When your little one has a special event like their Christening or birthday party (or in this case, both at the same time!), you have so much to organise as a parent. You want to be able to enjoy the day and focus on your special guests and your little one, so getting the day captured means that you’re able to do that! Before the day I always send out a quick questionnaire just to find out what you really want to be captured. Usually we make sure to capture you and your little one in some more formal type photos with special guests, and then the rest of the time I simply just capture what’s actually going on. The real life moments, reactions and details of the special day – the ones that really tell the story! You then receive ALL of your edited images AND a beautiful slideshow to look back and remember your day!
Ethan was celebrating not only his Christening, but also his first birthday! Despite not having had his normal sleep in the morning, he was absolutely perfect throughout the entire day! We started capturing moments at home while he was getting ready, and then this gorgeous little boy fell asleep in the car on the way to the Church. He slept through most of the ceremony, but then woke happily and calmly when it was time to get changed. It can always be stressful wondering how they’ll cope during these events, but Ethan was a total superstar! And now his family have these beautiful memories to look back on forever!!
If you’d like me to capture some memories for you too, Contact me here to chat. You can also view my Events Portfolio for more examples of my work. I have a very relaxed, ‘fly on the wall’ type approach to capturing events, as I really want to capture moments as they truly happen. As always, I want to tell your authentic story!
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When you have two boys, there’s always going to be a lot of energy and noise in your home, and during this session it was obvious that baby Zac is loved on with quite enthusiastic force by his big brother Lachie! Newborn lifestyle sessions are very relaxed, go-with-the-flow type sessions. When you have one baby, they revolve solely around the needs of your newborn. When you have other children, they usually revolve a little more around the toddler. When your older child wants to sit and cuddle their baby, let them. When they need a cuddle from mum or dad, give it to them. When they need to jump on the bed, or play flying games with Dad, let them do that too. No two sessions follow exactly the same routine, because each family is unique and different. The one thing that does stay the same is that there is no pressure and no expectations…it’s all about capturing your life as a family as it is today, in this very moment. Some days might seem never ending, but I promise…they end all too quickly and before you know it, they’re just memories of a time that once was.
During our session, Lachie had leg rides from dad, played with his trucks, snacked on some food, jumped on the bed, flew on the couch, did stamping with Mum, read stories with Dad, and cuddled his new baby brother. All in the day of the life of a little boy who has just become a big brother! Meanwhile, Zac remained calm and chilled throughout it all. Eating when he needed to eat, and sleeping when he needed to sleep. And this session is now just a little snapshot into their life as it was during that very time in their lives.
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One of the reasons I love in-home newborn lifestyle sessions so much is that they are absolutely perfect when you have other children! Little Theo is the third baby in this beautiful family, who also have a 4 year old and almost 2 year old at the time of the session. Sarah had mentioned that there would be ‘lots of patience and going with the flow’ needed, and that’s exactly what goes on during a lifestyle session! Rafe and Clementine were included when they were willing, but were also given time to play outside with Dad or Grandma when they needed a break. Little kids shouldn’t be expected to sit still and ‘behave’ the entire time. Giving them freedom and flexibility and not forcing them to do anything allows them to actually enjoy themselves, and also allows us to capture a little bit of real life. And real life is beautiful, albeit chaotic!!
Theo’s Grandmother was also staying over from America, and so I made sure to include her as well – despite her initial reluctance! The relationship between Grandparents and Grandchildren is always such a beautiful, precious one to capture. Theo is definitely one loved, beautiful little boy, and I truly loved spending time with this gorgeous family.
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I first met Leanne and her beautiful family during Zoey’s Newborn Lifestyle Session last year, so I was happy to be able to see them all again for an extended family session during the beautiful Golden Hour at Perry’s Paddock. It’s always amazing to see how much kids grow in such a short period of time, and really makes it hit home why taking photos is so important to me. Only one year earlier, Zoey was a tiny newborn who slept in my arms before I left their home, and now just a year later she’s walking around, laughing, and interacting with those around her!!
