Sydney Newborn Photographer | Filmographer
A wedding at Dunbar House.
Probably one of the most beautiful brides at one of the most beautiful locations in Sydney that I have ever seen <3
Make sure you watch all the way to the end!
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Why Family Films Matter
I have a little challenge for you. I want you to take a moment and get your phone out. If you're reading this on your phone, then even better.
Now I want you to scroll through to the earliest video clip of your child/children that you have stored on there. If you haven't had your phone for very long then get onto your computer and find an old clip there. Try and find one that's at least 10 seconds long.
Take a moment to relive that memory in your mind. Close your eyes and try to remember what else might have happened that day, or even just remember what life was like when your child was that little.
It's an amazing feeling right?
Now think about how much they've grown up since then, how much bigger they are, and older they seem. Think about the milestones they are achieving, and the changes happening in your house and your routine. How glad are you to have these video clips of them when they were tiny?
Now imagine having 100+ of these clips pieced together to tell a story of your family (like the one at the top of this email!!). Something that is a real representation of your family together, with you in it too! A video that shows your children just how much they were loved by you. An actual film of your family professionally shot, beautifully edited, and intentionally pieced together to tell a meaningful story.
Now, imagine your child as a pre-teen, maybe struggling at school with self esteem or wondering where they fit into the world. Imagine having a film like this one that you could watch together during those difficult times. A film of them laughing and playing, exploring and creating. Imagine having multiple films each year of your child's life showing her just how beautiful he/she is. What kind of impact do you think that might have on them? I think it would be incredibly powerful.
I started shooting video because I knew I wanted more than photos of my children. And from the second I started editing that footage, I knew that other families had to have this too. Since then it's become my mission to create films for other families, particularly those who need it most.
My challenge to you is this.
Don't let another day or week go by without booking in a session for your family for this year (whether it's with me or not!). The session doesn't have to happen this month but if you put it on your calendar, then at least you know it's happening at some stage. My availability is strictly limited each month, and I often book 3-4 months in advance. I'd hate for you to miss out on your preferred dates so it's important that you plan ahead. Head over here to learn more about booking a session with me.
I had an urge to create today. So I did.
So we went on our family holiday recently. We spent 4 days down the south coast at a little AirBNB home. It was so beautiful down there, and we had an amazing and relaxing time. I currently have a long list of sessions to edit from November and December so I haven't been picking up my camera for personal work as much. And during this holiday I really wanted to focus on being present in the moment rather than just observing and taking pictures. So that's what I did for the most part. Except when we decided to go to the carnival. I had to bring my camera. And the last picture is from when we went to the old movie theatre with the kids, that my husband grew up going to (and helping out at!) when his uncle was the owner.
When Alison contacted me about a family session, the requirements were simple. To create a keepsake for their one year old so that they can always remember how beautiful he was as a baby. I think we nailed it ;) Are you located in the Hills District and interested in a family film + photography package? Head over here.
Anna + Max asked me to film their wedding in December, and a couple of weeks before the wedding we got together to film them at their local beach in the suburb where they live in Coogee. It was rainy and overcast, but we had a blast anyway. These two are originally from Russia, they were high school sweethearts and moved here together when they were just teenagers. What a love story! Wedding film coming soon, but for now here's the first film <3
We're pretty lucky that we have some awesome water parks nearby. The other day it was SUPER hot and we needed to get out of the house, so I popped the kids in the car and headed over to Nurragingy so they could have a play. This shot was actually in my cut list, and it wasn't until I went back to this day in my editing cue a couple weeks later that it stuck out to me as being interesting. Something about the reflections in the water and the intimate feel of the image really struck me. I loved it, so I edited it :)
Life gets a bit messy sometimes. I've been thinking about labels today as I've been going through my website. Ever since I started transitioning from lifestyle to documentary I've felt like I've had to label my work with either one or the other. In fact, today as I was going through all of my old work I started removing things, keeping others, and I found myself thinking - is this "documentary" enough? Seriously. That's what I was thinking. Not, do I love this, is this me, is this work I want to be doing more of...
I started thinking more about why I was feeling this way, and I realised that there is absolutely nothing that squashes my creativity more than labeling myself as one thing or another. Ever since I let go of the notion that I had to deliver a recipe of images to my clients based on a shot list that "every family has to have", I have been happier and more successful as an artist. I don't do well with creating images that "sell". I just create what I see. It might be what I see while I'm observing. It might be something I see in my mind and then make happen with some guidance. Either way, it's just me. And that's what why people hire me.
Luckily there's a small group of people that like what I create. So today I've decided, I'm done with labels. I'm a family photographer, making images that I love and that's enough for me.
The day I created this image, in February of this year, was the same day I realised that filming life was the thing that my heart had been searching for, for my entire existence. I set my camera to video with the goal to capture my daughter in this pivotal moment, just a simple bath in our kitchen sink.
Knowing I would never have another baby small enough to fit, it was crucial for me to create a video of her that I had already seen in my heart. I'm so honoured to have my story featured in Beyond the Wanderlust's October issue of their magazine. To see their active facebook page head here. To purchase a copy and read the full story of how I began filming life and why, head over here.
The film I made (which still makes me cry when I watch it!) is below. Completely self taught, completely raw and organic, I fell deeply in love with the entire process and only now looking back on it do I realise the significance of that moment when I decided to take the leap and start filming our life.
