“Never go in search of love, go in search of life, and life will find you the love you seek.”  Atticus Poetry

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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.

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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

Tara says:

“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! ”

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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…

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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. kate@kateveronicaphotography.com

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