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Melbourne Family Photographer | Mummy and Me | Michelle + Hayley

As a photographer, I along with all of my photographer peers, never stop talking about the importance of stepping out from behind the iPhone cameras and being IN the photos with your kids.  It’s incredibly important to show your kids just how important a photo can be, but sadly most of us let our own self doubt and insecurities get in the way and the opportunities are often missed.  Have you ever sat back and thought, if you weren’t here, would your kids remember what you look like?

I had that disturbing thought a couple of years ago when having this very conversation with another photographer.  At the time I had a small, scarily small handful of selfies on my phone with my kids, but I had not done a single thing with the photos, they were forever left on the phone and then a new phone would come along and those photos would be forgotten.  So really, if the worst were to happen and I was no longer here with my family, how on earth would they ever remember what I even looked like as the years passed without me.

So this thought sticks with me during every session I photograph.  These photos that I take are not just for your social media, they are not just to give as a gift to the grandparents or to be displayed and loved up on your walls, they are a memory.  They are for future generations, they are for you to tell your grandchildren your story, they are for your children to tell their children about who they are and where they have come from.  they are for them to remember you and for you to remember them.  They are a memory.

I received an email from Michelle a couple of months ago looking for a photographer for herself and her daughter Hayley.  It’s just the two of them, so even if she wanted to, there is not often someone else around to take a photo of them together.  Michelle understood the importance of being in the photo with Hayley and she simply wanted something relaxed and casual, a simple style of photo, just the two of them living the moment.

She found me and knew my work was exactly what she was looking for.  I knew she was exactly what I was looking for too, a Mum and her baby, cuddles and laughter, tickles and silliness.  Perfect.

So we met, Hayley the cheeky little thing had her own plans, but little did she know, they fit right within my plans for the session and the joy I captured for these two was just beautiful.  The weather played my game and stayed nice, the sun came out to give me beautiful rays and Hayley finished us off with the perfect giggles and smiles.  Michelle and Hayley’s Mummy and Me Photoshoot was everything it should be and more.

Thank you Michelle for finding me, for choosing me as your family photographer and for sharing your gorgeous Hayley with me.  I cannot wait until next time when I get to meet your crazy furbabies!

Tiff x

 

 

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Melbourne Maternity Photographer | On This Day | Rick Family

On This Day in 2015.  When ever I head back to the Adelaide Hills to photograph families who miss me, I try to make as much time as I can to catch up with as many beautiful friends as I can.  It’s always a huge bonus when catching up turns into a maternity photoshoot on the top of a mountain as the sun goes down!

Mel and Lily first joined Baby Club when Lily was just a teeny tiny month or two old, I remember the day they walked in the studio, my own little Lily was still also very tiny, they were just a month apart and I had taken a short break from shooting to feed her between little people.  Mel sat down and we all just sat around chatting, an instant Mother’s Group in the studio.

As they continued to visit each and every month for Baby Club over the years, our friendship grew into something I truly value to this day.  This gorgeous family is one I always make time for on my visits back to Adelaide.

Mel is one incredible beautiful pregnant woman, she grows the most adorable babies and it was an honour to be able to capture her third pregnancy.  It was a little chilly on the top of the mountain, but the most incredible light and stunning view!  Lily picked flowers and danced around, William, the sweet little man had the cutest cheekiest smile and it still amazes me just how much the two children look alike.

The family cuddles are what I live for and I will never grow tired of photographing these guys.  Sadly I couldn’t make it back to town to photograph sweet little Natalia when she arrived, but one day, maybe soon, it should be just about time to update these photos to make it a family of five ❤

Mel and Liam, from Baby Club to your wedding, to all the maternity photos and cake smash sessions, each and every time you have been in front of my camera has been an absolute joy for me and I cannot thank you enough for your support of me behind the camera and for your friendship.  It has meant the world to me.

Tiff x

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Melbourne Product Photographer | The Baby Bathroom Co

In February I was sitting at the airport waiting to board a plane to LA, heading over to America for the Social Media Marketing World Conference in San Diego.  While sitting, waiting patiently, sipping on a chai latte, I got an email from Hayley.  She was all set to launch her brand new business that she had been working on for the past 4 years and was in need of something beautiful to show her new product off to the world.

The Baby Bathroom Co began in 2014 when Hayley’s first son was born.  He loved the bath and shower, however, they were extremely nervous when they realised just how slippery his skin became when wet. The Infant Bathing Glove has been designed to help you shower or bathe your newborn with total confidence.