Leanne’s in-laws were all visiting from interstate and overseas, so they thought it was the perfect opportunity to get some photos all together. Despite not seeing each other regularly, it was obvious that there was a beautiful bond between them all, and so much energy and fun! Spinning, running, flying in the sky, tickles, cuddles and laughter are all high on the agenda during my sessions, and this family made it super easy to achieve that! Although during extended family sessions we try to make sure we get each combination of people together, I still definitely want to encourage fun as opposed to ‘let’s all look at the camera and smile’. Looking back on these images, I can see the love, the fun, and the genuine connection between them all. Perfect!
This is what Leanne had to say about her session: “We met Alana a little over a year ago for Zoey’s Newborn shoot and this year we had Family come to visit from New Zealand and Brisbane so we thought what a great time to get more photos done and again Alana met expectations. Thank you so much we are absolutely in love with the images”. She describes the images she received as “Beautiful, Fun and Special”.
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Georgia’s parents received a Gift Voucher for a Newborn Lifestyle session to celebrate her arrival – what a perfect present to give!! Gift vouchers can be for any amount and are a perfect baby shower or new baby present. You never really realise just how quickly this time passes, and how much your baby will change. These newborn days are such a blur of feeds, nappy changes, sleepless nights, and just trying to get to know this new little person who has come into your world! When there are other kids (such as the gorgeous Harrison in this family!), it’s also a time of changing dynamics and learning to parent more than one child at a time. It’s hard, chaotic and noisy…but it’s definitely worth remembering!!
I love including your dogs in our sessions as well, they can be such an important part of your family and deserve to be in some of your memories!! So never hesitate to include them!
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One of my absolute favourite things about being a photographer is being able to meet some amazing families and spend some pretty special time with them, and I especially love it when I get to revisit those same families. I first met Adriana, Josh and Elias during their Maternity Session at the beautiful Pines in Wanneroo. Within a matter of weeks, I was meeting their perfect new addition – little Felix!! Stepping into their apartment, I was so thrilled to see that they already had displayed their photos they received from their maternity session – displaying photos is so important to me!!
Just as with any session, it usually revolves around the toddler and his moods. I never want to force kids to behave, to sit still, or to really do much of anything. And most of all, I don’t want parents to stress about that!! Having been with me during their maternity session, Adriana and Josh already knew that we would just go with the flow, and that inevitably we’d come up with some magic! Take pressure away from kids, and they’re likely to just naturally bring that magic along themselves, and I’m just always ready to capture it when it happens!! Adriana said that prior to her session, she felt “Relaxed and excited. Even though we knew our toddler could have been difficult we knew Alana would be amazing with him”.
It’s fair to say that Elias definitely brought along the magic when he was ready to – and after we’d let him fly in the sky with dad, play trains with dad, and jump on the bed! This time in your life is chaotic and noisy, it’s beautiful and it’s crazy, and a lifestyle session aims to capture all of that!! There’s no sitting still and smiling at the camera, it’s simply just being YOU and letting me capture that for you!! Adriana describes my style of photography as “Real life beautiful photography capturing genuine moments between us”, and describes the photos she received as “Precious, heartfelt and artistic”.
If you’d like me to capture some of these moments for you too, Contact me here. You can also view my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio for more examples of my work. And yes, I offer gift vouchers!
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Just the day before, I’d captured The Birth of Lacey. One year earlier, I’d captured The Birth of Chloe. On this day I captured the two of them meeting for the very first time. Neither of them will remember this day, with Chloe only having just turned one, and Lacey only just being born. But this moment is forever captured, forever frozen, forever theirs to look back on. The day that your kids meet their new sibling is always such a special one, and including that in a Fresh 48 is perfect. It means you can sit back and just be in the moment, without having to worry about taking your own photo memories. You can fully be present as your older child spontaneously leans over to kiss their new baby, and you can also be fully aware when that very same child decides that she may have had enough of her new baby sister! These are special and beautiful memories, and are ones you can never repeat. They’ll only meet each other for the first time ONCE, so why not capture it? It was such a pleasure to watch this beautiful family grow, and to be there for some pretty special moments. I always feel so lucky to be let into my families worlds.
