tasmanian documentary photographer

Finding light project | Light and dark | Meghann Maguire Photography

Shooting for shadow is my favourite way to capture an image at the moment. I love exploring ways to bring out drama in a scene.

I use spot metering, this gives me the most control when exposing my images. It measures only a small area of the scene. I expose for the highlights, this will allow the rest of your image to naturally fade into shadow giving your image depth and dimension.

This is a project I'm doing with a fellow photographer friend. Every month we have a theme and share our findings. Its a great way to keep you accountable and practice what we love and it's so much more fun sharing it with someone else. So don't forget to check her images from last month, she has been taking some amazing milky way pictures. Check out the amazing Jade here.

Link to Jades Finding light project here.

Moments in motherhood-Launceston photographer

Eek I'm so excited to share with you my first moments in motherhood session from my model call out. I have met some amazing mums through out this process and have heard some wonderful stories. We all have a different stories that lead to the same... we are all warrior mothers!!! This has become the theme that we are celebrating. You are beautiful, strong, smart and amazing. Sure the spit up on your shoulder is the latest scent, you're still trying to loose the baby weight, your hair is always messy and track pants is what you spend your weekends in. But you are still amazing and beautiful. You are a WARRIOR MOTHER. You are doing a spectacular job at raising those tiny humans.

I"m offering the opportunity to get your photos done in a more organic way. I want to preserve your motherhood story as it is now, in its truest form. This means we are not going to go stand in a field or the beach and pose for photos, but we are going to capture your EVERYDAY.

Sometimes you develop new friendships in the most unexpected ways. Tracey was a fan and found inspiration in what I was offering. She is now a friend who has put belief in myself in ways I can not explain right now. But it will give you the chills. We have started working on a project together called Warrior Mother. (I will be going into more detail of this very soon) I just love the feeling of this session. It makes me clucky and reminds me of how it felt to have a little baby staring back into my eyes, the pure love and joy. 

Ok this blog turned a little sloppy. Sorry, but not sorry ;)

Start planning your motherhood session by downloading my 10 impossibly sweet motherhood photo session ideas worksheet here.

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.