RSPCA Million Paws Walk Gosford

Central Coast Dog Photographer

I was in doggy person heaven on Sunday at the RSPCA Millions Paws Walk in Gosford. There were so many beautiful dogs, big and small, there to raise money and awareness for the RSPCA. I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with the team from the RSPCA Tuggerah Care Centre who were delighted each time one their adopted dogs dropped by to greet them. Their passion for the dogs and their genuine interest in their new homes was just priceless. The RSPCA Tuggerah Care Centre are holding a trivia night on Saturday 1st June at Mingara. Tickets are only $20 with all proceeds going to the RSPCA. If you’re free I highly recommend going along for a great cause.

It was a festive atmosphere on Sunday morning with lots of stall holders sharing their doggy goods. Hairy hounds bakery had some adorable doggy biscuits on offer. The Animal Referral Hospital were giving the woofers bandannas with calming essential oils to help them feel relaxed in the crowd. Other stall holders included Canine Holisitc Wellness Centre, Castle Minding, Star FM, Healthy Pets 1st, Green Cross Vets, Petite Paws Doggy Daycare, as well the Rotary Club of Gosford manning the BBQ.

The dogs obviously enjoyed their walk with lots coming back wet from a swim in the waterfront. Luckily the girls from Aussie Pooch Mobile Dog Wash were on hand to give the pooches a little luxury after their big day out.

After the walk there were games and competitions for the dogs to be in, including best dressed (I liked the sausage dog dressed with his tweed cap) and best trick (the mini poodle who could dance was very clever!).

I got a lot of puppy love on the day - heaps of licks, with a few woofers jumping up for cuddles and a couple sitting on my feet for good luck. I’ve got to say though, while I loved the big boofy woofers, I think my favourite hounds on the day were the quiet old dogs who were getting carried around or pushed in prams. I think it’s so special that our loyal old companions still get to be part of these days out and about.

Here’s a few happy snaps of the hounds ...

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Mother's Day 2019 - Part Two

Central Coast Family Photographer

Continuing on from my previous post with some more of the beautiful mums I have photographed over the last 12 months.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sam and baby Sienna

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Sam and Sienna spent a cool autumn morning snuggled up indoors for their newborn photography session. To see more of their session click here.


Kieran and Sienna

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Snuggles were the order of the day for newborn baby Sienna. She was happy with mum, dad or her older siblings, anyone who wanted to give her love was alright by Sienna. To see more of her newborn photos click here.


Sal, Lachie and Eddie

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Super mum Sal was game for anything her boys wanted to do during their family photos. Sal was even climbing trees in this gorgeous dress. Nothing was too hard for her. To see more of their fun session click here.


Rach’s maternity session

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There was lots going on with Rach’s three older kids during her maternity session - everyone wanted to be snuggled close to mum. I think Nellie showing me her baby bump might be my favourite one of all. To see more of this beautiful family click here.


Dionne, Lee, Leni and Xavi

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A brand new block for their brand new house - documenting the journey of this family was gorgeous as they enjoyed the beginning of many new adventures. To see more of their family photography session click here.


Rach and teagan

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This was a beautiful, quiet session with just mumma and bubba home together. To see more of their newborn session click here.


Lauren and keelan

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Lauren and Keelan were kept company throughout our session by their two gorgeous hounds. To see more of their newborn photography session click here.


Aimee and newborn baby george

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Little George and his amazing hair had my heart - there’s nothing quite like the soft downy hair of a newborn. To see more of their session click here.


Lauren and remi

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Newborn baby Remi was so quiet and placid, it was beautiful to capture some quiet time between mum and bub. Pretty sure her big sister Ava was jumping on the bed behind while I took this shot. To see more of their newborn photography session click here.


Cat and Marissa

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Little Marissa was so exuberant and outgoing. She was keen to show me the nursery for the baby that was on the way. to show me her room, to show me the backyard. But when she had a fall and hurt herself, all she wanted was to be close by her mummy’s side. To see more of their session click here.


