Posted on April 20, 2012

This family session was a secret … shhhh!  Secret text messages & emails.  Envelopes of cash handed over to avoid detection.  Trenchcoats, dark glasses.  Ok, maybe not the last part.

The reason for all of the secrecy?  The mama of these two gorgeous boys had arranged this as a surprise for her husband’s birthday, and I’m pleased to say it was a success – she presented him with four beautiful wall prints for his birthday, and he was none the wiser!  I have to admit, it was a lot of fun being involved in such a lovely surprise.  Megan – thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of it!

I have a little sigh to myself every time I see this first image of Spencer – it’s one of my all-time favourites.  Such a beautiful boy, and I always think he looks like he could be modelling for Country Road!

And adorable little Nate – all blue eyes & cheeks.

And I just had to finish off the post with this, because it just makes me giggle – aren’t they the most delicious drumsticks you’ve ever seen?



Posted on April 9, 2012

Families come in all shapes and sizes.  Little ones, medium ones, big ones.  Kids, no kids.  Two parents, one parent.  A Mum & a Dad, two Mums, two Dads.  Little kids, not so little kids and really big kids (okay, so those are usually the Dads!).  Blended, extended … the possibilities are almost infinite. Sometimes families are born, and sometimes we make our own.

When I think of families, I’m always reminded of this quote by Jane Howard:

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family:  Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

Often, when your kids get older, the photographs become less frequent (I saw this in my own baby album).  It’s understandable – when they are tiny & new, they change so much, so quickly.  Sometimes it feels like they can change within the space of an hour.  You want to capture every little part of them.  When they get older, and the changes become less frequent & obvious, the need to capture them is far less urgent.

That said, I do think that everyone should have regular family portraits taken – no matter how old your children are.  If for no other reason than you actually make it into the photographs.  Yes, you.  You know who you are – the person always behind the lens, snapping away.  Your kids will want to see photos of you.  I know all of the excuses for not being in photographs (believe me, because I have wheeled them all out at one point or another), but you should do it, for your kids’ sake, and yours.

The beautiful little family below is very dear to me, as they are part of my family – my beautiful cousin Nichole & her two amazing kids, Jeremy & Jessica.  I love them dearly, and couldn’t wait to photograph them when they came to Melbourne to visit recently.  They are a beautiful, close & loving family, and you can see that shining through in the images below.  I particularly love the first one – Jeremy with his arms protectively around his girls, and Jessica looking up to him.  Just beautiful.


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