A Fresh 48 session is one that’s captured anytime in the first 48 hours after your baby’s birth. It means that I’m on call for you, and that I visit you at the hospital when your baby is fresh and new. You don’t realise how much they’ll change in hours, let alone in days and weeks, and months. The change is rapid and constant, and you often don’t notice until they outgrow an outfit, or until you look back on a photo taken only last week. Capture them while they’re this fresh, this new. Freeze it all in time so that you can always soak them in!
If you’d love to capture a Fresh 48 for yourself, or any session, feel free to Contact me and ask any questions. You can also view my Fresh 48 Portfolio, and learn more about Fresh 48 sessions here.I look forward to hearing from you!
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In June 2018, I captured The Birth of Chloe, so I was extremely excited when Charlotte contacted me to tell me that she was pregnant again and wanted me to be there for the birth of her second child!! Fast forward to August 2019, and I was receiving messages throughout the day that Charlotte’s contractions were getting closer together and more intense (while she was walking around the city so that Dylan could get a hair cut and buy new jeans!). Eventually I got the message to come to the hospital, so I raced off to St John of God Mt Lawley, which is always a little special to me, because it’s also the hospital I birthed all four of my own babies.
Seeing Charlotte and Dylan again, it was like no time had passed! To add to this feeling of going back in time, not only did they have the same Obstetrician, but they also had the exact same midwife who had delivered Chloe (and had also been there for the birth of Dylan’s older two daughters!)!! In all four of my births, I never had a repeat midwife, so this was quite amazing!! Then to add to that, Charlotte’s birth experience was almost identical. After progressing relatively slowly in terms of dilation, dinner arrived and Dylan and I both ate (I always feel a little awkward eating in front of a labouring mother, but they insisted!). I joked during dinner that as soon as we’d finish, she’d suddenly be ready to push, as that’s what had happened with The Birth of Chloe. And surprisingly, that’s EXACTLY what happened again!!! As soon as we’d finished eating, Charlotte was suddenly fully dilated and ready to push!!
She began pushing at 655pm, and only 5 minutes later at 7pm, their beautiful daughter was born!! She arrived peaceful and content, and completely perfect. Welcome to the world Lacey!! The very next day I was back at the hospital to capture little Chloe meeting her baby sister for the first time during their Fresh 48 session.
If you’d like me to capture a birth for you as well, I only take on a very small number each year. Contact me to book in or ask me any questions! You can also view my Birth Portfolio, and 10 reasons to invest in Birth Photography. I look forward to hearing from you!
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I first met Vanessa, Ryan and Paddy for their Maternity Session at the gorgeous Pines during golden hour, and so I was super excited to meet their new addition Hugo! In-home newborn lifestyle sessions are the perfect way to freeze life as you know it now. To be in the photos with your family in your own environment, with all those things you’ll look back on as just a memory one day. The couch you sit on when feeding, the bed you lay on together, the toys your older children play with, and all those little parts of your world which may not seem significant today, but will change and evolve and become just a memory for the future. How often do you look at a photo and stop and smile at it and think ‘Oh, I remember when…’, and all those emotions come flooding back?! This is why I love capturing your memories in your home, and it’s also perfect for families with older children. The session revolves around them – they can be involved when they want to be involved, and they can go off and play in their room when they need a break. No pressure, no posing, just life.
This session was soooo much fun!! Paddy is the most beautiful and affectionate little boy, and I loved capturing him kissing his little brother in those tender moments, but also running down the hallway with his Daddy in those energetic and crazy moments! Vanessa said that during her session she felt “Relaxed and happy. You were great at making suggestions and giving us some guidance, but I also liked how you stepped back and just let things play out so our photos were very relaxed!”. She describes her images as “Special, precious, beautiful”, and after her session she said “I’d just like to say thank you for capturing this special moment in our lives and freezing it forever. There is nothing like the presence of a new baby to make you realise how fleeting each moment is, and how quickly your little people change and grow. We will treasure these photos always, thank you.” Receiving feedback like this means everything to me! Thank you for letting me into your world to capture these fleeting moments for you and your family!
