If I woke up tomorrow and everything I owned was gone. I would stilI have four very good reasons to be grateful. My main muse is motherhood. Connection and emotion are two things that spark my passion and ignite that fire. So, I had the rare opportunity to grab my BIG camera + photograph the kids last week. Oscar 11, Charlie 9 , Noah 7 + Molly 5. Life is mostly bananas around here + we had no after school activities or play dates. So I pounced. Like a woman possessed. Chuck in a sprinkling of soft * pre stormy light * Half naked, dirty + mostly covered in detergent little bodies. It was haaaarrrrdd work. It was BRIBE city central. THEY WOULD NOT BREAK ME - I chanted to myself! There were tears, fights, fits of giggles, cuddles + toilet talk. I even turned a blind eye to their small secrets of banter + mischief. BECAUSE I was on a mission. I know my influence will fade and their world, their bonds, will last longer than anything that I could ever hope to give them. My job is to foster this + take god damn photo’s to capture it!!! It almost felt like I was shooting clients, I was faced with the dilemma of feeling like I had to deliver what was expected. BUT . . . every once in a while though, you find the opportunity to shoot straight from your heart. I did. It is my JAM. I captured reality. I hope they remember. I hope I do. I wouldn’t have it any other way X
Sometimes we meet the most unexpected friends, in the most unexpected places. Photography has always had a way of bringing people + our four legged friends together . . .
Shining with love + photographed since 2010 ( I think ) or close to. I have witnessed these 4 little beauties grow into the most cool little human beings. They are always a pleasure + they always end up in water. Every. Single. Time. Because childhood X
Fresh foggy newborn magic! Is there anything better?...Oh baby Stevie - you may have made your Mumma a puddle for life. I am feeling blessed + grateful to be given the opportunity to document your love from the very beginning. It just felt like yesterday when your journey began for you two love bugs. BIG hugs X
With every minute we make count, I try and make every frame + experience count. I have shifted my focus on what speaks to me and that is embracing the good, with the bad. This was one of those times.....admittedly I had to re shoot twice. The weather was off during our first attempt + perhaps my focus was a little off too. BUT I am ok with that. I have found that since approaching my work with the value of being vulnerable - I've just not met many more clients, but life - long friends. But mostly it is the opportunity I often get - to rub shoulders with the most beautiful people through my work. Our conversation + connection goes so much deeper than photography + those occasional off days.
And it literally was....I managed to capture this gorgeous gang in their happy place. Almost all my family sessions happen around the water. We have such a connection with it - creeks, ponds, lakes + oceans. So this happened on this very last warm day we had on the beach. Only 170 more days until summer. Yep.
If direction was given, the authenticity is gone....AND when there is beauty + chaos....magic unfolds. A bunch of my favourites from this recent session X
Life is all about the people you meet + laughter. Laughter is beautiful, vulnerable, lovely, wild + utterly free. Full fledge belly laughs that cannot be contained. Are the best. To people, laughter + the beautiful nooks + crannies of our lives X
I met this family...fours years ago, when Elle had three. I had three. We talked about four. Now Elle has four. I have four. We have stopped now. But this time every year, we hook up. The beauty of joy is as unique and inimitable as a fingerprint. I capture that + also the things that get a little out of order. These are always the happiest moments though. When we have no rules and no schedules. Just love, the air, sun + each other.
*It is always an honour for me to photograph this sweet tribe*
When it doesn't even feel like there could have been a before...
She has taught one of our son's + we call her Little Miss Sunshine because...
She is a special human. There is definitely something special about Ann-Marie AND I am still NOT convinced....that she is actually entirely human?
As I walked through a busy Brisbane Airport, I was searching for Ann-Marie (because we had actually never really met). I had driven from the Sunshine Coast and Ann-Marie had just arrived from Adelaide - with 4 week old baby Wynter, clutched tightly in her arms. I must admit, we were a little bit weepy at first glance. Once we worked through that, we hit the road to Byron Bay. As they tend to do, things fell right into their perfectly off-beat place. ONE HUNDRED + SIXTY EIGHT km's later, we had arrived to our photography workshop location. We talked a lot on the road. *A lot* But mostly, we talked about mothering our FOUR children - the losses, the break downs, the break throughs, the hustle, the sweat, the tears and plus more. AND Obviously, Wynter is Ann-Marie's fourth and was our youngest and most adorable workshop attendee.
The workshop we attended - along with 16 other incredible, just incredible talented women - was amazing and intense, inspiring and refreshing. I learnt a lot, you know some more technical stuff, light, content and connection. As we workshopped, Ann-Marie would be quietly tucked away at the back of the room feeding. Thank you for letting me share these Ann-Marie. I love how we met and how our special little friendship we now share x