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Extended Family Photo Time!

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I have no idea how it happened but somehow we are 11 months into the year and Christmas and New Year are just weeks away. Even though it will no doubt be another crazy December of eating, drinking, shopping, wrapping and Christmas carolling there will be a moment on 24th December that I will admit festive defeat and put the tools down, fill the champagne glass up and say 'bugger it! Somehow it's caught me by surprise again'.

For a few days, or maybe even weeks, work, schedules and routines are out the door and life becomes one long family and friends reunion. Often rellies are in town from interstate and overseas for the first time in years. Who knows when we will all be in the one spot again! All the fam together with some warm weather and a summer holiday vibe make the perfect time to get those extended family photos taken finally! It is a busy time for family photography for this reason but don't fear, we have plenty of practise at making this smooth sailing and even a little bit of fun! Our little love record is a family of 38 humans plus one dog (!!) and despite being a little hectic, the results were precious memories for all three generations. Grandparents admire the photos daily now, but it will be the grandchildren who hold them dear in decades to come. A great Christmas pressie idea too - give the family a shoot together! Book now and get some really happy family photos taken this year! You can find me at cristina@littlelovephotography.com.au or 0416868624 for more info :)

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Hello Albert!

A couple of years ago I shot Nina and Lee's wedding, when little Sybil was not quite one. She is now a very proud sister big sister to baby Albert and lucky me, got to return for more Vanneck family photography! Was a really fun shoot, lots of great chat with lots of newborn poo too! Some favourites are here below:  

All about Newborn Photography!

oh sweet angel baby! and he's not even mine!

oh sweet angel baby! and he's not even mine!

So you are having a baby. Oh, the excitement!

You survive pregnancy and, somehow The Birth, and suddenly before you, is the most beautiful little human you have ever seen. Those New Mum hormones are pretty crazy and in most cases, once they have kicked in, leave us convinced we have the cutest kid to ever grace this planet!

Before you know it, your newborn will be a bouncy baby and you’ll never have the chance to experience those first few magical days again, so sad! Newborn photography sessions really do capture the pure innocence and beauty of your new bub. These photos remind us of all those little details that are often forgotten (blame lack of sleep and crazy hormones). Your little one will never be that tiny and curled up again so having a newborn shoot is the perfect way to hold onto your baby’s newborn perfection! 

Newborn photos with Little Love Photography, in Sydney, aims to capture happy pics of your new family together, bub with mum and dad, with siblings and on his/her own too. Lips, cheeks, eyelashes, fingers and toes are baby details we love to shoot. We go out of our way to make the session as easy as possible, so everyone in the family feels relaxed and comfortable and totally loved up with your family's newest member ♥ ♥  

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So some common questions we are often asked...

What age is best for a newborn shoot?

Newborn portraits are best shot within the first two weeks after birth. That’s when your baby’s skin looks soft and translucent, and they’re still tiny, curled-up and more likely to do longer sleeps for us (fingers crossed!). Between days five and 10 are ideal but most importantly, when Mum feels up to it. Better to have a slightly older baby and a happy Mum in the photos!

How Do You Book When You Don’t Know When the Baby Is Coming?!

Here at Little Love, we want to make the entire photography experience stress free and enjoyable. We pencil you in for two dates around your due date and confirm/adjust the shoot once your bub arrives and everyone is home from hospital.

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Where Do the Newborn Photography Sessions Happen?

I plan your newborn photography session in Sydney around the needs of both Mum/Dad and your new baby. As a mother of three, I understand it can feel impossible to get out of the house with a tiny baby. We can work from your home in Sydney, we just need a bit of room and some decent light (normally near a window or door can work perfectly). Alternatively, you can choose to come to my sunroom studio on the Northern Beaches to capture bright, happy and natural newborn photos.

How Long Do Newborn Shoots Take?

