Worthington Family - In-Home Lifestyle + Rhododendron Gardens, Wollongong

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Worthington Family

When I'm not shooting weddings, I have a huge soft spot for family sessions. Usually weddings are on a Saturday, so most Sunday's I'll have either a few family or engagement sessions on my calendar. The Worthington family wanted something a little different for their family session - and I was all for it!

We kicked off our session at their home in the northern suburbs of the Illawarra, where we got to really see the playful personalities of Anna & Charlie, two of the cutest kids I've ever met! I think this is the only time they'll be allowed to jump on Mum and Dad's bed and get away with it too!

With a wardrobe change and a change of pace from the intimate and cosy home environment, we headed up to the Rhododendron Gardens in Mt Pleasant. Though it is Autumn here, we've had a very Summer-like start to the season, and those trees that are usually already beautiful shades of orange with leaves falling everywhere are still very green. Though, we did find a spot where it seemed that all of the fallen leaves had left a sort of natural carpet on the ground - which made for the perfect props to finish off our Autumn family session with some leaf throwing fun!

Mel & her husband Trent are the owners of local children's clothing business Willow n Oak. Together with her Nan, they custom hand-make every design within their label - how awesome is that?! In our garden images, the overalls that Charlie is wearing, and the mustard romper that Anna are wearing are both new designs to the Willow n Oak clothing label. Definitely head on over to their site and check these designs out - there are some seriously adorable outfits on offer!

The Prior Family - Wollongong Family Session

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The Prior Family

After rescheduling for months due to bad weather, we finally got to hold our family session! This was my second session with this family, and these two boys are two crazy peas in a pod!

My best advice for sessions with children who don't have a lasting attention-span for a full photo session, is to play on their terms. All Abel & Braxtyn wanted to do was have a photo by the water. After our main series of photos, I promised we'd capture a few by the water as a reward for co-operation. While Mum & Dad had a few photos and so that we didn't have two young boys in the water - I suggested a boat race. Simply, you drop a leaf at the top of the stream, and the leaves are pushed along with the current. Whichever leaf reaches a set 'end point', wins!

Well we didn't even get as far as setting end-point, but we did get photos of the boys by the water as promised!

Tayla, Jake & Nate - Minnamurra Family


Tayla, Jake & Nate // Family Session

This young family are adorable. So close, so full of love. Tayla chose this hidden gem in Minnamurra for their session - and I'm so glad she did! A hall of trees that most would just overlook. And how absolutely adorable is their son Nate?! Tayla brought her Mum along to help out with Nate while they had their photos, and she had a banana incase Nate was hungry. But he thought the banana was hilarious! So the last few in this set where we finally got to see Nate's gorgeous smile - yep, that was all brought about by that banana!