“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”
-From the Parent’s Tao Te Ching by William Martin
Where do I even begin with this wonder of a family. From the moment I stepped into their incredible Alistair Knox home (yes, I am a complete Architecture fangirl and this house did not disappoint!), I was enveloped in the warm, loving, cosy vibe that permeated from the walls.
The morning was spent jumping on furniture, painting leaves, eating homemade delights and drinking sweet tea. Cuddles in bed, reading the most delightful book and collecting wild flowers in the back yard. And the best part for me? I hardly directed any of it.
Kate and Haslett, the two incredibly talented artists behind Coco Flip, just wanted a normal morning at home with their girls, Mariko and Juniper, captured. For me, this was a dream. As a family they moved together so easily. Loved on each other so fully. Played and laughed so freely. It was nothing short of magic.
I am so lucky to meet and tell the stories of such wonderful people!