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Six women – six shoots – six hours

What a day!  I had been planning this for several weeks, getting everything in order, teamed up with an experienced and talented hair and make up artist in the form of Melony and lined up six lovely women to take part in the shoots.  The day started with the usual bedlam involved with getting the family up, ready and out the door shortly after 7am.  Then it was home again to get the play area transformed into a shoot zone and turn my kitchen into a salon for the day.

I was excited to be working with Melony, she does beautiful work and conveniently lives only a couple of streets away.  We had a full day scheduled with our victims coming in every hour with a short gap in the middle of the day for a bite to eat or to catch up if we were running a little over time.  Kylie turned up right on time at 9am and slipped straight into the chair ready for her makeover.  As Kate turned up to take her turn in the makeup chair, Kylie came through so we could start shooting!

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From here, it was a constant blur of makeup, shooting, outfit changes, background changes, whipping hair up, adding in hairpieces (which Melony also makes herself, a woman of many talents!) and constant chatter and laughter.  All the women looked amazing, and I can’t wait to share some of their photos with you!


Chubby cheeks | Childrens Photography | Sydney

This little guy was all of 10 months old at this shoot that we did at a beautiful little patch of green near his home in northern Sydney.  He still has all his beautiful baby chubbiness – chubby cheeks, roly poly arms and legs and the chunky little body that hasn’t quite emerged from it’s babyness into toddlerhood.  He gave us some beautiful big smiles and grins and was such a happy little guy.

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But what did I love the most from this shoot?  The images I have below are what I love to capture.  This little guy is the youngest of six boys to this amazing mum and the connection and love between the two of them is delightful to see.  I love that I managed to capture their bond – having a glimpse into this family bond is one of my favourite things to see and capture.  The best part – his mum told me that she didn’t want to be in photos, that she generally hates photos of herself, but on seeing these she had to have them.

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Get in touch with me to book your family in for a photo session with me and exist in photos with your children today.

Letter to my Daughters – December/January

Dear Emily, what an amazing couple of months you have had.  We had a fairly busy run up to Christmas between daycare concert, catching up with friends and family and then Christmas day itself of course.  You had a ball opening presents (you totally understand it now!) and were so excited with your new play kitchen.

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There followed 3 weeks with all of us at home together which saw so many changes in you.  Your talk and chatter about absolutely everything now, presenting your ideas several times in a row, each time slightly differently or expanding on your idea as you work out how words go together and how they explain your world.  Each morning while your sister had her nap, you had dedicated time with me, your dad or both of us and we played outside – blowing bubbles, riding your balance bike or doing craft.  I think this was your favourite part of the day.

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We had fabulous outings to the zoo, water play, various parks, hanging out with your grandparents as well as spending a LOT of time at our local playground and walking around our neighbourhood.  While you love both mummy and daddy lots, you are definitely more of a mummy’s girl which means I get lots of cuddles and lots of demands that I do thigns for you rather than anyone else.

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You also had your first haircut recently.  This was a pretty big even for you and you really didn’t enjoy it at all.  There were lots of tears and pleading, but you were very brave and sat on my lap and let the hairdresser do her job.  You now love your shorter hair and it’s so much easier to take care of and doesn’t hurt when we brush it out for you.

You were very eager to return to childcare by the end of the break and so excited that Sophie would be coming with you too!  You fell straight back into the routine and have had an absolute ball.  Your confidence has been lovely to see and you are coming so much more out of your shell and interacting with the other kids there.

 

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Dear Sophie, an amazing couple of months for you too.  Your toddling has transformed into walking and now you are pretty much running!  It’s gorgeous to see you walking along and reaching up to hold a hand if you get a bit wobbly or determinedly pulling your hand away and asserting your independence.  Watchign you and your sister play together and twirling in our loungeroom (and falling over) has everyone in fits of giggles.

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You have absolutely loved having everyone home with you for several weeks and have grown so much in that time.  You are becoming more and more confident at the local playground (including a couple of incidents that really scared your parents while you worked out your limitations!) and can now walk around for about half the time we are at the zoo.  You even now enjoy playing with water – a sprinkler in the backyard, the water fountain area at Olympic Park are a couple of our favourite places on a hot day.

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At some point you stopped eating mushy food at all and are now eating almost the same as what your sister does.  You are loving pretty much everything we offer you, just as your sister did, and enjoy trying all the new things on offer now.  You also finally had 4 more teeth come through in mid-January bringing the total up to 10 teeth.  Your hair is slowly getting longer and getting all these gorgeous curls at the back.

