Amidst all of the Covid chaos, little Dustin was born. His session had to be delayed a little, but we were finally able to go ahead and capture some of these once in a lifetime moments!! Newborn lifestyle sessions are probably my favourite sessions to do. Being invited into your little bubble for awhile is always so special, and to be honest it always brings back memories of my own kids when they were babies. It makes me realise how fast it all goes, but how your memory can snap you back there in an instant! That tiny ache when you realise that you’ve said goodbye to that stage of your life, that exact little person….a stage which at times felt never ending. And sometimes you’d wish it away – because, let’s face it – some days are just hard and you don’t enjoy them!! But for the most part, they’ll always be special to you, because this is the start of it all. The start of getting to know and love your little person, and watch them grow. Photo memories help you hold onto each version of your baby just that little bit longer, and help you remember what it felt like.
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I first met Oliver’s parents at Perry’s Paddock for their Maternity Session in the pouring rain! I then met Oliver the day after he was born during his Fresh 48 session at their home. Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to see them all again, as well as Oliver’s Grandparents, for a family session at Perry’s Paddock. We almost had some weather issues again, but luckily the rain held out this time! I love being able to see my families again, and couldn’t believe how much Oliver had grown. From a one day old newborn, to a sitting, smiling 7 month old baby….there are sooo many changes that happen in those first years. Changes that happen before your eyes and literally over night. Each stage can sometimes feel never ending, but it’s really not. Time passes so quickly, and brings with it so many stages, changes and phases. This is part of the reason why I love photos so much, because they freeze some of those stages in time so that you can revisit them long after they’ve passed. You can look at a photo and it can bring back all of the memories…the feelings and the emotions…and you can almost relive it again. How often do you sit and hold onto a photo, smiling as you remember what it was like when it was taken?
Dea and Chris chose to include a photo book with their collection, which is the perfect way to keep some of your favourite photos in one place so that you can look through them again and again. I’m a big believer in not only taking photos, but also in displaying them! Don’t just keep them on your computer, never to be seen again!
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I first met Harrison and his parents and grandparents during his Newborn Lifestyle Session back in October last year. While his other grandparents were visiting, his parents chose to celebrate them all being together by organising an extended family session at the gorgeous Hyde Park. Despite some weather issues, and the emerging issues with Covid, we managed to meet up and capture some beautiful moments for Harrison with those who love him the most. As with any session with young children, it all revolves around them and their needs. When Harrison needed some cuddles from mum, we’d stop and let him have them. When he needed a feed, we gave him one. When he fell asleep, we let him be. I think he did pretty perfectly!!
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Emily and Hayden were due to have their first baby boy, and wanted to include their 3 dogs (fur babies!) in their maternity session. I’m always more than happy to do this, and Perry’s Paddock is a perfect location to do so! I love Perry’s Paddock for its open fields, the trees, the gorgeous white house, the magical sunsets and the opportunity for those beautiful silhouette images. This is the perfect place to take some time to capture this once in a lifetime moment – a time before your baby is born, and your body is going through all of those crazy changes. it’s a time you’ll look back on and remember – a time before you knew who this little person was, and before you’d held him in your arms. So much anticipation, mixed in with some nerves and excitement. Don’t let this time pass without celebrating how beautiful you are as you carry your baby in your belly!!
Emily said that during her session she felt ‘very comfortable’ and said that my shooting style was “Very casual in the sense that you don’t make people feel like they’re on show. You capture people’s real expressions and feelings in a photo rather than the shell on the outside that most posed photos do in my opinion”. She described the photos she received as “Unmasked; authentic, charismatic”. Mission accomplished!!
Emily says: “Alana’s work is absolutely incredible, not only does it show in her photographs but she has this ability to make you feel completely comfortable and at ease no matter how silly you think you look. She’s very easy to talk to and makes sure you understand her intent behind the images and uses her experience to get you the best possible results. Her images portray in my opinion a real authenticness in the subject she’s photographing, there’s no perfect ‘posing’ you simply be yourself-with a bit of silly- and she manages to capture a side of you that you may never have seen of yourself before. My partner and i were blown away by our photographs. 10/10 ”
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Sara and Shay met in high school, and although Sara knew that Shay was “the one”, it took him a little longer to catch up! But catch up he did, and recently they celebrated a small, intimate wedding with their immediate family. A few days later they planned a party with the rest of their friends and family to celebrate their marriage, and they asked me to capture it for them. Sara said that she had chosen me to photograph this special time in their life because “Your photos stood out to us because we want to capture the candid moments of our party, where our guests are being themselves.”