Liz and Leni

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Leni was all dressed up in her special dress for her mummy’s maternity photos, but when I arrived she decided it was time to wear her Little Red Riding Hood dress instead. Lucky for me mum Liz and dad Dean are super laid back and let Leni take the lead. She rocked that dress all day. To see more of their session click here.


Alexandra and Jack

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Jack was your typical little dynamo - keen to get out and run amok. Mum Alex set aside a time for some gorgeous indoor maternity photos before heading to the lake for paddle boarding. To see more of this session click here.


Liz, Dean and Newborn Baby Henry

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Hanging out with this cruisy family is always fun. Newborn baby Henry was happy cuddling up with his mumma. To see more of their session click here.


Rachel and theo

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Cuddles with mum are always the best and I am so in love with Theo’s hair. To see more of their session click here.


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Nanny Carol was given a photography session as a Christmas present and made sure her grandson Khan was there to be part of the fun. To see more of their session click here.


Leanne and Amelia

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This family had a gorgeous afternoon on their amazing new property. To see more of their session click here.


So that’s my wrap up of a year of photographing some amazing mum’s.

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Mother's Day 2019

Central Coast Family Photographer


To celebrate Mother’s Day 2019, I’ve put together a collection of some my favourite mummy photos from the last 12 months. This is part 1 - there will be another blog post to follow (I can’t narrow it down - I love all these images!!).

Here’s to all the beautiful women in our lives.

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

Melissa and baby Lexi

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The Francis family were given a gift voucher for their photography session and rather than do it when Lexi was a newborn, they chose to wait until she was 10 months old and so freaking cute!! To see more of their session click here.


Tara and baby Charlie Rose

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This beautiful mum was taking everything in her stride during our photography session together - broken sleep and a fussy newborn didn’t worry Tara at all. To see more of their session click here.


Ashley and baby Sonny

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This is a beautiful quiet moment between Ashley and Sonny. I can guarantee you that just out of camera is big brother Finn who was waxing lyrical about all things philosophical. He was an absolute crack up! To see more of their session click here.


Jo, Matt and Jack

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Jo was absolutely glowing for her maternity photography session. She was more than happy to go bushwalking with her little family to get some gorgeous images. TO see more of her session click here.


Kate, adam and khan

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Kate and Adam were living overseas when Khan was born, so a newborn photography gift voucher was the perfect present for them when they came back to Australia for a visit. To see more of their session click here.


Zena and Family

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Zena was watching her adult children prepare to leave home and so decided to book in a photography session before she had an empty nest. This gorgeous family had a great afternoon hanging at home and at the beach. To see more of their session click here.


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Mother's Day Gift Vouchers Available

Central Coast Photographer

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Whether it’s your mum, nan, mother-in-law, aunty or someone special to you, a Mother’s Day gift voucher is the gift that keeps on giving.

For mum’s that have it all and are hard to buy for, a photography gift certificate is the perfect present. A photography session is an opportunity to spend time with your loved ones, to capture timeless images you can hang on your walls and add to your family album.

Photography sessions with me are very relaxed, no awkward posing, no saying “cheese”. Just me and your crew hanging out together, doing the things that you love best. Morning snuggles. Games afternoons. Walks in the bush. Beach time. What ever is meaningful to you and your family.

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Pet Photography Central Coast

Central Coast Pet Photographer

As someone whose four legged friend sleeps on the bed and takes ownership of the couch, I’m a big fan of including pets in family photography sessions. I firmly believe ALL members of your family should be included in your session - and that includes your dog, cat, goat, chicken or any other pet that makes your family complete. My pooch features prominently in our family photo album, as time spent snuggling with Jiffy is a great chance to capture photos of my kids sitting quietly. There’s also plenty of snapshots of the kids rumbling with her, chasing her in the backyard and generally being nutters. One of my favourite photos of all time is an image of my daughter and our dog walking through the sand dunes - a timeless photograph of them doing their favourite thing together. As a doggy person I understand that including your loyal companion in a session comes with it’s own risks - I’ve had my camera slobbered on, spent time chasing wayward dogs through the bush during a photo shoot and spend a lot of time being sniffed and jumped on during sessions. It’s all fine - so long as Fido doesn’t want to bite my head off - I can deal with a bit of over exuberant puppy love.

