A Walk In The Park {North Brisbane Engagement Session}

What a beautiful way to spend a winter’s afternoon then exploring a new location with a gorgeous couple, an actress and a keen golfer –  celebrating their engagement.  These guys brought so much fun and laughter to the session it was an absolute please to work with them and I can’t wait for their wedding day! I hope you enjoy these images from our session

Kylie and Jason {Gorgeous Shorncliffe Wedding}

These two love birds had a beautiful day in Shorncliffe for their nuptials. Jason and Kylie met through mutual friends four years ago and it was love at first sight! Not long after they were joined by their beautiful son Rylee who was such a big part of their special day.

The Full Moon Hotel at Shorncliffe hosted their gorgeous ceremony with beautiful light streaming in through the period style windows in the Shorncliffe Room. This room was then transformed into the Reception area while the wedding party went and had photos taken on the waterfront at Shorncliffe and then to stunning bushland area… where the mosquitoes thought they were also invited to the party.  But not even swarms of hungry mosquitoes could dampen the spirits of this fabulous wedding party.

Kylie and Jason, we wish you every happiness in your wedding and I hope you enjoy this snapshot of your wedding images.

Ceremony and reception: Full Moon Hotel, Shorncliffe

Make-up: Beauty By Lucy

Down by the river

My homework assignment this week inspired me to attempt something I have always wanted to try and my gorgeous model Katie brought the whole scene to life.  After some scouting around I finally found the right location at Cedar Creek in Samford.  Katie answered a model call-out on our Facebook page and travelled all the way from Toowoomba and even with some trouble finding the place she was an absolute delight to work with! Thank you for your generous donation of time Katie and I hope you enjoy your photos.

 

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.

I read a beautifully written article recently about this period of being in-between, zwischen.  That time in late pregnancy where you are in-between your old life and the new life waiting on the other side of birth.

This beautiful family are in their time of zwischen, awaiting the birth of their fifth baby.

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And I am also in my time of waiting.  Waiting with my camera charged, clothes ready to jump into at a moments notice, waiting for my first opportunity to photograph a birth.  I feel so blessed my this family for allowing me to be with them as they prepare to welcome their new baby into this world at home I popped around last week to meet them and capture a couple of lifestyle maternity shots  where they are preparing to welcome this brand new life.

What better way to document your pregnancy than in the environment where you feel most comfortable.  At home. So as I settle down tonight with my camera bag packed beside me and my phone close at hand I thought I would share some pictures of this families zwischen time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An afternoons wandering

What a beautiful day today was!  Clear blue skies, warm sun and two kids with plenty of energy.  I am always on the look out for new locations to take my clients  to and capture some stunning images.  The other day I spotted another little walking track I hadn’t seen before and I finally had some time to check it out today.

We packed ourselves a little snack, a hat and the camera and set off to find some gorgeous light and nice locations to capture some memories.  Unfortunately my kids are maybe a little sick of having their photo taken

My daughter trying to take a serious photo

My daughter trying to take a serious photo

There were lots of laughs to be had and we found a new place to go exploring – plenty more paths to tackle next time as well!  Hoping to find the little lagoon that is hidden down there somewhere.

Would you like to have some photos taken in this lovely bush setting?  Contact Sacred Moments Photography to find out more – I can’t wait to hear from you

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Keeping me busy

I have been a bit quiet lately and for a very good reason.  Each year my children’s school has a fete and it is a very big deal in our house.  As a working mum  I often don’t get to do the ‘school mum’ stuff.  I miss a lot of assemblies, excursions and classroom visits because my day job is being a teacher – which means when my kids are at school, so am I.  But the fete is the one time when I get to feel as though I am giving something back to the school community and embrace my other love – baking!  So for the last 2 weeks every spare moment has been spent baking and freezing in preparation for the big day.

The day dawned overcast and rainy but as always seems to be the case at St Kieran’s fete in Brighton; as the people started rolling in the clouds started to roll out.  I got to watch my kids perform their dances and hubby and I did our hour on a stall each and the kids bounced from rides, to games to animals, even Nanna conquered the ‘Space Invaders’ ride with my gorgeous boy

 

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 🙂