Jenn Bullen

13 Days New! | Melbourne Lifestyle Newborn Photographer

I met this sweet family 2 years ago when I photographed their first newborn baby girl.  I was so thrilled for them when Dad rang me to tell me that they've now welcomed another baby girl to the family.  Only 13 days old and so beautiful.   Their eldest has grown so much since I last met her and oh my gosh those gorgeous curls!

I hope you enjoy your preview....

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Mother and baby daughter!
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Toddler holding her newborn baby sister
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Winter Family Photos at the Beach! | Natural Family Photography Bayside, Melbourne

We couldn't have asked for better weather in the middle of Winter for this awesome family photo shoot.  Winter light is so soft and gorgeous, top that with the beach and you have a perfect location for a photo shoot.   Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you should put off having photos taken. 

There is something so beautiful about the beach.  It instils peace and calmness, reduces stress, declutters the mind and can reduce feelings of depression.  They call this "Blue Space"!   The waves and the smells in the 'Blue Space' can clear you mind.  What better way to get the kids off electronics and get back to nature than down at the beach!

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Family fun down at the beach!
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Child having fun playing in the sand down at the beach
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Kids playing down at the beach!
Young tween girl twirling!
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Children admiring a mural on side of brick wall
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Young boy playing with the seagulls at the beach
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Young girl trying to feed the seagulls
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Those Tiny Newborn Details you want to capture! | Baby and Newborn Photographer Bayside Melbourne

Newborn babies are only small for the first two weeks of life.  Documenting those tiny newborn features is something you will cherish in years to come as it brings back memories of how tiny your newborn baby was when you first arrived home from the hospital.  As a Mum myself I have a little box full of tidbits from my son's first couple of weeks.....first dummy, tag from the hospital, ultra-sound photos, and of course photos taken in the hospital.  As he got older I've even kept a lock of his hair from his first haircut and all his baby teeth (I was told it was a good idea to hold onto these)!   They may not be worth anything to anybody else but the sentimental value is huge for me. 

I always photograph a newborn's tiny details including toes, fingers, eyelashes, body hair, belly button, etc. so that you'll never forget the essence of their features as they literally change overnight.

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Newborn baby's tiny feet!
Newborn baby's hair!
A newborn baby's hand reaching to hold his mother's hands!
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Newborn Baby Body Hair!
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Childhood Treasures!! | Natural Lifestyle Child Photography Melbourne

Children love to go to locations for a photo shoot that are familiar to them, where they feel most at home and free to play.   What better place than Grandma & Grandpa's house!  We had so much fun blowing bubbles, running in and out of the washing on the line, playing with the old doll's house and oh my gosh the most adorable cubby house where we had morning tea and played with her dolls!  Grandma even had Tic Toc biscuits that I used to eat from my childhood.

I think I'm going to be one of those grandparents who keeps their children's toys (of course only for when the grandchildren come over)!! 

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Little girl having morning tea in her cubby!
Backlit image of little toddler!
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Young child playing with her doll's house!
Little toddler playing with the washing on the line!
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Welcome Little Sister! | Family Lifestyle Photographer Bayside, Melbourne

I love images that tell a story, that capture emotions.  My aim is to document your family, this moment in time.  This gorgeous family have introduced a beautiful little sister who is now 8 weeks old and adored by her big brothers.  We had so much fun laughing, tickling, digging, blowing bubbles, jumping on Mum & Dad's bed and trampolining.  Awesome job Dad jumping whilst holding both boys!

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Mum cuddling her newborn baby girl!
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Young boys digging and playing in the garden!
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4 year old boy jumping on the trampoline!
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Dad jumping holding both his boys!
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Boys playing on the bed!
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Newborn baby girl's big yawn
Big brother playing with his newborn baby sister
Big brother loves his little newborn baby sister
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Welcome Baby Sebastian! | Natural Lifestyle Newborn Photography Melbourne

The arrival of a newborn baby to the family is the most wondrous time in a parent's life.  At only 4 days old little Sebastian is the joy in his parent's eyes.  How gorgeous is he? 

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New Dad holding his newborn baby boy
New mother totally in love with her newborn baby!
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Beautiful newborn baby boy with his new Mum
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Newborn baby boy's nursery!
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New Father's Hands protecting his newborn baby!
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3 Month Old Baby Brother! | Children & Baby Natural Photography Melbourne

What a delight it was meeting this family.  Natural, simple photography in your home.  This family have welcomed a beautiful baby boy who is now 3 months old and has the cutest grin.  Little 'P' loves being a big sister and loved showing me her room and toys.  I try to keep photo shoots simple only using your props in your home that makes it real to who you are now.  Here's a small peek....

