Perry’s Paddock Family Session – The Zarrop Family

Oops! I’m way behind in sharing photos from my sessions – I met with this beautiful family last year during the gorgeous golden hour at Perry’s Paddock. Golden hour is the perfect time for photos because of the gorgeous soft and golden light it provides, and I love Perry’s Paddock for the variety you can find in your gallery. From the trees, to the grass, to the buildings and the open field…I have to say, it’s my favourite place to shoot!

My other favourite thing is families just like this one who come to the session prepared to have FUN! Prepared to run and pick each other up…to connect and cuddle in close…to interact with each other and to go with the flow of the session! This is the best way to get those beautiful authentic moments of connection captured – which are the exact moments I look for in all of my sessions!

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Hyde Park Family Session – Sanchez Family

There’s nothing I love more than meeting up with my families again, and I’ve had the pleasure of catching up with this gorgeous bunch since Adriana was pregnant with Felix during their maternity session at The Pines. Next I was able to meet the gorgeous Felix during their newborn lifestyle session which are undoubtedly my favourite sessions to capture! And more recently (although I’m massively behind with blogs!), I met with them at Hyde Park for their family session. This beautiful family come into their session relaxed, willing to have fun and connect with each other, which makes for the most beautiful and natural images to be captured! During all of my sessions I want you to connect with each other, and not be focused on looking at the camera. That’s just my style – always looking for the authentic expressions of connection between you!

Hyde Park is one of those locations that is still beautiful outside of golden hour, but of course that magical period where the sun is setting always always always results in the most magical light!

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Burns Beach Family Session – The Pabedinskas Family

Aileen is both a long term friend, and a repeat customer! She organises a family session every single year which is the perfect way to make sure YOU get in the shot with your kids and family, and that you can always have beautiful memories to look back on. Your kids change so much over time, and sometimes you don’t even realise until you look back on a photo. Aileen and her family have had past sessions at Perry’s Paddock and Burns Beach, and this year we were back at Burns Beach. The majority of my sessions are scheduled during golden hour, but at the beach it’s even more important for the light to do so for that gorgeous golden glow!

As usual, during my sessions, just let yourself go! Let yourself relax, have fun and be silly with your kids! Lots of fun, laughter and cuddles, so that the most authentic connections can be captured!

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Burns Beach Family Session – The May Family

Amy is my very good friend from my son’s mothers group, who also runs Amy Lee Photography. She’s been taking the time to get family photos from me for a number of years! You can look over past sessions with her, including at The Pines WannerooAmy’s maternity session at Perry’s Paddock, and their extended family session. We met at Burns Beach for their first session with their newest addition, the beautiful Delilah. Amy also had a gorgeous idea of wanting some naked pics of Delilah, which we got towards the very end. It got a little chilly, so they also brought a blanket, which in my opinion also creates beautiful texture and mood in your memories!

As usual, my sessions go with the flow according to the kids moods and their own personalities. It’s letting them have fun, be free, and let themselves shine!

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Perry’s Paddock Family Session – Grace, Jayden and Mason

Perry’s Paddock is my favourite place to shoot at, no doubt! It’s perfect during golden hour, overcast days, and even in the rain! This session was made even better by being able to catch up with this beautiful, strong mama and her two boys again, a year after their last session at The Pines in Wanneroo. Making that time to get regular photos of you and those you love…photos that include YOU in them…is so important! These boys will have so many memories to look back on of their mum. Memories that don’t show them stiffly smiling at the camera, but memories with feeling. Memories of their hugs, their kisses, the games and fun…the moments captured of their natural interaction and connection. Play with your kids…run with them…cuddle them…let your natural energy and emotions shine through. My sessions aren’t for making kids sit still and smiling for the camera. They’re about capturing authenticity and connection, the real life love between you!

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The Pines Family Session – The White Family

I first met this beautiful family during the birth of their gorgeous baby Aaron. I remember during their whole birth story, I was so taken by the beautiful energy and smile of Chantel, and I felt the exact same as I met them for their family session at The Pines in Wanneroo! Such a beautiful contagious energy, and a fun loving family! Family sessions are all about relaxing together, going with the flow (i.e. the moods of children!), and just having fun! Pick your kids up…spin them around…tickle them…kiss them.. play games…and don’t stress when they need a bit of a time out. Just go with it, and let me capture your family as you are – the natural, real life moments!

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Perry’s Paddock Family Session | Oliver

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!

If you’d like to create some beautiful photo memories, Contact me and we can chat! You can also view more examples of my work in my Family PortfolioFresh 48 Portfolio and Maternity Portfolio.

 

 

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Hyde Park Extended Family Session | Harrison

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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The Pines Family Session | Grace, Jayden and Mason

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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Hyde Park Extended Family Session | The Koh Family

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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Burns Beach Family Session | The Pabedinskas Family

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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Perry’s Paddock Family Session | The Sequerah Family

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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Perry’s Paddock Family Session | The Nicholson Family

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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Perry’s Paddock Family Session | Evie

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!!

If you’d like me to freeze some memories in time for you as well, Contact me here. Feel free to ask me any questions!! You can also view more examples of my sessions in my Family Portfolio, and hear what others are saying about my sessions. I look forward to hearing from you!!

 

 

 

The Pines Family Session | The Northcott Family

I love seeing my families again, so I was super excited to meet with Kimberley and her gorgeous tribe for a family session during golden hour at The Pines recently. I last met with Kimberley almost a year ago to capture her Newborn Lifestyle Session with her daughter Iris and her two boys Eli and Ollie. I see them on my screen often, as I don’t just share recent work with everyone, but also my past work. This is because I put my heart and soul into every session, and every family becomes a little part of me. I love hearing about you afterwards and seeing photos of your kids growing up. This isn’t just a job to me, this is a passion!

It’s always a little bittersweet to see the changes in your kids, and it really reminds me just how fast time goes, and why I’m so passionate about freezing some moments in time. I often wish I could go back in time and revisit my kids at different ages, just for a day. I want to hold them and cuddle them and just spend the time appreciating them without the chaos of daily life that sometimes takes that enjoyment and appreciation away a little. Although I can’t do that, a photo is a way to revisit the way they looked, to remember what your life was like at that point in time, and to remember all those little details and moments you thought you’d remember but had somewhat forgotten. I love being able to give that to my families as well.

In the year since I saw her last, Iris had grown so much. She was walking, she had a mind of her own (which is great when you have two older brothers!), and she was still as attached to her Mumma as ever. Her brothers were just as gorgeous and fun as I remembered, and spent time playing with sticks, flying with Dad and being naturally affectionate with each other. I know photo sessions can feel a little stressful when you have kids, but they don’t have to be! Just go with the flow, let the kids have breaks and don’t expect too much of them, and it can actually be a lot of fun! It’s the moments of fun that I love to capture, and this family was full of fun!

Fun isn’t just for the kids either! I always try to get some photos with just mum and dad and I want you to have fun with that too! So we dance, we do things that might feel a little silly, and then Dad comes along and just spontaneously lifts his wife onto his waist, and I just stand back and capture the perfection that’s happening in front of me! Thank you beautiful Northcott family, for trusting me to capture some memories for you again.

If you’d like me to freeze some moments in time for you as well, Contact me here. You can also view my Family Portfolio for more examples of my work. I’d love to chat with you and capture some fun, relaxed, real and raw memories for you! Check out how much Iris and her brothers have changed in Iris’s Newborn Lifestyle Session.