If you’d like to include your furry friends in your next family photography session just get in contact with me here.

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A little bit longer... with Alexandra, Jeremy and Jack

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Alex and Jeremy were a little nervous when they booked in for their maternity photography session. They claimed they weren’t really photo session types and were awkward in photos. Fortunately for me they had been referred to be me by one of their good friends - so they already knew my approach was pretty relaxed. I told them what I tell all nervous families - if you feel awkward just reach out to whoever is close to you and interact with them… cuddle with your child, hold your partner’s hand, engage in conversation and just deflect your attention away from the camera and towards one of your loved ones.

And these guys nailed it. Their gallery of images was so full of love because in each and every image they were giving their full attention to each other.

Their six year old son Jack was such a typical little boy - so full of joy and energy and great ideas. Jack wasn’t keen on posing, which is how I like it, but he LOVED chatting away while snuggling up with his family. Because Jack was relaxed and happy cuddled up with his parents, I was able to capture tons of gorgeous images of this beautiful family.

As they had booked in for a longer maternity session we were able to go to different locations to get a variety of beautiful images. We had a cruisy afternoon on their deck as they lazed around in the day bed, enjoying the sea breeze on a hot summer’s afternoon. Alex is super resourceful and had managed to get this day bed made to her specifications - at a fraction of the retail cost.

Their bedroom had beautiful light so we were able to get some gorgeous baby bump photos in there. Once the heat of the day had passed we headed down to the lake where this super mum jumped on her SUP for a paddle around the lake. Jack was able to run amok in the shallows and swim in the warm water.

I am so looking forward to spending more time with this super cool family when their new baby arrives soon.

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Short n sweet... with the Francis family

A gift voucher for a newborn baby photography session is one of the most popular reasons people buy gift certificates from me. For the family that already has everything they need, a photography session is the perfect present.

These guys chose to wait, rather than a newborn photography session, they waited until their gorgeous baby girl was 10 months old before they had their session together. Ohh and she was so very lovely. 10 months is a gorgeous age. Little Lexi was so bright and alert. She totally stole my heart with her toothy grin and her constant baby chatter. Plus those blue eyes. Stop it. She was like a doll. Just beautiful. She took delight in everything around her. She was constantly watching her big brother as he tore around the place. She giggled at leaves as they brushed by her. Everything was awesome to little Lexi.

For big brother Luka, everything was an adventure. He explored through the bush. He chased ducks. He found all sorts of interesting looking object along the waters edge. But the thing he loved most of all, was throwing rocks in the water. Big, rocks, little rocks, anything that made a splash.

Brant and Melissa were so chilled out with their little tribe. They happily let the kids lead the way through our session. By engaging their little ones and their natural curiosity to explore, it meant this sweet family had a relaxed, happy afternoon out at the lake, with me along with them to document this moment in their life.

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Dog Photography - Central Coast Animal Care Facility

Pet Photography Central Coast

When the call out came for help at the Central Coast Animal Care Facility, I couldn’t resist the chance to go and be part of things. The team at Gosford Pound are trying to raise money to help rescue and rehome abandoned animals and are creating a calendar as a fundraising event, so I donated my photography services to help out this worthy cause.

My kids have been intrigued by Gosford Pound for a long time - why is it there? Where do the dog comes from? What happens to them inside? Where do they go? They were so insistent in seeing how it all works we ended up having a drop by one afternoon a few months ago. The kids were a little taken back by the cages and a little bewildered by just how many dogs were there. My kids have got big hearts, they immediately wanted to take every dog home with us. Our dog was a little stray pup found on the street and my kids recognise how lucky she was to find us and have a loving home.

During my visit last week to photograph the dogs I was so impressed by the amount of carers that volunteered their time to help these dogs out. There were at least 7 volunteers walking dogs, playing with them, or just giving each dog love and affection. And the dogs just lapped it up.

