This post has been a long time in the making. Not only was there more than four and a half years between these two shoots, it has also taken me around eighteen months to edit the images from the second session.
The first image below is of our eldest daughter, Asia, and was taken in June 2007 when she was 237 days old. This has long been one of my favourite images of Asia, and so when our second daughter Harper came along, I thought it would be fun to do a shoot at the same age. So in March 2012, on the day when Harper was exactly 237 days old, I created the second image. This one was taken on the train tracks down the road from where we live in Bangalow. I didn’t want to create an exact replica of Asia’s image, but did want to have a very similar composition. The train tracks worked well and gave me the result I expected… what I didn’t expect was that Harper would recreate Asia’s initial pose.
It’s incredible to see both children at the exact same age and see just how similar they are. I think this was the perfect age for this, as they have both developed and don’t look nearly as similar now. Even so, I think I may try to do a similar shoot every few years, so we have a real comparison of the girls as they grow.
I hope you like the post… sometime a doting dad just has to share : )
We all know how busy life can be. It seems that these days, everyone has a million and one things to think about and do. It’s often really difficult to take time out and think about our journey through life – most of us are too busy keeping up with it to spend much time reflecting. I’m always secretly thrilled when I get to be a part of a family milestone or celebration. Last Friday was the Kearey’s 10th Wedding Anniversary and they decided to celebrate and mark the moment with a Family Portrait Session. Ten years has brought the Kearey family, among many other things, three amazing children.
One of the things I love most about a shoot like this, is imagining the Kearey’s sitting back, looking over their wall prints, smiling and feeling awfully proud of the three beautiful children they have raised over the past ten years. The children alone are testament that it has been a wonderful decade.
I really hope you enjoy your images guys and I look forward to shooting your 20th anniversary!
As a kid, is there anything better than a treehouse? Of course, the kind you build yourself is always the best. It seems to be one of those memories that stays with you; dragging the wood and nails to your favorite tree and creating an amazing space that’s just for you and your friends. The Hampson kids certainly have been working hard on building one of their own, complete with swings, rope ladders and a bucket for hoisting important goodies up to the higher branches. I think Dad, Paul, was a little surprised to find a number of items from his shed hanging from the tree when we came to shoot these images!
I’m always a little humbled by how lucky I am to do what I do. One: I really love it. Two: I really love being a part of keeping the memories for people. Every family portrait session is unique because the families I photograph are unique and I love that. Thanks for letting me be a part of your family for the afternoon Paul and Belinda. It was a lot of fun and I hope you love the images!
To say that life of late has been busy would be an understatement. We are currently in the thick of wedding season (which is awesome), we are still working on finishing our house and next week I’m conducting workshops at the Australian Sign & Graphics Association’s National Conference, and seminars at Visual Impact Image Expo in Darling Harbour. All this combined with the usual scouting locations for future shoots, meeting with wonderful new clients and general day-to-day chores, leaves very little time to just kick back and enjoy a moment with the kids… which is kind of why Michelle and I packed up our lives in the city and moved to Bangalow in the first place.
On Sunday I decided to postpone tiling our laundry and actually enjoy the day with the kids. About ten metres from our front door there is a beautiful old tree that is known to the locals as the “Teddy Bear Tree”. When we first moved to the area there were dozens of Teddy Bear’s perched high in the tree or swinging from its branches. Sadly many of these Teddys have fallen victim to decay and there is maybe only fifteen or twenty left, but the tree still remains the gathering place for kids and many young families. The Teddy Bear Tree has two rope swings and our kids, much like most of the kids in the neighborhood, simply love them. Our youngest, Harper, points to the tree and cries out ‘Way’ whenever she wants a swing. ‘Way’ is what she calls it as this is the sounds she makes while swinging ‘Waaay-waaay’.
The first four images in this post are the photos I took of Asia on Sunday. I think her facial expressions highlight just how much fun we were having… a whole lot more fun than tiling. It was so enjoyable in fact, that yesterday I took another hour or so out of my day and just played with Harper around the tree. Time-out with the kids truly is the best medicine for almost any ailment, and rather addictive as well. I think when Harper wakes from her nap today we might find another tree to go and sit under for a while.
The remainder of the images are from yesterday’s playdate.
Some portrait sessions take a little longer to plan than others. Take our (almost) neighbours Beth and Craig for instance. When we first met Beth and Craig they were newly engaged, planning their wedding, and had contacted us to take some photos for their engagement. But, for some reason we never seemed to be able to find the right time for both of us (crazy seeming we live on the same street!) Then, Beth celebrated a milestone birthday and thought it would be a great to have birthday portraits taken. Once again, mysteriously perhaps, it just never eventuated. But, it seems life had even bigger plans for these two! When the stars finally aligned and we had organised the photo shoot, Beth and Craig had even more to celebrate. They say good things are worth waiting for…. to Beth and Craig, congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy, Corey. He’s absolutely perfect, well worth waiting for.