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 […]
This week has three, maybe four, new favourites in it. Can you guess which ones they are? Getting close to the halfway mark! Is anyone else photographing, or aiming to photograph, each day? How are you going? Drop me a comment as I would love to have a look at your work. 155- Evie loves to ‘do twists’ on the swings. She was going pretty fast this time! 156 – Playing in a puddle at Granne’s house. I would love to know what she was thinking as she looked in there. 157 – Oh no! Evie got stuck under Papa;s legs! Lucky Olive was there to rescue her 😉 158 – One solitary red leaf on a tree of green leaves. 159 – Carrying Evie from my bed to hers after she has ‘warmed it up’ before I turn in for the night. 160 – Olive likes to kiss and cuddle Evie goodnight. I mostly feel it is a stalling tactic but I still love it. I brought the camera with me on this particular night and for some reason they didn’t kiss or cuddle, they opened their mouths wide and breathed on each other… 161 – The afternoon […]
Week Twenty Two starts with a quiet afternoon tea in a friend’s yard. The rest of the week features plenty of pyjamas! Get comfortable and have a glance at the week that was. 148 – Homemade lemonade and a cake made using pumpkin soup were the delicious offerings at this backyard morning tea. I loved how the early sun perfectly shone on the gorgeous set up. 149 – The view towards Sydney from the balcony of the RAAF Base in Glenbrook. Stunning sight. 150 – Evie was headed off to a Princess Party. She was ready about an hour before we had to go (NEVER happens!) and asked for a photo. (Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S5) 151 – Homegrown ginger – my second and final harvest as the cooler weather is now settling in. I am looking forward to warmer weather so I can plant it again and see how it grows. I was quite late to planting some this year and was still able to get two decent chunks. (Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy S5) 152 – This little bookworm had perched herself up here to read a book while I was finishing my breakfast. 153 – Olive insisted […]
It has been one month since our last check up. I left the Children’s Hospital with a skip in my step. Olive’s braced hours are reduced to 12 hours, or her night time sleep! It took nearly two weeks for Olive to adjust to brace free daytime sleeps. She was not able to self soothe if she woke up after a short sleep, took a bit longer to get to sleep and often needed to be put back down at the bottom of the cot. There is a still some dysplasia in one hip but the other is exactly where it should be for her age! Our next appointment is not for another two months. Fingers crossed the remaining dysplasia is corrected and we get the all clear! The photos below are from one morning not long after the brace free days commenced.