A couple of years ago I had a mini shoot with these two boys at the beautiful Balyang Sanctuary in the middle of Autumn. This time they were back for some family photos in Barwon Heads!
My favourite part of this session was realising how by himself, older brother Matthew wasn't a huge fan of being in front of the camera. But hugging his mum? And his smiles beamed out! Nothing like mummy cuddles no matter what age you are!
Ryan on the other hand, was a happy little ball of fun, lots of crazy smiles!
Here is their gorgeous Float Frame (glass free) from their session!
A few years ago I had a family photo session with these two gorgeous little girls down in Barwon Heads (you can see it here!).
Lucinda had just started some wobbly walking and big sister Alice had found this cute little heart shaped clover.
Now the girls are much bigger! It's always so fun to see returning clients for me, because it's amazing to see how much kids grow and change in what feels like the blink of an eye. One minute they are taking their first steps, the next minute I meet them and they are chatty little preschoolers!
This time we had our session at Taylor Park in Torquay, which is a beautiful but under-used little spot. I always enjoy sessions there as the light is so pretty and the park itself has such a calm feel to it, like a hidden oasis.
We had to move pretty quickly this session as it was threatening to rain the whole time, but as you can see - the girls just ran around in the light showers anyway! Rain does not stop kids having fun thankfully!
More importantly, this time we roped dad in and got some full family shots!
I hope you all enjoyed your session and I'll see you in a year or two!
If you would love your own session, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
This was one of those sessions where I ended up with SO many photos that I couldn't find a song long enough to fit their slideshow!
We headed to my usual spot in Barwon Heads for this session, where there are so many little spots within the spot, that we got a ton of variety. The light was perfect, the kids were cute, no wonder it was great!
We did have a few literal bumps and scratches (James' head, ouch) but with the boys being so laid back about it all, we manage to continue and STILL get some great images. They had a lot of fun once we got to the beach portion of our shoot - there was a lot of digging and burying!
At the end of the day, you can't fake it with photos. The images are great because the family really is close and happy, and I'm just there to capture it. Enjoy! xx
Dads can sometimes be a bit difficult to convince on the merits of a professional family photo session. Not because they don't adore their family, but they usually spend less time 'online' and being exposed to the idea of a custom photography session. Many think it will be a matter of posing their child or family in a sterile studio and they simply can't get enthused about the whole experience. So here are the most common objections Dads have and some ideas on how to talk to him about it.
"I don't have time".
It's true, who has time these days for things that don't sound fun?
Make the day fun! It's a one off or yearly occasion that can be made into more - go out for an icecream afterwards with the kids, take them to the park, go out for lunch, just make the whole experience a day focused on your family. Even if he finds the prospect of the photo taking portion of the day pretty boring, schedule it on weekend that isn't busy and where everyone can relax afterwards.
"We can do it ourselves"
If you try and do it yourself, one of you is going to be either out of the photo or seriously stressed! If mum is going to try and attempt the family photos with a tripod and a timer, is she also going to be calming child number 2 as well as getting child number 1 to look a bit happier!? And wait, child number 3 just got some snot on them!
If you can do it yourself, you would have done it by now. Don't let it fall into the too hard basket, just hire a professional like you would any other service for your family.
"It costs too much"
Well it does cost, like any other service. But these days most photographers have reasonable payment plans, or you can save up. There are photographers to suit most budgets.
The photos aren't just for you. They will be yours for now, and they will look beautiful on your walls and in albums, but as someone who lost her father over 10 years ago now, I can tell you that photos of you with your kids will be priceless one day.
"It's too awkward"
It doesn't have to be. Yep, men especially hate having to be affectionate on cue, but with my longer lens I am not in your face and forcing you to pose in certain ways. I get families all the time who start off a little 'ummm, what do we do" and by the end of the session are laughing and joking with each other.
It's usually the dad who gets the kids laughing and smiling too, as they throw them up in the air and tickle them till they can't breathe!
Show him some modern family photography sessions and how natural and fun they can be these days.
"I don't get it"
Reality is, it's usually mum who is chatting to me, choosing me and booking me. Get him involved, it should be a joint decision from the get-go. No one likes to turn up not knowing all the details, so please share all the information I send out together. If people have a 'say' in something, they are usually more invested in the whole process.
I've had plenty of dads tear up when they finally see the images. Sometimes it's simply a matter of someone not being able to visualise their own family being captured. It can feel a little raw too, there's not many occasions where you stand in front of a relative stranger trying to show all the love you feel for each other! But it is worth it, trust me.
One of the best things about being a family photographer is having past clients come back to you with a new baby bump or a new baby! All of our families change and grow so much when they are young, it's great to be able to capture each milestone.
I posted about little Chloe not too long ago (and her gorgeous outfit!), and now Chloe is a big sister! Tillie was a bit older than the usual 'newborn', but she gave us lots of lovely sleepy time as you'll see, as well as those sweet little awake shots.
I'm not a huge 'prop' user when it comes to newborns, I love my newborn sessions to be natural and simple, because you don't need much to show how peaceful, new, and beautiful they are. I do enjoy using what 'props' bubs (and mum) already has, so that years from now when you look back at the portraits, you may still own the little hat, or the blankie, or whatever else you choose to include. For me it's a more personal, meaningful way of creating a newborn session.
I had my first Mums & Bubs Group session a couple of weeks ago and it was awesome! Seven lovely 10 month old babies over two hours, gorgeous Autumn lighting - it was a dream session. The group shot did consist of a number of runaway babies who were determined to have a crawling race, but other than that mishap it all went very well.
I got so many gorgeous shots of these babies that I've decided to do one blog entry per bub, because they all deserve their time in the sun!
First up is little Max who has to be one of the most photogenic babies I've seen with those huge blue eyes. Say hello to Max!
Mothers group or playgroup group sessions are $50 per child, minimum of 5 per booking and are held at Balyang Sanctuary in Geelong.