My week In Photographs

What a gorgeous last few days of Winter in Sydney this week has been right? 26 Degrees on Saturday, crazy!

It’s been another busy week, mostly groundhog day revolving around the kid’s sleep, food, entertainment and trying to get some work in between.

And so the story goes. Before I know it it’s another Monday again. I hate Mondays. Not because I have to got to work, but because I feel like I should make some kind of plans for the week. A to do list so that I can be more productive. Oh the pressure. Luckily it’s usually over in a blink of an eye and by Tuesday, well, it’s too late to make plans so I can just give in to the daily routine. Yeay for watching the Gruffalo again!

Here’s what my week looked like. It was an unusually full week, we hardly ever manage to fit so much in!

starring maya first burger


Started off with this little munchkin tasting her first burger and loving it. And that little screwed up face is her latest camera smile style.

starringmaya succulent babiesMy succulent babies seem to be doing well… cant wait to replant them in cute little pots…or maybe I’ll make a succulent garden…  if Maya doesnt destroy them before.

starringmaya dolls house

This is my very special project at the moment. Maya and I found a doll’s house in an ugly but very solid brown wood at a garage sale. I’ve given it a couple of coats with gloss white rustoleum spray paint and I love how it’s turned out. Now on to decorating and furniture making.

starring maya beach

We went to Manly Sea life Sanctuary to see Maya’s beloved Penguins followed by fun at the beach.

Jewellery starring maya

Got a lot of photographing of jewellery done for Instagram … Love doing this. The wizards at the Peter Lang studio have always been so generous letting me borrow whatever I like to photograph. This necklace found its way into my jewellery draw. Oops.

starring maya portrait


And lastly my favourite part of the week was a wonderful portrait session photographed by Claude. I wanted a beautiful portrait of Maya and I for the blog and for my photo wall at home. This is just a sneak untouched peek but I absolutely LOVE it. Cant wait to show you more once it’s finished.

That’s it for now, tune in for hopefully more exciting things next time. Have a wonderful week! xxx


PS. I would love you to come and join my Facebook family for a bit more of Starring Maya fun. Or if you're more of an Instagram person then right this way 🙂 See you around! xxx Shereen

Portraits of the Bump

I was 37, I was pregnant, I was gloriously fat and I never felt more beautiful in my life.

Everyone knows pregnancy is not an easy ride, although I have heard of some magical humans who sail through without so much as a headache.

I on the other suffered from disgusting morning sickness that lasted 10 weeks  24 hours a day and Pubis symphysis (aka bitch from hell). A lovely sciatica like crippling pain which started as soon as morning sickness finished and lasted until Maya was about 3 months old.  But so what?

I felt like a goddess (most days) put on earth to create my human, and I would do it a hundred times over if I could get more just like her.

My husband and I really wanted to document the belly so every month we set up the camera, he shoved some kind of food prop in my face and we had a ball.

Except for the last weeks of pregnancy.

Then it was an effort to put on makeup and do my hair. When the baby is pushing down on your punani and your husband takes forever lighting and setting up, you kinda go a little bat shit crazy.

Here’s one that I hate but Claude loves so I’m putting it on here. It’s a bit in your face right? Especially my pregnant chins.

starringmaya pregnancy portrait
Photograph by Claudio Raschella


But this is my pride and joy, it hangs in the hallway outside maya’s room and she loves looking at it. She asks for cake every time she sees it but that’s ok.

starringmaya portraits of the belly bump
Photography by Claudio Raschella

Did you enjoy your pregnancy or was it just me? Tell me in the comments below 🙂

starringmaya baby quote

PS. I would love you to come and join my Facebook family for a bit more of Starring Maya fun. Or if you're more of an Instagram person then right this way 🙂 See you around! xxx Shereen