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Autumn Leaves in South Morang // Melbourne Family Photographer

I think Autumn has to be my favourite Melbourne season; a time of scarves and boots, wood fires, crisp mornings and the gorgeous colour of autumn leaves. There is something wonderful about a pile of crackly autumn leaves that brings out the playfulness in all of us. I challenge you to try walking past a collection of them on the ground without detouring for a crunch or two. It's impossible! 

Running, jumping, lying in the them, throwing them - a great patch of autumn leaves is paradise for kids. And happy kids, autumn colours and light, movement and energy, it's all a perfect combination for an outdoor family photo session. 

The weather being the fickle beast it is, an abundance of autumn leaves can never be guaranteed (I've head of fake snow, but never fake autumn leaves, although you can buy pretty much anything on Amazon) but in Melbourne April and May is a pretty wonderful time of year for an outdoor photo session. Added bonus, the end of daylight savings means that gorgeous sunrise and sunset light occurs at fairly reasonable, family friendly times of day. 

I've already had quite a few people book in for autumn sessions this year, so if you're thinking playing with some autumn leaves is a great way to capture your family and kids interacting, laughing, relaxing and loving each other in front of the camera, I suggest you contact me to organise a session. 

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Melbourne family photographer outdoor with autumn leaves-9

Melbourne family photographer outdoor with autumn leaves-9

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Melbourne family photographer outdoor with autumn leaves-13

Melbourne family photographer outdoor with autumn leaves-13

 


What to Wear for a Family Photo Session if you are Plus Size

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What to Wear for a Family Photo Session if you are Overly Curvaceous (Plus Size)

That's how I choose to describe myself, overly curvaceous, and man is it hard to find examples like me and my family when I look for inspiration before we have a family photo session. (Because yes, I'm getting in front of the lens even if my body reflects my love of carbs.) There are the generic tips - avoid logos and bold designs, consider where you are going to be photographed so you don't blend into the background - but I look at some beautiful image with a spaghetti-strapped, loose and flowing silk dress and I know that is definitely not the right style choice for me!

So, here are some tips for you fellow extra-curvaceous women trying to work out what on earth to wear for a photo session.  

  • Be comfortable. Aim for a more put-together version of yourself, but nothing that has you tugging, pulling or feeling awkward. Sessions will often involve taking some photos while you sit on the ground together, and if you have young kids carrying and cuddling them, so keep that in mind too.  
  • Show some skin. Wrists, ankles and collarbones are all very flattering, feminine parts of the body so let at least some of them show. I'd encourage short-sleeves over long too, and necklines that aren't too high, as being skin to skin is always going to feel more connected than if there is fabric between you and your loved ones. 
  • Create some shape. Not too tight and not too loose, you're aiming for that sweet spot in the middle. Think flowing dress with a narrow belt, or if you prefer an oversized top or knit, pair it with something fitted on the bottom. Wrap dresses can be incredibly flattering and layers are great, just not loose on top of loose. (Maybe you'll find some inspiration on my Pinterest board.)    
  • Be cautious of black. Black can be challenging for the camera as it struggles to see any details. All black dresses and tops, particularly when they are long-sleeved, can leave a person appearing as one big black blob. 
  • Introduce texture. Linen, lace, denim and chunky knits are all fabrics that can look lovely in photos. Clingy and synthetic is rarely going to be a good friend.      
  • Dress you, then them. Decide on your outfit first, then coordinate the rest of your family around it. You don't want matchy-matchy, but instead aim for similar colour tones. Think all jewel tones, or pastels, or shades of blue with a pop of something for contrast that is used more than once. If you've chosen a patterned dress, pull the colours from the pattern to dress your loved ones as you can already see those colours work well together. 
  • Don't forget your underwear. With your outer layers selected, try them on with the underwear you'll be wearing to make sure you don't have any extra lumps, bumps or bra straps claiming attention. There's also your accessories to consider, and it's a good idea to snap a quick photo on your phone to check what the camera will see. 

Hope this helps! But my best advice - when your photo session comes around forget about all this, relax and have fun with your family. You and your kid's wont be looking back on these photo in the future with a critical eye; your genuine love and happiness is the best beauty enhancement money can't buy. 

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Photos of me and my loved ones, taken by Amy Rushbrook.


Newborn Photography Session // Big Sister, Baby Brother

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This Diamond Creek family weren't so interested in the traditional newborn photos - baby looking all sweet curled up in a wrap - so much as photos of them loving on their baby boy. That's my kind of photo shoot! Families being themselves, relaxing in front of the camera, snuggling with their loved ones. They're the photos that mean so much to me personally, and they're the kind of photos that I want to give my clients.  

I love that photo of Mum holding her baby boy with his wonderful podgy baby rolls and the sweetest little dimples on his bottom. Big sister was adorable too, adapting to life with a new little person in the family. 
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Family Photography Session // Her Cute Little Ponytail

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I've known the lovely Miss Mila since she was only 12 weeks old and she has had that impressive head of hair the entire time. That little ponytail is just adorable.

Although I have no doubt she can keep her parents on their toes, Mila has an air of calm about her, of patience and observation. It was wonderful spending time focusing on her and capturing some images of that special relationship with mum and dad.

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Extended Family Photography Session // Complete with Mimosas

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After asking for an updated family photo for quite a while, a gift voucher for a family photo session was waiting under the Christmas tree for this lovely Mum and Grandma. Her daughter had even prearranged a date and time with all her siblings signed up to be there.

It was a wonderfully relaxed photo session, with laughs and teasing between them. We ran through the combinations of couples and groups then returned inside where there were mimosas scones with jam and cream to tide everyone over until the full hot breakfast was ready. 

You could just sense how much Mum enjoyed having all her loved ones back home, gathered in the kitchen. With my little one being only 1 year old I have a while to wait, but standing there watching them together I kept thinking I want to have this one day. That feeling of home. Of welcoming and gathering and producing something together. Complete with misosas. 

#FutureMumGoals         

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Family Photography Session // Squishy Kisses in the Park

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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.   

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Family Photography Session // Gorgeous Curls for Days

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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. 

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Family Photography Session // Imperfectly Wonderful Reality of Life

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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. 

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