Our photography sessions are always baby-led. Of course, bub is fed, comforted and settled whenever he/she needs it. Newborn sessions can last for 3+ hours as we work to achieve cute little sleepy poses around your baby’s feeding/sleeping pattern. We work gently and calmly, always putting the needs of your child and family first.

Unlike some photography studios, older siblings are definitely welcome! We work to photograph toddlers/preschoolers/Dad first so that these guys can go play/to work once they are done. This leaves just Mum and Bub to capture beautiful newborn photos together, nice and quietly. You won’t be the first parent to have a little snooze whilst you wait your turn, should you doze off😴

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How Do You Choose the Right Newborn Photographer?

We think the success of the newborn shoot actually comes down to the personality of the photographer. Of course, photography skills are imperative but really, without confidence, understanding and knowledge of how to handle newborns safely, and calmly, the shoot could be disastrous! And that’s without a teary, tired, emotional mum and exhausted dad on the scene! Patience, calm and caring nature are must-have qualities.

As a mum myself, and newborn photographer of over eight years, I have plenty of experience handling newborns and have a few tricks to help keep everyone calm and happy, and baby settled and asleep (fingers crossed!). There is never a newborn shoot without baby wee/poo/vomit in the studio and that is A-OK! Here's a video of little love in action so you can see how easy and cute it all is!!

Really, the most important thing is to book in and get the photos done while your new baby is still tiny and curled up! Once these magical early days pass there is no getting them back!

And a little quote from a mother of a newborn I recently photographed that sums it all up.. 

"I can't believe how much he has changed in 3 weeks - I'm so glad we captured this precious time, especially all the beautiful little details like his feet and lips that I never want to forget."  

For more info or to book in pls get in touch! info@littlelovephotography.com.au or 0416868624

Thanks! And Good luck!
Cristina

Baby inbound!

 Super Cute Belly shoot on the blog today! Hunter is going to be a big brother very soon so I was lucky enough to meet up with him and his parents for some fun, playful photos at the beach. Hunter is only 20 months old, a notoriously tricky age for photography, but he excelled! Delightful, happy and full of smiles for the hour we had together, here's hoping he can keep it up for Round 2 (newborn shoot) with his new bestie in a few weeks time!! A few of my favourite family photos are here :) 

dads! (happy father's day)

Often, when I am commissioned to work with a family, it is the Mum that has made the booking and, primarily, is the motivating force behind creating some special family memories. When I walk in and say hi to everyone, the Dads are often a little stand offish, not sure what to expect or what I’m going to “make them do” (I swear nothing freaky!)!!  Occasionally, It can take them the first part of the shoot to warm up but I have to say little fireworks go off in my head when Dad embraces the fun and gets involved. These ALWAYS make the best pics, and without fail, Mum is watching from the sidelines with a big, joyous smile on her face. 

So to mark Father’s Day this year, I’m sharing a mix of photos, some tender Dad moments and some fun ones. Because Dad hanging out with his kids is the best, no matter what. And not just because Mum can go have a drink of something nice and a little lie down 😜 

Have a great day Dads!

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Alice and samuel are married! #sydneywedding

It has been a lifetime since I shared anything so thought I would make a come back with a wedding! This was such a great job to shoot. Firstly, it was a perfect July day in Sydney (winter is the best time for weddings seriously) topped off with the most golden sunset. From the pics you can see we had a gorgeous couple - on top of that they were so humble and kind  and enthusiastic and loved up😍😍 The church had festoons, the bridal party had a picnic and I think I have found the happiest and most expressive Mother of The Groom ever!! Many highlights below..

The curious incident of mums missing from photos!

In Australia, this Sunday is Mother's Day. School and kindy are asking for photos of mums for presentations and slideshows. It took me ages to find one that I feature in and even then it only had two of my three kids in it - oooopsie. I almost reused the photo from 2016 which proved to me that, despite all the cameras and lenses in the house, I suffer from the same predicament as most mums. We don't feature!!!

