What to wear, The Family Portrait Wardrobe, Brisbane

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.




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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    Brisbane Family, Wellington Point

    I was able to photograph this gorgeous Brisbane family out at Wellington Point – a gift voucher from her daughter to her mum for Christmas.   Mum had always wanted a family portrait session and, as it so often happens, life gets in the way.  Enter the daughter who knows her sister wants to spread her wings, and we spring into action.

    Such a blessed and lucky dad being surrounded by these 3 beauties all their lives. Inside and out, fun loving and yet so clearly caring and close.  Blessed are they all to have such family close to their hearts, regardless of where their wings might take them.

    Can’t wait to show you more beautiful family!

    Family Portrait Session Wellington Point


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      Week 2, Photograph the everyday, Brisbane Photography

      And wait, I’ve made it to the 14th January 2017.  Best I’ve done yet.

      This week was hot, quiet, and good for some quiet home time – lots of time in the pool!

      Enjoy – thanks for watching!


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        January 10th, 2017. Photography with heart

        Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
        Elizabeth Stone.


        Today, part of my heart flew away on a jet plane.  Not forever, its only a week.  But for long enough that you realise how much of you is in there, and how soon all this happens.

        I’ve been walking around singing in my head, “Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.”.  All the while, remembering that corny part of that movie, Armageddon, where Ben Affleck sings to Liv Tyler.  And I realised that every time I get on a plane, or drive someone I love to the airport, I sing this in my head, or out-loud, like I did this morning. Its a reminder that we have them for such a short time really.  We need to make the most of it.

        I’ve been documenting this Photo a Day challenge, since the 1st January, and its a great reminder of why photographs are so very important to us.  We need to cherish these moments for more than a moment, a status update, or for the number of likes they get.  We need to cherish them for that feeling you get, when part of your heart walks down the skybridge to fly away from you.

        Fly back soon my heart.

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          Week 1, Photograph the everyday, every day.

          Week 1

          The new year is here.  For some of us, relief that 2016 is done and dusted.  For others, anxiously waiting to see what 2017 has in stall for them.

          These school holidays have been relatively quiet.  Not much in the way of excitement, just holidays at home.  For me, I was so excited to have this time.  It was/is a much needed stay-cation, full of lazy days and relaxation by the pool.

          The kids lives are so full on during the school year – sports, music, homework – to have some time to tell me how bored they are, is exactly what the doctor ordered.

          It also gives you time to reflect on what is important, what we can let go of, what is holding us back.  Reflection for me, is key to finding that happy place of balance.

          So as the new year rolls around, that reflection turns to motivation.  Lets make 2017 greater than 2016.  Lets improve on last year, on last year’s self.  Be a better version in 2017.  Part of that for me was capturing more of what was around me so here goes – the photo of the day challenge.  I’ve started it before, and set limits and rules and some serious restrictions to make it more challenging.  But, life gets in the way and I think last time I lasted about 5 days.  Well here I am on day 8, and I’m feeling pretty chuffed I got here.

          Here is week 1 of the challenge, so please look out for week 2 next week.  And if I don’t post it, well lets not mention it.  After all I never set time frames on this one – I’ve lasted 3 days more than last time, so there you go, 2017 is already better than 2016. As one my favourite Friends character’s once said, “in your face last year me”.


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