that’s a wrap ...

Hands up if you sometimes feel like your phone is alive and stalking you. You know what I mean? When you randomly talk about stuff with your phone close by and the next time your’e on the socials or google, buggar me all this stuff pops into your feed that is going to be the answer to all your problems, offers exactly the inspiration you needed at that moment, or articles of very timely advice! Fascinating isn’t it? Well that has been happening a lot to me lately and the subliminal messages that the universe is sending me are that it is indeed time to take a well earned break. This past couple of years has been hard. I feel like I have worked non stop, my health has suffered, & I dont have the time I need to do the things I want to do, particularly when it comes to spending time with my family without worrying about the million other things that need to be done. There has been no rest, my poor little brain has just about worn itself out with over-thinking and the exhaustion is now taking its toll. A little (actually a LOT) of self care is called for right now & although this hasn’t been an easy decision, I know it is the right one for me right now… I plan to spend more time on myself, restoring good health & plugging back in to what is MOST important to me- my family & my home.

A massive thank you to all of my clients, past & present! I have met so many amazing people over the past several years and it has been an absolute privilege to be invited in to your lives to document you just as you are and one that I will forever be grateful for. Thank you also to my beautiful family & friends for your unwavering encouragement & support - you guys rock!

If you are currently waiting on a gallery delivery or have a session booked, please don’t stress as these will all go ahead as planned. But other than that, for now at least …. that’s a wrap!!

chiara - fresh 48 | melbourne lifestyle photography

There is absolutely nothing in the world as beautiful as a brand new baby! The fresher the better - dont you agree? That beautiful new skin!! I’m so lucky to be able to document the arrival of so many tiny humans and its something that I will never take for granted. Its an absolute privilege to be invited in to the love bubble at such a special time in a couples journey together.

Today I’m sharing a fresh 48 session from Epworth Freemasons. My favourite newborn lifestyle sessions are these fresh 48 sessions because all that oxytocin makes for some pretty beautiful images. And in the first couple of days after a baby is born those oxytocin levels are right up there! Its so easy for the parents to get lost in their baby and thats the best part about a lifestyle session … the connection!

So in this beautiful, peaceful hospital room with a gorgeous park view, we captured a moment in time. Their lives forever changed ….

If you are pregnant or have a new baby & would like to book a session of your own, I would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with me HERE & lets have a chat about your ideas for your session.

oscar | melbourne newborn lifestyle photographer

Every now & then you meet people that you just click with. Know what I mean? Newborn sessions are generally pretty chilled out & cruisy but this one was jam packed with energy from little Oscars 3 older siblings. It was fantastic fun! I probably spent way too much time there but it just felt as though we had been friends forever. I certainly hope we get to do it again!

If you are pregnant & are interested in booking a your own newborn photography session please get in touch with me HERE. I would love to chat with you about your ideas .... 

small space - big love | melbourne newborn lifestyle photographer

Having a lifestyle photography session at home really is an awesome way to capture your family EXACTLY as they are in the moment. The laughs, the cries & the quiet moments in between. 

But so many people hesitate because they don't think their house is big enough or light enough or stylish enough. To be honest with you, in the beginning when I first started out, if you didn't have a perfect house I would probably have had a panic attack upon arrival. But these days nothing is a problem that we cant work around. In fact I LOVE interesting spaces and finding the beautiful pockets of light just as much as I love big homes with perfect light. 

The newborn session featured below is a perfect example. This family has just welcomed twin girls to their little home. Gin was worried that their home would be too small but I think you will agree that we got some pretty beautiful images that perfectly portray the beautiful connection between them all. And THAT is what it's all about ... the CONNECTION! And they barely even had to get out of bed!