A rare feature, I'm actually in a pic - Left out one of the kiddies tho! Basic rules from below apply here - plain backdrop, nice light and a little hug :)

A rare feature, I'm actually in a pic - Left out one of the kiddies tho! Basic rules from below apply here - plain backdrop, nice light and a little hug :)

Somehow, it's always the mums taking the photos. I regularly receive emails saying this. I got one yesterday - " The photos you take for us will be a nice way to ensure we are all included in the photos too.  I don’t like photos of myself much, and to be honest most of the photos we have I have taken so I am not in them.  I’d like some nice memories that Sophia can have to look back on too". This mum has got it in one. 

i think Mother's Day is the perfect excuse to change this! This year, if you are lucky enough to see your mum, then pull out a camera/phone and start snapping. If you are a mum, hand the camera to your dad, brother, by-stander and get in that photo!! Don't sweat it if you are feeling tired, unphotogenic or not wearing your Sunday Best. Here are my tips to increase your chances of taking a keeper:

1. Find an uncluttered location/background that is well lit!

Swirly Golden light is always fantastic to shoot in!

Swirly Golden light is always fantastic to shoot in!

2. Gather in around your Mum/kids, use your arms to pull in everyone closely! You are family after all. 

3.Heads in close, don't squish each other but definitely eliminate gaps between heads (this creates warm and fuzzies)

4. Angle your heads towards the light to eliminate shadows (this will also help to lighten dark tired bags under mum's eyes). 

5. Hold camera in a slightly elevated position so chins are up and eyes/eye sockets are light-filled :)

6. Call for happy faces! Get someone to tell a joke, or do a laughing competition! We all forget the awkwardness of faking it once you get the shot!

7. if this fails, give your Mum/wife a Little Love Photography gift voucher for their birthday/xmas or next Mother's Day and we can capture the smiles, joy and memories for you. Shoots are fun! Trust me!

Why Your Business Needs Professional Photos for Instagram!

Did you know that Instagram delivers 29 per cent more engagement than Facebook and a massive 60 per cent more than Twitter? With an audience of 500 million active users, ranging from teens and millennials to professionals, families, and even seniors, if you’re not using Instagram to promote and grow your small business, you’re missing out!

If you are anything like me, you’re flat out working around the clock on running your business. The idea of dedicating time and energy every day to produce new and engaging content is just unrealistic.

Many small business owners share these concerns that’s why hiring a professional photographer to take fun, Insta-worthy pictures for you is the way to go. Don’t worry, Little Love Photography is to the rescue! In fact, a single 1-2 hour shoot with Little Love can give you over 40 relevant, brand-specific images that can be used to create up to a year’s worth of original content. Add in a few memes and head shots and you are sorted! How simple and easy is that!

5 Benefits of Professional Photography for Instagram

If you’re not already convinced that investing in a professional Instagram shoot will provide your small business with a tonne of value, then have a read of these five exciting benefits of professional photography for Instagram.

1. Professional Photography Saves Time

And saved time is saved money! We’ve already touched on this benefit, but it’s one of the main reasons busy business owners opt for a professional photographer. Imagine getting months of content created in under a couple of hours!

2. Feature Professional Quality Photography on Your Instagram

Not everyone has the eye, skills, or equipment to take a great professional photo. And grainy, blurry, poorly composed images may give potential customers a bad impression. When you hire a professional, you know your photos are going to look first class and represent your business in a fun yet sophisticated way.

Not only that, but when you hire a professional photographer for an Instagram-specific shoot, the photos will be composed with Instagram’s restrictions in mind. Although Instagram no longer crops all photos into a square, this ratio tends to look better on the app. 

3. Brand-Specific Images

Many businesses that don’t hire a professional photographer end up posting generic photos on their Instagram accounts. And what good is that?

