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Entries in family portrait photography (5)

Saturday
Jan082011

New Year, New Stories, New Loves

Welcome little Frankie! What a wonderful way to start the year, with a newborn photo session. On his 2 week anniversary little Frankie Jnr was the star of hist first photo shoot. Mum and Dad were so chilled and relaxed in their approach to bub and each other, it was wonderful to watch and to be around.

I love a woman that knows what she wants, so when Jaclyn called me from hospital 2 days before Christmas to make a booking, I just had to make it happen, and coming back from holidays early was so worth it.Such perfect little hands, ears and toes, newborn babies are just a wonder to behold.

 

 

The lovely tenderness with which Frankie's Mum and Dad bestowed upon little Frankie during our photo session I could see this was a little boy who is going to have a childhood filled with loving memories.

With explosive projectile wees and poos it was certainly a photo session to be remembered! Thank you Jaclyn for sharing the afternoon with me and letting me into your lives for brief time. It was truly lovely and I will have your online gallery up soon! Ax

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

Tuesday
May112010

Best time of day for location portraits? {Blue Mountains Portrait Photographer}

Many people tend to think that we need the bright sunny days of your gorgeous Aussie summer to take great portrait shots, and although that bright sun is wonderful for photos, so is the soft diffused light of autumn and winter. Generally portraits shot in the midday sun produce dark shadows in the eyes of the subject we are wanting to capture.

I am excited to have a whole new location to explore and challenge me, having relocated recently to the Blue Mountains. With 4 seasons in one day I am loving using the bright contrast of one day's midday light, and playing with the subdued softness of another.

It really depends on what result you want to get from your portraits as to when you head out for your portrait session though. Autumn is a great time of year to create family portraits, I shoot most location family  portraits in the early morning or late afternoon to get the sunlight shimmering through the autumn leaves at the right angle, and a softness that supports gorgeous family photos without too much squinting and heavy shadows. Always try to make time for a location scout before hand so as to know the way the light will be travelling before you take the family there for those special pics.

The portrait above was shot in Ashfield Park in Sydney on an overcast afternoon at about 5pm. I had seen the blooms on my favourite tree starting to fall, and every afternoon made a detour past the park on my way home... watching and waiting for the perfect light and the perfect moment to execute a simple yet powerful portrait with minimal styling and maximum connection and cuteness. Our shoot went for under 3 minutes, due to planning and patience.

 Let me know if this tip was helpful to you and I will post more tips for you to improve your photography of your family and pets..

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..