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 Marissa and Bear

I was greeted enthusiastically at this families front door by a very happy Bear. This gorgeous Rottweiler stands guard at the front window of their house, keeping a keen eye on the comings and goings of everything that happens on their street. Nothing goes by without him noticing - a few barks and a wag of his tail lets everyone know there is something going down.

For all his size and guarding bluster, Bear is a big ol’ softy. This lovely dog is so well behaved and just the perfect family pet. He adores three year old Marissa. These two buddies move en masse throughout their day. They cuddle up on the couch for tv watching, snuggle on Bear’s bed when they need down time and wander around the backyard happily together. When Marissa organised a tea party in her bedroom, Bear was right by her side and part of the party.

Sweet Marissa went into super host over drive when I arrived. This beautiful little soul was that keen to show me all the amazing things in her home - the nursery for her new baby brother or sister, the Christmas presents for her cousins, her lovely bedroom, Bear’s bed. Marissa was chatting nineteen to the dozen - she was so enthusiastic and keen to share her world with me. I feel it is such a privilege to be able to share time with our little people during this wonder filled phase.

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Short n sweet... with Fletcher and Julian

Central Coast Family Photographer

These busy boys kept me on my toes and laughing the whole session. They bounced excitedly from one activity to another and even though it was rainy, it did not slow them down one little bit. There was bike riding on the back deck, scooter riding down the hallway, lego building, racetracks for cars, book reading, jumping on beds and a disco in the lounge room. As a mum whose kids skateboard down the hallway, hanging with this busy family made me feel right at home. Little boys need the chance to be active and burn energy.

In saying that, Fletcher still made time to go and sit quietly with his special friend Anouschka. Along with two busy little boys, this family is home to three beautiful Hungarian Vizsla fur babies, Anouschka, Laurent, and their newest addition, Specter. These good looking dogs were part of the fun throughout the day, playing happily along side the boys with cheeky Specter constantly stealing toys from the boys. But it was the regal old lady Anouschka who holds a special place in Fletcher’s heart.

The boys went to get a treat for the dogs and when they came back with carrots I thought they were playing a trick on me. Not at all. These fur babies love nothing better than to gnaw on a nice cold carrot as treat. You learn something new every day!

As our session drew to a close Fletcher started to get a bit teary, so I though it was time to beat a hasty exit as he must have had enough. Turns out this sweet little man hates goodbyes and didn’t want me to leave. Of course I stayed for one more dance off - who doesn’t love a boogie in the lounge room on a rainy day?!

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Short n sweet with... Harrison and Baxter

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I was greeted at the door by this big, boofy, uber happy dog by the name of Baxter. Baxter is a six month old English Spaniel Springer and is still such a baby. He just loved to be loved. Harrison, the little man of the house, was soon there, keen to show me around his home and introduce me to all his treasures. Of course his favourite thing to do was play in the backyard with his best mate Baxter. Baxter is a little like my hound, loves to play fetch, but he does not like to return to stick to you. This resulted in Harrison spending a lot of time chasing Baxter around the yard, trying to get the toy back. Both of them adored this game.

Harrison showed me all his favourite toys and a very impressive lego collection, with some of the star designs made by his very own mum and dad. Every time Harrison showed me a different room in his home, his shadow Baxter was there beside him. Harrison and Baxter had a very brief snuggle on the bed, before it was time to race outside again and play under the sprinkler. Baxter absolutely LOVED playing under the hose. This funny dog ran, jumped and splashed non stop. Harrison laughed the whole time. These two were a blast to hang out with on a warm spring afternoon.

It was so beautiful to watch the special bond between this little boy and his dog. In Baxter, Harrison has a playmate, a best friend – total and utter unconditional love.

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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... the Brennan family

Central Coast Maternity Photographer

I'm a little excited to share this maternity session as this is my little sister Lexi and her beautiful family. I'd caught up with Lexi a few days earlier and thought she looked very round and very low - it didn't look like bubs would stay in to full term. We were very fortunate to squeeze this maternity session in because a few short days later Kalan made his big appearance at just 36 weeks! So here's an extended family maternity photo session - complete with proud grandmother Nanoo and cousins too. We had a happy and hectic afternoon at home and at the waterfront. 

