I decided I needed to practice what I preach. Well- more. I have had my own photo shoots in the past with various local photographers, but it was definitely time to update the walls.
Last month, I asked my good friend Bronnie to capture my family in an outdoor setting. It's always odd for me being in front of the camera instead of behind it, but Bron made it so easy. We laughed, we played, we tickled and ran.
I wanted to share some of my favourite images from my session as well as offer some tips that helped me- from a client perspective.
A HUGGEEEE thank you to my beautiful girl Bronwyn for these priceless images! Go check out her website here
1. Don't prepare them to "smile". I can instantly tell the children who are told "make sure you smile at the camera" - And yes, it is beautiful when I capture an authentic smile but a clenched teeth grin isn't the same thing. Sure, absolutely prepare them- tell them your friend Lauren is going to take some photos whilst you play and tickle and run around together. Tell them she will likely dance, make silly faces and run along too. Then on the day, let me work my magic. I don't need you to tell them to look at me. If I want them, or you to look at me, I will tell you to.
2. Try their clothes on well before the shoot. Not only do you want to make sure the clothes do indeed fit, if you have a child like my middle one, you may find it a struggle to get him to wear anything new. I got the boys to try their 'special photo clothes' when they first arrived, then every week up until our session. I know for sure this helped on the day.
3. Ask for help. Getting 3 kids under 4 ready to go anywhere is fun enough, let alone to a photography session where you want everyone looking smart (& clean). If you have anyone that can offer a hand- even if it's just to watch the kids whilst you get ready, ask them beforehand to help.
4. Encourage the littles to have a sleep. If you're fortunate enough to be stuck in that in-between stage like I am- you know, where kids think they are fine without a day sleep but still actually needing it- try to encourage a little nap or at the very least, a relax/quiet time. I found it works best when they are active in the mornings and encouraged to sleep a bit later than usual. - But don't stress if they don't. We will make the session fun enough to keep them entertained the entire time.
5. Feed them babies! I always tell my clients to make sure their child is well fed before their session precedes and to bring non sticky/messy food along to the session. My middle child especially NEEDS food or else he turns into one 'Hangry' beast, so we ensured to stock him up on Low GI foods before our session started.
6. Bring spare clothes. Although we didn't need them last week, we brought along a spare outfit for my little girl as well as one set for my twins. You never know which kid will jump into the muddy puddle (first).
7. Bring wipes. Kids get dirty - they seem to magically collect dirt on their face every 10 minutes whilst outdoors & you will be surprised just how much the camera picks up.
8. Don't stress the small stuff. Choose your battles wisely. Our oldest can get a little carried away when he's excited & we would usually try to tone it down. During the session we had planned to just let it go & (just as it usually turns out,) it made for some great moments. - Discipline can (and did) commence again post session.
9. Please don't stand behind me to get their attention- not unless I ask. This happens so often. I get it- I do it too- you want to help. You want to make sure you get them looking at the camera. The problem is, they aren't looking at the camera when you're behind me. They are looking at you. Sometimes- very rarely, I may get you to stand behind me but try keep to the side otherwise.
10. Bring along some of their favourite toys. We brought along the boys' basketballs but you can bring anything you like. I know I will love looking back and seeing them playing with these balls, remembering how obsessed they are with them ever since they watched their cousin play at the stadium.
I love capturing this moment in your life, exactly how it is - they won't last forever.
Ok, I know I said 10, but i sometimes get carried away...
11. HAVE FUN!
Above all else, you want to have fun. You want your children to look back on these images and remember what a great time you all had. You want to hear the giggles when you see that shot of dad throwing up your little one high into the sky. Don't focus on the session being about getting the right photo, but more about creating a memorable time for your kids & self.
What to wear to your spring family photo session with Purely Taken. Photography | Mildura Photographer
It's a question I get asked a lot by mums; "What should we wear?"
Often, parents have no idea where to begin on how to style for their portrait shoot and that's totally ok- your not a fashion stylist (except of course, if you are). I am here to guide & support you in planning your wardrobe; in fact a lot of my clients ask me to plan the entire wardrobe, which I absolutely love as it gets my creative juices flowing & is amazing when the session comes together
Your entire experience with me as your photographer is personalised; perhaps mum has a dress she has been wanting to wear since, forever. I can put together, not only a palette of complementing colours, but pick and choose actual clothing pieces from various Australian online stores and give a visual on how it will all come together.
I even provide prices and links for all, individual items.
Below you will see some of the sets from my Spring/Summer 17 Style Guide Collection which I have created for either myself, my clients or just for fun.
Which one is your favourite?
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Friday, August the 4th, 2017 was a bittersweet day for my family and myself. It was a day we laid to rest our "Pa" after a long and successful life.
At 95 years of age, Ted had accomplished so much; from marrying the love of his life, fighting for his country & running a successful business; but as he would often say, his biggest accomplishment and what he was most proud of, was his family.
