Wendy Neilson is a Melbourne based artist who reached out to me to have some photos taken in her new studio space. There's something full of life and energy watching an artist at work, as they mix and drag the paint around a canvas and create a new work before your eyes. Just quietly, I'm a little in love with her space... so many old and interesting things mixed with the newness of art and the fresh growth of plants!
I'm so fortunate in this job that I get to watch many families grow over time. This has been the case with this gorgeous family. I first photographed little Alex when he was brand new, then again when he was a cute toddler and once more now that he has welcomed his little sister Eve.
Taking photos in their home meant that everyone was comfortable, including Cassie the dog! There were toys that I had to be shown and I know that these guys will love looking back on this stage of life as they have since moved house! Thank you for trusting me once more with your gorgeous tribe!
Yesterday the sun was shining and I decided to get my little guy and I out of the house for a walk and a play in the leaves. He brought along his bubbles that we bought the day before. I ran back to grab my camera and I'm so glad that I did. It's so precious to me to have photos of my family as they are right now.
This is my Sam.
Happy in his own activity.
Content having time with mum.
I love him... and I know that I will look back at this photo in even a years time and be so grateful
that I stopped to record this season of bubbles and leaves.
I can't describe how very lucky I felt back in January to meet little Mitchell at only 4 days old.
Each baby is a miracle but this little guy comes after many years of waiting by his patient and loving parents. I can tell that this family already has quite the cheer squad, and deservedly so!
Mitch is so wanted, so loved and simply adorable! I was able to photograph this new little family in the quiet comfort of home. It was so fun to be around such a new little person again. I got to enjoy some cuddles and rocks as he settled into sleep and rest and waited patiently as he fed, was wrapped and changed. Enjoy some photos of this little man and his favourite two people.
When Father's Day was approaching, this mum had the great idea of booking in a shoot of their gorgeous boys for her husband. Mum even snuck in on a few of the shots. What dad wouldn't want some up to date beautiful photos of his favourites on his wall and desk?
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!
This family... Warm. Loving. Fun. Joyful. Cheeky. It was such a pleasure to be in their presence and to capture a snippet of the love and closeness that they share. There was cuddling and dancing. Hiding and chasing. Quiet and loud. Tickles and stillness.
We made a last minute change of location due to threatening weather and I am so glad that we did. Our new setting was gorgeous and suited these little girls perfectly! I loved photographing and editing this session and by the end I felt like I'd made some new friends. xx
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!