Eltham · Family · Uncategorized

Cousins, Aunties, Uncles, the whole gang! | Melbourne Extended Family Photographer

Have I mentioned how much I adore working with your WHOLE family?!  Every single time I open my inbox to read an email from someone wanting to get their entire family together in front of the camera, I quietly do a little happy dance!  These extended family sessions just make me smile, make my heart sing, bring all the joy!

This beautiful family were spoiling Grandma and I was so happy and honoured to be part of the gift giving process!  There was so much love and laughter here on this day, just look at those cheeky little smiles – let’s thank the bubbles for that shall we!

Sage, Lenny and Emily were three little delights to photograph, from Emily’s toothy grin and bit ‘WOWs’ to all the bubbles, Lenny’s cheeky cheeky face and Sage’s sweet smile of little giggles, I honestly could have photographed the three of them all day!

Bec, thank you so much for organising such an enjoyable session for me to photograph, Chris, thank you for putting on your best ‘model’ pose and always having eyes on the camera 😉 Ingrid and Matt, you guys have brought the most adorable little person into this world, please please please let me photograph little Emily again as she grows!!

Now to all of you future families out there thinking about getting your family together to brighten your homes with endless happiness and fun memories…do it!  Email me today, I promise you won’t regret the fun of one easy pease afternoon with me!

 

Family · Geelong · Uncategorized

A Mini Session by the Pier | Geelong Family Photographer

Oh goodness what a delightful afternoon it was with the Webb family down by Cunningham Pier in Geelong.  The weather was everything I hoped for, the sun was shining, the slight breeze was flowing through the girls hair, the smiles were full of cheeky, and everyone laughed!  This pretty much ticked every single box in my imaginary wish list for a session!

Mini Sessions are the most fun you can have in 15 minutes!  The speed ups the excitement and before anyone can say CHEEEESE it’s all over and no one got bored!

These three girls are just beautiful and while Poppy wasn’t the happiest of little people, I’d still absolutely photograph her over and over again any day of the week!  Sophie and Maggie totally stole the show though, would you just look at those ridiculously adorable cheeks!  Their cuddles for Mummy and Daddy and even each other were oh so sweet!  Maggie and her giggles, Sophie with all eyes for the camera.

Sharee and Tony you are so lucky to share your days with such love and laughter ❤ . Thank you so much for choosing me as your Family Photographer and for joining the Tiny and Brave Mini Session family!  I hope we can do it all again next year when I am back in Geelong!

Tiff x

Family · Maternity · Uncategorized · Williamstown

Abby + Leigh | Pregnancy Announcement

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!! ❤

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Melbourne Extended Family Photographer |Taylor Family

Where does one start when she has so much to say…at the beginning I guess.

Paynesville is a tiny little town on the shores of the Gippsland Lakes in East Gippsland, I honestly could not tell you what the population is, but I do know it has grown by the thousands since I grew up there.  I do know that it is small enough that you generally know everyone, everyone goes to the same Kindergarten and the same primary school before we all venture out to the next town and join the rest of the primary school kids at the two big high schools on offer.

I was in Primary School when I first met Gemma.  She was in the year below me so we were in the same class together probably a number of times.  As we grew and headed into high school, we travelled on the same bus, and Paynesville kids just had this familiarity with each other, while we may not have socialised in the same circles, we shared common ground from the little town on the water.  As we grew up we shared more classes together and eventually as most country kids do, moved away and started our lives.

Facebook came alive and we all started to reconnect online.  Keeping in touch with the thumbs up button, watching each others lives carry on in our own way.  I started my Photography Business and Gemma was one of my biggest supporters.  Always liking my photos as I posted, commenting when she had something to say, sharing things with her friends and simply taking an interest.  The best kind of support anyone can give a small business like mine.

I was so excited when Gemma asked me to head to Geelong to help surprise her Brother Simon for his 30th birthday.  Gemma and Mum Narelle now live in QLD and like most who live far away, don’t get to visit anywhere near as often as they would like.  Ben and Cassie still live in Paynesville with their incredibly adorable little people, so being all spread out, this was a rare occasion when they would all be together!  Of course it had to be photographed!

