Chantelle + Shaun + Archie

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Chantelle + Shaun + Archie

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West Melbourne Maternity and Newborn Photographer

For some people, the idea of having a maternity session is as exciting as the idea of having a baby, especially if you are experiencing a good pregnancy and feeling particularly glowy. But you wouldn’t be alone if your first thought was something like “OH HELL NO!” ...especially if your body has transformed
to a place you might not have imagined it ever going - crazy hormones, lumpy and bumpy bodies, swollen ankles, stretch marks, unwanted kilos...I get it, when you think about these things, the last thing you want is for them to be captured in photos forever and ever.

Pregnancy isn’t always pretty, but can I tell you something? 

I’ve never had anyone say ‘Oh yay, I can’t wait to have my photo taken, hurray it’s photo time! Everyone (including me) feels nervous about jumping in
front of the camera; and I’m here to remind you that your bump is beautiful. You are beautiful. No matter how pregnancy has affected your body, you are making LIFE inside of you, and that is pretty freaking amazing. 

It’s my job to make you forget about all those lumps and bumps and things that make you feel self-conscious, and instead to get you focused on all the love and excitement you and your partner are feeling. Your bump is not the main focus; we won’t spend your whole session taking photos of you posing with your hand on your belly (because, boring).

Instead, I want to capture things like  the way your partner tenderly touches your tummy. The way he holds you extra gently, your glow, your joy, your excitement; and bottle it up for you to hold onto forever (especially in those early sleep deprived days).

Running my maternity sessions this way makes them so much more meaningful, and it was exactly what Chantelle was looking for when she contacted me.

My heart broke when she told me about how she didn't have any wedding photos from their destination wedding in Thailand; a huge tropical storm rained on their parade, and they didn't get a single photo of the two of them together.  

Honestly, it seems like the hugest dose of good karma came their way for their maternity session down at Altona Foreshore, because the weather could not have been more freaking beautiful. It was so calm, Altona Beach was so still it was like a mirror - I've never seen it like that, either before or since this session.

I think this might be my favourite session of 2017 - big call; but you'll see why.

 

To say I was excited to meet baby Archie a few weeks later was a bit of an understatement. If the maternity session was that good - how amazing was the newborn session going to be?! 

The answer? Pretty awesome.

The photo of Chantelle with the happy tears running down her face is one of my favourite photos of 2017 ♥

Baby Archie you are so, so loved.

Chantelle, thank you so much for choosing me to document all these precious memories for you. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with me, I'm so honoured to have been the one to capture and bottle your love for you.

Lexi xx

 

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The Graceful Collective

I was worried that I wouldn't look like me - I might be too staged or that I'd be rocking too many 'fake' smiles.  But Lecinda is one of the best photographers I have ever worked with; she made me feel so comfortable and calm (and even beautiful), and I knew I could trust her. I also loved all our communication in the lead up to the shoot and that was the decider in booking with her.  She took a genuine interest in my business - who I am, who I work with and what I do, and showed a real understanding in what I wanted to achieve and how we could best do that. 

When I saw the images for the first time it felt like I was seeing myself in my business for the very first time! I was over the moon with the images, Lecinda captured me perfectly and her beautiful images gave me an instant boost of confidence and huge motivation to get my website live. 

I would book with her again in a heartbeat!

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The Ranger Family

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The Ranger Family

West Melbourne In Home Lifestyle Newborn Session

 

This has to be one of my favourite families ever - I don't know what I did to find such beautiful clients as this family, but I'm so grateful that we crossed paths. Over the last year or so I've been lucky enough to photograph Renee's sister and her family, the whole extended family - and now with Renee again to meet sweet baby Charlie.

Also - how utterly beautiful is their home?! I developed some serious plant envy, and some serious bed linen, and some serious window-seat heart eyes during this session; but can you blame me?

It's so special when families come back for repeat sessions, because it means I can develop the most beautiful little relationships with the kiddos - Ruby (the oldest) refused to let me leave until I played one (okay, like three) puzzles. How sweet is that?! Like I said, I've got so much love for this family ♥

Here's a few of my favourites from the session earlier this year.

Lexi xx

 
 

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