During an event I spend my time moving around and looking out for those special moments to capture – those moments that tell the story of your day and of the people who are there with you. The natural laughing moments, the details of the food and the decor of the room and the interaction between you and your guests. We can also take the opportunity to take some particular combinations of people in a more posed setting, but for the most part, my style remains casual and very much ‘fly on the wall’. My events package includes all edited images, plus a gorgeous slideshow set to music when booking two or more hours, which is the perfect way to share your memories with friends and family!
Sara and Shay’s party was so much fun to be a part of – there was a lot of love, laughter and lightness with a great atmosphere. Not to mention Shay and Sara looked absolutely stunning!! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your special day!
Sara said “We chose Alana to photograph our party because we thought her photos matched what we were looking for – natural, candid photos capturing special moments between us and our guests.Little did we know that the decision we’d made to ask Alana to help us out was going to be the best decision we were going to make for our party. Alana was so kind and friendly and interested in us and our family members. She made everyone feel comfortable (how lovely Alana was was a very common compliment from our guests!) and the result was amazing photos of all our family and friends. People talking to each other, laughing, having a drink, hugging each other, our nearest and dearest being themselves. I couldn’t be more grateful for those photos, true representations of such special moments. And then, to top it all off, the photos and video were completed within a week! The first time I saw the video I was a blubbering mess! I was just so THRILLED with what I had received.We can’t thank Alana enough, I would recommend her for any occasion that she is available for. I will certainly not forget to be in touch with her for any future opportunities I might like to have photos done. If you are looking for a photographer, your search should end with Alana, you absolutely will not be disappointed.”
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Let’s face it, life with a new baby can be stressful, chaotic and emotional. Add to that a toddler, and the thought of having to organise to pack everyone up and organise photos to be taken can just seem like an impossible task. You have to think about different sleep patterns, alllll of the things you need to pack, as well as your own exhaustion and sleep deprivation. This can sometimes mean that you miss out on capturing this truly special, and fleeting, time in your life! Before you know it, you blink and your newborn isn’t quite so ‘newborn’ anymore, and you realise that you’ve missed your opportunity to freeze some of that newborn goodness in time!! This is one of the reasons why newborn lifestyle sessions are so amazing, and PERFECT for new parents! They’re captured in your own home, so you don’t need to go anywhere. I come to you, and we work around your kids sleep needs and their moods. There’s no pressure for anyone to ‘perform’ or ‘behave’ – these sessions are so incredibly ‘go with the flow’ that they allow us to capture some truly raw, beautiful moments between you and your family.
Recently I met with Banjo and his family, including his doting big brother Alby who just loved showering him in kisses! When you have a toddler, we take advantage of the moments when they’re in the mood to be involved, and then when they inevitably get a little over it, we let them run off and play with dad, have a snack, or take their clothes off if that’s what they feel they need to do! There are no rules and no expectations! Relax into it, and inevitably your toddler will too. Leanne said “I was grateful that you were relaxed in your approach and happy to work around us, particularly given we’d been up all night with the baby and our 3 year old was tearing around the house during the session. He brought out the superheroes and stripped off his clothes, yet you never broke a sweat!”
If you’re considering a newborn session, but you’re not sure what it involves, feel free to ask me any questions! Leanne provided me with this feedback after her session: “We’re so pleased we had a newborn lifestyle session rather than any other type of photo session. We had a lot going on bringing our second baby home over the crazy Christmas period, so it was a relief that you were so relaxed about how the session ran yet the outcome was a set of very professional photos. I am also impressed that you managed to shoot around the mess in our home, and just follow our movements – all of the photos made the environment look so bright and clean, and we love the photos we got of Banjo as well as capturing how much his big brother adores him.”
You can learn more about newborn lifestyle sessions, and view my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio for more examples of what you can expect. Feel free to Contact me with any questions or to book in a session!
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I love newborn lifestyle sessions, and I especially love them when you already have other children. What better way than to capture your kids getting to know each other, in the very environment that it’s all actually happening!! These real memories are the ones that will end up meaning the most – because they tell the story of what life was really like!! What it really looked like, and really felt like. You might feel like it will be this way forever, but it all changes so incredibly fast. Those toys they used to play with, they’ll outgrow…the way their room looks, it will change as they get older…the little details that make up your life as it is now, it evolves as the age of your kids change. It will never look quite this way again, and the details you think you’ll remember, you won’t. Until you see them in a photo and you smile and say ‘oh yeah! I remember what that felt like!’, and you might even pause and let yourself have a little holiday there in your mind.
