Category archives: Portrait Stories

Jac, Ben and baby NoahSydney Newborn Session

I love being asked to do a newborn session. The awe and joy in the faces of Mama bear and Papa bear blows me away. So let me introduce you to Jac and Ben and their 6 day old ball of newness Noah. I spent the afternoon with them in their home, documenting them hold him gently and cooing and gazing at him and cuddling together in the warmth of their home while the wind blew outside. A baby is like the love spilling out of two people – thank you for having me there Jac and Ben!

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Jess and ShaneSouth Coast Maternity Sessionsouth coast maternity

Jess and I met on the first day of year 7 at Loreto Kirribilli where we went to school. We sat next to each other as homeroom buddies, so to document this milestone for her and her love Shane was incredible. I drove to the South Coast and they showed me one of their favourite spots where Shane grew up. I noticed Jess had some ink on the back of her arm, and when I asked her what it meant she said ‘us’ in Italian. So here’s to celebrating the us that is you and Shane, and the baby growing inside you.

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Gnanadickam FamilyNorthern Beaches

A crazy messy all encompassing love.

They’re the words that came to me during this session with the Gnanadickam family. It was wonderful to meet them and make space for this family to play. To witness and capture them in their element together. To observe the way Sanjay and Lorraine looked at each other and their kids; and talk to me about the changes they’ve seen in their inquisitive, affectionate and open-hearted children; qualities that are innate but have very intentionally been nurtured.

Meet the Gnanadickam family.

 

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Rhys

It’s so exciting to have my new website up after working on it for many months now. And to top it off, I am blogging a session with one of the first clients I had the pleasure of documenting. You can see the first session here. It really fills me up not just seeing how much my Breathing Light babies have grown, but also their blossoming personalities.

I came back to photograph the latest member to the family, Rhys. With his big procupine hair,  brown eyes and adoring family, it all came together to create a sweet session celebrating this beautiful family.

First, a comparison of Mia and her rabbit from our 2013 session and now :)

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A bit of Henry and WonderMaternity, Birth and Newborn Session

Today’s featured family are incredibly special to me. I met Natalie at the beginning of my Breathing Light journey, around the time she started her beautiful bespoke jewellery line.
When she contacted me to document the birth of her baby it was incredibly heart-warming to think I would be sharing the experience with her and Dan.

There are some images from their maternity session just weeks before they met Henry in the flesh. Documenting the progression from anticipation, to the strength of birth itself, to the comfort of home there is an authentic display of ‘soaking things in’. There was a sense of slowing down, of wonder and an abundance of tenderness. It is an affirmation for me to live with intention and curiosity.

I’m starting the images off with one of the last photos from our maternity session, with the last of the day’s rays kissing Natalie and the trees cocooning her and Henry.

And 11 days later…

Arlo arrives

Arlo’s newborn session was very significant for me. His big brother Keenan was the first baby I photographed under Breathing Light! And three years later I find myself with the whole family, immersed in golden light on the 4th day of the new year and I am photographing Ashleigh and Adrian’s second boy Arlo, and documenting Keenan as he fits into his big brother shoes. It was incredible to observe how much my ‘first Breathing Light baby’ had grown and to see this family of four together celebrating the newest member to their tribe.

Aurelija Arrives!

You will remember this family from my last post (you can see it here!). Today we’re celebrating the arrival of Aurelija, the new addition to the family. And personally, today I’m celebrating Authenticity.

The night before our shoot Sascha messaged me and wrote ‘Well I better decide on what we should all wear’. It was a chore. The thing with photo shoots is we always feel like they have to be perfect. We want a sunny day with glowing light, everyone happy and looking their best. I could tell Sascha had a lot going on between Aurelija and Mac and I suggested we keep it uncomplicated and have a pyjama party, which made for some fun but most of all authentic images.
Sascha, Dave, Mac and Aurelija huddled together and read books and cuddled in their jammies and it was r-e-a-l. Uncomplicated, giggly and blissful.

Sascha told me she had gone to a psychic before Aurelija arrived and had been told that Aurelija would have a strong personality which I definitely agree with! She was so intent on sleeping her way, not open to the idea of being ‘moulded’ into cute little baby poses. I went with it and I’m so happy with these set of images. They are real. They show the love of a family that may be a little sleep deprived, but are extremely blessed and celebrating their togetherness. They show Mac fitting into his big brother shoes, learning to be gentle as he holds Aurelija’s hand and kisses her face.
Imperfectly perfect. I love these photos.

Sascha, Dave and Mac get ready for a new bub

This one’s close to my heart. I met Sascha at her Yogatime studio in Bondi, which has a beautiful and intimate vibe if you are interested in discovering a new gem of a yoga studio! I was so excited when she told me she was expecting a second bub, especially as Mac is incredibly cute. The little dude has massive amounts of personality as you will see from the photographs below! It was super special to document a family that loves each other as much as these guys do. They played and hugged and Mac got swung around and chased and we all had a ball. I can’t wait to meet their little girl who will arrive any day now!

Sweet One, You are Loved

I’m so blessed to do what I do and meet the families I meet. This session was beautiful. Not just for the backdrop (stunning in its stillness) but all the stories woven into it. This is the lake where Haley grew up and played for hours with her family, and this is where she still visits to feel grounded. Her and Marc take their sparkly Marley and newborn Ariana here so it was wonderful to do their first family shoot together in such a significant place.

I like to approach my newborn sessions as family sessions, celebrating the newest member to the clan. Rather than only focusing on the bub, it’s wonderful to document the space the whole family is in after 9 months of anticipation. Seeing Haley and Marc love and cuddle their two girls and each other, celebrating the simplicity of being outdoors together, well that was just bliss. Scroll to the bottom to see Ariana in all her newness!And no newborn session is complete without capturing little tootsie details!