A family birthday at Mavis's Kitchen, Mt. Warning

Last month we were engaged to do a family portrait session before a special birthday lunch at Mavis's Kitchen in the Tweed Valley, with the aim of a great photo showing the whole family that could them be printed up as a gift and displayed in their parent's home. They didn't want to spend a lot of time moving from location to location (that delicious food was calling) and with a three year old and a baby as part of the shoot we needed to keep things flowing quickly to keep their attention. Here are a few of our favourites including some candid shots taken along the way - we just can't help ourselves!


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Smash that Cake!

Earlier this year, we were engaged for our first ever smash-cake photo session. Excuse our ignorance, we'd never even heard of such a thing! Undaunted by visions of icing and cream all over our lenses we turned up to the ever-charming Mavis's Kitchen on Mount Warning Road. The garden and the weather were picture perfect and the whole family were so lovely and welcoming. We had some delicious afternoon tea together, a stroll through the garden, then onto the main event. Even though Mum (we were asked not to use their real names) had her vision of smash cake heaven, she was still very relaxed, knowing that life with little ones is always unpredictable. After some coaxing the birthday one got stuck into that gorgeous apricot coloured cake with assistance from her older brother. Here are some of our favourites below. So now we are no longer smash-cake virgins, feel free to invite us to your next birthday party!

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A family gathering at Fingal Head

We were thrilled when Diane from Brisbane contacted us to photograph her family's Mothers Day camping get-together at Fingal Head. They turned out to be a really loving and fun bunch: the parents, five offspring and their partners and six gorgeous grand-daughters under the age of 6! So it was a busy two hours chasing gorgeous moments and the beautiful fading light. Would so love to do this every week!


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Anna's Mokshanna family

Animals are such an integral part of our lives and they often live quietly at the heart of many families. Our portrait shoot of Anna from Mokshanna at Stokers Siding turned into a family photo session with her gorgeous boys, Josh and Janardhan. Buddy wasn’t much into photos (more into swimming and running) but little Chika would have been happy to be somewhere in the mix for every one. The goats, were being goats, as in not sitting still for a second and running riot eating the garden. Such an enjoyable shoot plus it gave us a chance to see more of this gorgeous property (which is available for stays, retreats, and dancing). Its tucked away in a peaceful valley near Stokers Siding, but its only about 15 minutes from Murwillumbah. We’re looking forward to our next visit to catch up with them all again.

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Family portraits down in Geelong

Time to catch up on some news! Back in March we flew down to Geelong to do a series of family portrait sessions for a client. She needed a range of photos of clients from her chiropractic clinic to use on her website. The ones I’ve included here are not necessarily the ones used for that, but are some of our favourites. If you’d like to see the website or if you need a brilliant chiropractor just have a look.


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Jeremy's slideshow

Here is a link to slideshow of a recent family portrait shoot with two great little guys and their parents:


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Three red-heads plus Mum

Little Jeremy came into the world several weeks premature, but he’s certainly going great-guns now. This was our second session with him and the third with his family. A picnic rug in their backyard under the flowering jacaranda made the perfect relaxing setting. A few grizzles (from Jeremy not Alan) were followed by a very photogenic nap, then loads of smiles and fun with his brother. the last few were taken under the house and had a completely different feel to them.


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A professional and family shoot combined

We met Bob and Amelia through their business, Fig Jam, but they are not foodies, rather experts in E-commerce, MySQL etc. They engaged us to take some professional but relaxed portraits for a work-related website. While there and all set up we also did a short family photo shoot with their gorgeous daughters - quick and pain-free for all involved!


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Alex and Tiana

While in Canberra last month I stayed with a family of old and best friends and had the opportunity to do a back-yard photo session with my gorgeous god-daughter, Tiana, and her older brother, Alex. We started with them lying around on the trampoline that was a big part of their childhood. They then suggested that they’d like their chickens in the photos. Great ideas often come from the subjects! The chickens weren’t totally cooperative but we got some good moments. The teenagers haven’t grown much since I was there, but I bet the chickens have!


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The cute boys from Zacalu Zoo

Isaac and Luca are the inspiration behind Zacalu Zoo - a great little shop based in Murwillumbah, specializing in babies and children’s clothes, toys, maternity wear etc. The boys were super active after having spent a few rainy days inside, but we managed to catch a few great moments as they stopped to catch their breath. Chantal loves the photos and we hope they will always bring back great memories of that moment - that stage in the boys’ lives.




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Father and Son

With Tom about to start school next year, his grandmother,Rosemary, decided to commission us for a portrait session of Tom with his father John (a well-known potter with a great little gallery in Chillingham) to mark this transition in their lives.
As it turned out, Tom had just received his new school uniform on the day that we were to photograph them and he was very reluctant to take it off! The chooks are a big part of Tom’s life - even sitting on his lap to watch TV!
The family were really happy with the photos; Rosemary’s only complaint was that it was hard to choose which she liked best for prints. We also did a slideshow (part of our portrait shoot packages) that came together really well. We’ll try to put a version of it up soon.









Rhyla's first birthday

Just a few days before Rhyla’s first birthday, we had the pleasure of photographing her and her parents. Erin and Dave, at their breathtaking property, below the Springbrook Range, in the Gold Coast Hinterland. We used Rhyla’s favourite places as our outdoor studios, that is the beautiful creek that flows through Natural Bridge and the family’s organic garden.
Rhyla seemed to lap up the attention and left the camera shyness to Dave (we got some great ones of him too though). Once again through our photography, we had the privilege to meet some genuinely lovely people and to see yet another stunning part of our country.











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