Your Instagram should promote your business’s specific services and products. It should reflect your brand’s unique values. I am sure your Instagram followers would much prefer to see you and your team candidly at work rather than a boring stock photo. Or your actual work space or store location, rather than an all-purpose building or office environment.

4. You Have Creative Control

A professional Instagram photo shoot is a great opportunity for those of you with creative minds to execute your visions. Without the required skills and equipment, our ideas don’t always turn out the way we imagined. A professional can bring their expertise to the table. Together, you can create a series of photographs your Instagram following will love.

5. Professional Instagram Photos will Help You Stand Out from the crowd AND Your Competitors

Picture this: a potential customer is searching online for a specific product. A few businesses come up, so they decide to check out their social media accounts to get a better feel of their personalities.

Most of the businesses post to Instagram once a week, some even less. Some images are pixelated, others are totally generic, and a few are clearly ripped off other accounts. But one business posts stunning, brand-specific images regularly. The customer is thrilled to see the product in action and is comforted by all the positive feedback in the comments section. They decide to buy.

You want your business to stand out. If you go the extra mile on Instagram, you’re bound to win out against your competitors. So, if you’re ready to fuel your business’s Instagram feed with quality photos and content then give me a call today. I’d be more than happy to chat with you about your business’s unique needs. Let's tell a great story together! 

the sun comes out!!

Sounds like it's news worthy of a headline with the rainy March Sydney has had so far! Lucky for these guys, we had blue sky and golden sunshine under a gorgeous, green willow tree for their family shoot. Lucky for me, the happy expressions were non-stop during these photos.. It's not often I work with babies that are so transfixed on the camera that they smile constantly.. was very cute and funny :)  Big brother was the same - not a whinge, complaint, tear or tantrum to be heard for the hour we were together.  Have a look below for  some very happy family pics!! 

How to store your Summer holiday photos!

If you are living in Sydney at the moment you would have noticed (after two weeks of rain!) that Summer has definitely left us and Autumn has moved on in. Apart from mourning those lazy, warm days and golden sunsets it's a good time to do something with all those summer holiday snaps you took while everyone was off work and school! So, how do you make sure you can keep your precious family photos forever?

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Don’t trust your smartphone!

These days, most of us take and store our photos on our smartphones. They’re so convenient; you’ve got a camera with you wherever you go, so you don’t have to miss a single moment! But as with all technology, disaster can strike...

I was recently talking to a client who had taken loads of photos of the arrival of her newborn baby on her smartphone, only to drop it in her neighbour’s swimming pool over summer. All photos gone!!! DISASTER!!! (Lucky for her, her Little Love newborn photos were safe and sound:)) Obviously, memories like baby photos are some of the most precious any of us can have. They are something that we’d definitely want to keep forever. That’s why it’s vital to have more than one option when it comes to saving your favourite photos.

 

Cloud storage

Cloud storage is one of the most popular and convenient ways to back up your smartphone and preserve your summer holiday pictures. They make it easy to share information between your smartphone and your computer, as you can generally download from cloud storage onto a variety of different devices. This enables you to save your photos in several different places quickly and easily. Here are a few of the most popular cloud storage options:

Dropbox

Dropbox is probably the most versatile cloud storage option as it works with most operating systems, including Windows, Android, iOS, Mac, Linux and Blackberry. The free Basic account will give you 2GB of storage. You can easily add to this, however; Dropbox gives you extra free storage for simple tasks such as turning on the Camera Upload feature (3GB) or getting your friends to sign up to Dropbox (500MB for each friend you sign up).

Microsoft OneDrive

OneDrive is a good option if you don’t have much storage space left on some of your devices. It lets you choose which files you want to store on each device. This means you don’t have to duplicate, but you can still save all your photos! A basic account will give you 5GB of storage free and it’s really easy to use. It works with iOS, Android and Windows Phone.

