When I first met Abby, Milla was running around at her feet and Arlo was growing nicely in her belly. Abby of course was absolutely glowing! Wow if anyone can make pregnancy look amazing it is Abby! It was the perfect day for a maternity photoshoot by the water in Williamstown.
Since that day, way back in 2016, I have had the absolute pleasure of being a part of so many wonderful moments shared between Abby and her beautiful girls Milla and Arlo, photographing the girls as they grow, sharing in their love and laughter, freezing their moments in time to remember always. From maternity and newborn, Arlo’s sitter session, a hilarious cake smash session, to Mummy and Me minis in the park. We have shared it all!
In photography, you do get to meet new people all the time and share a special relationship with them. Being in front of the camera can be some what daunting for most, not many enjoy it, but all know how important it is to be present in the photos for future generations. But the anxiety that comes with being in front of the camera means you have to let your guard down, put so much trust in your photographer, know that they have your back and will help you to feel at ease, relaxed and simply enjoy the experience. So because of this, I have formed some truly beautiful connections with the families I have photographed and am so lucky to be able to call a lot of them friends now.
Abby and I have been connected through photography for almost 3 years and I am so lucky to consider her a beautiful friend. So it is no secret that I completely adore them all and want nothing more than to see them in a happy life, filled with love.
This is where Leigh comes in! If you follow Abby you will have seen as I have, the happiness surrounding this family since he arrived on the scene. How incredibly awesome is he and how lucky for them to have all found each other!
In December 2018 Abby sent me a message to ask if I was keen to do something fun with them. My answer is always yes of course, who wouldn’t want fun in their day job right?! When she told me the top secret exciting news I was over the moon for them! I got goosebumps of happiness, and actually right now typing this I have them again! Abby is the most incredible Mum to Milla and Arlo, a role she was absolutely born to play and now number 3 was on the way!
So, we set the plans in motion for their pregnancy announcement shoot. A session I was to keep absolutely top secret, but one I was super excited about! In December my diary is chockers many months ahead so we had one date to work with, my kids had to tag along, and it just so happened to be one of the worst days weather wise of the year! We headed down to Williamstown and drove through flood waters to get there! Milla and Arlo wore gumboots and we were sure we were going to get rained out.
But the weather gods played our game! The clouds were in all the right places, the sky was dry, Milla was the happiest I have ever ever seen her and Arlo had all the right moves for her future on Australia’s Top Model! We ran around and played silly games, Milla smothered Abby in endless squishy face kisses, Arlo took about 3000 photos on my camera, Abby and Leigh laughed together at all their craziness and my kids hid under umbrellas watching a movie. Oh to be watching us from a distance that day would have been quite a site!
But like every photoshoot with Abby and the girls, the magic was there, everything aligned as it should and we found joy in the silly.
The initial idea for the photos was to simply find a cool way to help Abby and Leigh tell the world about their exciting news, but it turned out to be so much more. Leigh hadn’t joined us for a shoot before, so while he of course has been in their world for a long time now, these photos show them as a gorgeous family of 4, soon to be 5.
Abby and Leigh, I am so so happy for you both and am very excited for the next step in your story. Bring on April when we capture that gorgeous growing belly!! ❤