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Birthday Boy….Harry Turns 5! {Gold Coast Children’s Photographer}

My eldest and only boy turned the big half decade yesterday. I had mixed emotions about it really. Firstly, I can’t believe I have a 5 year old. Thats just weird. Secondly, it means that he’s that little bit closer to school, which I am dreading! He is SO ready, but I am hanging on to the last half of this year where we get to hang out every day for dear life. I never want it to end. I also hate making lunches everyday, but thats a story for another day.

On the flip side, I love that he’s getting to an age where we can spend time together doing stuff that I enjoy as well. We can have conversations about life and the things he likes and doesn’t like, how everyday he’s growing up and turning into a little person that I really, truly enjoy spending time with. I mean, all mums like their kids, but I seriously could happily spend all day with him, just hanging out. He is a really even tempered kid, which makes him very easy to get along with. He’s quiet and gentle, with out being sooky, he has really strong opinions about things, wants to know anything about everything, loves reading and movies, shakes mens hands when he meets them, smiles all the time, has an absolutely fantastic sense of humour, is very mischievous and is fiercely loyal. So, even though I’m sad to see my baby slowly disappearing, I’m also really looking forward to watching him grow. In my whole life, I’ve never, ever been so proud of anything as much as I am of bringing him into the world. He makes my heart happy, and inspires me to be a better person.

I was inspired by another photographer, Molly Flanagan, who documented her sons birthday from start to finish. After all, its not every day you turn “a whole hand” as Harry says. So I decided to do the same. I started before he woke up, and just followed him around. I felt like a bit of a stalker to be honest, but I’m really happy I stuck with it. We now have something to look back on in years to come, and I plan on doing the same for the girls.

It was just an normal, every day Tuesday…. Kindy, Karate and special dinner. And he loved every minute of it.


Early in the morning…

He wouldn’t open his presents without the girls, but after waiting a whole hour, he decided he had to wake them up…


Then it was off to Kindy! When we got there, all his little friends were waiting at the gate to wish him Happy Birthday. It was Awesome!


Then it was off to Karate. On the kids birthdays, they are allowed to wear a Black Belt and stand up the front to do their lesson. He’s been excited for months. For anyone living on the Gold Coast and have little kids, boys or girls, check out Combined Martial Arts. We make the drive twice a week because its amazing and Harry gets SO much out of it. They start from 3 years old, and its my favourite part of the week.


Home for a special family dinner,(sausage sangas on the Barbie, of course…Harrys choice) and of course more presents!



I’m not sure who Darcy’s ringing in the nude, but I’m sure its extremely important…..


Happy Birthday Harry!!
Happy 5th Birthday to my little mate, Harrison Flynn. The worlds a better place because your’e in it….xoxoxo
  • Katie K - Best blog post ever. Seriously, this just made my heart sing El. You are fab. A wonderful mum and an awesome photographer. xxxReplyCancel

  • alyda - so super sweet! love this session :)ReplyCancel

  • Narrelle - *sigh*
    This is just the sweetest, loveliest post ever. Love the beautiful love you have for your gorgeous little guy.
    Happy (belated) birthday to Harry, and thank him for sharing it with us. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Mortensen - Hi El, I’m one of Ben’s cousins you’ve never met – Lynda. I’m Karen and Steve’s sister, originally from Canberra but now in Melbourne. I just have to tell you how much I enjoyed sharing your little man’s birthday with you all, it brought tears to my eyes. Your kids are so lucky to have such a creative mum to capture these precious memories!
    Our little man Alex was also 5 in June, wouldn’t it be great to get them together one day.
    Also great to see photos of Kellie and Di!
    PS Happy birthday Harry!ReplyCancel

  • Mia - Oh El, this is so touching. Thankyou for sharing…(she says as the tears roll down her face – seriously).ReplyCancel

  • emily - wowee. what a day… so incredibly beautifully captured El! That little man is so utterly gorgeous and i’ve never seen a happier 5 year old in my life! he’s a lucky one :)ReplyCancel

  • emily - p.s. loving the new site too. a big fat well done to ya!ReplyCancel

  • rowe - oh el… what a beautiful post… such a sweet thing to do and the images are so precious! i also wanted to say i love your new site and especially your branding… AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Eva - Oh El, this post had me in tears…what a lucky little boy to have YOU as his Mama and capturing such beautiful moments on his WHOLE birthday….every image is an absolute treasure, and you’ve totally inspired me to try this for my son’s 5th birthday in Rocktober!! I think the third last shot is my fave…the birds…the sweet, sleeping babe….the peace…ReplyCancel

  • Ally - El that was the most awesome capture of his special day. I love it xxxxReplyCancel

  • Ally - El that was the most awesome capture of his special day. I love it xxxxReplyCancel

  • Beck, Sean, James & Nicholas {Gold Coast Family Photographer} » El Hogan Photography - […] goodies. Its Lily’s birthday next week, so I’ll stalk her for the day like I did for Harrys birthday, so if you liked that, keep your eye on the blog. I’m also doing another Photo a Day […]ReplyCancel

  • Lily Bear turns 4 {Gold Coat children’s Photographer} » El Hogan Photography - […] in the year, when Harry turned 5, I documented his whole birthday from start to finish. I mean, its not every day you turn 5, right? […]ReplyCancel

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