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Tuesday
Nov022010

Sydney Family Survives Bush Adventure {Blue Mountains Family Photographer}

Another gorgeous and busy family with a very busy little boy that I just loved spending a morning with recently!

I am always honoured when a friend invites me to share an even closer friendship by inviting me to create a family portrait for them. Jen and I met as housemates over 5 years ago. The couple of weeks we had together were fun. Soon after I unpacked, Jen announced she had met the love of her life, and was moving out. Can't argue with true love!

Marty and Jen 'just knew' they were meant to be together, and now they have the wonderful Jacob in their lives, I enjoy seeing their facebook updates on just how happy their family is together and the love they share with each other.

We chose a bush adventure in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, as in her photo session questionnaire Jen mentioned that 'both boys are pretty rambunctious and like to run around and jump off things.' Fun!

So a weekend getaway in the Blue Mountains was arranged, with a morning adventuring in the bush. Birds sung overhead, we heard rushing waterfalls nearby and the giggles of Jacob echoed up the valley. Crisp fresh air filled our lungs as we chased this way and that, jumped creeks, climbed trees, and generally had fun!

Thanks Marty and Jen for trusting me to create an experience just for you, to capture your family in this wonderful phase before Jacob the munchkin turns into Jacob the 'big boy'!

I'll have your complete online gallery to you very soon :)

Axx

Tuesday
Nov022010

A Sun Filled Morning in Blackheath... {Blue Mountains Family Portaits}

I love being welcomed into the homes of a family wishing to share a precious time in their lives with me. I enjoy every shoot, and as much as I give all of myself on every photo session, there is always so much that I personally get back by being around people in love, families growing, and babies discovering the world..

´╗┐This was a particularly special photo session for me as I had photographed the graceful Henriette when she was 36 weeks pregnant, bathed in the golden light of an autumn afternoon. To see the grace and glory of the female body as it grows little people, and then to see the wonder in the eyes of this new person in the world, and the love between parent in child is truly precious to share.

I found Henriette and Jack's attitude so inspiring, especially when I asked how things were going and H's response was: 'Pretty well, apart from the exhaustion. We're pretty busy, we just opened a new dental practice, have been mountain climbing and sailing recently and are planning a hike in New Zealand next year'... all with the twins in tow.

Thanks for the 'picnic' among the trees Henriette and Jack, I'll have your online gallery link to you very soon!

Ax

Thursday
May202010

Rains pause for Inner West Photo Adventure {Pregnancy Photographer}

Last Wednesday night I drove down the mountain to prepare for my early morning pregnancy shoot the next day. I didn't realise when Clare said it had been raining and she was nervous about the weather that the rain was actually torrential! The windscreen wipers were on full blast and their affect seemingly non-existent. However, we retained our humour and prepared ourselves for a fun photo shoot with drenched hair, colourful brollies and gumboots in the mix. When I awoke in the morning, I glanced out the window to see light grey skies with patches of blue sneaking through!

 

We laughed at the wonderful turnaround in weather and after a few shots with Charlie the pup at home, we went off on our inner west photography adventure. Clare has a fabulous energy and flair and we went out hoping to capture her wonderful belly as well as a bit of 'something else'...

I asked Clare to choose a location for our photo shoot that held a lot of meaning for her. She chose Callan park in Rozelle (in Sydney) as she used to walk around the water's edge and through the grounds when she first got together with her lovely man, Rob. So we went to capture the nature of the offbeat inner west with it's rambling old buildings ensconced in rambling gardens.

Just to add a touch more sentimentality, Clare brought along a handcrafted teddy-in-waiting that her mother had given to her at her Baby Shower.

I am always honoured to photograph a pregnant woman, especially at this special last phase when there is so much quiet excitement, an imminent end to this chapter of growth and such a large adventure in the future about to begin. In the planning there always a slight sense of urgency from the wonderful mother-to-be as after 36 weeks there is a chance that baby might choose to come sooner than our booking!

It was lovely to see how much Clare had enjoyed her pregnancy and to see her joy and anticipation of becoming a mother. I just love this photo (above) and seeing her inner strength as an individual and a woman. I think this little person about to arrive is going to be very lucky indeed.

 

All in all it was a lovely morning adventure with some absolutely beautiful results. Now we have created our artwork baby has permission to arrive ;)

Thursday
Apr292010

Cute Lil Beans in Tees {Kids Fashion Photographer}

Before the green leaves change their hues to an autumn red, we visited a location in Katoomba for a kids fashion shoot. April, the Director of Lil Bean is about to release her autumn range and just in time for layering tees and long sleeves!

I love finding the right location for portraits, whether it be for family keepsakes, fashion or business. It is so much fun matching personalities, products and places to get something that is fun, vibrant and gets us fabulous results!

These little beans had such a fun adventure being out in nature and exploring their surroundings as well as playing together, it summed up what Lil Bean is all about perfectly.

April has sourced Australian made tees made from organic cotton and prints every shirt by hand with non-toxic dyes in her Blue Mountains Studio. I'm very impressed by this busy mother of 2 indeed. I'll update when her new website is up so you can see the rest of the pics from the collection.

Wednesday
Mar312010

Business can be Sustainable.. {Environmental Photographer}

Today I sent out the very first of my new design Portrait Photography Session Gift Vouchers, I am so excited to get the feedback from my client when she gets it in the mail! It is a voucher with an Easter theme (obviously), with Mother's Day Vouchers on the way soon.

I got the inspiration for my new vouchers from our wedding invitations. Our wedding is happening in under 3 weeks, and for a number of weeks (months ago now) we visited paper stores, researched online, did the rounds of some more markets and stores, and then decided to purchase from 'Amazing Paper' on Enmore Rd, Enmore, Sydney. The 'ingredients' of our delicious invite were from various sources, as sustainable and suitably matched as we are to each other.

For a while I was considering getting a DIY package to put together, or buying specifically designed invites printed in recycled materials from someone far away on ETSY, or generally, online. I personally love being creative, in my photography and in other areas such as craftiness.. so we made our invites and I am so proud of them, you can see why I would continue the theme every chance I get in my business.

The deep brown backing card is called 'Bier Bock', at 250gsm it was the perfect weight for a backing card and is made from recycled beer waste. What Australian groom would not relate to that?  I mean, even I think that is an awesome usage of waste products! The divine top sheet is 'Via Felt Cream Text Paper' and is 30% recycled and made using wind generated electricity. I am proud of the research and commitment we put into our invites, and that I can make top quality, even luscious gift vouchers for my clients to give to their families, each handmade with love, and finished with a personal seal. Even following the invitation theme each voucher has a magnetic strip on the back so recipients can post it on the fridge as a reminder to get their family organised for an adventure in their favourite location with me!

I feel each lovingly handcrafted gift certificate represents an aspect of who I am as a person as well as a photographer; committed yet not abrasive in my commitment to the environment, creative and passionate with a quietly understated sophistication..