Big Sister kissing her little brother!
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Baby Boy!
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Mother's love for her little baby boy!
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Little girl playing with her balloon!
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Little girl playing with her toy kitchen
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Little girl playing peek-a-boo on the staircase

 

 

Enjoying Autumn! | Natural Family Photography Melbourne

I love this time of the year.....Autumn is so magnificent, the colours, the soft light, nature's gift on display.  I had the hardest time narrowing down which photos to show from this family photo shoot as I loved how they totally enjoyed being in the moment, enjoying nature.  Their little toddler was just precious, full of smiles and laughter.  Hope you enjoy your preview!  

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Family playing with the Autumn leaves!
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Toddler in awe with the Autumn leaves!
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Toddler playing with the Autumn leaves
Toddler playing with the Autumn leaves
Dad playing with his toddler son
Little toddler and his dog
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Toddler on top of Daddy's shoulders
Family time at the park
Toddler giggles with Daddy
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A Young Girl's Dream! | Tween Fine Art Photography Melbourne

Here sleeps a girl with a head full of magical dreams,
a heart full of wonder and hands that will shape the world!

A world of make believe of all that she will become!  Beautiful Angeline loved dressing up in my selection of vintage dresses at the picturesque Mont Du Soleil!

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Tween girl twirling in her vintage dress
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Beautiful tween girl daydreaming!
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Reflection of Tween girl in mirror
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Mont Du Soleil Mini Shoots! | Tween Fine Art Photography Melbourne

Introducing beautiful Charlotte photographed at the exquisite Mont Du Soleil location.  Her Mum purchased a mini photo session for Charlotte's birthday and she had so much fun deciding which dresses she was going to wear (and I think Mum did too)! 

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Tween girl dancing in her own little world!
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Reflection of beautiful girl in the mirror!
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Young girl playing piano!
Young tween girl painting!
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Autumn leaves at the Tween Fine Art Mini Shoot

Freelensing, what is it? | Baby & Family Photography Melbourne

To make a technically good photo we're taught to always aim for strong focus in every shot but the creative side in me loves out of focus as it can evoke a feeling in it's own way. 

Focus, composition, and light are very important aspects to consider when taking a photo but sometimes you can break the rules.  One of those rules is called 'Freelensing'.  

Freelensing involves removing your lens from the camera and tilting it slightly which gives photos a very blurred, soft look.  To me Freelensing produces an almost dream like feel to the photos, a softness to the image giving it an impressionistic feel.  Photos can either have a select focus point or all out of focus.  It almost gives the photo a vintage feel, a little bit of mystery whereby the viewer can interpret their own story from the image. 

If you like this look let me know and I'll make sure to take a few images Freelensed during your photo session.

Freelensed image of a little girl!
Freelensed photo of a ballerina!
Stylised Teenager photo shoot!
Freelensed image of flower petals!

6 Week Baby Boy! | Natural Newborn Photography Melbourne

Ba.by-(n) a little bit of heaven sent down to earth!  Welcome little Hugo!  

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Newborn baby boy!
Mother's kisses for her newborn baby boy!
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Newborn baby boy protected by his parents!
Father in awe of his newborn son!
Newborn baby boy on parents bed!
Newborn baby details!
Peaceful newborn baby boy!
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Black & White photography of newborns!
Dad's kisses for his newborn baby!
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New family joy!
Mother's love for her newborn son!
Baby boy!
Strong neck muscles for a 6 week old baby boy!

I like to call it non posing! | Family Lifestyle Photography Melbourne

I thought I'd write a post about how I pose or not pose family photography.  My aim is to create an environment in which families can connect and interact, not so much posing but natural, real moments.   

I do though have some "go to" poses that I use to help guide families so they relax in front of the camera and not feel at a loss as to what to do.  They  can include walking and holding hands, kids on shoulders, looking at each other, tickling each other, whispering secrets in their Mum or Dad's ear, sitting as close as can be together, laying down, Mum or Dad looking at their child up in the air, cheek to cheek, Mum with the kids, Dad with the kids, siblings playing, individual shots of the children. 

So as you can see there are a number of different 'poses' that don't involve the 'say cheese' shots looking at the camera.  The photos that you'll cherish are the ones where you are not concerned about the camera but the interaction and love you have for one another. 

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Dad playing with his daughter!
Family laying on ground looking up at the camera!
Siblings playing together
Mother playing with her children
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Photos to take of your kids before they grow up! / Children's Lifestyle Photography Melbourne

If you're like me, you don't notice your children growing up right before your eyes as you see them every day!  I was lucky that I purchased my first digital camera when Toby was 3 years old which gave me the opportunity to take countless photos of him without having to worry about the expense of printing them all.  Before that though I shot film and was very conscious of what I was photographing and missed a lot of those moments that I wished I had taken.   

There are lots of little things that you don't recognise now as being important to capture but in years to come they will be the main photos that you'll treasure.  Here's a list of photos that you should try to take before they grow too fast!!

