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The Dockrill Family - Port Kembla Sunset Beach Family Session

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The Dockrill Family

This session brought me so much joy! A family full of love and laughter, with a "whatever goes" attitude are seriously the dream. The Dockrills travelled down to the Illawarra from Western Sydney for our family session, and their gorgeous Border Collie named Reggie came along for the ride.

Our first scheduled session we had to postpone due to inclement weather. I'd promised this location with stunning sunset colour, and well, when it's raining and overcast this is far from achievable. Thankfully we did reschedule because check out that punchy sunset colour! The light over our location was exactly what I had invisioned for our session and I could not have been happier! 

I got to know this family through Mum, Elise who is a super talented photographer herself! Elise is the face behind Floragraphica, and specialises in bespoke imagery of wedding bouquets and floral arrangements. Brides, this is a PERFECT way to preserve your wedding bouquet following your wedding. Elise photographs the intricate details of your wedding florals, creating statement art pieces for your walls, and immortalizing your wedding florals well before they wilt for you to keep forever! I could seriously plug Elise's work all day, she's undeniably amazing at what she does!

And here is her clan! Her two beautiful children, husband and fur-baby Reggie; enjoying some sunset fun in the waves of one of Wollongong's best beaches.

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!

Hes & Styve - Centennial Parklands, Sydney Cocktail Wedding

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Hes & Styve // Married

Hes & Styve's wedding was held in Sydney's picturesque Centennial Park and it was such a gorgeous day! However, this was not the initial wedding they had planned. 

Due to a recent medical battle, their initial large South Coast wedding plans were changed, to a more intimate and laid back wedding much closer to home. With this change of plans, it turned out that their new wedding was so much more suited to their personalities and much more them - which is what a wedding day should be all about!

Given the hard and testing few months they've had on top of the stress that comes with wedding planning, planning a whole new wedding in just a number of months, Hes's family and close friends all making the trip over to Australia from the UK, and just the absolute perfect day, there was a lot of emotion as these two beautiful people became husband and wife. With everything the past few months has been for this couple, it's a testament to the strength of their connection, and the love that they have for each other.

Thankyou Hes & Styve for inviting me to capture such a special day for both you, and your families!

Vendor List:

Preparations: Crowne Plaza Coogee

Ceremony/Reception Venue: Centennial Parklands

Florist: Flower Forum, Randwick

Hair: Lemonade Hair

Makeup: Stacey McPherson Makeup Artist

Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House

Suits & Shoes: Brooksfield & Aquila

Transport: Roll up in a Royce

Decor/Styling: Wedding Knights

Cake: The Sweet Spot

Catering: Art Kitchen

Hayley & Jayla - Wollongong "Mummy & Me" Mother's Day Session

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Hayley & Jayla  - Mother/Daughter Family Session

Most normal people opt for hitting the beach to enjoy some fun in the sun, or stay inside with the air conditioning blasting when it's a 40°C day, but on this day last month I had a mini-session marathon, and this session was one of these! 

This location is undoubtedly one of my favourites in the Illawarra. These fig trees just have so much character, and I feel for family sessions just bring something else to the table. I just love this spot!

Hayley contacted me for a mother-daughter family session shortly after I captured her sister's engagement, just weeks before. I love when clients recommend me to their friends and family! Next time I see Hayley, she'll be the maid of honour at her sister's wedding, later this year.

Hayley & Jayla have such a special connection and I loved being able to witness this at our session. Family sessions I feel should be more about the connections, rather than stale rigid posing. In this session, we had eskimo kisses, walks with stories, cuddles, tickles, hide and seek and everything else we could think of - embracing the connection, and just having a lot of fun in doing so. A lot of my clients say at the start of our session "I'm not very photogenic" and "we need a lot of direction",  and leave the session saying how it wasn't as awkward as they thought it would be, in fact it wasn't awkward at all, and that they had fun!

With Mother's Day very quickly approaching, have you considered gifting Mum with a family session? Trust me, she'll love it!

Carly, James & Georgia - Shellharbour Family Session

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Carly, James & Georgia // Family Session

How hot was Sunday!?

Whilst most were enjoying the waves at the beach or staying inside with the a/c blasting, I had a mini-session marathon with 4 sessions! I know, only crazy people work in 40°C weather right?!

This session was my second last for the day. This family had just traveled back from Canberra after visiting family for their nephews 3rd birthday, and then endured the tropical humid heat for our mini session - and we had so much fun! Georgia is only 18 months old and just so full of life. We had laughter, tears - and this girl has SO many different facial expressions from cute as pie to sass queen and everything in between. 

Such an adorable little family with a lot of love and it was a pleasure to capture this family, even in the phenomenal heat on the day!

The Parks Family - Wollongong

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The Parks Family

This little family is just the sweetest!

I had the pleasure of capturing Rachel & Scot's maternity session whilst the baby bump was still known as "Baby A". They kept their daughter's name a secret from everyone until announcing at her arrival, that Aubrey had entered the world. 

The weather wasn't on our side for our initial scheduled session, but my gosh the Illawarra turned it up for our next session date! Our session was the first family photos since Aubrey's arrival, held just days before her 6 month birthday. As you can see from the images below - not only is Aubrey just too adorable, but there is a whole lot of love in this little family!

Jessica & Shannon - Wollongong Botanic Gardens Wedding

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Jess & Shannon // Married

Aussie girl meets Kiwi boy via Aussie sister via an online game!

Well, this is a super confusing way of how Jess & Shannon met! Fast forward two and a half years, a move to Australia from New Zealand for Shannon and a beautiful daughter who has just turned one... and they became Mr & Mrs on January 27th. 

Shannon proposed in Manly Botanic Gardens on a bridge. A lot of nerves, tears and a YES! A year on from this special day, they were wed at Wollongong Botanic Gardens, and of course we had to utilize the symbolism of the Kawasaki Bridge given their proposal story! 

Just like how they met, their wedding included a strong sense of family & love of their friends. In their ceremony they also included a balloon release, and a padlock ceremony with their daughter.

Vendor List:

Hotel: Sage Hotel Wollongong

Ceremony Location: Wollongong Botanic Gardens

Reception: City Beach Function Centre

Videographer: VideoEditOz

Florals: A_Flower - Alanna Foo

DJ/MC: Davertainment

Hair & Makeup: Lauren Ashley Hair & Body

Cake: Mi Cakes & Design

Rings: Michael Hill

Dresses: Mr K

Suit: Connor

Welcome Sign: Noelle Ula + Brothers (friends)