The past few weeks have seen us pack the kids, the dogs and all of our worldly possessions in to the car and relocate to Brisbane - and what an amazing adventure it's been so far. Having lived in Canberra since the day I was born, in the lead up to this move I was feeling 5% excited and 95% terrified. But we did it and it's been the best decision we've ever made! I was nervous about leaving my home, our extended family, everything we knew and loved, and especially what the future would hold for my photography business - but it has been SO good.
Of course we miss our family and friends, but this change was exactly what we needed in this season of life and I'm super excited to say that business is booming - maybe the fact that it's 26 degrees in June helps! While Canberran's are bunkering down in the blistering cold, it would seem that Queensland is almost like an endless summer. I had my first beach session this week with the lovely Anna from Print & Party and her beautiful family. It was SO MUCH FUN!
Anna and her little girl also helped me out with a little project that I'm working on - stay tuned for that announcement over the next few days!
I've known Josh & Sian for several years and when they asked me to photograph their wedding, my first thought was 'but how am I going to get through it without crying?!' and my second was 'of course!'. Josh and Sian are two of the most kind, loving people I know and their wedding day totally reflected them, full of so much love and laughter.
Every single moment and detail was perfect - from Sian's DROP DEAD GORGEOUS dress, shoes & flowers, Josh's tears as he saw his bride for the first time, the incredible venue (seriously brides/grooms-to-be - check out Parlour)... it was the most beautiful day. Thank you Josh & Sian for trusting me to document your wedding. I love you guys and hope you enjoy this little glimpse in to your day x
PS. I didn't make it through the ceremony without crying - I think I had tears in my eyes the whole way through!
It's been a super busy few weeks for me, squeezing in as many newborn and family sessions as I can before Christmas and a wedding every weekend this month. I can't even begin to tell you how honoured I feel to be able to document these beautiful celebrations!
This Saturday was Josh & Kate's wedding day. And it was a cracker! With a huge bridal party full of equally huge personalities, the most stunning venue I have ever seen and one of the most loved up couples I know, this day was always going to be amazing. Josh & Kate's wedding was also the first I've been to with the amended 'monitum' - rather than the celebrant having to say that 'Marriage, according to law in Australia, is the union of a man and a woman' she was able to say 'is the union of two people'. If Josh & Kate's beautiful and moving ceremony didn't already have me shedding a tear, that line sure did.
Josh & Kate, I could go on to say a thousand words about how perfect you two are for each other and how amazing your day was, but I will let these photos speak for themselves. I hope you all enjoy these highlights from Josh & Kate's big day!
Imagine being able to go back in time and relive a day in your childhood. I'm so excited for these gorgeous girls to be able to do just that with this short stories film! We had such a fun morning making pancakes, playing in the tent and watching a Cronulla game.
I hope you enjoy this family film as much as I do!
Darling little Olive entered the world last week and I was so lucky to be able to photograph her with her parents in their beautiful home. Olive's fur-brother & sister joined us, along with the family's pet turtle! We spent the morning relaxing, laughing and soaking up all of Olive's newborn goodness.
If you haven't seen the video from Olive's session yet, head to the Facebook page to have a look!
I just adore this beautiful girl and her family! I've photographed Zara a few times and she is one of the most expressive, photogenic little girls I have ever met. When Zara's mum asked me to document her first birthday, I was completely honoured. Today was one of the most love-filled and happy birthday parties I have been to. The room was so full of love for Zara and her mum and dad and it was so special to be a part of.
Courtney did the most AMAZING job of decorating Zara's unicorn themed party. It was incredible! Just wait until you see the lolly buffet... And the cake!
Thank you Courtney and Trent for allowing me to capture your baby girl's special day and congratulations on surviving the first year of parenthood!
To celebrate the launch of the Baby Bloom Book, I'm giving one lucky winner the chance to have the full Baby Bloom Book experience! For your chance to win, please enter HERE!
One conversation that I always have with my clients during their newborn session, is how quickly their baby's first year of life goes. At only a few days in, most of my clients already can't believe how quickly the days are flying by.
Having had two children myself, I completely agree and understand! Not only are those first few weeks a total blur, but before you know it your baby is rolling over, sitting up, eating solids, crawling, talking and walking! I am blown away every single time I see one of my newborn clients at their first birthday. That this little babbling, crawling (sometimes even walking!) baby is the same little person who was snuggling in their parent's arms, curled up in my studio just 12 months earlier, is amazing.
Through many conversations with my clients over the last few months, I've toyed with ideas of how I can document that first year of their baby's life. I have had a few clients who come in at 6 months and again at 12 months but I wanted to create something more. An experience so unique and exciting that really captures each stage of your baby's first year. And so after many super late nights working away, discussions with my husband, business meetings and about 8 notepads of ideas later - the Baby Bloom Book was born.
I'll let you read more about it on the website, but for now here are some images of my beautiful BBB models! My album is on it's way and a few people are already signed up! I am SO excited to share this one with you guys!
Find out more about the Baby Bloom Book!
So, I'm late to the party. It's the first of March, Summer is over and I'm only JUST getting around to blogging again.
The first two months of 2017 have been a whirlwind. My baby girl turned one (ONE! I cannot believe it, that first year absolutely flies!) we're in the process of setting up a new studio and I have already photographed 14 beautiful newborn babies this year.
I have some really exciting things lined up for the rest of this year, including a brand new product launch in April! I'll be working on that for the next few weeks but hope to keep updating this little blog as frequently as I can.
For now, here are some of my favourite images from 2017 so far!
It's no question that we live in the digital age. With smart technology, we have the world at our fingertips. Touch screens, voice commands and social media are the new normal, so I completely understand when my clients want the digital files from their photography sessions to share with their friends and family online.
But should this mean that printed photographs aren't important?
A discussion with a friend of mine recently got me thinking. She had spent thousands of dollars on her wedding photography. She had a stunning collection of digital images, but no prints.
She uploaded a couple of her favourite images to her Facebook page, made a backup of her collection to her computer and carefully popped the disk into a draw for safe keeping. Fast forward a couple of years, and she was now ready to print her photographs and display them in her new home. She went to find the disk of her images - it had been lost when they moved. She opened the backup folder on her computer and - corrupt. None of the files would open. Just like that, the money that she had spent and more importantly, the memories of her wedding day, were gone. Her photographer only kept images for 12 months and that had long since passed. The only remaining photographs of her wedding were a couple of low resolution Facebook uploads that couldn't be printed much bigger than the palm of her hand.
I photographed her new baby last month and let me tell you, she ordered an album and prints.
I believe wholeheartedly that when you choose to hire a professional photographer you deserve a beautiful, tangible product that compliments your experience. I want to leave you with something that you can look at, hold, touch, feel and smell. I want to create an heirloom for your family that will be cherished for generations to come. A canvas to hang on your wall where your children will walk past it every day. An album that sits on your coffee table that you can enjoy flicking through with your child as they grow. I want to you to walk away from your photography session with portraits of your family that exist in real life.
Not just in the digital world.
Kayleigh McGlynn is a Brisbane based family documentary and birth photographer.