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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Short n sweet... with nanny and poppy Ransley

Central Coast Family Photographer

Nanny Carol was given a great present for Christmas - a gift voucher for a photography session with yours truly! These active grandparents spend a lot of time with their adorable grandson Khan, so it was only natural that they wanted to include him in the session too.

Unfortunately when I turned up for their session, little Khan was sick. The poor little guy was struggling with his asthma and just doing it tough. All he wanted was to snuggle in poppy’s arms. And that was perfectly ok, because we got some beautiful photos of the boys together.

Khan was such a little champion - he soldiered on, kicking his footy, playing in his amazing car (with some nifty remote control driving by poppy) and following his dog Dottie around.

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Short n sweet... with the Cutcliffe family

I think one of the things I love most about my photography business is being able to document a families journey through the years. This gorgeous family had a maternity session before their youngest was born. I then got to be there for Miss Tegan’s newborn photos. And now they have done another family session together. I love seeing the little changes - Theo is talking so much more, he’s much more confident. And the big changes - Tegan has grown sooo much!!

But what I love most of all is the things that don’t change - this family are so calm, peaceful and affectionate, there’s a lot of love in this small house.

And I may have mentioned once or twice how obsessed I am with Theo’s hair….

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Short n sweet... with newborn baby Henry

Central Coast Newborn Photographer

Someone forgot to tell Henry Wilbow how a newborn baby is supposed to behave. This precious little soul is not your average, sleepy newborn. He is bright eyed and super alert watching everyone around him with knowing eyes. He is super strong, lifting his head to scan the room for his big sister and throwing himself around in his daddy’s arms to see what is going on. It’ll be no time at all before this little man is up and after chasing Leni.

Beautiful Henry is so very loved. His big sister Leni dotes on him. She spent lots of time kissing his hands, playing with his toes and checking out his belly button - because they sure a funny looking on a newborn!

I feel so privileged to be able to photograph the Wilbow’s journey with Henry - from gorgeous baby bump in his mummy’s tummy to much loved baby brother.

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How to prepare for a newborn photography session (for those who are sleep deprived)

Central Coast Newborn Photographer

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Newborn photography sessions are my favourite sessions to be part of. Everyone’s emotions are so raw and their love for this wee baby is so big. I am so honoured to be invited into a families home as they find their feet with a new baby.

Newborns have this amazing ability to totally throw your world upside down. You are totally enraptured by these awesome creatures who take up 100% of your focus and attention.

Which is cool. It’s how it should be.

Until you think about inviting a stranger into your home to take photos of you and your munchkin. Then the anxiety might start to build - you haven’t had more than 3 hours of unbroken sleep in god knows how long. The house looks like a bomb went off and showering may not have been at the top of your priority list in the last 24 hours.

It’s cool. I get it. I’ve been there too. My delightful children would wake every 40 minutes as babies (true story - I plan on getting them back as teenagers!).

Don’t stress if things aren’t perfect. Life is not perfect. Fortunately my focus is only going to be on your new baby, not the state of your home. Just run a brush through your hair, put on some relatively clean clothes and get ready for some snuggle time with your little bundle.

Want a few more tips for preparing for a newborn photography session? Here’s my recommendations….

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1.      Make your bed

Sounds too simple, I know. Here’s the thing, snuggling up on your bed is a great place to have photos with your little bundle of joy. Even if the rest of your house is in turmoil, having a clean bed will make a perfect space for a calm and relaxed photo opportunity. Plus anytime you get to lie down is a good thing, right?

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2.      Wear something you are comfortable in

You want to look good for your photo session, that’s totally understandable. Remember though, we’re just hanging at home, so your outfit should reflect that. I can almost guarantee that bub will want a feed while I’m there, so make sure you feel comfortable doing so when you make your clothing choices. Avoid large logos or clothing with big writing. Neutral and light colours are good options as they won’t detract from the natural beauty of your baby. You can add colour with jewellery or accessories.

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3.      Open the blinds and let in natural light

As a natural light photographer, I love curtains open, blinds up and lots of natural light pouring. The more natural light you let into your home, the more options we have for photo opportunities. Don’t stress if it’s dark or overcast and hold off on using artificial lights (fluro lights are not a photographers friend!), I can work wonders with any available natural light.

That’s it.

Too easy huh?

If you want to book a relaxed newborn photography session in your home on the Central Coast you can do that here.

Short n sweet... with newborn baby Remi

Central Coast Newborn Photographer

I arrived to this quiet, peaceful home to find everyone having down time. Newborn baby Remi was so relaxed. She was sleeping when I got there and didn’t fuss when she was brought out to be part of the session. Big sister Ava was having quiet time after a big night at the Taylor Swift concert. So jealous - can’t believe this six year old has been to see Tay Tay and I haven’t managed it yet.

Lucky for us Ava was still in a good mood. This kid has character plus. She is so bold and sassy. Not at all backwards in coming forwards, Ava had us all in stitches. This first born certainly rules the roost. Apparently when Ava found out she was going to be a big sister, she was NOT impressed. She was not interested in having a baby in her home. And she was not afraid to let her mum and dad know. Fortunately, the big sister role has grown on Ava, baby Remi isn’t so bad after all. Ava was very keen to show me baby Remi’s toys, her beautiful nursery, to cuddle with her baby sister either on the couch or in her cot.

