It's a boy! Introducing our baby Xavier

It's a boy! Introducing our baby Xavier

Well, where do I start….?

A LOT has happened since my last blog almost 9 months ago. Mostly and amazingly, Andrew and I now have our very own bundle of joy, Xavier.

From the moment we realised we were having a baby, long before we knew he was a boy and all the pains of birth were an underestimated blip in the distance – Xavier has been the focus of our lives. I could write so much, the whole process is rather mind blowing, but I’d like to really just share a few highlights in my blogging absence.

1. We grew a person!!!!

2. We purchased our family home in the burbs, farewell inner city living, hello birds and trees.

3. We grew a person!!!! (this clearly trumps every other highlight)

So, now 12 weeks into the world of parenthood I am putting my blogging boots back on and introducing our darling heart Xavier Alexander. Xavier has filled our home and our hearts with all the wonder and love that only parents know of. He is an inquisitive little man and I am sure he will help us see the world in a similar light. How lucky we are.

Xavier is everything we could have hoped for and more. Here are some images I’ve taken over the past 12 weeks.

Denise, Kelvin & Byron – At Home, Melbourne

Denise, Kelvin & Byron – At Home, Melbourne

I had not yet met baby Byron. He woke up to me and my big black camera, in his room, on his special day. He woke up with smiles and plenty of curiosity. Charming. This day was Byron’s first birthday party.

So, on Byron’s first birthday I wanted to capture Byron and his family just how they are, doing what they normally do, and celebrating with their loved ones. (This seems to be a re-occuring theme for me whenever I pick up my camera). We started with some family photos in the garden and before we knew it the party began. It’s pretty cool to see how much one little person can bring so many other people together.

It was wonderful to meet you Byron, and your lovely Mum & Dad, and all your party guests. I hope that whenever you look at these photos that you can see just how loved you are.

P.S – Denise, thanks for my Aloe Vera plant, it’s going great in my new garden.

A morning at home

A morning at home

A few weeks ago I photographed a very pregnant Tammy. Now, Tammy is not so pregnant and ever so Mummy! Baby Leo has arrived, so what better occasion for a photo shoot? Here are a series of portraits I took of Leo, at home with his doting mum & dad, Tammy and Eric.

Taking photo’s in someone’s home is wonderful. Through my camera I see their world, no backdrops, no big production. Just them. I am learning that this is my favorite way to shoot.

I can’t look at these photos without feeling the love. Just love, everywhere. Everywhere.

Hey baby – its blog time again

Hey baby – its blog time again

You’re here! Yes, you, the person at the screen reading my blog. THANK YOU!

I must apologise for the blog drought that has engulfed me of late, but I do have an excuse…

For the past month we have been busy moving into our new home. It’s ours and and it’s totally wonderful! And… I have my own office! (more about all the new home stuff to follow) So, between the moving boxes and taking lots of photos and waiting for internet access, my blog suffered some neglect. Well neglect no more! How about I stop talking about not blogging and show you some photos? Yep.

Last week I took my camera for a visit to Mark & Jess’. It’s a pretty special time in their house right now as they have very recenlty added a new sweet little bubby to the family. Featured here are bubby Levi, big brother Jet, with parents Jess & Mark. Love you guys.

See you soon,

Gemma

I Heart Christmas

I Heart Christmas

Ok, this is a bit of a mammoth blog post, pretty much reflective of the Christmas that just past. Christmas 2010 included 5 Christmas dinners – the whole spread – 5 times! There were mountains of gifts, biscuit making – Swiss style, card games, rain, carols, charades, bike repairs, lots of driving and full tummies all round.

This series of photos will give you an idea of my Christmas season, minus all the bits in between that I was too busy eating at the time to photograph. There are LOTS of reasons why I love Christmas, probably my reasons are similar to yours. It’s a special time of the year and I am thankful for it.

I hope you and your special ones had a wonderful Christmas.

Featuring my family, Andrew’s family, The Withers family and some bike repairing at the Jackson’s. Thanks Martin for taking the last shot :)

Puffing Billy – toot toot!

Puffing Billy – toot toot!

What makes a kid smile bigger than on Christmas morning? A real life steam train that you can dangle your legs out of – yes please!!! This was our trip on Puffing Billy, Melbourne’s best-est and tootiest scenic railway. The train winds it’s way through the mountain side and that’s really nice. Dangling your legs out of a moving train, also quite fun. But, for me, the most fun was being with and photographing my darling nieces and nephew Leah, Josh & Holly. (and the grown ups of course too) You may notice a lack of actual train photos, yeah, sorry about that but between the leg dangling and auntie duties, the train kind of got lost in the background.

These are photos from my everyday life. Nothing staged. Just as it was. Just as I saw it. Something that day inspired me to look through my 50mm and make a some photographs. Other days I prefer not to. These are not just pretty pictures, these are moments of my family life. And that is why photographs are SO IMPORTANT to me.

Why are photographs important to you?