Where did that time go?

Where did that time go?

Hello people, is anyone still out there? I have been terribly neglectful of my blog, which means I must have been highly productive in other areas of life, right?

Life is busy, but I am hoping to get my blogging mojo back again. I was well advised by my sister yesterday that it’s better to blog briefly, than not at all.  So here we are.

A lot of photographs have happened since my last post, it was hard to know where to start with the image for this one. Rather than being overwhelmed by the task of choosing a series of images, I am going to start things slowly, with just one. This is one of my favorite pictures from a recent family portrait session. Meet Evie, a most doll-like subject. Twirling, twirling, carefree. How beautiful.

See you again soon.

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.

Before – Maternity Session

Before – Maternity Session

This is Tammy. A few weeks ago we caught up for a maternity session. We drank tea, we laughed and we took some photos.

This is Tammy before. Before the night feeds. Before pushing the pram. Before knowing his cry from all the others. Before the rocking to sleep. Before Leo William arrived and changed their lives forever.

Congratulations to Tammy & Eric on the safe arrival of their beautiful baby son Leo.

Your happiness is our happiness.

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 :)

Happy Birthday Mark

Happy Birthday Mark

I know I should probarly be putting up blog posts about my photography work. But the joy I get from photography is often when I am out of work mode and photographing the people and places that are close to my heart. Besides, who wants to do what we should be doing? Not me!

This post is all about my dear friend Mark Ray Kaso Gainsmith (AKA Gaino). Mark and I go waaaaaay back. Back to a time when all we wanted to do was go fast on our skates. Back before Zoolander.

This week Mark turns 30. Who would have thought this freckled faced punk would have made it so far in 30 short years? Mark is an out-of-this-world friend , but beyond that he is an amazing father and hubby-to-be to his beautiful fiance Jess. So Mark, as you settle into your 30th year, I wish you all the best and we can’t wait to meet bub #2!

Thanks for all the laughs, the stupid movie quotes, enduring all those darn freezing cold training sessions, your endless generous spirit and for always watching out for me.

Happy birthday Gaino, here are some photos from your big party with your professionally good looking family.

Featuring: Mark, Jess and the cutest little kiddo Jet Ryan, along with friends and family.

Also, a special mention to Simon who flew all the way from QLD to celebrate, he was in for a sweet suprise when the Ferrari showed up – he actually cried tears of joy (as pictured). Very funny.