I couldn't be happier than when I have my camera and am with a family as they share some fun, laughter and love. I get the same feeling as when I am teaching a dance class.
Mia was a dance student of mine and it was a great pleasure to visit her family’s property in Launching Place.
Planning for a family session is very much like preparing for a dance class. I begin with a road map but am always ready for changes in direction. I have my gear already and packed in the car just like my shoes and iTunes playlist for my dance class.
When I am working with children the session usually takes a change of direction and that’s what I love so much about them. Spontaneity, laughter and lots of love.
No two families are the same and likewise every session has it's differences.
Lots of giggles and laughter from Mia and Nat.
A quick peak through the wool shed railings and my camera is ready to go .
A surprise cuddle from little brother Nat who was so full of life and could run as fast as any 4 year old I have ever met. He kept me on my toes so I guess another similarity to dance teaching. (ha ha)
During the quieter times I like to capture the little connections that become part of the treasures. Hands tell us so much. You can feel mum’s love holding these little fingers. Hands and fingers are used to express emotion and connection in dance too.
Nat had better ideas for the use of his hands. “To infinity and beyond.”
When there are Autumn leaves everywhere what else would you do?
I am fortunate to have taught 1000's of dance classes and know that they prepare me well for my family sessions. Thinking on my feet (there I go again with a dance reference) is a skill I take for granted now. Changing plans, adapting to personalities, encouraging children and keeping it all natural come easily.
Special thanks to Hayley, Leigh, Mia and Nat who were such a joy to photograph.
I have two wonderful grand fur babies of the mini dachshund kind. Now like every good grandma I should love them both the same but I have a secret. Shhhhh. I love one of them more.
Now who wouldn’t? When there is a photoshoot with his little brother and they are asked to sit up and look interested who goes to sleep? (the little brother)
When there's a dress up day and a purple octopus is the chosen outfit, who steps up to the plate and models it with style?
Meet the favourite, Ollie. He has had a covid birthday and is now10 years old. (I think that is 70 years in a dog’s life)
He is a great swimmer and always barks at strangers. (mind you he also barks at the rain, but let’s ignore that)
He also laughs at all of my jokes and nobody else does that!!!!!!
Ollie loves Christmas and especially loves Santa. (aka Grandpa).
Look at his gorgeous ears and those big brown eyes.
He is such a cuddly and loyal friend and I love him to bits. Ollie also loves his little adopted brother and I can't write this without mentioning how much I love him too. I will tell you his story another day.
Thanks Ollie for being a loyal and faithful friend.
“Never work with animals or children,” is a famous theatrical quote. I want to show you why I disagree.
Spending time with those you love is one of life’s greatest pleasures and to be asked to photograph a family is such a joy and privilege, including their animals and young children.
Welcome to one of my very first photo sessions. I have known Marlie for a long time and I was excited to catch up with her again and to meet her husband Paul, her little daughter Sage and her horses Forrest and Coco.
Children are so inquisitive and when left to their own devices find wonder in the smallest of things.
Sage was interested in what she could do with the sandy track and not the least in what I was doing, so I knelt down to her level to have a look too.
When working with children patience is a virtue. I love capturing their spontaneity and their quirky behaviours but it usually takes time and as I said patience-lots of it!
Sage gave me a smile as she started to show me some trust.
Family pets come in all shapes and sizes just as families do and that's the wonderful thing about meeting them all.
Pets are family too with their own personalities. Forrest and Coco were no exceptions.
Not sure what Marlie said but Forrest thought it was funny. Sharing with a family and capturing connection, love and some laughs is the best !!!!!!
What a great time we had and how lucky am I to share these moments?
I would like to leave you with my amended quote - ALWAYS WORK WITH ANIMALS AND CHILDREN
I know that many of your puppies are going on extra walks during this time and are so happy to have their mums and dads at home. However, at my house, the furry feline has not been so excited. “Why?” you may ask. I have been stalking her for photos!!
Tiffany Rosebud, the petite tortoise shell is almost 20 and has been spritely since that Christmas Day when she leapt out of the box from under the tree.
When Tiff, spies me with my camera, she flees. (actually she doesn’t have any of these LOL)
So, with camera in hand I stealthily creep into her parlour to capture the image. .
HINT: Move slowly and quietly.
Drat! She has spotted me and is absolutely sure of my intentions. Before she races off, I enlist an assistant (my daughter Ellie) to distract her with her favourite toy.
HINT: Provide a distraction in the form of a toy or make gentle clicking sounds to keep their interest.
Ha ha!! This was one result of my distraction technique. (Isn’t she cute?)
Soon however she becomes unimpressed with the toy and out into the sunshine she goes (with the sleuth photographer in close pursuit.)
After some successful peg hunting, she settles and then gives me that “Do you still have that camera?” look. I am ready and "click" I have captured her.
HINT: Patience, patience and more patience. Be prepared to lie in wait!!! Get down low and take the image at eye level.
I am never sure whether I have tired her out or she just gives in to appease me. I very much think it is the latter.
So thank you Tiff for being such a loyal beautiful friend and for your continued tolerance.
REMEMBER: When capturing your furry feline, move slowly and quietly, provide a distraction and be PATIENT.
The day looked perfect and we arrived at the beach where Walter Barney was rearing to go. The miniature labradoodle had his favourite purple frisbee and just loved the beach.
You know, they say the window to the soul is the eyes and Walter sure had fabulous windows.
“What was the pain?” I hear you ask (no pun intended) Where were these beautiful windows? They were covered by a mass of curly wet fringe and I barely got a glimpse of them.
Setting the shutter speed to very high I lay down on the wet sand in my position of choice.
Where was Walter? Darting in and out of the water at the speed of light and rushing up to investigate what I was doing. Wait!!! Then of course, we all couldn’t stop laughing because he had to shake off the excess water, stuck on the ground… I was totally showered! Thanks Walter.
Armed with treats and his purple frisbee we coaxed him to stand still just long enough to capture those gorgeous eyes and here are the results! Thank you Walter. Your mummy, your sisters and I had the best day!!!