What an eggs-ellent day! On a beautiful sunny afternoon, we played in the garden to capture the beauty of our Spring collection.
We had the pleasure of shooting the campaign in a friend's backyard, amongst beautiful gardens, eclectic decor, and their free range chooks getting amongst the action with our busy little munchkins. We revelled in the simplicity of a naturally beautiful coastal Aussie backyard, and enjoyed the way our kids engaged with the intimate location, compared to larger open spaces we've frequented in recent shoots.
Boisterous play dominated on the rough-hewn treetop cubby house, with tonka trucks sent careering down the slide. The bungalow, cubby and chook shed were all made from recycled materials, which the children loved.
Our friend and colleague from @gowild_inspiringplay set up stations around the yard to invite and encourage the kids to play, create and explore in nature. She created sensory play areas like this wondrous miniature fairy garden above... and platters of assorted natural play things, like beach scenes complete with pebbles, spinifex and oyster shells.
This felted dinosaur land transported young ones back to the jurassic period...
Nature Play promotes 'unstructured outdoor play to become a normal part of every child's life, so that they can develop into resilient, healthy and creative members of the community' aiming to 'make nature play a normal part of childhood again'.
The fire pit was full of sand and edged in lentils. The funniest moment was seeing kids ferrying teaspoonfuls of lentils to the chook shed to spoonfeed the chooks thru the wire! Their faces were wracked with concentration, reminiscent of a high stakes Egg & Spoon Race!
Hanging from the bare branches of the deciduous tree were shell mobiles, glass lanterns, and Indian tin mobiles trailing beneath branches. Below lay a miniature fairy land and a vintage suitcase filled with tea sets, that inspired some lovely moments.
Illusion SS T Shirt beaming in the sunshine amongst the twinkling accoutrements.
A favourite playspace that set off imaginations long after the photographers left, was the perfumery table. Baskets of blissfully aromatic petals (see main blog image for the delightful photo) and pot-pourri were on hand for children to mix, measure and mash to experiment and create fragrances no-one has ever smelled before. Crystals, herbs, spells and spices were added. In a world of their own, the kids made perfumes, potions, tinctures, and concoctions that resembled a natural apothecary.
Here's some inspo for you to try this at home with bits and pieces from your garden and kitchen, it doesn't have to cost a penny.
Nothing beats homemade fresh, soft, warm cinnamon flavoured playdough complete with embellishments and jewels to decorate to your heart's content.
This wee lil' one almost got the eggs to the kitchen, before smashing them on the floor!
...when you get a turn at holding the littlest bub, and he decides to chew your hair!! Lil' Sabre Tooth Crew Jumper with his cuffs rolled up to suit him in his smallest ever months.
The big boys found a frog whilst unearthing river stones, and did what any boy, from any generation has ever done, and caught it with glee to show everyone...
...everyone, including the photographer who had to down his tools to see the mini beast!
Q: "Why did the chicken cross the road?" A: "To get under the house to get away from the kids!"
Never have these chooks seen so much action in their serene backyard! The kids were hysterical about the 'chicken scratch' game, likening their movements to the chicken macarena!
We tried to get group couch shot but the frenetic energy and risk of squashing 'Skeletor' the chook was a tad distracting! NB: The chicken was not harmed in the making of this story, but a playdough masterpiece met an untimely ending and gems were chucked... proof that things do get outta control sometimes :)
Thanks for coming Behind The Scenes to see more of our shoot, we hope you enjoy seeing our 'out-takes' and what it takes to get the shots.