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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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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School holiday activities for kids on the Central Coast

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I know this wet weather has been getting people down, especially those with small people at home, slowly driving their parents up the wall. We’ve been away camping this past week and noticed that the weather never impacted the activities our kids wanted to do. They wanted to go surfing in the rain? Sure let’s do it. Bike riding through muddy puddles? Sounds like messy fun. Kids are resilient, they’re happy to get outside and be active, regardless of the weather. With that in mind, here’s some outdoor activities that my kids love to do, rain, hail or shine.

Winnie Bay Bushwalk

Winnie Bay Copacabana Avoca

My kids love a wander down the stairs from Copa to Winnie Bay. Mal the bird man was stoked to spot a Regent Bowerbird during one of our walks. Josie prefers exploring the rockplatforms and discovering shells.

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Surfing at Umina

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Umina is the perfect learn to surf spot on the Central Coast. Long, gentle waves are just right for beginners. The shallow break means that little ones that aren’t that confident can safely wade out to be part of the fun.

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Little Beach

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The kids love this bushwalk. The track is only a 10 min stroll through rainforest. If the tide is right they’ll have a swim in the rockpools once we get there. Otherwise the love just walking around the rock platforms.

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Saratoga Waterfront

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Tree climbing, walking along the rock wall and looking for jellyfish in the shallows, my two love a wander along the Saratoga waterfront.

Tree climbing Saratoga Waterfront

So that’s a few of our favorite things to do during the school holidays. Rug up, grab your rain coat and gum boots and get amongst it. Being outdoors is good for small people (and grown ups too!).

A little bit longer...with Zena and family

So many families book sessions when they are on the cusp of change. Sometimes it's to welcome a new baby into their lives, other times it's to sneak a session in before one of the kids starts losing their teeth. This family booked a session because their kids are about to leave home. With their eldest son at university, their second eldest leaving the following week for a gap year travelling the world and their youngest in high school, life was certainly about to change for this lovely family. 

We spent an afternoon at their amazing holiday house overlooking the point at Copacabana. Apparently the kids were dreading me getting them to do dorky poses or asking them to hold hands and skip down the beach. Ha! They quickly realised that's not my style (although we may have snuck in a posed shot or two just for mum!) and then we were able to relax, wandering along the beach, climbing the rocks and generally chilling out on this blustery winter afternoon. The whales put on an awesome show for us, breaching and playing, passing close by the point. It was beautiful to watch snuggled up inside by the windows with these incredible beach views. 

Hanging out with this cruisy family was easy and I was so pleased to be able to document this time of change in their lives. 

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A half day in the life... with the Ashcroft clan

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This session was a little bit special. Tash had originally booked me in to document her mother-in-law Carmen's 60th birthday party. Unfortunately only days before her birthday, Carmen's husband Greg was hospitalised and all party plans were put on hold. Fast forward a few months and a healthy Greg and part of the extended family gathered at their holiday house in Copa for a relaxed afternoon together.

I felt so honoured to be able document this family during this time in their life. Their holiday house had been lovingly renovated to accommodate the three generations of the family. They made time for handball in the kitchen, bird feeding in the back yard, a hunt along the passionfruit vine and drinks on the back deck. The adults were relaxed and allowed the kids to space to have their own fun, but they were also willing and happy to join in when the kids wanted to include them. 

It was beautiful to watch the ways in which the kids interacted with the adults. Parker invited attention through play - he was into handball, footy, bodyboarding. He was active and he engaged the adults through his games and activities. Nina was so tactile, often reaching out and touching an adult lovingly as she went by. There was lots of cuddles and snuggles for this sweet girl. 

A lazy Sunday afternoon in the holiday house, a relaxed walk to the beach and a splash in the rockpool to finish things off, spending four hours with this loving family allowed me to really capture who they are at this moment in their lives.

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Short n sweet with... Millie, Ella, Nate and Imogen

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This is the best present for the grandparents who have everything! Priceless photographs of their beautiful grandchild that they can gush over and show off to all their friends. These cousins were so lovely together, the big kids were patient and kind with the little ones, helping them to climb trees and keeping them safe in the deep parts of the water in the lake. There was so much joy and freedom - I felt very lucky to have spent the afternoon with Millie, Ella, Nate and Imogen. 

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Short n sweet with... the Crawt family

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This lovely family went one step further with their Christmas gift for the grandparents - the mums had tried to organise a calendar for grandma and realised there were very few photos of Jye and Finn - because teenage boys avoid having their photo taken at all costs. We kept things fun and simple playing at the lake and the beach, so the older boys were relaxed and the younger boys had freedom. Not only did Lis and Shell organise to have beautiful photographs taken of their lovely children, they included grandma in the session too! I felt very privileged to have had the opportunity to spend time with Jenny, Lis, Shell and all their crew as I know how precious their time together is. Jenny, Shell and the kids flew down from Cairns to have family time together before Christmas. I'm so glad they took time out to capture some photos together, these boys had a gorgeous afternoon at the lake and the beach. 

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Short n sweet with... the Mallyon Family

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Return clients are always lovely to have around and the session is even easier when it's with friends. Lis and Chris played and rumbled and ran with their boisterous boys the whole afternoon. There were sand dune sprints, swimming in the lagoon and generally craziness. The afternoon was nearly lost with the boys freezing after their impromptu swim, but luckily daddy gave up his t-shirt so they could use it as a towel. What a hero. 

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