I bet you are hilarious and gentle, intense and silly, boisterous and patient, but also sometimes tired, and busy, and not as gracious as you mean to be. I heart you on that. I bet your kids love you with everything they have. I'm pretty sure you'd rather hold that tiny faithful hand than any treasure I could name. I see, threaded through everything, the very un-ordinariness that brought you to this moment, that led you to feel that you have something worth remembering, and preserving.
And to that, I say a whole and open-hearted Yes.
What is a family, baby or newborn photography like?
I will capture your family just as you see them, at their best and in their perfect imperfection and all the magical in-betweens, the things that make you smile as you kiss their sleepy faces at the end of the day.
I chase light and emotion, and let the images fall out of that as they will. If you would really love a whole series of posed photos where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling, that's great, but I might not be the right photographer for you (although I can always try to include one of those in your session). Please take a look at the sessions on my blog, they will give you an idea of what to expect from a family, newborn or baby photography session, except that those people are not you, and so can't possibly show you what your family photos might look like. All my sessions look quite different from each other, because I'm not cookie cutter and neither are you.
Family sessions can capture the essence of your home, or celebrate your favourite place to hang out, or we can head out for an adventure at the beach or forest. I spend a lot of my own family time on the Mornington Peninsula, so I know that area pretty well. Usually lasting 1-2 hours, sessions are natural and fun. It's the perfect excuse for taking a small amount of time out of your busy lives to just hang out, and to appreciate what is most special to you: each other.
Newborn sessions are peaceful, loving and natural, held in your home where you can relax and be more yourselves.
I really don't think that there is any one 'right age' for photo sessions; the perfect time to capture your kids is always 'right now'. I sometimes hear parents talking about waiting for babies to sit up, or teeth to grow back, or braces to come off, but none of these things are truly important. In fact, I suspect that when we are all old and grey, it will be the quirks of childhood, not the supposedly perfect moments, which will be the ones we remember.
And if you are thinking you might wait until you get a little fitter or your hair grows out a little more, I promise you, your kids think you are pretty spectacular just the way you are.
Pricing information for photography sessions can be found here.