Outdoors lifestyles photography

Outdoor lifestyle photography is so much fun, we can play, get muddy, get wet, climb fences all within an hour. These were all taken at the bottom my garden. They are things we do all the time but I don’t always bring my camera out. My niece was here today both her and my daughter went straight for the mud kitchen, one dressed as a princess both covered in mud while my son played football. I love to just watch them play and that’s why I love lifestyle photography. You get to capture their little world and adventures. My son told the girls that snakes were in the the cage they found in the lake so they came up with a plan to get the cage and capture the snakes again. These photos tell me a story and that’s why I love them. 

At home lifestyle photos

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Some of my favourites photos are not planned!

They’re not the result of an elaborate preparation and staging like at other times. Sometimes I’m just taking pictures and things fall into place.

Some times things just click

This was the case with these pictures. My daughter plays with her collection of dolls everyday and I had the intention of taking some photos of this. By chance that day I had dressed her in a dress where the colours matched the dolls and doll house she was playing with to such an extent that she became a part of the scene rather than simply interacting with it.

The pops of colour and lighting from my living room window give the image a fun and vibrant feel and capturing my daughter doing something she loves and is natural certainly helps.

Sometimes if you take pictures, everything else falls into place.

Families, dealing with cancer

Family photography

MY MOTIVATION

I wanted to write this blog mainly to speak about the wonderful family I met last weekend as well as giving people an insight into what motivates my photography. Jaxson is the son of my cousin’s cousin. Before their shoot I heard that the dad had not been well. He had been diagnosed with cancer. When you are not directly exposed to these life altering situations, you forget that people of all ages can suffer from such awful circumstances and how fortunate your life can be. 

As soon as I walked in the house I felt the warmth of a loving family and was immediately at ease. Jaxson’s dad bears a striking resemblance to my own cousin and his older brother was the spitting image of my cousin’s son as well as being the same age as my little boy.

STRENGTH OF THE FAMILY

During the shoot Jaxon’s mum had told me how ill his dad had been, how it’s effected his life at both work and home. I also found out that Jaxson was taken back into hospital after a week of being born due to breathing difficulties. 

I looked down at this gorgeous little boy asleep without a care in the world. I then looked up at his mum with such admiration. What an amazingly strong woman she is, she may not feel it at times, when sleep deprived, or rushing off to another hospital appointment but she exudes resilience and determination. Where do I begin with Jaxson’s dad, he looked at his little baby and his son with such pride, he was so happy you would never have known this grey cloud was hanging over him.

NEVER GIVE UP

This family have decided that this is not the end of their story. A house full of love and hope for the future has no room for self pity or doom and gloom. They are just grateful and excited for the beautiful gift they have been given and are looking forward to sharing many years together creating new memories. I feel extremely privileged to have been given a small glimpse into their lives and look forward to taking photos of this beautiful family for years to come.