I'm not even sure where to begin with this family.... They have meant so much to me over the last few years, beginning with the year in the life I did for their oldest child, through to this year in the life I've done for their youngest. I was also lucky enough to document their beautiful wedding last month, but more on that later ;)
One of my favourite people in the world invited me into her home to document a piece of her life and my heart is so full with gratitude for her. I wish I could have stayed longer, she is such a kindred spirit.
I really love it when families are willing to let me arrive really early in the morning, before anyone is out of bed. It's a vulnerable period of the day for most people, and the privilege to be able to spend those early morning hours with them is not lost on me. This family is one that I've known for several years now, and when I found out they were expecting their second baby I was so thrilled to be asked to come and document the early days of life with a toddler and newborn for them.
There are honestly, no words to describe the love I have for this family. This is the third year in a row that I've filmed/photographed them and each year I go there I just fall in love with their way of life more and more. When I'm there I feel relaxed and welcomed, like I'm just a part of their family. I love seeing the kids grow each year, and I just adore hanging out with them for the day.
We took a much needed break and headed up the coast this week for some family time. I feel like time is slipping away with my oldest sometimes. He's changing so much, becoming so much more connected emotionally to the people around him. He's maturing, developing a hilarious sense of humour, and taking in experiences with his whole being. He loved the ocean. We don't visit it often enough, so I definitely have plans to change that this year.
I have felt such a strong calling lately to create a set of images that I have in my mind of how children see their mothers. Not just of motherhood itself, although that's important to me as well, but images for the children, the way THEY see their mother. Beautiful and soft, yet carrying so much strength within her. When you look at these images I made for Emma and her family, I hope you'll see that as well.
The whole reason I do what I do is to show parents, (mums especially) how loved and important they are. How all the hard work day in and day out is creating this magical childhood for their children and it's absolutely worth it. My hope is that the kids will be able to watch this film and relive these moments with their parents over and over through all the years of their lives, passing down their heritage to their own grandchildren one day. This is what life looked like in 2017. Wasn't it marvellous?
These guys travelled all the way over from the Phillipines for their little girl's birthday and asked me to come document them exploring Sydney. Even though I was booked pretty solidly, and technically didn't have time to do another session, I jumped at the opportunity to do a session like this and I'm SO glad that I did. It was amazing shooting in such an iconic location, and I had SUCH a blast hanging out with them.
This week has been a busy one. I've been sick, the kids have been sick. I've been working every night to catch up on editing now that I only have two days a week of childcare. Looking forward to next year when my youngest goes three days. So I didn't my camera out that often. But I did manage a couple of days.
I only had time for ONE family session during our trip to the US in June, and these guys snatched it up. I fell in love with this family and their beautiful life during the morning I spent with them. Jennie really wanted to capture a morning together, particularly the way her boys come into their bed in the mornings for snuggles, cooking breakfast together, and going fishing. Here are some of my favourites.
I went over to the US to film/photograph a wedding in NC, and then teach my Filming Life Retreat in Nashville TN, and thankfully we got to spend an afternoon at my grandparent's farm in Alabama while we were there. This house holds so much history for my family, and although it was hard balancing being present with everyone and documenting, it was worth the extra effort to have these photos.
This one's a bit more personal. The whole reason I discovered how much I love photographing families was through photographing my own family. These guys. Here are some of my favourites from a morning spent together.
Just an ordinary day, at home. Doing life. This my friends, is what I MOST love to capture. This is what fills my heart, what inspires me on a daily basis. Finding those little moments that make a family unique, that show the love and beauty that exists in everyday life.
I find myself having super short windows of opportunity to make pictures of our life right now, and they tend to be really early in the morning before the to do lists of the day take over. So here are a few recent mornings over the last couple of weeks.
It's always such a huge honour when a photographer hires you to document her family, particularly for a second time! I photographed them for the first time in 2015 when their youngest was just a baby and when she asked me again for a session this year I was super excited, not only because I love hanging out with them (seriously they have me in stitches of laughter 90% of the time), but because I got to see and document how much the kids have grown as well. Here's a little peek into the beautiful Saturday morning I spent with them
My absolute favourite kind of sessions are the slow ones where we just hang out at home, pottering around exploring, playing, just enjoying each other's company. That's what this session was all about. It was the most glorious chilled out session, and after so much rain I was worried that the sun wouldn't come out during their session but it did!