Ladedah Kids

La De Dah Kids is a gorgeous emerging kids brand based in Australia. Spurred on by their own need to source good looking but affordable kids soft furnishings, toys and accessories, they set about designing their own. With a strong focus on slowly growing their offering of handmade items – they currently stock the best beanie collection I have ever seen (grown ups need them too please!) knitted toys, crocheted homewares including some great rugs, throws and some awesome knit bean bags!
These pics feature much of their new product for their Winter collection but I’d urge you to check out their website for the whole range.

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FOCUS: How to take great shots of your kids – by Peta Mazey

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photographer Peta Mazey

Wellington based Peta Mazey is what I would refer to as a “child whisperer”. I’ve followed her beautiful photography work for years and have spent many a procrastinating hour scrolling through her creative, fun shots of kids. She has this knack (skill!) at capturing children in natural, candid moments which just scream their little personalities.

So when thinking about who I might haul on board to present the very first of my planned weekly, FOCUS posts – I thought some tips for taking pics of your own kids might be handy and no one knows how to do this better than Peta!

First things first – Peta believes the best camera is the one you have on you … she happily and readily uses her camera phone for many of her photos! So relax! This is not a post to sell you a DSLR!


The floor is where it’s at in kidworld. Get on their level and your photos will be awesome. You might get mucky but it will be worth it. My only exception to this rule is when you want to show their tiny-ness, in which case birds-eye-view rules. Stand right up over them and use a wide angle, just be sure to exercise caution.

photographer Peta Mazey
photographer Peta Mazey


Every time a horizon line is wonky a fairy loses her wings. Or something. Once you start being vigilant about straight horizons it will become second nature. If you’re at an angle to a scene that doesn’t have a horizon line, then make sure your vertical lines are nice and straight

photographer Peta Mazey
photographer Peta Mazey


It’s so tempting to attempt to recreate an amazing photo or set up you have seen somewhere, but usually kids have a different idea about that. Down the line those aren’t the photos that will make you the happiest anyway. The photos that make me smile are the ones where everything was real – Sally was wearing mismatching socks and Billy was covered in dirt, but their smiles were real because they really were having fun!

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It’s easy to think ‘good light’ means ‘lots of light’ but actually, full sun is the worst kind of light to shoot in, it’s really harsh and casts lots of weird shadows on the face. If you want to learn about what light is cool do some googling on ‘open shade’, backlighting and ‘the golden hour’. Also, turn off your flash when you can, keep those hands steady though!

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When you want a nice portrait of your little cutie make sure to stay in the moment. The camera is only up to my eye about 10% of the time when I am photographing – maintain eye contact with your wee one and be fun, laugh and joke and talk and tickle, then duck behind the camera to get the shot when they are being cute. Peekaboo often works a treat with the baby set. If you have snuck up on a cute moment then by all means stealthily hide behind your camera, like a ninja.

photographer Peta Mazey
photographer Peta Mazey


Sometimes you just don’t feel like having your picture taken right? If your kid is getting fed up with having the camera in their face just say “that’s cool” and put it down for a bit. You’ll have plenty of other chances to get great photos of them!

photographer Peta Mazey
photographer Peta Mazey


Kids love tangible evidence of all that snapping you do. It’s so easy just to leave your photos sitting in folders on the computer, but next time you are at a department store picking up socks and lightbulbs print out some cheap 4×6’s while you’re at it. I printed a bunch of my faves to cover my 1980s monstrosity of a fridge. What I didn’t expect was the kids in my life to be so proud of their place/s on it. I noticed the ones that had grown a bit camera-fatigued became way more into having their photo taken after seeing that.

photographer Peta Mazey

Peta Mazey photography


Feliz - bed linen and homewares

Feliz is a relatively new but totally thriving bed linen and homewares brand bought to you by a pair of  friends/mums/designers; Mel and Jane. All their products are made from 100% certified organic cotton and if they haven’t been screen printing it themselves in Melbourne, then it has been the team behind Bagru Textiles.
As you can see from the examples here and on their site – their collection is pretty covetable and I’m excited to see what is to come from Feliz next!

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Feliz - bed linen and homewaresFeliz

ARMADILLO & CO. – Junior Collection

Armadillo & Co. - Juniors Collection

Australian based rug brand; Armadillo & Co. have gained a huge following for; amongst other designs,  their terrific dandelion rugs and stripey runners – and now they have come to the rescue of the kids spaces!
The Junior Collection offers doses of colour without being “kids only” in design and I think these rugs could last the distance of littlie to teenrager!
Kiwi based readers – you can check out exclusive stockists; The Ivy House both online and at their Auckland showroom.

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