But what will I wear?!

I often get asked what people should wear when they book a family portrait session.  This is a good question, one that I can only give recommendations for as it comes down to personal taste and I always want to ensure I fit in with what my customers would like to achieve out of their photo shoot.

Personally, I tend to cringe when I see family portrait sessions when the whole family is in matching outfits as this seems to be a thing of the past.  My reasoning for this is that you wouldn’t normally go out anywhere as a family all dressed in exactly the same outfit so it seems a tad odd to do this for family photos.  That being said, there are times where I think matching outfits can be cute, especially if there are small children (eg twins) involved.  This is hilarious as I used to bag my mother out for dressing my sister and I in matching outfits when we were little (granted it was the 80’s), but I am now guilty of buying a couple of matching tops or outfits for my two little girls as I think it will be just adorable (considering of course that one day, just as I did, my girls will probably give me grief!)

I am NOT a fashion expert by any stretch of the imagination, however I have seen what photographs well and what clients have seemed most comfortable.  So here are a few tips to keep in mind when considering what to wear when booking a family portrait session.

  • Choice of colours – It is ok to wear some matching colours, but it can be done in a way that isn’t cheesy.    Sometimes a colour palette can really look fantastic.  Complimentary colours are another way of looking cohesive as a family without everyone wearing the same outfit.  Don’t wear anything too bright unless that fits in with the theme of your photo shoot.  On that note, keep the theme in mind and dress accordingly (eg. ‘Beach’, ‘Spring’, ‘Retro’ theme, etc)
  • Don’t clash!  Consider anything patterned you want to wear and what others might have in mind to wear.  You can wear different patterns as long as they have similar looks and compliment each other.  Just don’t have everyone in plain clothes and one person with a bright yellow shirt with pink polka dots as they will stand out for all the wrong reasons!  Also good to remember that bold logos can also stand out and take the focus away from smiling faces.
  • Accessories are good!  These are a way to add a pop of colour or pattern without being too overbearing.  Cute hairbands, fun sneakers or gumboots, or even a nice belt can make all the difference.  Layers and textures also add a lot of interest and character to your photographs.
  • Longevity!!  Most people do not have family portraits done religiously every year, so you will want to love the photos you have had taken and not have anything in them that will date quickly.  Keep this in mind when choosing clothing pieces and even some hairstyles!  Remember, photos are an investment and like any investment, you will want them to last.

And most importantly…

  • Have fun and be yourself!  Don’t dress in anything you don’t like and don’t force kiddies or spouses to wear anything they don’t want to wear, as it will show!

Check out the examples below where the choice of clothing, colour and theming has been done really well




Welcome Baby Jack

I had the pleasure back in March to photograph darling little Jack who was just 4 days old!

I adore newborns so loved every minute of this photo shoot, and soaking up all the newborn goodness!  Those gorgeous little fingers and toes and beautiful soft baby hair!  There are many things about a new life in the world that make me feel so much joy – the perfect purity and innocence they have, the happiness they bring their families and above all I think it is the hope and love that everyone wishes that new little being for a wonderful future ahead of them!
And yes, I LOVE the newborn baby smell (the good one of course)

Jack is the third bubby for Kathryn and Trent, and is clearly adored by everyone in the family.     I also got to meet his older sister Isabella and brother Tom and capture some shots of them too, but as a normal 2 year old Tom was off doing something more fun in a flash!  Isabella however was quite happy to have her photo taken with her baby brother and gladly smothered him with a tonne of kisses and lots of love!  Aren’t these seriously just the cutest little kids out?

Kathryn and Trent, I wish you nothing but a wonderful life ahead full of happiness, love and laughter for your little man Jack






A Night to Remember

When I got the call from Tara asking me to take photos for her 21st party at Cloudland, I was really excited to be able to capture her special event and to be able to take photographs at Cloudland again.  This place is a visual feast and a joy to photograph as each area is just so beautiful.

Tara celebrated her 21st in The Cellar Room, and she certainly did it with major style.  The night began with a private sit down dinner with Tara, her boyfriend Daniel, her best friends, and family.  Then all of Tara’s friends arrived to celebrate and party the night away with drinks, great music and lots of laughs.

One of my favourite things of the night was the attention to detail, such as the gorgeous little chalk board place cards and the beautiful decorations.  I especially loved the idea of hanging black and white pics off balloons which showed photos of Tara in all stages of her life so far and many special memories with family and friends.  And her cake was just amazing!

Tara, congratulations on turning 21!  Wishing you many, many more happy years and fabulous parties to come! XO



My girls

Last week, I ambitiously booked some studio time and took my girls and husband down to the Gold Coast with me to attempt to get some cute shots of them where they don’t have food all over their faces and clothes and where they could not get away!

All I really wanted was a few shots of them sitting still together looking happy not trying to kill each other.  The only decent photo I managed to get of them together was of D1 half strangling D2 who was trying to get free.

I did however get some gorgeous shots of them on their own which reflected each of their own little personalities and quirks.  My eldest daughter only wanted to take part when I put “Firework” by Katy Perry (her favourite song at the moment) on my phone for her to dance to which is just gorgeous.  She escapes to another little world and doesn’t care how much I click away.

AAAAAHHH I love my girls and would not have them any other way!