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

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?


The Roach Family

I am going to warn you ahead of time that this post is going to be a bit gushy so if you don't like that kind of thing then just scroll down to the pictures because this family is seriously awesome and you want to see that stuff.

When I think of family I think of that comfortable place where you fall. You know the one, can sometimes be found in your bed, that place that is so comfortable and cosy that sometimes you just can't bring yourself to move in the morning. That to me is family and when I think of these guys that is what I feel. They are my peeps, my family, my loves.

Sam and I met many years ago. Its a long story involving tupperware and door knocking ( I won't go into the details) and we forged a friendship based on coffee, messy floors and stationary. We made our way through two pregnancies together and watched our children fight, hug, scream and play on our messy floors. We have drunk lots of coffee, talked lots and lots and cried lots too. I have always felt safe with her and her beautiful family and our children are like siblings, one big rowdy crazy bunch. Just the way we like it.

Thanks to our big move last year we no longer live down the road from each other which is hard, but when we meet up its like no time has passed and although we miss them with all our hearts, it comforting to know that when we are together again nothing will have changed.

See, what did I tell you?? Awesome. Now onto the picture loveliness.

Why Family Photography?

Imagine that 3 months before your 21st birthday your Dad passes away... He had cancer and although it was expected, how quickly it happened certainly wasn't. One minute he went into hospital for the doctors to try and get some calories into him and the next he was gone. Imagine pouring over albums in the months following and remembering him and the times you shared. The holidays, the birthdays, the Christmases. Imagine the sinking feeling in your gut when you thought about the wedding photos he would never be in and the images of squishy newborn grandkids wrapped in wrinkled hands that would never come to be. That was me 11 years ago and that is why I am so passionate about family photography.

Losing my Dad at an early age certainly made me realise a few things. Time is not infinite and tomorrow is by no means guaranteed. If you were to pass tonight in your sleep what legacy would your children have of you? What memories would they have to look back on? This is a huge part of why we hire a photographer every year to take our own family photos. Being the one that is usually behind the camera, this gives me the opportunity to be in a few images with my family too. It also allows me to prepare a time capsule for my children of us, a memory they will have of this time in their lives long after I am gone.

Yes I know you might have a few kilograms to lose, I do too. Yes I know that the kids may act up, trust me, mine know all the tricks. Yes I know your partner isn't a huge fan of the camera, mine doesn't love it either. I know you have a whole bunch of reasons in your mind as to why it is too hard to have family photos taken but you know what, none of that actually matters. Sorry, it really doesn't.

As it is with all things in life, my passion for family photography, and more specifically lifestyle family portraiture,  stems from my own life experiences. I relish in real life moments and aim to capture those for you in my work. I don't need to tell you how quickly children change. Our last family photos were a meer 8 months ago and already my daughter has changed in so many ways. The images of my boys 4 years ago barely resemble them now. You already know all that stuff though, you see it in your own kids every day.

When was the last time you had your family photo's taken? When was the last time you were even in a photo with your family, professional or not? What is holding you back? I urge you all to book in your family photos with a photographer this year.  It really is that important. Give your children the gift of memories. I am thankful I was given that gift.

Sisters hugging and laughing during a Maitland Family Photography session
Photo of a family of 4 during a newborn photography session in Newcastle.
Natural image of a family of 5 at an Adelaide Beach.
Image of a family of 4 at Morpeth Common. Natural and beautiful.