It was a weekend of surprises for the family as Gemma’s arrival from Queensland was a surprise for Simon’s birthday, but then, little did I know, my presence on the day was an even bigger surprise for Narelle who had been under the impression that they were all getting up at the crack of dawn for Cassie to take some nice photos of them…so I was completely on edge all morning as I waited in the car!  Surprise number 3 was still to come and to be perfectly honest, I was sure I was going to put my foot in it before the time was right…

Due to the very short visit and party plans, time was limited, so I somehow managed to convince them all to get up before the sun and meet me for a sunrise shoot on Bancoora Beach…thankfully it was January so it wasn’t as cold as it could be, but it was a cloudy day, so we didn’t get to see a whole lot of sun rising…but in a way I am thankful we didn’t, because the light was just beautiful!!

Extended family sessions are always SO much fun!  I adore them, the laughter is endless, the kids are crazy excited because there’s so many people around, it’s complete organised caos on my end as I ensure every single person gets to shine.  But really, it is simply just a regular family session, with a few extra family members joining in the fun!

We ran along the beach, the big kids jumped in the water, found a beautifully coloured, but very dead fish, had group hugs and piggy back rides.  It was the most relaxing morning I have spent on the beach in a long time and the most fun I have had with an extended family in so long!  I think perhaps I am a little biased though as it’s a little different when you are so familiar with them, these people are my childhood, they remind me of Paynesville, of home and it is just such a blessing to be thought of, to be supported for so many years and to included in the surprises…oh yeah the third surprise.

A couple of weeks before the session, I received a message through Instagram from Louise.  She had some very exciting news that she was hoping to share with the family at the session…Simon and Louisa were expecting a baby!  Of course I jumped with no hesitation at this idea and instantly had ideas in my head about how we could do it.  Together we decided to save it for the end, to get through all the little bits and pieces and then get together for a big group photo and then spill the beans…so of course, as I said above, I was on edge the WHOLE time!  I LOVE a good surprise, but seriously, the suspense just kills me!

So the deal was, I was to just act normal, take a few photos, tell my usual very bad jokes, and then ask if anyone has a story to tell…Simon piped up and said he did.  The family, who were all in the dark thought it was just funny that he jumped at the idea of telling them a story, and then, the shock on their faces, the excitement, the tears in the eyes…oh this was my absolute favourite photo!  The LOVE guys!!  The unconditional joy a brand new baby brings to a family, it was an honour to photograph this moment, it was also a massive relief as all the suspense tension washed away and the weight off my shoulders lifted as I photographed these moments for them to remember forever.

Now THAT is how you start a Saturday ❤

Taylor Family | 088

Thank you Taylor family from the very bottom of my heart for supporting me, for thinking of me and for trusting in my secret keeping skills!

Tiff xx

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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 Cake Smash Photographer | Zali Turns One

Little Zali. How did your first birthday come around so fast. What a speedy 12 months it has been!

It feels like just yesterday I photographed Zali when she was super tiny in the Montmorency Studio for her newborn photoshoot. Now, 12 months on, you are one and the perfect way to celebrate is with a fruit salad smash in Griffith Park.

I have photographed countless Cake Smash sessions in my 7 years, but when the Summer afternoon sun was so beautiful and golden, all the tasty fruits are in season and Zali is lactose intolerant, it was high time we mixed it up a little bit! I’ve had this picnic basket for so many years and not once have I used it for anything aside from collect dust and drag it around to the endless houses we have lived in. Talk to Zali’s Mum Jess about what we could do, the vision started to come to life and I knew Zali was the perfect subject for a late afternoon picnic in the park.

Watermelon and Cherries were her favourites…we had our work cut out for us fighting the cherries out of her hands as technically they were there just for looks, being full of pips, but of course that is all she wanted. It was so cute watching her go to town on the fruit basket we had prepared for her.

If your little one has aversions to the ingredients in a cake, but you love the idea of getting messy for their birthday, I highly recommend you mix it up and have a Fruit Salad Smash! Delicious and healthy treats, no nasty sore tummies at the end and no artificial colours sending your baby on a sugar high 😉

Thank you Jess and Nick for letting my creative side come out to play and come up with something a little different for you to remember Zali’s first birthday with. As always, it has been such a pleasure working with you all and creating beautiful memories ❤

Tiff x

Eltham · Family · Uncategorized

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