It was such a delight to meet with this family. Rachel and Luke were so relaxed in welcoming me into their home, little Ben was happy to go with the flow and Alice, with her sparkly and fun personality was ready to direct us all! :)
We chatted, played and enjoyed a dance performance from Alice at home before heading to one of their favourite local cafes for their regular coffees and treats. I love documenting this everyday stuff for families. It is a great reminder always to me that there is beauty in the everyday and to snuggle into those that we love.
I'm not sure what things are like in your family, but around here, it's ALL about The Wiggles!
We went along to one of their local shows last week and I took the opportunity to bring my camera along to capture some of the magic on my kids faces as they watched their favourites sing their favourite songs. I also snapped some of The Wiggles and shared some on my personal instagram.
How thrilled was I to recieve a message from The Wiggles asking for permission to share some of my photos and some wonderful feedback! Here are some of their shares on social media.
Back to regular transmission soon! :)
A couple of weeks back I set out on a personal project called A Week in the Life. It is inspired by a memory keeper called Ali Edwards.
Ali explains A Week in the Life as "a seven-day documentary project that began in 2005 as an annual opportunity to capture the simple everyday details of life with photos and words. These albums are some of my most treasured in that they are wonderfully true representations of my family's life at a particular point in time. From the mundane to the profound, it's those simple little everyday moments that I treasure most."
This project involves me photographing life for us as a family- where we spend our time, what makes us tick, what we do, what we see, where we live, where we go, who we see and who we are...
It has highlighted the importance of photographing the everyday simple moments in our life.
I have always loved the power of images to take me back in time.
Life may appear to be the same, day in and out, but when I stand back and look back at this project over time, I notice things in my photos that I would otherwise forget.
Things like how we read to our kids each night, where we eat, little quirks that belong to each of our children, how we have set up furniture in our home and the reasons why, how the kids run to greet my mum in the street when she visits and how they play the letterbox game every day. The games they play, how their bedrooms look, the ways that we fill our days.
These are the elements of our everyday that I love.
They are the elements of our everyday that will likely change in the next 12 months.
They are the everyday moments that people rarely think to capture.
They are also the moments which will be most missed when the children are grown.
I love taking photos of people in the exciting moments of their lives and I love taking relaxed family portraits in outdoor locations. I still want to do this. Lots! But this project has lit a fire in my belly.
I mentioned on my facebook page last week that I would love to shoot more lifestyle sessions.
A lifestyle session involves me coming into a place that you love. A place that is special to your family. It is often your home but it can also be a cafe where you always have breakfast on a weekend or a beach where you feel most connected. Over an hour or two, I simply take photos as an observer of your life. Of your 'everyday'. Of the big and the small. At the end of the session, you are given a collection of unique photographs that feature you and your loved ones, doing life in your natural habitat. The focus is on documenting your life and space how it is now and on capturing the connection in your family.
As I develop a portfolio of these sessions I will be offering a special introductory price of $350.
If you would like to discuss a session like this I'd love to chat with you!
Alex has grown so much since I first met him as a tiny newborn. I love being able to watch little people grow up in front on my lens! Alex is full of character and spunk. We had a lovely afternoon playing at the park and rummaging in the bush with his best friend, Josie the dog and his parents. Can't get enough of those big blue eyes and dimples!
When Nic, a workmate of mine approached me asking if I could take some photos of her extended family, the answer was always going to be yes. Her husband's family were gathering in Melbourne to celebrate several big birthdays and Mother's Day was coming up too, which meant a perfect time to update the photos. Lucky for us, the ANZAC Day weather was perfect as well!
A personal highlight of this session was to watch how this family related to each other. They were so relaxed and is was a delight for me to observe the warmth and fun of their interactions.
Twins, E and K have just turned 5 and they have changed so much since I first met them, as tiny premmies dependent on oxygen! Right now they are best friends, full of life and energy as you will see below. Thank you Rheumer's for letting me share in your family on this day. x
On a crisp early December morning ! headed to the park to photograph these two proud siblings and their new baby brother with their nenek and datok. There was exploring in the bush, stick light sabers, cheeky tongue poking and lots of cuddles- the perfect ingredients for a happy family session.
There's nothing like having a photo of your family hanging in your home, or even just knowing that there is an image safely stored in an album or a bedside frame recording what your family is like now. This daughter knew how much her mother would value a photo of her family and surprised her with an extended family portrait to celebrate a birthday.
It was a glorious morning with everyone relaxed as the kids played at the park and when we later pottered in the bush. Cousins playing together, aunties and uncles with Oma and Opa just enjoying being together.
Oma now has a beautiful collection of natural photos of her family, enjoying being with her and one another. That is a priceless gift!
What a delight it was to photograph Jensen, Eve and their parents in their beautiful home. At just 4 weeks old, Eve was happiest snuggled up to mum for a snooze or a feed and Jensen blew me away with his killer dimples! Such a cutie! Watching siblings together in those early days is so special to see.