Golden hour at the beach | Eastern Suburbs Family Photographer

Family + Lifestyle

One of my new favourite locations with such a fun and loved-up family. This session was scheduled and rescheduled during a month full of Sydney rain. The afternoon we finally made it to the beach, the sun was out in all it’s glory.

This family totally embraced the few hours together on the beach. The best way to look at your photography session is as a chance to have time away from the hustle of day-to-day life. Spend the time playing with your kids and having fun with your family, and you will get moments as gorgeous as this family. Moments where the love and happiness shines through.

Welcome home | Sydney Newborn Photography

Newborn + Lifestyle

Bringing your first baby home is a pretty momentous occasion. Your house full of baby cards, half-full cups of tea. The hours blending into one another while you adjust to having a new tiny person to love and look after. My favourite part of an in-home newborn session getting a glimpse into those moments. I feel so lucky to be invited into someone’s home, being able to witness and record that. The good stuff.

I first met this gorgeous mumma a lifetime ago, back when I worked in the travel industry. It was so exciting to see her again, to meet her partner and their beautiful new daughter. And to meet grandma who came all the way over from the UK. The love for this little girl is huge.

An ode to dads for Father's Day

I'll be honest, it's not usually the dads who contact me for a photo session. It's normally a mum who gets in touch, a mum who organises the date, co-ordinates the family and runs everyone around to get there on the day. The dad often has a limited idea of what is happening - but to my relief - is usually happy to go along for the afternoon. To those dad's I say 'Try to forget I'm here, enjoy the time playing with your kids and have fun.' Occasionally it's a dad who books the session and then I get a bit excited. They are the ones who 'get it', the dads who see the value in having photographs of themselves WITH their kids. They appreciate the fleeting nature of time and I know they'll look back on the photos and smile, seeing how they look as a dad through their kids eyes. I think that's important, but the people I take these photos for are their kids. I want the kids to look back on these photographs and see how much their dad loved them. I want the kids to remember how much fun it was hanging out with their dad and how he made them feel.

Remember when you were a kid how you'd fall asleep in the car on the way home from big day? If you are anything like me you would wake up as the car turned onto your street (what is it about those familiar turns that trigger your body to wake up?!). I remember that feeling, how I'd be disappointed that I had woken up, and how I'd try desperately to be as still as humanly possible, faking sleep just so dad would carry me inside. It was like a victory, the best way to get into bed. I'm pretty sure I always had a smile on my face when it worked. Maybe I was peeking out of one half-closed eye to see if my brother did as good a job of faking it as I had. But mostly I was just enjoying that moment while it happened, that feeling of being secure and loved and happy. That's how I want these kids to feel when they grow up and see photos of themselves with their own dad.

In celebration of Father's Day, here's an ode to the dads I've worked with over the last year. Thanks to the dads (and mum's of course!) for being so much fun, and for being yourself. Happy Father's Day, I hope you get a good sleep in and the best home-made card ever.

 

Afternoon Adventures | Sydney Family Photography

I love this location for an afternoon of adventures with your family. Who knew you could be in the middle of Sydney but still feel like you are out in a field in the countryside? There are gorgeous trees to climb if your big kids are the adventurous type, grass to run in and sand to play with for those little ones. Turn off your phone for an hour or two, explore with your kids and let me document it. You won't regret it :) 

The first 4 weeks together | Sydney Newborn Photographer

Newborn + Lifestyle

Loved up. There is so much love in this family, it was awesome being there just to witness how they spend their days together. Four weeks into life as a family of three and some of that newborn uncertainty seems to disappear. All of a sudden everyone falls into their groove - mum and dad are relaxed in their newborn bubble, bath time becomes more fun than scary (for everyone involved) and you can just savour those moments together. Make sure you get in photos with your baby. That is what your child is going to want to see when they are grown.