Natural Family Portraits | Perfectly Imperfect
Rusty, Sarah, Raymond & Luca’s Story
Picture perfect on the outside, joyful mess on the inside, this describes not only the Treloar family home but also the human beings that occupy it. Here it’s ok to make mistakes, accept and forgive. The focus is on what is truly important to them as both individuals and a united circle of strength and love. Every crisis they face together makes their circle stronger.
These walls bear witness to many years before this little country homestead became their home, now it fills with the squeals of delight at tickle time. ‘Families cuggle!’ Raymond yells as he ushers them to get closer for a family cuddle.
Sticky handprints leave their mark on windows and adorn the fridge as artworks. Here they are admired as they know in only a few short years they will be missed as they grow. Sarah and Rusty happily dodge the trucks, planes, race cars and minions or ‘da das’ as Luca calls them. At their feet life is happening as these two young boys learn about their world through play.
The world waits to be explored as it hangs on the wall of Raymond’s room, reminding them all that they are a part of something so much bigger. Together they continue to find their own path even if they get lost sometimes along the way.
Afternoon sunshine all year round is enjoyed at the park feeding the ducks or playing in the backyard. Rainy cloudy days are best inside making car races or cooking together. Even the washing up is a team effort.
Brotherly love is complex, from a punch one minute to Luca’s ‘uv-oo’ the next it can be hard to keep up. Raymond already knows the healing power of putting an arm around his brother and simply saying ‘it’s ok mate, your big brother’s here’. It makes it hurt that little bit less.
The sun sets on another day, again it’s time for bedtime books and chats. Luca stays quiet being soothed by his beloved ‘ni-ni’ (dummy) meanwhile Raymond takes in all he can soak up from the pages before him.
Rusty and Sarah’s different timezones around working hours can make it hard to find time to connect but they know how important it is to find the time. Focus shifts from the little people in their lives to each other. For a few hours there are no papers to mark, cakes to make, horses to train or race meets. It’s just them, chatting about their days, creating dreams and planning their future.
They appreciate the simple things. For him it’s her smile, beautiful curves and the way she laughs uncontrollably at autocorrect jokes. For her it’s the way his whole face lights up when he is happy, from his dimple to the cheeky childlike look in his eyes, she also thinks he happens to have a great backside in jeans.
It hasn’t always been easy but what they now know with complete confidence is this; Together they fit. Together they have fun. Together they can be quiet.