Toys and hobbies at each stage of their development (e.g. Lego, Barbie, Thomas The Tank Engine), favourite toy, nursing or bottle feeding, teddies or favourite blankie, sleeping, playing in the mud and puddles, bath time, dressing up, learning to ride a bike, jumping on the trampoline, the simple things - daydreaming, belly laughing, experiencing the rain on their tongue for the first time, first day of Kindergarten & school, homework, blowing bubbles, playing at the park, playing in their first sports game, playing with new friends, dancing, kidding around or the faces they pull, reading, chores, first time at the movies, experiencing a food for the first time (with Toby it was icecream), fun at the beach, visiting the zoo, with their pets, playing different sports, family outings, the list is endless!!

Photos to take of your children before they grow up!

 

 

Tween/Teenager Mini Shoots at Mont Du Soleil

Due to popular demand, I'm thrilled to announce another date confirmed for Tween & Teenager Mini Shoots at the beautiful Mont Du Soleil - www.montdusoleil.com, on Saturday, May 13th.

A wonderful bonding day spent with your daughter especially during those crucial years.  Book now as limited spots available.

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Besties! | Children's Lifestyle Photographer Melbourne

How cute are these two Tween girls - the dress-up, the giggles, the smiles, the silent whispers, the inside jokes, and those huge hugs!

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Photo shoot at the park of Tween girls!
Photo of Tween girl at the park!
Tween girl dancing!
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Dancing Tween!
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Back lit image of Tween Girl at the park
Best friends playing!
Best friends forever!

How do you define Fine Art Photography? | Styled Photography of Children & Family

As you'll see from my portfolio I'm a Lifestyle/Natural photographer capturing real moments, real emotions of your family, but I've also ventured into what I call Fine Art Photography as well. 

The one way I can explain what Fine Art Photography of children and families is, is a more styled concept that was thought of prior to the actual photo shoot.  Before work can become Fine Art, the photographer has to have an idea of what they envisage the final image will look like.  This can be from what they're wearing, location, lighting, composition, etc.  I try to convey a story, or emotion.  Clients give me ideas from their interests, hobbies, what they love to do together as a family.  From there we create a story of who they are now.  Everyone is unique and this is what I try to show in the final photo.

One idea I had was for a Pinocchio inspired photo shoot.  I purchased a couple of Pinocchio's a while back and have waited for the right opportunity to use them in a styled photo shoot.   I really wanted lots of shadow to convey the mood of a toy workshop and our shed seemed the perfect location (even though there were a few cobwebs and spiders)!  My poor husband had to remove everything in there but as I said to him, it's a great opportunity to clean it out. 

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'LOVE' | Beautiful Natural Family Photography in Bayside, Melbourne

This might sound a bit mushy but my post today is about 'LOVE'!  Love is what makes the world go around and is the main reason we take photos.  Photos that show the love that we have for one another, love of your family,  love of landscapes, love of animals, love of the world around us, it's there and we want to capture it!  It surrounds us everyday in everything that we do.  

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Meet You at the Park...! | Natural Baby and Family Photography Melbourne

I feel so honoured when clients refer their friends to me for a photo shoot.  I am so grateful that you trust me with your precious little ones and feel so incredibly lucky to call this my job.

Kristina decided she would like to have their photo session at the local park and we couldn't have asked for better weather.  Little Lawton has the most infectious smile.   Every time the camera was pointed at him he just smiled at me.  He's a natural Mum and Dad!

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New Dad playing with his 6 month old baby boy!
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New Mum kissing her 6 month old baby boy
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New Mum cuddling her baby boy!
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Makings of a Portrait!| Natural Family Photographer Bayside, Melbourne

It was a warm, lazy afternoon at our house.   Our son was playing on his Playstation, my husband was out in the garden and I started to think of how photographing family portraits can vary.  You have the traditional family portrait where everyone is smiling and posing at the camera or a more candid approach showing the interaction between you.

Sometimes posed photos can look posed and unnatural.  Some people don't look good in a posed environment, choosing a more candid approach reveals more of their true selves, their personality. 

 I bribed my son to let me take his photo (more time on the Playstation) and told him to stand by the wall and look at me.  First shot a conventional looking straight at the camera (non smiling as he's just become a teenager)!  From there I Freelensed (removing the lens from the camera and tilting to give the photo a soft bokeh)!  Portraits can be taken from different perspectives, looking down, looking up, looking off camera, it's how the photographer interprets their own unique style. 

My portrait style is "Lifestyle", a more natural, unposed way of photographing your family.  It's so hard to try and pose children as they find it difficult to sit still.  I prefer them playing, having fun.  This is where you get the natural smiles and personalities shine through.  Even Mum and Dad relax more if they're not trying to make their children give the perfect smile and pose.

If you're thinking of booking a family session, consider more natural, candid photography of your family.

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