If you’d like me to capture some special memories for you too, Contact me here. You can also view more of my newborn lifestyle images in my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio, and learn more about what Newborn Lifestyle sessions are here. You can also see what others are saying about my sessions. I look forward to hearing from you!
Evie is my beautiful niece, and I’ve known her since the very second she was born as I was there to capture her Birth Story. I was also there before she was born with their Maternity Session, and afterwards with her Fresh 48 and Newborn Lifestyle session. I always love following the full journey with my families, and it makes it extra special when the little person is such an important part of my world. Ashlee and Matt asked me to capture some images for them to celebrate Evie turning one recently – ONE!! That first year goes by simultaneously slowly and quickly, and is the most challenging yet beautiful time in your life!! Not every day is easy, not every day is beautiful, but when you look back on it you’ll always miss it just a little bit. From her first cuddle with her parents…to those early days in the hospital as they get to know their new baby…to those early weeks at home when they’re figuring out their ‘new normal’ (a ‘normal’ that will constantly change and evolve)…to holding her hands as she practises standing, listening to her giggles, and watching her personality continue to shine. They’re all beautiful moments to freeze, because they’re all moments that pass silently by with time. Happy first year beautiful Evie!!
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Birth is one of those magical, unpredictable, intimate and vulnerable times in your life. Choosing to invite me into your space during this time is never something I take for granted, and from the moment we first meet, I’m invested in you and your story. I met with Desiree in the earlier stages of her pregnancy where we chatted for too long and lost track of the time, and from that moment I was committed to being there for the birth of her third son who was due in July. Desiree had plans to labour at home as much as possible, and then birth in the water at the Family Birthing Centre. As with all plans, they don’t always run smoothly, but for the most part, she got there!
Zion wasn’t overly eager to enter the world, and needed a little encouragement with a couple of sessions of acupuncture and a stretch and sweep. Despite needing the encouragement though, once it all started it was ON! At 1030am on July 19th Desiree messaged me on her way back from the stretch and sweep, letting me know that she was picking up some milk. Within an hour of that I receive a call from her where she can’t even talk and passes the phone onto her husband who tells me to come to their house. By midday I had arrived and it was obvious things were picking up – she was breathing through those contractions and her little boys were playing around her and rubbing her back. Within 45 minutes I was following behind them to the hospital – half expecting them to pull over and deliver on the side of the road!
We arrived at the Family Birthing Centre at 1.15pm. As Desiree waited for the birthing pool to get to the correct temperature, she breathed through her contractions in the shower, and then it suddenly became obvious that Zion wasn’t going to be waiting for that birthing pool to be ready!! There was no pushing, no noise, just sudden movements to the floor, a calling out of ‘baby!’ and at 1.55pm he was born and lifted into his mother’s arms. Desiree couldn’t even remember that she’d been able to hold him straight away – but she did – and looking at these photos showed her that. She was there for her baby, right from the start, and she birthed like an absolute warrior!
This is what Desiree had to say about her experience “Alana recently captured the birth of our third son and was so amazing throughout the whole experience. As you can imagine, at such a vulnerable time, it’s hard to think of how it will feel having someone else there watching but I felt so comfortable with Alana ahead of time and through the birth. Not only was she there to take pictures, Alana provided support to me whenever it was needed in the birth as well. She maintained her distance at the right times and I honestly didn’t even realise she was there for the most part so it was amazing to see the pictures she captured when I had no idea she was there in those moments. Alana made me feel so comfortable and not at all like being watched and of course the photos she captured were absolutely amazing!! highly recommend!”
If you’d like to book me for a Birth, I only take on a very small number so that I can be totally available to you and your story. Contact me to ask any questions and check my availability! You can also view more of my birth images through my Birth Portfolio.
