Three months ago, Belinda and Bruce welcomed into the world their new baby girl, Zoe. I jumped in the car and headed on up to the beautiful Adelaide Hills for a morning photo shoot out in the gorgeous bushland of Cleland National Park. It was a little chilly but all were well rugged up and ready for adventures. The bushland was just beautiful. The tall moss covered trees, the way the sunlight found its was through the tops of the branches, everything, just beautiful. And even when Zoe decided it was time for a feed, Belinda didn't hesitate to comfort her baby whilst still amongst the gorgeous surrounds.
We enjoyed the crisp morning air for a little longer before heading back to Belinda and Bruce's home where we enjoyed a nice cuppa tea to warm ourselves up before snapping a few more captures of this humble little family.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but for some reason, this shoot just seemed a little extra special... Perhaps it was the beautiful location, or maybe it was the complete and utter happiness and fulfilment that just emanated from this one little family. My presence during the shoot didn't even seem to have an impact on how this family naturally interacted with each other. Those genuine exchanges of love between husband and wife and the soothing song and humming from a Daddy to his new baby daughter, created a calming vibe that will be hard to forget.
Again, thank you Belinda and Bruce for welcoming me into your home and allowing me to capture this precious time your lives.
It doesn't seem to matter how many newborn shoots I do, I still feel so humbled to be invited into the lives and homes of each of these families...
Yesterday I was invited out to a home to photograph two week old baby Ivy. From the minute Mum, Kelly, answered the door, I new this was going to be one of those shoots where we just chat, have some tea and take some shots. Kelly introduced me to the rest of the family, Dad, Trav and big brother, Charlie. Charlie helped me to get set up and then we got snapping. Outside it was rainy and cold but in the warmth of the bedroom and snuggled up on the bed, Charlie showed his love and curiosity for his new baby sister. With gentle head buts, open mouth kisses and curious pokes to Ivy's nose, it was clear that Charlie was truly smitten by the new addition to the family.
The entire shoot was so relaxed and Mum Kelly seemed to just emanate this beautiful honest and raw radiance that is motherhood. While Kelly fed baby Ivy, I enjoyed a warm cuppa tea and we chatted some more... We talked and shot for quite some time. Talking all things motherhood in some of the most beautiful and honest conversion I've had with a client and fellow mother. I left that session feeling like I had know Kelly for years!
What a beautiful little family to have spent the morning with. Congratulations on the birth of baby Ivy and I wish you all many many years filled with fun, plenty of adventures and loads of love.
"You're off to great places!
One of the most common questions I am asked when photographing a family (or anyone for that matter) is, "where would be a good location for our shoot?". It's a good question, and a great location can have real impact on your session. But my answer is usually this... Find a location that means something to you! This might mean finding a place that has sentimental ties or some kind of nostalgia attached to it. Or it may be somewhere that is going to be practical for the kids; an open paddock with plenty of room to run, a garden or park with loads to explore... Or it could be something as simple as your own backyard! Sometimes the most simple of locations can create the most meaningful photographs. If you have children, think about what they like to do. Do they like to run, explore, play. Think of a location that will best suit you, your family and what you like to do as a family.
For me, my favourite photographs of my own family are ones that have been taken in my own home or at my their grandparents place. The home I grew up in has so many memories attached to it, so the idea of capturing new memories of my children in that very same spot, is just such a beautiful thought! It's probably not the first location that comes to mind, but if you are lucky enough to have parents that still live in your childhood home, it really does make for some very sentimental and very special photographs for yourself and your family.
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