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 […]
Choc Peppermint Slice 250g plain sweet biscuits* 100g butter, chopped 1/2 cup (125ml) sweetened condensed milk 2 x 35g Peppermint Crisp chocolate bars, chopped coarsely Chocolate topping 200g milk eating chocolate, chopped coarsely 2 teaspoons vegetable oil *I used Marie biscuits Grease19cmx29cm slice pan; line with baking paper, extending paper 5cm over long sides. Process 200g of the biscuits until fine. Chop remaining biscuits coarsely. Stir butter and milk in a small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Combine processed and chopped biscuits with chocolate bar in a medium bowl; stir in butter mixture. Press mixture firmly in to pan; refridgerate, covered, about 20 minutes or until set. Meanwhile, make chocolate topping; spread over slice. Place back in the refrigerator until firm before cutting in to 24 squares. Chocolate topping Stir ingredients in a small heat proof bowl over a small saucepan of simmering water until smooth. Taken from: Biscuits, Australian Women’s Weekly, 2010, ACP Books, Sydney
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.
I love family and toddler photo sessions. I always ask parents to bring along a favourite toy or two if their photo session is at a location other than their home. It is those aspects of their childhood that I want to capture as well. It is these less formal photos of the children going about their daily lives or with a special toy that I feel will be treasured just as much, if not more, than the more posed images. NB: Some have the faces cropped out or I deliberately chose images without faces as they are from old photos and I haven’t obtained permission from their parents to post the photos on my blog.