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You had your first day at daycare this week.  It was a big deal for us while you are quite the little extrovert it is a huge change for you after being at home all the time up to now.  Much to our delight, you absolutely loved it!  You have loved having a new environment to explore, toys and games to play, people to interact with and so many different activities to do.  You are exhausted at the end of each day, but always in a good mood as you seem to thrive on all the interaction.

You are our happy, giggly, determined little girl, who is growing up so quickly!

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Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

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Flourishing Mothers | Headshots | Sydney

It was such a pleasure doing headshots for business partners Kate and Deb recently.  They needed both individual and joint headshots for use on their website, to represent them on social networks and for various other business purposes.  We met up and had a quick look around to find likely locations for shooting – some with a plain background and others with some of the environment in it for a slightly different look.  We also checked out what clothing they had brought along and ended up going for a casual looks and one a little smarter for when a more corporate appearance might be needed.

casual corporate headshotsKate and Debra are the two woman team at Flourishing Mothers – a coaching business focussed on helping mothers thrive.  They use positive psychology science to build resilience and increase mental health and well-being.  I think it’s a brilliant concept and really would have appreciated knowing of a resource like this when my first was really little.

2014-09-26_0003Do you need to update your headshot?  Do you want professional images with different looks for different purposes?  Get in touch with me now and let’s discuss your needs and when we can get them done!

Letter to my Daughters ~ September

Where to start… Our illness of the month for September was conjunctivitis, No fun for anyone, with Sophie and I both still feeling the lingering effects of it.  Emily, otherwise you have had a wonderful month.  With the warmer weather we have been getting out and about a lot more and you can walk for so much longer now – it’s rare that you want to get in the pram at all when we go to the zoo now and we sometimes stay for close to 3 hours.  Your talking is also coming along at a great rate – more words, concepts and longer sentences are coming out every single day.  Even the carers at your childcare have commented on how quickly you are coming along.

Talking of childcare, you have started spending a bit more time with the “big kids” in their play area in preparation for moving into a new room next year.  You are loving it and playing with new toys and people is so much fun.  The best part though is that you can always take yourself back to the little kids room when you have had enough and need a bit of space and quiet from time to time.

You are getting braver and more capable when playing at the little playground next door to our place and have even started interacting with some of the other kids there at times.  Your cousin Ben visited during the month and the two of you had so much fun playing together on the slide!  You are so helpful as well, at childcare, you help with making the cots, passing out morning tea, bringing the other kids their drink bottles.  At home you love bringing toys for Sophie to play with or giving her a cuddle when she cries, and if we ever leave our phone within reach you make a grab for it so you can pass it back to us!

Emily, you are our happy, chatty, helpful, bossy little girl who loves being outdoors, going for walks and is obsessed with going to the zoo.

Sophie, you are growing up so quickly now.  Not quite walking, but you pull up on things every chance you get and can easily stand unsupported for quite a while now – even while bouncing up and down because you’re so excited at what you’re doing!  You constant happiness and joy with everything continues to amaze us.  You have your moments when you are tired, hungry or not feeling well and get a bit cranky, but they tend to pass very quickly.

Your appetite continues to grow and we are slowly but surely increasing how much solids you get and adjusting meal times to try and make sure you aren’t hungry.  You and your sister are playing together more and more, looking at books together, chasing each other or just smiling and holding hands.  You are becoming more aware of your surroundings and the people who visit in your life and it is wonderful to see you getting involved in things.  Our favourite ‘stop crying’ distraction is still singing songs to you – especially action songs where you have something to watch as well as listen to.

We have moved bedtime around again and you and Emily both go down in your cots at the same time now.  It’s a bit of a struggle as you are both excited to see the other, but it seems to be slowly settling into a routine – early days for this yet though.

Sophie, you are our happy, bubbly, sharing little baby who is growing up so quickly.

Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

For more Letters to Our Children posts, head on over to Rebecca’s blog!

 

Casual to Wow! | Glamour Portraits | Sydney

This glamour session has to be one of my favourite sessions to date!  I turned up at Steph’s place and first thing we did was to find where we would shoot in her house – they had a beautiful open living area with large windows letting in loads of natural light which were just perfect for what we wanted.  Steph already had her hair and make up ready to go, so next step was to check out what clothes we were going to work with.  Steph picked out a dozen different  outfits and from those we picked three “must have” options and then picked a few more which we would also shoot if time allowed (we ended up shooting six different looks).  One of the earlier tops, was this gorgeous soft, pink top which was perfect for some really pretty headshots.

