As I sit here putting this blog together I look out the window of my office and see the colours of autumn surrounding our home. The golden warm tones of the leaves as they change and the soft hues of the skies as the days get noticeably shorter. If you can't tell I'm feeling a little melancholy about missing out on shooting this autumn! Oh to think when I was out and about doing these beautiful summer portraits that we were blissfully unaware of how much life could change in the space of a few weeks!
I hope everyone has been doing okay in their safe bubbles over the last month and a bit! We've had a productive month around the home doing projects and gardening, but we're glad to be moving back towards some form of daily routine again. I'm not sure when I'll be able to shoot portraits next - a lot of my bookings have carried over to spring now which isn't so bad because that's my next favourite season! 😍 So while my pending shoots are up in the air for now, it's been lovely looking back on these fun family portraits.
It was such a pleasure to catch up with the beautiful McKenzie family in February. Oh my how the kids have grown since our last photoshoot! This family portrait with the tractor, complete with Zoe the dog posing perfectly alongside her humans, might just be my favourite family photo of the season!
I can't wait to get printing photos for the lovely McKenzie family soon. Mel has a whole wall of their lounge filled with photos and it's so captivating! Surely I'm not the only one who is automatically drawn to a photo wall when you walk into someone's home?! I just love looking at all the memories, milestones and moments captured and there to be enjoyed every day.
In February I got to photograph the lovely extended Gutschlag family at their family farm at Greenvale. They were ever so patient over the summer as bad weather meant we had to put off their family portrait session twice! But it all paid off in February as we scored a wonderfully sunny morning up on top of the hill with epic views.
I had a great time with these guys - lots of laughs!
I was a sponsor for the Riversdale Speed Shears this year (which I heard was an awesome day out!) and the lovely Dunnage family were the winning bid on my portrait session in the auction. So I headed out to Dipton to meet these guys and create their first updated family photos in 16 years!!!
Now that my suppliers are back into production I should have a beautiful linen album featuring their photos arriving to the studio soon for Rayleen, along with some gorgeous prints!
From the farm to the nursery... in March I had the pleasure of meeting Mike & Rose's first born baby girl, Alice. A bright eyed, dream baby to photograph. I so enjoyed getting to document this special time in Mike & Rose's life. Parenthood suits you wonderfully friends!
We were Mike & Rose's wedding photographers when they got married in the spring of 2017. Mike & Rose's love story was beautiful back then but as you can see from these photos life has become even more filled with love 3 years on!
And so that's a wrap for my summer season of portraits! My wedding season (like everything else!) came to a sharp stop. We were meant to have three weddings this autumn & I've certainly cried a few tears alongside my brides as their plans got turned upside down! But as I read somewhere recently; these weddings aren't cancelled, they're just on pause! And when we come out the other side of all this those wedding days will happen and they will be all the more richer with love & celebration because of it. I think the same goes for all my portraits that are currently on hold - when families are able to reconnect and celebrate their lives with a family portrait session it's going to be all the more sweeter. x