Best ways to display your family photographs

Family photography central coast

I’m a big believer in printing your images. My house is filled with photographs on our walls and photo albums in every room. My children love curling up on the couch with me and going through our albums. They love to hear the stories behind the images - the family holidays, the birthdays, the adventures we’ve shared. So often the photos will invoke a precious memory - the funny things the kids used to say or do. Our photographs are a testament to the life we are living together.

That’s why I want my clients to print their images too. There is nothing worse than having your precious family photos being wasted sitting in digital storage. Here’s a few ideas for ways to display your photographs.

 

Wall art

I don’t have someone else’s art on my walls - I have the photographic stories of our life. I get so much joy seeing my favourite people everywhere I turn.

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Albums

We LOVE our albums. Sitting together and leafing through these books is like a journey through our year. I have been doing a 365 project for the last couple of years now - that is one photo a day, every day. I’ve documented the big events, starting school, losing teeth and the everyday events, bath time, playing under the sprinkler and climbing trees. These are albums are like gold to me.

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Calendars

Calendar’s are a sweet way to display your photographs. Each year I put one together and give it as a present to our family. It’s a perfect gift for those we love who live far away, it means they still get to see these little faces everyday.

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Don’t be afraid to go cheesy with your images. Coffee mugs and keys rings might be kind of nuff, but honestly, when I’m rushing around on a work day and see my kids smiling faces on my key ring, I get the warm and fuzzies. If it makes you happy - go with it!

Short n sweet... with newborn baby Louis

Newborn Photographer Central Coast

Newborn Photographer Central Coast

Newborn baby Louis was in a hurry to make his way earth side. This little guy made his way into the world 5 weeks early. He spent a little time in special care nursery, just to make sure everything was ok. I was so pleased to hear that the new special care ward at Gosford Hospital accommodates the parents, so that they can stay with their newborn babies. It is so important in those early days for the new mummy and daddy to be able to spend as much time as possible with their precious newborn.

This little guy still hadn’t reached his due date when we got together for his in home newborn session. And he had so many of those teenie tiny premmie baby features - the little peach fuzz hair covering his body, the skinny little legs, still curled up in froggy pose.

Louis was a little unsettled throughout our session - that just meant lots more cuddle time with mummy and daddy.

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Dad friendly photography sessions

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Dads are generally not massive fans of photography sessions. As a rule our poor blokes feel awkward in front of the camera and dread the idea of a bossy photographer asking them to pose in dorky positions and then being told "smile". Yuck.

Fortunately documentary photography sessions with me are as different from this as can be. The whole family is able to relax and be themselves. Here's a few session ideas to get the man in your life keen to be part of a photography session...

 

1. Fishing

Give the man a job to do and he'll be so busy baiting hooks and pulling in fish that he won 't even notice I'm there.

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2. Bush walk

There's something about being in nature that makes everyone feel calm. No need to look into the camera or pose for me.

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3. Games afternoon

Get everyone settled in for a games afternoon. Monopoly, scrabble, uno, snap - what ever brings the family together. Let those competitive dads get their game fix

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4. Playing outdoors

Get your man busy. Cricket, footy, water pistols… let him and the kids run, play, kick and rumble.

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5. Watching the footy on the big screen

"Huh?" I hear you say. How could tv time make for good photos? Actually it makes for great photos. Kids climbing over dad to get his attention. Dad screaming at the tv to help his team. The family in their home, relaxed doing their own thing is always quality. Plus anytime dads encouraged to have a beer during the photo session can only be a good thing. Falling asleep - optional.

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Fathers day is just around the corner. if you want get the father figure in your life into the frame, be sure to get in contact


Short n sweet... with newborn baby Vaughan

Newborn Photographer Central Coast

Family traditions are a beautiful memory to honour during a new born photography session. Newborn baby Vaughan wore a 40 year old hand knitted jacket, bonnet and booties that his mum and aunty had both worn as babies. It was lovely to hear Brooke and her mum discuss the family friend that had made this delicate outfit. I was amazed that it was still so soft and white after all these years - it all comes down to gentle hand washing, which is almost a lost art in our fast paced society.