Now ... let me tell you my story of Gin! Gin is a work colleague & when she first started at my hospital as a student midwife I met her in the corridor one day where she asked me a question. I have no idea what the question was but I remember staring at her face thinking I knew her. I looked at her name badge and the name was familiar but surely it just couldn’t be true. I walked away from that encounter in total amusement and after a little while I got up the guts to ask her a few questions... and it was true! I bloody did know her! But not as you would expect. Her beautiful mama & my mama were nursing students together & the best of friends. I was just 16 years of age & my work experience program was a few weeks in the crèche that was attached to the hospital where our mothers worked. And that’s where I met Ginny... my little peanut head. She was just 6 months old & I totally fell in love with her. She was the first baby I ever really had the chance to look after & I just adored her. In fact it could probably be said that she is the reason I had so many kids and ended up doing the work I do today. How funny that we met up again as colleagues!

If you are pregnant & are interested in booking a newborn photography session at home please get in touch with me HERE. I would love to chat with you about your ideas ... 

 

zac | melbourne newborn lifestyle photographer

I have lost count now of how many times I've photographed this gorgeous family but I'm so glad they choose me as their photographer each time. It really is so special to be invited back to document a family as it grows and on this occasion we welcome little Zac. Big brother Ryan is taking his new role VERY seriously & doing such a good job! The beautiful connection between this little family is always so easy to capture. They just take their life & their love for each other all in their stride ... 

If you are pregnant & are interested in booking a newborn photography session please get in touch with me HERE. I would love to chat with you about your ideas for your own session. 

my why | personal post

This is a bit of a personal post. No pretty pictures, just a bunch of words. It’s taken me such a long time to write. Countless drafts trying to find the right words to tell you why I do what I do. I’m a bit scared to push the publish button because I feel silly. I feel like no one really gives a shit about what I have to say anyway. Oh well … here goes!

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waiting | melbourne maternity photographer

I have just had the busiest couple of months EVER since I began my little business in 2013 and of course when I am busy like that, I tend to drop off the social media, blogging, face of the earth kinda thing! I just don't seem to be able to do it all especially when you chuck a bit of life into the equation as well.

Anyway ... I'm back - for now! Now that my client schedule has settled down to a regular pace I hope to catch up on a bit of blogging and all the socials etc and get started on a couple of little projects I have been dreaming about for such a long time.

BUT - I have 2 beautiful daughters who are as of today, both overdue to have their babies! Life is about to get a whole other level of busy for this Nana and I have to say I just can't wait. Having grandchildren has been the most incredible experience!

The wild and woolly weather we have been having really hasn't been ideal for an outdoor maternity session for either of the girls, so instead Brittany trusted me at home to take a few pictures of her...

Did you know that I offer a complimentary maternity session to ALL clients that book a newborn lifestyle session with me. If you are pregnant & are interested in booking a newborn photography session please get in touch with me HERE. I would love to chat with you about your ideas for your own session. 

wednesdays | melbourne lifestyle photographer

Life is so busy ... What with a busy client schedule & my work in SCN sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed. But then there is Wednesday. My favourite day of the week. On Wednesday Layla comes to hang out with me & then I am forced to stop. I don't do anything but play with her, tell stories, snuggle & now that she is walking we might play a bit of chasey. This week I also took a few quick snaps. The giggles are infectious and watching her observe her world around her is just fascinating. I feel so lucky that I am able to take the time to just watch her grow.

fresh 48 | melbourne newborn photographer

Life definitely got away from me over the last couple of weeks with a very busy client schedule & a ton of family stuff going on. If you follow me on social media you might just have seen a bit of my crazy life although I was even to busy for the socials!! Thankfully things have settled down for now and here I am ready to get back into my blogging!!

I want to share something very special with you today. Have you ever heard of FRESH 48 newborn photography sessions? Well ... they are absolutely my most favourite session in the entire world!! Why? Well it is simple really ... the session usually takes place within the first couple of days after baby is born and at that particular time, not only is your baby so deliciously new, but the heightened emotion and love between the parents and their newborn is absolutely palpable. And that is the type of image I just love to capture. Totally loved up & connected!

This session was captured at Epworth Freemasons Maternity Hospital in East Melbourne. The rooms at this hospital are just perfect for a session like this and in no time at all I captured this little family who welcomed a beautiful baby boy!

