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Melbourne Newborn Photographer | Baby Harvey

Meet grumpy, frowny little Man Harvey and his adorable big Brother Charlie.  These two little men had my heart from the minute they walked in the door, Charlie wasn’t a huge fan of being in front of the camera, but we tickled some smiles out of him and the constant promise of sultanas got us through.

Harvey and those eyebrows…he gave me the BEST facial expressions all the way through his session, he has such a little old man face, such delicious pouty lips and that hair! ❤

A Newborn Photography session in my Montmorency Studio is always a calm one, quiet, peaceful, a day off for you while I play with your children.  This day with Harvey and Charlie was not unlike every other session.  If you bring your older children in to play along, there are toys hidden away that I only ever bring out once I am ready for their attention not to be on me and their brand new baby.  A little table and chairs set aside for all the very best artists to do their drawing.  A ridiculously comfy reclining glider chair which has been slept in countless times by both exhausted up all night feeding Mums and Dads.

Newborn nappies and wipes are well stocked on the change table in the corner and, as this is your day off from all the hard stuff, I do all the heavy lifting for you.  Simply hand me your baby, let me cuddle them endlessly while I create some precious memories for you and your family to look back on forever as your little people grow.

Tara, Jason, Charlie and Harvey, thank you for your day in the studio.  Thank you for choosing me as your Newborn Photographer and allowing me the pleasure of your company.  I hope your day off was a relaxing one and I hope the sultanas were as delicious as they looked Charlie 😉

Tiff xx

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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 | 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 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