Frequently Asked Questions…

01.  What is Documentary Family Photography?

In home documentary family photography takes place in your home or favourite place.  It’s all about capturing and making pictures of your beautiful everyday ordinary as it happens right now.  No awkward poses, no forced smiles, no wrestling kids and husbands into matching outfits or sitting still and smiling – zero awkward poses I promise.  The only thing you have to do is live and love in your own comfortable space.  When I come to photograph you, it will be like having an old friend in the house just following you around and witnessing all your special family magic.  Definitely no set schedules and usually always led by your babies and kiddos.  I will start making pictures as I find you.  If baby is ready for a feed, we start there, if the toddler wants to take me to their room to show me their stuff, I blindly follow… If the pre-schooler wants to search for lady bugs – I’m all in.  If the teenagers are keen to just hang out, I will become a fly on the wall. If someones being shy or wanting to do their own thing, in their red spider man undies, then it’s ok Mumma… we will capture the quirks of your beautiful everyday ordinary and it will be GLORIOUS.

Big cousin (5 yrs) playing peek a boo with baby cousin

02.  Our family is kinda boring…

Nope, Nadda, No…. Totally untrue!!!

Mumma’s, I know how much you do with your kiddos!! Seriously…. I know!! the beauty of my job is I get to show you.  I will hang out with your family during meal times, during butterfly expeditions, Wiggles sing and dance time, bubble time, climbing the furniture stack, tying up shoelaces, picking out the outfit for the day.

I will show you the Connections I see, simple little looks shared between teens, capturing the moment you leave the room and place a hand on the nearest Childs head,  arms wrapped around necks giving tight squeezes and kisses on the nose.

I get to document Moments in Time – perhaps this is the last months your toddler demands hot choccy with dad in the morning or the your baby nurses.  Maybe you are about to leave this home you bought your babies back to for the first time. Or maybe your treasured fur baby is getting older and may not be around for much longer.  It’s incredible the things that can change in a year. Are you mindful of some of changes sneaking in to your family’s routine that you want to remember forever?

Making pictures in Your Safe Place where kids (and parents) can relax and let the day unfold.  The last few years have shown us how much comfort we find in our homes.  The breathe we take when we get there and the feeling of safety we have with everyone doing their thing.  This is the place where we are the most comfortable, where we can be who we are authentically.  Our homes are an extension of who we are, not only all the comfy details like a cuddle puddle lounge, but where we all can be most at ease.

I get to be witness and wonder at the amazing Quirks that exist in your Family.  Kids make me laugh every day. They can be so weird! The energy they have to climb out and show me how they can jump in the pool, the way they like readying books upside down on the couch, the teaching of children how to talk smack when playing monopoly, the finding of a quiet place with a hand held up so we (they) cant see our face while pooping in the nappy… man – kids (and parents) have quirky personalities and documentary family photography allows me to see it and document for you.  I have a load more reasons why your documentary family photography session will not be boring, but you will need to read that in my blog.

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03.  My home does not look like it came straight out of a magazine.

Your home or the place you choose to have your documentary family photography session does not have to look like a magazine spread… It does not need to be scrubbed within an inch of its life.

What we will see in the pictures is love and connection and quirks and comfort… they are going to jump out and tickle your heart.

Do you need a little more convincing?  Ok, there are no prizes for having the tidiest house, the most expensive furniture (with kids are you crazy) or lavishly lush styling (crash, boom, bang).  Seriously I am not there judging a house renovation competition.  I’m here for the chaos and the beautiful everyday ordinary.  The laughter, the noise and craziness of how you share your home with the people you love.  Let’s just soak in the beautiful real of your place of comfort.  All you need to do in preparation for our documentary family photography session is a quick little tidy (perfectly fine to move the folding pile into the cupboard)…

Mum and Dad on the bed playing with toddler son who is flying by putting his belly on mums feet as she lifts him whilst dad is holding on to newborn baby sister
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