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!

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Kate

Kate is a fellow North American yoga teacher here in Sydney, as well as a gifted painter. She had so many great ideas for our session, and our 2 hours together flew by. These are just some of my favourites!

Our neighbourhood

One of the things I love about Sydney is how villagey it is (and yes, I know that's not a real world). The city is big and sprawling, and while I found that overwhelming at first, I quickly learned that it's divided into areas (for example, the northern beaches, the inner west, the eastern suburbs) and each of these is made up of different suburbs. In my experience, people tend to mostly stick to their areas. I sometimes joke that I treat my suburb like an island I can't leave, which has become especially true after having babies.

We've lived in our current neighbourhood for 6 years now, long enough to really put down roots. We know many of our neighbours and have lots of friends close by. If I need a cup of flour, I know who to ask. If I need an emergency babysitter, I have friends nearby who can help. We know many of the local shopkeepers/people who work in the local stores and they always chat to the girls and sometimes give them little treats. 

I've always loved and appreciated our suburb (it really is beautiful) but having kids here has made me appreciate it even more. You'll often hear people say that early motherhood can be isolating, but I haven't found that to be true in my experience. If anything, I've made way more friends since becoming a stay at home parent. I think it's because our neighbourhood is like its own little village where you see the same people over and over again. You bump into each other at the park, the cafe, the local playgroups. And over time, you become friends and your kids do too. It's awesome.

Walkability has a lot to do with this, and I'm grateful that where we live is so easy to get around without a car. On the days where I don't need to drive, I don't. Now that Clementine is a bit older, she walks with me and Hazel goes in the pram or a carrier. We stay close to home, visiting the local parks, going for babycinos, and having playdates with our friends. 

* p.s. Australians don't really use the word neighbourhood

* p.p.s. If you live in Sydney, this map will make you laugh

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Sarah Owen

This is Sarah Owen, an amazing yoga teacher who specialises in yin yoga. She was needing a couple of photos for an article in Australia Yoga Journal, so we met up after I taught my weekly class and did this super quick shoot. The photo is in the July issue of Australian Yoga Journal, if you'd like to check it out :)

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 Yoga Photographer: Yasu

Most of the time, my clients find me via word of mouth but Yasu found me via a google search, which is pretty darn cool. The magic of the internet never ceases to amaze me.

Anyhow... Yasu is a school teacher AND a yoga teacher. She's also an avid world traveler and was giving me a serious case of wanderlust with the tales of all of the places she's been. She has just started teaching classes in Japanese, so if you're looking for a Japanese yoga class, she's your teacher! You can find her website here

Featured: DOYOUYOGA

I was absolutely thrilled to wake up to an email from DOYOUYOGA letting me know that I was featured in an article titled '10 Absolutely Amazing Yoga Photographers.' What an honour!

I did my first yoga class when I was 15, which means that I've been practising (with varying levels of commitment) for half my life. And I have ALWAYS been the-girl-with-a-camera. Yoga and photography truly are my passions, and combining the two... Well that's been an unexpected twist that I am so grateful for. 

Sydney Yoga Photographer: Modo Yoga

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

sydney portrait photographer: emily

I first met Emily through yoga world many years ago so I was excited when she got in touch to get some headshots done. Emily is an awesome yoga and meditation teacher with a website that you can find here. She was also recently interviewed on the Slow Home podcast about her daily meditation practise. It's a great listen :)

Emily and I did a mini session (hence the smaller number of photos), which is a great option for anyone needing just a handful of new photographs.  Perfect for yoga teachers and other natural health practitioners. If you're interested in booking a mini session, shoot me an email at gabrielafearn@gmail.com

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 yoga photographer: philippa

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. 

sydney yoga photographer: vicky

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

sydney portrait photographer: beth

Last month I met Beth, a Sydney based naturopath, to take some photos for her business. We started at one of my favourite Sydney spots: Balmoral Beach. It was a beautiful morning, and while I snapped away we got to know each other. Beth is passionate about women's health and wellness, and she has a great website where you can learn more here.

 

sydney portrait photographer: clare

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 gabrielafearn@gmail.com. I'd love to chat more!

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. 

2015

manning park cabin.jpg

Hello! I've just returned from a wonderful trip home to Vancouver, where my little family spent the holidays. It was so great to be surrounded by family and friends, and to enjoy a bit of Canadian winter. Having a break was nice too, though I did fit in a couple of quick shoots, which I'll be sharing here soon...

Now that I'm home, I'm looking forward to getting back to work! I'm taking a fairly limited number of bookings for 2015, so if you're interested in a family/portrait/maternity/yoga session, shoot me an email at gabrielafearn@gmail.com

sydney yoga photographer: stella

Some of you may recognise Stella from this cosy session that we did back in August. We had been talking about doing a yoga shoot ever since then, and we finally got to it last month. On a stinking hot day, we met at a local studio and hung out for a couple of hours listening to good music, laughing, and doing yoga, of course. I'd love to do more sessions like this, so if you're a yoga teacher after professional photos, shoot me an email at gabrielafearn@gmail.com