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. 

Love for a Friend

Being asked to photograph a fellow photographer, especially one whose work I admire so much, is possibly the most nerve wracking thing I have ever done. I am a completely nervous person by nature so you can probably imagine just how I was feeling for this shoot. Natalie is one of the first photographers that I connected with in Maitland when I decided to start a family photography business. Since then she has become a dear friend, sounding board and confidant and a person that I have gone through experiences with that were both amazing and hard. She is a beautiful soul, so when she asked me to do this, all the reasons not to do it ran through my head at a million miles an hour. 

Thankfully before I gave into these thoughts, I agreed and we found ourselves on this beautiful evening, creating some of my favourite images of all time. I have heard a million times that magic happens when you push past your comfort zone and boy did I feel that on this day. Trusting in the light, the feeling and the connection was one of the most incredible experiences I have had as an artist. It has set me on a new course for what I hope to achieve in my work next year and it has stirred something up within me. A feeling I have been missing a bit lately. I loved everything about this session and I am so completely grateful to my beautiful friend for asking me to do this for her and trusting me! As a photographer we don't always find it easy to be on the other side of the lens. 

To my beautiful friend. You are incredible and amazing and I am so grateful to have you on my side. x

A Morning in Newcastle

Family photography is something I love for so many reasons. I delight in watching families interact with one another and seeing the way they move through life together and this is a family that I just adore watching. The love and mutual respect they have for each other is evident in everything they do and its such fun being in their presence. It is so wonderful to see that these teenage years that I keep being told to be fearful of really don't have to be as bad as I am led to believe. These guys just LOVE each other. Its an incredible thing to witness. 

This is the second time I have had the honour of photographing The Critchley family and right from the beginning Anna said she wanted something a little bit different for this shoot. Anna is a talented stylist whose blog you can find here. I love working with other creatives. As an artist I want to try new things and shoot sessions that are out of the usual and these guys are always up for that. Sessions with me are about the family I am capturing. Letting them be who they are and creating a snapshot of who they are right at that point in time. Perfectly imperfect and loved more than words can say. This kind of collaboration fills me with so much artistic fulfilment and is something I would love to do more of.

 We had so much fun wandering the streets of Newcastle together on a gloomy Saturday morning. We ate, we laughed and I captured these guys just as they are. I love these guys x

The Roach Family

I did a course recently and one of my assignments was to write down four people that are my biggest fans. People who are my cheerleaders, who want to see me succeed and who have my back no matter what. This gorgeous woman was one of mine. I am trying so hard to stop this post from spiralling into sap town but when it comes to our friendship its a bit hard for it not to. I love her and her family ever so much.

I take these guys family photos every year and every year I come away utterly exhausted (lets get real here) yet somehow full of my own personal brand of inner peace. I just adore capturing the chaos that is family life and these guys give it to me in spades. All the love, all the life, honestly. This is what I want to show you about your family. That even when you are at your most chaotic, you are amazing. Those incredible, unique people that you made, the ones who drive you CRAZY, they are perfect. That is what my photography is all about. 

These guys are about as amazing, perfect and chaotic as they come. Did I mention I love them too?


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.