family photography

Sydney Blessingway Photographer

Sydney Blessingway Photographer

"A blessingway is a special ceremony designed to acknowledge, honour, and celebrate a woman's journey into motherhood. Different from a baby shower, a blessingway's main goal is to provide a loving place where an expectant mum can explore the challenges and joys that lie before her as she approaches childbirth and motherhood." - Mother Rising

This past weekend I had the honour of guiding my dear friend's blessingway. Min is expecting her third baby, and when she told me that she had always wanted a blessingway but never had anyone who could plan it for her, I knew that we had to make it happen! Back when I was expecting my first daughter, my friends threw me a beautiful blessingway and it was one of the highlights of my whole pregnancy. I was very hopeful that it would be the same for Min.

I really do believe that when women gather together, magic happens. Not one person present had ever attended a blessingway, and yet everyone was so open hearted and happy to be a part of it. At the end everyone was talking about how amazing it was to slow down, to focus, to make something with their hands, to celebrate their friend and her journey.

I used the book Mother Rising to plan the ceremony, as well as the Mama Blessing Pack from Sisters and the Sea. I would highly recommend both to anyone planning a blessingway! My favourite part of the day: the blush pink string we tied around our wrists in our closing ceremony string ritual, that each of us will leave on our wrist until we hear that Min's baby has arrived. 

As a photographer, of course I couldn't let the day go by without snapping some photos. Here are some of my faves...

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Sydney Maternity Photographer - a family session

Sydney Maternity Photographer - a family session

This little girl totally stole my heart at her mum's maternity session. She was so bubbly and joyful, not to mention very excited to become a big sister soon. I have no doubt that she will make the best big sister, and I'm very excited to see her in action when I go to photograph a newborn session for this family very soon!

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Sydney Family Photographer

Sydney Family Photographer

This sweet family was so much fun to work with! They are a fellow North American/Australian family so we had lots in common. We were chatting about how in the US/Canada it's common to send out Christmas cards with your family photo on the front, while here in Australia that isn't really a thing. We kept joking that these could be their Christmas card photos and they could start the trend, but I really think they should! It's a lovely tradition and a good kick in the pants to organise family photos. 

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Inner West Newborn Photographer: Tallulah

Inner West Newborn Photographer: Tallulah

This newborn session is extra special to me as this family are dear friends of ours. We were anxiously awaiting the birth of their little girl, and a few days after she arrived I headed to their place for a newborn session. I love doing newborn sessions at the family's home because it's more laid back, which allows us to follow the baby's lead. With a brand new baby, life can be pretty unpredictable so I always leave plenty of time for nappy changes, nursing etc. I try to keep things completely relaxed and stress free!

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Inner West Family Photographer

Inner West Family Photographer

It's been really nice to squeeze in a few last family sessions here in Sydney before our big trip to Canada. I met up with this sweet family of 5 at Callan Park recently for some golden hour photos. The kids did so well and, as always, some of my favourite shots are the un-staged ones - the three kiddos chasing each other, jumping into their dad's arms and climbing big rocks. The stuff of childhood. 

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How to Prepare for Your Family Session

How to Prepare for Your Family Session

As a mum to two small children, I know how stressful it can be to organise a family photo session. From finding the right photographer, to nailing down a date that works for everyone, to choosing coordinating outfits, and then hoping that your kids will actually cooperate on the day. The thing is, I also know that it is SO worth it! We've had family photos taken many times since my first daughter was born, and despite the stress that comes with the process, I am always in awe when we get our photos back. Even my husband, who will be the first to admit that he doesn't love having his photo taken, flips through our photo albums now and thanks me for taking the time to organise these sessions. Children grow and change so much in their first few years and these photos are a priceless treasure and an amazing part of our legacy. 

That said, today I thought I'd share a few simple tips to prepare for your next family session.

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Eastern Suburbs Newborn Photographer: Faye

Eastern Suburbs Newborn Photographer: Faye

Just a few weeks after we took Liv's maternity photos, baby Faye entered the world on a Sunday morning (just like my eldest daughter!). Five days after that, I went over to Liv and Dave's cute Eastern Suburbs apartment to photograph the new family. I was reminded that there is nothing like the newborn bubble - those beautiful, magical, sleepless and fleeting first few days of parenthood. What a ride it is to be a parent, and what a blessing it is to photograph such precious memories for other families!

