Melbourne family photographer
Family is not an important thing, it's everything.
I think Dave Williams says it best...'There are no perfect parents, and no perfect children, but there are plenty of perfect moments along the way...'
Life isn't perfect, people aren't perfect, and your session would be far too boring if we all sat still and said 'cheeeeeese' a million times.
I'm all about images that are real, that are wholehearted and full of connection and movement, that capture your personalities and show the genuine love and affection between you.
When we pay attention to the little things, our world is open to so many new moments - like joyful and cheeky smiles; little ones who nuzzle into your neck; giggling faces and scrunchy noses; the way the wind ruffles through their sweet curly hair; from belly laughs to tantrums and big fat tears - these moments are full of warmth, joy and intimacy and they inspire me too.
But what I really want to do, is to capture the real you. Not what or who you see before you in the mirror, I want to capture the person we see, your husband sees, your children see. The way your whole face lights up when your child laughs, how your body folds gently around your child as you hold them. The way you look at your lover, and the way he looks at you. What you look like when lost in thought, how your laugh lines crinkle around your eyes that show you have lived a life full of love and laughter.
This is your family, your life, and I want you to remember it forever.
If this sounds like something you are interested in, hit the button below to connect with me - or keep scrolling to see some of my most recent work and answers to frequently asked questions.
Each session is an experience to remember....
It’s so heart-warming for me to work with people who (more often than not) don’t like having their photos taken, but who still get up at the crack of dawn, get dressed and meet me at a park or a beach and let me take their photos anyway. And while it might feel awkward to start with, I love being able to make my client’s feel comfortable enough to drop their walls, their preconceived ideas about having to look at the camera and ‘say cheese’ – well, there’s never any cheese with me.
It's a bit strange at first, because you have no idea what to do or where to look but I'll guide you through that, and work overtime to make sure everyone is relaxed and having fun...because this is when the magic happens.
We'll go on an adventure looking for fairies or lions hiding in bushes, play silly games, and have tickle fights. I'll make lame dad jokes, and pull funny faces with your kids - in my experience, no matter how much of a grump someone is (I'm looking at the three-nager's here), they will always join in with the fun eventually. If you've got kids above the age of four, once you guys have warmed up and gotten used to me, I'm going to start asking your kids what they love most about you, about each other, and what you love most about them - this stuff is real, it's honest, and these moments with your kids will melt your heart as a mum and dad.
As a bonus, you end up with photos you will all treasure forever!
"Evidence of a life replete with love is, in my mind, the greatest gift a photographer can give the world."
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm self-conscious about having my photo taken.
Capturing the bond between you and your little one/s is so important, and even if you don’t feel like having your photo taken at the time, I absolutely guarantee you’ll thank me later.
These photos are also incredibly important for your kids. Your kids need to see you, they need proof that you exist.
When my clients book a session with me, they hope beyond hope that I’ll be able to capture some photos that are ‘good enough’ to print and frame. But most of them
quietly believe that I won’t be able to capture anything better, let alone these kinds of photos for them.
Almost all of my clients tell me these things, but you wouldn’t really think that from looking at these photos!
In each and every session, I’m driven to capture all the warmth, joy and intimacy between you that I can - but these things don’t come naturally or easily to most people. It’s my job to draw them out of you, to make you feel comfortable, to get to the good stuff, the better than great stuff, the ‘I freaking love this and can’t believe this is a photo of us’ stuff!
Each session is carefully planned and personalised around each client, and no two sessions are alike – your images are unique to you and what makes your family, your family..
All of my collections include digital images, but it is also essential that my clients come away with something tangible from our time together. Custom photography is an investment for both of us, and I would be heartbroken for your images to collect virtual dust on your iPhone or hard drive! Your images are designed to stand alone and be joyfully displayed on your walls for many years, as well as tell your story when strung together in a fine art storybook album – and options for prints or albums are always included in every package.
How far in advance should we book?
My weekends are prime real estate, and are always booked out a month in advance, sometimes two (and you better book in three months before Christmas if you want a school holiday session).
If you can be flexible on a weekday, I'm much more available. Sessions are usually held at sunrise, and in summer this is early enough for everyone to still get to work + school (maybe just a tad late).
Do you photograph large groups and extended families?
I sure do! In order to provide you with a customised experience, family sessions are capped at immediate family (you, your husband and children) only.
If you would like to organise a session for your extended family, you will need to book an extended family session, which start at $990.
What do we wear?
Don't panic! I've written a super handy post with 10 tips on what to wear to your family photography session and you can find it over here.
What time is our session?
If we are shooting outdoors, the time of day we hold your session is super important. The general rule is that all outdoor sessions are held during the golden hour (either sunrise or sunset). Sunrise is the preferred option, as the weather is more predictable, kids are usually happier and there are less people around. You can read more info about our session start times by clicking here. If we are holding your session indoors, then I will be guided by you as to when your home gets the best light.
Where do you hold your sessions?
There are so many options for where we can meet. Every session is a choose your own adventure, but I have a stack of locations if you are unsure. You can check out this page for more info on outdoor locations. I also love to photograph families in their own home, there’s nothing more beautiful than creating a time capsule of photos and memories in a place where you spend the most time, have the most memories and are at your most comfortable. If you aren’t sure, we can have an in-depth chat about the kind of location that will work best for you and your family.
What if it rains?
Many of my clients love being outdoors and spending time at the park with their family, so having your session outdoors might be the only option for you. Outdoor sessions also offer the most beautiful light (especially at sunrise). But the reality of living in Melbourne is that we will have to deal with unpredictable weather patterns at some point.
In case you didn’t know, I also moonlight as a weather-girl in my spare time....kidding, but sometimes it feels like it. I’ll always consult the weather the day before our session as this is when the forecast is the most reliable, and call you to discuss our options. All I ask is that keep your morning open and flexible, so we can adjust our start time if we need to.
Will we get every single image you take?
Heck no! I usually take over 500+ images, and I often take multiple images every time I press the shutter in case someone moves/blinks/etc. You don’t want to sift through all of that! I promise that I hand select the best of the best of the best for editing, and these images form your gallery. I include everything that’s not a duplicate image, someone pulling a bad face or out of focus. You can expect to receive upwards of 50 images as part of your final gallery.
How do you calculate your travel fees?
Travel fees are covered for any location within 1 hour of my post code (3030). Beyond this, travel is charged at $2p/km (beyond 50km from my postcode).