15 June 2013

24 of 52. portraits. of my merry men.


in the low light of daybreak, they slept on, 
safe in his deep tenor voice, a heavy blanket woven 
from scratchy bearded kisses and deep arm swings up into the air, 
a beloved knowledge that he would catch them before they fell. 

and in the soft quiet, morning, they slept on. 
leaving behind dark days and unloved dreams
sleeping while their father took watch through the deepest of night, 
reading until dawn, pouring out words, and outlined songs of sweet humming comfort. 

holding them in the safety of his hands, 
and joining in their dreams of revelry and running. 

for fathers know of these things remembered and wanted,  
            all things wild and unfettered,
for they once were little boys too. 

A photo of their father reading them to sleep, asleep himself. 
Photos of the boys, the last morning of school before summer holiday. 
happy father's day to my number one. xxoo
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blog love this week: Sweet Belinda's beautiful photos of her children visiting their great-grandmother; sweet little gnomes over at to gather and love; Christie's sweet photos of her son; again, such preciousness when old mets new at Little Sleep; these two sweet images at bluebirds of happiness; sweet pea slyvie's capture of her little man pushing at the most glorious red door; these sweet captures at Jane Mabel; and these two sweet b+w captures at hello sisilia

how are you this week? what lovely captures have you found in this 52 project? Joining in with Jodi and many others in the 52 portrait series. xxoo

52 comments:

  1. oh these are just lovely, and your words are so evocative. I love the focus in the 3rd shot - his face is dreamily blurry.x

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    1. thanks so much Helen! I so appreciate your sweet words. xo

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  2. I'm holding my hands up - I nearly cried reading this. It's just so beautiful, the writing and the images. Words just seem to 'ordinary' sometimes to describe how good something makes you feel. This is one of those times so I'm sum it up in a sound...

    ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh x

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    1. Oh gosh, a million thanks to you. thanks so so much!
      you gave me much needed food for the spirit this morning. xo

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  3. Lovely lovely photo at the top. All is well here. A little illness, just enough to keep us at home together. Hope you are having a good weekend.

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    1. Thanks so CJ.
      Hopefully you all are hanging in there and everyone is better this week. xo

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  4. gorgeous! poetry once more in words and pictures x

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  5. So beautiful, Rebecca. I love this space you have created here. xo

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  6. So many boys asleep... what a nice and peaceful view! :-)

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  7. THe first image... love it. Asleep with book still in hand, perfect capture.

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  8. Beautiful post and photos - capturing boys sleeping is so special.
    Chey xo

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    1. thank you so Chey. It felt poignant on their last day of school. xo

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  9. Your words move and your photos are simply divine. Such beauty captured. Thank you for your beautiful comment in Parker's photo and including me. Such a honour. So lovely we have found each other through this project. Xx

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    1. Thanks so so Belinda. Your words mean ever so much. xo

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  10. So beautifully written and captured <3

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  11. Oh Rebecca you are so talented, these portraits of your boys are so stunning, love the calmness of these shots and your words are just so lovely! You captured the moment so perfectly! xo

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  12. Oh Rebecca - I love popping over to your blog! The words, the pictures - simply beautiful. I don't get a chance to capture my boys asleep in their beds in the morning as they are always up before me. I wonder if that will change when they become teenagers? xx

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    1. Thanks ever so much for your sweet words Caroline. I have always been an early riser....but up until lately my teen was too. xo

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  13. Lovely photo of your little men sleeping.

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous photos ... now I know who your boys take after ... they're 4 peas in a pod :0)
    xx

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    1. Isn't funny? those boys (all 4 of them) -so alike! xo

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  15. Such beautiful images and so nice to see the Mr. Your words have really stayed with me lately, long after I've left your space. Mel x

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  16. The images are gorgeous. Beautiful words to match. What a wonderful post!

    rachel xo

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  17. lovely words and beautiful pictures. i love the duvet landscapes. meanwhile here a DISASTER has occurred! o-o has realised he can get out of bed by himself in the morning, the days of him lying in until almost nine are over. boo. x x x x

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    1. Uh-oh! o-o crawling out of bed in the morning! So many new adventures to be had!
      xo

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  18. perfect words and beautiful captures of them, rebecca!

    lu xo

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  19. I love how rough and rowdy boys become sleeping angels in an instant!... the scene of a fast asleep husband during an activity is a common one in my household too :) Love the black + whites!

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    1. thanks Catherine. Somedays, I feel like they are only still when they are asleep.
      xo

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  20. Boys can be so funny when they sleep. Mine would be mortified if they knew I snuck in on them. They just look so peaceful.

    Nina x

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    1. thanks so Nina. Luckily the boys are still okay with some photos. But not all the time. xo

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  21. Oh I love this series, so tender, all of them. Funnily enough I was capturing Leila asleep last night, but for a different reason. I will try and join again this week, but life has been doing it's thing the last few weeks so I have been distracted.

    Thank you, too, for your lovely note to me. Some people are easy to be nice to, you come across as one of those people. I respond to a certain feel in peoples words and yours are tenderhearted, but fierce and I respond to that. You're someone I'd like to share a cup of tea with, perhaps in one of those mountain settings that you've been sharing on instagram x

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    1. Oh thank you Victoria! Your words warm my heart.
      xo

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  22. I love the sense of safety you captured in these moments. It's good to have a dad that's brave and strong.

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    1. Thanks so Emily. I have a feeling you could have captured it better. xo

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  23. beautiful pics, my dear. one day we'll have to get your two boys and my two girls together. ; )
    XO

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    1. yes! a date to someday. somewhere along the PCH. xo

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