I have spent a considerable amount of time with this family over the last 18 months. I have photographed Samuel’s non-denominational christening, John’s 30th birthday cake smash, Samuel’s first birthday party and now his second birthday party. It is always a pleasure to spend time with these guys as Emily and John really appreciate the documentary style coverage that I offer and value photography in general. Have a great year, Samuel!
Stacy and Greg Stacy contacted me requesting a shorter coverage of three hours for a small wedding witnessed by only nearest and dearest. It was to be a cocktail reception at The Signals Room, a function area that is nestled under the acclaimed Burnt Orange Cafe in Mosman. Stacy told me that she and Greg had shed many of the usual traditions and trappings in favour of a low-key event to celebrate their love. The venue was perfect. Although recent extended rains meant the ceremony was unable to take place in the gardens as was originally planned, the alternative spot was also beautiful and gave peace of mind that guests and bridal party would remain dry if the weather turned. Congratulations guys! Venue – Signals Room, Burnt Orange Cafe Mosman Celebrant – Liam Chapman Celebrant Flowers – Stylish Scents Florist
I spent a morning with the Duck family and it was such a hoot! I knew when mum, Lisa, approached me with her idea that this would be an excellent session. Lisa said she was having a quick shower one school morning and took a moment to look around her, thought about the kind of mornings they have before school and decided THAT is what she wants me to photograph. My eyes grew large and my smile even larger as she described a typical weekday morning at her house. I arrived before the kids had woken up. After a quick (and quiet) tour of the house, I got started. The kids had been told that I was coming to take photos and that they didn’t need to look at the camera or smile, just do their normal thing. Everyone was excellent at just being their normal, though I am told that the eldest isn’t usually so well behaved 😉 After viewing the images, Lisa affirmed why I find this style of photography so important. Saying she thought it wouldn’t be for another 30 years that she would look back fondly on these mornings but through the images I created she […]
I feel as lost as Olive when she was stuck in the pumpkin plant. One of my biggest fears happened on Friday morning. I still feel pretty numb about it, and deeply sad. You see, with client images I back up in three locations. With my own? No back ups. HUGE MISTAKE! PRINT YOUR PHOTOS! I wish I had. I was working off a laptop until late July this year, when I upgraded to an awesome computer with an amazing screen. I have been meaning to copy the pictures from previous years over to my hard drive for a while now, in fact I had already copied 2014 and 2015 over. There is something pretty exciting in the near horizon which prompted me to get off my behind and finally do it. It seems that I didn’t copy+paste but that I cut+paste which is really where the problem is. See, when I plugged my hard drive back in to the computer there was an error dialogue box and then 2016 folder was gone. Just disappeared. Because I had cut+paste (which I NEVER do!), they were also no longer on my laptop. PRINT YOUR PHOTOS! I wish I had. I am […]
My parents are going away for a bit and refused to let me drive them to the airport (which is about a 2.5hr return trip) but let me drop them at the train station five minutes down the road. The girls and I decided to squeeze in some more time with them by staying on the train for a few stops and getting off in time for a morning snack. We haven’t had an outing for a while – especially not a train one! – so I brought the camera along. This is an example of how a documentary session unfolds photographically. We did our thing and the photographer (me!) documented what went on. Interested in bringing me along to a family day out? Contact me here – I can’t wait to start planning with you!
I love my job. There are amazing people who allow me in to their home at what is quite a vulnerable time, first-time parenthood. As cliched as it sounds, they open their hearts to me when they open that door. By the end of a documentary newborn session, I have likely witnessed some skin to skin contact with their baby, breastfeeding and all the exposure that goes with learning the art and skill of providing this natural nourishment, heard voices crack or grabbed a tissue for tears as birth stories or this all consuming love are relayed to me or supported them through some of the tougher aspects of life with a newborn. It is such a special time, those early weeks with your baby and I am truly so grateful to anyone who invites me in to this sacred space. To document these days that are hard to recall as your baby grows. Newborns are seriously awesome little creatures. Jupiter was the most adorably squeaky munchkin I have had the pleasure of photographing. In planning their session, Jupiter’s parents wanted me to document the following, some of which appear below: * Changing her nappy/clothes because she doesn’t like it so […]
I have been following this family with my camera for quite some time now. Full disclosure, Sarah is my sister but I am so grateful that she and her husband have embraced my photography and let me just do my thing during their sessions. I did a maternity session with them for their first child but my style and artistic vision has changed since then and they were very happy to accommodate this. They have followed my journey and always been accepting of my enthusiasm when I ask if I can photograph them at various times. A maternity session aims to document your life as it is before the arrival of your baby be it your first, second, third or fourth. We work together to determine what you would like captured and then on the day, I am a fly on the wall as that unfolds. In the gallery below you can see that I don’t exactly focus on the ‘baby bump’ in a lot of the shots but it is evident and a part of the story the images are telling. Sarah and Danusha wanted to have the preparation, such as washing the new clothes and preparing Big Brother, as […]
I have always wanted to be a philanthropist. While I definitely do not have the ability to make “a generous donation” the size that a philanthropist can, I am going to start giving more than a $25 donation to sponsor my cousin in his Multiple Sclerosis cycling event. If I sit around waiting to earn the big bucks, my small bucks that can make a difference won’t get out there either. So, as the saying goes, “There is no time like the present.” I know I want to donate my time and skills to Heartfelt, an organisation who provide photographic sessions to families who experience stillbirths, premature births or have children with serious or terminal illnesses. I am a bit of a huge softie* and so think I need to wait until my two are at school so I have time to process the experience and to the be truly available to the families. * I get all choked up and teary in Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast when they put Gruff to bed. ‘Nuff said. I was trying to think of other ways I can use my creative side to contribute to an organisation or cause I believe […]