I have so much to share about this family, and not enough words.

Words that describe the pure joy when a mum looks at their child with that look of pride and love.

Words that do justice to a grandma’s patience, comfort and joy with spending time with her grandchildren.

Words to paint a picture of a dad’s happiness when surrounded by everything he treasures.

Words that are able to show a child’s love for trees and another’s ability to see trolls and another’s pure wonder at the tinest flower.

For these precious moments, I have no words.

Fortunately, I do have photographs.  I was so fortunate to capture these.

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Forgive my ramblings on children and photography location today, but its been a while between posts.

Some days I stumble upon a location for a great family photography session quite by accident.  Sometimes, one of my clients has a specific spot we like to photograph at, sentimental reasons usually come into play.  The family have spent time there all together growing up, for example.  Sometimes, I see a location, and think, I’ll have to remember this spot for the future.  Lots of different things come into play when it comes to a location for a photography session.

This particular photography location I have run past at least once a week for the past 5 years, and not once have I thought to suggest it, until now.  I love running through the bush behind our place at Chapel Hill.  Nothing clears my head more than some time spent in the quiet surrounded by trees, the cockatoos and the occasional galah (I am referring to the birds btw). I do find some great locations at times, but there is usually a trade off of some sort.    Access is bad, or its busy with people all the time etc.  Not here, no trade offs to be had.  Just beautiful light, a beautiful backdrop (looking out towards Ipswich) and plenty of different spots to play with and get some beautiful images.

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These boys were such a gem to photograph.  Personality for me in front of the lens doesn’t necessarily mean the joker is always centre of attention.  So different in their ways, yet so connected.  One the quiet type, happy to watch on and stay quiet.  Whereas the other, ready to be front and centre, just ask the question and he is there. Sometimes its difficult to see, until you make the time to stop and look.   I’m so glad we did, and I’m so glad we found this location too.  A combination of beautiful styling (nice work mum), great family and a fantastic location pulling out all the stops.

Everyone kicks a goal 🙂

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It’s hard to believe there are parts of Mt Cootha I am yet to discover.  Yesterday I did just that, and I got really excited about getting a family up there to photograph.

To test out my new location, I’m offering 3 family mini sessions this Sunday afternoon, 21st May. There will be 3 spots available – 3pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm – first in best dressed for the time.  All sessions will be half an hour.

No session fee – you simply purchase what you would like from the session.

For full details simply contact me and I’ll send through all the particulars.

I’d love to see you on Sunday – let me know if you are free and we’ll book you in.

 

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Mum’s, its time to get in the picture.

And yes, I’m talking to all of you mums who run away from the camera, as well as the dad’s who allow it to happen and the kids that don’t ask for it.

“We’ll get photos done when I loose some weight.”

“I don’t need to be in the photos.”

“I am so not photogenic”

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Well here’s a newsflash mum’s, one thing I’ve learnt this week is that there are no guarantees for tomorrow, and these photos you are putting off, they aren’t really about you, even though you are required to be in them.

I’ll stop being so brutally cryptic, but in all honesty, these photos are for your kids and they want you in them.   They aren’t looking at your tuck shop lady arms, your regrowth which should have been dealt with weeks ago but hey, who has had time for that. They want to see that amazing radiant smile you have which makes them feel warm and loved inside. They don’t see the stuff that your self critical eye see, they really only see their beautiful mum looking at them with love in their eyes, and warmth in her heart.

Think about your own mum or your husband/partners mum, don’t you wish you had beautiful images with her from when you were a kid? I have some great images with my mum now, but I desperately wish I had some more from when I was a kid.

Its time mums, to get yourself on the other side of the camera and be present and accounted for.    Let’s get you on the wall and show these kids who has their back.

To make that easier for you and for those who wish to facilitate it, every Mothers Day gift voucher purchased between now and Mother’s Day will receive a complimentary desk-size print valued at $90-00.  Just be sure to tell me its for Mother’s Day so I make sure its added to the voucher.

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It’s time Mums, let’s get in the picture.

Order your Gift Voucher for Mum now.

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Once we have booked in for a family session, the biggest question I get asked next is “what are we going to wear?”  Its hard enough working out one outfit, but coordinating 4 or 5 is complex, and then throw in a 3 year old who will only wear a swirly skirt, an 8 year old who wants to wear his favourite Star Wars shirt and then a teenager who has decided this week she’s going to be a goth.  No doubt your eyes may be twitching just at the thought.

Never fear, its not going to send your blood pressure through the roof, this is a fun process and I’ll try to give you as many of the tools as I have to offer, to make sure it stays that way.

Firstly, lets assume that mum’s or dad’s word is the reigning power (we can only hope right). We start by selecting a colour.  Perhaps mum has a favourite red dress, or dad’s favourite shirt that reminds him of the recent family holiday is blue.  Perhaps its the 5 year old who was given a dress from grandma that you would love to see her in.  Start there, and then build the family portrait wardrobe.  Say the colour is blue, even better than that, teal like the gorgeous family below.  From here we can do denim jeans, we can do, beige chinos, we can do a maroon shirt, we can do black and white and all the shades of grey in between.  It all works.

Family-portrait-brisbane-cityAnother idea – mums favourite dress is mustard yellow!! Guess what, that goes with maroon, and blue, and white and black and all the shades of grey too.

The big thing, is building the family portrait before it takes place.

Once you have an idea of what everyone is going to wear, throw it all on the bed.  Lay out the clothes beside each other on a white sheet and see how they look together. You can pull pieces out and add bits from here.

family-cuddles-portrait-brisbaneOn an individual level, Everyone has to be comfortable.  There is nothing worse than knowing you are going to be up on your wall in these clothes and your 9 year old boy is pulling at his collar throughout the session, or the 1 year comes out in a rash from her skirt frill.  This goes for mum and dad too.  You need to be comfortable and you need to ensure you love what you are wearing.  I strongly recommend a small sleeve for us women.  It doesn’t matter how good your guns are, we tend to judge images of ourselves the hardest of all.
Most importantly, dress as yourselves.  These girls below, are bright and vivacious personalities – why would they dress any other way.  After all, we’d then miss all that blue magic – matching the sky – who does that.

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This is about capturing your family at this point in your life and celebrating this time. That means as you are now.

Its a beautiful life, lets go capture it.

 

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