If you are pregnant and are looking for a newborn photographer for either a fresh 48 or in home newborn lifestyle session please get in touch with me HERE and we can have a chat about your ideas for your session. It is advisable to book in for your session while you are pregnant as I am often booked out weeks in advance.

emily | melbourne newborn photographer

On a very warm autumn morning I headed in to the burbs to visit Emily and her besotted parents. This newborn session was so delicious! Not only a beautiful space to photograph this new family in but a very connected couple totally in love with each other and their little baby girl. 

I absolutely love newborn sessions at home. Being in a clients home tells so much more of their story as a new family, and because the sessions are so easy going & relaxed it doesn't take long before everyone is totally comfortable, forgets the camera, & is able to really connect with each other which makes beautiful intimate & meaningful images.

If you are pregnant & are interested in booking a newborn photography session please get in touch with me HERE. I would love to chat with you about your ideas for your own session. 

 

the baby registry is here | melbourne newborn photographer

Great news! I am so excited to announce that I now have a baby registry so it makes it super easy for family and friends to give a gift of beautiful memories of your tiny newborn that will be treasured for a lifetime! 

A baby registry doesn't have to be all about the cute little outfits and baby things anymore. The new baby registry provides gift givers an option that is truly meaningful and memorable for expecting parents. The gift of newborn photography is one that expecting parents will be able to cherish long after their bundle of joy has outgrown yet another cute outfit!

The registry is available to all parents-to-be that have a newborn session booked. Once registered,  I will then send out little cards to pop into the baby shower invites and/or a digital invite that can be emailed. The cards will have all the info on them to let family/friends know how to participate if they choose to. Gift certificates will then be applied toward your newborn photography session balance and/or product purchase. 

Once purchased, gift certificates can either be mailed to the purchaser for them to give at the shower or even after baby is born, or we can mail the gift certificate directly to the parents-to-be! Certificates come as low as $25, and the purchaser can add as much as they need to reach their desired gift amount. Purchasing registry gift cards is made easy through our online shop button!  You can pay a visit HERE ... 

If you have any questions about the Baby Registry, or you would like to book your own Newborn Photography session, please contact me HERE and lets chat!

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a hearty home | melbourne newborn photographer

Did you see my Instagram stories yesterday while I was at work? Maybe you didn't know about my "other" job! In addition to being a newborn photographer I also work as a nurse in Special Care Nursery.

For those that don’t know, the nursery is a very important part of the maternity unit where babies are cared for if they are born early, are unwell or perhaps need a little help with feeding. I’ve been working with newborns & their families for such a long time now and I really love it so much. No matter how busy I get with my photography I just can’t seem to give it up!

Teeny newborn cuddles are a perk of the job but I also love the team I work with. They are an amazing bunch of people and I trust them implicitly which is so important in this job.

And ... I love working with the families as well.  Watching people becoming parents, gently guiding them on their way. It’s a privilege that I will never take for granted. I meet so many wonderful people. 

Jade & Pete & their teeny tiny twin girls Madeline and Charlotte were no exception. They are such an awesome little family and we had a lot of laughs together during what can be a difficult and frustrating time. I am even more grateful that they then invited me into their "hearty" home to photograph them as a new family. 

If you are pregnant and are looking for newborn photographer here in the Melbourne metro, bayside or Mornington Peninsula areas, please get in touch HERE and lets have a chat about your own session. 

 

april catch up ...

One of the things on my list for this year was to give my little business some serious love. Particularly in the SEO department. One thing that is seriously lacking is my SEO and for those of you who don't know what that is, it simply means Search Engine Optimisation. By improving my SEO it will make it easier for more people to find me. I honestly had no idea how it all works - so I got some help. 

Lovely Mel from Melanie Gunter Digital is a digital marketing guru and after spending a little time together she opened my eyes to a whole new world!

SEO & digital marketing can be so overwhelming and to be honest I didn't have any idea where to start! Mel gave me some ideas to get started with that will hopefully make my website a bit more visible and one of those tips was to blog more often. So lets make this a monthly catch up! I also have lots of projects that I am working on at the moment as well as a ton of newborn and family sessions that I haven't blogged yet ... so watch this space! 

