Zachary Turns Two | Sydney Family Photographer | Elysium Photography

Parents swing their little boy into the air as he giggles

I can still recall my very first chat with Mandy about their approaching session when Zachary turned one. She explained that she and her hubby, Shannon, had not had a photo session before and felt very awkward in front of the camera. I set her mind at ease explaining that I don’t require them to pose, but that they will be required to have FUN with Zac and that’s it! They turned up to that first session, had an amazing time celebrating their little man, forgot that I was there shooting them, and now have returned for another session, this time celebrating Zac turning TWO!

I adore seeing returning clients! Not only does it mean I’m doing my job right, but I absolutely love to see how much they have grown and changed in just one short year. I get to share in their momentous joy and wonder we all feel as parents, watching our children grow up!

Thank you Shannon & Mandy for bringing Zac out to play again! I can’t wait to see you all again next year! xx

 

Baby Frank | Sydney Lifestyle Newborn Photographer | Elysium Photography

This is the third time I’ve been blessed with documenting this beautiful little family. I first met them when Bella turned one and they wanted to capture the milestone with a photo session. Then again when she turned two, we headed to the beach for a session with sand, sunsets and fun! Now, they have added one more to the tribe – gorgeous little Frank! Our newborn photo session was a hoot, with giggles, bed jumping and a marvellous game of hide and seek under Bella’s blankie! Frank was absolutely not interested in having his scheduled sleep time, but instead wanted to watch my every move, totally transfixed by my camera. He finally gave in to sleep – right in the final 5 minutes of our session!

Thank you again Rignanese Family for inviting me to record so many wonderful memories for you, and for the long chats and coffee!

 

The Buchanan Family | Sydney Family Photographer | Elysium Photography

A family of 4 stand in a rainforest lit by a golden sunset

Just an hour out from the start of our session, I get a phone call from a very frantic mamma. Kim proceeds to tell me that their little guy hasn’t had a nap and will possibly be very uncooperative. I tell her not to worry and that I hear this all the time. We meet for our session, the kids absolutely nail the play aspect of my sessions, and as we say goodbye after the session wraps up, I reassure Bill and Kim that it went really well and I got so many lovely moments between the 4 of them.

I get home and instantly download the images to backup and I am just blown away by how well their family session went! You see, despite the kids skipping their naps, they had the opportunity to just play and be themselves, which is what they naturally excel at doing, and it totally distracted them from any inkling of feeling tired! Little people were not made to sit still or pose for photographs, and THAT is why I have play based sessions! I love capturing their little giggling faces as their dad spins them round and round, or when mum hoists them into the air and brings them back down for a kiss! No expectations to “just behave” or “smile for the camera”, just capturing their little personalities and individuality!

Thank you so much Buchanan Family for coming out for a gorgeous afternoon of play!

 

Baby Evie and Family | Sydney Family Lifestyle Photographer

A family sitting in a grassy field at sunset

From my very first communication with Diane, I just knew this was going to be a fun session! 3 littlies under 3 would mean I’d be kept on my toes! In my client questionnaire, Diane mentioned that “We would like to remember the happiness and youth of our children – like the way they run and play. The way they show each other love. The way we show them love (which as adults they will know but not necessarily remember) – kisses, cuddles etc the joy of us as a family”. Such a great answer! I couldn’t wait to capture this special new chapter for them and convey their relationship and family bond.

Baz and Ivy with their cheeky little smiles and cracker of a personality both had me in stitches with their antics. So full of energy, they had me tearing about this grassy field trying to keep up with them! Then taking energy levels down a notch, they each showed such a tender and caring side towards their little sister, Evie – sitting in mums lap and stroking her head, or gently holding her tiny hands.

Even dad, Glenn, enjoyed the session. He was such a trooper keeping up with the kids energy levels, spinning them around and around, zooming them like aeroplanes – I think he was extremely relieved to sit down for some quiet cuddles after that!

Thank you Diane for bringing your gorgeous little family out for me to photograph! x

 

Baby Gilly | Sydney Newborn Photographer

Newborn baby girl sleeping peacefully

This darling little girl is so very treasured! I’ll bet your reading this and thinking “yeah, I bet you say that about all the newborns you photograph”. Well you see, this sweet little one is extra special – she is surrounded by the love of 10 siblings (yes, you read that correctly… 10 incredible children!) as well as an angel sibling to watch over her.