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Short n sweet... with Sizzle

Central Coast Pet Photographer

I was a little confused when Laini got in contact to book her session as she told me she didn't want photos of her,  or her partner or her step daughter. No photos of the extended family. Um... ok?? So... she wanted photos of her dog. Her beautiful sweet, much loved furbaby was the focus of the session. This was a little out of my comfort zone as pet photography is not something I've done before. Sizzle was a star and loved the camera. We enjoyed a relaxed afternoon in their beautiful yard snuggling with this cute dog. I am looking forward to meeting a new sibling for Sizzle soon.

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A little bit longer... with the Mallyon family

Central Coast Family Photographer

I was greeted at the door with a big smile and a huge hug from the lovely Lisy. She’d obviously gone to some trouble to be ready for my arrival, wet hair and fresh clothes, hinted that she’d been up early to be presentable.

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Her boys were chilling in front of TV when I walked in, with only a little complaint when the TV was turned off. They quickly went and entertained themselves. Kaden elaborately told me about his lego collection and his new lego reward daddy was buying him later that day.

Little boy playing with Lego

Lis continued cleaning and organising benches as I followed the boys around. I let her know it wasn’t necessary for me. She kindly told me the cleaning was for her, that’d she feel better if the house was clean. I totally get this as I often go into a cleaning frenzy before visitors arrive. When Lis went through her online gallery of images, she told me she was disappointed that the kitchen bench was a mess. I think as mums we are so hard on ourselves about living up to our own expectations. I believe we need to give ourselves permission to accept our imperfections and embrace the chaos of this time in our lives. Because in 20 years time our kitchens will be clean, but our homes will be empty. When I look at this photograph, I see a father and son working together. I'm not worried about how tidy the bench is.

Father and son washing the dishes at the kitchen sink

I knew Tyler is a bright child, but during this session I discovered he is exceptionally gifted. He studiously read through his solar system book and copied down details about the sun and planets on his white board. He was happiest when questioning my own knowledge of this topic and gleefully filled me in on the many things I didn’t know.

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A little guy with big ideas and big emotions, he still reached out to mum for some downtime, reading together.

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Kaden was ALL ABOUT DAD. He followed dad around the house and was constantly finding ways to engage him, building lego and drawing superheroes.

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Father and son drawing superheroes together

For a mum surrounded by boys, Lis has embraced the rough and tumble of everyday life. They introduced me to a game of ‘crack the egg’ which elicited giggles followed by some wrestling on the trampoline. I had a beautiful morning hanging out with this cruisy family.  

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A little bit longer.... with Jules and Nato

Central Coast Family Photographer

There is something special about driving over The Entrance channel at dawn. The world is still and quiet. The silence speaks of the potential for great things to come. Approaching Jules and Nato’s place I was reminded again of how lucky I am to live in this awesome part of the world.

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As I walked into their home I saw Andie engrossed in front of TV, Dora the Explorer entertaining another Saturday morning early riser. Jules and Nato sat quietly with her, chatting about their usual routine, anticipating Quinnie waking soon and sharing her morning cuteness with us all.

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It was beautiful to watch as the family greeted Quinnie with joy, each of them taking time to give her a kiss or a cuddle and share a few words with her. What an amazing way to start your day, showered with love from those that mean the most to you.

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Nato was in charge of breakfast duties and he did not disappoint. Jules’ homemade granola was served first, followed by Nato's Saturday morning special of googy eggs and soldiers.  This image of the Mr Men egg holder is one of my favourites from the session, simply because it is a treasure a friend brought home during their travels overseas. I love that this image will be a memory trigger for the kids in years to come.

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A quiet game of UNO came next.

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A colourful beach ball brought a few giggles during the walk to check the surf.

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These guys were so cool and calm throughout their morning. It was a lovely way to start the weekend.