Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Leon's 1st birthday

Leon's first birthday was actually WAAAAY back in September last year you may remember this post but I realised I hadn't done a post about the rest of his party... until now =)

Saturday, 14 January 2012

big pretty photo books

In my previous post I introduced my new 'session + disc + book' package.

You thought:
"that sounds pretty awesome"
"wonder what those books look like"

I read your mind. And I have delivered.

Today my awesome brother and I got together to make some filmic magic. We even composed the music track! I'm a devoted PC person but gosh darmit Macs are AMAZING.

These books look pretty great in the clip above, but they are extra insanely cool in real life. Everyone who has seen it, has been blown away.

The photos are huge. The book is top quality - just like something you would buy from the bookshop. I custom design the layout just for you so your photos look their absolute best.

I really believe this is an ideal solution for all you busy bee Mums out there. You don't have to worry about getting down to the lab to have your photos printed, nor storing them away from grimy fingers in some kind of orderly manner. I'll do it all for you. You will be so impressed.

A little bit rock and roll

This is Kosmo. He also answers to Peanut. 8.5 weeks old. Quiet and calm in nature. Peanut loves the massages his Dad gives, the sound of his Mum's voice, and he looks really good in red. He sleeps with his eyes half open.

He did a really good job of picking awesome parents.

This is Kosmo, in his natural habitat. Being nothing but a little peanut.

Tot Shots has always been about beautiful natural photographs of kids and their families, and now more than ever I am making a conscious effort to capture real life moments.

I want you to remember how tiny your baby looked in your arms, the way they lost their newborn hair all of a sudden, and how you managed to balance them in one arm while talking on the phone. 
I want to capture your joy, your glow, and your bed-hair. 
I want to see the pile of booties your workmates knitted for you, and the mountain of toys that have taken over your lounge. 

When he grows up and turns into a stroppy teenager, I want your baby to see how much he was loved. How fun his Dad was, and how beautiful his Mum was. And how, when he was brand new, he yawned with his whole head, and he was the centre of the universe. And how nothing has really changed.

I don't care if you're not looking at the camera,  or if you have vomit on your shoulder, or if your wearing your favourite t-shirt even though your wife said you should wear something clean. 
You look amazing. 
You look just like you! 

Yes we can get the one where you're all smiling and looking in the right place, (and I'll make sure I crop out your washing heap, and half eaten breakfast (from yesterday)), but I think you'll prefer the one where your laughing with your partner as your 2 year old bounces off the walls, your 5 year old strikes a pose in a crocodile costume, and your baby screams his head off. 
Cos thats life. Its nuts! Its messy, and loud!

I think family portraits shouldn't just be great photos of you and your brood. What you really want are great photos of you being you, right there, bang smack in the middle of your wild, noisy, happy life. (and looking like a modern day goddess doing it, of course).

So, 2012, its time to get real. So long fuzzy white blanket, and cupboard full of 'props' - you have served me well, but your days are numbered. 
Prepare your odd socks and lets get cooking/swimming/hopscotching/scootering/puddle-jumping. Expect more than just one where everyone is looking at the camera
Expect real, honest, natural snapshots. Moments of beauty and love frozen in time. I'll even let you keep them forever!

Ok. I blogged. Everywhere.

... dup dah dum... photos!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

baby ben and his family

This is the third time I've photographed this darling family, which is fitting timing as it has coincided with the arrival of a third little person to join the fray. Introducing beautiful baby Ben and his delicious pouty lips.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

roo and the golden hour

 This is Levi. He is cute (!). He can say WOW and he can almost crawl. He is slightly allergic to grass.

Below is Levi's big brother Reuben. Or Roo for short. Roo is two (and a half). Roo can say lots of words (including but not limited to 'hello!' and 'I'm here!') and he can run, fast, but not downhill.

Levi and Roo's dad is a photographer too. Once bubs was in bed we went out into the hay with Mr 2.5 and built a Roo nest, where eggs were laid and worms were eaten.

The golden evening light is so beautiful this time of year, we simply could not resist.