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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. 

Breasts in, or out? - Launceston photographer

There seems to be so much circulating at the moment about women and breastfeeding; whether it’s about doing it in public and the social backlash, or photographers offering to shoot breastfeeding mums and their bubs. Controversy just seems to be everywhere about this topic.


Now I never paid much attention while breastfeeding my children in public. If I was getting dirty stares, luckily I never noticed. For me it just felt natural and I wasn't afraid to pop my breast out and start feeding wherever I was. I don't get why there’s so much debate about breastfeeding in public because it’s been around for so long - well let’s say forever. And what’s worse: a screaming baby, or a happy baby getting their feed? So there you have it – my stance on the “hot topic”. 

Yet, it seems as though you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t. Some women don't get to breastfeed their babies. While there is so much information and literature that breast is best, I feel we need to be considerate and open to those mums who can’t, or don’t want to, breastfeed. While I was doing a session recently with a mum we started talking about how she started off breastfeeding, but in order for her baby to grow and be nourished she had to make the switch to bottle feeding as she was not making enough milk. We talked about how she still feels judged when out in public for bottle-feeding her baby and that’s not cool either. I guess we are all just doing our best to be great parents regardless of whether our breasts are in or out! 

The best part of this debate is that you, or I, can capture a special and beautiful moment no matter how you’re feeding. I know the mum who I had that session with will hold onto those pictures with such fond memories because before she knows it her little baby will not be holding onto her fingers any more, he’ll have hold of that bottle on his own.

Launceston wedding photographer - Crystal & Sam's wedding - Meghann Maguire

I had the privilege of capturing Crystal's & Sam's wedding day for them. It happened to be on the only hot day we have had all summer. It was one hot wedding. The poor bride had 16 layers on.

I don't call myself a wedding photographer. Not sure if I want to be. I argue with myself over this topic often. I don't have a lot of experience when it comes to weddings. With only 5 under my belt. It's a lot of hard work physically , mentally and emotionally. You only have one chance to get it right and it all happens so fast. Then hours of editing.

I have talked to many people who have been disappointed in their wedding pictures and that scares me. It's such a large investment and part of a wedding to capture and have that memory for ever and to show family and friends for years to come. You want to be happy with those images.

So please make sure you research and talk with more then just one photographer when it comes time to book your wedding photographer. With so many photographers and many different styles out there. Make sure you find the one that fit's you best. You only have one chance. (i hope)

But I am so happy with how Crystal & Sam's turned out. I think I kicked ass!!! 

Hope you enjoy the video of my favourite images.

365 days - Launceston photographer

Just thought I would up date some of my images from my 365 day project. Image #3 did not turn out anything how I hoped it to and will try it again. I got this new fancy vacuum called the Kirby. It works as a blower as well as vacuums and shampoos your carpets. Anyway I envisioned using the blower on the kids and lighting them up with the light on the vacuum and that the kids would have these funny faces. But Everett wasn't too sure what was happening and looked a little scared and the other 2 just posed with smiles on their faces.

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Image #4 was set up by Gabriel. They were listening to music and this was a dance move they were doing.

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Hahaha image #5. Well we are in the middle of major renovations. We have not had a bath for sometime now. Everett is not a big fan of the shower and its always such a battle washing him. So when we finally got our kitchen sink in which is big enough to bath a 2 year old I thought it was going to be so much better. But he hated that too.

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Image #6 I hate.

Image #7 was so much fun. Done of my best friend for her birthday.

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Image #8 putting the christmas tree up.

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Image #9 Addy having her night time milk.

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Image #10 Big sister help making bath time a little better.

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Image #11 Busted with hands down pants.

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Image #12 I was inspired by a photographer Meg Bitton. She does all these amazing pictures with beautiful lights in the background. So heading into town thinking this is not going to work in the small city I live in. Looking around we just don't have many lights. I think Meg Bitton live in NY. So the family and I just headed for a walk instead and took some cute pictures along the way. When we got back to the car it was perfect timing and asked my oldest son to stand in the middle of the very quiet road. But he was not happy. It was scary, mean mum. Even sitting on my husbands shoulders he was freaking out. So I didn't get time to get my setting right, It has some motion blur but I got my image I was set out to do. I will be going back.

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