Sometimes the smallest things take the most room in your heart. – A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh Kenzie, what a beautiful little girl you are. It is clear that you have taken up residence in a very large portion of Mum and Dad’s hearts. So much of new parenthood involves repetition; activities like pacing up and down the kitchen or hall or main room to lull a baby to sleep, rocking back and forth in a rocking or gliding chair while feeding and chatting. The beauty of a documentary newborn session is that those early days are captured as they were. When you have a newborn, often those days and weeks are lost to the fog of sleeplessness night and gazing in wonder at your creation. As these sessions are in-home, you don’t need to go anywhere or even worry about if/when they will be asleep. You will have a way to remember their nursery, the place you brought them home from the hospital to which may change due to moving or renovations as they grow up and a beautiful record of their very early life with you when you were discovering each other […]
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 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 […]
Introducing Luca. This newborn shoot was booked in quite a hurry as Luca is already 4 weeks old (oh how time flies when you are on the rollercoaster of New Parents!) when his mother got in touch for photos. While we weren’t able to get some of the ‘typical’ newborn photos on the day, it was still such a lovely photo session. The final images were very well received by his parents which is what drives my passion for photography.
Ah, newborns. Master F was a tiny little one. This photo session was his first time out and about since getting home from the hospital and he handled it all so well! Newborn feet will always be my favourite part to photograph. He was so alert at times, soaking in the sights. Other times he slept so soundly.