Lifelong learning with Amy Rushbrook

I launched my photography business in December 2016.  It took me about 6 months to actually say the words "i'm a photographer" to someone who asked me "what do you do?". Up until then, I pretty much just hid behind the line that I'm on maternity leave and "do a bit of photography on the side".  Every time I received a booking or enquiry, I would honestly just look at my husband with amazement and say "why on earth would they want to book ME!?". Then people started saying really lovely things about my work - referring to it as "art" and calling me "creative" and honestly, I felt like the biggest impostor on the planet !! The thing is, I've never in my life considered myself to be creative.  I'm hilariously bad and impatient at anything that involves art or craft, i've never been all that good with words (almost all of my friends would vouch for that) and I always just assumed those were the types of things that were the criteria for someone being creative .

Enter Amy, of Amy Rushbrook Photography .  Amy has built her business and her brand on being completely outside the box when it comes to family photography. Her creative expression and ability to capture the most meaningful, soulful images from seemingly simple moments, is nothing short of breathtaking. Her work is instantly recognisable, not by how it looks, but by how it makes you FEEL.   I knew that doing a mentor day with her was an opportunity far to good and far too valuable to pass up. 

When I reflect back on my day with Amy, we talked about soooo much, she was so incredibly generous with her knowledge.  From the technical camera stuff and the business side of things like marketing and branding, to embracing and capturing the real, messy and authentic moments over the "picture perfect".  But, what was the most valuable to me, was the mindset that I left in. I feel like this day, was a complete turning point for me and was the day I started to OWN the labels that I had previously been shying away from even acknowledging.

Annnnnnd, know what world!?

Yes, I am creative

 I look at spaces, light, people and interactions in a different way since finding my passion for photography. I notice tiny details that others may miss and see beauty in almost every place and I have done for years, much to the amusement of others (the amount of times I have heard my husband say "what the hell are you even taking a photo of!?" As I compose an image of a seemingly dilapidated brick wall with a flicker of light dancing across it....clearly my mind works slightly differently!).  

Yes, I am a photographer

Am I at the same level as the photographers I look up to and who have been doing this for many years? Well, no, of course not ! But we all start somewhere and I am super proud of the images I am providing to my clients and I am committed to continually growing and learning and improving.  I still get excited every.single.time I get a booking, but there is less of the "why me!?" reaction and more of the "I'm so happy they have picked me!" reaction - and actually, that's kind of something I hope never goes away!! 

So anyway, there's a little insight into the mind of ( I can hear my husband chiming in here with "a raving lunatic") a new business owner who often feels completely out of her depth, but is learning to embrace the unknown and the fear of "what if I fail?" and revel in the excitement of it all. The excitement of turning my lifelong dream into an actual reality! 

Oh, and the cherry on top of my mentor day with Amy?! Doing our shoot together with the absolutely ADORABLE Poppy and her beautiful mumma (and baby bump), Kate.  When their pup, Banjo, got involved and it was like a cherry and sprinkles and chocolate fudge on top type of day !  Whoever came up with the saying "never work with animals or children" had obviously never been in this house  ! Cuteness. Overload. 

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If you would like to book your own lifestyle family session, click the button below and get in touch !  You know how excited I get about these things now ;) 

 

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A morning in Seddon

A few weeks ago, I got to spend the morning in Seddon with this sweet family who had just welcomed their first baby into the world.    I love how relaxed lifestyle newborn sessions are – all families need to do to capture beautiful memories is just BE with one another. Just love one another and take some time together to admire the beautiful baby they have created. Luckily for me, being with one another and loving one another came pretty damn naturally to these guys, so my job was just super super easy!!

The newborn bubble, it’s just so fleeting and becomes such a blur that it’s so special, so important, to have a little piece of it captured forever.  Please get in touch with me if you would like to book in your own lifestyle newborn session.

This week I’m joining in again in a blog circle with a group of fabulous photographers from around Australia.  Please head on over and admire the stunning work of Tenielle Murray – Melbourne Family Lifestyle Photographer. 

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Noah, my love.

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Looking through the images from this sweet newborn session, all I can think about is the way Noah's gorgeous mama, Elise, spoke to him. Throughout the entire session, every time Elise looked at Noah, she gently called him "my love".  All I heard, and all I saw during my morning with this gorgeous, new family was pure, wholehearted love and devotion. And every time I see an image of Noah, all I think about is how lucky he is, to be loved so deeply. 

Also, I just have to say, I'm constantly amazed at a woman's strength and ability to endure things they would never imagine they are capable of pre-motherhood. But Elise, seriously, your strength of both body and mind, is just out of this world. 

Everyone has their own pregnancy, birthing and parenthood stories and they are all so powerful and life changing.  Being able to photograph a family as they are beginning their own unique journey is an honour that I am so grateful to have the chance to document. 

If you would like to book your own newborn session, it is so important to get in touch with me during your pregnancy to secure your due date. I only take on a limited number of newborn sessions each month, to ensure I am available for whenever those wee little babies may arrive (these babies are just crazy unpredictable, I am yet to meet one born on their due date!). If you are in Melbourne or surrounds and would like to arrange for your own lifestyle newborn session, please click here and send me a message. I can't wait to chat to you. 

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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 !