Australian documentary family photographer

Newborn session - Launceston photographer

Another one of my nearest and dearest friends had a baby. I love being able to give them this gift of documenting their lives as new parents. 

Oh man I loved seeing Tish just blossom as a new mother, I’ve never seen anybody just so in love with her new role and so happy. It was so magical to watch.

Here is what Tish said about having a documentary session with me.
 
What made you think, “I need to have a photo session?” First born child

Do you think some of those feelings from the last question are driven from past experiences or childhood? Please go a little deep with me here, I really appreciate it.
The birth of my son was the best day of my life, I can't remember life before him it's only fitting to capture this precious moment. I regret no getting around to having maternity photos captured.
 
What was your overall outcome goal for your photo session? (i.e. to have beautiful photos, to remind me just how important our family time is, to have our stories preserved so I can feel joy reminiscing later) moments in time captured, to reminisce for years to come. 

What happened or what information was provided that helped you say “YES” to this session? (something about me, something about the type of session, etc.) Meghann explained in detail how the shoot would be structured around the activities i selected, making me feel very relaxed and comfortable. I was quiet sceptical on what photos could be captured with the activities i selected as we don't do anything exciting.

Why is doing a documentary session different than other traditional sessions? It's more relaxing as just do your daily routine.

Why is working with me different than other photographers? You don't need to pose

Leading up to the session, how did you feel (i.e. nervous, excited, not sure what to expect)? After the session I was quiet anxious thinking there would be nothing of the boring everyday activities we do. 

During the session, please describe how the experience felt (i.e. nerve-wracking at first, but then relaxing, fun the entire time, etc.) relaxed and had fun obviously I was a little self conscious due to just having a baby.

What was your reaction to the photos when you saw them? I wanted to cry, loved them! 

How has going through this type of a session affected your life (it changed your perspective, it made you feel excited about having a photo session, it opened your eyes to the many opportunities you have for things that are special enough to have photographed)? Definitely made me feel more comfortable and open to having more photography sessions. 

How has having these photos affected your life? (i.e. it revealed more love and gratitude in your life, they are a reminder of something significant, please be as detailed as possible). 
It was beautiful as I could see the love in our family,which made me feel so much gratitude and love.

Off the top of your head, do you have any ideas for your next photo session? If so, please describe & also explain why it would be of value to you. 
My sons first birthday to see how much he's grown and capture his favourite activities

What surprised you most about this experience? how easy relaxing it was, I didn't even notice the camera as I was caught in the moments.

What would you tell someone on the fence about doing a documentary session? They won't be disappointed.  Staged photos are beautiful but documentary captures, moments and activities that could easily be forgotten with time. 


After the experience, did it feel like you predicted? How did it feel? 
No, I was really anxious after the shoot until I received the photos. once I received the finished product I was in love with the storytelling . Meghann captured all the special moments I requested and beautiful moments I was oblivious to like how excited my son gets when I read to him before bed.


What stands out most to you about having storytelling, documentary-style images vs. traditional portraits?
Natural. a day in the life view

Please describe the lasting impression these photos have left on you. So much Love and gratitude

Here are a few of my favourite.

I also did a little family film for them you can view it here or on my welcome page. For more information on my family storytelling in motion please contact me. 

Family session - Melbourne photgrapher

I headed off to Melbourne, a couple months now. (Been a little slack with sharing some of my sessions I've been doing.) This session had been in the making for a few years now and finally the day came. Leonie has been a dear friend of mine since high school and I could not wait to go and meet the newest little family member and of course snap a few shots.

This family spend more then 8 hours a week at the gymnastics club and was so excited when Leonie said we'd be heading over to document them during one of their training sessions. How cool are the pictures? I'm in love with them.

Do your children have a passion that you like to document? Shoot me a message I'd love to hear about it.

Self-portraits of motherhood challenge- Launceston photographer

It’s mothers day soon. Let’s celebrate with a photo challenge, self-portraits of motherhood. I want you to stop making excuses and include more of you in your family photos.  Let go of the dream of the perfect moment when your hair’s done, make ups on or you’re in yourfavourite out fit. Seize the moment, however imperfect it is, and get in that shot!

It’s so easy to do these days with your cell phones. For me because I’m the photographer in  the family, I often miss out on being in any family pictures. But it’s important to let your children know that you are part of the action, that you where there too.  You don't want them to look back at photos and your children ask, wheres mum? This is your story, after all—it’s important that you step into the frame. Your pictures don't have to be perfect, it doesn't matter if they are a little out of focus, or you don't have the perfect lighting. Imperfections and all, these photos are still precious no matter what they look like.

It’s going to take time to get into regular practice of handing over the camera, especially if you’re not used to hopping in front of it. You might be uncomfortable to start with, but making a conscious effort will be so worth it! Making a goal for yourself to get in more photos a week, month, or year, can make a huge difference.

Here are some tips for getting in the frame.

1.  If you're out and about, I wouldn't suggest investing in a tripod, because I will hardly if ever bring it with me. (I'm a little lazy like that.)  So if we ever want a family picture while out, I’ll set the timer and just rest my camera on a rock or the ground, whatever I can find stable enough. I then quickly run to my spot. But having a tripod for those pictures at home can come in handy.

2.  Get creative with your selfie. You don't always need to include your face. Find ways you can include parts of you in the frame. Like holding your children's hand’s, maybe all your feet on the sandy beach. Or your child hugging your leg.

3.  Get your children to take turns with the camera. My kids love this. They can even take charge and tell you where they want you to stand and how to pose.

Make sure you Keep It Fun – I am always looking for fun ways to take photos ofmy kids. Because when taking photos with fun experiences, they’re so much more willing to cooperate when I want to take their picture.

Stuck on what photos to take with your kids?

Then I’ve got you covered!

Taking these photos is really a gift to your children. You’re giving them a chance to see how much you love them and that they will always have a place where they belong.

Place your emailing address below and I'll send you my printable 52 self-portraits of motherhood checklist. It’s filled with fun photo ideas. It’s going to help you get in more photos with your children and make beautiful memories. There’s one for every week of the year if you want to join in on the challenge.

Let’s make no more excuses!! Just opportunities for more fun family time.

You might also be interested in my seven proven photography tricks to make you a better mumographer. I'd love for you to join my seven day photo challenge, it's going to loads of fun. Check it out here.