These photographs were taken a few days after my friend had been diagnosed with cancer. Before she started intensive treatment we got together for a photo shoot at her home in Mount Eliza.
I wanted to capture her with her husband and all her children (she has many of the beautiful beings) .... on the brink of fighting her cancer - this was the calm before the storm, this was the end of life as she knew it, this was a moment in her journey.
In this wonderful thing we call life - this is her - surrounded by love and laughter . The family have since moved to a farm and life has once again moved into the next chapter. I hope that these photos are memories that they will treasure. Images that document that time of their life.
My beautiful friend Brigitte and her awesome family!
I think that now it is time for a new collection of photographs at the farm !
I came away from my shoot this morning with hundreds of images stored in my camera and a big smile on my face. I was welcomed into the White family's beautiful weatherboard home in Mornington where I started to take photos of them in their space and was overwhelmed by the obvious connection they shared with each other. If I had to use one word to sum up their home and their family dynamic it would be - Love.
Over the course of my time in their house I heard them tell each other they loved each other many times, It came naturally and it came easily, It flowed out of them. "I love you mummy" as the youngest son jumped into mums lap for a cuddle. "I love you, beautiful boys" was a phrase that echoed around the walls as dad spoke to his sons.
Three young boys and two large dogs makes for a busy, chaotic home and their house is filled with noise and laughter and movement - but all of that hustle and bustle is wrapped up in a calm and soothing blanket of love. Unconditional and deep.
It was a pleasure to be a part of their lives, and to take photos of that moment in time. I hope that they love the photographs as much as I loved taking them.
I made a decision a few months ago to start taking photographs that really represent the moment, to capture all the joy and the wonder of what is real. Less props and artificial studio light, more of the natural beauty.
My newborn lifestyle sessions now take place at the clients home - where I aim to create a collection of images that document all the details. Photographs of the nursery, the babies tiny features and his movements, the bond that is developing with his parents and extended family. I feel honoured to have been a part of this recent shoot. To watch on and see this tiny little person in his new home. I took the photographs at his parents engagement, and then their wedding. It fills me with joy to be on this journey with them, watching these people come together and go on to make little people! Welcome to the world Eddie - 7 days old!
My family photography sessions have started, and I'm overwhelmed with all the people who have booked in with me to have family photographs taken. Thank you so much for choosing me. It is an honour to photograph you with your loved ones, and very exciting to see mum's getting in on the picture.
So many times you find mum is the one taking the image and therefore missing out on being in the photo.
In years to come these photographs are our treasured memories - a way of looking back at the passing of time. Family photographs document the different chapters in our life. I personally think they are very important. This session took place on Saturday evening in Frankston south, the sun faded after a warm autumn day and we played in the last drops of light. My favourite time of day. Here are a few images from our session.
We have a busy family life and the days are full. Full to bursting with stuff. After school activities, playdates, social media chats, messages and notifications, television programs, mobile phones ringing and beeping and buzzing, days out, appointments... the list goes on.
I had been feeling like I was literally always plugged in, always having to be somewhere, always on the treadmill to not be late, to get everyone ready, to answer that text message, to reply to that email. Exhausting.
At the start of the summer holiday break from school I made a decision to change things up a little around here. My aim was to reconnect with my life a little more and get rid of some of the unnecessary noise in my world. In previous years the school holidays were a time when I felt under pressure to entertain. I would fill each day with an activity, a tennis lesson, a trip to the zoo, a kids club program. Each day my children would turn to me and ask "what are we doing today" ? and I would respond by filling up each day with stuff, with things, with schedules and time constraints. All this driven by a fear of not wanting them to be bored, and if I am completely honest I took less effort from me to drop them off at a structured holiday program for the afternoon than it did for me to entertain them. Afterall I had jobs to do, work to finish, and a house to clean. I could not entertain them on top of that.
Looking back I have decided that I don't think I did my children any favours - I took away from them the ability to entertain themselves, I took away the true beauty of childhood, the bits where you just are, you just play, you lay in the grass and look at the sky and watch the clouds morph into faces and animals and other shapes, you draw pictures or paint, you sit around and chat, you run, you hide and you seek, build dens, ride bikes, swim in the ocean, climb trees, play make believe, dance to music, complete a jigsaw puzzle, use your imagination.... I had been filling up every waking moment and in doing so we had lost the beautiful everyday moments that are the things that make your soul feel alive. The small things that really are the big things. I feel like I kind of missed the point.
So this summer I decided to do things differently, and I started off by planning nothing.... no structure and no schedule. Then I had to deal with my children who have become so used to having entertainment provided for them - It proved a little tricky for them to think for themselves. At first they just seemed to follow me around the house, looking a bit lost. They would ask me for ideas, and needed my attention. It was actually draining and I would be lying if I said I didnt enjoy my wine immensly at the end of the day.
One day the hot summer sunshine hid behind dark clouds and the weather gods delivered rain... rain in abundance. It was the sort of day where I would usually book us tickets to go see a movie - a great activity to take up half a day and keep everyone occupied for a few hours whilst the rain poured down. I resisted the urge to jump online and purchase a cinema experience and instead left my kids to figure out what the day would hold. I looked out of the window at lunchtime and to my surprise and to my delight this is what I saw.
I can not even begin to explain the joy that I felt at that moment, the rain, the muddy puddles, the laughter. On that day we started our new version of summer holidays, our new version of family time, our new version of playtime. I have enjoyed sitting back a little and watching my children connect with each other and with time. It's a beautiful work in progress.