Like many of us, Pa wasn't too keen on having his portrait taken; an aversion you kind of have to overcome with a professional photographer as your granddaughter-in-law. I often had my camera on hand at our important family milestones and one day, when my niece's baptism ceremony had just ended, I quickly turned around in my seat and took a portrait of Pa.
This portrait turned out to be one of the favourite images of Pa I owned. In fact, as it hung proudly on our wall at home, a lot of family members who saw it, felt the same. The thing was -it wasn't even the best image in terms of composition but no one was looking at that. It was a real moment of pure emotion. It was Pa.
I find it very hard to put into words the honour I feel, that this image featured throughout his funeral service. As I looked at this framed print of Pa, placed on his coffin, I was instantly taken back to the moment I captured it; I could still hear him laughing at me and remember the thoughts and feelings of love I had for him in that exact moment.
Not only that - I felt like he was looking at me - because, after all, when I had taken his portrait all those years ago, he WAS looking at me- and that print was then sitting on his coffin for his loved ones to see.
It was a powerful moment for me; what I do is truly important.
Over the next day, I was again reminded of the importance of tangible prints, as Pa's old photo albums came out for the family to see, touch, laugh and reminisce over.
Something happens to us when we see prints of our families. We well up with pride and want to show people; we travel back in time and can see and feel details long forgotten; we are reminded of what matters and how time moves too quickly, and to treasure the moments we have today.
Family isn’t an important thing; it’s everything – so let’s document yours!
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I first met Jordan & Tim for a pre consult in early March, 2015, where they booked in their 2016 wedding. We got along instantly & chatted easily for some time. When I shot their engagement session, the way they looked at eachother & nailed the poses simultaneously, made me so excited about their wedding for I knew they would be amazing- which of course they were!
Fast forward to June this year & there we were, meeting up again for their planning consultation for their newborn baby Eddie. (Who so rudely spent the entire consultation asleep so as to not let me have cuddles haha) I couldn't wait to capture this next important milestone in their lives & feel so honoured they chose to return to me for this special time.
The relaxed portrait session was nothing short of amazing. It was a beautiful Mildura Winter evening- the sun was streaming into my lens, creating a beautiful warmth which just added to the look of love they have for eachother and their precious new baby.
Oh, and it certainly doesn't hurt when you have model worthy clients haha
Tim's parents joined us for some beautiful generation shots, which will be perfect additions to any album!
Master Eddie was a little champ, we kept him rugged up in wraps and blankets for the majority of the session, we paused for a feed and he didn't complain once the entire session!
I am so in love with these Outdoor Portraits! It was soo hard to choose which ones to share with you, but here's some of my favs.
It's always a privilege to be asked to photograph a family session. These are the photographs you will look back on in 20, 30 year's time. They are the photographs your children will be sure to take with them as they leave the nest, the photos they will show their own children. I can never really express how much I love what I do and how important my job really is.
I actually contacted Sarah a few months back, interested in having my own maternity photography session in her studio. After a few emails back and forth, we decided we'd seize the opportunity to get some up to date family photographs for Sarah & I get some personal maternity photographs for myself.
Now, those who know me know I am not the most patient person in the world, but I surprised myself with how well I waited for my session! I was 35 weeks when we did my session & a week later we ventured outside for Sarah's family session.
Sarah has 3 beautiful girls- two of which haven't been too keen recently to be in front of the camera so I knew I had my work cut out for me. On the day, the youngest, Miss S, was not keen at all & it wasn't until after the session, that night we figured out the cause which was a tummy bug. Despite Miss S not feeling 100%, we still got some lovely family moments!
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Jason & Sarah's wedding took place at the D'Vine Shed in Mildura on a 42 degree March day & boy it was HOT! Not that you could tell from these photos, Jason & Sarah didn't even seem to notice!
The bride walked down the aisle with her father & looked absolutely breathtaking in her ivory Raffaele Ciuca Gown. It was quite a family affair with Sarah & Jason's daughter as one of their flower girls & their boxer as ringbearer.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph these two & their wedding party. They were absolute naturals in front of the camera which made my job that little bit easier.
Thank you both for allowing me to be your wedding photographer! I loved your day & loved what we have captured! :)
Although it's not for everyone, I believe it's such a privilege & honour to witness a birth. To be in the room when a baby takes his first breathe, her first cry. It's beyond amazing! I was lucky enough to be there for Miss Ruby's birth last week in Mildura, her mum's first labour was a quick one so we were half expecting this one to be similar but it turned out a bit longer than we thought (although still not a slow labour in my books!)
I feel like a woman's birth space is rather sacred, so I do not talk unless spoken to (which is usually never during a contraction), however, I was amazed that Charley was able to talk & even laugh during her contractions. I was absolutely in awe of Charley as she just seemed to accept her labour pain & cope amazingly without any pain relief throughout the entire process.
I am finding it hard to choose a favourite image from this birth photography session. I love the shot of Ruby clinging onto dad's finger as well as some of the detail shots of Ruby's labour.
Charley & Jarrod, thank you so much for allowing me the complete honour of being in your birth space & photographing some amazing memories for you!
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