In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Dustin

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.

If you’d like some photo memories for yourself, Contact me to chat! You can also view more examples of my work in my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio.

 

 

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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!!

If you’d like to book in a session for yourself, Contact me and we can chat! You can also view more examples of my work in my Family Portfolio and Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio.

 

 

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In-home Perth Newborn Lifestyle Session | Banjo

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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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Lucas

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.

If you’d like to book a session for yourself, Contact me to chat! You can also view my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio and learn more about newborn lifestyle sessions!

 

 

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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Harrison

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!

If you’d like to book a newborn lifestyle session for yourself, Contact me here. You can also view my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio and learn more about Newborn Lifestyle sessions here.

 

 

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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Callan

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.

If you’d like to book in a session for yourself, or learn more about newborn lifestyle sessions, feel free to ask me any questions and Contact me here. You can also view my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio for more examples of my work and the gorgeous memories created.

 

 

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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Zac

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.

If you’d like me to capture some memories for you too, Contact me here. You can also view my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio and learn more about newborn lifestyle sessions here.

 

 

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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Theo

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.

If you’d love to book in a session for yourself, Contact me here. You can also view my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio for examples of my work, and learn more about newborn lifestyle sessions here.

 

 

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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Georgia

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!

If you’d love to capture some memories for yourself, or organise a gift voucher for someone, Contact me here. You can also view more examples of my work in my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio.

 

 

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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Felix

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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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Hugo

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!

 

SJOG Mt Lawley Fresh 48 Session | Harriet

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!”

If you’d love me to capture some memories for you too, Contact me here. I’d love to hear from you! You can also view my Fresh 48 Portfolio and learn more about Fresh 48 sessions here. 

 

 

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In-home Fresh 48 Session | Oliver

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.

If you’d like me to capture some memories for you too, Contact me here. You can also view my Fresh 48 Portfolio and learn more about Fresh 48 sessions here. Don’t forget to check out Dea’s Maternity Session captured completely in the rain – it’s truly beautiful!

 

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In-home Newborn Lifestyle Session | Sylvie

Recently I’ve had quite a few sessions where the little babies were just too eager to enter the world, and came along earlier than planned. Sylvie is one of those gorgeous babies who had a little bit of a challenging start to life, but now is here in the arms of her parents who just completely adore her!! I always love watching first time parents. It takes me back to the days when my own daughter was first born, and this whole new world had just opened up in front of me. Everything is new, it’s fresh, it’s uncertain and scary and exciting all at once – not to mention exhausting! The reality that this little baby belongs to you is one that takes awhile to sink in, and you spend your days just watching them. I’m so happy to be able to give parents beautiful memories of this time in their lives. This is the most fleeting time where your baby changes rapidly in front of your eyes, and it’s not until you look back on a photo or go to dress them in an outfit that suddenly no longer fits, that you realise how much they’ve changed. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture your baby just as they are – they’ll never be like this again!

Sylvie’s Grandmother had arrived a few days before, spending some quality time with her first grandchild and was a special part of the photo session as well. Freezing these moments in time will not only mean so much today, but will also mean so much when they’re separated by distance and able to look back on these memories together. Looking at an image helps you transport back in time to that very place, and relive all of those emotions again. If you have a grandparent you’d love to include in your session – invite them along!!

I loved spending time with this family and their beautiful daughter. She is a very wanted, very magical part of their lives, and I hope they treasure these memories of when she was so small. If you’d love to capture some once in a lifetime memories for yourself, Contact ma and we can chat. You can also view more examples of my work in my Lifestyle Newborn Portfolio.