Google Drive

You probably already have a Google Drive account. You get one automatically if you have a Gmail or YouTube account. It give you 15GB of free storage, and you can upload your photos from an iOS or Android phone by using Google +.

iCloud

iCloud only works with iPhones, but you can still sync your files across a number of devices by using iCloud Drive, which is compatible with Windows PCs. You get 5GB of storage free.

Cloud storage is a great option as it is an easy way of saving your photos to other devices, allowing you to free up space on your smartphone to take more pictures! It also has the advantage of allowing you to share your photos with friends and family without having to put them on social media, so you can choose who gets to see the pictures of you and your family.

Saving them to your computer

Backing up your phone to your computer regularly is a great idea as your photos will be stored on both devices. In addition, just to be extra sure you won’t lose anything, you can add an external hard drive to your PC, or Time Machine if you use a Mac. Backing up regularly to these devices will give you an extra layer of protection – it’s highly unlikely your smartphone, computer and external backup will all fail at the same time. 

Email your photos to yourself!

Many of us don’t think of emailing our photos and videos to ourselves, but it’s actually a quick and effective way of making sure your photos are stored in more than one place (or if you aren't always convinced other forms of back up are 100% reliable). To be absolutely sure I have more than one copy of my favourites I simply email them to myself (ie my desktop) from my phone. Opening the attachments on your computer or tablet will allow you to save them there.

And don’t forget, for the ultimate peace of mind, you can also print your photos out! Create a beautiful space in your home for a few frames so your precious holiday photos can be on display and keep you warm all year long!

 

 

All we want for Christmas

Little Love has a close affiliation with a local family and charity, that of San Filippo Children's Foundation. Our friends, Meg and Al, have two gorgeous kids, both of whom have this terminal illness. It's a tragedy beyond words for any family so we like to hang out and help whenever we can.

A while back we did a really fun xmas shoot with Isla, Jude, their new helper dog Remy and Gemmi The Giraffe. It was part of the campaign to help them raise $90,000 before Christmas to help fund more research to help cure this shocking disease. We are working hard to get these kids as many Christmases as possible and would love your support! If you would like to help a terminally-ill Aussie child this Christmas then please go to: http://www.sanfilippo.org.au/campaign/36/all-i-want-for-christmas.

For all the presents under your tree this year make sure there is a big one marked 'charity', it'll be the one that makes you feel the best :)  Hope you enjoy these pics  -  www.sanfilippo.org.au/donations

Christmas Sparkle!

I love working at my children's school and kindy, lots of familiar faces to hang out with and normally a bit of a free license to do something fun :) This time it was the final fundraiser for our local kindergarten so we had a super busy day shooting dozens of families with lots of Christmas sparkle! Can't believe its almost here again!!!

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Elise & Mila go to The Beach!

I met Mum Mel this year at a party and I have to say she is one of my better finds this year! She's a clever girl and we have ended up doing a bit of work together which has been fun and refreshing I have to say. Just recently, I got to work with her family who were delightful, gorgeous,  and easy - was just like hanging out with friends at the beach really!  Think we got some great pics while we were there.. :)

Audrey.

I know I regularly say this but I really, genuinely, loved this shoot. Delightful parents, divine newborn and a truly beautiful space to shoot in (Mum Carmel seriously knows her interiors).. what's not to love about that right?! I think it was a combination of these factors that has given us a slight mix in style - we got our typical curled-up, sleeping newborn poses but no backdrop/studio set up to be seen. I'm liking this a lot! Audrey was much happier asleep in her very special family blanket so that's what we went with and in the end we captured lots of  'real life' newborn pics all of which show Audrey off as the newborn dream that she is, dimple and all :).

Little Love, Country Style!

A fun adventure for a gorgeous family and one lucky Northern Beaches Photographer (me!)   

Most of the photography I do is based in and around Sydney and the Northern Beaches, which is why I was excited to have the opportunity to pull on my wellies and head up the freeway for a family photography shoot in the country.

