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The Shield Maiden

She is the shield maiden
A lady fierce
Wild as the great southern wind
With a strength that has been built from her bones.
She is the warrior
The fighter.
Her power is echoed with each breath
And a beat that drums just for her.
Her skin is woven of hope
Strengthened in her fiery song.
Yes, she may be a maiden
But she carries with her the flag of all the battles lost
Of the ones who came before.
May we celebrate her victory
For she is the rainbow.
The sweetest skjoldmø.

Colour and black and white photos of Newborn Baby Sleeping // Newborn Photography in Melbourne by Kristen Cook // www.kristencook.com.au

Colour and black and white photos of Newborn Baby Sleeping // Newborn Photography in Melbourne by Kristen Cook // www.kristencook.com.au

Black and white photos of Newborn Baby with Mum and Dad // Newborn Photography in Melbourne by Kristen Cook // www.kristencook.com.au

 

 

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 31

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 31 // www.kristencook.com.au

Last year, we ended this way.
With this same photo.
That photo now sits proudly framed in my room
And every day it sits as a reminder
Of you.
Of this project.
Of its importance
And it’s growth.
It therefore seems fitting that as we move forward
That this be the way we end each time
A frame by frame
Year by year reminder
Of you.
Then again – that is what this whole project is for
The very reason I do this each January.
The reason why I will continue each January
In celebration
Of you.

For memories //
2016

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 30

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 30 // www.kristencook.com.au

You find the light
Even in the darkness.

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 29

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 29 // www.kristencook.com.au

Nine years of this project.
Nine years of your hair.
Every year this memory gets harder.
Achingly so.
This used to be a way of me holding on the the past.
The curls that used to bring you back to
You
My first.
Of who you were.
But now I feel this is evolving into something more
Of who are are.
And who you are becoming.

For memories //
Year One.
Year Two.
Year Three.
Year Four.
Year Five.
Year Six.
Year Seven.
Year Eight.

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 28

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 28 // www.kristencook.com.au

The “no photos this early mummy” photo.
Nailed it.

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 27

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 27 // www.kristencook.com.au

Try as she might
To keep you in place
You break free.
As always.

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 26

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 26 // www.kristencook.com.au

‘Straya Day.
Because it’s about celebrating diversity, right?
Even in these two.
#changethedate

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 25

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 25 // www.kristencook.com.au

From the quiet
And depths in shadow
You roar.

 

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 24

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 24 // www.kristencook.com.au

“I like my hair in this one”
You said to me as I was showing you the photos I took today.
Ok Bucket, ok.
That’s reason enough for me.

 

Photo-a-Day 2017 :: Day 23

{Photo-a-Day Project: A personal project that I undertake every January for an entire month taking one photo a day of my children. This is the 9th year of this project.}

Kristen Cook Photo-a-Day January Project 2017 :: Day 23 // www.kristencook.com.au

There is never just one right way.
In life.
In art.
In slip and slide battles.