I’m so pleased to have returned from my maternity leave with a bang and a super fun family with a gorgeous baby to photograph!  Baby Reuben is 3 weeks old and a really chilled out little dude.  He was awake for the entire session and I don’t think I heard so much as a whimper from him once.  He was very happy to watch the family go about their day and he was definitely kept entertained by his big brother Sebastian.  Reuben has these beautiful lips that sprout out and wide eyes that take everything in.  His skin is soft and smooth like all babies and his hands reach and search for a mama or papa bear to hold.  The creases on the palms of his hands read a story not yet told but full of hope and optimism.  His head is still atop with that beautiful newborn fuzz before they go bald and get grandpa hair.  Oh how I love babies!  Give me #allthebabies

Reuben’s big brother is Sebastian – Sebby, aka lover-of-life and indestructible ball of energy!  He loves all things wheels.  Give him a car, truck, trailer or train and he is right at home.  This age group is so much fun to get to know and they will teach you something about life every time if you let the message get through.  Sebby reminded me how much fun it is to just run and jump, to play with cars on the floor and to grab quick kisses with your baby brother when you need a people re-fuel.  You’re going to be an awesome big brother Sebastian!

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Well time surely does fly when you are having fun; Gwen is now 4 months old!  Actually I never knew that you could “have fun” during this newborn stage.  With my first child it was a blur of sleepless nights, anxiety and tears.  Lots and lots of tears everyday for 3 months.  This experience with our second child has been a complete turn-around and I’m here to give hope to those who had it tough the first time.  Everyone told me the second is so much easier… I didn’t believe them!  It has been SO true for us.  These first 4 months have been some of the happiest of my life and I’m so grateful to have been able to experience this newborn stage without the anxiety and tears.  With your second child, that overwhelming feeling of responsibility you get with your first just isn’t there.  You’ve been there before, you know what to expect and you know those hard days will eventually pass.  A lot of the time your expectations for amount of sleep you will get, have had the bar set very low from the first child, so you are happily surprised if they end up sleeping more than 2-3 hours at a time.  Anything after that is like winning the baby lottery!  If you are lucky enough to get a “sleeper” then you pretty much have found yourself a unicorn baby.

Gwen, you have been an absolute charm and I am (mostly) loving each and every day.  We are so happy to have your smiley face in our lives!

xo Mummy.

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Do you #existinphotos with your baby?

Are you a mum who wishes your partner would pick up the camera more often and capture some special moments of you and your bub?  You know you need to be in more photos with your baby and your phone is filled with selfies that you set up for “candid” moments.  You want your child to one day know that you existed in those moments and weren’t just behind the camera.  You can see them growing so quickly before your eyes and you want to savour every moment forever.  The way they nuzzle into your neck when they “cuddle you”, the pointer finger they always stick into their mouth.  The chubby baby fat rolls on their thighs and back.  Their goofy, gummy smile before teeth arrive.  Their bald head starting to grow back soft, fuzzy hair.  The laughter in their eyes as you jiggle them up and down and they look at you like you are their whole entire universe… because you are.

Don’t regret not BEING IN photos with them.  #existinphotos

Introducing – The White Sessions – Mummy and Me

Taking place in the comfort of your own home, all you need is your bed and a window.  I’ll bring some white sheets if you don’t have any and then we will make magic happen!  Your room doesn’t even have to be clean!  Just throw all the junk into a corner and forget about it.  These sessions are suitable for babies from newborn to 12 months and include mum in the photos.  Give yourself permission to take some time for yourself and your baby to just be together, to cuddle, to laugh and to love each other.

The cost includes your in-home session, online gallery of up to 40 images, 15 high resolution digital files for you to choose (you can print and enlarge from these as much as you wish) and one 8×12 inch matted fine art print.

Total cost $449.

Upgrade to the whole set of digital files for only $199.  Professionally printed products also available upon viewing your gallery of images.

Refer a friend and when you both make a booking you will BOTH receive $50 off (total $399).

Fill out the form below to book your White Session.

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Week 3 – Vintage Style.

I am totally crushing on these vintage inspired numbers from local Brisbane girl Katie.  Check out her designs over at Ada and Noble.  You can also follow them here on Insta.

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Week 2 – Gold, blush, blue and grey.

Dress from here: https://www.orangesherbet.com.au/collections/dresses/products/dusk-dress-dusk-print-1

Cotton on kids singlet here. Skirt from here Shoes Grey baby romper from here

Blue baby romper from here.

 

Week 1 – Floral mum

I’m a sucker for a mum in a gorgeous dress.  First tip… mum gets to choose her outfit first and everyone else styles around the piece she loves!

Buy mum’s dress here

Romper here

Girl’s dress here

The best photos are the ones that make you FEEL something.  The ones that show a connection.  The ones that show the family as they are – loving, fun and free-spirited.  This is what I aim for in each and every session.

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I shared this #photographytip last week in my beginner photography group and thought someone out there may find it useful as well. Come and join the group here if you like: https://www.facebook.com/groups/816013531796364/

Beginner tip: Why choosing your own focus point is so important.

On all cameras, DSLR and point and shoot (even most phones) you can tell the camera where you want the focus to be in the image. If you think about a wide open area like a beach with a person on it, you would generally want to get the person in focus or to be the main focus. You don’t want a completely out of focus person and all the background lovely and crisp (ok you might, but intentionally is different to accidentally). If you have your camera set to “auto focus” then it will just pick a spot in the image that it thinks is the spot you want in focus. It can be very hit and miss.

Check out this example that I just tried on my own DSLR. The first two images I told the camera where I wanted to focus. In the first one I intentionally wanted to focus on the feet. The second I wanted the face to be in focus. In the last two image I set the focus to auto and let the camera decide. First it chose the feet and then it chose the arm/shoulder/shirt. How would it know where I wanted to focus if I didn’t tell it? It doesn’t, it just guesses and it puts a lot of our images out of focus or focus where we don’t want it. You could take a photo of the same thing a few times and depending on where your camera is positioned, it might choose a different focus spot 10 different times. I think when the camera is on auto-focus, it will generally try to choose an area to focus on that is in the middle(-ish) of the frame and a high contrast area.

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How do we stop this from happening?

We need to change the focus mode from automatic to a manual setting. You can either choose the centre focus point and use the focus and recompose method or choose a different focus point that will target a specific area in the image. To find out how to change the focus point for your particular camera just google “set focus point your camera model”.

See image 5 here where the middle focus point is chosen. The red box is where the camera will focus. To simply focus, point the red box (focus point) where you want the focus to be and press the shutter. For portraits, the best place to focus is on the eyes and more specifically, they eye closest to the camera. This is great if you want your subject in the middle of the frame. If you want to put them a bit off centre and show your skills with the rule of thirds, you will need to focus and recompose. To do this, you focus on their eye by HALF PRESSING the shutter button, then move your frame slightly to where you want to recompose, then continue to completely press the shutter button.

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This video shows the focus and recompose method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPz7wFpvuC0

Alternatively, you could choose one of the outer focus points where your subject is in the image/frame.

This video shows an example of a point and shoot camera and how to choose a spot within the frame to focus on.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ6I86dUe2Y