“Never go in search of love, go in search of life, and life will find you the love you seek.” Atticus Poetry
Lifestyle photography isn’t about the “perfect” family, the “perfect” moments, the stylised photograph or holding a post “just right”. Lifestyle photography is all about the moment’s in-between. The stuff that looks squishy, imperfect and slightly crazy. It comes with a side dish of amazing light, fun, laughter, candid moments; the “grandparent shot” (looking at the camera) and camera angles that still make you look amazing. It’s the touch of a sibling on a fresh baby’s head, it’s a big sister holding her baby brother with the proudest smile you have ever seen, it’s tiny bits of skin flaking off newborn feet, it’s a scrunched up babe resting on mama’s chest, it’s stopping to smell the roses not once but twice, it’s the feeling you get when you think of how much it hurts to love them.
Here is a taste of what you receive when you book a maternity and newborn package. Lots of amazing family moments. The crazy stuff you want to remember!
Get in touch if you would like to book in for your maternity and newborn photos. Mention this blog post and I will upgrade you to a complimentary 12×18 inch framed print worth $240, when you book a newborn and maternity session together.
I love meeting new families who are excited about their family photos. Tara, Hayden, Theo and Briar were really looking forward to having some beautiful images created for them. On the surface, images like these are just photographs, moments in time captured forever… but are they something more? I believe so. They are the memory of this whole stage of their lives. They are the memory of how cheeky Briar’s little smile was and how Theo’s beautiful wide eye’s light up. Those faces are only little for a short time. They only show the innocence of baby-hood in their vulnerability for a few years. These photographs are memories of a time when Theo was obsessed with cars and balls. A time when he loved being outside investigating his surroundings. They are a visual cue for the memory of Briar being so trusting of strangers, social and comfortable around new people (even those with big cameras in her face!). A time when Briar might go from completely happy to meltdown in 2.8 seconds (see below for meltdown photo. haha). These photographs are not just fleeting snapshots of that split second when the shutter opened and closed. They are your lifeblood, the soul running through your family, the openness of childhood and the love parents have for their little ones.
So thank-you, beautiful family, for taking time out in your weekend to remember the love you share for each other and for deciding to turn that memory into something that you will always have. Thank-you for trusting me to document it for you. xo Kate
“Thanks again so much for the pictures, they turned out so amazing and they were everything I wanted, so thanks! You really made the whole process so easy for the kids and we have had so many positive comments. I have been telling everyone about you!! I’m so happy to have some beautiful pictures to have forever! ”
Ah hello golden afternoons, cute families, grandparents included and open mouthed kisses from little ones! This is my jam baby and I’m loving every second of this session. If you’ve ever gotten the impression that family photography portraits have to be boring then you are still living in the 80’s era of bad hair and stuffy studios with mottled backgrounds – awkward family photos much?! Here’s what a family photo sesh in the modern world looks like…
Extended family photos look a little bit like this… fun, candid and a tiny bit crazy! For this shoot we even threw in a silhouetted big Eff-you to cancer for little Lara who is currently kicking Leukaemia’s ass! (see further down for that shot).
If you’ve been meaning to get the fam together for a big group photo and a few individual candids, there is no time like the present. Give me a holler and we can chat about your vision for group photos. firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you looking for non-stuffy, non-posed newborn photos without the added cheese? Do you want a record of your baby as they are at this point in time, tears and all? You’ve come to the right place. My awesome clients come to me looking for natural baby photos and that’s exactly what I strive to achieve in my sessions. So you might ask what is involved in creating these so-called “natural” photos? I mean, people don’t generally act natural when a large camera is in front of their face do they? During a newborn baby session I will guide you into a position where you are comfortable to snuggle your bub. From there it’s all about just being with your family and baby. I’ll give you space to cuddle, kiss, hold their little fingers, give them head rubs and jiggle them up and down when they have a sore belly. While you are just being you I will move around and get the angles that I see will make beautiful portraits. Occasionally I will ask you to look up and have one of those looking-at-camera shots, but mostly it’s just about recording the connection and the love you have for your new little person. You don’t have to worry about how you look. Leave that up to me. You don’t have to worry if you have your hands in the “wrong” place… there is no wrong place.
Our newborn baby sessions are guided by how your little human is feeling on the day. For example, here we have Patrick who was having some tummy pains at the start of his photography session. Patrick has reflux and it was really giving him some curry on the day. He was doing his best version of baby planking and didn’t want to bend in the middle AT ALL. We thought we might spend the whole session trying to calm his little body so we just took it really easy and worked around what he needed at the time. After about 20 minutes of being cuddled between mum and dad (and lots of jiggling up and down), we noticed that he was starting to relax and was actually falling asleep. I couldn’t believe our luck! Given that mum and dad said he had only slept on and off for very short periods the day before, I thought it might be the case on this day as well. We ended up with the most peaceful sleeping baby sessions and some ridiculously gorgeous captures of Patrick after he woke and was lovely and calm.