Beautiful Harriet burst into the world in quite a hurry in a room filled with love not just from her parents, but also her Grandmother (although she’s not quite sure what her title will be yet – Grandma, Nanna, something creative??). Harriet is the first child for her parents, and the first grandchild for her grandmother, so it was extremely special to include them all in a Fresh 48 session recently at SJOG Mt Lawley. Fresh 48 sessions mean that I’m on call for you around your due date, and as soon as your little one is born, you contact me and we organise a time for me to come in and capture all of those gorgeous fresh memories. The wrinkled hands and feet…the first few changes…the fresh love bubble you’re still encased in…the little tufts of hair…the first cuddles…the way your baby looks TODAY. Babies change so quickly, and even in just a few days she’ll be a little different! Freezing these moments in time helps you hold onto them and revisit them, to soak them in again and remember what it all felt like, because generally those first few days are a little bit of a blur!
Fresh 48 sessions are focused on those things you do a million times a day when you have a new baby – cuddling them, watching them, and breathing in their baby smell. It’s all about you and your family, and we go with the flow in terms of what your baby needs. No formal posing, no props, just you and your perfect little baby exactly as you are. Simple, real life memories for you to have forever and ever. I love that Harriet’s Grandmother/Nanna was there for the session as well. They live close by, she was there for her birth, and I just know that this relationship is going to be extremely special. I can only imagine what it must be like to watch your daughter give birth to your grandchild…all these memories must come flooding back of when your child was that baby in your arms!! Harriet is going to be one loved little girl.
I’m always so appreciative of feedback I receive from my families, because I put so much into giving you memories that make you feel something. Harriet’s mother Jazmin had this to say about her session
“Alana did a fantastic job of capturing my daughter’s early hours with a 48 hour fresh photography session at the hospital where she was born. Alana was able to make my partner, my mum and myself feel comfortable (all normally terrible in front of a camera), so that the focus could remain on baby Harriet. I know that without Alana, we would have struggled to capture this special moment in the chaos of becoming first time parents. The session did not feel rushed because Alana took her time with us making the session feel even more important. I would highly recommend Alana!”
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It was only a couple of weeks ago that Dea, Chris and I braved the rainy day to capture their Maternity Session, and I’m soooo glad we did because little Oliver decided to make an appearance a little sooner than expected! Exactly two weeks after their Maternity Session, I was meeting their little boy in their home who had been born during a quick and sudden labour the very day before!! As they left the hospital within hours of his birth, Oliver’s Fresh 48 session was captured in his home, which is a beautiful way to freeze this once in a lifetime moment of bringing your little one home! Fresh 48 sessions focus on the gorgeous little baby details in the first 48 hours after birth – the belly button clamp still attached, the wrinkly hands and fingers, the messy hair and all those little details which tell the story of a little baby just being born.
It also tells the story of new parents – the amazement, the exhaustion, the adrenaline high, the beaming smiles, and the expressions of a love they’ve never quite felt before (and of course in this case it also must include Chris drinking coke and playing xbox games!). This is a time where it’s still not quite real – when their whole world has been changed and it’s impossible to keep up with reality. It’s surreal looking at your baby for the first time. Seeing them move, hearing their noises, and feeling their skin. It will never quite feel the same again. Their fingers will stop being wrinkly, their movements will become more controlled, and they’ll change at rapid speed over the next days, weeks, months and years. Hold onto this moment, soak them in as much as you can. Capture it so that you can revisit it all long after it’s passed.
Dea mentioned during the session that I have the best job, and she’s right. I get to meet these amazing people and their most perfect little babies. I get to witness this magical time in people’s lives and freeze some of it in time for them. I loved spending time with Dea, Chris and Oliver, and then sneaking in some moments with Grandma when she came to visit too. This is her first grandchild, and she was there for his birth. I can’t even begin to imagine what that must feel like!! Congratulations guys on your perfect son (I really thought he was going to be a ‘she’!), and thank you for letting me into your world to capture your new family as it is today.
