noun | double the love
I love working with small businesses, taking product photos for websites, social media and print advertising, and when I was introduced to the Raigan J range, I was really excited to discover a really unique concept for women and girls!
“Raigan J was started with an aim to find a practical solution for having everything on hand when you have your period. We want to do away with the uncomfortable practice of hiding your pads in your pockets or up your sleeve whilst not having everything available at any given time. Know the feeling? So we came up with a solution.”
(source: Raigan J)
While these gorgeous bags were originally designed to be used as a fashionable solution to carrying your period products, they have transformed the way women around Australia, are carrying their everyday essentials!
I loved styling and shooting this session, and discovered endless ways for these gorgeous clutch bags to be used! From a day at the office, to a nappy bag, to a night on the town, these bags will get you from A to Z with style and ease.
And with $1 from the sale of every clutch going to the Melbourne Period Project (a not for profit for homeless women, transmen and non-binary to receive sanitary products) these bags are not only simply beautiful, they are helping to change the lives of some of our most vulnerable.
To learn more about the gorgeous Raigan J range, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. Or, if you’ve seen enough and are already in love, stop by the website to purchase your own Raigan J clutch (believe me, you won’t be disappointed!!)
Till next time,
There is nothing more special than being invited into someone’s home, to photograph and forever record
the first days of a baby’s life.
I photographed Noah on his due date, when he was 12 days old, along with his beautiful big sister Amelia, and his
lovely Mum and Dad.
I hope you enjoy this small selection of photos from their in home newborn session.
One of my favourite newborn quotes of all time says “You cannot buy happiness, happiness is born.*”
No one will ever know the strength of my love for you,
After all, you’re the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside
When four generations get together, magic happens, and this session was no exception!
It was such a pleasure to get to spend an afternoon with this beautiful family, and see first hand the love and laughter they share, each and every time they gather.
There is no better celebration, than of the arrival of a beautiful new baby.
In the lead up to the birth, there is excitement, a sense of nervousness, and an anticipation of this little person, who is about to change your whole world as you know it.
In a day at home with the kids, there are a hundred beautiful moments that occur. Normal, everyday things, that you usually breeze through, getting it done before moving onto the next.
Looking back as an adult though, those moments spent at home with Mum, probably fill you with the happiest memories.
It’s not often we have a child free getaway, in fact, we’ve only had one in the almost 7 years that we’ve been parents! We’ve both had time away individually, but for us to go away together, and leave the kids – it feels big!
I think as parents, you can get on autopilot, and forget that before the mortgage, and the kids, and the pets and all the weekend sports and commitments, that there was just the two of you. We’re lucky that with hubby working night shift, and my hours changing week to week, we can dash off for a lunch date while the kids are at school/preschool! Because these days, a weekend away means somewhere for the kids to stay, and people to ferry them to swimming, ballet and little athletics. Someone to look after the cat and dog. Possibly pack lunches and get them off to school.
And then there’s the worry. What if something happens while we’re away, and we can’t get back for hours in an emergency. I feel the worry more than most. I’m a natural worrier. I could do it professionally. I always have a plan, and a back up plan, and somewhere in the back of my mind, I have an emergency plan if all those fall apart. It’s what I do, and it drives my husband nuts. He’s spontaneous, and carefree. He could throw some boardies and a singlet in a bag and take off for a weekend, staying wherever we end up. I need a booking, extra clothes in case of bad weather, and snacks for the trip. But that’s a good thing mostly, he loosens me up, and I reign him in.
Our last weekend getaway was in 2015 (so long ago!!). We took off for three days, and discovered Melbourne. I’d never been, other than a few day trips for work, and he loves it there – one of his oldest friends lives there, so he loved showing me around.
On day one, we discovered the markets and drooled our way through the Queen Victoria Food Hall. I could have eaten all of the cheeses. Seriously. If you haven’t been – put it on your to do list (and by that, I mean the to eat list).
We took the city circle tram, wandered around Federation Square, and ate at a gorgeous little restaurant in china town.
On day two, we caught a train to the suburbs, and spent the day with our friends. The public transport system in Melbourne is amazing! We each bought a Myki card when we arrived, and it was the best thing ever! We hopped on and off trains, trams and buses, and were just able to get anywhere we wanted with ease. Seriously Sydney, you need to step up your game!
On day three, we ventured to one of my bucket list locations – Hosier Lane! Melbourne is filled with gorgeous little laneways, and lots of them have beautiful street art (and lots of messy tags unfortunately), but Hosier Lane is by far the biggest, most extravagant, and the most well known. It was truly mind blowing. The colours, the details and the quirky hidden details were amazing. Everywhere we looked, people were stopping and staring, chatting as they shared tiny details with those they knew, and those they didn’t! It was lovely…
As we walked to the bus station to head to the airport in the afternoon, I saw the elusive “Mr Snot Bottom” tram. We’d seen it pass a couple of times over the weekend, and laughed thinking how much our son would love it. I finally managed to snap a photo for him, and in true 4 year old style, he found it hilarious!
Looking back over these old photos, and reading my scribbled memories from this weekend, makes me eager for another weekend away. We’ve got a big year this year, with a few family trips planned, so we might need to just book in a few more date days, instead of weekends…
Here’s to our next adventure!
Vincent Van Gogh said:
If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on it’s cradle.
Introducing Asher, the little girl with the most perfect skin, the chubbiest cheeks, and the most beautiful little nose. It was a true pleasure to meet her, and to photograph her in the first week of her life.
All first birthday parties are occasions to remember. It’s the time to celebrate the first year of a precious child’s life. Of the new parents successfully surviving the first year, and the rollercoaster of emotions that it brings. It’s the coming together of family to celebrate the love and happiness, that this little person has brought into their lives.
There’s nothing more special than being asked to photograph a beautiful family, but when the occasion is a 10th wedding anniversary – now that’s a moment to remember!
Sometimes, the simplest of things are the most beautiful.
This session was booked to focus on this little lady’s new baby brother, however while he was unsettled, we sat, played and captured these perfect, impromptu moments.
This is the true beauty of lifestyle photography. It tells the story of your life, and this is who she was the week she became a big sister. This is Harper’s story.
When there are no props to distract you, all you see is love…
This beautiful session was quiet, calm and almost completely unstaged… Just perfect, every day moments, captured forever.