Nolan Family | Brisbane, QLD

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. 

Welcoming Callum | Sydney Newborn Photographer

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. 

Welcome to the world Callum. Thanks for letting me hang with you for the morning. Alison and Will.... what an incredible little family you've built together. I'm so honoured to be able to document a piece of it for you.

Shire Family | Sydney Family Cinematography

Back in November I flew down to Melbourne to film and photograph the family of one of my all time favourite photographers, Amy Shire.

To say I was nervous is an understatement.

But I did my best to put aside all my self doubts and focus on the fact that Amy is a mum who just wants her life with her family documented the same as anyone else. And I threw my heart into creating something that I felt she deserved, that would represent her and her beautiful family, that they would treasure for a life time.

So here it is. Amy, thank you my friend for inviting me in to your home. For trusting me, and for choosing me. I'm forever grateful. You are such a kind and beautiful person.

Beard Family | Sydney Family Lifestyle Photographer

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? 

This film, in particular is one that I hold close to my heart. This is life for the Beard family, on their farm in Dubbo, NSW. 

Hughes Family | Hills District Family Photographer

I had such an amazing morning with this beautiful family. The way they love and care for their little boy just shines through in every thing that they do.

I've got a few photography sessions still available between now and December if you'd like to update your family photos before Christmas, however I'm fully booked for films through May 2018. If you'd like one of these for your family, grab a spot on my calendar here.

The McKee Family | Sydney Hills District Family Photographer

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 never thought I'd say this, but I'm completely booked for films through Feb 2018. I have gotten numerous enquiries lately asking for sessions between now and then and I hate saying no but I serve my clients and family best when I stick to the limited number of sessions that I've set each month. If you'd like to get on my calendar for next year, now is the time to do so. Our family is heading overseas this week so if you don't hear back straight away, don't fret I will be in touch as soon as I'm able. <3 

The Fitt Family | Sydney Family Photographer

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.

A Morning with Papa | Sydney Family Photographer

It's always so rewarding having clients return time and time again. I've photographed Lorna's family since her youngest was in her belly. And last year when her sister Alison had her little one, I filmed and photographed her as a newborn. So when they decided to book me for a Half Day in the Life Session that was focused around the kids spending the morning with their Grandpa I was of course extremely excited and honoured. Lorna and Alison lost their mother to cancer over 7 years ago and they know first hand how precious and important it is to document this time they have together. Before that time is gone. I love that I was able to do this for them, to document their time together honestly, and to capture their relationships exactly as they are. I love that the girls will have these photos and the film of their Grandpa forever to look back on and show their own children one day. This is the reason why I do this work. It's not just for us. It's for them.

There will be a film from this session, but for now.... the photos.

Interested in booking a Half Day in the Life for your family? Enquire about availability here.

An Afternoon with the Christie Family

The best part about my job, is that I get to go back into the homes of these families that I love and see how much the kids have changed since I was there last. I can't even describe how privileged I feel to be the photographer they've chosen to regularly document their family. 

Here's a little glimpse into a regular afternoon with the Christie Family.

If you'd like me to document an afternoon with your family, get in touch here.

An Afternoon with the Gonder Family | Sydney Family Photographer

The first time I met Sarah, I instantly connected with her. She is one of those people who puts you at ease, and makes you feel comfortable straight away. Sarah and Nick hold a very special place in my heart. They were where it all began for me when I first started shooting client sessions with a more documentary approach. I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it feels to have done three shoots with this family now, to see them grow as a family and in the meanwhile see myself grow as a photographer. It's incredibly rewarding.

Let me tell you a little bit about Sarah and Nick as parents. When I spend time at their home, I feel this sense of peace and tranquility wash over me. Their eldest Ollie, is kind and compassionate, observant and inquisitive. A direct result of the patient and nurturing parenting that Sarah and Nick provide him with on a daily basis. He has a beautiful garden to play in, loads of opportunities to help out and learn by doing, and as a result he is a secure and confident little boy. This year they welcomed another little boy into their family, Lachy, and I am certain he will thrive with Sarah and Nick as his parents as well. He fits into the family as though he's always been there, and Ollie is completely smitten with his little brother.

One of the most interesting parts of this family's story is how they came to live in this beautiful old home that's been in their family for generations. So I've asked Sarah to share with me a little bit about how she and Nick met, how they came to live in this house, and what it means to her to raise her family there. This is what she said.

