Melbourne Family Photographer | A Personal Note | Hayden’s Eleventh Birthday

Today is my Hayden’s 11th birthday.

My memory of his arrival seems to change each year, I guess I have blocked out all the
pain, and have chosen subconsciously  to only remember the good.

He FINALLY arrived in my arms at 8.02pm, after many many days of pain, and officially, 23 hours of labour.   He was so quiet, he lay there taking in the new world around him. He owned the room then and he still does today.  Sitting across the room, I remember thinking it’s so quiet, so calm. And I’m a Mum.

He had black hair and blue eyes, and he was 100% his Dad.  For 11 years I have told the hilarious joke 😉 that if I was his Dad, I would’ve called for a paternity test!  There was simply nothing of me in him.

Today he is a lot me.  He may not look like me, but his personality, his mannerisms, and his smile, they come from me.  He is quiet, a confident red head with a willingness to try anything. He knows right from wrong, he has good morals, and he is making me prouder every single day.

He is my favourite Hayden. He reads always, while walking to school, while sitting in a cafe having lunch with his family, while watching tv, while eating breakfast, while going to sleep, Hayden without a book in his hand makes no sense.  He has read hundreds of books in his short life and his wish list for the next one if a mile long.

He writes, stories and comics mostly, and more recently, speeches. He is the author of a number of excellent comic strips and has started a business with his best friend Thomas all about comic books.

He loves to draw. He is growing a creative spirit.  He can build the biggest Lego sets you have ever seen in under 24 hours, his mind is incredible and nothing gets in his way.  He plays footy and basketball, he started a band with his friends and taken the role of drummer and rapper, even though he has no idea how to play the drums.  He has recently discovered the Ukulele at school and sits quietly strumming the strings, unable to play anything yet, but eager to learn and grow his knowledge and skills in yet another new hobbie.

He’s not a genius, he’s not the best on the team, he doesn’t run the fastest and may not go pro at any of his current loves, but he has a great time doing it all, and that’s all that matters to him. That’s all that matters to me and whatever path he chooses to take in life, he will own it.

He turns more and more into his Dad everyday, from the shape of his nose, the freckles on his face and his big wide clown feet. He is sensitive and sweet. He is kind. He has a strange sense of humour, a talent for magic tricks that fool no one. He is without a doubt, the absolute biggest dork I know, with no sense of style in his clothing choices, yet that lack of style makes him him and he holds himself high and owns his uniqueness.  He makes lifelong friends where ever he goes and his friends love him for exactly who he is.

He makes me laugh, especially when he laughs, and cry and smile and burst with pride. He promoted me to Mum, he is the reason we wanted more and more. He sets the bar high and we all strive to reach it with him.

He is our Hayden Thomas. Born on June 26th, a Tuesday night in 2007. The tiniest baby I had ever seen at 7lb 5.5oz.  He now reaches just under 150cm tall, he wears a giant size 8 mens shoe, his hair is a mop of gorgeous red ringlets and his freckled face is the sweetest you will meet.

Happy birthday to my amazing little man. I love you more than you will ever ever know. I’m so proud of the little person you are and cannot wait to see who you become.

Mum xxx

Mine | 08


Family · Mt Macedon

Melbourne Family Photographer | The Morris Family

I was so lucky to meet up with this sweet family when the colours of the trees matched my hair. A family who were excited at the idea of meeting me in Mt Macedon and play amongst the beautiful colours of Autumn…

This session came about when Nicole, also a photographer, posted on Facebook about being the only family and Kinder without a photo of all 5 of them together to share…oh how that status went crazy with photographers letting her know she wasn’t the only one…well it was time to change that! So, we got together and started the plans in motion, with one mission…Get in front of the camera!! I think we solved her problem 🙂

I love to find some leaves to dance amongst, to laugh and play and enjoy each others company, to freeze some memories in time for you to remember for ever and ever! Oh what a joy it was to photograph these five amongst the Autumn colours as the sun went down in the golden light…I was in absolute heaven! Seriously!!! LOVE!

Now that we have some how survived winter, the colours of Spring are sprouting and I am excited to be outside again, the prospect of a warm Spring afternoon photographing families makes my heart sing!

Thank you Morris Family, you guys were absolute stars!

Tiff xx

Family · Mt Macedon · Uncategorized

Melbourne Family Photographer | The Koulouriotis Family

Oh what a beautiful family to have the privilege or photographing. I am so so lucky to have the most amazing job in the world and always so humbled when families choose me to update their family photographs.

It was Autumn, I was eager to get amongst the gorgeous colours of this season, so when Danielle of Oly & Fox Babywear booked her photoshoot for her family, I suggested we hit the road for Mt Macedon and play amongst the falling leaves!

As we were drawing nearer to the Winter months, the day we met was a relatively chilly Autumn afternoon, there was no sunshine temping to come out to warm us up, but it wasn’t raining and in all honesty, these days in Melbourne, that’s all one can really hope for right?!

The minute I arrived, I was greeted with the most adorable cheeky smiles from both Oly and Gigi! What completely adorable little girls Danielle and Chris are raising. The smiles did not stop the entire time I was photographing this family. We played amongst the drying Autumn leaves, walked hand in hand, chasing me down the road. When in Mt Macedon I have a couple of favourite places I like to visit with families, so once we had made full use of the drying leaves on the side of this little lane, we hit the road and hunted down the sunshine.

The girls were so much fun to run around with, such love and cheekiness, Gigi simply did not stop smiling and giving me cheeky little side glances. Oly took quite the liking to my camera and was eager to explore and see exactly what it did and how. So like most of my photoshoots with little people, we finished up with Oly behind the camera taking a photo or two…and by two I mean she found the button and went to town filling up the remainder of my memory card! Lucky we live in the digital age hey?! 😉

The drive home after this session was a long one! I was so eager to upload and look through the images I took, to look back at the love shared, I couldn’t wait to share with Danielle and Chris and their entire family.

Thank you Danielle for introducing your family to me, for choosing me to photograph you all together, for the joy.

Tiff x