There’s a mad footy rivalry in this household. The girls are die hard Souths fans. Dad is the lone Rooster. So of course we had to get the obligatory jersey shot of Ava and her daddy. I may have heard mention that baby Remi has her own jersey too…much to dad’s disgust.

This family was so relaxed throughout the session, they laughed easily and readily, happy in their beautifully renovated home together.

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Short n sweet with... newborn baby George

Newborn Baby Photographer Sydney

There’s just something about a newborn baby with a gorgeous full head of dark hair that just makes you want to sit and play with their fluffy, wispy hair all day long. Dear little George has himself the most endearing Alfalfa hair - sticking up on end and making him all the more cuter for it. This little guy was so alert, he watched everything that was happening, just soaking it all in. Not only that, he was super strong, we kept laughing as he threw his head around, pushing off his daddy’s chest and rearranging himself to get a better view of what was going on. Then there was the talking. George kept up the cutest baby talk the whole time I was there. I reckon this is one seriously intelligent child that Aimee and Con have on their hands.

Aimee and Con have worked long and hard to get into their dream home, a mission that was three years in the making. Travelling to Sydney to do their in home newborn session was a no-brainer for me. It was beautiful to spend time with them in their amazing home.

Spencer the dog was on guard the whole time - he was quick to bark at anyone or anything he thought was a threat to his little family. Spencer stayed close by George throughout the session, keeping a watchful eye on me and my camera. George wasn’t bothered at all, he was relaxed and chilled the whole time.

Con obviously adores his son. He was attentive and hands on, talking constantly to his little man. Con has more than happily offered to be a stay at home dad, but Aimee is pretty happy in her role as mum and is no hurry to hand over the stay at home role to Con. Aimee was so relaxed with her baby boy, talking gently and reassuringly throughout the time I was there. This beautiful family were so content together - it was a special time for me to witness and document for them.

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Short n sweet with... newborn baby Keelan

There is something about being greeted at the front door of a families home by two big boofy dogs that instantly puts me at ease. Having their woofers in the house and wandering around says so much to me about the family. The fact that they are relaxed animal lovers that include their pets in their day to day life builds lets me know I'm hanging with my kind of people. And boy have these dogs embraced the newest member of the family. 

Lauren noticed a change in her dogs as soon as she fell pregnant. The dogs used to sleep downstairs in the lounge room, but once she a had a baby on the way, Lauren had a furry shadow by her side throughout the night to keep an eye on her. Now that little baby Keelan has arrived the dogs have maintained their shadow status, happy to be close by him day or night. The dogs hung around during our session, keen to be with the newest member of the family. Their cat, however, was such a typical cat, totally uninterested in what we were doing and haughtily stalked away from the fuss.

Lauren and Bryce have done the most amazing renovations on their home. Their space was light, bright and airy - they've built their dream home up and around their old beach side fibro house. The gorgeous window light made for beautiful photos in every room of the house.

Keelan did the newborn baby thing - he fed, alot then he slept, alot. He was happiest in his mummy's arms, with his head nestled close to her heart. Lauren and Bryce were so relaxed in their status as new parents. They took everything in their stride, happy to follow Keelan's lead, just quietly and gently meeting his needs. 

I was grateful to spend time with this chilled out, loving little family. 

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Short n sweet with... newborn baby Teagan

Documentary Newborn Photography, Central Coast, NSW

I got to photograph this sweet little pea when she was just a big old bump in her mummies tummy, so I was very excited to have the chance to come round and meet her last week.

Teagan is as cute as a button. She was fast asleep in the car when I arrived, so her mummy Rachel and I just hung out for a bit before baby Teagan decided she was ready to be fed. As the youngest of four children, Teagan is probably Rachel's last baby and so breastfeeding, snuggling, wrapping up for sleep... these moments are all that little bit more poignant for Rach and being able to document this for her was an honour. 

Rach pulled out baby clothes that she had worn as a newborn herself, so it is was extra special to photograph Teagan wearing her mummies clothes. She also had so many cute gifts given to her including an adorable checked bonnet. 

As Rach's family is in Canada, photography is a great way of being able to share these moments with her family overseas. 

Looking forward to our next session together when Teagan's big brother and sisters will be there to join in the fun.

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Short n sweet... with Sienna, Frankie, Sam and Rhys

 Central Coast Documentary Newborn Photography

I was fortunate to to cross paths with this lovely family when they were given a gift certificate for a newborn photography session as a baby shower gift. Big brother Frankie was all dressed up for the occasion, spunky hair and all. He was very relaxed, cuddling his baby sister, content to chill out on the couch.... until she got too heavy... and then all he wanted to do was kick the soccer ball outside with dad. Lucky for me Frankie was very patient while I grabbed a few daddy and daughter pictures. Sienna had the most gorgeous full head of dark hair, she looked like a little doll.

Sienna was actually the sleepiest, most well behaved newborn baby I've ever photographed. She'd just finished a feed before I arrived and the little doll slept soundly as she was passed around between her big brother, her mum and her dad, getting lots of love along the way. This precious girl only woke up when it was time for a nappy change.

I love capturing all the little details that make up a new born baby... wispy hair, teenie tiny toes and those beautiful fat rolls on their legs.  Little Sienna was the perfect model for me. 

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