Newborn baby Vaughan was fast asleep when arrived for his photo session. His amazing mum Brooke was still getting ready. Vaughan had been unsettled throughout the morning so Brooke did what any new mum would do - she called her own mum for help. I think it is so important that new mums are able to raise a white flag and let people know when they need help. This is especially true for the incredible women like Brooke, who are parenting on their own. Being a parent is a challenging task and having an appropriate support network around to help when things are tough makes life that little bit easier. Brooke’s parents both turned up through the morning to help her out.

Brooke had done a beautiful job decorating Vaughan’s nursery. Elephants and African animals featured in this sweet little room. I had a lovely morning hanging out with this sweet little family.

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Short n sweet... with newborn baby Hunter

Newborn Photographer Central Coast

There is something about the arrival of a new baby in the house that makes so many families decide now is the time for major life changes. Whether it is renovations or career changes, so many of my newborn sessions are done while the family is going through big upheavals. When I arrived for Hunter’s newborn photography session, all was calm and peaceful in his family home. You would never have known that his family had only moved into the house a few short weeks before his arrival.

The move up from Sydney is big one - away from friends and support networks that are firmly established. Mum Lauren was grateful for the help of her extended family while in the newborn daze. Her in-laws also live on the central coast, while Lauren’s parents had flown in from their home overseas to be around for the arrival of the newest grandchild. Lauren was also looking forward to starting mothers group as a chance to meet other families with newborns.

Big brother Ace was busy throughout the session - he pushed chairs around with his daddy, they played tennis and little Ace did his best to get into a tub of playdoh while sitting on the white bedspread. Ace was also happy to stop his playing for a kiss and a cuddle with his little brother.

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Tips to prepare for your maternity photography session

CENTRAL COAST MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHER

A maternity photography session is a little bit special. It is chance to acknowledge the amazing changes a woman’s body has gone through in growing a new little life. Whether this is your 1st baby, or your 4th, the weeks leading up to bub’s arrival are filled with anticipation. Here’s a few tips to help you prepare for your maternity photography session…

 

1. location is everything

You want to feel relaxed and confident during your maternity session. So it’s important to carefully consider where you would like the session to occur. If you are a little shy about exposing your bump, doing the session in your home is a great option to keep things personal and private. In home sessions means we don’t have to worry about the weather and your session can be held any time during daylight hours. In home sessions also means you can include the baby’s nursery, your pets and everyday routines.

If you feel confident getting that gorgeous bump out (and you totally should!) let’s go hit the beach or a nice national park for your session. Outdoor sessions allow us to get the beautiful natural light during sunrise or sunset, with lots of different backgrounds.

Make sure that wherever you choose to go, you choose somewhere that is meaningful to you and your family. If you want the best of both worlds, book a longer session and we can have time at your home as well as another location.

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2. the outfit is important

Feeling confident in front of the camera is easier if you feel comfortable with what you are wearing. Choose an outfit that makes you feel beautiful and which you can move around in easily. Your location will have an impact on your outfit. A cute kimono with your bump out will look natural at home in your bedroom. Soft, flowing dresses are always a winner, whether indoors or out.

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3. bump out (or not)

Some mums to be don’t like exposing their bump. That’s totally fine. Stretch marks and previous c-scars can make the best of us feel uncomfortable. Personally I love seeing the bump exposed and being able to capture priceless images of pregnancy. I feel it is so empowering to celebrate the female body in all it’s forms. If you’re keen to get those gorgeous bump out images, its important to consider your bra and undies. If you’re having your session at the beach, a bikini will do the trick. Other wise opt for neutral coloured bras and undies - white, black, or cream coloured - keeps the look simple and elegant.

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4. Include your loved ones

Your partner and older children definitely should be part of your session, and I’m a big believer in including fur babies too.

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5. Timing is everything

The best time during your pregnancy to hold a maternity photography session is weeks 32-36. This gives you a little bit of breathing room in case bub makes an early arrival. If you’re expecting twins, the session should be held between 26-32 weeks as these little ones have a habit of arriving early. By holding your session during this time, you will have that classic baby bump silhouette and avoid the tired and worn out feeling that comes at the end of your pregnancy (or cankles!).

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So that’s my top tips on preparing for a maternity photography session. If you’d like to book in or have any questions click the button below.

