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Lauren + Lara | Mummy and Me | Melbourne Family Photographer

Anyone who has a conversation with me will know I always strongly encourage the whole family to get in front of the camera.  Just once.  Even if you never look at the photo, or perhaps you do, but ten years down the track, just be in the shot.  Not for you, but for your children, for your family, for those who want to remember you when in the very distant future, you are not there anymore.  For your children who won’t necessarily remember today as clearly as you do.  For your children who may one day have questions and are visual beings who like to look at the pretty pictures.

I have these god awful photos my Husband took of me when I was heavily pregnant with my now 11 year old Hayden.  It took me 10 whole years to appreciate those photos.  They are not professional shots, they are dark and grainy and somewhat blurry, I am pastey white with stretch marks all over the place, because I was pregnant with Hayden in my ankles and arms and chins and boobs…he was EVERYWHERE and I look just bloody awful!

But last year, as I came to terms with the fact that he was turning 10, I sat down and looked back through photos, I made a slideshow of images of him growing up and you know what, I included those hideous photos of me and my belly.  Because they are all I have, and they are me, becoming a Mum.  Now because I still have them and didn’t hit delete the minute I saw them, he has them too.  And when Lily sits me down and asks me all about having a baby as she does far too often, I not only have the beautiful shots I had taken of her growing belly, but I have the hideous ones of the boys bellies too, and we share a moment of reflection and she looks at me in wonder probably thinking how ginormous Mum once was.  She asks me questions and I tell her stories all about those days.

Photos tell us our history, they share with others who we are and what we are.  They open up a world of your past and they are those moments, frozen in time for ever.  So, as I was saying, I strongly encourage everyone to be in the photo at least once.

Here we have Lauren and her beautiful cheeky little Miss Lara.  A Mini Session that was intended originally to be the whole family, but Dad had to stay home sick so it was just the girls.  Disappointing that he couldn’t be there on the day, but the silver lining is, we got to create some precious Mummy and Me moments.  Just the girls hanging out, Lara telling us how she planned on spending the day, climbing fallen trees and running around in the space that was wide open just for her.

Those adorable cheeks and that sweet smile, this session is everything I look for in an afternoon amongst the trees and I laughed and went home with a sore jaw from smiling right along with them.

Lauren, thank you for choosing me as your family photographer and for getting in front of the camera.  Thank you for introducing me to your beautiful little Lara!  I had the very best time with you both on this almost wet afternoon and so glad we got all of our fun done and dusted before the rain really set in!

Tiff xx

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Melbourne Family Photographer | The Menzies Family

One of my favourite things to do is to work with people who are not a big fan of being in front of the camera, it will often be a a child, mainly boys, or the Dad…I know it sounds ridiculous, but in all honesty, the more you hate being there, the more fun I will have with you.

There’s great joy in a challenge for me so the minute I discover that this session is the last thing you wanted to do today, I start planning in my head all the different ways I can make this fun for you!

When I met the Menzie’s family in Eltham, I had spoken to Mum Taryn on the phone a couple of times and we had emailed back and forth a bit in preparation, but we hadn’t really talked about who in the family wasn’t super keen.  This is completely normal, I actually like it to be a surprise sometimes.

So session day comes around, and I meet Balin.  A cheeky, uninterested 10 year old who pretty much said no to me from the very first second.  I knew from the look on his face that he didn’t want to be there, but he had just enough spunk to not be afraid of putting his foot down and saying no…so yep, you guessed it, he was my target and lucky Balin was going to be in so many more photos that everyone else 😉 It was my mission to get a laugh out of him, to get him to relax and of course, to get him to have fun!

Families like the Menzies bring out my very best Dad jokes and I love to get a laugh out of them, and it wasn’t difficult at all.  The first shot in camera was of them all laughing together and the scene was set for the afternoon.

There were cuddles, there was endless laughter, there was awkward teenagers and unimpressed boys, then there was little Miss Cadence who was all over this photo thing.  She smiled and giggles, she cuddles and was full of energy.  This was her time to shine, and shine she did!

We had muscle competitions and silly jokes, and then there was visiting photobombing dogs who brought on the biggest laughs I’d seen yet.  This session was so much fun, the sun was shining, the love was all over these 5 and I could not wait to get home and sort through the magic that happened!  AND Balin had fun!  Mission complete!

Menzies family, you guys are awesome!  Thank you so much for sharing your afternoon with me and for choosing me as your family photographer. I hope we get to do it again one day!

Tiff xx

 

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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 | Kennedy Family

Sarah and I had been chatting over the phone over the period of a few months.  We’d locked in a date for her Mummy and Me Photography Session with her gorgeous little Man Josh many many months ago, but due to a number of things popping up, we ended up rescheduling quite a few times.  The bonus to this was we got to know each other while we chatted about life.

