Winter session in Fagan Park

I was thrilled to get a phone call from Claire to book a winter session in fagan park with her husband and son. This was going to be the fourth time that I photographed this family and I was looking forward to seeing them again. I appreciate repeat business and love building a relationship with my clients, watching their children grow, and providing them beautiful photos of their family. I have used Fagan Park in Sydney's Hills District as the location for many of my photo shoots. It is perfect as it has lots of beautiful green trees, plenty of grass to run around on and The Gardens of Many Nations is the main attraction in the park. It covers 10 hectares of 11 themed gardens which is centrally located in the park and features plants from various regions including Australia, North America, Japan and many more. The gardens are beautiful at different times of the year. I recommend everyone pay a visit to it one weekend.

Even though session took place in winter, it was a lovely sunny evening and there were still lots of autumn leaves on the trees. We spent an hour walking around the park, playing in the leaves, feeding the ducks and chatting. I love shooting outdoors, the backdrops are endless.

If you would like a Family Session of your own, head over here to check out all the details. I would love to document your story!

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Mums let's exist in photos

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As mothers we need to EXIST IN PHOTOS

At many of my sessions I can tell that the mum feels a little uncomfortable having her photo taken. Some mums even suggest that the photo shoot should only focus on the kids and that I don't photograph her. Trust me, I get it, because I feel that too. As women we can be over critical of our appearance, feeling like we are not the right weight, or that we look tired etc.  But the truth of the matter is, we need to be in pictures with our kids because these are images our children will look back at in the future. If you don't exist in photos, how will you be remembered?

We want our kids to remember that Mum was there with them. They won't look back at the photos and see your wobbly arms, that you needed a haircut or that you were exhausted. Your kids will remember the laughs, the genuine happiness and just YOU being with your kids. I promise. So when I take a lots and lots of photos of Mum during my sessions it is because I want her babies to have these treasures.  

After seeing Sue Bryce (one of my favorite photographers) speak about how she’s creating a movement (#existinphotos) that encourages you to make sure you exist in photos with your family. 

I am just as guilty as any woman of not existing in photos with my family. I use the excuse that I am behind the camera so I can't be IN the photo too! But is is just that - an excuse!

Try this - go into the photos section on your phone.  Now scroll through and count how many photos you are in that ARE NOT selfies with your kids.  I love a good selfie.  BUT, the reality is that mums are normally the person taking the photos and documenting the memories.  There isn’t anything wrong with this but it means we are missing out on a really valuable moment with our families.  As mothers we need to EXIST IN PHOTOS.

In an effort to help the #existinphotos cause created by the amazing Sue Bryce, here is a photo of me and my son taken recently. Yes I can see my flaws, but I know that my son won't when he looks back at this in the future. He will remember our overseas holiday and the laughs that we had.


Need  more proof? Here are example of photos of mums and their kids that I have taken in sessions recently. When I look at these photos, I can see the love and joy that these mums have for their kids... and their kids will look back on these images in years to come, and feel that too.

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Exist in Photos. Do it for them...and you will see that you also did it for yourself.

Lifestyle Family Session | Sydney North Shore Family Photographer

Lifestyle Family Session | Sydney North Shore Family Photographer

Many people worry about having a family photo shoot with young kids, but please don't. A lifestyle family session in your own home is so much fun and allows your kids to bounce on their bed, play with their toys, be cheeky and even play hide and seek while I photograph this fun time. There is no posing, no having to say 'cheese', no trying to get your kids to sit still - in fact the  more energy the better.

Fun beach family photography | Sydney Family Photography

t was fun from start to finish. The sea was lovely and warm (and I was in there often taking shots!) and the weather was perfect. The majority of my beach family photography sessions take place 60 minutes before sunset, (as this time has the most flattering light, no glare, not too bright and often depending on the location, there may be a great sky and sunset too.) During this shoot, the sun was behind the clouds and created a wonderful pastel tone to the sky.