Prousty's 60th Birthday Bash

Central Coast Photographer

Prousty has always been a man that does things his own way. In a time when most families were having less children, he was having more - six to be precise. When everyone else was slaving away at their jobs, Prousty was was taking his Missus and the six kids on year long camping holidays around Australia. So 15 months ago when he received a diagnosis of terminal brain cancer with 90% of suffers succumbing to the disease within 3 to 12 months of diagnosis, Prousty was like “Nup!”.

In true Prousty fashion, he said a big F*** You to Darryl (that’s what he named his tumor) and stubbornly refused to give in to this insidious disease. Through surgeries and treatment, Prousty has continued his bush poetry, hosting gigs around the country. He’s there for every cross country and athletics carnival for the grandkids, with his signature whistle letting the little ones know that Grampy is there watching.

And last week he achieved a feat that seemed impossible 15 months ago - Prousty turned the big 60 and earned himself his senior citizens card. His birthday bash was a big affair at his son Luke’s cafe/restaurant The Tame Fox. Prousty had friends there from high school, work and of course touch footy. Friends and family travelled from all over Australia to celebrate with Prousty. Because Prousty lives big and loves fiercely. And he sets a mighty fine example of how good a marriage and family can be.

Happy birthday Prousty.

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Short n sweet...with the Cross family

Central Coast Family Photography

It was a blustery winter’s day when I went to the Cross family home for their family photography session. We had planned on being outdoors so their preschooler could be running around, the dog could roam free and we would have lots of options for different backdrops. As it turned out the weather was foul. It was freezing, the wind was howling and the rain kept coming and going. Taryn was a little worried about holding the session in her home - they had renovated part of the house (but not all of it) and weren’t sure if there would be enough variety for photos. I reassured her, even if all they did was snuggle on the couch, we would be able to capture a beautiful gallery of images. Of course with a preschooler in the home, there’s not much chance they’ll sit still for an hour. Taryn made the decision to hold the session in her home - best decision ever!!

Their home was so warm and cosy when I walked in, they were gathered in the living room by the warm fireplace. Her preschooler, Olivia, was happily playing with her favourite toys, so my arrival didn’t disrupt from her game. Baby Lucy was happy on the rug with dad. Everyone was relaxed and warm, doing their own thing.

As was expected, it wasn’t long before Olivia wanted to show me around her home. I got to meet her favourite soft toys, see her Elsa bed, check out the pink bathroom (very 80’s and so cool!) and look at the special corner her mum had arranged so the girls could sit quietly together and read. The girls had a snuggle in the cot together and then a rumble on mum and dad’s bed. Who said there wasn’t much to do during an in-home family photography session?!

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What to wear to a family photography session

I think the number one question my clients ask me is “What should I wear?!”. This is totally normal.

Personally I’m fine with whatever you choose to wear.

Trackies and a bonds singlet? I can roll with it.

Kids in a superhero costume? Sounds like fun!

I get it though. You’ve chosen to have this moment in time captured by a professional photographer, you want your family to look their best. If you’re worrying over how to bring together your wardrobe here’s a few tips I give my clients when choosing their wardrobe…

 


1. Start with You

Let’s be honest. It was probably you who organised this photography session. It will be you who is charge of wrangling small people into cute outfits. It will be you who puts these images onto your walls so you can look back in years to come and smile at how lovely your younger family was on this day. So let’s start by choosing your outfit first. Pick something that you love. An outfit that makes you feel beautiful and confident. That you can move freely in to chase your munchkins and wrap them in huge hugs to give them as much love as you can. Choose something just for you, then build everyone elses outfits around that.

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2. Coordinate colours (but no matchy, matchy!)

Keep your colour palette simple across the outfits. Maybe everyone is in a shade of blue - sky blue, dark blue, navy blue, pastel. Maybe everyone has a coloured item of clothing that ties into together - a pop of mustard or brown tones. Imagine what you will look like together in one frame. Will there be any major clashes? If you’re having trouble imaging what it might look like, try putting your outfit choices laid out on the bed together. Tying in your outfits so that there is a little colour coordination will make for a more visually appealing photograph. But if your family all turn up to the session wearing matching white button down shirts and jean... No. Just no. I will make you skip down the beach holding hands and sit in awkward poses because that’s what you get for turning up to a photo session looking like something out a nineties commerical. You don’t need to be matchy, matchy. Just a little colour coordinated.

