Last week Lola and I went to Sydney to visit a friend. After lunch we went for a walk around our old stomping ground. We came across this laneway which from one side looked rather ordinary but from the other was a sea of purple with fallen jacaranda blossoms covering the ground. The purple carpet was a beautiful and welcome burst of colour in the midst of a bustling city.
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing a morning in the life of a beautiful family including their new addition – a beautiful, tiny three week old daughter. In home sessions are my favourite kind – I love getting to know families and kids in their own space where they feel comfortable and happy to express their true selves. Thank you R family for having me in your home.
I have to admit there was little artistic intention behind these photos. It was a boiling hot day at our house so to get the hair off Lola’s neck I put her hair up in pigtails for the first time. But it was so stinking cute that I couldn’t resist picking up my camera to capture those sweet little ponytails.
So on a whim with nothing much to do we decided to check out our local dam. It’s not a huge dam and I really expected nothing spectacular. It’s funny how as soon as you look through that viewfinder you see everything so differently – the lines, the textures, the reflection, the sky, the way my kids ran excitedly from one door to another. It was a visual feast. We were only there for a short time but these are some of my absolute favourite memories and images this year.
I was asked to photograph a gorgeous Mum of five with her two youngest kids. When we booked the session we were hoping for some magical late afternoon light but instead we got the complete opposite – dark stormy skies. I explained to her not to worry and that the photos would still be magical and perhaps even better. I’m so glad she trusted me because I really do love every photo in this session and her warmth towards her kids just radiated through the lens.
The kids slept surprisingly well at their backyard camp out but as usual woke bright and early, full of beans ready to start the day. My nephew, nearly two, and Oscar transformed the tent into a makeshift jumping castle running amok with their hair standing on end from the static. Lola unwittingly made shadow puppets behind them. Oh to be a kid.
So you may remember a couple of months ago we had our first camping experience in our lounge room. Well we stepped it up a notch last week – this time with a backyard campout (baby steps people!). I took a few photos as we spent the afternoon putting up the tents, blowing up the beds, building the fire and cooking dinner. The kids were extremely excited about their new accommodation and surprisingly didn’t take too long to fall asleep.
She’s quite talented at finding these little pockets of light. This one had her mesmerised watching the shadows created by her fingers. I was quite mesmerised too. I find those illuminated specks of dust so magical an hypnotising as they float freely in and out of the shaft of light – but maybe they’re not magic at all and just a sign I need to clean my house better!