Arranging family photo sessions in the Blue Mountains can require some flexibility and patience, and when you have those, the wait is more than worth it. Tracy and I rescheduled our photo session more than a number of times due to rain, mist and illness, and I am so glad we persisted. One thing that Tracy mentioned when we spoke was that she had this image of sunshine and brightness, and as tempting as it was to ‘just get it done’ so the in-laws could see their beautiful family, I knew deep down they weren’t going to fit that vision she had in her head.
Then, one beautiful Saturday morning, it all fell into place. Tracy, and Alex brought the kids to a location I had stumbled upon a few months before. I kept glancing down an alleyway every now and then thinking, one day I’m going to shoot here. And we did. It fits Tracy and Alex perfectly. A little bit mountains, mixed with a little bit of Melbourne, they are the trendiest, most artistic Librarians I have ever met.
As parents know, small children have moods that change like the weather, and the wrong colour t-shirt, or wrong flavoured milkshake can cause major upsets. Photo sessions with little people can be quick moving, sometimes emotional, plus a lot of fun. But for parents with a fixed idea of how their children should be, or look, it can be stressful. I am so grateful that Tracy and Alex put their trust in me and the process, and went with the flow. Trying to let go of the idea of making a small one ‘smile’ for the camera, and creating opportunities for them to engage gives us better results every time. But that process to a parents can come across as chaos, or disorder.
I have found when we let kids be themselves and feel their emotions, we can give them cuddles and kisses, and work through shyness, tiredness, and random craziness we don’t understand to get lovely results, and everyone happy in the process.
I am so grateful to have been a part of capturing this beautiful family, and am very proud to share this sneak peek from our photo session with you.
Clare and Rob married on a bright sunny day by Sydney Harbour, at the Sugaroom in Pyrmont. The location was a perfect mix of urban inner west, with a touch of sea breeze. I love that everything about the day, was sophisticated yet understated. Each detail considered but not overdone.
Wearing a custom made dress of french lace, Clare radiated confidence and a delight to simply be herself. It was wonderful to be present on a day where the love that Rob and Clare have for each other ‘filled the room’.
By having a relaxed lunch time ceremony, Rob & Clare could include the children in the ceremony, and following that the little ones said their goodbye’s and the adults could let their hair down by the waterside knowing the little ones were safe and having fun.With a relationship based on fun, laughter, respect and friendship, Rob and Clare bring a lightness and joyfulness to the world that I can see will carry them through the challenges life brings, as bold, grounded individuals, they are even stronger together.
One thing I love about living and working in the Blue Mountains is that I keep getting to see new places, and meet new people. When planning a family photo session, we talk about things your family likes to do, and what is special to you about your family, or places you like to be together.
Jane and Amyas are slowly transforming a barren bush block into a bushland haven for their kids, and their chooks. Plant by plant, stone by stone. It seemed only natural that our photo session would take place where their family felt comfortable, that allowed their energetic boys to run freely, and was their ‘happy place’ that they want to capture for the future.
Having a new member in the family, and a milestone birthday just passed, it was the perfect time to capture the family in this point in time. The boisterous play of the boys, and the gentle snuggly bub, loving, engaged parents. We had a ball.
As a photographer I get to catch a glimpse of many kinds of people,given a window into their lives. As much as I am giving of my gift so families can hold on to their memories with images, I too get a gift every time. From observing this family together I could see how free Jane and Amyas are to be totally present with their children, to be in their world. To jump off rock ledges and speed along on scooters joyfully, enjoying the moment. It inspired me as a mother to continue working on just being present with my two girls, before they are all grown up and I wish for these moments to return. For moments of play, laughter and cuddles. Thank you.
One of the most variable factors on a wedding day is going to be the weather. We can always hope for golden rays of sunshine, however we never know what we are going to get. With relief, even when the sun doesn’t shine, the brides and grooms I meet, focus on the most important aspect of their day – getting married to their love.
Emily and Adam did just that. Their day was full of laughter, joy and friendship – between families, siblings and friends.We had a 20 minute window with threatening clouds where they were able to have their ceremony on the terrace at Echoes, before mountains mist rolled in, swirling around.
One thing I love about the people that choose me to capture their day, is their quiet confidence in who they are as individuals, and as a couple. And as much as they have great style, beautiful table settings and amazing locations, I find what is most important to each couple that comes my way, is their connection to their guests, and spending as much of their day as possible celebrating together.
Emily and Adam got ready together, and led their wedding guests to the ceremony on the terrace. After they committed themselves to each other for life, they celebrated with a lunch with their nearest and dearest. After the mist had settled in like a cosy blanket, they had a sneaky moment together to let the wonder of the day sink in. I am so grateful to have been a part of their day.
A little over 2 years ago, I had the honour of spending a day with Liz & Aaron as they tied the knot on a stunningly beautiful Blue Mountains autumn day. With a fresh crispness in the air, and leaves of red, orange and gold, Aaron and Liz promised their lives to each other in Aaron’s parents’ backyard. The home in which he grew up in.
Recently Aaron & Liz returned to his childhood home to celebrate again with family – this time it was to welcome their new addition – Emily – into their lives. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be welcomed back. And I can’t wait to share your full gallery with you!