You guys, how sweet is this family? I find that as children get older, families tend not to organise family photo sessions as often, if at all. So I thought it was so great that this family got in touch for an autumn session at a beautiful park near them. I loved their big smiles and playfulness, and I hope that in years to come these photos will remind them of the time when their kids were little :)Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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:Read More
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!Read More
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.Read More
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!
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.
Late last year I got an email from a fellow yoga teacher; she was opening up a new yoga studio and needed photos for their website. I think it was the last shoot I did before going on maternity leave, and I'm so glad I squeezed it in. These guys are just awesome. It turned out that their team was 75% Canadian, so it was nice to hang out and chat with people who sound like me :)
They were opening the very next day, and it looked amazing. There was obviously so much love and hard work being poured into their studio, not to mention excitement! You can find more details about Modo Yoga Sydney here.
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.
I'm finally getting around to catching up on blogging my latest shoots, and today I bring you, another yoga session! What can I say? I just love yoga photography. These photos were taken early on a winter morning at the beach. It was freezing but Philippa did such a good job of modelling that you can't even tell how cold it was. If you'd like to find out more about Philippa, you can find her website here.
As you can tell, I've been working with lots of yoga teachers and natural health practitioners lately, which I absolutely love. Apart from photography, yoga is my other great passion and it's a privilege for me to spend time with so many inspiring yogis like Vicky. She's a yoga teacher who recently completed her studies to become a yoga therapist, and was needing photos for her soon to launch website. You can find her on Facebook here, and her website is here.
A little while back, Clare and I got together early in the morning to take some photos for her business. Our mutual friend Stella introduced us, and we did a couple of shoots over a few weeks. Clare is a Sydney based kinesiologist (check out her website here), who also runs amazing workshops. She brought so many fun props to our shoot, and I had a blast hanging out with her.
As a yoga teacher myself, I know how important it is for those of us who work in the health and wellness industries to have nice photos, not only for our websites, but for social media as well. I love doing sessions like this, and if you're a yoga teacher, kinesiologist, naturopath, acupuncturist, doula (etc.) who needs photos, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to chat more!
Last month I was lucky enough to photograph this sweet family early on a Sunday morning. We walked down a path to the river, where Phoenix practiced his walking and I snapped away. As always, many of my favourite shots are the candid ones. I just love how fun and expressive one-year-olds are.
A few weeks after shooting Katia's maternity photos, I got to meet and photograph her lovely newborn son, Daniel. When I arrived he was lying in his crib, expertly swaddled and fast asleep. I couldn't get over his squishy newborn cheeks and button nose. And the swaddle, well that brings back so many memories… I'm telling you, doing newborn sessions is dangerous!
Here's a session from way back in June. When Katia got in touch to see if I could do maternity and newborn photos for her, I said "yes please!" We met for a shoot in Bondi, and spent an hour dodging tourists and chasing the sun to get the shot. If you'd like to find Katia you can read her blog here and check out her shop here.
Meet Sandy, my friend and former roomie. She's a Jivamukti Yoga teacher, co-creator of Yogeeks, co-founder of Queer & Trans* Yoga and all around awesome person. We got together a few months ago to do yoga photos in the backstreets of Newtown, with the many graffiti walls as our backdrop. Funny story: while we were doing our thing, there was this guy drinking beer and watching us. That sounds creepy, but it wasn't really. After a while he came up to us and explained that we were shooting in front of his work; he was so excited that we were appreciating it.
It's been raining here in Sydney for the last two weeks. I'm not complaining because I actually enjoy the rain, but it has made organising photo shoots tough. This one kept getting put off because of the bad weather, but with Lorraine's due date fast approaching, we decided to go ahead despite the forecast. As the rain fell, we started out inside, cosy and warm in the family living room. The moment it stopped raining, we walked down to the river, umbrellas in hand. The light was beautiful, and it all worked out perfectly. Baby hasn't arrived yet, but I'll be doing a newborn shoot with him/her when he/she does. And now we wait...
A week after taking Helen's maternity photos, little Hannah entered the world early on a Sunday morning. I went to visit the new family of four when she was just five days old. A tiny little thing (weighing under 3 kg!) with the sweetest cheeks and pouty lips, she made the perfect model. I could have photographed her all day. It was almost enough to make me clucky, almost...
On Easter Sunday I woke up early to take photos of my friend's belly. Helen started coming to my prenatal yoga classes when she was pregnant with her first baby, a spunky little guy named Dylan. Now she's about to have a girl, and our group of mummy friends will have another baby to dote on.