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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 ❤

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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 Maternity Photographer | Charlotte and Bronson

There’s nothing more exciting than knowing some of your most favourite people in the whole entire world are going to have a baby!

Charlotte, my cousin, my sister, my family, married Bronson last year and now, a little under a year later, they are about to welcome their first child into this world. The luckiest baby in the world to have these two as parents, surrounded by an incredible extended family…if I do say so myself!

So, we found out about this baby many months ago, and I wouldn’t be the maternity and newborn photographer that I am if my mind didn’t go straight to planning a date for this session. I knew I would have my work cut out for me, Bronson is a Fireman and from the outside seems to be always at work and Charlotte is exactly the same. So I started planning as soon as I could, offering as many dates as humanly possible. We settled for this past weekend, the Sunday after their baby shower. I hit the road to Rosebud on the Mornington Peninsula and spent the most wonderful weekend with them. I somehow managed to convince them to head to the beach with me twice! Not just once as sunset after all the celebrating had finished, but then again the next morning to watch the sunrise…I won;t lie, none of us were overly thrilled to be up at 5.30am on a Sunday morning, but I knew deep dow that it was going to be glorious!

And oh my was I right! It wasn’t as cold as we had expected, although I am not entirely convinced that it was warm enough for bare feet…Bronson and I both agreed Charlotte was completely mad. The sky was filled with so many clouds that I was worried we wouldn’t see any sunrise at all, but with or without the sunshine, the light on this quiet Sunday morning was the most beautiful soft light I had ever seen and I am now unfortunately, completely addicted to that time of day!

We laughed and joked and pulled silly faces, I secretly filmed them having a cuddle, we did ridiculous selfies to prove to the world that were out there, the sound of the water was peaceful and calming and by 7am, we were all done and ready to crawl back into bed…of course with a house full, and two little people back at home, getting back into bed was entirely OFF the cards, but we were set for a day of family time and more memories to be made.

Growing up with Charlotte were some of the very best years of my life, to have family so close is so special and everything I long for. Charlotte is so lucky to have found Bronson, he is so lucky to have found Charlotte and together they are both so so lucky to have me… 😉 Photographing their wedding was some of the most fun I have ever had behind the camera, photographing their maternity sessions was just as fun! I cannot wait to welcome this little person into our family and of course, to bring them into my studio for their newborn session when he or she finally arrives!

Charlie and Bronson, you guys are awesome, hilarious and the coolest people I know! Congratulations once again on this completely ridiculously grown up time in your lives!

Tiff xxx