Melbourne lifestyle family photographer - Philippa & Ed

In-home lifestyle session - West Footscray

Just because we're in the middle of a Melbourne winter, does not mean you should put off having photos of your family taken. In fact, it's actually the perfect time of year for in-home sessions (which also just so happen to be my FAVOURITE type of family session!!).

In-home sessions have the ability to really and truly capture and document your family's story.  Do you and your toddler have a favourite spot that you cuddle (/wrestle) in together while reading bedtime stories ? Do they have a favourite toy that they don't go a day (or hour / or minute) without bringing to you and excitedly showing you? Do they have hilarious little rituals or activities that they do every day, that you know they will grow out of in a heartbeat?  Do you notice every year go by with a million and one iPhone snaps of your kids but can count on one hand the number of photos that you are actually in with your babies!?

There are plenty of milestone moments and occasions that we make sure we bring the camera out for - birthdays, weddings, pregnancies, births - these are all extra special moments in our life that, for obvious reasons, are super important to hold on to and so we capture them without fail.

But what about the every day ?  

All those seemingly insignificant moments that we live and experience every day with our children, that we don't even realise are the moments we are eventually going to treasure the most? 

Those are the moments that I am really most passionate about capturing. Those are the crazy, beautiful, hilarious, chaotic moments that make your family unique.

 
Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.
— Dr Seuss
 

The session below is a little glimpse into the magic that can happen when you invite me into your home and allow me to document your every day. There is no pressure and there are no expectations. Toddlers can do all the things that make them happy, in their own comfortable environment -  and the only thing you need to do is be present with one another! There doesn't need to be fancy locations or stunning backdrops to create beautiful images... And I hope that you can see that when you're looking through Phil & Ed's session - and while you're at it, perhaps try and imagine your own family's day together and what that might look like - and more importantly, what it might feel like to have that captured forever. 

If you would like me to capture a day in the life with your own family please get in contact here, I would so love to hear from you! 

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If you would like to check out more of my family work, head on over to my family porfolio page

Melbourne Family Photographer - Carol, Damien & Kayden - Footscray Park

When Carol contacted me and enquired about booking a maternity / family session - I was thrilled. Carol and I met through mothers group when we had our first babies, but it had been far too long since I had seen her and Kayden - it was so lovely to see, not only how much he had grown, but also what a caring and sweet soul he was turning into.  This little man gave his mumma SO.MUCH.LOVE it made my heart hurt !! I can only imagine what a beautiful and doting older brother he is going to be.  Although, it's not hard to see why - this family were just brimming with love so real and so genuine you could feel it ! 

Some of my favourite images from Carol + Damien + Kayden's session are below....I tried to pick just a few but it was impossible to narrow down favourites so this one is a bit of an over share ;) 

Also, can we all just take a moment to stop and appreciate how damn beautiful Melbourne is in the autumn!?  This session was at Footscray Park and is one of my favourite places for outdoor sessions.   If you would like to book your own family session, do not feel like you have to wait until summer!! Winter and autumn can provide some really stunning backdrops for outdoor family sessions or alternatively, let's meet at your home and have a session in your own cosy space. 

 Click here to enquire or book your own family session

 

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This month I'm joining with a group of AMAZING photographers from across Australia & NZ in a blog circle, please go and check out Claire Searle.  She is a Coffs Harbour Wedding Photographer - her work is beautiful and this wedding is absolutely stunning ! 

Toddler life

A glimpse into the life of a 15 month old...


3pm. Woken from nap unceremoniously. Mum muttered something about not letting me sleep all day just because I choose not to sleep at night. Seems unreasonable.


3:01pm. Flick through books. I love books. So much paper to rip, chew on and destroy.  Also fun to throw over the edge of bed and make mum retrieve for me multiple times. Mum mentions something about books being precious and that they're for reading. She often talks nonsense.


3:02pm. Jackpot. Have spotted unattended glass of water on beside table. I need to get to it. I must get to it. 


3:03pm. The stakes just got higher. Electrical board spotted on floor directly underneath bedside table

must.spill.water.on.electrical.board.


3:04pm- Whilst trying to tip water onto electrical boards, I am distracted by a shoe horn.  What a fascinating toy this is.... it is now even more interesting to me than the possible outcome of water V electricity.  Note to self: revisit glass of water at a later time.


3:05pm- Just realised it's been 4 minutes since last ripping out a page of a book. Conveniently, Mum's favourite book is right here!! *rips front page out of book*. Am still not ready to move on from shoe horn. 


3:06pm - Mum says something about confiscating my books. As i'm a baby, I have no idea what this means, so I can only assume that this is a hilarious game and she wants me to come and rip out a second page from the book. 


3:07pm - Mum pushes me away and I nearly fall off bed.  Seems quite careless and negligent of her... buuuuut it is equally quite hilarious and not dire enough of a situation to let go of shoe horn.  

