These two sweethearts are full of personality and as different as can be. While big sister was easy-going and happy to please, little sister kept me on my toes. I love the mix of photos that resulted, the pretty smiles and the energy and enthusiasm that bubbles over.
Just look at those glorious curls! There is no doubting who these two young cuties belong too. :)
It was a wet and miserable morning when we met up in the park, although the rain cooperated and cleared with perfect timing. A fitting Melbourne summer's day for this family who'd previously abandoned us to live in warmer climes up north! Matt and my husband have been friends since high school although it had been a few years since I'd last seen them; impressing on the dance floor at our wedding.
With hugs and cuddles and giggles and grins, it was lovely to capture a moment in time for this family of four.
Seeing fathers loving on their little babies has to be one of my favourite things in the world.
Little miss Mia of the incredible blue eyes and gorgeous chunky thighs. It was a grizzly start to our photo session, which later made sense when she popped a tooth. (Discovered when she bit down hard on her dad's finger. drawing blood!) But a nap in mum's arms and some snuggles fixes pretty much anything.
I'm quickly learning the challenge entailed in taking a family photo when two young children are involved. With one child, patience, encouragement and some giggles will generally provide that moment of everyone smiling at the camera. Two young children though, looking and smiling at the same time....
We might get that 'everyone smile at the camera' shot or we might not, but we're certain to get something even better.
The imperfectly wonderful reality of life and love and family. Chaos and wriggles and giggles.
But always the love.
This photo is a favourite of their Mum's. She has a sent me a photo of it, printed out large on canvas and up on the wall. That gives me all the feelings! It's such a privilege to be invited into people's lives to capture precious moments for them, and to see them cherish and enjoy the photos is unbelievably wonderful.
She has a shoe collection worthy of admiration; he likes dinosaurs and Pokemon. I seriously impressed identifying Pikachu and was even able to coax some genuine giggles.
This little darling was the first newborn shoot I have done, which is quite fitting as she is the daughter of Brooke, my first ever maternity session. It was lovely to come back and meet her!
Ashlea turned two weeks old the day we took these photos and, despite being feed and snuggled, was disinclined to just drift off back to sleep. As for taking some naked baby photos, well she made her opinion known about that! She is an absolutely sweetheart though and you can see how much her parents adore her. Such a privilege to be able to capture these images for them.
When I put out a call on my Facebook page that I was looking for a pregnant someone for a maternity shoot, Melissa was one of the people who replied. Arriving at her house, we sat down for a chat and I remember commenting that maternity photography can sometimes be really staged and corny.
'Thank goodness you said that', I can remember Melissa saying, because she had looking into booking in for some maternity photos but everything had seemed so 'posey'.She was definitely my kind of client!
Looking through the photos (these are just a few of the 31 I provided Melissa) I am really pleased with what I have produced. And hopefully Melissa was too! Sure, I have ventured further into 'posey' with some shots than others - encouraging variety in placing of the hands is definitely something to work on - but I think this is a set of beautiful, relaxed and casual maternity photos.
After a rainy, dismal start to the morning, the sky cleared in perfect timing for this photo shoot in the park with Unicorn Girl and her parents. Unicorn Girl (that's her super hero name) was an incredibly energetic and enthusiastic photo subject until, in true 6 year old style, she'd had enough and was done.
The swings and slide beckoned. :)
Surely all trips to the park should finish with icecream!
A friend of a friend, Brooke was the very gracious subject of my first maternity shoot. I experimented, fiddled with camera settings, tried different poses and perspectives, some of which worked and some which were dismal failures. But among the photos, a few absolute gems.
It was lovely spending the morning with Brooke, and the sweet Blaise, sharing just a little in her anticipation and wondering as she awaits the arrival of her first child. Poor Blaise has no idea what she is in for!