 Richard, Rebecca and their three kids are city slickers like me. We had chatted about doing a family shoot in Sydney, but when Rebecca mentioned her family farm it really piqued my interest. I love any opportunity to shoot somewhere different or even just away from home so when I heard about the homestead in Paterson I figured it would be worth packing my bags for a weekend adventure.

 And what a good call! Old farming equipment, overgrown gardens, gates and trees that were just perfect for climbing … this rural property was photography heaven!

After a few hours on the freeway we met at the property to be welcomed not only by beautiful clear skies but also 50km per hour winds! Noooooo! Kids and wind don’t always mix but given we had all travelled so far, we decided to press on. Lucky for us, we got ourselves a gorgeous amber sunset washing our pics in golden light.

 Taking photos of little ones can be challenging even when it is not windy so lucky I was working with super-cute Charlie, Chloe and Sam who were full of excitable energy. With Mum and Dad’s help I was able to get some sparkly eyed portraits as well as pics of them climbing on fences and hanging out on the farm together. After ticking off family candids (with a few slightly posed shots of the family together) we even managed to bring together dog Poppy and grandparents Chris and Julia for group shot on the verandah of their beautiful home.
 

Was a busy afternoon! With no better way to end it than with a celebratory wine and beer for the grown ups, straight from the grandparent's picnic basket. Happiness all round :)

There story in photos is told here: 

Divine Miss Aila

I had a hunch as soon as Arianne and Kane walked into our studio with newborn Aila that I was in for a photographic treat. These guys were super relaxed and genuinely so happy in their new roles as parents that it made our time together an absolute pleasure (Arianne and Kane had also recently had their wedding photos taken by one of my most admired photographers  -Dan O'Day- so I knew we were on the same page in a photography sense which always helps :)).

Once asleep, Aila curled up beautifully, Mum and Dad were warm, fun and loving, not to mention ridiculously photogenic, all of which is evident in some of my favourite ever newborn photos which I'm unashamedly showing off here below!! Hope you enjoy x

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Levi and Xander!

Just noticed it's been a while since I posted anything (ooops) so this one is going to be a thorough blogging to make up for it. Also it's way too hard to cull my favourites from this shoot.. Newborn Levi had arrived safely just days before and, along with big brother Xander, they came along to my new Sunroom Studio for some piccies! These two boys were so easy to work with, Levi slept like an angel, Xander smiled and laughed at all my jokes (at last!) and Mum and Dad were just relaxed and down right lovely not too mention absolutely so photogenic :)  Dream job really! 

The Happiest Shoot

I've been lucky enough to shoot Claire and Austen's family a few times over the years, most recently when big sisters Amie and Tilly met Newborn Ollie in hospital (see blog here http://littlelovephotography.com.au/blog/2016/2/8/meeting-ollie). These pics are from when Ollie was three months old - I've never seen so many smiles in one session! You can see why I loved working with them again - Get your dose of happiness here below :)

Ashley & Fabricio tie the knot!

This was such a delightful wedding. Everyone was so relaxed and so genuinely happy especially Ashley our beautiful Aussie bride and her very handsome Brazilian groom Fabricio. Perfect conditions by the water in Sydney added to the magic of their day, a tiny snippet of which is below.. :)

Maddi & Alex Tie The Knot!

I have shot at some stand out weddings recently.. Great locations, relaxed & happy couples, fun bridal parties, friendly guests, decent weather etc.. but Madeleine and Alex's nuptials at Jasper's at Berry  (#jaspersberryweddings) stood out even further still. Set in one of the most stunning locations in NSW, it was a perfect warm autumn day that seemed to have perfect golden light wherever we turned. Throw in a beautiful English bride with a handsome Welsh groom, a room full of excitable Brits (plus just two Aussies!) and you get one hell of a party! Please see previous blog post for proof :) It's a long one this one as I couldn't narrow my favourites down any further - just love, happiness, beautiful people and so much  hilarity wherever you looked. Enjoy!