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3. look at the colours in your home

These gorgeous photos will be framed and hung on your walls. So have a look around at home. Are you into bright colours? Neutrals? Let your home decor guide your wardrobe choice so that your photographic artwork matches seamlessly with your home.

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4. ACCESSORIES ARE YOUR FRIEND

Accessories add points of interest to your outfit and are fun to have in photos. There is something so intimate about a little one sitting on mummy’s lap and playing with her necklace. Bracelets on your arm are always a talking point for little girls.

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5. use patterns wisely

I love seeing prints and patterns in families wardrobe choices, but if there’s more than two prints or patterns it can end up getting a bit distracting in the final image. Choose patterns wisely and use them sparingly.

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6. Say no to logos

T-shirts with logos are super distracting in photos. Dad’s wearing surf wear brands with big logos splashed across them or little boys with their favourite Lego or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle t-shirts really aren’t want you want to have in your precious photo session. Keep it plain and simple – save the printed tees for another day.

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7. Leave the fluro in the 80’s

The fluro phase is slowly passing by again, although I know my daughter still has a few favourite pieces in her wardrobe. Just to be on the safe side, fluro dresses are best saved for disco nights.

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8. avoid all black or all white

If you are wearing an all white shirt it easy to blow out the highlights, losing detail in your shirt. All black can have a similar effect. What does that even mean, I hear you ask? Basically when you and your partner wear all black or all white you end up looking like a double blob, there is no detail, no end of you and beginning of him. In saying this, black or white singlets under jackets or cardigans look great (because less is more). Add a layer and break it up is all I’m asking.

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9. Layers and textures are flattering

Scarves, wraps, cardigans and belts help to flatter your figure and adds interest to the image.

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10. think classic

These photos will be hanging on your walls and treasured for years to come. Choosing simple, classic clothes will help to give your images a timeless feel.

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11. Dress appropriately for the location

Be sure to be true to you and the environment of your photography session. There’s no need to dress up for cocktail hour if you’re having a photography session at the beach. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful, relaxed and comfortable. Jeans and a tee is totally ok.

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12. Plan ahead

If your daughter desperately wants to wear her best party dress for the session, awesome. That’s one less decision you need to make. BUT - make sure you have it washed and put away hiding in a secret spot a few days in advance. There’s nothing worse than waking up on the morning of the session to find your outfit choices in the dirty clothes pile.

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13. Rules are made to be broken

Take everything you read with a grain of salt - it really doesn’t matter if your outfits match, or if someone is wearing fluro, patterns or logos. We’ll still have fun together and make stunning images. So take what you will from this what wear guide. It’s more important that you and your family feel happy in yourselves.

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So that’s my top tips on what to wear to a family photography session. If you want more details about what happens during a session head over to my frequently asked questions page.

An afternoon at Long Jetty with Sticks

Family Photographer Central Coast

This is one of the sessions that was a little bit special. Amy had got in contact as she wanted to do an extended family photography session with four generations of her family together for the afternoon. A chance to bring everyone together to capture time with her nan, Sticks. Only a few short years ago Sticks was an outgoing octogenarian, a committed swimmer and avid walker. Sticks’ health had declined in recent years, much to Sticks’ disgust.

Sticks wasn’t as stable on her feet as she used to be, so walking on sand at the beach wasn’t going to be an option for our photo session. We decided Long Jetty would work as it’s level ground and a short walk from the car for Sticks, with plenty of open space for the grand kids to play.

These guys had come prepared for a picnic with cheese, wine and nibblies. The had games, footies and scooters, so plenty of things to keep everyone happy. The whole afternoon was super relaxed, we did a few posed group photos, then let the kids run wild, exploring the foreshore and the jetty. Sticks is a determined woman and no way was she going to miss out on the action, so she made the journey out to the end of the wharf as well to watch the gorgeous sunset. I hope when I get to her age, I have the same stamina and zest for life, enjoying time with the great grand kids.

It was so good to spend with this awesome tribe.

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