As we spoke on one of the last occasions, she shared the exciting news that her family was growing by two tiny little feet.  I was so excited for her, I felt like we had known each other for years and years and a dear friend was sharing her exciting news with me!

So, of course her Mummy and Me session with Josh turned into a Family Photography session to include Dean and we waited just a few months to capture Sarah’s growing belly.  Somehow one of my favourite type of sessions to shoot evolved from one favourite to the next to yet another, Maternity Photography is just about number 2 on my list of best days ever!

On the day we met Melbourne threw us yet another curveball and the sun and light just about disappeared before we could even get out of our cars.  We spent some time cuddling and laughing and creating some beautiful memories before I called it and said the light just wasn’t enough.  I can’t remember exactly how the conversation went, but we ended up talking about how amazing the light at sunrise is and Dean said if we got together again he would be keen to see the start of the day…so that’s exactly what we did, the very next day!

So together the four of us watched the Saturday Sun go down and the Sunday sun come up.  Josh was a little trooper, the most delightful little man I have ever met, those gorgeous big bright eyes and cheeky smile, the typical little man all about Dad as Mum’s belly grew and gre in front of him.  He is the perfect age to sit nice and comfortably on top of Mum’s belly and only just long enough for me to photograph those tiny little legs dangling down over Sarah’s bump.

I always think of my self as incredibly lucky to have this job, the best job in the world where I get to meet the most delightful families, but when I get to see them on more than one occasion, then that truly is a blessing.

Sarah,  Dean and Josh, thank you for spending your weekend with me, thank you for trusting in me and my work to create some really beautiful memories for you all to keep and Sarah, thank you for all the chats!  I have loved getting to know you over the past few months.

Tiff x

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Melbourne Family Photographer | Hardiman Family

Jacqui first contacted me when she was pregnant, back in August. She was thinking ahead, wanting to wait until her little growing person was 3 months old. In February. Oh that felt like SO far away to me, I never try to think too far into the future haha!

But it came around eventually and we picked the most beautiful afternoon to photograph her gorgeous family. What smiley, kind and wonderful people they were, it was one of the most enjoyable sessions I have ever had the privilege of photographing and I am so so thankful that they chose me!

Griffith Park is one of my most favourite places to shoot, its quiet. That’s the best bit. We have adventures, we hunt for bears, we check out the fish in the Yarra river and we dance. You laugh, you tickle, you giggle. While you connect with each other, love each other, while you smile and be free with each other, I freeze each and every moment in time for you to remember forever.

Hardiman Family, you are lovely, thank you for choosing me, for trusting me, for thinking of me.

Tiff x

Eltham · Family · Uncategorized

Melbourne Family Photographer | The Jacksons

One sunny Sunday afternoon I headed down to one of my favourite places in Eltham to photograph a sweet family. Cheryl was luck enough to win a gift certificate from me at The Mum Squad viewing of Snatched and I was so excited to finally meet her.

Anika, what a sweet sweet little Miss you are, the cheekiest of smiles, endless energy for roaming and exploring, always wanting more of the excitement, your words ‘again again again again’ in such a sweet excited voice, how can anyone resist that sound!

I was in a little bit of heaven when the sun was shining all day, but after having to reschedule almost every outdoor session throughout Winter, I was not game enough to celebrate until I arrived, and oh what a glorious Spring afternoon it was! Barely a cloud in the beautiful blue sky…Spring has finally made an appearance and I am so excited to get out in the fresh air over and over again, photographing all the beautiful families who have been waiting out the winter rain with me!

The Jackson Family were such a lovely threesome, the perfect three to share the sunshine and a Sunday afternoon with. Cheryl thank you for sharing your family with me, thank you for so many kind words and your sweet generosity. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you a little better and photographing these memories for you and your family to look back on for years to come.

Tiff xx

Eltham · Family · Newborn

Baby Billy | Melbourne Newborn Photographer

How adorable is little Billy!! Quite the frowning little man, but the more they frown, the more I fall in love with them, so of course, I completely adore this little man and could just photograph him everyday without growing tired ❤

At just 5 weeks old, Billy came into my newborn studio very alert and ready for his close up. His Mum and Dad, Briana and Andrew were just lovely and a delight to spend the morning with. My favourite part of a newborn session is getting to know the family.

Thank you Briana and Andrew for choosing me as your newborn photographer, for letting me in on your world for a morning of laughter and story telling. Billy is the most precious little man, please bring him back to the studio soon!

Tiff x