Archive for January, 2012


As a child, playing on the rocks and exploring rock pools was my number one summer pastime. It was so fascinating to discover the strange and wonderful things that lived in these spaces. When I was eight I was quite determined that when I grew up I was going to be a marine biologist.

These boys also share the love of clambering over rocks; seeking out the deepest cracks and crevices to find the biggest and best crabs. During this session I realised just how long it has been since I last went rockpooling. These boys were so nimble and agile jumping over the rocks, anticipating the angles and exact slipperiness of the suspiciously green bits. I felt big and clumsy (and just a little nervous) as my muscle memory reminded me of how once i’d been able to jump as freely as them between the boulders.

Their parents wanted to capture their love of the beach before they pack up their Bronte home and head inland for a new start in Canberra. I walked away from this session with such a feeling of joy in my heart. A gorgeous family and an absolute pleasure to photograph!


I truly believe that a family photo session is a unique opportunity to celebrate the love in your life. A perfect chance to forget the stresses of daily life (and we all know parenting young children has its stresses) and revel in the pleasure of simply being with those dearest to you.

This is one of those sessions that I strive for. The parents took the day off work to spend the morning with their gorgeous daughters; soaking up the beauty of an uncrowded Balmoral Beach on a glorious Sydney day.  Everyone was relaxed, the kids were happy to play and explore… I had a smile from ear to ear the whole session. It was a truly a joy to be their photographer that day!


My sister, Lucy, has been working with this gorgeous family for a year or more as their nanny. Coming from my experience of parenting two very young kids that are an endurance test in patience at the best of times, I can say that I raised the hairy eyebrow at her choice in switching careers to full time nanny of twin boys!

Well as it turns out, these two boys are just the most gorgeous kids. I had the pleasure of spending a number of play dates with them and my boys at various park locations around Sydney. It was a joy for the boys to make new friends and for me to spend this time with Lucy and watch her care so brilliantly for her charges…and boy did I under-estimate how good she is at this child-rearing thing. A natural I’d say.

In just a matter of a short few weeks, the family are moving New York for their next big adventure. Lucy is staying here in Australia and I know she’ll miss her little friends enormously.

So I was delighted when Jon and Lara booked me to capture the boys at this fantastic age of 4 1/2 and their life living on Bronte Beach in Sydney. Soon they’ll be replacing their cut off jean shorts and tee-shirts for woolly jumpers and thick winter coats. They’ll take their photos with them and one day they can look at them, wherever they are, and say “remember when..” Little windows back in time to a warm windy blue sky afternoon at the beach, the smell and taste of hastily devoured chunky chips with tomato sauce and that wonderful feeling of being present with the ones you love.


Going, my boat’s leaving today.
Gonna get down to the water,
gonna wash these blues away.
Man this city’s taken too much from me,
gonna head out to the country,
find a place where i can breathe.
I’ve been working 9 to 5,
trying to lead a gracious life,
but my hard work only ever went to keeping me in strife.
Gonna take another road.
Gonna find myself some soul.
Gonna do my best in every way,
to pay attention as i go.

Cash money,
aint got no use for you.
Unless you can buy me true love.
And it’s funny,
how many time’s they’ve proved,
that the only true fortune you can save,
is the truth.

“The Beautiful Girls” Cash Money

I’ve known Emma for over 14 years. We went to university together, partied hard as young twenty somethings in the same crowd in London, travelled the world on much needed escapes from the grind of climbing the corporate ladder, and even worked together at the same company when first she was first arrived in Sydney. She is pretty much my favourite person in the world.

In all those 14 years, she has talked and dreamed of a house in the country with a couple of dogs around her feet and a good man to keep her honest. Sometimes that dream felt a long long way from ever happening but about 4 years ago she met Ant and “click”… the path was clear and plans carefully made. But, big dreams, especially those worth having, do not come overnight and these guys have done their time in the Sydney high-stress corporate jobs.

Finally, In September this year, they moved into their own house in the country with the much desired garden. They rescued their dogs, banished to Ant’s parents due to misocynist landlord in Sydney. They cut their working hours down to “just enough” to get by. They DID IT…a slower, healthier, happier life in Berry on the South Coast!

This photo shoot is a celebration of this moment in their lives. The joy of feeling released and living the life they dreamed, planned and made happen!

Guys, my heart is full xx