We are proud to share a segment of the beautiful photo story by roaming New Zealand photographer; Jamie Bowering. Last year Jamie visited Russia with his wife Yulia to volunteer and subsequently capture the CCP summer camp for children with special educational needs and their families.
Jamie has an exceptional ability to capture every day activity and make it magical – we have covered more of his work here on Studio Home.
Below Jamie introduces the Center for Curative Pedagogics (CCP) and his experience.
“The Centre for Curative Pedagogics (based in Moscow, founded 1989) aims to implement the right of access to education, rehabilitation, and a worthy life for those special needs. Since the CCP’s establishment they have worked and positively effected the lives of over 9000 children and their families. All the Center’s activities are aimed to help every special needs child find their way in their life — from diagnosing and early intervention to getting a profession and integration into society.
The CCP organises summer camps for children with special educational needs and their families as well as staff and volunteers and their families at Lake Valdai, located in the center of Valdaysky District of Novgorod Oblast, 400km NW of Moscow. My wife Yulia had been volunteering at the center for a number of years and I joined her during a summer spent in Moscow. Everyone lives in tents and use a large building block that includes kitchens, classrooms and a bathroom, hosting groups of children and their families for 10 day periods over the summer months.
Life in the camp looks like any typical camping holiday and includes tramping, sports activities, swimming, art and crafts, music, theatre, guitar playing and singing around a campfire in the evenings – general relaxing which is a much needed respite from the hectic Moscow city life. Volunteers and staff build up reciprocal therapeutic relationships for successful rehabilitation in an environment of lakes, rivers, pine forests filled with birds, wild berries and mushrooms, a very classic Russian setting. The atmosphere of love and acceptance was my main experience during that time. I managed to build several friendships despite my poor use of the Russian language.
What the organisation does for children with special educational needs and their families is hugely important as the children are more likely to be ostracised or institutionalised in Russia.”
Photography by Jamie Bowering
Well weeeee are a little lucky to get to share these beautiful shots with you!
Super talented Australian photographer Hayley Sparks shot this lovely, dreamy editorial with stylist Tessa Kavanagh which appears in full in the current La Petite magazine. Here are some never seen before outtakes that didn’t quite make those pages but I think you’ll agree they are outstanding and many quite captivating!
Lots of links for you to follow if you so choose. Enjoy this breath of summer courtesy of Hayley and her team x
THE CLEVER TEAM IS:
Outtakes from full editorial as seen in Issue 15 of Le Petite Magazine
From left: Top Cable Melbourne, Leggings Her and I, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Headdress Peggy, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Shorts Four in the Bed, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Dress Tanner and Teague, Shoes Walnut Melbourne
This is something pretty exciting for me to share with you all!
Brilliant children’s stylist; Michelle Offerman gathered together a talented Melbourne based team and created this BEAUTIFUL shoot just for us!! The photography by Carmen Rose captures Michelle’s textural and soft aesthetic so well and I think these three little souls are as dreamy and magical as they look. Michelle sourced everything from some beautiful down under suppliers so be sure to explore the links.
Dress Four in the Bed, Top Mavis and Osborn, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Top Tanner and Teague, Pants Tanner and Teague, Shoes Walnut Melbourne
Top Tanner and Teague, Pants Tanner and Teague
Top Cable Melbourne, Leggings Her and I, Dress Tanner and Teague, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Shorts Four in the Bed
Dress Tanner and Teague Blanket Cable Melbourne, Top Cable Melbourne, Leggings Her and I, Blanket Cable Melbourne, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Shorts Four in the Bed, Scarf Cable Melbourne
Headdresses Peggy, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Vest Mavis and Osborn, Skirt Rock Your Baby, Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Dress Tutu Du Monde, Jumper Cable Melbourne, Stockings and Shoes Walnut Melbourne
Top and Blanket Cable Melbourne
Dress Tutu du Monde, Jumper Cable Melbourne, Stockings and Shoes Walnut Melbourne, Headdress Peggy, Jumper Mavis and Osborn, Vest Mavis and Osborn, Skirt Rock Your Baby, Shoes Walnut Melbourne
Photography: Carmen Rose
Hair & Make up: Sheran Azmi
Stylist: Michelle Offerman
Models: Jeyda, Chanel and Bridget
Location: Aghadoe Estate
Thank you to: Cable Melbourne, Four in the Bed, Peggy, Her and I, Tanner and Teague, Mavis and Osborn, Walnut Melbourne and special thanks to Di from Aghadoe Estate for hosting us.
Introducing Gigi. She is one of my mini soulmates and last year I spent 3 days a week kicking around with her, hitting up the zoo, making up enormous stories, crazy dancing in the hallway, eyeing up our favourite boats in the viaduct and riding the bus like pro’s.
Inspired by Peta Mazey’s awesome and easy to read “How to take great shots of your Kids“, I headed over to Gigi’s and we spent an afternoon playing dress ups and being awesome.
I’d love your feedback! Is this a type of post you might like to see more of? Kids from down under in their home/neighbourhood environments just being their attitude packed little selves?
Scroll down to check out Gigi’s fun and learn a little more about her.
That’s us – rock’n’roll!
All photography by Julia Atkinson for Junior’s
MY NAME IS: Gigi August Fromont
I LIVE IN: Grey Lynn, Auckland
MY MUM AND DAD ARE: Claire Hammon and Greg Fromont of Meadowlark. Claire also has a terrific kids blog called Mama Likes This!
I AM: 3 years old
MY FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO ARE: Swimming, dancing, singing, painting, baking & playing.
MY FAVOURITE OUTFIT AT THE MOMENT IS: Just as many things as I can get out of my drawers, worn all at the same time. My moto is clash clash clash, but I’m not that interested in clothes.
MY FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT IS: The Zoo and granny’s house!
I LOVE IT WHEN MUM AND DAD: Buy me feijoa nice blocks! And when they let me sleep in their bed (with my head, head butting my dad and my feet kicking mums ribs!!)
Thanks wee G. xoxoxoxo