A beautiful, beautiful day!
A much longed for and adored baby boy. Welcome to the world little Finn.
Working for yourself from home has its benefits. No one cares if I slob around in pjs all day or complain about my penchant for 80′s pop rock. I call the shots on how the work is done and I love being accountable only to myself.
But with every yin there is a yang. The darker side of going solo is the isolation of working alone. I spent many years working with vibrant creative people in a busy office environment and I dearly miss the sociability of working in a team….chats with my colleagues over coffee, the silly office jokes, long friday lunches and drinks after work. Tackling the hard business problems is tough on your own. It is so much easier to make good decisions by putting a group of heads together to ruminate on the possibilities.
Heres where we thank humanity for inventing the internet. Over the years a wonderful group of diverse and passionate photographers have gathered online and collectively do a simply amazing job of filling that lonely void. No unresolved question left hanging, no internet funny left unshared. They are encouraging and supportive. Through the magic of social media, we’ve laughed and cried and challenged each other through the early years of our solo careers.
Thankfully sometimes circumstances collide and I get to become friends with some of these wonderful people “in real life”. The mum of this family is valued member of this online group but has also been a beautiful IRL friend to me over the years. I was so thrilled she asked me to capture her family photos!
We managed to catch the only tiny sliver of beautiful light and warm wind in what turned out was the most dismal week of Melbourne weather. Lady luck and the weather gods were on our side for once!
We are so privileged to live where we do and even more so when we get to shoot a beautiful destination wedding such as this right in our doorstep in Kiama.
This newly married pair jetted off to Madagascar shortly after their wedding, the first of several months of time out exploring exotic destinations far and wide. I can’t think of a better way to kick off a lifetime together!
If you had to choose the most memorable moments of your child’s first year, which ones would you pick?
Obviously day one is pretty high on my list. The experience of birthing my babies, full of physical sensation and extreme emotions, is hard to forget. This day conjures memories of fear and excitement… fear of the labour pains mingled with the excitement of meeting my child. The uncertainty of not knowing who we are going to be charged with looking after for the rest of our lives and my doubts about whether I have the skills as a mother to look after this beautiful creature as skilfully as he deserves.
The other memories that rates high on my list are my children’s first birthdays, one year on and no longer a stranger to the practicalities of parenting a baby or to the beautiful person we have grown to love. 365 days on duty, day and night. We made it, the baby survived and so did we…forever changed and chronically sleep deprived but here we all are, a major parenting milestone under our belts.
Birthday parties are a big deal to me as they are a celebration of ALL of this, so when one of my clients goes all out on their kid’s birthday, I love every minute of it.
Scarlet’s first birthday party was held at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour. An underwater journey through Australia’s unique freshwater and marine environments and a feast for a one year old’s senses and imagination.
We enter the aquarium experience through a dark and moody tunnel, flashes of vivid fluorescent beams spotlighting the murky underwater depths on each side of us. Strange aquatic life lurking behind the sea grass, ready to pop out and surprise us unawares. Scarlet observes wide eyed this dazzling ambush to the senses, safe on the landlubbers side of the glass and always within easy reach of her parents secure arms.
As our walk continues the mood lightens and the environment becomes more colourful and tropical. Scarlet wows her adoring audience by practicing her newly acquired walking skills in the oceanarium tunnel. Sharks, dugongs and stings rays mooch around in 2.6 million litres of filtered water pumped in from Darling Harbour swirling above our heads.
At the end of all this sensory delight is a table laden with sweet treats, as beautiful to your eye as sweetly delicious to your taste buds. A baby blue ocean theme with Ariel the mermaid as the aptly chosen cake topper. Scarlet’s nearest and dearest serenade the lucky girl with birthday wishes as her sparkler candle counts down the year.
This one year old is not yet talking but it is the wonder of the human child that no words are necessary to express the joy experienced.
Simply beautiful cake, sweet treats and table styling by Jenna at Pretty Parties.
Can you believe we are still in the depths of winter? No… neither can I.
It is that time of the year again… the most affordable way to commission Kisschasey Photography to capture your family this year!
Over $600 in value for only $395; only available between 1st Septemeber to the 15th September.
Just twice a year, around the time of Mother’s Day (Autumn) and Father’s day (Spring), I offer specially priced family sessions to celebrate and reward all your parenting efforts throughout the year! It is a delightful opportunity to spend a relaxing hour having fun with your kids and in the process capturing this time in your lives. These images only get more valuable as time passes, your kids and yourselves will cherish these photos in 20, 40, 60… years time, so don’t miss this opportunity capture your family at this awesome price.
Your $395 includes the following:
- 45 to 60 minutes on location photo session with Sophie for up to five people (additional family members can be added for $25 per person);
- a private online gallery with 20 to 30 fully edited Kisschasey signature style images to choose from;
- ONE matted 8×12 print;
- TWO matted 5×7 gift prints;
- THREE high resolution digital files of the images you chose for the prints included in this package;
Terms and conditions:
- $395 shoots must be booked at a location within the Kiama local area (anywhere between Wollongong to Nowra). However Sydney families can book in for $495 (to cover additional travel expenses)
- Payment in full is required immediately on booking to confirm your session spot;
- The session must take place between the 1st September and 15th September however fees are transferable in the case of bad weather or illness. Fees are non-refundable if the session is cancelled with less then 7 days notice;
- These sessions are not available in conjunction with any other offer.
Want to book?
Email or call Sophie now! Phone 0400 402 251 or email email@example.com. These sessions can book out quickly, and there are a limited number available, so don’t delay.
Mum, don’t fall over in shock, take a seat…but i’ve actually edited some of our own family photos! The cobbler’s children go unshod no longer : )
School holidays are hard with two parents working from home. The computer is always beckoning for client shoots to be edited or urgent emails to be answered and the kids often end up with the short end of the stick. So Paul and I have decided that each school holidays we are going to pack up the truck, escape out office chains, live like gypsies and explore this beautiful land we live in. The kids are born campers and Paul and I love the freedom of the open road. Everyone is happy.
The photos below show our latest winter road trip to Broken Hill via Bathurst, Dubbo, Cobar, Darling River, Menindee Lakes, Silverton and Lake Mungo. Winter was always going to be the hardest holiday of the year to do this kind of travelling in and I must say I wasn’t relishing the idea of frosty mornings or getting up in the middle of the night for the boys to do a pee (we are in a roof tent after all!) We soon got into the rhythm of it though and our dear Paul was pretty awesome at doing the hard yards when it came to the nightly pee adventures and braving the cold first thing to make us all hot milo and hot milky coffees to get the blood moving again. It was so cosy under that warm doona in our little family tent. I love how there is enough room for all four of us to stretch out and share our sleep together comfortably, it brings us all closer together I think.
Photos a team effort by both Paul and myself.
My favourite time of the year is when my children’s grandparents come to visit… my parents come from the UK once or twice a year (i’m very lucky to have travel loving oldies) and Paul’s folks in Melbourne also come whenever they can. It is such a joy to have them around for the day to day business of living, helping with the kids and filling up their reservoir of love and attention.
So I was delighted to capture this family with the focus being on Granny visiting from South Africa!