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Launceston couples session | Meghann Maguire Photography

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I’m falling in love with engagement session. So much sweetness, and excitement for future life together.

Including a couples session as part of your wedding photography package is really important to me, they can make all the difference and give you such a boost of confidence that it makes having your photo taken on your wedding day so much better.

What I learn about my clients during couples session is invaluable. I’ll arrive on your wedding day already having developed more of a relationship with the two of you, I know what makes you laugh and the best way to direct you for those natural pictures.  Going into your wedding day knowing all that is powerful, and with everything that is going on during the day, it’s great to have one less thing to worry about. 

It’s also a great way to break down some of those barriers about being in front of the camera, especially if one of you is a little camera shy.

Couples sessions go for about 90 minutes, plenty of time to get comfortable in front of the camera, snuggle up with your soon-to-be hubby, and receive 40 beautiful photos of the two of you. The best thing is you have some amazing pictures to use for save the date or wedding invites thats not a selfie.

All you have to do is snuggle in close, laugh and have eye’s only for each other. It’s going to be fun, and I promise you that you will love seeing these beautiful images of the two of you for years to come. 

Please don"t think you have to be getting married to have a couples session. I want to documenting couples in love, at every stage of their story.

This couple were such a dream to work with and I cant wait to document their wedding day. This is what they had to say after seeing their gallery. “Oh my god I’m dying! They are amazing! I’m so so thrilled. They are beautiful, thank you SO much! Warmly, Jessie”

Remembering the magic of childhood - Launceston photographer

Family documentary photography is actually a thing! I’m not just making this shit up. People all over the world are doing it. Most families don't look for documentary photographers for one reason, they don't know it's a thing. I seem to be the first in Tasmania, which is exciting but at the same time a little harder for people to understand and fall in love with the raw beauty. But I feel so strongly about documentary photography that once it catches on people will be spreading the word like wild fire.

What most people are doing when they get their photos done are creating an unrealistic portrait. With matching colour coordinate outfits, beautiful sunset backdrops. Posed just so. Mum is pulling her hair out in frustration because little Johnny isn't doing what he should be.

Really is this how you want to remember your children, or does this have any meaning for your children to look back on in 20 years time? 

My life happens in terrible light, tantrums around the dinner table, no bra on, my children looking like they belong to no one. I’m sure it’s the same for you. I want to remember the sweet every day moments that make up my everyday life…baking with the kids with flour flying everywhere, learning how to crack an egg, playing musical status in the lounge room, digging in the garden and finding warms. These small moments are my life and what I want to remember.

So many of the pictures I share mums relate to. That moment my children decided to have a tantrum in the supermarket and I just so happened to have my camera with me. I’ve had mums tell me that they love the way I have captured their child’s face expressions so well. Or that this is what my life is like at the moment and in 5 years time it’s going to be so different. You won't be rocking that little one to sleep any more. Sad but true.

Capturing photographs of your family should make you feel something in all its beauty and chaos. They should evoke an understanding and not portray an ideal. So when you and your children look back at your family photos in 20 years you remember how that season of life felt. You’re not going to remember it all. Time and childhood waits for no one. As time draws closer to when all my children are at school. I’m in a panic to document the ending of an era. We don't get do overs. I want my children to see the love in my eyes and how I celebrate them.

Just recently my dad got all our family pictures of the slides and into the digital world. My life as a Canadian is a distant memory. Recently Ive come to a point in my life that I don't even feel like a Canadian anymore and I feel silly when people ask me where I come from, because of my very faint accent, but I’ve lived in Australia well over half my life. Now I have a record of what life was like as a Canadian.

Here are a few examples of what my parents photographed that I would never remember without these photos:

  • Those winter days ice skating on the lake
  • Or making igloos instead of cubby houses.
  • Oh my gosh, the fashion and furniture.
  • That christmas we spent at my Grandmas and Grandpas and us kids in the spa outside in the snow. Our hair was like icicles.
  • That time I dress up as a purple people eater for the ice-skating parade.
  • That time I went to horse camp

These are just a few examples of memories my parents preserved. My gratefulness to my dadfor giving me these pictures is really indescribable. 

On average I take 1000 pictures a month. I make a photo album each year for each of my children. How their little faces light up when their album arrives in the mail. The joy they have looking back over these albums is priceless.  

