Bring me your babies!  I love them, this age especially.  8 months, sitting up with ease, almost crawling if not already started, enjoying life and really beginning to understand you.  The best!

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Capturing these little moments is magical for me as a parent.  They grow-up so fast and I am currently going through the panic that my time with my children is rapidly running out.  In a few more years, I won’t be the weekend choice of companionship.  Cuddling up to me on the couch after a day at the beach watching old comedies will be no longer wanted and will be replaced with sleep-overs and going out with friends (or even boyfriends!).

This location has caught my eye many times when out running and as the sun starts to set, I knew it would be perfect to photograph in.  I asked Daisy if she wanted to be my model, she was so enthusiastic and happy to do it.  Which to be honest isn’t always the case!   We came up with the clothing to wear and she has little ideas that she wanted to bring to the shoot too, which was adorable.  I love these times together.  She can be very patient and cute and I have to also be very patient (and cute 😉 ) when she is being so easy going.  Sadly Oscar isn’t so keen to join in.  He was more interested in running around with his catapult and pretending he is in the army.  I am sure if I was to do a shoot with a soldier he would be keen!

Everyone loves to get the newborn photos taken, then when they are babies, or a cake smash, or first year…but we forget how adorable this age group is, not to mention so easy to photograph.  A session like this can be done in 30 minutes.  Please get in touch as I am offering discounted Wild & Free Session.

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When I went back to Scotland to photograph a wedding and hold two newborn workshops, I was lucky enough to catch up with many families that I have photographed over the years.  I have been photographing this family for 5 years now.  This time I got to meet their newest addition.  Beautiful Poppy.  An absolute delight with eyes that will melt your heart.  I love this family.  We did the milk bath shoot which is now my newest ad

dition to my packages.  Ideal for the babies that have missed the newborn stage.  I supply the flowers and the milk…you bring the baby.  It is fun and the results are pretty gorgeous.  I am very excited to be doing many more of these.

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After 10 years of being together finally Pia & Tim said I do.  The weather had been pretty wet all week, which for most brides is a big disappointment.  But not for Pia, she remained positive and happy despite the grey clouds that were looming.  The ceremony was held in a very quaint little church in the beautiful Balmian and the reception at the fabulous One Ford Street
Luckily the rain held off until way into the night, allowing time for photos with the beautiful city of Sydney as the backdrop.   Pia’s dress was the prettiest I have seen in a long time, quirky and cool yet still elegant and bridal finished off with a gorgeous long veil.  I loved it. Flowers by the very talented Lavande Designs.  The day was so prefect. Even I wanted to do it all over again!
‘Linzie nailed the candid photos brief and captured so many wonderful moments from the evening that we will have forever. She just blended in, was never in anybody’s personal space or pushing formal, staged photos that took us away from our guests. The days leading up to the wedding were the wettest Sydney has had all year and I was pretty worried about the weather- Linzie was so calm and relaxed and reassuring that whatever the day brings it will still be okay!”
  • Bridal gown designer:  Manning Cartell  “My dress was not a ‘proper wedding dress’- I got it from Manning Cartell at The Strand in Sydney. I had done a bit of browsing on the internet and saw it in store one day so tried it on and that was it- decision made. I felt comfortable in it, I felt it could be easily styled and needed only minor alterations to the sleeves. Prior to this, I went to one bridal store (mostly for the novelty!) and hated the entire process- millions of questions, overwhelming and way to bridey for me!! So all up, I probably spent 2 days looking for a dress and that’s it!”
  • Veil:  Tania Maras Bridal
  • Suit: MJ Bale
  • Event planner / Stylist: No planner- self styled by myself and reception styling by Jude The Obscure
  • Florist: Lavande Designs- Rachel is incredible, patient and took her time ensuring she definitely understood what I was after- I had a very specific idea, but was possibly (“definitely”) a bit ‘ecletic’ in my examples!- and that I definitely understood what was achievable. She was understanding of our budget and was very generous. When I saw my flowers for the first time, I was blown away- I couldn’t believe how perfect they were! I got so many compliments on the day and still do! She hand delivered the flowers to each of our get ready addresses and created the most amazing arrangements for the church and reception. I only wish we could have had them forever!
  • Stationery (invites, place cards, favour tags etc): Fine Invitations
  • Ceremony venue: Campbell Street Presbyterian Church, Balmain
  • Reception venue: One Ford Street, Balmain
  • Catering:  One Ford Street, Balmain
  • Cake (and what kind):  Croquembouche from Adriano Zumbo, Balmain
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Life is pretty amazing here in Australia.  Just ask any person who has moved over here from Scotland.  Gone are the long dark winters, low grey skies that never seem to have an end and the cold that goes through to your bones.  So when you come up from Melbourne for a holiday whilst pregnant, the best way to capture these incredible moments would be with a photo shoot.

