Portrait Photography: Newborn

One of the awesome parts of my job is photographing newborns, I just love their tiny squishy baby hands, and cubby little feet!

There’s a lot of unpredictability in photographing babies, and as much as I try to plan a few shots it’s the “real” moments that I love to capture… Sarah giving baby a kiss to reassure her while I photographed baby’s feet is one of my favourites from this shoot!

Portrait Photography: Logan, 4.5 Months

Despite an incoming Southerly, Zara, David & their gorgeous wee boy Logan were troopers and met me for a portrait shoot overlooking Lake Ellesmere, near the Little River Rail Trail at Kaituna. Zara & David are clearly very much in love with their little boy, and the bond between the three of them was wonderful to photograph.

There were way too many adorable moments to choose between, but I managed to select a few favourites as highlights from the shoot…

Portrait Photography: Babies & Bubbles!!

I’ve had so much fun with my portrait sessions this winter! Last Sunday I was asked to do a 5 month old portrait session and for the shoot the kids’ mum had a bubble for the kids to play with. This was an awesome surprise for me, and definitely an idea that I’ll be using again in the future. Giving the kids something fun like this during the shoot was a perfect strategy and the result is a set of photos that are just beautiful: the kids are obviously having a great time, and the dreamy bubbles and winter sun gives the shots a magical feel.

I had a really hard time picking my favourites from this shoot, there were just too many!

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Portrait Photography: Rory, age 2

My first official portrait model, Rory, is now 2! He’s now a VERY active little boy, so we had a lot of action-shots at this session.

In keeping with my art-documentary approach I don’t take props to a shoot. I think kids in particular respond best to their own toys and in a familiar environment, and it results in more real photos of this moment in his life. The shoot took place at their home, and mostly centred around Rory playing on his favourite toy: a balance bike. After a run-around outside (Rory’s dad was also a great sport and got in on the action in a few shots) we moved inside where we had a few more quiet moments.

When I was working on these images I had a look back at his newborn and 5-month shoots and it’s crazy how much he’s grown – the first few years go by so fast that it’s great to have a record of them.

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Here are my highlights from my shoot with Rory – click to enlarge.

Portrait Photography: Rory, 5 Months

Some of my favourites from a shoot with Mel and her son Rory who is now 5 months old – he’s grown so much since his newborn shoot, and what a cutie!

I was extremely fortunate that we got a clear evening, gorgeous golden light through the trees as the sun was going down, and Rory was once again a perfect model – smiley and really happy to be photographed.

I don’t want to jinx it, but so far photographing babies and infants has been really fun… no tears, no tantrums… long may that continue!

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Here are my highlights from my shoot with Rory – click to enlarge.