The year we welcome our second little boy into the world is also the year we celebrate 15 years as a couple. We met at church youth group when I was 16 years old. A friend invited me along on a Friday night, in my final year of high school, and I remember meeting Nick and laughing and laughing—I wanted to be friends with him right away. He was warm, and funny, with the most infectious smile. I laughed so hard my sides hurt, and couldn’t wait to meet him again.

And I did. We both loved the beach. We’d both spent our childhood holidays in the Snowy Mountains, and shared a dream to one day spend the rest of our lives there. We both loved the Beatles. And, well, the rest was history.

Three and a half years later he proposed as we walked along a trail in the snowy mountains, and four and a half years after we met we were married, at 21 and 23 years old.

For the first few years of our marriage, we lived in a leaky, rundown house out past Blacktown, until we were offered something pretty special—my grandma’s house. Right next door to my aunt, uncle and youngest cousin (my best friend!), and backed by another cousin and his fiancée (who’d later have a little boy born right inbetween ours—I know they’re going to have the most wonderful friendships as they grow up together), it felt so right, and we were so glad to share this little corner of a block. In the middle of the suburbs, I sometimes feel that we’re in another place entirely, far away from the busy roads, shops and life in a busy city.

Nestled in amongst leafy trees and gardens my grandma established and my husband has nurtured, my mum and I always commented that this house gave us such a lovely feeling. Welcome and comfort and calm. This house is filled with memories, and reminds me of family, and I’m so lucky to be able to raise mine here. The walls were painted by my aunt and uncle and cousins. Nick and my mother and father in law worked together building the deck my gorgeous two year old plays on every day. Every evening we eat dinner at the table my mother ate at as a child. While I’ve always believed home is people, more than a building—I’m so glad to call this house ours.
— S Gonder

It's such a gorgeous story, and I just think their house is amazing. I know exactly what she means about it feeling welcome and calm. It's one of those places that you could go to and stay at until the sun goes down without realising you've even been away. It feels like a country home, yet it's in a busy suburb of Sydney. Old homes aren't easy. The amount of love and care that goes into making it a tranquil place to raise a family in doesn't go unnoticed, at least not by me. I can see how hard they both work at it. To create this beautiful, peaceful place for their children. 

This session went for 4 hours, and included a set of images as well as a family film. Memories documented in motion. Lachy's smile, Ollie's laughter, Sarah's nurturing heart, and Nick's playfulness. All wrapped up in a beautiful film just for them. Click play below to watch.

Life in Motion: An October Afternoon

We had school holidays this month, which means two weeks of no school for my eldest. They spent a lot of time jumping on the trampoline and riding scooters, both of which are my least favorite things to photograph/film because they are moving so fast! But I decided to accept the challenge, because I really wanted to create something that would give an insight into their relationship as brother and sister. Something that would be extra special, just for them. A short little carefree film just about something they love doing together at this age. So I filmed an afternoon on the trampoline. Here's that film, and the photos I made as well <3

Make sure you follow along the circle and see what the other amazing filmmakers have been up to. The fabulous Stacey from Stacey Ilyse Photography is up next, CLICK HERE to see her film!

An afternoon with the Hill Family

I think every mother goes through a series of emotions at some point in their children's lives where they just really want to stop each and every moment, bottle them up, and hold onto them forever. As a documentary family photographer herself, Laura already has lots of images of her children but not enough of herself with them and this was what she most wanted to bottle up. Her relationship with them as it is right now. Check out Laura's incredible work here

In our conversation about her session, these were some of the things Laura said : 

"The kids catch the bus home some days, and the bus stop is just across the road from our house. I love the way they run up the path when they get home, and meet us with smiles. We usually then have afternoon tea together and take the kids around the corner with their bikes in a quiet lane where we taught them to ride. We often play "chasing/tip" on bikes. There is also a tree that my daughter loves to climb. I'm pretty keen on capturing a Friday afternoon so it really gets a sense of everyday life. I need more photos of ME (and my husband) holding my kids hands, smiling at their silly jokes, reading with them, pushing them on the swing and giving them a piggyback as we walk around the block."
 

I love when clients just want images of real life. There's a film coming soon to accompany this selection of photos. Keep your eyes peeled.

To learn more about booking a session with me head over here.