Gilly’s supermum, Belinda, and I have known each other since high school, so it was such a rewarding experience to bless her beautiful family with these images. I went into this session with the certainty that I would shoot the whole thing specifically for black & white. You see, when an image is black & white, it forces you to focus on the details and emotional connection, rather than being distracted by different elements in a colour image. All her dear little newborn features are preserved for an eternity!

 

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Baby Cooper | Sydney’s Inner West Newborn Lifestyle Photographer

Newborn baby boy being held in daddy's hands

At just 18 days new, little Cooper certainly had his charming talents perfected. He was so alert yet calm and relaxed the entire session, that we even managed to capture him in dad’s hands awake and still – not an easy thing, even with a sleepy bub!

I had the pleasure of photographing Jason and Natara when they got married in March 2017, so when I received a message from Natara asking if I would come and capture their newest addition, I was beyond thrilled! Entering their gorgeous home to see so many of my favourite images from their wedding day framed on their walls was so humbling.

Their wonderful home yielded so many amazing little nooks of photographer gold! We shot everywhere – bedrooms, hallway and even the kitchen. Their beautiful loving connections was so perfectly captured in every little moment spend with Cooper. He is truly surrounded by so much love! Thanks Jason & Natara for inviting me to once again capture your books newest chapter! xx

 

Carter | 9 Month Baby Milestone Session

9 month old baby boy's big blue eyes

I first got lost in these adorably cheeky blue eyes around 6 months ago. Carter had just had his Christening and his mum wanted some shots of him in his gown (which had come all the way from Millan!) before they moved house, so that they could have that memory of him and their time in their home. I was instantly wrapped around his little finger because of his enormous blue eyes and cheeky little grin.

So fast forward 6 months and his stunning mamma Trish called me up and we chatted about how their newborn session had focused on his bond with daddy, but she wanted something special to document her bond with him. We discussed the possibility of creating some sort of Vogue cover shoot capturing mum and bub together. Since I shoot on location and don’t have a studio, we decided to rent this gorgeous little space from Le Petit Studio Blanc and it could not have been more perfect! Carter was his usual charming self and his mum absolutely rocked the glam look!

We shot for around 3 hours and sweet little Carter did not waver at any point during the entire session! He was such a little champ and thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of being in his birthday suit and playing in mum’s massive tule skirt. Thank you so much to Trish & Carter for inviting me to capture this precious bond between you! xx

 

A big thanks goes out to Le Petite Studio Blanc for the use of this beautiful natural light studio in Surry Hills, Sydney.

 

Uriah | Sydney Newborn Photographer

Ok, so THIS is why I do newborn sessions in-home… everyone can kick back in the comfort of familiar surroundings, mum and dad can wear comfy clothing, everyone is relaxed & calm, and most importantly Grandparents are always welcome! Uriah’s grandma was visiting all the way from Canada. There were lots of hugs, happy tears and beautiful quiet moments of connection with their newest family member.

It was so exciting to find out what Nathan and Heidi had, since the gender was being kept a surprise. It’s always so lovely catching up with my maternity clients and seeing so many dynamic changes which have taken place in such a short time. Even after our session had wrapped up, we sat around and chatted for hours. It’s such a wonderful privilege being welcomed so warmly into clients homes and lives and being a part of capturing such an awe-inspiring chapter in their lives! I’ve been invited back to capture Uriah and his other Grandparents when they visit in November and I am so eager to see how many changes he has gone through in his first 3 months of life!

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Harriet | Sydney Newborn Photographer

Newborn Photography in-home session in western Sydney

When all 3 family members are this darn gorgeous, when their home is styled to perfection and to be greeted by the cutest pug dog in the world (who’s name was Hermione, so this Harry Potter geek practically melted!), well there are just no words needed for this session. A picture speaks a thousand words, so here’s 21 images for you to enjoy of Hus, Hannah and the divine Miss Harriet!

PS – can you spot the cheeky Hermione sneaking into our shot…?

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Nathan & Heidi | Sydney Maternity Photographer

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I met this adorable Canadian pair at the PBC Expo in May when they stopped by my stall for a chat. Catching up with them again for their maternity session felt like catching up with old friends. We arrived at Audley in the Royal National Park and hugged, I marvelled at just how much her perfect bump had grown and we strolled around the park, seeking out the perfect pockets of afternoon sun. We laughed and chatted about all the exciting things they looked forward to doing as parents, how thrilled they were that their parents were coming to visit from Canada, and we leisurely walked around the beach near their home as the sun dipped below the horizon, blessing us with the most spectacular sunset colours to wrap up our session! I’m so excited to meet their new little man this week as we do their newborn session! Congratulations Nathan & Heidi!!

 

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