I have a soft spot for mother/daughter relationships, probably because I spent so much time with my Mum growing up. They are a mix of love and turmoil, calm one minute and stormy the next. It is a powerful and beautiful thing when all the girls have is each other but it is also a relationship that is often filled with struggle.
Last year when I was turning my photography business into more of a lifestyle portrait photography business I knew that somehow I wanted to give back. After thinking for a while I realised that the best gift I could give is my craft, which is when A Little Bit of Love was born.
The session I give away twice a year (Mother's Day and Father's Day), they are full sessions where the recipient receives a two-hour session and all digital images from it. I give to those who have had large and tiny struggles, who have loved and lost and who just never have that bit extra to give to themselves. The nominees are mothers, fathers, husband, best friends and there are even those who recognise their own importance and nominate themselves. The first time I allocated one of these sessions was Mother's Day this year and the entries brought me to tears for so many reasons. I wanted to give everyone a session!
For more details or to nominate someone you love (Father's Day is just around the corner, four days to go) visit here
This beautiful family had the honour of being my first for A Little Bit of Love session and what a beautiful and well deserving family they are.
I have known them for many, many years (no need to go into how many) and they have always been the epitome of love, kindness, and joy. They have crafted an enviable life out of good times and bad, raised two gorgeous children and still through it all love each other with a strength that is palpable.
When I created this session I was ignorant and never realised what I would gain, this first family showed me that. It was my pleasure to spend the afternoon with them, I cherished every moment of it.
Thank you x
I am fortunate enough that I get invited to enjoy many moments, milestones and ordinary (but no less special) days with my families. I get to experience different family dynamics, love and personalities. At the end of all my sessions I am told 'thank you' but what no one really understands is just how much I gain from each session.
I was recently asked to photograph this wonderful family who had travelled to celebrate not only an engagement but also the christening of their newest family member. There were nine kids only and despite the distance that is between many of them I could not help but notice the similarities between each family unit (and not just the physical ones). It stirred nostalgic emotions in me as I remembered my own childhood and similar events.
One thing is for certain we will never escape the onslaught of a Northern summer and nor would we want to. It is in us, it is how we have grown up, it runs deep. But that doesn't mean we aren't going to bitch about it every year, after all it is HOT!
We met a top Mount Stuart, over looking Townsville. I picked this location for the view, the bushland and the wind. I was not dissapointed. The session flowed, the couple were gorgeous and everything fell into perfect alignment. Check out it out for yourself: