Recently, a fellow documentary family photographer and I did a session trade. We swapped an eight hour documentary session of each other’s family. The Hales (that’s us) were up first as we were moving away shortly and Sharon (of Sharon Troy-Baldwin Photography) was able to fit us in before the move. It is something I will be forever grateful for because as a super sentimental and emotional person (I cry watching Christmas ads for not-for-profit organisations or reading about people being kind to each other), I really think it helped me process our move to a new area. The lead up to our session I was so excited! I couldn’t wait to see how another photographer photographed my family. Would she see different personality elements in the girls or find pockets of light I had never noticed because I had some ‘go to’ ones at various times of the day? What do I miss noticing because I am in the thick of this thing called parenting? Then it happened… All those little thoughts and fears I tell prospective clients to not worry about started creeping in. Worrying about the clutter/size/cleanliness of my our home, wondering if we are even very […]
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 […]
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 […]