While Hayley could see from the work on my website that I really only photograph families and babies, she was hoping that perhaps I offer product photography too.  Of course the answer was a big yes!

We put the conversation on hold until I got back from my trip and when we got together on the phone, we immediately click.  The vision I had developed for Hayley’s brand on my travels was exactly the vision she had herself, I understood her needs and how best to help her launch.  Talking with Hayley felt like talking with a long lost friend, I felt I had known her for a lifetime already and I couldn’t wait to meet her in person.  The discovery that our houses were just a few short hundred metres from each other was a bonus, so we agreed that finding a local cafe in Montmorency to get together and nut out the finer details was a must!

Over another delicious hot chai latte the plans took place, colour schemes, models, locations and all were discussed and we were both as excited as each other I think!

The day spent behind the camera with three gorgeous little people modelling for us was so much fun.  I thoroughly enjoyed every minute working with Hayley, seeing the look come to life and seeing the excitement in her face when I would show her little glimpses of the back of my camera.  This was her baby and I could tell she truly believed it was all coming together, this was going to work!

Product Photography is something I have been working on a lot behind the scenes over the years, but not something I overly advertise.  The product and personal branding work that does come my way, finds me organically, through networking and casual conversations with people I meet.

When I am working with a client to discover their brand, to put a face to their products, I take it on with all of me.  The product photos on your website will influence a new customer’s first impression of your product. Online shopping removes the ability to get up close and turn the product around in their hands. Having professional photos of your products will allow your customers to get a clear idea of what the product is that they are purchasing and give them an excellent online shopping experience with you.

Excellent photography is one of the easiest ways to set the tone for your online store, and tell your customer that you are committed to quality. I truly believe in the value of high quality images and understand the importance of showing your customers a true image of the products you offer.  A true vision of who you are.

Hayley, you should be so proud of your business and the hard work you have put in over the past 4 years, all while raising two gorgeous little boys.  Thank you so much for including my in the journey and for trusting in me to take it on board and create something unique to you and your beautiful products.  I cannot wait to see where this ride takes you!

Tiff x

 

 

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Melbourne Family Photographer | On This Day | Hutchinson Family

On This Day.  July 4th 2015…how can this session be three years ago already?!  I’d been living in Melbourne for only 10 months and this was I think my 5th visit back to the Adelaide Hills since the move.  It was a tough move for me and for my photography.  All of my friends, my supporters, my SA family were back there and it was difficult for me to find my feet in Montmorency.  Business was slow in Melbourne but it was still booming in Adelaide, especially because of all of the beautiful families who kept coming back to me to help see their children grow.

Sharnie, what can I say about this gorgeous woman and her incredible family?!  We first met WAY back in something like 2012?? Possibly even 2011.  I was trading as Sweet Memory Photography back then and running my monthly Baby Club photoshoots.  Her girls were TINY and we just clicked. Every month they would visit my studio and we would play imaginations in the set ups I had created.  We became friends, we laughed over the girls craziness, my Lily would climb all over me as I photographed them and Sharnie would tell me how excited the girls always were when it was visit Tiff Day and then they wouldn’t want to leave!

So when it came time to get the whole family in front of the camera again, of course any excuse to head back to Adelaide was a good one, but this time, little Man Thomas was on the scene.  A brand new family member who sadly didn’t get to join in the Baby Club fun, but he was absolutely going to be part of their family photoshoot.  The first as a family of 5.

We met on the family farm in the Adelaide Hills, shortly before the sun went down.  Golden Hour, my favourite hour.  The girls were completely adorable and SO excited to see me, seeing them was like seeing my own nieces and I am cool Aunty Tiff.  Jasmine looking like her superhero self in her batman cape and Olivia and her big bright blue eyes and cheeky smile.  Thomas…well what can I say about those cheeks, not to mention the deliciously adorable little suit he was in…welcome to the family little Man, oh I could cuddle you forever!!

We played games and had cuddles, they showed off with all their showing off abilities and I completely lapped it up.  We hid amongst the trees, jumped on the four wheeler for a pose or two, ventured down the hill to the rail line and the then back up the hill for what is to this day, one of my absolute favourite photos I have ever taken.

Hutchinson Family, I know we have seen each other since this day and your family has grown by two more little feet, but a look back on memory lane is always fun for a Wednesday morning.  Thank you for being one of the first families to welcome me back home and for continuing to do so as the years go by.  I will never grow tired of photographing you all, and absolutely love my time with you and your little people.  Jasmine and Olivia, It melts my heart completely that you miss me when I am gone and count down the days til we see each other again.