The other obvious benefit of newborn lifestyle sessions when you have older children, is not having to pack everyone in the car to go somewhere! I come to you!! All you need to do is maybe clear some clutter from a few main rooms, and then just relax in your own environment! Let your baby feeds when he needs to feed, let your toddler have a break in another room when she’s not in the mood to be involved, get some snacks when needed…the freedom and ‘go with the flow’ nature of these sessions is exactly what you need when you’re learning to enjoy your life with your new baby!!
How beautiful is baby Lucas and his big sister Ava? Such a beautiful, fun, affectionate family, and extra special with their Grandparents also staying with them to get to know little Lucas. Grandparents being included in your session is one of my absolute favourite things…this is one bond you’ll always want to remember.
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I’d met Grace earlier in the year for another photo session, so I was excited to see her again and to meet her two beautiful boys! Life with boys is chaotic, noisy and unpredictable – but there is also definitely lots of love, laughter and affection. As always, there’s beauty in chaos when you let yourself see it!!
During sessions with kids, it really all revolves around them! If they’re not in the mood for something, there’s no point in forcing them. It’ll only end in tears and frustration – and who wants that as a photo memory? Instead, just let them be a bit! Let them play and explore, and usually once they know they have this freedom, they come running to you for those cuddles we wanted them to give in the first place! So enjoy this time with your babies! Play with them, bond with them and watch them – use a photo session as a small breather on the demands of ‘life’. When you’re here, you just need to be together. Nothing else.
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Extended family sessions are not only perfect for when you have family coming to stay, but are also perfect for those family members who are a part of your every day world. It provides an opportunity to spend some time together, have some fun, and leave with some beautiful photos to display on your wall!! All of my collections include at least one gorgeous fine art textured print, and the option to invest in more! Displaying photos is the final touch to your photo session – your gorgeous images and memories deserve to be framed so that you can always look at them and smile as you remember!
Annabel had organised this session as a present for her mother’s birthday (perfect present idea!), and we chose the beautiful Hyde Park for their session. Choosing outfits for your session can be hard at the best of times, but when you have an extended family session, it can be even more challenging!! Annabel and her family absolutely NAILED IT! With beautiful textures, pops of colours, a neutral base and gorgeous accessories, everything worked together so perfectly! Keeping things simple, while adding some interest, texture and movement, is ideal when choosing your outfits. It’s also important to be comfortable (especially the kids!), and to try to avoid words, logos, and too many clashing patterns. Stay within the same tone, and you can look as gorgeous as this family!!
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Amy is a good friend of mine (also a photographer at Amy Lee Photography), and was also due for her third baby (spoiler: it’s a girl!), so we decided to have her Maternity session at the beautiful Perry’s Paddock during golden hour. I love the gorgeous glow of Perry’s Paddock, and the variety it provides with the trees, buildings, and open fields, so it’s perfect for celebrating a new baby coming into your family! How beautiful does Amy and her family look!!
Pregnancy is such a special time in your world. You don’t always feel beautiful, you don’t always enjoy it, and it definitely comes with its challenges (especially when you have other children to look after!), but it’s so worth capturing. Your body changes so quickly as it grows this new life, and the anticipation of the time just before you get to meet this new little person is indescribable. Maternity sessions are best booked around 32-37 weeks – a time when you look pregnant enough, but you’re also hopefully not too ‘over it’. Including your partner and other children is also really special. Chase and Emily were so excited about their new baby coming along – it’s a life changing time for them too!
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Aileen makes sure that she organises a family shoot every year, which is a perfect way to make sure that you take the time to update your photos and look back on how much everyone has grown and changed. Their last session was at Perry’s Paddock, and this year she chose Burns Beach. Unfortunately we had a few attempts to get the date right (weather being the main barrier!), and pretty much as soon as we arrived on this particular day, it also started to sprinkle with rain! Luckily though it held out and we were able to enjoy the shoot!
During family sessions we always have a lot of fun, and I encourage interaction between you and the kids. Lots of running, spinning, tickling, kisses and cuddles. Movement is the best way to encourage those natural emotions and expressions – and these are the most beautiful to capture because they’re the true essence of YOU! They tell the story of the love for your kids, the humour between them, and the fun you have all together! So don’t expect, or direct, your kids to sit still and smile at the camera if you’re in a session with me – just let them be free and show me who they are!!
