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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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 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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Short n sweet... with newborn baby Remi

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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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