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We then moved on to ripped jeans and a casual, pretty lace top and took a range of images from headshots to full body.  I love how friendly and relaxed Steph looks in this image and it’s one of my favourites from the day.  Second to last outfit was this stunning evening dress which Steph absolutely rocked!  She looks amazing, strong and utterly feminine at the same time.  THIS is glamour!

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One of the challenges was getting Steph into some of the poses (definitely not a reflection on you Steph), they’re trickier than they look!  After re-setting her pose yet again, she was getting frustrated that she couldn’t just “get it right”.  But you know what, we’re not professional models, we don’t do this on a daily basis and chances are you’ve never done anything like this before, so it can’t be expected that this will all just come naturally.  So after shaking it all out and starting again, we nailed it the next go.

The final outfit?  Well, we won’t be sharing those photos, but I believe her husband was very pleased with the results!

If you’re interested in having me come over to your place, and letting me make some gorgeous photographs of you, get in touch and we will set a date!

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A Splash of Purple | Glamour Portraits | Northern Sydney

Check out my new purple backdrop – I absolutely love how they turned out!  Lucky for me, Kathie is a big fan of purple so we started the shoot with it and she looks pretty amazing.  Kathie and I know each other from another life when we both worked for the same company several years ago, so it was really great to catch up in person again.  She is such a busy woman – full time work, 3 kids and several other side projects and activities to fill in all those spare minutes she doesn’t have.  Amongst all of that, she somehow found the time to train for and then complete the City to Surf in August.

We had a great time on this shoot (well, I did anyway) as I directed Kathie into the poses and made her twist and contort into the different positions.  It turns into a bit of a pilates or yoga workout at times, but the results are worth it!

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Here are the same images in black and white, a totally different feel to them but all beautiful.

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And because I loved these images so much, here are a few more from the shoot – Kathie, you were a brilliant model and I absolutely love the intensity of your eyes which comes through in every single photo.

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These shoots are such a fantastic way to just take some time out and celebrate ourselves as women, not just in our roles as mum and wife and our days filled with kids activities and home stuff.  So often we are the ones behind the camera and rarely appear in our own family photos and even more rarely are we the sole subject of a photo.  Give me a call or drop me an email to find out more about having a shoot like this for yourself – I’m absolutely loving the results!

Letters to my Daughters ~ August

Dear Emily.  You had your second birthday this month and are growing up so quickly!  We had a very small birthday celebration for you while 3 of your grandparents were in town.  There were lots of presents and you got to eat a whole cupcake, although you weren’t impressed with the overly sweet frosting and turned the thing upside down so you could just eat the cake part.

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The end of the month was a bit hard for you as you were hit with croup which made you utterly miserable for a week or so.  Luckily we got on to it quickly and you recovered ok.  Around the same time you had a massive word explosion though and you are still coming out with several new words every  day.  You’ve even developed a bit of a lisp as you try and get the words out faster than your mouth can handle.  It’s lovely being able to have simple conversations with you and hear you express yourself.

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With the weather improving, we have been able to get out to the park again which you are loving.  You are interacting with us and others so much more these days.  We had a fun  game of chasings around the park which had you peering out from behind equipment and giving us the most gorgeous cheeky grins. Your caring nature is shining out more and more, you are a beautiful, helpful, cuddly little girl.

Dear Sophie, you are so active now!  You are crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything and trying to climb anything within reach.  I think you enjoyed your sisters birthday as much as she did and got to play with the paper and some of the new toys.

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Most of your photos don’t show it, but it seems like you just don’t stop smiling.  You’ve been pretty sick this last week, but once you stop crying after a big cough you are straight back to grinning, blowing raspberries and making happy little noises.  We are still going to the zoo most weekends and make a point now to stop and let you out for a bit of a wander at some point which you are definitely enjoying, still a bit longer before you start noticing the animals though.

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You are also loving the visits to the park as you can now sit in the swing and get pushed in it a bit.  Emily loves giving you a push or sitting on the swing next to yours and you both watch each other as you swing.

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You are my gorgeous, happy, bubbly little girl, who can’t wait to start walking and follow her big sister around.

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Love you both lots and lots and lots xoxoxoxo

 Head on over and have a look at Joanne’s blog for the next post in our Letters to Our Children blog circle.