Another on location family photography session, taken at sunset here in Perth.  I have so much fun when I get to go outdoors for on location family photography sessions as I get to chase the light and capture the golden glow of the sky just before sunset.  It truly is the best time of the day.
I’ve photographed this special family since Michelle was pregnant with her miracle baby Chelsea, and I’ve loved every minuted of watching her grow and turn into one of the most polite, and adorable little girls I’ve ever met.
I really hope they enjoy these family photos forever!!

on location family photography perth | Steve, Michelle, Chelsea and Merlot  |  On Location Family Photography Perth | families

Baby Photography Perth

Xavier Alessandro – 21 March 2017 – 151am – 3.30kg – 51cm

“Xavier is our surprise baby – he was the piece of our puzzle we never knew was missing. From the moment I held him in my arms, I knew this perfect little person had arrived home. When I first had an inkling I could be pregnant I was filled with terror! We hadn’t planned a number 2, I was in the process of obtaining a promotion and my husband’s current employment contract was winding up without any new prospects on the horizon. How would we cope? Would our daughter think we were replacing her? What was my workplace going to think! My natural response to all of these questions was to delay announcing my pregnancy until I was 5 months into it!

My labour was not the “organic earth mother” experience I was hoping for second time around.  Instead everything and anything went wrong right down to Xavier eating his poop on arrival! Having a baby photography session with family portraits taken while Xavier was still a newborn was so important to us as we didn’t get the opportunity to take intimate family photos in the hospital due to me being on bed rest and Xavier being admitted to high-care nursery. Our baby photography session with Kristy exceeded our expectations. Prior to the session Kristy sent us information on what to expect and how best to prepare for the day. On the day Kristy took care of everything and put our minds at ease, in fact we were asking her for sleep training advice because she had managed to get Xavier to sleep through the whole session! Our family portraits speak for themselves; each image shows a relaxed, overtired yet elated family – you can hardly tell that these overtired parents forgot their freshly ironed clothes home and dad had to make a dash home to retrieve them!
Kristy captured a beautiful moment in time and thanks to her these memories will now last a lifetime.
baby photography perth xavier  | 18 day old Xavier |  Baby Photography Perth | newborns
baby photography perth xavier | 18 day old Xavier |  Baby Photography Perth | newborns

Perth Newborn Photography

As this was the third baby I had photographed for Rob and Janelle, I thought it would be nice to hear a bit about her birth story for little Indiana Scarlett, photographed here at her newborn photography session at just 6 days old!!

I had never been pregnant for this long before. I’d always gone past 40 weeks, but never 41 and yet there it was staring me in the face. I had made my next appointment with my midwife for 40+6, laughing as I told her I didn’t expect to still be pregnant at that point… but there I was. My previous pregnancies had had warning signs of the impending labour several days before, but I had had no signs yet of anything happening. On the morning I reached 41 weeks, I messaged my midwife and birth photographer to let them know nothing was happening yet. It will come, my midwife messaged back reassuringly, unconcerned.

She was right. That night after I went to bed, there was a sudden sharp pain, I rolled over and realised my waters had broken.

I was not having any contractions so texted my midwife to let her know and tried to sleep. My last labour (first VBAC) had gone for nearly a full day so I wanted to get as much rest as possible. After an hour, I started getting discomfort across my stomach. Nothing like contractions with my first two. I felt sick too and hoped I wasn’t getting food poisoning. Up and down to the toilet over the next hour until l realised the stomach pains were becoming regular. Then I twigged that this was what labour was going to be like this time around. Quite painful unlike previous, and I had to use all my concentration and hypnobirthing training to get through each one. I timed a few – 4 mins apart. Based on the last two labours I thought I had hours to go, but better get the birth pool filled now so it could help with the pain. 

Shook my husband awake (took a while!) but once he realised what was going on he was alert and started inflating the pool. Unfortunately the noise of the pump woke my youngest and Rob lost precious minutes going up to settle him several times. We should have started filling it with water immediately. 

While this was going on I was stuck in the toilet upstairs trying to stand up before the next contraction hit. Called my midwife to tell her I was getting pushy and to come over. She was only a few suburbs away so I knew she’d be there quickly. I waited for the end of a contraction, got downstairs and called my birth photographer, who had a long drive ahead of her – by this point I hoped rather than expected her to arrive before baby. The sofa got covered with a waterproof sheet and Rob went outside to get the hose to fill the pool. I was pushing involuntarily at the end of each contraction. My midwife arrived, took a look at me and told Rob to stop with the pool and go wake the boys as the baby was coming now! She checked bub’s heart rate with the doppler as he ran upstairs.

He came downstairs with two very excited boys and my camera, took a few photos and then my midwife took over photo duties and told Rob to get ready to catch. She talked me through breathing through the last few pushes as the stretching feeling became intense, and then there she was… we were surprised and delighted to find we had a healthy baby girl!

Baby and I were settled onto the sofa and vitals checked, a few minutes later there were car lights visible from the front of the house as my birth photographer arrived, followed shortly after by the backup midwife. The timestamp on my camera showed 6 minutes from the first photo to baby being born. I still couldn’t believe how quickly the labour and birth had gone. I had birthing snacks, hydrating drinks, snacks for my birth team ready, plans to tidy the lounge room where I birthed… our girl wasn’t waiting for any of that! From day 0 she has been very definite (and vocal) about what she wants or doesn’t like… I think we’ve welcomed quite a personality to our family and it will be a lot of fun watching our determined little girl grow up.

Perth Newborn Photography Indiana | Indiana on day 6  |  Perth Newborn Photography | newborns

Perth Family Photographer

G Family

Last Spring, I was lucky enough to have some clients book in for some family photos right in time to capture their  memories at this gorgeous fruit orchard location up in Roleystone.  Only available for a few short weeks a year, it’s so amazing to head up there just before the sun goes down to get the gorgeous light behind the flowers.  The light in these images was just how I imagined.

Book your family session for this spring nice and early to avoid missing out as I can only offer limited availability due to the nature of the flower season.

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