Here’s hoping this helps a little bit to make life easier for our four legged friends.

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How to choose the best location for your outdoor photography session

Central Coast Family Photographer

Families who are keen to get out and about for their photography session often ask me “where should we go?”. The options are limitless, so in the interest of making things a little easier, here’s a few points I think about when deciding on a location…

MEANINGFUL

INTENTION

SECLUSION

VARIETY

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MEANINGFUL

Think about your normal week or month with your family and the places you visit on regular basis. Are you beach bums like me, with salty hair and sandy toes? Do you have a favourite bushwalk you love coming back to? Maybe you spend every spare minute with your minis at the skatepark? Do you have a favourite café where they know your kids favourite milkshakes? When everyone is feeling relaxed in familiar surroundings, you’ll find your session is so much easier. You want your photographs and albums to be a reflection of who you are in this moment. When you look back on these images in years to come the memories associated with your special location will make the photographs seem that much sweeter.

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INTENTION

What are you hoping your family will do at this location? If your intention is for natural photographs in the bushland surrounding at the park, but your little ones spot the playground equipment and just want to play on that instead… let’s just say it may be that your intentions and the kids intentions are a little different. Awkward. In the interests of making life easy for you, if you’re looking for a nature based session, I generally avoid locations with a playground. There’s only so many photos of the kids going down the fireman’s pole that you need hanging on your wall.

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SECLUSION

Crowded places, like city streets or busy parks are some of the more difficult places for a family photography session. In these situations you spend a lot of time waiting for people to move out of the frame and will often have an audience watching your session, which can make you feel self-conscious and make it difficult to relax.  Fortunately for us on the Central Coast, finding a quiet location is not too hard to find. Even at our busy parks and beaches, you often only need to talk a few hundred metres and you’ll have the place to yourselves. Perfect.

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VARIETY

Your family photography session will last for at least an hour, so we want to keep your kiddos happy and busy during that time. For this, variety is the spice of life. When choosing a location you want a place that has room to move, play and explore. Many of my families choose to start their sessions at their local lake and then walk around to the beach. This gives the kids a couple of different locations to play and explore and adds variety to your finished images. Bushwalks also allow for movement and exploration, with a variety of scene changes. Rock platforms at the beach are another great option that encourage movement and provide different backdrops for your photographs. Remember though – if your session is near water, your kids will invariably end up wet. I’m up for that – so long as you are too!!

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So that’s my go-to guide for choosing a location for your family photography session on the Central Coast.

 

If you would like to book your own family photography session, please get in touch.

Father's Day 2018

Central Coast Family Photographer 

To celebrate Father's Day this year I thought I'd look back over my sessions from the past 12 months to pick out my favourite daddy photos. 

Here they are in no particular order....

 

Brendon and Hunter

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Brendon holding newborn baby Hunter has become one of my iconic images for the year. Seeing daddy's big, strong hands tenderly holding his newborn son - be still my beating ovaries. To check out the rest of this newborn session just click here

 

Dave and Charlie Rose

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Did I mention I'm a sucker for a baby cradled in her daddy's arms? Charlie Rose had her first unsettled night before our photo session so when I arrived daddy Dave was still helping everyone get ready. He made his beautiful wife brekky, helped with burbing and changing Charlie Rose and just generally went about keeping things calm and peaceful. Here's to the dad's that keep things running smoothly while mum is stuck in the seemingly never ending cycle of feeding a hungry hungry baby. To see more of Dave and Charlie Rose click here.

 

Darren and Elsie

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Darren is one busy daddy. This seemingly quiet and peaceful image is hiding the chaos and joy of his three other wild ones running amok at Kincumba Mountain. I absolutely love photographing the madness of big families, but my favourite thing to do is find those moments of calm and stillness in mayhem. To see more of Darren and his beautiful family click here

 

Mat and Jack

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This one is such a sentimental favourite. Dad Mat is in the background, holding his son Jack and laughing with his Nanny Nola. Sweet Nanny Nola passed away just five days later. Here's to the dad's that hold their family close and appreciate every special moment together. To see more of their session click here.

