8 months heralded a big change in routine for my boy. He started daycare for the first time, in preparation for me to return to my full-time job as my maternity leave came to it’s end. As is often the case, the first few days/weeks of daycare result in illnesses and days off work, as the tiny new humans pick up bug after bug that spreads like wildfire through the centre. My poor fellow had a great first week, then picked up several things, one after the other, with only a day or two back at daycare healthy before coming down with the next illness. The worst was an antibiotic we were prescribed for an ear infection… the side effects were far more painful for him than the earache and took about 6 weeks to fully leave his system. So there was no studio or outdoor shoot for him at 8 months, instead I have a daily life photo from the end of his first week at daycare, playing guitar with his brother before leaving in the morning.
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We got a huge amount of images from his session, I had a hard time narrowing it down to the final images for his gallery.
I have loved this backdrop since I first saw it in use, I believe the photographer had two little girls on a french style chaise longue with what looked like very vintage wallpaper. Kept it in mind for about a year before I saw it again and was lucky enough to find one for sale. Works equally well for boys and girls.
And this little child-size wingback armchair… so cute! Just perfect for under school age children and babies… and I can even fit in it (just)!
So here is my little man at 7 months old, demonstrating beautifully one of my setups for sitter sessions.
I tried to get a sleeping image of my baby at 6 months of age. Ha! That proved nearly impossible. I eventually did it, but it took me three days straight of attempting it. I could rock him to sleep in my arms, but the second I placed him on the flokati his eyes would open, he’d realise he wasn’t in bed and that was it – awake time. We got some cute images from my attempts however!
And the only image I got, of him sleeping, on my third day attempting it, was this shot. I do like it. I took a few photos, moved to change my angle and he woke. That was it!
This beautiful mama-to-be came to visit me on Saturday for her maternity session, and we had an absolute ball in the studio. She impressed me with her reserves of energy at 37 weeks! We had planned the setups through email over the months before her session, for portraits done in the classic style that I love, and she was also happy for me to try out a few new setups with her.
Next to photographing babies, capturing beautiful bellies is my favourite thing to do. Pregnancy is an exciting time; the expectation of meeting your beautiful baby at the end of those seemingly long nine months, and Toon was just radiant.
Can’t wait to meet her little boy when he arrives earthside!
I love doing maternity sessions, and this one was no exception. There is always such excitement and anticipation from the whole family who are preparing to meet their new little family member. For this family, two new little babies! I think that is cause for double the excitement.
It’s even more special when an older child is involved. Sweet little Alex is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her new brother and sister. I can tell already she’s going to be the best big sister!
I had a hard time narrowing down the selection of images from the day, there were so many that I loved, but here’s a few of my favourites.
This Perth location seriously reminds me of something from a fairy tale – it is just breathtaking. You may recognise this mummy and her daughter from their waterfall session earlier this year. We met up again to take this series of images which I’m sure they’re going to treasure.
I just love the look of the matching silver grey tutus. My adult tutu is made to fit from a size 6 to about a 16, and looks stunning on maternity clients, tying under the bump.
As we were packing up to leave, I met a sweet little girl out on a walk, who was sure she’d seen fairies in the garden. Made my day!
Would you and your little girl like a fairy session in the enchanted garden? (Little boys more than welcome too!) Contact me for details!
I love Hyde Park for it’s beautiful tree-lined lakes and peaceful atmosphere. There’s always lots of people around which adds to it’s family-friendly appeal. The stately oak trees lose their leaves in autumn/winter, but not before changing colour into the gorgeous warm tones our Northern hemisphere friends are familiar with.
My clients wanted some photos with their grandchildren, and chose Hyde Park from the locations I suggested. I think they all had fun at their session!
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Slowly, over the last 6 months, I’ve been putting together ideas for my client packaging and I’ve just finished the design in the last few weeks. It took a lot of searching as I couldn’t find one store that had everything I wanted, so I’ve gathered my pieces from all over the world! I was inspired by seeing other photographers’ packaging, some of who were kind enough to post links to their suppliers on their blogs. In the interests of paying it forward, I’d like to do the same, and hopefully in turn help out another photographer who is searching for just that right piece to finish off their branding.
Firstly, I’ll start with the piece my client first sees – the box. These are from Craftpak, and I’ve purchased them in three different sizes: the large is to fit 11×14″ prints, the medium to fit 8×10″ prints, and the small to fit a USB only and to go along with a large print product. I love that I was able to choose a different style lid and base. Both the base and lid are made from partly recycled material. The courier they use is very slow once the package gets to WA, so will need to re-order before my stock runs out next time.
On top of the lid is my logo, stamped onto some Kraft cardstock from Officeworks, which is then fixed on a rectangle of the same card stock that I’ve crimped to make a corrugated pattern. The stamps are custom-made from Vistaprint.
I also used this card stock to make my Thank You cards. I had a custom stamp made up for these from Stamp-It, and the gold ink is Tsukineko Encore, also from Stamp-It.
Prints are protected in clear polypropylene bags from Pack It In. They have common photo sizes as well as tiny bags suitable for sweets, and very fast delivery. The bags I have the sweets in in this photo are from Centaur Packaging, whose delivery speed and service are faultless, but they don’t have the exact size bags I want. Sweets are custom-made by Roc Candy, and this particular lot are Cherry Ripe flavoured – a mix of cherry, non-alcoholic Kahlua, and coconut. Yum!
Digital images are stored on a 4GB USB, engraved with my logo on the front side and my website address on the reverse. There’s a lot of companies doing the USBs now, I chose to go with AUSB. They have a large range of styles and a small minimum order, plus are well priced. They’re also very helpful – sending me different images of my logo printed vs engraved via email so I could decide which was better for my branding.
The USB and sweets are packaged in muslin bags from Etsy seller Celestial Gifts, which I have stamped. Plus, I’ve included a fridge magnet (can never have too many magnets!), and my business card to pass on to another friend.
The goodies are all protected by nestling them into some white shredded paper or previously used shredded packaging – upcycling!
Now that the package is all together, images and goodies protected and gift boxed, it’s ready to go off to it’s new home to be unwrapped and proudly displayed.
I have been hunting around for a beautiful location in Perth just like this and was lucky enough to find it in autumn, in time for the leaves to start falling but still have warm weather and clear skies to let the setting sun shine golden through the trees. It was the perfect location for this Mothers Day portrait session, and I had a brave mama who was happy to walk into the water for me to get some gorgeous images! Her baby girl is five months old, and doesn’t she just have the longest thickest hair you’ve seen on a baby that age! Matches her mummy beautifully 🙂