Thank you Mel for opening my eyes and I'm looking forward to learning so much more.

p.s While I have you here ... if you are thinking of updating your family photos or you have a project in mind that you think I can help with, don't be shy! Contact me HERE today and lets chat!

 

how to prepare for your in home lifestyle session | family lifestyle photographer | melbourne

For most people the thought of having a stranger come to their home and photograph them can be a little daunting, especially if you aren't exactly comfortable in front of a camera. You probably feel like your house is crap, you have nothing to wear and you worry that your kids will be absolutely out of control! Well I am here today to put your mind at ease, to give you the low down on what to expect and help you get prepared!

Lets start with the awkwardness of posing and the fear of the camera. It's a very real thing but with a lifestyle session the pressure is OFF! There will be no awkwardness or stiff poses. Instead there will be games and fun and laughter. There will be cuddles on the bed and tickles on the couch. With a little guidance from me, you will soon forget about the camera - that's a promise!! I love a chat & a good laugh, and that combined with many years of experience, enables me to gently direct you without you even noticing.

Now let's get your house sorted out! You absolutely do not have to have a home that is straight out of a magazine. If you do, well thats great. But it isn't necessary. Big or small, light or dark, modern or old, we will make it work and in fact no matter what your home looks like it will be the perfect backdrop for your session because it is the place where you will all easily relax & connect. It represents you as a family and when you look back in a few years time you will be so glad you had your session at home. There is very little you need to do to prepare your home for a lifestyle session. A quick tidy round to de-clutter and put things away that you don't want photographed is really all that is needed. When I arrive, I will get you (or maybe the kids!} to give me a little tour and from there we will work out what rooms we will use and where we have the best light etc. I generally use the master bedroom, nursery or kids rooms, and the main living area. Sometimes we might go outside too. I will possibly rearrange things a little to make sure we get a good composition and make the best use of the available light. And that's it ... too easy!

So now you are feeling pretty good hey? You feel relaxed about our time together, the house is sorted, now what to wear? I honestly have no real rules at all about this. Firstly I want you to be comfortable & I want you to feel good, so wearing what you like is really important. If I was going to give any advice it would be to dress for the situation ... so if you don't normally get around in a cocktail dress and heels, don't wear it. Another suggestion is to avoid clothing with busy graphics, advertising or heavy patterns as this can be a little distracting in your final images. Simple really!

And finally - the kids! You know the saying never work with children & animals, well there is a very good reason for that! Children are unpredictable and prone to laying on the floor sobbing or heading in an entirely different direction. And thats ok! It's normal. And I expect it. I have plenty of tips & tricks to get these little people doing exactly what I want and if that fails we do what they want! Either way, it will be ok. 

Hopefully this blogpost has helped a little and put your mind at ease. Your session will be so much fun and a perfect opportunity to spend a couple of hours unplugged and all loved up together. What more could you ask for really? I look forward to hanging out with you at your session and if you haven't booked a session yet - GET ON IT!! Contact me here and lets get connected!!

Special thanks to the Devers family, featured below, for sharing their little beautiful little fambam with you all! 

when your love makes a love of their own ...

I am so lucky in my job to be surrounded by so much love and good feeling pretty much all of the time. No matter if it is in my photography work, or my work as a nurse looking after newborns and their families, the vibe is generally a very positive one! As my own kids have got older and started lives of their own as adults I often will ask the grandparents that I meet "what's it like? Is it like when you have your own kids? Is the love the same?" 

Well ... at the start of this year I got to find out first hand! My gorgeous Jess and her equally gorgeous man, Will, had their first baby and I was lucky enough to be invited in to their birth space to support them throughout the birth and their first few weeks at home. I still get all goosey thinking about it. It was the most amazing experience EVER!! It gave me a whole new respect for them as a couple and for my darling girl as a woman & mother. The love and connection between these two is just incredible and it goes without saying that they are both so in love with their baby girl. 

As a grandparent I am totally smitten! Its an overwhelming love not just for this tiny human but for her mama as well. She is an amazing mother and I am just loving watching their little love story unfold...