Family Session: Oh My Goodness How Cute Is This Family?

I met this lovely family on a Sunday afternoon at Rocks Riverside Park. With an emphasis on relaxed family photography, we captured the love that is so obvious between mum, dad, and their baby boy, 14 months. Later, we continued the session at their home, to celebrate that special place where their family memories are made, where they feel most comfortable.

Take a look!


Best laid plans...

It was a stunning morning in the Centenary suburbs. Too early for it to be hot just yet, I corralled the kids and the husband into the car and set off for our river walk. I had this grand plan to do a bit of a mini-photo shoot with the kids in the beautiful surrounds of the Brisbane River and its bushy banks. Being a documentary photographer, my aim is to document life as it is - the relationships, the people, the emotions, the story of that family or couple or person. I knew I wanted to take a couple of traditional shots too, ones that were a little more set up but showcased how pretty our part of the world is with my little munchkins in the thick of it. Then I captured this:

I felt disappointed initially. This is not the happy-child, happy-family moment I was trying to capture for all time! But when I brought the images home and viewed this one on my computer screen, I loved it instantly.

Because this is real!

My daughter's strong mind, determination and resistance to put on a smile and 'play nice' are all things I love about her. They are things I hope she retains her whole life. I may not have gotten my happy memories that morning, but I definitely captured a real moment, one I will be able to look back on fondly when she is all grown up and I miss her folded arms and pouty lips and furrowed brow.

Here's some more real moments I've captured and LOVE!