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Special events for your kids are times you’d like to capture and remember, but you also want to be able to focus on them and the day itself, without worrying about trying to take your own photos. When I’m there to capture an event, I spend most of the time just walking around and looking for those little moments, expressions and interactions that are all part of the story of your day. We also make sure to get some more ‘formal’ photos with particular special guests, and the more formal parts of the ceremony. This leaves you just able to be in the moment and enjoy the day, knowing that you’ll have some beautiful photo memories to look back on afterwards! Memories that include YOU in them!!
Sofia had her christening at the Macedonian Orthodox Church – a place I’ve attended before for Ethan’s Christening. She coped so well with all of the formalities, and was obviously well loved by so many people around her. And how gorgeous does she look in her little outfit!! Sofia won’t remember this day at all, but she’ll always be able to look back on it and see what it was like!
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When you have a new baby, the time can pass in such a blur of sleepless nights, feeds, and trying to figure out your ‘new normal’. This is a time where you and your baby are getting to know each other. A time where you spend a lot of moments at home, on your couch…on your bed…pacing the halls…and welcoming visitors. These are the moments you’ll want to one day remember – the normal, every day moments which although exhausting, are also the most magical moments of your life. That doesn’t mean that they’re perfect moments – it just means that it’s life as you know it right now. The moments that your baby will never remember, and the moments that will fade in your own memory. A newborn lifestyle session means that you don’t need to leave your house, because I come to you to capture some of these moments for you and give them to you in a photo to be able to hold onto forever!
Gorgeous little Harrison was surrounded by love with his parents, his uncle and his Grandparents. I always think it’s so special and beautiful to include other family in your session!! They’re important people in your world, and their love and support helps you through this beautiful, but also challenging, time with your new baby! There’s nothing quite like welcoming a new little family member into your world – the dynamic changes and everyone melts just a little bit. So invite them over, include them in your session, and freeze this moment in time!!
A few months after this session, I met up with Harrison and both sets of Grandparents for a location session at the gorgeous Hyde Park. Check it out here!
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You know how sometimes you’re around people and their happiness is just infectious?! This is how I felt after meeting Callan and his parents, as well as his beautiful Grandmother who had come to stay from Scotland. Callan is their first baby, and it was pretty clear they were all on Cloud Nine! Their faces were a constant expression of how happy and in love they are with their little boy, and Callan himself was just pretty content the entire time. It’s impossible not to look at their photos and just smile!!
Steph had received a voucher as a baby present from her friends and co-workers, which is such a perfect present to give! This newborn stage is so fleeting, and is often one that passes in a complete blur of sleepless nights, overwhelming love, and finding your way in your ‘new normal’. Looking back on these photos taken in your own home, with your own memories surrounding you, will let you always hold onto this time in some small way. You’ll not only remember that moment, but you’ll feel it too. You might smile, or stop and hold onto one of the photos just a little bit longer as the feelings of the memory come flooding back. You’ll remember how it felt and what it sounded like, and you’ll realise how quickly and suddenly things have changed and how much you’ve learnt along the way. And you’ll miss it. So you’ll smile at these photos as you take them all in, and step back in time just for a moment to remember a time in your life that once was.
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Perry’s Paddock is always one of my favourite spots to capture your family. I love the trees…the open field…the buildings…there is so much to offer in this location, especially during the gorgeous Golden hour! This is also the place where I get the beautiful silhouette shots – always a fun way to capture your family! All you need to do is spread out a little and have some fun with big movements! This family chose the silhouette shot as their complimentary print which comes with all of my collections!
Family sessions are about fun. I’m not really about the formal, stiff, smile at the camera pose. I’m more about capturing the authentic fun and chaos of your family! So when your child hangs upside down or leans over to kiss you….or pulls a funny face…or jumps on your back for a piggyback…these are the moments I love to capture the most! I truly believe that these are the memories that will mean the most when you look back on this stage of your life – the ones that show beauty in chaos and the ones that make you smile and remember what it was really like (or maybe breathe a sigh of relief that things aren’t quite so crazy anymore!). Crazy or not, this is your family and you love them to pieces just the way they are! So embrace the crazy photos, the ones that make you laugh and feel something!! This is real life at its finest!!
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