Our highlight reel - Melbourne Family Photographer

I feel like I need to preface this post by stating for the record that these photos, in fact ALL the photos I post on my instagram / facebook / blog - they are all from our highlight reel.   I am not a mummy blogger - I use my blog and social media accounts as a way of highlighting the best of my work for the purposes of a photography portfolio.  Essentially it's my best and most creative work OR the moments that I love and treasure the most.  If I was a mummy blogger, TRUST ME, I would not have such a curated feed. 

The reason I'm saying this and feel this need to explain myself is because I received a message from a friend recently which said something along the lines of "from the looks of your instagram feed, your life is perfect right now" - say whaaaaaat!?

Firstly, my instagram feed is like 70% client work... so I have no idea how my client's love / joy / beauty is any reflection on my life. 

Secondly, oh my gosh that is so not true!! God, if I was a mummy blogger, my feed would be filled with tears /  mess / guilt /  tantrums in the street / how we watched frozen 5 times in one day / how I call my husband at 8am on some days and ask him if he can come home from work because I'm done with parenting after ONE hour / how I hid in the bathroom from the kids and ate chocolate for lunch  .... you get the drift, right!?  But guys, I'm NOT a mummy blogger ! I share allllll the shit stuff with my friends and family, but I just don't feel it's something I want to share on social media at this point in my business! (but totally in love with so many of the incredible women that do share their experiences with the many highs and lows of motherhood through social media !) 

So  yep, every now and then, we go somewhere beautiful - I take photos because it's my PASSION, and if I LOVE the photos - I will share them online as a representation of the best of my work. More often than not, we do alllllll the standard / routine stuff that everyone else does - sometimes I take photos in those situations too, and if i'm lucky, I can turn something boring into something beautiful - more likely, I take an uninspiring photo or the kids aren't in the mood for it and I don't love it so I don't share it in this space. 

Also - I ramble (it's a family condition, passed down by my father).

OK, well if you're still reading, thanks for sticking with me... enjoy the highlights :) 

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Melbourne newborn photographer - Toddler + Newborn fun!

OK, so I have to admit, when I first started shooting lifestyle newborn photography sessions, I was always a tiny bit terrified to hear there was a toddler aged sibling also on the scene... I mean, I have my own toddlers at home and I know that they are loose units. Completely unpredictable, often unable to be reasoned with and have very little interest in following instructions.. All I could think was how the hell I was going to get them to behave and sit still for photos with their new baby brother or sister.  And then I realised my mindset and thought process was all wrong ! Why on earth would I try and force a toddler to sit still for photos?! Where is the fun in that ? How does that capture anything real or genuine about where this family is at right now!? My whole purpose for capturing young families is so that they can look back on their images in 10-20 years time, and remember what it was *really* like.. I want them to remember those cheeky, spirited, whirlwind toddler personalities just as much as I want them to remember those little newborn bundles!   

And honestly, once I started looking at it that way, I couldn't be anymore excited to get a newborn enquiry with a toddler sibling, I love the challenge and I love the energy that a toddler brings to a newborn session when they are allowed to just do there thing and are not forced into anything. I love the moments of calm and the moments of chaos (both of which, I am going to wholeheartedly encourage in the moment!). I love that those images capture a stage of parenthood that is so incredibly challenging, yet simultaneously makes your heart feel like it's going to burst with love.  

I would love to know if you have your own young family but have had reservations about having family photos taken - what have been your main concerns?  Is there something that you would like more information on or would like to have better explained to you ?  Or if you have had your own family photos taken and there was something you wished you knew beforehand?  I would love it if you could let me know either in the comments or shoot me through a message

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Did you know that I offer a discounted rate when you book in a maternity session AND newborn session at the same time!?

Sessions book out a month or two in advance, so it’s super important to get in early to avoid disappointment.  All of the details of my pricing and packages are listed here 

Melbourne Family Photographer - Summer Beach Sessions

My husband grew up in Auckland and across the road from the McEwan family.  Marrying into the Worrall family, really also meant you needed to marry into the McEwan family, as there is not a story of childhood or life that doesn’t involve these guys. Thankfully, for me, the McEwan’s are one of the most fun and loving families I’ve ever met and are just such a joy (and completely hilarious) to be around!!   

So, when we went back to NZ for Christmas, I really wanted to get to some of Auckland’s west coast beaches for a sunset family photography session and I knew that Victoria, Fred, Hawaiki and Tawa would be the PERFECT people to take there.  Victoria was initially hopeful I might just want to take photos of her boys alone, like soooo many mums (including me!!), she wasn’t super keen to get in front of the camera… thankfully, I can be very persuasive !!    Because really, as sweet and gorgeous as the boys are (and they really are!!), the LOVE between those boys and Victoria and Fred is something that needs to be treasured, documented and held onto forever. Wouldn't you agree??

Jess Worrall is a Melbourne based family and newborn photographer. Jess travels to NZ once or twice a year and releases a limited number of family photography sessions whilst there. If you would like to be the FIRST to know about upcoming NZ travel dates and sessions (as well as get access to discounts and other fun stuff), sign up to the mailing list !!  *Jess also sometimes likes to talk in the third person.
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Sunset maternity session - Melbourne Maternity Photographer

My best friends are having their first baby.   We decided to make their maternity session extra special and head down the coast. Although, to be fair, we could have done their session in a office cubicle and they still would have made it freaking stunning !  

Did you know that I offer a discounted rate when you book in a maternity session and your newborn session at the same time!? You can check out all of my pricing and packages here

Sessions book out a month or two in advance, so it’s really important to get in early to avoid disappointment - get in touch!

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Thanks for this 'behind the scenes' snap Harv's - it cracks me up because it has PERFECTLY captured my relationship with Bree... always looking at each other like we're slightly crazy (because, let's face it.... we are). 

Melbourne Maternity Photographer - a beautiful world with boys

I have a boy and a girl at home. Everyone ALWAYS says how lucky I am to have a "pigeon pair" (what a strange saying!?). I AM lucky, but not because I have a boy and a girl, because I have two beautiful, hilarious, healthy children. They are completely nuts the majority of the time, but those first 3 things I just said are also true.

You know who else is incredibly lucky ? Mums of BOYS, and I have the undeniable proof right here – THIS FAMILY ! Seriously, the love, energy and hilarity in this home was off the charts. These boys!? Cuddly, loving, playful, hilarious… just a joy to be around! There is something just so special about the mother/son bond and capturing that has to be one of my favourite things in the world.

I'm also pretty lucky as I get to come back to this beautiful family in January and capture them welcoming home their newest arrival. #lovemyjob

Side note - how freaking HIL-ARIOUS is Jack’s door sign !? Yes Jack, I would like a pizza  ! How did you know?! 

Are you raising all boys !? Tell me, what is the best thing about being about being a mum of boys?!

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Did you know that I offer a discounted rate when you book in a maternity session AND newborn session at the same time!? You can check out all of my pricing and packages here

Sessions book out a month or two in advance, so it’s super important to get in early to avoid disappointment - get in touch!