Archive for 'Baby'


An early morning winter stroll on the beach with the little ones…is there a better way to start your Sunday?


Catching the final sighs of Autumn colour in the Blue Mountains.


Blue skies, fluorescent green grass, a misty surf churned sea.. a true blue South Coast scene for family photos at Werri Beach in Gerringong : )


Not many folks can do pregnancy with quite such aplomb as my beautiful friend Em.  She is thinking this might be their last baby and wanted to capture her beautiful bump so as to remember this time in years to come.  Long after the sleep deprivation and discomfort is forgotten, it will be these fragments of light and wonder that remain.

Beautiful Berry farmland in the magic golden hour before sunset. As good as it gets : )


This shoot is testament to the fact that you can get amazing family photos whatever the weather. Torrential rain seemed to be the theme for most of my shoots this summer! The bigger kids were heading off all over the country soon after our scheduled session, so we just had to make the most of it and you know what, it felt liberating to be out on the beach in a down pour and, even so, we were able to capture some beautiful and unique family images!

A couple of weeks later we were able to book in a re-run with the babies on Minnamurra Headland and what fun we had. Little miss ran around, laughed and smiled as was as wonderfully cheeky as all 18 month olds should be! There is nothing like cheeky toddler to naturally inject movement and fun into a family shoot.


Our final family photo shoot in a beautiful year long project of documenting this family.  The end is bitter sweet. I’m sad that I won’t get to hang out with these guys every few months but mega delighted at the swag of gorgeous photos I’m able to hand over to celebrate their first year of being parents to their delightful little girl.

Is their a more awesome spot to end the year then Luna Park? We thought not : )

Do you want to see their other sessions?. Shoot one, Shoot two, Shoot 3, Shoot 4


A much longed for and adored baby boy.  Welcome to the world little Finn.


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.

{This is third shoot in a series of four we have planned to document Scarlet’s first year (365 package). You can see the first shoot here, the second shoot here.}

Simply beautiful cake, sweet treats and table styling by Jenna at Pretty Parties.


I read recently this quote about grandparents.

“The idea that no one is perfect is a view most commonly held by people with no grandchildren.”

Doug Larson

So true.  I know my own parents are blinded by their adoration of my children. Even when they are running amok after a Granny sanctioned lolly binge, my mother’s response will be,”look at these dear children, so adorable, so full of life”  O_O

This was a very easy and relaxed mother’s day session to include the gorgeous grandparents and uncle of adorable baby S (also photographed here and here!)  Lots of joking around and love in this family, a delight to capture! These three were so obviously besotted with the latest addition to the family!