I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair

I was born too late to a world that doesn’t care
Oh I wish I was a punk rocker with flowers in my hair…

flowers in my hair


I remember that song from when I was a kid and as I was editing these photos of Liana I thought of it 🙂 You can listen here if you like:

I wish I was a punk rocker – Sandi Thom


These images were taken in January 2016. Just over 2 years ago!!! Looking back on them now, reminds me exactly why I love photographing my daughter… Because kids change SO, so much! When you are in the moment and seeing them day after day it is often hard to see how much they change and grow, but looking back – what a spin out!

– If anyone had told me back then that we would cut all that hair off and donate it to cancer patients and more than half Liana’s head would be a #2 buzz cut – I would have laughed in your face.

– In early 2016 at the start of Grade 6 we had no idea that she would get accepted into her dream High School (2 years ago we would not have had any idea how amazing this school would end up being for her or even considered it would be her dream school).

– If she had of known back then that cartooning and animation was a subject at high school and drawing would become nightly homework – her head would have exploded with excitement.


Of course, with or without the hair, those beautiful eyes and that divine soul are the same. Her face has changed shape as she has grown (and grown into her teeth!) and her awareness of the world around her and her place in it is ever changing. I adore watching her experience life! I look at these photos and I can remember my 11 year old girl, about to start her final year of primary school. I can remember the day these photos were taken… Liana wearing my dress… Her trying to balance on the edge of my bedhead as the light was just perfect in my room that afternoon, and me trying to stand on the other end of the bed on my tippy toes to get the shots… At some point each of us falling off the bed… The silly things that must have been said to get those scrunched-up-nose laughing shots.  Those ones are my favourite 🙂

We took a lot more photos during that month in January 2016 as part of our annual photo a day projects that we do each summer holidays, so be sure to check them all out here!

January 2016 photo a day


Flowers in my hair…

These gorgeous flower crowns were made for Liana by Cheryl at Rosehip Flowers. So pretty and we had so much fun shooting with them!


i wish i was a punk rocker with flowers in my hairflower crown


The second crown worked equally great around her tied up hair, and as a necklace / brooch style arrangement…

flower crowns newcastle

floral design newcastle

newcastle floral design

If you are keen on a flower crown making workshop we may end up running some in the Newcastle area this year with us then please join the mailing list or comment below with your details… Will also be planning some mini flower crown photo shoots where you can have your own flower crown made, and then have a mini photo shoot with me to get some gorgeous images.  Maybe even a mother daughter shoot day… Oh the possibilities are endless!  If you have any suggestions let us know below and stay tuned for more details!!!

Model :: Liana Kathryn
Flowers :: Rosehip Flowers

Photography :: Renee Bell




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