Love + Friendship

This family shoot touched my soul + sent my heart aflutter.

I first met Kristy + Nic 12 years ago when I photographed their wedding.  We met again in 2010 for family portraits with their darling little toddler and newborn.  And again in 2017 for another family session.  That time it was sans Nic as he + Kristy had amicably decided to go their separate ways.  Or “consciously uncouple” as Gwyneth would say!  (I really do love her for bringing this term to light.)

So…for this session below Kristy + Nic and their adorable little humans all came along together.  How beautiful is that!  Just hanging out as two people who used to be husband + wife but now enjoy a friendship + lifelong responsibility as parents to their boys.  I really hope to see more of this.  I think it is so lovely + important to show kids a united front whenever possible.

I say this because, like many, I am a child of divorce.  My parents split up when I was about 12.  I totally get that all circumstances behind divorce are completely different to others.  There is always a lot of pain involved, for everyone.  These words come from my perspective only.  I certainly don’t speak for anyone else.  But I know, from my own experience, that certain aspects of our lives would have been a whole lot easier if our parents could have also shared a friendship or united front around us.

I take my hat off to you Kristy + Nic.  I’m full to the brim with admiration + respect.

2 Days Earth Side + Smothered with Love

Kylie, Killian + their budding little family of girls.  I photographed their wedding about 10 years ago and Kylie will go down as the most entertaining, unique, casual, giggly brides I’ve ever met.  She had me in hysterics all day.

I’ve seen them every 4-5 years since, to meet their little bubba’s and make some family pictures for them.  Kylie had messaged me in the hope I may be in Perth because she was about to give birth, but we didn’t think the little one would arrive before I left.  Two days before I flew out I messaged her to see how she was going and yayyyyyy she was in labour.  So I sent her some push inspiring music and little Fern arrived safe and sound in a perfect little bundle of angel babyness.  I arrived at their beautiful house and could not believe how full of energy Kylie was – after just pushing out a tiny human for hours and hours and all!  Women never cease to amaze me.  You are Wonderwoman lady!

And these girls – my gosh I was so full of love by the time I left I drove off with eyes full of watery happiness and my heart a fluttering.   Oh and I can’t forget the family fur baby who is always, always part of the action.  So much so the kids all have fluffy stuffed versions of him ahahahah.  He’s been guarding his new family member from the second she arrived home.  Always by her side or under her cot.  How darn adorable is that!

Rock Pools + Spontaneous Swims

This beautiful family!  I’ve been documenting their life together since Claire & Bhen tied the knot a decade ago woo hoo!  Since then I’ve had the pleasure of bumping into them in random places – when I’ve been shooting overseas, at the local supermarket, street or shopping centres!  These guys rock.  Their colourful energy and vibrancy is always such a pleasure to be around and I adore catching up with them for each family shoot with their newest little human.

This shoot took place during a balmy spring arvo in WA.  It was so hot the little ones decided they couldn’t avoid the delicious lure of the rock pools any longer, so they stripped off and in they went.  Too cute!  I was a bit jealous.  Verrrry jealous!  And OMG wait for the bubba in his mini kilt!  Heart melted.

 

Outlander look out!!

 

This guy and his incredibly beautiful pack of dogs arrived, strolled around the river and started howling to the sunset.  It was surreal and so melodic.

 

 

Waterfalls + Dragonflies

This adoooorable little baby + her parents took a trek with me to the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland.

Her huge soulful eyes darting + growing wide in awe at the butterflies, dragonflies, huge old growth trees + waterfalls.

She was also more than happy to take a long skinny dip in the cool mountain water.  Winning at life!

How blessed I am to witness such raw curiosity + love.

Wind Waves + Warm Embraces

When the beach is full of Kite Boarders you know it’s just a tad breezy for a shoot!  But wind can add such beautiful drama, as I think it did here.

The little ones were understandably a bit reserved.  But eventually they were fairly mesmerised by the rolling waves, kiters, seagulls flying sideways + Mum’s beautiful locks dancing to the wind.  And of course they were more than happy to seek solace in Mum + Dad’s nurturing warm embrace.

This is my 3rd shoot with Ellie + Scott over the years.  The first being their engagement portraits, their beautiful wedding + now family portraits with their adorable little mini-me’s.

It never gets old seeing my clients lives blossom.  I always leave these shoots feeling completely elated that I get to be part of making such significant moments
into pictures.

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