For the month of July, I decided to take a photo a day, to push my creativity and to take more personal photos.

The last time I did this was almost two years ago. I found it so rewarding then and this time, it’s proved not to disappoint. I find committing to something like this can push you out of your comfort zone, rather than only shooting in good light, or only when you feel inspired to try new things. This challenge meant, I had to photograph in what I’d consider terrible light at times and also when I wasn’t feeling creative at all. The result being, I surprised myself and I’ve grown as a photographer.

It would be wonderful if I could do this all year round, but that’s not realistic for me. I think it’s healthy as a photographer to push yourself at least once a year to do this for a month. It keeps you inspired and broadens your creativity. This is something I talk about in my mentoring program, and by following my own lessons this month, it’s reminded me how valuable it is.

If you would like to follow along with me on my creative journey, I have been posting my photo a day on my person Instagram account, @pollyjane_mycapturedheart

To see more from the amazing artists in this wonderful blog circle called Moments that Matter, please follow this link to the very talented Rachel from Milky Art Photography, to see her special memories from this month…

 

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I don’t think I’d even placed my leading foot down into the entrance of their family’s home, before I was told twenty facts from new “big sister” with those rosebud lips and those cheeks for days. Then, without delay, I was taken by her hand and shown through to her toy room, where I learnt about every single favourite toy… in detail. Then she showed me into her baby sisters new room, then into her room, back to the play room, back to her room, then back to more interesting facts I just had to know. I knew within minutes (no seconds), there was going to be no breaking down the shy barrier or anything like that, this little girl had me at hello. Talk talk talk… thats all she did and I loved her for it.

So I spent a big part of the beginning of this session embracing this little personality and making her feel like I was purely here to see her. I think this time in a little person’s life, when they turn from an only child to a sibling, can be at times a big challenge for such a little person to adapt to. So I’m very wary of this in my In Home Lifestyle Newborn Photography Sessions and try to make them feel like it’s more about them than their new baby sister or brother.

In this case, she seemed to be taking this new role in her stride, nothing was going to stop this sweetheart with the rosebud lips from drawing breath… nothing. Well nothing but some tickles and some jumping on the bed that is.

So once Rosebud had headed off to Preschool for the day, I turned my attention to her new baby sister, who also was an absolute delight. Something tells me, she will have those same rosebud lips and the same cheeks for days. If I was their Mummy, I’d get nothing done, I’d be kissing their cheeks all day long.

So this session was filled with facts, chatter, jumping, facts, chatter and plenty of tickles. It also was filled with raw love, pure emotions and true connections. So much love that it made me teary as I edited these images, as I could see it bursting out from my screen. I hope you can see it to…

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It’s been another busy month, so much so that I’ve been frantically editing the photos I took over the month tonight just in-time to join in with this wonderful Moments that Matter circle I am a part of.

This month, something kept playing on my mind, I need to document the things that captivate me as the mother of my two boys. Those things being, their eyes, their wonder. The way they look at me. The way they still play like little boys yet, they’d like to think they are big boys now. The way my youngest nearly every morning, climbs into bed with me for snuggles. I feel completely out of control with time at the moment. So whenever they do these things that make me melt, I constantly think I never want to forget them. So for this month, this is what mattered to me.

If you would like to see more from the amazing artists in this wonderful blog circle called Moments that Matter, please follow this link to the very talented Lauren Kennedy, to see her special memories from this month…

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It’s always so lovely to hear from past clients and to hear of the news that they have had another baby. When I heard from this lovely family, telling me the news they had twins, I was beyond excited for them. I was also beyond excited to be asked back to their family home to do their Newborn Twins Photography Lifestyle Session.

When I arrived at their family home, I was greeted by two “big brother’s” that I’d previously met two years ago. Mr 5 hadn’t changed a bit (only in inches). I could see within seconds, he still had bounds of energy (well actually more), like he had the last time I met him. Mr 2, well he had changed and grown so much. He was just a newborn baby the last time I met him. He now was a partner in crime for his bigger brother and their bond was clear, right from first glance.

They guided me in to see their new baby brother and sister, their little proud faces told me they were pretty excited to have another two siblings to play with, torment a bit, cuddle a bit and soon they’d all be running through their house with bounds of energy. Right now, they were so peaceful, and innocent, but with these two boys to show them the ropes in life, I don’t know how long that peacefulness will last for.

So while their baby twins were still so sleepy and peaceful, I decided to photograph them as they were to start with. Meanwhile getting plenty of assistance from Mr 5 and Mr 2. Once it was time for their feed, I asked the boys to help me wake them up. They were adorable, they were so soft and gentle with them. Proving to me even more so, they were proud as punch of their little comrades.

Once fully awake and vocal cords clearly in-tact, Mum and Dad took the twins to a quiet place to be fed and I stayed with those noisy boys to play with them. They remind me so much of my own boys, extreme energy, which meant I had to keep up with them. They had me on the bed, under the bed, under the kitchen table and dancing in the kitchen, we had a blast together. My cheeks were sore from laughing so much, I think their’s were too.

Then once the twins were fed and calm, we continued the session with such a beautiful family, filled with love and a beautiful connection.

It’s for these reasons I love Lifestyle Photography. I let the session run the way it suits each family. I embrace chaos and celebrate it. It’s because of this relaxed setting, that the real moments of connection and love shine through, nothing is forced. What a beautiful way to remember such a special time in your family’s lives.

If you would like to book your Newborn or Family Lifestyle Photography Session in, please feel welcome to contact me.

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  • May 31, 2017 - 9:55 am

    Vicky Palmieri - What a stunning family. Geez those boys know how to have fun!ReplyCancel

    • May 31, 2017 - 10:34 am

      pollyjane - Aren’t they Vicky! The boys are so much fun, they kept me on my toes thats for sure! xReplyCancel

I recently had the pleasure of meeting the the FUNNIEST FAMILY EVER in an Extended Family Photography Session. Yes thats right, they were an absolute blast!