This particular in home newborn photography session was probably one of my favorites to date. I LOVE love love working with this family, they've had several sessions with me and they are always so much fun to work with. Such a super relaxed and laid back couple, happy to let me experiment and be creative during their session. I always leave their house smiling :)
Where do I begin? This family was just the best, ever. Like I walk in and she makes me an iced tea, the house is 100 years old and full of character, and they feed me homemade pizza for lunch. Seriously! Couldn't ask for more. This type of session is my absolute favorite. Purely documentary, apart from the 5 min when I guided them to sit down in front of the bookcase. Apart from that, this was all them. And that's what it's meant to be. A documentary session is all about capturing life's imperfect magic. It's all about being you and having fun with your kids and your partner. Let me ask you something. What are you going to miss the most about your baby's first year? Or your children's first 5 years? All the mundane, repetitive tasks if you're anything like me! Cooking with them, dancing with them, dressing them. Sneaking a kiss between changes of clothes. Tickling those soft scrumptious feet or that squishy wriggly belly. Reading books to them, cuddling them to sleep at night or for naps. All these things, that's what parenting is about right? Those are the moments that we remember for the rest of our lives. Why not document them too? Why not spend a day, with me, capturing these moments of your family in a beautiful story that can be told over and over again for generations to come? It'll be the best gift you give your children. Passing down these memories to them and investing in printed photos will be priceless to them in the future. Spots are filling up fast for 2015 already. If you'd like to secure your storytelling session email me or click on Book Now at the top of the page.
Last week, I went to visit a gorgeous little boy and his family at The Children's Hospital at Westmead. I wish with all my heart that I could take away the pain and the suffering that this family is feeling right now. But at least I can give them photos and video of their precious baby boy.. A few days ago I shared the photos, and now here's the video. Baxter Freney has Acute Myeloid Leukaemia. He's just 7 weeks old. A donation page has been set up for Baxter's family, please if you are able to, donate something. https://www.mycause.com.au/page/111885/baby-baxter
On the day you turned two you had no idea it was your birthday. I wanted to do something with you, but it was cold and rainy outside. So together we pulled out the ingredients for homemade play-dough, and we took turns adding each one to the bowl. I filled the measuring cup, you poured. You stirred, I stirred. When it was ready, I pulled it out of the bowl and placed it onto the bench where we dug our fingers into the soft, warm dough. You looked up at me with your big round eyes and giggled. "PAY-DO!" you said. I went and got the little bag of sequins that I bought at the $2 shop ages ago for you to add to the play-dough, and your eyes lit up when you saw the little bowl of treasures placed before you. You gingerly picked out one sequin at a time and pushed it into the gooey dough, looking up at me each time with pride at what you were creating. I grabbed my camera and encouraged you to continue playing, and you became so absorbed in your creation that you didn't even notice the camera was in my hands. When you finally finished your masterpiece of sequin indented play-dough you asked for "cuggles" so I picked you up and we snuggled together on the couch until you decided it was time for the next adventure.
I don't even know where to start with this family. Beautiful, inspiring, loving, joyful, passionate - this is what they are. Cheryl has been an amazing friend to me and I'm so thankful that I get to be a part of documenting the journey of her family each year. I have so much love in my heart for them. I love documenting newborns in their homes. I feel like it's such an amazing legacy to leave them with, seeing the home they lived in as a baby. Experiencing what life was like for their family back then in a tangible way through prints and albums and video. This is why I do what I do.
If you're interested in booking your in home newborn family film + photo session click here for more information or contact me via the contact tab at the top of the page.
Golden light with autumn leaves + a warm and cozy home make for a BEAUTIFUL in home newborn photography session. If you're considering a storytelling session for your newborn it's always best to book early. I generally book out about 4-6 weeks in advance. Newborns are best shot in the earliest days for that sleepy look, but really anytime is a good time to photograph your baby ;) Every stage of their development has it's own gorgeous little quirks that are perfect for documenting. My newborn sessions now include a family film! Head over here to find out all about it.
These guys also had a stunning, light filled mini maternity session with me at Rouse Hill Regional Park - Click here to see those images.
Oh gosh the light was amazing for this shoot. Hayley wanted a relaxed maternity session at sunset and I knew exactly where to go. Rouse Hill Regional Park has a beautiful field with AMAZING light at sunset so we headed there late in the afternoon on a weekend. Hayley had really wanted to do a gender reveal shoot earlier in her pregnancy but due to some illnesses in their family we couldn't make it work, so I wanted this session to be really special for her. I think we achieved it ;) I love doing outdoor maternity shoots (as well as indoor ones!) so if you're pregnant and thinking about booking yours email me at email@example.com or use the contact form above. I'd love to chat to you about ideas and how we can make your session beautiful and unique to you and your personality.
These guys also had a beautiful newborn shoot at their home after this bub was born. Click here to see more from that session.
So I know it's really cold outside right now and the LAST thing on your mind is booking a family session outdoors. But what if I told you there were TON's of other ways to do a family session that don't involve leaving the house?? You can stay warm and cozy in your home, and we can STILL get amazing photos. Contact me to find out all about my in-home storytelling sessions. You won't regret it, I promise ;) This family was an absolute DREAM to work with. These kids had so much personality and their dog, OH the dog!! Unbelievably gorgeous. It was such a relaxed afternoon, and the images really reflect that. The light in front of the fireplace was perfection. This is probably my favorite session to date. (ok yeah I say this with every new session!)
You know how you feel when you look back at old home videos, or open up a box of pictures from when you were a kid? (I used to keep my pictures in shoe boxes!) That's how I want my sessions to make you feel. I want you to remember exactly what it felt like to be a mother, with all the fun and the mess and the real moments in between. You don't have to have the perfect, clutter free house. You just have to have the love. We all have that right? This is the second time I've had the pleasure of photographing this family, the first time was for a Daddy and Me shoot! And so this time it was Mum's turn ;)
These are my favorite types of documentary shoots. In home, relaxed, natural. Doing the stuff you do all the time. I just love it. With this session I also took some footage and put together a little film which is something I've just recently started adding to my sessions and I'm completely in love with doing!
Here's the end result. Hope you enjoy!