Maddy & Chris have welcomed their second son and I caught up with them last week to capture their in-home newborn lifestyle session in Wollongong.
The Bell Family
Meet Saxon! I just love in-home sessions! Even more so, I love telling the stories of the extended families of my previous clients. This was the case with how this session came about, when Sam, one of my 2016 wedding clients, contacted me about a newborn session for her brother and sister in law, and their adorable new arrival, Saxon.
Saxon was 5 months at the time of our session. Newborn sessions are generally best held between the first 2 weeks earth-side if you're wanting the cuddly, sleepy, more or less standard style of newborn photos. Rebecca & Jono thought we'd wait til little Saxon was a few months older, so we could have his personality shining through and I'm so glad we did!
Towards the end of their gallery, you'll see we included sentimental gifts that had been given to Saxon by his family. Something tells me given his eye's never left it, and that grip was super tight that we may have a footy star here as he grows up! He just loved that football!
You'll notice from this gallery that my in-home sessions are a documentation of what "daily life" could consist of for your family. I like to stand back and watch the interactions amongst my subjects unfold, rather than rigid, stale posing. A lot of laughs, a lot of tickles, a lot of your own inside moments all the while allowing your personalities and love within your family shining through your images.
I'd love to capture your family's story!
When I first put out word that I would be in the Quirindi/Tamworth region briefly between Christmas and New Year, the Graham family were quick to respond! They were actually due to have their bundle of joy right at this time - I mean, talk about perfect timing, right! Due to the uncertainty of actual due dates, and when babies decide they'd actually like to enter the world, there was a very real possibility that we may not have gotten our session in. However! I got a wonderful email the week before I was leaving, right before Christmas saying that baby Archer had arrived earlier than planned!
9 days old at our session, and his parents hearts so full of love for their first-born. This is the perfect session to answer a few questions I'd had recently about how I conduct my newborn sessions, and what "in home lifestyle" really means. In short, these sessions are essentially all about capturing what's going on in a "day in the life" kind of way. So no un-natural activities, more or less capturing your family, in your home with your new baby, if it's an in-home newborn session (I offer in-home maternity, family and couple sessions also!).
You'll see from the starting images here, I captured bath time. It can get VERY warm in the Liverpool Plains region, being inland it doesn't have the coastal breeze I've become to take for granted living in coastal Wollongong. So we started our session with a bit of a cool off, and bath time for Archer, which he loved - I mean check out those adorable facial expressions!
I look around your home (not in stealth mode sussing it out, just glancing!) for little decorative elements that make your home unique (signs, photos, etc). I just loved the quote that serves at the first image of the series about loving you more than chocolate! With newborns, this is also a great way to include heirlooms and sentimental gifts. Handmade toys, clothing or blankets I LOVE to include, not only due to their intrinsic value, but also as the Grandparents/Godparents/Extended friends and family, etc love them also, as it shows that their gift is being cherished.
And I love pets too! Though I saw these gorgeous pup's in photos on the wall, during this session I didn't meet any four-legged family. But with a lot of my sessions, indoor cats definitely get some shutter-time! Four-legged family to me are part of the family network too, and I love to include them in your in-home session.
If you're situated within the Liverpool Plains region and were interested in booking in a session with me, please get in touch! I have family in the area and am planning on heading back up in the near future.
Rachael & Conner // Maternity
With an angry looking sky, and the light just melting into those clouds our session was almost postponed, but we persevered - and I'm mighty glad we did. The mood that the angry sky gave, just added depth to our session and just let Rachael's gorgeous burgundy gown, from My Friend Ann Prop Hire just shine!
Rachael and Conner are expecting a baby girl, their first daughter and are super excited! Their session to me are what maternity sessions are all about. A lot of love and a lot more laughter. Even had Conner's help cracking jokes to bring about those natural laughs, and he is definitely prepared for fatherhood as his Dad-jokes were spot on!
Gown: My Friend Ann Prop Hire
Well, what a year Candice & Rhys have had! From wedding planning, to becoming new parents!
Initially, they were to be married last month - but when they found out they were expecting this precious bundle of joy, plans changed. So just like that, we'd changed their wedding booking to a maternity/newborn - and now for when the time comes again to get back into wedding planning, they have beautiful Piper there to spend their day with them! I've heard many reasons as to why weddings have been called off/postponed, but I think this one is the best!
So here she is, Miss Piper at 2.5 weeks old!
Baby Cameron was delivered at home just 4 weeks ago with the love and help by Dad and close friend Tegan, the amazing creative behind My Little Peony! He arrived by surprise, and from the direction of medical staff over the phone he was delivered safe and sound!
He is the 3rd edition to their family - poor Belinda is outnumbered in a house full of boys!
They reside in such a gorgeous property near Hornsby, which backs onto a nature reserve. What a view to have in your backyard!
To sum up the Wallis family - A family so full of love & the proudest, cheekiest big brothers I've ever met!
Baby Sage had a bit of a rocky start to her life, spending a bit of time in her first few weeks of life back and forth from the hospital. She is so precious, and her parent's hearts are absolutely full of love for their little one.
Miss Sage was blessed with lots of cuddles and kisses from Mum and Dad in our session, and even her favourite sounds from a phone application of a vacuum cleaner which she absolutely loves!