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My Girls Right Now

My Girls Right Now

I was just having a look through my blog and realised that the last time I wrote about my girls was this time last year, whoah! It's safe to say that they have changed a lot in this last year. Clementine turned 4 earlier this month and Hazel is now 19 months old. We are officially out of the baby bubble! Although we still call Hazel "the baby" and she's tiny, so I can get away with pretending she's still a baby for a while longer...

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Memory Keeping

Memory Keeping

As promised, today's post is a follow up to my post on how to organise your personal photos. Keeping my photos organised makes all of my memory keeping projects way easier, so it made sense to start there and now I'll explain how I use my photos.

To begin, I got the idea from Ronnie to decide on my personal memory keeping framework. Figuring out your priorities and then deciding on a framework is a helpful exercise before committing to a bunch of projects that you may or may not be able to keep up with.

After mulling it over, I decided to break down my projects into 3 categories: photos, words and videos. 

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New Packages AND a Newsletter!

New Packages AND a Newsletter!

I am super excited about today's post! If you read my post on organising your personal photos, you'll know that I'm passionate about memory keeping. I joke that our house is like a shrine to ourselves because we have so many of our family photos displayed. I love being surrounded by memories of the most special milestones in our life, from getting married eight (!) years ago to bringing our eldest to the hospital to meet her new sister. I really don't think you can have too many photos on your walls, and some experts even say that family photos boost your child's self esteem and enhance their feeling of belonging.

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HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR PERSONAL PHOTOS

HOW TO ORGANISE YOUR PERSONAL PHOTOS

I'm a big believer in family photos, for my clients and for myself. I take tons of photos and I also make it a priority to have family photos done once or twice a year.

I treasure these photos more than I can say, and because of that, I'm determined to fully enjoy them. This means figuring out a system for organising our photos and memory keeping projects, and actually sticking with it! I'll be publishing a separate post about memory keeping, and for now will stick with an explanation of how I deal with photos. I know that many of us are overwhelmed by our digital photos, and it might even be one of your New Year's resolutions to get on top of it. I hope that a peek into my process might help you find a system that works for you!

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Vancouver Family Photographer: the H twins

Vancouver Family Photographer: the H twins

Meet Vanessa: she's one of my oldest friends and the person I originally travelled to Australia with. When she told me that she was pregnant, I was so excited for her. And then when she had her first scan and found out she was expecting twins, I was shocked and even more excited for her! Having twins isn't easy, but Vanessa and her husband are doing so well dealing with the sleep deprivation and curveballs that are being thrown their way (says the girl who could barely cope with the sleep deprivation of having 1 baby at a time, ahem). I love you Nessa and I'm so proud of you!

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Sydney Family Photography

Sydney Family Photography

I've known this lovely mum since she was pregnant with her little boy and started coming to my prenatal yoga classes. Both of our pregnancies overlapped and I always loved chatting with her about all things pregnancy, birth, and babies. 

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Vancouver Family Photographer

This time next week the four of us will be on a plane heading to Vancouver! And we are all very excited about it (not so excited about the 15 hour flight though)!

I haven't been home since Christmas 2014 so I cannot wait to indulge in all my Vancouver favourites like: seeing my friends and family not on a computer screen, going to Jericho to swim and play, getting pirate packs at White Spot, shopping at Anthropologie and I could go on and on...

While I'm there I would love to do family, maternity, newborn or yoga shoots. Vancouver is so beautiful at this time of year and I'm looking forward to planning some fun shoots that incorporate the amazing scenery. If you're interested, send me an email at gabrielafearn@gmail.com

See you soon Vancouver friends!

My Girls

As some of you may know, I used to have a personal blog called This Little Port. I stopped writing there at the end of 2014 for several reasons, but ever since then there has been a part of me that really misses blogging. So after much thought, I've decided to incorporate the odd personal post into this here blog. I'm not quite sure how often these kinds of posts will pop up, maybe once a fortnight or so? We'll see...

