Childrens Lifestyle

Leafy Utopia in Inner Melbourne

Have you ever imagined a home, nestled amongst towering leafy gums, with space to run for you and your little ones (and a hound plus a brood of chooks!), with fruit trees fresh for the picking, overlooking paddocks of galloping horses, and only a short drive from Melbourne’s inner city suburban buzz?

Doesn’t exist right?

Well, for this beautiful family of four it does and I was lucky enough to be asked to capture some memories for them in an in-home family photo session earlier this year. 

This was nothing short of a dream shoot for me. In-home photo shoots hold a special place in my heart, for good reason. Children are almost always at ease at home, ready to play from the minute I arrive, sharing candid, often beautifully quirky moments that define the little humans they are.

Home is where families begin. Where you are understood and memories are created. It’s a feeling, not a place.

I can’t think of a better place to create these quite, personal, meaningful moments while documenting the essence of your family.

Sam, Drew, Mollie and Jack, thank-you for opening your home and hearts to me.

Much love,

Nat

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Rustic charm in the Dandenongs

It has been a rather (*cough *cough, extremely!) long time since my last post and I don't have any particularly good reason except life must have gotten on top of me for the last few months (Christmas, Birthdays and Summer holidays may have also played a part)! 

A strange six degrees of separation brought me to connect with Emma, and her genuinely welcoming crew of four. 

In talking with Emma about where she would like to have her family session photos, she totally downplayed their house in the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. 'Country/rustic/cosy' was how she described it (said in a tone as if these were undesirable?!).  To me, these are all beautiful characteristics of a home, giving it it's charm, personality and heart! I have always loved this area of outer eastern-Melbourne, noted for its lush forest surrounds and hilly vistas and I couldn't wait to take the drive out east and take in the views along the way. 

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What I was met with on arrival was a sweeping timber verandah spanning their weatherboard home, stunning bay windows, and towering trees surrounding their property. I couldn't think of a more lovely place they could have chosen to raise their two exuberant little men! 

I'm not sure if it is the fresh forest air they get to breathe in every day, but Emma, Liam, Cody, Flynn, and even their perfectly behaved pooch Lenny, could not have been a more enchantingly relaxed family to spend a couple of hours photographing! 

Thankyou for opening the door to you home and letting me capture a tiny slice of your family!

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Three Brothers at The Briars

A little while back, I made a call out to Melbourne families interested in collaborating on a family photo session come the end of winter. The post ended up having a fantastically wide reach and I had an overwhelming number of families get in touch.

Some took the time to share a bit of their story with me. A few were quirky, and heaps were funny! But there were also a couple of families that had some heartfelt situations and are really doing it tough. Many stories resonated with me, none more so than the following incredibly resilient family.

Robin is the mum of three beautiful boys, Jack, Charlie and Ollie. Her family is a blended family, that includes Dad/StepDad Troy. 

The reason Robin's family story stood out for me is that they are at the very beginning of their long journey in treating 8 year old Ollie's recently diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Luekemia. 

This wasn't a typical 'family with three energetic boys' type of session, given that only the week earlier, Ollie had little to no feeling in his feet. The fact he was able to walk us around The Briar's was an awesome effort in itself.

The homestead holds precious memories for Robin, who was brought here regularly by her grandparents as a little girl and was also the setting for her wedding to Troy.  I am so appreciative to have been shown around this historic homestead at Mount Martha, with its rustic old barns and weathered buildings, a place I never would have thought to explore had it not been for these guys. 

Robin had asked that I 'shine light on the reality of them and their strength', and I hope I managed to achieve this for them in my own way. I watched Ollie rapidly transform over the course of our 40 minute session from a lively young boy, playing american football with his big bro into a bundle of exhaustion and despair. Life can be just so cruel and unfair. But as Robin pointed out, this is their reality right now. 

I believe that every time you cross paths with something special, the pieces that make up your world shift just a little to make room. And although our session together was brief, I know my world has shifted since meeting these three incredible boys, each with their own challenges ahead. And Robin, who is holding it all together in what I can only imagine must be a whirlwind of ups and downs, is doing so with such such grace and incredible strength. Truly inspiring, my positive thoughts will be with you during the coming months and years. 

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