Afternoon Light | A Personal Post

I have become rather useless at blogging ANYTHING personal lately. I take lots of images of our everyday life and had grand plans to share those images with you all but life, craziness and other priorities always take precedence and I never get it done. It always goes in the too hard basket. This light though, this was special. 

My favourite part of an in home session is the beautiful light that inhabits each home and is unique to that place. My daughters room gets the most incredible light pattens that we usually miss because they happen right around school pick up time. On the weekend I walked past her room on the way to the laundry and saw this and had to grab my camera. She gave me approximately three minutes of her time before she ran off elsewhere, but those three minutes left me with some of my favourite images of all time. 

This kid, a constant source of frustration, but she brings me so much joy with the way she loves so fiercely and feels with all her heart. My babe forever. 

Morning Tea

"How lucky am I, to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard." ~Winnie the Pooh

Moving is hard. The stress of having to organise your life and pack it neatly into boxes to be moved on to the next place is a pretty difficult task. Its even harder when you have the whole emotional turmoil of leaving behind your nearest and dearest. Thats the hardest bit. Leaving behind the relationships you have formed and knowing that when you get to the new place, you may not be able to replace them. Not that you would want to anyway. 

Emma came to me when she was trying to think of a Christmas present for her best friend. Next year things are changing for them. Their current “normal” will change as many kilometres will separate them and the reality that they have known for the last few years will change. Its a situation that I know all too well.  Two years ago I left my best friend to come live in Maitland after we were moved here with my husbands work. It was awful moving away from her and the normal we had built up for ourselves. I know just how heartbreaking their current situation is.

Her vision for this session was to capture a normal morning tea for them. Coffee from the local high class cafe (cough), dress ups, tantrums, babies hanging out and moments… Many many moments. Moments they don’t ever want to forget. My heart broke when she told me “It's taken me over 30 years to find what Anne of Green Gables would call "my kindred spirit”. Its a feeling I understand and why I knew this session would be important and special. A real “heart” session. 

I loved every moment that I spent with these guys. It so important to capture these parts of our lives. They are often the most mundane but its the everyday things that mean the most in the long run. Honest moments filled with love, laughter and of course, some bff tears. Those bff's can be real pains sometimes. 

The Bywater Family

Im so incredibly lucky to have met some awesome families with my work and these guys are as awesome as they come. You know those people who you meet for the first time and they make you feel like one of the family? That is these guys. 

I first photographed Hudson at his newborn session earlier this year and was so happy to be invited back to see how much he had grown. Its amazing how quickly babies grow in the first year of their lives. They go from little tiny people who are completely dependant on you to not so tiny people who do things like sit up and eat real food in the blink of an eye (seriously, don't blink, you'll miss it). 

On this morning I came over to photograph a typical morning for our boy wonder here. We ate breakfast, listened to the birds and trashed the play room. I remember mornings like this when we lavished all of our attention on our first born. Before the siblings came along and the noise got louder and the attention more spread out. Not to say thats bad, its not, but its different. Its so important to capture these stages in our lives and I just adore doing to for you. 

The Critchley Family

I make absolutely no secret of the fact that I am not a traditional family photographer. I don’t get drawn to stiff and staged. My love is capturing connection and  true family moments in a way that is authentic, real and beautiful. It takes a special kind of family to be drawn to me and I fall in love with each and every one of the families I photograph. This family took a huge chunk of my heart when I met them. The connection they share, the love they have for one another and the kindness they showed was a joy to be a part of and I loved every moment I had with them. So much so I struggled to put my camera down when it was time to go home.

Anna is a crazy talented stylist (whose blog you can find here) so their home was so absolutely gorgeous. It was the love in their home that really drew me in though. In our pre session consult, Anna told me that their home is a reflection of the people who live in it and as soon as I entered I saw exactly what she meant. Every wall told a story and every corner was full of memories and beauty. I won’t lie, I really did want to move in right there and then.

Capturing connection is such a huge joy for me and these two beautiful girls had so much of it. Photographing them was an absolute dream and they made my job so easy. They fell into each other so effortlessly and easily that you could see how in tune they were with each other. I can only hope that my children have this kind of connection growing up.

I have so many favourites from this session, this is just a small snippet. Don’t forget to look out for the photobombing doughnut. I had so many giggles over him while editing these.

Isabel x