Sydney Maternity Photographer: Liv

Sydney Maternity Photographer: Liv

The end of pregnancy is such a special time. You're on the cusp of a huge change, and it's this balancing act between excitement for the future and enjoyment of the present. My friend Liv is in that place now, due to have her first baby very soon. You can just feel how ready and how excited Liv and Dave are to become parents, and also how much they're relishing this time beforehand. And one day very soon, I'll get the call and I'll make my way over to their place to meet their daughter and take newborn photos. Can't wait!

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Egg of the Universe part 2

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Egg of the Universe part 2

As promised, here is part 2 from my photoshoot with Egg of the Universe Yoga. These yogis are each so unique and inspiring, and working with them individually and as a group was amazing. If you live in Sydney, or you ever visit Sydney, you should definitely try to get to their classes (look for Bryony, Kate, Sarah and Aimee on the timetable). And if you're after your very own yoga photos, shoot me an email at info@gabrielafearn.com.au!

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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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On My Needles Right Now

On My Needles Right Now

If you used to read my old blog, you'll know that I'm an avid crafter. I love to make things, whether it's knitting, sewing, quilting, embroidering, crocheting or weaving. I go through phases with my crafting, spending months on one craft and then swapping to another. I have found  that since becoming a parent to two, knitting has been my go to craft. It's way more portable than sewing and easy to pick up and knit a row or 2 if I find myself with 5 free minutes. 

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Egg of the Universe

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Egg of the Universe

Egg of the Universe Yoga Studio and Wholefoods Cafe is an absolutely magical place. It's like a little oasis in the big city; you can go to a yoga class that's sure to leave you feeling happy and centred, and then enjoy a wholesome meal while sitting under the elm tree. What's not to love?

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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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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Sarah Owen Yin

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Sarah Owen Yin

I recently had the pleasure of attending Sarah Owen's Yin Yoga Teacher Training. Over the course of 3 weekends I learned so much; Sarah truly is a wealth of knowledge.

Shortly thereafter we got together to do another photoshoot (you can our first photoshoot here). Sarah brought along several props and set up a beautiful floral background; I just love the extra dimension they add to her photos. Here are some of my favourites...

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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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Feeling Festive

Feeling Festive

This is a story about a Christmas tree and a bathtub...

For the 8+ years that I've lived in Sydney, I have always struggled with Christmas. It's a sentiment that most Northern Hemisphere expats seem to share; celebrating Christmas in the middle of summer is just weird. So every year when December comes around, I'm a bit of a Scrooge. There's also the fact that Christmas Day happens to be my birthday, which adds to the pressure around the day. 

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The First Broken Bone

The First Broken Bone

If you follow me on Instagram, then you already know that Clementine recently got her cast taken off after a long 6.5 weeks. October was a pretty crazy month for us; we had just gotten back from Canada, we were jet lagged and busy, and on our fifth day back, Clementine fell off our kitchen counter and broke her elbow. I had been putting Hazel to bed, and when I came out and saw her face I knew that something was seriously wrong. My husband was already packing a bag and he just looked up at me and said, "I'm taking her to the hospital." 

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How to Prepare for Your Yoga Photoshoot

How to Prepare for Your Yoga Photoshoot

Over the last couple of years, I've had the privilege of photographing many different yoga teachers. After working with both men and women, new and advanced practitioners, in studios and at outdoor locations, I've picked up a few tips that I thought might be helpful to anyone who is preparing for a yoga photoshoot. So here they are, my top tips to get the most out of your experience:

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Bryony

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Bryony

I recently had the chance to do a quick mini session with Bryony, Co-Director of Egg of the Universe Yoga studio and wholefoods café in Rozelle. Bryony needed a photo for a feature in a new yoga magazine, and as always, I was very excited to walk into a newsagent and see one of my photos in print!

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Cath

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Cath

Way back in the day, on my very first trip to Sydney, I found a yoga studio that I loved. I started practising there most weekdays, and Cath was one of my first teachers. I hadn't seen her in quite a while so it was lovely to have the chance to catch up and take photos of her in this beautiful, light-filled studio. 

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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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A Yoga Maternity Session: Jemima

A Yoga Maternity Session: Jemima

It's been on my bucket list for a while now to do a yoga maternity session for someone, so when I got Jemima's email I actually squealed with excitement. When we met up last weekend I was expecting to capture her doing simple standing poses like Warrior 1, 2 etc. Boy was I surprised to find that at 36 weeks pregnant Jemima's practice still includes backbends, inversions, you name it! Photographing her and her baby belly was a dream. I'm so excited for her and her partner and can't wait to hear news of their baby's arrival very soon.

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Sydney Yoga Photographer: Filter Free Yoga

When my friend Stella emailed me to tell me about her new project, Filter Free Yoga, I was immediately excited. Their mission is simple: Inspiration - not intimidation. Honest stories behind the perfectly imperfect humans who practice yoga. Real #filterfree kinda vibes. 

To launch the instagram page, Stella and her Filter Free partner organised a yin yoga class with a small group of students. While they practised, I tiptoed around the room taking photos and capturing authentic moments as they happened.

Be sure to check out @filterfreeyoga to read some wonderfully honest and inspiring stories. P.s. I'll be featured there soon with my own story!

Gabriola Island

Shortly after arriving in Vancouver, my whole family headed to spend five days in a tiny cabin on Gabriola Island. For as long as I can remember, Gabriola has been "our island." We spent time there almost every summer when my brother and I were kids, and my dad even lived there for five years. It really is a special place. 

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Sydney Yoga Photograher: Jan

In the weeks before leaving Sydney, I managed to squeeze in a handful of yoga sessions. It was a busy couple of weeks but so much fun to work with so many amazing yogis. Jan is one of them; he's an inspiring yoga teacher and nutritionist working all over Sydney. You can find out more about him here.