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!
Click here to be taken to Sarah's blog on MY MATERNITY SESSION!
Steph is due with her baby boy 2 days after I am due with my little girl. I gotta say, she's a much better model than I am!! haha! (I guess that's a good thing I stay behind the camera!)
Steph's hair and makeup were done by the very talented Tianne Harris from Lou Lou's. (Read our interview HERE)
All three maternity gowns Steph wore during her session were from Pips Photo Props. Pip is such a pleasure to do business with & I love that she is always trying to design unique gowns for photographers like myself!
Megan contacted me in early 2015, checking availability for their wedding in March 2016. It is usually part of my booking process to meet for coffee (and cake of course) but as James and Megan are based in Geelong, it wasn't until June where I finally got to meet them. It was then we also had their engagement session (which you can find HERE). They totally rocked the session & made me even more excited for their wedding.
The day came & it was just perfect! Megan purchased her exquisite dress from Pearls and Roses in Geelong & it just looked AMAZING on her!! Sarah's maid was in a dress by Reveiw & both their shoes were from Jo Mercer. Lisa Hooper (Maquilleur) did an amazing makeup job- as always & Talking heads styled the girls' hair. I was so in love with the bright bouquets by Janet Green Goddess. They complimented the girls dresses perfectly!
We can't forget the boys who looked strapping in their Rodger David suits. All 3 rings were purchased from Charles Rose Jewellers.
Their big day was held at Ampelon Gardens on their 6 year anniversary. I really loved this idea, especially as it means one less date to remember haha!! Annie Prideaux conducted the sweet ceremony before we roamed around the gardens for bridal photos, then headed to the marque (Mildura Party Hire) for the reception. Once there, we heard some heartfelt, funny speeches & ate some AMAZING food from The Gourmet Chef!! Just as the sun was setting I stole them again for a few moments to get some gorgeous photos before they went back to reception.
It was an absolute pleasure to photograph your special day James & Megan. Thank you so much for making my job super easy with your laid back, fun attitudes!
Time to play a bit of catch up on my blog!
This little girl was the BEST sleeper so we got to play with a lot of setups!
I was super excited to try out my new fabric dream catcher I made only the week before.
This little cherub's great grandmother knitted her a gorgeous blanket which we added into a few shots!
What's your favourite image? I can't decide!!
Lauren Southwell | Mildura Newborn Photographer
This mumma was actually at the birth of my twin boys as a (very supportive) student midwife. At the time, I remember thinking how I would love to photograph a birth journey but it seemed I was a little bit preoccupied to do my own... When I heard she was expecting, I was so happy & excited for her & that same day Erin & I first discussed having me photograph the birth.
Erin and I bumped into each other whilst shopping one afternoon (and by 'shopping' I mean running around after my twin 11month old boys). She was looking beautiful, excited, yet totally over being pregnant (and who would blame her, the third trimester is tough). That night we talked again about photographing the impending birth and Erin said she would love me to be there (yippeeee!). It seems rather perfect to me that my first birth session was of her birthing journey.
It was only that next day that I arrived at Mildura Base Hospital, ready to roll. Baby Ruby was in no hurry to join us earth side so it had been a pretty long day for Erin & her support people. Nevertheless, they were all in great spirits, eagerly awaiting for the magical number 10.
As most people these days, Erin went to bub's progress scans & I don't know how they did it but Chris & Erin resisted the temptation to find out their baby's gender. Far too much temptation for me but they stuck to it until the end. Now I can certainly see the positives in waiting! Perhaps those labour pains will have a hint of added excitement to them & possibly during the pushing stage might just give an extra boost of energy for that one final push... And there's always that GREAT SUPRISE when bub finally comes out.
Dad's sometimes take a back seat and let the professionals (and mumma of course) do their jobs but Chris certainly didn't. He was a very active member of not only the support team to Erin but did a lot of the practical (awesome) things too. The first was the AMAZING opportunity to catch baby Ruby with his loving, gentle hands as she entered the world. It was a magical moment that I'm sure they will remember forever! He also got the job to announce they had a beautiful little girl as he placed his daughter into his wife's arms. And finally, cutting Ruby's cord, the lifeline that kept her safe for 10 months (who ever said pregnancy lasts 9 months is either crazy or in denial).
You could feel the joy & love in the room. Little Ruby was here at last. The images speak for themselves.