 

Lee and Leni

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Leni took a moment out of the chaos of her 3rd birthday to come and snuggle quietly with her daddy. Again, in the mayhem of a preschooler's birthday party, it's the moment of quiet connection that I gravitate to.

 

Kain and Abbie

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Gorgeous Abbie, full of sass, is just her daddy's girl. I know she's doing it tough at the moment with her daddy away with the army. Here's to the dads that don't get to be with their kids every day, but when they are together, they hold them close and let them know they are loved no matter where they are in the world.

 

Sean and Oscar

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Sean gazing adoringly at newborn baby Oscar is another of my favourites for the year. Sean was happy sitting around and snuggling with his newest child, but when baby Oscar's big sister Eli came looking for attention, Sean was just as keen to jump and play on the scooter with her or push her on the swing. I love seeing dads who embrace all the phases of childhood with their kids. To see more of Sean and Oscar's newborn baby session click here.

 
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This little munchkin skipped her nap at preschool and was not a happy camper at the beginning of our session. Luckily, cuddles with daddy helped to brighten her up again. Here's to the dads that can bring a smile to the face of their child. To see more of their session, click here

 

Andrew and Sienna

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Little Sienna all chubby and squishy, held safely in daddy Andrew's big strong hands. Andrew had preempted that I'd want to get some nuddie shots of his baby girl so he had the heater cranked up on this cold winter's day. Here's to the dads that know what their kids need. TO see more of their session, click here.

 

Josh and Sonny

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Dad Josh was happy to hang with baby Sonny during our session. He just went gently along behind mum Ashley as their toddler Finn led the way on an adventure round the lake. Here's to the dad's that let their kids take the lead. To see more of their session click here.

 

Rhys and Sienna

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Rhys was so calm during our session together. He was relaxed hanging with his newborn baby girl Sienna, but his was also very conscious of the fact that his eldest son Frankie was desperate to get outside to kick the soccer ball with him. Here's to the dad's that are able to help their children develop patience (without losing their own!). To see more of their session, click here. 

 

Brad, Chase and Tyler

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Brad and his family came back to the Central Coast to celebrate his son's 9th birthday party. They are currently travelling around Australia seeing all that our amazing country has to offer. Here's to the dad's that are brave enough to chase their dreams, showing their children that they can do the same. 

 

Andrew and Parker

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Daddy Andrew was just so easy going during our session. He was happy to jump in the water with kids so Parker could go body boarding and Nina could have a swim. Here's to the dads that enjoy play just as much as their kids do. To see more of their session click here. 

 

Dave and family

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Dad Dave, pictured in the centre, is facing major changes in his life. His children are leaving home and our session was a last get together before everyone went in their own directions. This one is for the dads that can take comfort knowing that they have put in the ground work to help their children develop into confident, respectful adults. To see more of their session click here.  

 

Chris, Tyler and Kaden

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These little guys were two bundles of energy during our family photography session at Wamberal. Daddy Chris was more than happy to help them burn energy. He chased them up and down sand dunes. He acted as a speed hump for the boys to jump over as they ran down the sand dunes again. He laughed when the boys had an impromptu swim and kept his calm when a certain photographer suggested the boys use daddy't t-shirt as a towel and then they proceeded to get in the shirt together, ruining the t-shirt. (ah...sorry Chris!!!). Here's to the dad's that know that boys will be boys. To see more of their session click here. 

 

Bryce and Keelan

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This is the newest daddy I've photographed this year. Bryce is obviously loving his new role as a dad, keen to help his Lauren with burping, changing and burrito rapping newborn baby Keelan. Here's to the dad's that whole heartedly embrace this new role is their life.

 

Paul and Malachi

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My favourite dad photo of the year is this one. A little biased? Yeah, maybe. But seeing Paul take Mal out to do what he loves most just makes my heart happy. Here's to the dad's that spend their fishing session baiting hooks and untangling lines, just to see the smile on their little ones faces when they finally land a whopper. 

Happy Father's Day to all these awesome dad's. We are grateful for everything you do for our families.