Today’s session is for a very special little girl who turns one today! I remember visiting this little family in the hospital this time last year and I can’t believe that time has flown by so fast. It has been a bit of a tough year for my dear friend Em who has been adjusting to the joys and trials of motherhood as best she can but things aren’t always easy and little Kayla sure has a strong will and doesn’t quite fancy a good night’s sleep at times! This family session was dear to me and I know special to this little family as well. Dearest Kayla, you are loved beyond the realm of words and I hope you have a wonderful birthday (sorry we can’t be there), and a very exciting year of growing and learning and laughing ahead. Remind your beautiful parents everyday just how special they are – to you and to each other. Happy Birthday little one! All our love xoxoxo
Everytime I have the chance to photograph a mama to be I just marvel at the beauty of it all. One thing that reminds me everyday that there is a Creator is the sheer amazingness of a child being brought into the world. It makes me marvel even more as I see my two little ones grow up, learning new things every day and making me look at life so differently simply because they exist. Hazel and Danny, thank you so much for asking me to document this time in your life…wishing you all the very best for a smooth delivery and a beauty in your arms oh so very soon. Much love! xo
Loving these little road trips we have been on with our little family. This time we headed over to Canberra after a weekend in the Southern Highlands to visit the ever awesome Pobkes. It’s been so much fun to catch up with this little family whenever we can, watching our little ones get bigger and bigger each time, and finally be able to interact a little more on this trip. There was much hand holding, stolen kisses, and adventuring to be had….as could be witnessed via our instagram feeds (#babyengagementsession hahah!). This particular morning was a particular lovely spring day, Joel had taken the boys to Questacon so I could have a morning to photograph and so I did. I love these kind of documentary sessions, enjoying a slow wakeup to sleepy mummy and daddy voices reading and singing to Pippa as she bounced all over their bed, breakfast routine and a sneaky morning bath before getting ready for some sunshine and play outdoors. Parenting is never always easy, but it’s such a joy to be able step back a bit, forgetting what the world tells us we should do and how we should look and act, and to just enjoy the blessing in the child that tugs at your hand and wants your love, needing you simply because you are you. It’s a gift to be able to capture that, in all it’s honesty when you are invited into someone’s home, and I am very thankful to be able to do that. For a sweet little slideshow version of these piccies, please click hereand enjoy!
Christine and Clinton, thank YOU so much for being such amazing and generous hosts, and for growing your little family to include us within it for a few days. We all loved hanging out with you and visiting the unexpected wonderfulness that is Canberra, thanks for taking us round and showing us the sights! I think we might be back sooner than expected….Questacon is calling! Happy Monday friends, hope you all have a great start to the week. Much love! xoxoxox
The winter that just passed was a winter of quiet content. We didn’t try to get ourselves to the other side of the world as we would usually do in an off-season, and instead happily spent the days and weeks visiting friends new and old, near and far, and making memories as a family. The family you see pictured above is one whose journey I, and many others have followed in recent years through the soul-baring words and imagery from the road is home. Nirrimiand Matt have an amazing story and are incredible photographers in their own right, but more than that, sharers of life and change makers in a way that stirred something in me. After reading one of Nirrimi’s thoughts on life and motherhood one night echoing so much of what I could relate to, I impulsively sent her a message asking if we could come and visit and in all honesty couldn’t quite believe that I received a reply.
Our paths ended up crossing a couple of months later and I am so glad they did. We shared a little bit of life together, talking in front of a friendly fire, learning more about their dreams and hopes, and being inspired by the way they live their lives. Watching our little ones play together was also very sweet….Jesse ever so noisy and Alba such a thoughtful soul. Our little Luke was content to just look on.
The images above are a few that I took on film as a tiny little thank you to their family for opening up their hearts and home to strangers like us. Nirrimi, Matt and Alba – thank you so much for your amazing hospitality and kindness. I love how much you have shared your lives to inspire others, that your dreams are big and from the heart, and how the only thing that really, truly matters is the love between each of you that is your one true home. Thank you for inspiring my family more than you know. Much love!