Happy Farm Day Family Photoshoot Anniversary guys.  Much Love.

Tiff x

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | On This Day | Baby Billy

On This Day.  Today in 2017 sweet little man Billy visited me in my newborn studio in Montmorency with his beautiful parents Briana and Andrew.

Each day when I look back at photoshoots from the past, it really is hard to believe that so much time has passed already.  This session was a whole year ago, yet it feels like just yesterday that these three were so full of smiles and love and big baby eyebrow frowns in the studio.

Billy had the coolest little mohawk in his hair and the grumpiest new baby frown I had every seen!  When he opened them, his gorgeous big blue eyes were so intense and he really looked at me.  His sweet newborn baby flakey skin reminded us that even though he had been in this world for over a month, he was still brand new and life was only just beginning for him.

Briana and Andrew, thank you so much for choosing me as your newborn photographer, for spending your morning with me in the studio and for trusting in me to capture Billy as he was, so tiny, so chubby, so new.

Happy Newborn photoshoot anniversary Billy!

Tiff x

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | On This Day | Baby Amelia

On This Day.  Three years have passed, so I think it might be time to plan another personal project day…

In 2015, I got to chatting with Anna Davis from Anna Hartley Photography about how both of us only ever shoot with nuetral colours.  We still do this now, because thats what we love, that’s our style, it suits us and our clients who keep coming back to us as their families grow.

I remember we were talking about all the colour some photographers use and how simply beautiful it always looks.  While it might not be our everyday style, we both can really appreciate the stunning photographs these photographs come out with from their sessions.  So, long story short, we decided to create a session with a tiny human, run a newborn photoshoot together, shooting only the colours we would never use.

We collected everything we could find that we thought would look amazing, colours we still liked of course and created something bright and beautiful.  We did a Model Call out for families in East Gippsland and I ventured out of my newborn studio in Montmorency and hit the road for Lakes Entrance to hang in Anna’s then in home studio for the day.

It was the most fun I had had behind the camera in AGES!  Working alongside someone can be really rewarding and eye opening. While we may have similar styles, especially when it comes to colour, every creative soul has a different outlook, will see something different, even if the subject we are photographing is exactly the same, with the same lighting and same expressions, we will always see it slightly different to each other.

Brand new baby Amelia was the perfect model for us on the day.  We both fell completely in love when her Mum Rebecca brought her into the studio.  She slept, like a baby 😉 she had the most precious little cheeks and was oh so tiny.  Me and my need for just a little of my style was very excited to have captured a big stretchy yawn face.  Both Anna and I are natural light photographers, we don’t utilise any studio lighting equipment so we rely heavily on the weather playing our game.  I remember shooting for a good part of the day, trying new set ups, trying to remember what we had come up with in our preparations and changing things up when our creative minds took over and we slowly but surely ran out of light as we completed our last and possibly my favourite set up of the day.

Thank you so much Rebecca for trusting both Anna and I to jump right outside our comfort zone to create something memorable for you and your family.  I am sure Amelia is much much bigger and wide awake these days!  Happy 3 year newborn photoshoot anniversary Amelia, thank you for being the perfect model.

Tiff x

 

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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | On This Day | Baby Indi

Today brings memories from another gorgeous baby girl who I was lucky to have met back in 2016.  Sweet brand new baby Indi Charlotte was born on Friday June 10th 2016 at 4.15pm.  She was a teeny tiny 2.9kgs when she arrived in Mum Rachael’s arms and became a brand new baby sister for her brand new big brother Quinn.

I was lucky enough to meet this beautiful family in my newborn studio on June 28th when Indi was just 18 days new and oh my goodness was she adorable!

She had the most incredible eyebrows I had ever seen, the hairiest of shoulders, a beautiful little button nose, eyelashes to die for and when she opened those big brown eyes, her face just lit up.  Quinn was a very adoring big brother, super helpful feeding her with the bottle, the most precious cuddles and sweet baby kisses.  I always love to photograph new siblings together and this day in the studio was very special.  The love I got to witness was so sweet.

I loved this session so much that if you visit the studio in Montmorency, you will see quite a few of the images displayed in my beautiful bamboo frames.  I simply fell in love with little Indi and completely over photographed her!

Rachael and Tyronne, thank you so much for introducing me to Quinn and Indi, for spending the morning with me in the studio and for choosing me as your newborn photographer.  It was an absolute privilege to photograph you and your family together, to help you to remember just how tiny Indi was as she grows.  I hope to one day be lucky enough to do it all again.

Tiff x