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 […]
It is your family, real and unposed. The love, laughs, tantrums and tears. They are relaxed and fun sessions that reflect your unique family. No need to stress about perfect outfits, perfect smiles and perfectly behaved children. My philosophy is that your family perfect just as you are, no matter what that looks or sounds like. We will spend some time together, 2 hours to a whole day, and I will be there with you making images in a photojournalist way that reflect your family and each personality within it. A family documentary session will produce images for your family that will take you back to that day, that time in your lives. Your littles one’s current milestones, your middle child who refuses to take off that costume, the way your biggest kid looks at you when you act silly; the smaller moments that build a childhood.
These guys actually live in Melbourne but were bringing their boy up to family for Christmas and asked me to spend some time with them capturing some family photos of their first family trip to Sydney. We started at Josh’s Mum’s place and headed to a nearby park for Emmett’s first go on a swing! After a little while in the park it was time to head back and get some food in to Emmett and of course I wanted to stick around for that! Thank you so much for having me come along to your Christmas holiday and photograph your gorgeous family!
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 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 […]
**Flashback Friday** This is a huge flashback. All the way back to 2010 and the first family portrait session. A big thank you to Jen, a colleague, for inviting me in to her home and giving me an opportunity to take photos of her and Ashlee. It was a great learning experience at the time and looking back at the pictures now, I can see even more aspects of my photography that I have improved on. I don’t dislike these images but they reflect my skill level at the time. I will share some of my lessons with you and would love to hear your critique as well. It is always good to go back to older photo shoots to either reinforce something you have learned from that photo session and to critique the images to improve your photos. These images appear in the condition they were provided to Jen and Ashlee back in 2010. The above image was more of a casual one and not posed. While I quite like this one – and did at the time – I do feel it is a bit awkward in its composition. It is a bit heavy on the right and […]