In all my Family Photography Sessions, my goal is to have loads of fun. In an Extended Family Photography Session, it’s very important to have plenty of laughter, so the captures are natural and organic. The larger the group, the harder it can be to get those natural smiles from everyone.

Well… this was NOT a problem for this crazy family. Soon into the session, I asked them if they don’t mind a “little” bit of running? They jumped at the opportunity and from then on the fun just took over. They had me running backwards up the beach, shooting as they ran directly into me, never stopping until I almost fell over. My cheeks were sore, I’m sure theirs were too. I also had to wonder if I wasn’t the only one with aching muscles the next day from all that running.

Another thing I got out of this amazing session, was admiration. The connection, love and pure joy this family had for one another was utterly beautiful. If I can have half this relationship with my boys when they grow to be adults, I’ll be one happy Mummy.

This session was gifted to their Mum as a Mother’s Day gift, and their Mum told me later on, it was the best gift she has ever received. That made my day.

If you’re looking at booking in an Extended Family Session for your Family, please get in contact. I’d be delighted to help.

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I was recently asked by a lovely family in Melbourne if, as a Sydney/Sutherland Shire based Family and Newborn Lifestyle photographer, do I travel? My answer was a eager YES.

So in February this year, I travelled to beautiful Melbourne to meet this lovely family and photograph their new baby girl.

We planned for a mixed session. Starting with an in home lifestyle session, I captured their lives with their new baby girl. A new baby Sister, to play with, to hold hands with, to dote over and to cuddle, sometimes a little too tight. Her big sister was full of energy, showing me every room of the house, showing me her dance moves, her fast running, and ALL of her toys. When she watched her baby sister, it was beyond adorable. The way she touched her, held her hand. If this little bubba grows up to be half as energetic as her big sis, Mum and Dad are going to have their hands full.

Then we finished the session in this surprise vineyard in the middle of their community, right next to a lovely play ground. Such an unexpected find, but a find that had me gushing with excitement the minute I laid my eyes on it. This was the perfect way to end an already amazing session. We embraced the energy of big sis and played chase through the vines and danced until the sun went down.

An amazing family and a phenomenal session. To say I was bursting to get back to Sydney to go through the images was an understatement.

So If you have been wondering if I travel, I do, and I love it. To see new places and meet more lovely families is a true pleasure.

Please feel welcome to get in contact, I’d love to meet you.

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What a month it’s been. We finally welcomed the sunshine back after a very wet March. The boys have just returned to school after two and half weeks of school holidays, and gosh did we jam pack those weeks, full to the brim.

We’re still discovering our new neighbourhood, so I took the boys to a new beach (at sunset of course) for a “play” 😉

The boys went through a short phase of acting like teenagers with headphones in and their dad’s old sunglasses on. Plus the “Teenager” attitude. This only lasted a few LONG days… thank goodness!

Our six year old, who had a well loved trade mark for the past 3 years, of missing the one front tooth. Lost his second front tooth, due to natural causes (unlike the first one).

We had family stay over Easter and the boys got to finally meet their baby cousin who stole their hearts and had them asking me to “lay a baby” which is the new joke around the house. My nine year old promises me, if I “lay a baby”, he will quit school and look after it for me. Tempting…

We took the boys to our new local Easter Show, and they had a blast. Who needs to travel a few hours for the real deal, when you can have hours of fun at your local which is just 5 minutes away!

The BMX bikes that were collecting dust in the shed, were pulled back out and are all the rage again. Making me realise they have slightly out grown these bikes, so this might be next on the wish list. The wish list that keeps growing and growing!

There was more skateboarding, more baking, lots of chocolate eaten, more laughter and surprisingly less brotherly banter this month. So I’d have to say, it was pretty fantastic!

On a creative note, I stepped away from the rule books with my photography. I tried free lensing, panning and pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I’ve loved this blog circle for this reason and many more.

If you would like to see more from the amazing artists in this wonderful blog circle called Moments that Matter, please follow this link to the very talented Cindy Cavanagh, to see her special memories from this month…

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  • April 27, 2017 - 1:18 am

    Lauren - haha love the scarf and sunnies! Looks like a gorgeous month 🙂ReplyCancel

    • April 27, 2017 - 7:34 am

      pollyjane - Thanks Lauren. Me too, they made me laugh pretending to be teenagers for a few days.ReplyCancel

  • April 27, 2017 - 12:50 pm

    Melissa - Always love your work! It’s been too long since I’ve visited. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • April 28, 2017 - 5:14 am

    Justine Curran - Love these polly and all the movement you have captured!ReplyCancel

    • May 10, 2017 - 4:50 am

      pollyjane - Thanks so much Justine. xxxReplyCancel

  • April 29, 2017 - 9:49 am

    Juanita - I love the way you document movement. Love you post this monthReplyCancel

    • May 10, 2017 - 4:51 am

      pollyjane - Thanks Juanita. With boys constantly moving, I have no choice but to embrace movement. xxReplyCancel

This recent set of Maternity and Newborn Photography Session’s in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire were just beautiful. On the day of this lovely couples Maternity Session, we had the most amazing conditions. The light was perfect and Sydney put on the best sky display, just for us. It was all so perfect.

I think pregnancy is so beautiful and I love photographing this special occasion for the expecting couple, and this session was no exception.

A few months down the track and I was told of the wonderful news of the arrival of their little baby boy. Wasn’t he a delight. So little and so calm, his little stretches had me every time.

This In Home Newborn Photography Session completed their beautiful story of the birth of their baby, naturally and beautifully. All in the comfort of their own home.

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