Today I thought I'd write a bit about my girls, who have changed so much since I stopped blogging (well Hazel wasn't even born so there's that...). Clementine turned 3 last month and Hazel is 7 months old. Back when I was pregnant, I was worried that Clementine wouldn't like the baby, that she would be jealous and uninterested in having a sibling. Boy was I ever wrong! From the moment she came to the hospital to meet her not-yet-named little sister, she was in love. She held the baby and cooed, "Look a baby, a baby! She's laughing at me!" Today she says, "I love you Hazel, you're the best sister in the... in the Ever!" 

I'm sure things will get trickier as Hazel gets older and big enough to actually annoy her sister and steal her toys etc. But for now, they adore each other, entertain each other and are just the cutest pair. 

Individually, each of them is adorable and charming and hilarious and frustrating and all of those other parenting clichés! Now that she's 3, Clementine attends a sweet Steiner preschool 2 days a week. She's a super social kid and absolutely loves her days there. She's still incredibly active and agile, needing so much outdoor time to run around and burn energy. My husband has just started to take her rock climbing, and she loves it. 

As for Hazel, she is the sweetest, happiest little baby. She's not a sleeper but she's so damn cute that come morning (sometime between 5 and 6 am) when I hear her laughing at me, I forgive her for all the night wakings. People are constantly telling us that she's the smiliest baby ever, and it's true. She loves to engage with people, flash them her big, gummy grin and kick her legs in excitement. She's also agile and active, just like her big sister. She started sitting and crawling just before 6 months and she is fast. I have to watch her like a hawk. She's pulling up to stand and ignoring my protests to please just slow. Down. Already. 

I could say that about both girls really. They're growing and changing daily, and while it's awesome to witness there's also that feeling of wanting to press pause. I'm sure all you other parents can relate. So that's where we're at these days. I post regularly over on Instagram, so feel free to follow me there for more updates. 

Sydney Mother Daughter Photographer: Neesha + Oribi

Remember my friend Neesha? Well she and I had our baby girls 2 weeks apart. Neesha knew that she was having a girl, but my pregnancy was a gender surprise, so we were pretty excited when I had a baby girl as well! I think we're going to force Oribi and Hazel to be besties, ha. 

So anyway, we've been wanting to go back to the location of Neesha's maternity shoot to take mother daughter photos, and last month, it finally happened. I'm so pleased with how these photos turned out. From Neesha's gorgeous styling, to Oribi's adorable pout to the look of love between the two of them... Just so precious. 

Sydney Baby Photographer

One of the best things about my job as a yoga teacher is getting to know all of the wonderful women who come to my prenatal classes. This is especially true for the periods of time when I was pregnant and teaching. I got to compare bellies, and share all those milestones right alongside the other mums-to-be. Like this mum, who had her baby a few months after I had Hazel. It was so nice to get to meet her baby, and share stories about our respective bubbas. I'm just so honoured whenever I'm invited in to document these early days; they are so precious.  

sydney maternity photographer: neesha

This is my friend Neesha. Her due date is 2 days before mine, and it's been so great having a good friend at the exact same stage of pregnancy as me. Last month we decided to do an impromptu maternity session so we headed to Centennial Park at golden hour with her little boy. I'm in love with these photos - the belly, the floral crown, the gorgeous location... it all just came together to create the perfect maternity session.

sydney baby photographer: baby s

Recently, our friends had their first child: this roly poly delightful little guy. Our daughter is just obsessed with him and smothers him with kisses and cuddles whenever she gets the chance. He is pretty cute, and I was happy to squeeze in an afternoon session with him and his parents one day last month (his parents prefer to remain anonymous, hence just the baby photos). We missed that sleepy newborn stage, but I think it's just nice to have family photos, whenever that may happen.

vancouver family photographer: mother + daughter

While we were in Vancouver, a friend of mine asked if I could take photos of her and her mom. So one very, very, cold morning, we met up at Jericho Beach (my favourite Vancouver beach) and did a quick session. I've known Andrea and her mom for a long time, and they're as close as a mother and daughter can be. They even (without planning it) wore pretty much the same outfit; we had a good laugh over that one.