last days of summer

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.

beauty + chaos

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

laughter

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

beauty of joy

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* 

otis

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...

ann-marie

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