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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Let’s go to the beach and take beautiful family photos.

As the sun started to set, we hit the beach to get the warm sun glow and pretty light.  Weeks had gone by previously as had waited for the perfect day, being Scottish and living in Australia I pretty much refuse to go to the beach in anything other than perfect weather!  I love the style and choice of clothes for the boys, it is perfect and complimented the whole session.  I am in love with moments of love, life and connection right here.  It needs to be done more.  More families need to spend a little money and take a moment each year to capture the stages of their family.  Before we all get too old! So before you do anything else book me in now for a session!
 

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I loved this wedding.  The Sydney State Library is a stunning venue and the staff were so lovely to me.  The styling done by Candice was beautiful, tying in with the library feel with all the antique bottles, maps and globes.  Her dress was so beautiful and her hair and make-up was gorgeous.  Even the bridesmaids dresses were a stunning with gold and black sparkles.  Everything was just prefect!

When Candice first got in contact she told me their story which I fell in love with and realised this is the love story I wanted to capture…”Bit of a crazy truth is stranger than fiction kind of story, we met 13 years ago as teenagers in an online chat room and discovered we have next to the extract same tastes in music, food, humour and love for life in general as each other. But long story short after falling in and out of contact a few times over the years, and numerous overseas trips and mutually deciding we couldn’t be apart anymore the love of my life asked me to marry him and start a life together in Australia.”  So here we are today, married with their little baby girl a few days old.  Soul mates are real and this just proves it.

Congratulations Candice & Matt.  You are perfect for each other. xxx

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(I)t was a beautiful Autumn day, the weather you dream of for a wedding.  Not a cloud in sight.  No wind.  It really was just prefect.  James got ready at a hotel in Manly and seeing as he is English (as is Kelly) he made his way to the city in a London cab.  Dodging the traffic through Sydney.  The ceremony was at Elizabeth Bay, and a couple of water taxi’s took us back over to Manly for the reception. The taxi’s were a fantastic way to travel, giving the most wonderful back drop of this stunning city that James and Kelly have chosen to call home.  Manly Wine Bar beach suites was a great venue to have the reception.  The staff were fantastic and you can’t beat views overlooking the beach.

It was a fabulous day of love and laughter and I am so pleased to have been their photographer to capture their day for them.

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We all have that one friend that is just good at organising.  Luckily she is one of my best friends!  “Let’s go camping” she says in a group Facebook message.  “I have looked into it.  We can get these sites, we can do it this weekend, we can all go together.  Who’s in?” she asks.  Before we know it most of us have organised days off work, booked it all and we are ready to go.  I will be honest, we aren’t a group that hangs out on a regular basis.  In fact I barely know half of them having only been living back in Sydney 2 years.  But two of the families I have known since for 7/8 years, and we know each other well.  So this is an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new friends.  Our children are all about the same age varying from toddlers (a few babies are on the way) up to 9 years.  But the best thing is we all just get on, especially the children.  No quarrelling, no trouble makers, just laughter and carry on.  I personally love it, and I am pretty sure I am not the only one!

I love living in Australia and going camping is a relatively new experience for my family.  But this being our second time we are sure we will just keep on doing it.  More so if we can do it with these guys.  Photographing my life, my holidays and telling the story of life here in Australia for my family back home means a lot to me.  I want people to see why we chose to live here over Scotland or even the UK.  I want our families to understand that life is pretty fantastic and this is why we came back after 3 years of moving back to Glasgow.  There are a lot of photos in this post.  But it tells the story of 5 days camping with a bunch of friends.  Luckily the camera didn’t come out after dark, when the little ones were in bed, because that tells a whole different story…those memories are best without a camera ;-)!
















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