THE GROUNDS FAMILY | MELBOURNE FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER | ALISTAIR KNOX HOUSE

“Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.”

-From the Parent’s Tao Te Ching by William Martin

Where do I even begin with this wonder of a family. From the moment I stepped into their incredible Alistair Knox home (yes, I am a complete Architecture fangirl and this house did not disappoint!), I was enveloped in the warm, loving, cosy vibe that permeated from the walls.

The morning was spent jumping on furniture, painting leaves, eating homemade delights and drinking sweet tea. Cuddles in bed, reading the most delightful book and collecting wild flowers in the back yard. And the best part for me? I hardly directed any of it.

Kate and Haslett, the two incredibly talented artists behind Coco Flip, just wanted a normal morning at home with their girls, Mariko and Juniper, captured. For me, this was a dream. As a family they moved together so easily. Loved on each other so fully. Played and laughed so freely. It was nothing short of magic.

I am so lucky to meet and tell the stories of such wonderful people!

Amy x

RAFAEL | MELBOURNE FAMILY LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER

I am lucky to so often photograph the journey into parenthood when clients book in for maternity and newborn sessions.  It's truly my favourite thing, with a special place in my heart for first time parents like Sarah and Rabb.  The anticipation, the preparation and the total uncertainty about what lies ahead.  There's a unique kind of calm that comes with photographing a maternity session with two people about to become three. There isn't a toddler running the show.  There isn't yet a baby to focus love and attention on.  There's just two loved-up people, right on the cusp of the biggest transformation of their lives, and it's so, SO beautiful to document. 

The best part?  Coming back to photograph them once their baby is here, and witnessing that all encompassing love they never could have imagined before. 

But, what makes this particular series of sessions SO special, is that I was also invited to photograph the caesarean birth of Sarah and Rabb's sweet baby boy and it was truly one of the most wonderful photography experiences of my life.  While I have photographed many births in the past, this was my first time documenting a caesarean and it couldn't have been more wonderful.  The doctors, nurses and staff were so welcoming and accommodating, allowing me to document every special moment for my incredible clients.  It was so powerful and I cried my way through, feeling so utterly privileged to be allowed into that space.

There is so much love, care, warmth and joy in this series of photographs. 

I want to thank Sarah and Rabb for inviting me into their home, and into their birth suite, to document this incredible time in their lives, and for allowing me to share Rafael's gorgeous story with you all.

THE WAHLS FAMILY | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Finding flow in the slow.

The beauty of waking up with a family and spending an entire day photographing them is that I get to tap into their rhythm. Waking up and documenting that bed hair, those messy sheets, the warm, squishy cuddles, sleepy eyes.

Together we move through the day. Meals. Naps. Bathtime. Story time. Walk time. We follow the light, the mood, the children. Everything is slower and gentler.

The Wahls family welcomed me into their incredible Chicago farmhouse and I was immediate enveloped in the warmth and peace a home like this brings. I met Kristin at a photography camp last year in the US, and I feel so lucky to call her a friend. She and Aaron truly made me feel part of their family during my stay and it’s a time that I hold so dear. Those boys, those sweet, beautiful boys, completely stole my heart and I miss them every time I look at these photographs.

To be able to travel the world and photograph families is an honour and a privilege, and not something I’ll ever take for granted.

Grab a cuppa, because this is a long one. But I promise by the end you’ll feel as warm and fuzzy as I did while photographing this beautiful family.

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future; live the actual moment. Only this moment is life.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

A DAY WITH THE KONRATHS | CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

The sun shone but it was a mere 2 degrees celsius outside.  Inside though?  Toasty.  Inviting.  Noisy.  Happy. 

I first met Erin last year at Yeah! Field Trip, held in California, US.  Our bond was immediate and we had such a good time.  I was so humbled when Erin invited me to Chicago to photographer her family when I was back in the US this year for The Family Narrative Retreat (Erin also came to this retreat).

Erin is one of the most genuine, FUNNY, honest and vibrant human beings I have ever met, and it was truly a pleasure to meet her four babes and husband Kenny who, just like Erin, have the same hilarious and warm natures.

Waking up with the Konraths in Chicago was surreal for this little Aussie, and yet it also immediately felt like home.

The Craig Family | Melbourne Family Photographer

Life is better with cuddles.

This family.  These sweet little boys.  Their love.  Their playfulness. 

What a treat it was to immerse myself in this beautiful families love bubble for a couple of hours in their beautiful Melbourne home.  It was tangled, honest, and FUNNN.  So much fun!  

My favourite part?  At the end of our session (and also at the end of this post) these sweet boys wanted to show me their most favourite possessions.  They weren't toys or even books.  They were photographs.  Photographs of those they love most in the world.  They were worn, creased and tattered at the edges.  I'm told they go EVERYWHERE with these two - to bed, to daycare, even in the bath.

It fills me with so much happiness that the photos we created on this day will be so loved and cherished in the same way.  This is why I love my job so much!

Thank you, Craig family, for reminding me that it's the simple things that matter.