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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Mummy Must Have | Lavish Occasions

Incase you hadn't already guessed, I'm a little obsessed with taking photos. It stems from the fact that we didn't have a camera for quite a few years growing up. There's a big gap in photos from those years and I feel like I miss out now not being able to look back on them. A camera always seemed like a luxury purchase when I was young, I love that we now have them built into smart phones. These days its more of a necessity and they're so accessible. I'm so grateful that all I have to do is whip out my phone and I can capture a beautiful memory with a simple click (providing my phone memory isn't already full - I must get better at deleting photos once I've transferred them). It's particularly useful for me having a baby who is growing and learning new things at rapid speed. I want to capture everything.

Funnily enough, even though I love taking photos, I don't particularly enjoy being in them. This all changed however once I got pregnant. That's when I discovered the fun and creativity of professional photo shoots. Another thing that wasn't really done when I was younger - or if it was, my family never did it. The only professional photo I have of my family together is one done through school when I was in grade one (and its less than flattering). These days professional photo shoots are so much more fun and candid. Now-days they use all sorts of cool props. One trend I'm really loving is using chalkboards in photos, and it doesn't have to be limited to professional photos, us amateur photographers can use them at home too.

Of course I had to get one. I love ours because it says "first we had each other, but then we had you now we have everything". The saying is particularly relevant to me as I had a long battle with infertility before being able to conceive my daughter. I spent years thinking I may never actually get to have a child of my own and we were ok with that, but still held out hope. Now that she's here we very much feel as though we have everything.





I've used the board for some fun photos with bub and plan on using it in some family shots when we have time to get some done. In the meantime its on display in her nursery. I'm also planning on doing a photo display board at her birthday party in July and am going to use the chalkboard as a prop on that table.






- Now we definitely have everything - 



- I love the way shes looking at me in this photo -


We got our board from the lovely and extremely talented Camille from Lavish Occasions. She did an awesome job and has the best handwriting. I have half decent writing, but there's no way I could ever write that good especially in chalk. Camille has only recently added chalkboards to her business and she can do them for all different occasions including pregnancy announcements, weddings and birthdays amongst others. You can see some of her work below - how cute are the birthday boards?! I'm totally getting a first birthday one for bubs birthday in July.



Lavish Occasions is based in Brisbane and Camille has helped many happy customers create memorable events. In addition to personalised chalkboards she can also create custom cakes, cupcakes, party designs and dessert tables to suit any occasion. Camille will work with you to tailor her products to suit your specific needs. Prices vary based on individual circumstances, but Camille is also happy to work within specific budgets to create the perfect occasion for you. Camille can be contacted via email or Facebook to organise quotes. I thoroughly recommend her work and her chalkboards.


Do you use any special props in photos?
Have you used a chalkboard before?


Toni xx

Linking up with Jess for #IBOT


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  1. That's really cool! And I have always been in love with photography, taking a wee break from properly doing it for a while but I suspect it won't be for long :)

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    1. Oh Deb I don't think I could ever take a break. I take photos nearly every day.

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  2. Awww that is an awesome idea!!

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    1. I know right. Can't believe I haven't done it earlier.

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  3. I love chalkboards! I actually have plans to make my own sometime as a feature in our home. I bought a regular one for our kitchen about a year ago and there's always some

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    1. ...thing funny scribbled on it. (Sorry about double comment, ipad going silly.)

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    2. I was thinking of making my own too but I'd have to wait a few years before I'd have enough spare time to do it lol.

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  4. These are awesome, my handwriting is atrocious!!!!! Love these photos, very cute.
    (Thanks for nice words about redesign, I didn't notice you had circle photo (not very observant I know) , but it's cool, I actually stole it from Dad Down Under, have you read him before, he's pretty cool )

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  5. What a gorgeous photo prop! I can go a little photo prop crazy sometimes, so much so that hubby has said next time we take some family photos - no props! I love all the different chalkboards we seem to be seeing around these days, so pretty Josefa from #teamIBOT

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    1. Josefa you and your sister are the prop queens! You've totally inspired me to put together a (way over the top) totally awesome first birthday party for her.

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  6. Those chalk boards are gorgeous! I love them too, for any kind of announcement I think they're fantastic! -Aroha

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    1. I wish I had one for when I was pregnant, could've done some awesome photos with one then.

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  7. Is the writing permanent? I'd be worried it was going to come off!
    It's a very cool idea. I have no idea what I would put on it though. :)

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  8. What a cool idea! I've not ever used a chalkboard as a prop, but you've planted an idea in my head now ;)

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  9. I love it very special. I love your banner pictures also thats new?? It looks great !

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    1. Yep I got some rare spare time one night when bub and T went to bed early so I played around on picmonkey :)

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  10. Truly beautiful handwriting! And what a great idea to make that special occasion even more special.

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    1. She has gorgeous handwriting! I wish mine was that good :)

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  11. Very meaningful, and beautiful sign. I did some cardboard props for a event for a friend, it was fun to paint;).

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    1. I love props they're so much fun, especially signs which have so much emotion attached to them.

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  12. A friend uses a chalkboard in her month photos of her little girl. They look so cute as she puts how old she is and what she has started doing that month. It's a great way to keep up with what bubs is up to and a keepsake for years to come.

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    1. Yes I've seen that in peoples instagram photos Tegan. I wish I was organised enough to have planned something like that before I had her.

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  13. Aren't they cool. I LOVE the shot where she is looking up at you.
    Great idea, love the concept and look forward to seeing the first bday photos too :)
    Thanks for linking in again this week for Sunday Brunch great to see you xx

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  14. The chalkboards are a great idea. I haven't used them in photos before. I too love the birthday board!
    Nic, visiting from Mums Take Five - Sunday Brunch

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