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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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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Young boys digging and playing in the garden!
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Dad jumping holding both his boys!
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Boys playing on the bed!
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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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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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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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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!

 

 

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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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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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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Family Fun at the Park! | Natural Family Photography Bayside, Melbourne

When Karen rang me to book a photo session she asked if she could also bring their family dog Wilson.  I love including animals in family photo shoots as they are a huge part of the family as well.  Oh my gosh how cute are these children and Wilson the Beagle was such a trouper posing with the family.  Hope you enjoy your preview!

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I'm 2!!! | Natural Toddler Photography Melbourne

Isn't she the cutest????   Her Mum's best friend purchased a Watch Them Grow Photography Gift Voucher for this little toddler's 2nd birthday.  Here's a little preview:

Toddler watering the garden with her Dad!
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Toddler playing in her tee pee!
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Toddler playing in Mum & Dad's bed
Toddler pretending to go to sleep in her cot
Toddler jumping in her cot!
Big headphones on little toddler!
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Toddler reading time!
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Toddler running up the hallway!

Happy Holidays from Watch Them Grow Photography | Natural Family Photographer Melbourne

Watch Them Grow Photography has grown in leaps and bounds this year, welcoming so many new clients and catching up with older clients.  Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for allowing me into your homes and to capture your precious memories for you. 

Much love to all and I hope you have the most wonderful holidays and New Year! xxx

P.S. A little pressie for my clients.......

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Brand New Newborn Baby Girl | Natural Newborn Photography Melbourne

I've yet to come across a newborn baby that hasn't smiled for me.  I know it's wind but heck we like to think that they're smiling just for us!!  A newborn little girl has just been welcomed to this delightful family.  Here are some of my favourites - enjoy!

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Family Shoot at the Park! | Natural and Real Family Photography Melbourne

FAMILY

We may not have it all together

But together we have it all!

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Tween boy playing with his soccer ball!
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Welcome Xavier! | Newborn Baby Photographer Bayside, Melbourne

"Sometime the smallest things

take up the most room

in your heart."   Winnie the Pooh

It's such an honour to be invited into a new home when a newborn baby arrives.  It's a major learning curve for new parents, finding balance and adjusting to little sleep.  I love to capture the beauty and the joy of a new life, a new family is just beginning.  One such family have welcomed little Xavier.....

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Toddler Fun! | Natural Baby Photography Bayside, Melbourne

When Ebony phoned and booked a photography session for her new baby, she was a little worried that we might not be able to get some good shots of her 20 month old boy Hudson as he can't sit still.  I love photographing toddlers, get them playing and having fun that's when the natural smiles happen.  How cute is he?

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12 Week Baby Girl! | Natural Family and Children's Photography Melbourne

I've been receiving a lot of bookings lately from panicked parents fearing that they've left it too late to have newborn photos taken.  With Lifestyle photography it doesn't matter how old your child is as Lifestyle is natural and of real moments of who you are now.  I can always fix baby's skin rashes, etc. in Photoshop if need be.

Little baby Ida is absolutely adorable and at 12 weeks already has the most gorgeous personality and smile. 

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Baby safe and warm in Mum's cuddles
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Newborn Baby Stretch! | Natural Newborn Photographer Melbourne

When Molly rang me about photographing her new little baby I was really excited.  Lifestyle photo shoots are my favourite especially newborns.  It can be a challenge though going to someone's home without knowing exactly what the light will be like but I go with the flow.  The end result is so real because the images capture the role the home plays within the family.

I'm a Mum myself and clearly remember that first month arriving home with our newborn son and how exhausted I was with lack of sleep, hormones playing havoc and just trying to keep up with feeds.  This is where an in home session is less intrusive and you can then just focus on your baby and let me do the rest. 

Little Hugo loved a big stretch, such a cutie!! 

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And Family Makes Three! | Natural Newborn Photography Melbourne

A newborn is all things hopeful, dreams fulfilled and a wonder of possibilities!

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7 Weeks! | Natural Newborn Photography Melbourne

Isn't she absolutely adorable?  At 7 weeks old little Olive was all smiles and an absolute delight.   Okay I admit it, I still get really clucky when I meet newborns for the first time!!

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