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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
It's not everyday that another photographer books you for a photo shoot. So when Nikki from Nikki Fitt Photography contacted me for a session I was just beyond honoured. We talk to our clients about how important it is to be IN the photos with your children and that applies to us photographers as well! Thank you SO much Nikki for trusting me with your family's memories. <3 The beginning of our shoot started on a path near the family's home, where they played Poohsticks on a bridge. Then we headed over to my favorite field for some gorgeous backlit sunset images. Nikki is a local photographer who specialises in gorgeous newborn sessions plus maternity, family, and events as well. I just love her images of parties, she captures details perfectly. If you have a spare moment hop over to her website and check out her work.
You can also view the slideshow from this session here.
He's here everybody. You can all relax now. Superman has arrived.
We're lucky to have my husband's family living nearby which means the kids get to see them at least once a week. It's bittersweet for me. I love having them be so active in my children's lives, but I often wish my parent's could do the same. My parents do make up for it with skype calls and they visit when they can or we visit them. This is the life of marrying a foreigner though, one side of the family always misses out. Perhaps in the future we'll live near my family for a while, but in the meantime I love watching the bond develop between the Aussie grandparents and our children.
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Vicky Palmieri – Vicky Palmieri Photography
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Kate Bailey – Kate Bailey Photography
Kylie Fergusson – Firefly Images
Lesley Condon – Lesley Dodd Photography
Kellie Robinson – Colour of Life Photography
Nicole Proy – Mockingbird Photography
Kylie Dunlop – Kylie Dunlop Photography
Isabel Bowden – Isabel Bowden Photography
Sarah Ransley – November May Photography
Natalie Ireland – Natalie Ireland Photography
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Tania Boyd – Tania Boyd Photography
Jerusha Sutton – Jerusha Sutton Photography
Anna Todd – Anna Todd Photography
Let me ask you something. What are your all time favorite memories from your childhood? Think about it for a minute. For me, the summers that I spent on my grandparent's farm in Alabama growing up rank pretty high on the list of greatest memories. Laying my head in my mother's lap during sermon's at church every Sunday is another one. Fishing for crabs on the coast of Georgia, and then bringing them home to boil for a large feast with the family on the back porch. Table covered with newspaper piled high with crabs, ready to dig in. These are the memories that I wish I had photographs of. LIFE. Real life, with it's real imperfections, and it's genuine moments. There's a place for the pretty pictures with everyone looking, I get that. But when you are booking a session, really think about whether you want a snapshot of everyone looking. Or whether you want images that SPEAK TO YOUR SOUL. If I were to choose which memories to have captured with my children right now, it would be reading stories and tucking my kids in bed at night. It would be family meals at the table together.
This is a slightly new direction for me... I've been teetering on the edge of this style for quite some time, and it's the way I shoot my personal life, but I need clients who are on board with this. Who value this style and want to document these moments. If that's you, please get in touch. I'm offering substantial savings to anyone who'd like to let me be a fly on the wall in their lives.
So I was walking past this children's boutique the other day at Rouse Hill Town Centre and I saw this gorgeous long dress in the window. Lydia loves to wear pretty dresses, and scarves, and shoes.... so I thought I have to get this dress for her and capture this stage in her life. She has an old doll which belonged to my aunt that she carries around with her everywhere, and the dress just matched the Victorian look that the doll has perfectly. With that in mind, I purchased the dress and we went home for lunch and a nap. While she was asleep, I snuck downstairs and pulled out this old vintage couch that a friend of mine gave me and I set up the front room as our little studio so to speak. And man, do I love these images. The result was gorgeous. We had to pick up her brother from preschool, so we headed out to get him and she refused to take the dress off. On our way home Cooper asked to go to the park and I thought, hey good idea! So we stopped at Rouse Hill Regional Park and I got some more shots of her in the field that I love so much.I love these photo's because it is so very much her. The images really give you a sense of her more quiet and nurturing side. <3
If you're based in Sydney and would like to book a lifestyle photography session with me please get in touch via the contact button at the top of the page.
This is the first month that I've participated in the Shooting With Soul Blog Circle, and I'm so excited that I've managed to get in this month! I joined this lovely group of photographers last year and the amount of talent in there is just insane. It's so nice to have a supportive network of photographers that are going through the same things as you to bounce ideas off of and lean on for support. Make sure that after you finishing scrolling through the images below you come back and follow this link over to Kelli's blog at COLOUR OF LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY to see more gorgeous images.
Just before Christmas I spent a couple of hours with this fun, crazy family. Cheryl is a long time client and friend who I was thrilled to work with again. I love nothing more than being a fly on the wall and capturing a family just being together. It's the best.
One of my all time favorite sessions from last year was this one. We had spent months planning a location, a date and time, wardrobe, everything. I wanted this session to be perfect for this family and although the weather on the day looked pretty dismal, we ended up with not only the perfect location, but the perfect weather to go with it. There are too many amazing images to share, so I've picked out a few to try and give you a glimpse into their story.
There's nothing better than capturing the story of brothers together. I spent a couple of hours following these two cheeky monkeys around their house, and was even able to capture one of their favorite things - playing peekaboo with the window blind! So much fun, these two had me in stitches most of the time.