Archive for 'portrait'


I love it when a client brief comes together. This lovely local family had a clear vision of capturing their passion for the surf on an early morning dawn shoot down at the beach.

It a truly a joy to be out and about at this time of the day. I do love a lie in under my cosy warm doona on a chilly winter’s morning but give me a family to photograph in dawn light and i’m out of bed quicker then lightening.


Exploring new (for me!) and exciting family photography locations with dear friends. I’ve photographed these guys enough times now that it is a bit like slipping on a pair of comfy slippers and just letting the story unfold.


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


The last time I photographed this bunch, gorgeous little Eden was just days from being born. Faaaaast forward almost two years and boom…. and she is all growed up already. Just like that.

We stopped by the Stock’s farm on our way north on our Easter holidays and set up our camper in one of their fields of purple flowering lucerne . Did you know they mow down this pretty legume to make hay for the cattle? They say you learn something new every day. We camped out in this bucolic paradise for two days and it was the highlight of the school holidays for my two boys with all these kids on tap to play crazy boy games with.    The Stock’s Farm is quickly becoming Harry and Fin’s number one camping destination.  Its not bad for us adults either as we indulge in a few wines and stay up chit chatting late into the night around the campfire.

Jen has been wanting to line up a shoot for a while to capture their special relationship with their youngest daughter.  Finally the stars aligned and the full moon at sunset too!

Loving the contrast of the green and bountiful fields of crops to the ploughed winter fields and dry grassland of the last shoot. I think it gives a little insight into all the work goes into this land that provides for this delightful farming family.


This beautiful family was on holiday in Kiama from Victoria and decided to take the opportunity to get some natural photos taken together. Living on a river, they loved the idea of a session on a jetty at our beautiful Lake Illawarra.


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 : )


I’m taking advantage of a quiet few days to catch up on the many fabulous shoots I wasn’t able to find time to blog before Christmas. The kids are back at school and the house is so calm and peaceful. I can’t quite believe i’m able to sit down in front on my computer for more then two minutes without interruption! It has been amazing to have our boys all to ourselves for the last five weeks; to go on camping adventures and enjoy some quality beach time, but all good things must come to an end and thankfully we all seem to be looking forward to the end of holiday chaos and the introduction of our more orderly school/work routines!

You would not believe it looking at the light in these photos that just minutes before this shoot the heavens opened and let loose buckets and buckets of rain…thankfully the sun was not far behind and the misty light was really something special. This is a new location for me and I’m in love! These great ancient fig trees have always had a magical hold on me and this one is particularly photogenic with its old stone walls and rolling green hills in the distance. I can’t wait to do many many more sessions here : )


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!