I was lucky enough to meet Oliver and his family a few months later during their family session at Perry’s Paddock.
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Having met around 10 years ago over wee and poo (ha ha sorry guys but that’s the way you described it to me!), Adriana and Josh are about to welcome their second son (or ‘baby frog’ as their almost three year old Elias calls him!). Interestingly, their baby has the same due date as Elias’s third birthday, and even more interestingly, Josh shares a birthday with TWO of his brothers! It seems like this is a bit of a family tradition – I wonder whether this little one will keep it up! I’m super excited, because I’ll also be capturing this family during their Lifestyle Newborn session, so I’ll be able to meet their gorgeous new addition!
We planned a last minute session down at The Pines, and crossed our fingers that the weather would be kind to us! As Adriana is close to her due date, we decided that a back up plan would be to capture her session in their home so that she wouldn’t miss out. Thankfully, it was a beautiful day and we were able to go to The Pines as planned.
It was obvious pretty quickly that Elias is a little bit of a Daddy’s boy (except when he was sick the week before and only wanted Mummy!). It was a challenge to get him to sit or be held by his mum, but the absolute best thing to do in those situations is to not push them or force them to do anything. During sessions with toddlers, it all pretty much revolves around them and what they’re willing (or not willing!) to do. Don’t stress about it, don’t push them or get frustrated, and I can almost guarantee that at some point, in their own time, they’ll do exactly what you want them to do. And that’s exactly what happened. Elias suddenly reached up for his Mum and was happy to be held, and we just grabbed onto that moment! Let it all naturally unfold, and magic will happen!
And of course, as with all sessions including kids, we have lots of fun flipping upside down, tickling, flying in the sky, and anything else that keeps them happy and entertained (and has the added bonus of letting me capture those gorgeous authentic connections!).
I loved spending time with this family, and really look forward to hearing the news of the birth of their new little boy. I can’t wait to meet him! If you’d like to capture some memories for yourself, Contact me and we can chat about the type of session you’d love. You can also view my Maternity Portfolio and Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio, and learn more about Newborn Lifestyle sessions here.
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This session just has alllll the feels!!! We went ahead with it despite the rain, as we’d had to cancel the week before due to storms, and we didn’t want to risk Dea’s baby being born before we were able to reschedule again!! Dea was also getting her hair and makeup done, so we decided to just go ahead. We changed the location from The Pines to Perry’s Paddock as I prefer the openness of Perry’s Paddock on overcast days, and we also pushed the session earlier in the afternoon as we weren’t going to be getting the golden hour glow. It was sooo worth it!! I think the rain gives a beautiful magical feel to their images, and it will be something they’ll always remember!!
Lucky for me, Chris and Dea brought out two umbrellas, so I was able to continue shooting despite the rain. Chris was an amazing assistant holding the camera over my head when he wasn’t involved in the shots, and the rest of the time I juggled the umbrella and camera. Our shoes were sodden, we were wet, there was less of an opportunity to move around, but I absolutely love the end result!! Dea chose the perfect dress to compliment both her gorgeous baby bump and the environment, and although Chris wasn’t overly thrilled at the idea of the session, I think he did pretty well! I’m so glad they have these memories to look back on, and I hope they are too! Dea described her images as ‘beautiful, natural and fun’ – perfect!
I’m also meeting with Dea for her 48 Session and her Newborn Lifestyle session, and I can’t wait to meet their beautiful baby! I have a huge hunch it might be a girl – so let’s see if I’m right!! By booking in more than one session, you get discounts on your additional sessions – which means more gorgeous images for less of the cost!
If you’d like me to capture some memories for you too, please Contact me and we can chat! You can also view my Maternity Portfolio, Fresh 48 Portfolio and Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio for more examples of my work! You can also view Oliver’s Fresh 48 session – yep I was wrong and it was a boy! I was lucky enough to meet Oliver and his family again during a family session at Perry’s Paddock.
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