Looking amazing it made me wish for a third baby.  I know for a fact that I would not look this good.  I am always envious of anyone who gets pregnant and gains little weight.  For me I gained about 24 kilos.  I did love to eat <3

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So for a while now I get asked if I am going to be doing another newborn workshop.  I haven’t yet held them in Sydney but have held them in Scotland. Although it has been a few years now that I have done it.  After being asked again if I would be doing it this year I decided maybe I could fit it into my trip.   I put a mention on Facebook if anyone would be interested and within 24 hours I was shocked that it had sold out.  People asked again if I could hold a second day.  Not sure if I would be able to sell it out, again I put it out there on Facebook.  It sold out!  I am thrilled.

In this workshop I will show you how I hold a session,  with a newborn and parents.  How I settle, pose although I am not the biggest poser (with babies that is, some might say I different about myself), how I shoot, what lenses I use and my camera settings.  I will show how I use the props, and create images that are able to be turned into art.  After the session, and some well deserved lunch I will show how I process from culling, to editing.  I will also discuss how I use social media and tips and tricks in getting your images seen.

If time allows we can head out for dinner and we can just hang out.  I am excited to meet lots of new people.  I would love to hold one in Sydney – if you are interested then please drop me a line!

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All 2.2kilos of cuteness in the studio.  She was a dream and slept the whole time.  She was so tiny it sometimes makes it easier to wrap and pose taking up very little space on the beanbag.  It is crazy how a couple of kilos and a few centimetres can make such a big difference in babies.  Whilst with adults a couple of kilos is nothing…

Can’t wait to photograph her again when I am in Sydney next month.  She will have grown so much!

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Not long to go now for my beautiful friend and  Mum of 2 Candy.  We met in the school playground a couple of years ago when our girls started school.  I scored the playground looking for like-minded Mums and candy stood out.  I had her down to be my friend if she liked it or not!  Fast forward 2 years, Candy now lives in Woolongong with Alex and her two girls.  No idea if it is a boy or a girl about to join the sisters!!! Embracing this special time in their life we planned a beautiful maternity session on the beach just a week or two before I left for Queensland.

Due in just a few weeks I cannot wait to meet this little bub.  Hopefully will be able to capture it when I am next down in Sydney in June (I can only hope) x

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Here we go again, as a family we are back on the move and I am pretty excited about this one.  My children are no stranger to packing up and moving.  Luckily they are confident, strong and independent little people that they embrace all ideas and adventures that their crazy parents come up with.

We visited the Sunshine Coast at Christmas to see if we would like it.  Of course we did, there is so much to love and we came home wondering how we could possibly be able to move there.  Not prepared to move without work we thought we would revisit the idea in a year and see where we were.  However 8 weeks later John’s HR department asked him if he would consider a transfer to Caloundra. The answer was easy and it seemed like fate.

Within 7 weeks we were in the car and heading up to Queensland.  As we spent the weeks packing our things it became very apparent to us about what was important in life.  The books on the shelves, the terrible plastic toys that had hardly been touched, the barely worn clothes & shoes, the countless gadgets and rarely used kitchen appliances, all of which were intended to bring more to our life, now seemed so insignificant.  Half of these were put into boxes and the rest went to charity or sold.  We knew we had to reset and go back to having less and living more.  What we had realised was that life to us was about doing things not having things.  Some how in Sydney we seemed to have got caught up in obtaining more things and wanting more and more.  Life in Sydney had become a rat race. The life we never planned and certainly not the life came here for.   Traffic, house prices, parking and not to mention how rude the drivers were has really gotten to us.  So this slower pace, quieter lifestyle has come at the prefect time for us to move.

So here we are.  Just over 3 weeks in the Sunshine Coast and 2 weeks in our new home.  The children have started their new school and loving it.  It is next to the beach, has surf lessons, and lots of sports to keep them busy.  We have all got new bikes and making the most of the flat land and exploring it together, we even cycle to school now which is a lot of fun.  John is enjoying his job, he is around in the morning to see the kids before he leaves and home in time for dinner.  Something we never had much of in Sydney.  I am really happy having him around more.

For me I  am dreading the whole new start with my business as I feel I only did this 2 years ago.  But it is exciting having a fresh start.  I have no idea what this year will be like.  I have work keeping me busy back in Sydney till the end of 2018.  I have no studio, no big plans and for the first time in years I am enjoying a bit of a rest.  But over the next few weeks I am going to get myself out there…no idea how yet.

Any way, it is early days but we love it here.  Close to Noosa, not far from Byron Bay, Brisbane for our city fix is an hour away and we have the best beaches and mountains around us.  It is a win win.  This shows some images from the past few weeks of our move.  Not many but enough and some are from Kingscliff another stunning place to visit just at the top of NSW! I would also add that Daisy does have other clothes as does Oscar but they seem to like wearing the same things and I happen to have my camera when said outfits are being worn haha!

 

 

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I am in love with family sessions now.  They used to terrify me.  I don’t know why.  I found them difficult and awkward.  More about that in another post which I will give my tips on how to get the best out of your family session.  But for this morning here is the sweetest family with twin girls.  I am in love! They laughed and laughed and we had such fun.  That’s what is should be right? Fun, always have fun with your photographer – you have fun as a family so when you get your family photographed you want it to show how you are as a family.  

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