(I've had these images ready to go on this blog for a while now so please excuse my old logo)
Little Miss Ruby is actually my newest little niece. Ruby, her mum & sisters travelled to Mildura within her first 2 weeks of life so I was lucky enough to have a newborn session with her! She was a great little sleeper for us so we got through a few setups and got some gorgeous shots of Ruby with her two sisters!
Mel & Chris live in WA so unfortunately we didn't get a chance to meet before the wedding. I usually like to meet with my couples well in advance in order to get to know them a bit more. Mel & I however, sent many emails back and forth discussing all wedding details so by the time the wedding came, I felt like I had known her for years. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to meet up with Mel a few days before the wedding, but didn't even meet Chris until the wedding day.
Their big day had arrived before I knew it. We organised to met in the beautiful Rest-a-while Gardens in Gol Gol to get some first look shots. Now if you haven't heard of 'first look', it basically means the groom is able to see the bride before the ceremony. I think it's a beautiful idea & it gives the couple a chance to soak up the love & relax together before the day starts to whiz past them.
This is also a great idea for a nervous bride or groom. When a bride walks down the aisle, typically the groom is thinking about how many people are watching him (and perhaps hoping he doesn't cry). The bride is also distracted by all the concentration that is put into not tripping on her dress. Obviously with these (and 100 other) thoughts spinning around their heads, quite often the moment where they see each other for the first time is lost.
Typically, after the 'first look' shots are done, the couple have the option to get some beautiful relaxed images together. The bridal party can also join in, giving them all some time to have a little fun together. This can also be a good opportunity for some lovely formal family shots for grandma's wall. Some couples choose to do the first look shots and then jump straight into the ceremony, which also works well.
We decided to go with the first option. The bridal party met us there and we explored the gorgeous gardens before heading off to the beautiful setup at Trentham Estate Winery. Celebrant Jan Goodieson conducted a lovely, personalised & touching ceremony, overlooking the Murray River.
Mel spent a lot of attention on the decorations, giving off a lovely, rustic vibe. She had signs made specifically for the day by Steptoe And Daughter & gorgeous bunting flags were seen throughout the marquee. Mel chose Gypsophila, (or more commonly known as Baby's Breath) for all the flowers, which complemented her gorgeous vintage inspired Anna Cambell dress perfectly.
I hope you enjoy this collection of their day.
Thank you to Mel & Chris for giving me the privilege of photographing your wedding. I feel very lucky to have been able to capture your lovely day for you.
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Tully's mum contacted me a couple of weeks after his birth to book me in for a photo-shoot. She was hoping for some simple, natural images of Tully so when the day came, we opted for less props & used natural tones for the blankets. We popped in a bit of colour with wraps & hats & ended up with some gorgeous, natural images.
Tully was a very healthy 9lb 10 at birth & by the time I got to meet him, he was just so gorgeous & squishy!
As some of you may know already, I really love parents bringing along something personal to their shoot.
Tully's dad is a bit of a Cats fan, so we snapped a few simple shots of Tully with a itty bitty Geelong scarf.
Here's a few shots from our shoot. :)
Lauren Southwell x
Cherie was a very organised bride, she had everything covered well in advance
& it proved all the hard work paid off when it went smoothly for them on their big day.
Cherie looked absolutely stunning in her bridal gown & her hair; long, brown & curled, looked amazing.
Her bridesmaids wore deep purple, strapless dresses which accentuated the lovely purple flowers in their bouquets.
The boys got ready at Ben's parent's house & were probably the most organised groomsmen I have come across.
When the boys were all suited up, I jumped at the chance to photograph them with the motorbikes.
(I literally jumped- they were noisy)
Cherie & Ben were married by Jan Goodieson under a magnificent, century-old, Moreton Bay fig tree at The Bungalow.
Surrounded by their family & friends, the ceremony was beautiful & personal - just as I have come to expect from Jan.
The Reception was held at The Chateau Mildura Winery. I couldn't help but seize the opportunity to take
some unique shots of the bridal party around the Winery, before they headed in.
As far as I can tell, the ties that bind Ben & Cherie together are formed not only by love, but a huge amount of laughter.
I spent most of the day laughing behind my camera - so much so that my cheeks hurt constantly.
To Ben & Cherie, thank you for choosing me to tell your wedding day story for you.
May you both continue to smile ("with your eyes") at life & each other.
This is Cherie & Ben's wedding day.
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