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.
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.