photo shoot, it has been an awesome journey getting to know this family. To know them is to love them. Mark and Catherine are such generous people with deep and intentional hearts. They love so freely and have become such good friends to us. 

    Sienna is playful and adventurous. She is Sienna bunny. Evie is sweet and tender. She is Evie blossom. These two little sweethearts are beautiful and fun, just like their parents. Iggy has found two friends in these chick-ies.

    We look forward to having more laughs, deep talks, and making more memories together!

     

    God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic. Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks. Psalm 36:5-6

     
  5. In honour of Summer’s first birthday today, here are the photos I took of her when she was just a fresh little bub. She is full of spunk and giggles and it is a delight to get to know her and have her as Iggy’s friend. 

    Happy birthday Summer-girl/ Summer-Lovin! 

    xo,                                                                                                         Crystal and Iggy.

     

  6. James, Kathryn & Jack (Humphrey the dog)

    Baby Jack made his appearance here a few weeks ago, joining him now, his daddy and mommy. Not only is this family aesthetically beautiful *am I right?* but they have beautiful, genuine, caring hearts for each other and the people they know. 

    James and Kathryn are really one another’s ying and yang. You have to see them in action to believe how well they compliment each other. James loves being active and doing sporty stuff and Kathryn loves to get in her *amazing* lounging clothes and chill around the house. Despite their interest differences they work beautifully as a family and I got to see this in the way they love Jack, and in the way they love us as friends.

    You three are a delight to know and I am privileged to have captured your love for one another. Enjoy a peek into that love!

    Peace my friends, 

    Crystal

     

     

  7. Ross & Marcelle Engagement Photos

    Ross and I became friends at University while playing rugby together (for respective girls and boys teams). He was in the states from South Africa and I had mistaken his accent for Australian (as you do). He visited our family’s farm for holidays and has been a good friend ever since.

    His travels took him to Scotland to study another degree, and while back in South Africa visiting he ran into Marcelle at a party, supposedly they had met in high school, but didn’t have much to do with each other, they had even unfriended one another on facebook!  Good thing they reconnected, because they were made for each other.

    I have never met a couple so well suited. I mean, Ross found the female version of himself! Must I say the prettier and lovelier version ;). Even though I don’t know Marcelle as well as I do Ross, she is just a gem and the two were meant for one another. As you can see from the photos below, the two were constantly in smiles, telling secret jokes, talking in their code lovers language. Together they are goofy, kind, playful, adventurous, humorous and the kind of people you want to have as your friends.

    We met with them while on holidays in Melbourne, and we laughed that we were seeing each other again after years. Who knew we’d be meeting again from Nebraska to Melbourne?! These two will wed on a safari in South Africa soon and I am so excited for the adventures they will have together in the future! All the best to you beautiful one-of-a-kind couple! We love you! Enjoy the photos and happy Monday. -Crystal

     

  8. At the train station.

    It’s a little after Christmas, (obviously) but Luis and I got to spend some time with our family. I took these shots of them on our way to the airport, they were just starting their journey to a new place. After getting a job in Melbourne, they packed up everything and moved in 5 days! This post is to remind them that they are in it together, that we we love them and support them, and we totally believe in them and the dreams in their hearts. Stay tuned for more, because they will be popping up on the blog a little later! x Crystal

    PS A train station indicates you’re waiting to go somewhere…hidden message I believe!

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  9. Jack Frazer 6 days old.

    The world welcomes you little Jack, you bundle of sweetness! You have the coolest mom (mum) and dad ever, and a life of fullness awaits you!

     
  10. It was a beautiful day in the park with this lovely family! Thu-linh and Chris met in primary school and have been sweethearts ever since. Mia is a vivacious little girl who loves to explore, dance and is a great big sister. Xavier is such a happy boy, he didn’t make a squeak our whole session and even fell asleep on his mama long enough to take a nap in the tree! It was a pleasure to be around this family, you can sense their love and loyalty for one another.   I hope you enjoy the photos of this beautiful family, as much as I enjoyed spending the time with them! 

    Beauty and Love,

    Crystal 

     
  11. Meet Izaac and his awesome parents, Matt and Natalie (and doggy Pierre). This beautiful family has so much love and laughter that it was a delight to capture them. Even though we picked, THE HOTTEST day to photo they were not even fussed! Izaac even showed us his gymnastics moves by doing a little tumble! (if you want to hear the full story of Izaac’s launched career as a gymnast, ask Matt) ;) This family has continued to bless us with generosity and friendship since we first arrived in Adelaide. When we had Iggy, Natalie organized all our meals to arrive for a week and they were one of the first families to come visit us while we were recovering!  They just are a delight! Their little Izaac is a miracle gift from God and he has an amazing life ahead of him! Enjoy his smiles and his super dooper cuteness! Love you guys! -C

     
  12. Now that Jobe is almost six months old, here are the photos from his newborn shoot when he was a fresh, hot month old! It’s incredible to see this little guy grow up. He is always smiling and he his happy just like his mommy!

     
  13. Bec is one of my beautiful friends that I had the honor of being pregnant alongside! Now her son and mine get to be buddies! In fact, Jobe was born at home, just like Iggy was, and they were born on the same mat. Almost a month later, of course. Here is Bec in her pregnant glory with her beautiful glow!

     
  14. I’m getting the dust off my keyboard to post some of the photos I captured during my first South Australia Winter. It was a long one with lots of rain and cold to the bone days. Lucky I have a little baby bundle keeping me warm. Alice, my beautiful French housemate, and now friend, and I have been on many fun adventures this winter. I am so thankful to have her around for tea times, fun laughs, text messages from one side of the house to the other, random trips out, scaring each other in the hallway, sun baking and for fuzzy mornings where we wander around each other in the kitchen while we both try to wake up. Alice has such a kind, deep, gentle and warm spirit. She is a blessing to our life. Enjoy seeing her wander the forest! 

     
  15. Meet Catherine, Mark and Sienna! One of my pregnant buddies from Edge here in Adelaide. Catherine is 6 weeks ahead of my due date so I imagine our babies will be play buddies! We had a great time exploring the botanic gardens, except for the pregnant lady huffing and puffing, a one year old in white tights plus a muddy marsh , and the time that I slipped a fell down the side of the hill! It deterred us none, and it was so cool to see how this family really operates as a team and how much joy they have! It was great spending the afternoon with you guys! I look forward to doing it again soon, minus the fall! =) Enjoy your preview.