Really I’m calling attention to a lost art—the art of photographing and preserving memories. Let’s put soul back into our pictures.

I give families a printed album of their photos with all sessions. It provides something tangible to my clients to help them see the value of getting photos off devices and into their lives.

I would love to hear from you guys about what moments in your daily life you want captured. In this season, what are your kids doing that you want to remember?

Find out all you need to know and download my client guide here!

Frequent wonders - Launceston photograper

I know their are probably so many frequent wonders you have about this type of photography. I want to address one that I'm working on myself.

I don’t like how I look in photo’s. I’m not sure I could do the unposed thing. 

If you’re anything like me, you’re always the one behind the camera in family photos, and rarely ever make an appearance in them. Mostly I’m happy about this because I hate my picture being taken. I’ve recently been reminded in many ways, that life’s moments are precious. Think of your typical portrait. You are aware of the camera and that smile is forced. You may be stiff from a funky pose or uncomfortable having people in your personal bubble. Sure, there may be a uniform smile, but is there really any life inside of the image? When you are in documentary photos, your best self is being presented. We are our most beautiful when we FEEL good. Good can come in a variety of forms: laughter, peace, snuggled with our loved one, in our element doing something we love. The relationship we build is vital to the strength of emotion inside of the photos. 

Motherhood mini sessions - Launceston photographer

I am SO excited for these sessions! This is a new project for me, and it’s a concept that I'm really passionate about. As mums we often lead such hectic lives, that it can be hard to find a moment to savour and appreciate the wonderful bond we have with our children. The bond and love between a mother and her babies is so incredibly beautiful.

If you’re anything like me, you’re always the one behind the camera in family photos, and rarely ever make an appearance in them. Mostly I’m happy about this because I hate my picture being taken. I’ve recently been reminded in many ways, that life’s moments are precious.  I want to be in more photos with my children, and I would love for those photos to capture us being us. I’ve taken on a personal project this year on self portraits of motherhood. It’s been a huge challenge as I hate seeing myself in pictures as Ive been battling weight issues, but in the end its not for me, its for my children to see our love for each other and that I was actually there in their life. They grow up way to fast and I will not stand by and continue to let this happen and not be in photos with them I want to have those family heirlooms with me in them, blubber and all. 

That is where my idea for Motherhood Mini-Sessions came about…with the recent buzz around mothers day, its perfect timing to celebrate mums. Give yourself a gift that will keep on giving to you years down the road. This is what is at the heart of my celebrating Motherhood photo sessions.  The idea that moms are incredible women who have embarked on such a beautiful journey with their little ones.  The idea that the laughs, cuddles, hugs, and kisses are all moments that deserve to be remembered.  The idea that motherhood deserves to be CELEBRATED all year round and no matter what season of motherhood you’re in. Another thought is as much as I’m making a conscious effort to have more photos with my own children, I’d love some with my own mum just as much.

So it doesn’t matter if you’re a mum and your little ones are young, or if your children have moved out and have a family of their own, or if you’re a mum, and you want to schedule this session for you and your own mum…I will make this session work for you.   

I’ll still be taking a documentary approach to these types of sessions. I love documentary style photography and this is where my passions at, simply observing and capturing the sweet, simple moments that make up everyday life.

Get creative…like I said, I really want this session to be about you and your kids. I’m thinking if it were me, I might bake our favourite banana bread, or reading my children’s the books they love most, and capture our snuggles and stories.  Maybe you want to head out and grab some ice-cream from your favourite cafe, or do you have a special game or toy you love to play together…maybe it means taking a little walk together, or just hanging out being YOU.  That is what this is all about, and what I really hope to capture for you - your motherhood story. I want you to be able to hold onto beautiful moments with your babies, through images that I know you'll love and cherish forever. I want them to capture the joy, peace, and fulfilment of motherhood that is often lost in the chaotic exhaustion of daily life through simple and emotive portraits.

Sessions will take half hour doing one of your favourite activities. If you have questions, please let me know. Otherwise, email me to schedule your session today!

Click here to down load my 10 impossibly sweet photo ideas for a motherhood session and start writing down all your own ideas.

I’ll leave you with a few of my favourite photos I’ve taken over the last few months of mum’s and their kids.