Bringing Baby Home {Brisbane Newborn Lifestyle Photographer}

I got to visit little Myla and her family recently. Such a beautiful little girl. She decided, like many bubs on photo day that she didn’t really want to sleep.  The wonderful thing about newborn lifestyle photography is that wakeful babies mean lots of opportunities to capture those everyday moments like bath time and snuggles which is my favourite part.

Thank you so much for letting me come and capture some special moments for you.

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Thank you to all my clients

Welcome to 2014! I just wanted to take this time to thank all of my followers and clients who have supported me in this new photography venture as I move out of the realm of enthusiast to professional.  Although I am not taking new clients at the moment this year is going to be exciting.  I am undertaking a mentorship with a prominent Brisbane photographer and I am looking forward to learning and growing my photographic skills in the new year.

I hope you enjoy this video of my clients from 2013.

 

Every moment matters

There comes a point in every persons life when they realise how precious every single second is. That moment when you become aware that you need to soak in every minute of every day whether its doing something amazing or doing something mundane.  For many that point in life comes late in life, when old age or illness has set in and made you aware of how quickly time has passed and how much you have missed just through not living every moment to the full.  For me – I was lucky.  I reached that point in my life just a few years ago and it changed the way I view and experience everything.

Now every breath I take I appreciate, whether that be while I am hanging out the washing – a chore I abhor, or playing on the beach with my precious children, I love that moment. I find something good in it and I love the life right out of it.  The warm sun, the crisp wind, green grass, the bright contrasting colours of the graffiti, the decaying mortar on an old building. The wrinkles on that womans face, his shoes, the way my daughters hair curls up into ringlets, the way my son’s eyes shine when he talks endlessly about Yu-gi-ho or Pokemon, the way my husband smells when he leaves for work, the fresh smell of the washing I hate hanging out, the way the sunlight catches on that cobweb above the line.

Don’t get me wrong I have bad days too, when I loose my patience with my kids because they are driving me insane or when I forget something and have to go into the house 3 times or when I just need to lock myself in the bathroom to finish that Candy Crush level in peace, but even in these moments I remind myself to be present and appreciate it .

 

This Sunday we washed the car and I loved every minute of it.  As we finished off I ran to get the camera because it was just such a gorgeous carefree moment. My husband gave me a quizzical look – honestly you would think he would be used to this by now; “really he said – washing the car?” And I smiled at him because sometimes its hard to explain in words how beautiful these simple joyful moments are.

Bellies to Baby ~ Part 2

Yesterday I was talking about how precious Maternity or pregnancy photos are and today I wanted to talk about the next best thing – newborn squishy-ness.

In those last few weeks of pregnancy when all you want to do is meet the new person inside of you, many people will tell you not to wish it away.  Caring for that baby while its tucked up nice and tidy (and quiet) inside you is so much easier.  But while you are counting down the days it’s a good time to consider getting some pictures of that beautiful baby.

There are generally two types of newborn photography at the moment; the first is ‘posed newborn photography’ – this is the one with all those gorgeous props, baskets, backdrops.  The ones that conjure up images of Anne Geddes Calendars.  They are usually conducted in studio and take between 3-4 hours.  Baby is usually kept asleep for these images and it is best done within the first 2 weeks of life.  Another style is ‘lifestyle newborn photography’. This one involves the photographer coming to your house and photographing your beautiful new baby in the space you have lovingly prepared for them.  We still do some traditional poses but your hands form the support for baby and we can capture the gorgeous relationship between you and baby. These sessions usually take between 2-3 hours and baby may be asleep, awake or both.  I will follow bubs lead and see what happens.  This type of photography can take place at anytime.  – And don’t worry about needing to have a spotlessly clean house: I have children – I understand.  All I require is an uncluttered space with good light – the bedroom, nursery and lounge room can often provide this.  We can move any artifacts of normal life with a child (ie. piles of washing/folding/ dishes) to one side – you will never see them in the images 🙂

The new type of newborm photography that I am starting to offer is called Babydaze photography.  This is a short session conducted in the hospital or home in the days just after baby is born – preferable the first three.  In this session I capture all those squishy newborn memories – the hospital tags (for a hospital birth), gorgeous little wrinkles, crib/room number, first meetings with grandparents and sibling – all those precious things that only happen in the first few days.

If you are interested in any of these – or would like to know more about maternity and newborn packages please contact me for more details 🙂