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First Birthday | Lacey Turns 1

First Birthday | Lacey Turns 1

Today is Lacey’s 1st Birthday.

Lacey Gemma Collins

I can not believe where the last year has gone.. and wow have
things really changed.. So so so many things have changed…
But undoubtedly the best and most dearest change for me
has been that my sister, gave birth to a precious baby girl.

I remember exactly where I was when I got the phone call
from Alana to say ‘yep… well those maternity pics you wanted
to take arent going to happen anymore’… Hours passed,
and then I got a sms with a pic introducing little Lacey.

I couldnt wait to get home to Ceduna to meet her.

I didn’t have a new years resolution this year, I had a new years goal…
and that was to take weekly photos of Lacey to capture her growth.
To remind me to not let ‘the routine of busy life’ get in the way, to not
take for granted those special people in my life and to also take photos to
document a special moment at home even if it isnt the
‘best’ location or lighting, and to cherish the ‘moments’ of life!
Although I didnt always take weekly photos, it amazes me to
see how much she has changed as I look through her progression.

She has grown so much, and is a super funny kid… Watching
her new little fads comes and go… Watching her sit up by
herself, then crawl, then pull her self up, then stand…
And very soon….. walking.. no doubt:) Has been such pleasure!

I am so excited about putting together Lacey’s 1st year album,
which will be such a great family heirloom for generations and
generations. Especially, when sadly, some of the people featured in
this album will no longer be with us.

We are so lucky and thankful to have Lacey in our lives and
I look forward to watching her grow and develop into an adult.. xx:)

Below are a few images captured only a couple of weeks ago for her
1st birthday party invitations

Adelaide Botanical Garden | Ayres Family

Adelaide Botanical Garden | Ayres Family

Monday morning I met with the lovely
Ayres family at the Adelaide Botanical Gardens
for their family shoot.

The weather was looking a little daunting,
so I did have two umbrella’s packed, but….
as we walked into the garden,
the sun came out and stayed out for the entire
session, it turned into a very nice day.

These two beautiful little kids were
the best mannered I have
ever come across. Was such
a pleasure spending time with
you all. Cant wait for you to see
the other cute shots…

Thank you guys, it was so nice
to meet you all, enjoy your sneak peek:)


Gawler Family Photographer | Hudson’s sneak peek

Meet gorgeous 7 month old child Hudson.

I think he had just discovered his
tongue and he was cracking me
up all the time, sticking it out
at me just as I was trying to
get him to smile.. Too cute:)

Check out his beautiful blue eyes…

So nice to see you again Trent and meet Rachel
and your precious little man….

Red riding hood | Kate’s

Red riding hood | Kate’s

Sunday evening I had the best fun!!

Sharnie, Kate and I have had this photography session planned
for a while, we were just waiting for a few things to arrive
and for a free day… I was so excited, and had so many
ideas! We had two set ups, a vintage inspired
and a little red riding hood inspired sets.

We firstly captured some lovely light, angelic images
before trying out some more dramatic eerie ones…

Kate did such an awesome job,
and thank you so much Sharnie for all of
your help also…

So cant wait to share more with you!

Getting this session down to 4 for a sneak peek really is a miracle…
It was so so so hard!

What to wear on your photo shoot

What to wear on your photo shoot

Thinking of doing a family shoot soon, but nervous about finding coordinating outfits for your family.
Stylists know that the key to group styling is a balance of colors, textures, fabrics, and patterns.
Now you all know that I am the least stylish person around, however I have some tips that
will hopefully help get your session on the right track.
Here are some tips on what works well, and what doesnt work so well!

Some Good ideas: …ok well maybe lots:)
* Nice jeans, and a dressy top
* Be bold, be prepared to give something different a go
* Ladies to spend a little extra time on make up and hair to feel really beautiful
(But I think everyone does this anyway hey?!?),
and bring some along to the session so you can reapply if needed
* Solid colours or simple patterns
* One dressy outfit and one casual outfit, bring a
couple so you can wear a few and have more choice
* Outfits in the same color family or with the same accent color
* Hot little black dress for the ladies!
* Comfortable clothes you can sit, stand and jump in
* Accessories like funky necklaces, bangles, jackets, hats, scarves, sunglasses, etc.
* Typically, not something everyone will keep in mind before their session.
However, I encourage clients to think about their home, their decor, colors, and style of their home.
Chances are, at some point after your session, you will be ordering prints or digital files,
why not keep your your decor in mind and ensure that it all blends into your home.
This will ensure that any large portraits will compliment your home.
* These are your images and of course you want them to speak volumes about you and your family.
Discuss things your family enjoys doing together and bring “props” and accessories that will help
compliment who you are.  If your family enjoys playing music together, bring your instruments to your session.
If your family is off the land, let do some of the session in a shearing shed or incorporate
other aspects of the farm. Bring along items that will represent who each individual is and who your family is collectively.

Some Bad ideas:
* Looking to matchy matchy, lets not get cheesy, lets coordinate!
* Caking makeup on or using the wrong tone makeup that makes your
skin look lighter than it is, lets keep it fairly natural
* Bright white shirts (ivory or cream photographs much better)
* Extreme patterns, heaps of writing or horizontal stripes

Things you might want to bring along with you:
* Any props you would like worked into the shoot
* Thongs or slip on shoes (if you plan on wearing heels, just to
give your feet a rest when you are not in the photo)
* An extra hair band or bobby pins incase you decide you want
your hair up or it is  a windy day
* Change of clothes in case one gets dirty or wet or
you just want to change things up

The purpose of a family session is to hopefully capture each individual as they truly are, to capture the family, the relationships,
and people in the photos just as you are. Wear clothing that you feel good in and the pictures will emanate those feelings.
If your child wears a pair of rain boots everywhere he goes, it makes the most sense
to have him wear them for pictures as well. Remember, you want to capture everyone as they are now.
Capture these moments as they are!

The main thing is to be COMFORTABLE and Confident in what you are wearing…
If you feel beautiful you photograph beautifully! I tell everyone that I have a session with, digital images are easy,
if we try something and you dont like it, easy just press delete, but lets try it all and make the most of your session.

Hope this was helpful:)

I have a “What to wear” pinboard on pinterest, take some time and head over to check
out some style boards and inspiration for colour themes. Click on each pin and you can read
more about each one.

Click here to go to my “What to wear” pinboard on pinterest:)