Meet the Baldwin Family Earlier this year I got to spend 8 hours with the Baldwin family and it was a whole lot of fun! I arrived at their home in Newtown, Sydney as they were eating lunch and stayed past dinner. Our time together was spent doing their usual things like a midday bath to wash off all the sand and dirt from a morning park trip (and wash off some lunch too), Luella playing board games with Dad while her brother Nikolas had a nap, hitting the main Newtown streets for gelato and to run some errands with Mum, a family park visit and then dinner. You can view a video slideshow of their session here or keep scrolling for some highlights of our day together. Ordinary days are spectacular, aren’t they! So much happens in a day and you don’t quiet realise until it is played back like this. What are some daily happenings that you would like recorded? Call me and we can have a chat!
The 10 on 10 is a blog circle project. The goal is to write a blog post to be published on the tenth day of the month and for the post to feature ten photographs taken on the same day or ten favourites from the previous month. The circle part comes in to it because each photographer links to another at the end of their post and you click through to the next in the circle all the way around until you come back to where you started 🙂 I haven’t picked up the camera too much this past month – we moved to a new place so there was all that packing and unpacking happening plus the end of term which always has me frazzled. An exciting thing about the new place is that a creek runs through the backyard! While it has rained for a large chunk of the time we have been living here, we got out to the creek on a sunny day and the water was flowing nicely. I plan to set aside a day this week for a Day in the Life (though it was sooooo much easier when we had […]
10 on 10 | March Each month, on the tenth day, a group of photographers post ten images from the previous month. Each photographer links to another in their post which in the end comes full circle back to the photographer you started with. This is my contribution for March, using a collection of images from February. Don’t forget to follow through the circle with a clickable link at the end. February was a pretty quiet month for us here yet full on lots of new things, firsts and getting settled in to the new routine. I attempted a Day in the Life of our family on 27 Feb but didn’t make it much past school drop off… Evie is definitely a book worm. Olive is becoming more independent The beach is where Evie belongs. Evie was pleased to learn she hadn’t forgotten how to do up the zip on her dress during school holidays. To keep moving your way around the circle and see what the other 10 on 10 photographers got up to, head over to Jessica Dherari‘s 10 on 10 post.
This post covers the period of time at our temporary accommodation. At this stage, we hadn’t secured a rental property so the length of stay here was unknown but to save space (and perhaps a touch of optimism) we packed a weeks worth of clothes, a few toys for the girls, a few books for me and Josh’s work clothes as he was due to start in a few days. It was a two bedroom serviced apartment and while the girls were excited to share and LOVE lifts, the lack of a backyard and lack of space meant cabin fever set in after days. So there were many emotional times and to keep it real, I shot through those as well. It mostly felt like a holiday to me initially as we were staying in what was effectively a hotel, going o the beach daily and exploring a new place. In hindsight (2.5 weeks in to unpacking a house), I am grateful for the temporary accommodation so I could enjoy the new area before feeling bogged down in the obligation of unpacking and the weight of all our stuff (seriously – I thought I had done a great job […]
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 […]