*Will make a mental note of negligent parenting decision and add it to the, already very long, list of things these two amateurs have done wrong in the past 15 months.  


3:08pm - Big sister left her dolly lying around. She hates me playing with her dolly... dolly is kidnapped and my interest in the shoehorn is over. 


3:09pm - Interest in dolly is over. Water has been removed from bedside, so that is boring. But there is a rather interesting drawer here filled with lots of things I'm not allowed.  Also, if I pull out this drawer hard and fast enough, I can knock the light over ! Win-win ! 


3:10pm - Mum continues to talk nonsense about me not being allowed in her bedroom anymore and tries to prevent me from putting choking hazards into my mouth. Wish she would loosen up a little. Might be time to explore other options...the outside world looks interesting


3:11pm - If I protest loud enough and long enough, eventually a passerby will assume I'm being held against my will and set me free... 


3:12pm - and I mean... look at this face!! Who are they gonna believe ... her or me!?


3:13pm-  This is taking longer than I thought. People appear to be ignoring my pleas. 


3:14pm - Mum says something irrational about not being able to take the incessant whining anymore (I can't be sure exactly what she's talking about because i'm not listening).

Aaaaaaaaannnnd, I have my freedom. 


3:15pm - Mum mutters something else about me being bad to the bone and tells me I'm only allowed to stay in the front yard.  Her voice reminds me of white noise... I pay no attention. 


3:16pm - Making my escape. 


3:17pm - Sweet sweet freedom. 


3:18pm - Mum starts drinking - doesn't look like water or milk. Says something about it being 5pm somewhere in the world. Calls dad and says she's exhausted  (I don't know why, i'm the one who has been doing all the playing... she's just hovering around like a weirdo) and tells him that if he doesn't leave work on time she will lose her mind (kind of seems like she already has.... just sayin).


Melbourne Family Photographer - Rach, Marty, Jack & Charlie

Your family photos are sooo much more than just a series of photos. They are your memories. Your family’s story. The hilarious, sweet and often ridiculous little things that your children do now that you never want to forget… buuuuut, let's be honest, years of sleep deprivation, worry and/or stress mean you are probably going to eventually struggle to recall many of the tiny details! (and in my case, “eventually” is actually more like immediately…like when I had to look up my daughters birth certificate recently to remember her date of birth...I then had to call back my private health insurance and tell them I had indeed given them the wrong date.. but alas, I’m getting off topic!!)

Isn’t it amazing how a picture can evoke a memory that may have otherwise faded and eventually disappeared?! In 10 years time, would you remember how, as a 4 year old, Jack was completely amazed to be leaving the house when it was still dark outside to go on an adventure to the park!? Would you remember how the biggest problem he had on this day was that, despite his best search efforts, he was unable to find and wrestle a real live snake?  Will you remember that the highlight of 2 year old Charlie’s day was chasing a flock of ducks through the park and playing peek-a-boo with Dad!?  What about how when your kids are this little and all of the biggest problems in their world can be solved by a cuddle from mum and a milkshake!?

Photos are so powerful and they are so precious. These are the tiny details of childhood that I hope I can capture and allow you to hold onto forever.

Side note: Rach & Marty – thank you guys for dragging the kids out of the house ridiculously early so that we could make the most of this beautiful Melbourne sunrise!! This right here.. this is the reason photographers are so insistent and annoying (speaking for myself anyway) about scheduling sessions around sunrise/sunset! That glorious, glorious light !

A hopeful 4 year old looking for snakes...

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Melbourne Family Photographer - Mel, Aidan & Percy

Mel was one of my first PROPER photography clients. As in, she wasn't a friend or family member or friend of a friend ! When I received an email from her saying she wanted to book a photo session with me, to be honest, my first instinct was to reply and ask her whether she was sure she had the right person  ! But thankfully, I played it cool (well,  my husband would probably disagree with me here....) and I was so lucky to end up having an absolute dream session with this gorgeous family - I mean, cmon'... look at this baby!!! He's got to be the happiest baby in the world right!? 

It was one of those mornings that filled me with excitement and made me realise how much I LOVE what I'm doing and how passionate I am about it. I LOVE capturing the real, genuine and loving moments that families share. The little cuddles and kisses that you share every day but rarely think to document or capture because it's just part of your every day life.   Those hilarious expressions and baby giggles that you photograph on your iphone are amazing, seriously, I have a hard drive full of the same snap shots that you do! But when you take that photo on your iphone, what are you missing!? You are missing YOU!!  Those baby giggles and faces are so precious, but what is more precious is the relationship you share with your baby who, in a few short years, won't be so little or so easily amused. So when you become a source of complete embarrassment to your children, the photos you have from when they were 7 months old and are looking at you like you are the greatest thing in the whole entire universe.... well I think they will be pretty special !! 

Thank you so much for trusting in me to capture your families story Mel & Aidan ! 

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Want a bit more info or keen to book a session!? Let's chat !