1. 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.

     

  2. 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

     

     

  3. 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

     

  4. 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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  5. 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!

     
  6. 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 

     
  7. 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

     
  8. 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!

     
  9. 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!

     
  10. 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! 

     
  11. 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.

     
  12. Meet Nate, Rachel and Holly! They are one of our favorite families/friends that we have met here in Adelaide. Holly just turned one year old and she has a little sibling on the way to celebrate! The first time Luis and I hung out with this family we went to their house which is near the beach, plus they come here as a family every morning for a walk, so it was only fitting that we came here to capture them as a family.  It was so fitting, because just like the beach is a laid back place that makes you forget all your worries and cares, this family has the exact same effect on Luis and I!

    It has been a delight getting to know you Ross family. We love learning about your Kiwi roots, your love for God and others, and the beauty you have as a family! We look forward to the adventures we will have with you in the future! (aka desert walks) We love you guys and little Hollywood too! xo

     
  13. Fyona is a lovely friend of mine from Wollongong. She is one of the most inspirational ladies I know (with amazing fire-ey red hair that shows the passion of her heart). We always seem to spend a whole night talking away about God, life, dreams and creative stuff. She is always doing photo shoots for Lighthouse Church and we decided for once that she needed to be in the photo shoot. So when I was in Wollongong we visited the fair and even though it was a dreary day, I think the ladies had a good time. I know that I did. Thank you for loving me Fy! You and the ladies from your lifegroup are just gems!

     
  14. Kya with her mommy and daddy! Love you guys!

     
  15. Guess who picked out this outfit?

    After my month of travels I am back to the blog-o-sphere only to share photos of my favorite little Kya. If you have been following me, you might remember the photos of my sister when she was pregnant. Well Kya (pronounced Ki-Ya) is officially here, and time has gone so quickly(she is almost 3 months in these photos and they were taken last month.)

    In other news I have officially moved to Adelaide Australia. Woo-hoo! If you don’t personally know me, this is because my hubby, Luis got a job here. He started about 5 months ago…We spent 4 months in different countries. BLRGH! (So glad THAT is over!). It’s the little things in an International marriage that make it so different from most, like the whole visa/citizenship thing. (If you haven’t heard our amazing God story about that, please ask! We were totally blessed off our faces.)

    On to other things. I will be based out of Adelaide now, so if you are wanting some family photos, feel free to book a long holiday! =) (It’s January and it is summer. Like, really hot, stinking hot summer. We can go to the beach!) Also if you want to see my recent adventures you can check my photos out on Instagram. I am @theflourish…

     My mom and dad (aka Grandma and Grandpa) got to watch Kya overnight for the first time when these photos were taken. It was my last hang out with Kya so it was special, so special that before we took the photos (she was still completely dressed) she totally blew thru her pants and pooped all on me. (I wondered why it felt so warm.) Maybe this is why she didn’t cry one peep while we did the photos, she was happy as a butterfly, a poopy butterfly!

    I actually think Grandma had the most fun. But can you blame her? And what can I say I am that kind of aunt who carries prints of these photos in my purse so I can show them to complete strangers, as you might imagine! Enough talking, on to KYA!!!