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Claire, Muz, Luca & Sasha – Tunbridge Wells, Kent [Family Photography]

Claire & Muz booked me to come out to their house in  Tunbridge Wells, Kent to shoot their two boys Luca & Sasha. It was a hot summer’s day and the boys are at that great age where they still have no fear of the camera when it’s aimed right at them, in fact they kind of love it, and they’re also old enough to genuinely make me laugh with their banter and perfectly, ridiculous thoughts.

It was nice to be invited into their home and hang out on the trampoline and in the paddling pool – it all felt perfectly intimate, while also being mental, high-energy fun.

I often like to start shoots in the family’s home as there’s a sense of comfort that I feel shines through in the photos, and I get to capture shots of the kids in a truly, genuine and natural setting. If you’d like to find out more about booking your own Family Photo shoot  or would like to gift a shoot to another family, you can find details over on my Family Photography Packaging & Pricing page.

Thanks for having me a part of the family for the day guys.

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Caitlin & Jerram – Lynbrook farm, Western District, Victoria, Australia

Caitlin & Jerram got married on Caitlin’s parents farm in the Western District, Victoria. The day of posting this blog post is also their one year wedding anniversary, so congratulations to you guys, woooh!

Aside from just being an awesome day, this wedding was extra special as I met Caitlin and her welcoming family around 6 years ago when I first arrived in Australia – it was my first weekend in Australia and I was taken to a party on this very farm with a huge bonfire, multiple dogs, loads of sheep, home-brewed beer and some of the friendliest people I’d ever met.
So to be invited back to shoot Caitlyn’s wedding was a true honour.

Happy anniversary guys.

Hope you all enjoy the pictures

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Victoria, Dan & Rowan – Folkestone, Kent UK [Family Photography]

So I am still loving Family Photography and recently while back in the UK got to hang out for the afternoon with Victoria, Dan & little Rowan (what a good name).

Victoria & Dan moved away from London a few years ago to Folkestone in Kent, a beautiful port town on the coast of South-East England, where they had Rowan over Easter. While spending the day together capturing these images, Victoria opened up to me about how she has been suffering from Postnatal Depression and after some reading of my own, it blows my mind how common an occurrence this is amongst new mothers all over the world.

Victoria vey kindly offered to write some words about the illness which I have shared below. Thank you Victoria & Dan (& Rowan) for letting me into your home and lives for the day.

“Like most new parents my husband Dan and I we were hit by the enormity of having a child when our son Rowan was born this Easter. At the risk of succumbing to a massive first time parent cliché, it was in the everyday moments that we felt closest as a family.

Through the seemingly unrelenting exhaustion our coping strategy was to go out on long walks to the sea near our home in Folkestone, Kent. For me getting out of the house and down to the coast became a lifeline. I’ve been suffering with Postnatal Depression and Anxiety since Rowan was born. The feelings gradually crept up on me, until was finally diagnosed when he was three and a half months old. Call it mother’s instinct but I knew something was wrong from the beginning. I was convinced I was doing a terrible job. That Rowan deserved better. Over time things had worsened to the point that that I was dragging myself through each day, just focusing on surviving. Suffering from PND and anxiety feels like the ultimate unwanted guest in new family life. Sucking what precious little energy is left out of already exhausted and bewildered new parents. Leaving me feeling hopeless and inadequate. At the darkest points it was almost impossible to see us as a ‘regular’ family because my anxieties feel so all consuming. When I started to seek help for the PND and Anxiety I began thinking that I wanted to savour this time in our lives. It hadn’t been easy but it was strangely significant.

We were really drawn to Nabeel’s relaxed style of photography. His approach was to go with what worked for us, which when you have a small baby makes all the difference. Outside of the confines of a studio we were able to shoot in a location that we loved. Since Rowan’s birth the Lower Leas Coastal Park in Folkestone has become something of a family favourite and this stretch of parkland overlooking the English seemed the perfect backdrop. Overall the shoot was incredibly laid back, which allowed Rowan’s personality to really shine through. Having Nabeel capture something as simple as a family walk felt affirmative, a little pat on the back to remind me that we can do this.”

For more information on Postnatal Depression, you can check out the resources at the following links: (links open in new tab)
http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/problemsdisorders/postnataldepression.aspx

http://www.panda.org.au/practical-information/about-postnatal-depression/29-identifying-postnatal-depression

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Sheila Stirrup - What absolutely beautiful photographs. A wonderful family captured so perfectly by such a talented photographer.

Sheila Stirrup

Alicia & Glenn Wedding – Khayangan Estate, Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Alicia & Glenn got married in the stunning Khayangan Estate in Uluwatu, Bali – just look at it!
It was my first time visiting Bali and I was taken aback by how nice all the locals were, it really is a special place. Alicia had planned the day down to a tee, including designing all of  the wedding stationary, which you can check out below.

One thing we did find out was that when it rains in Bali, it really rains, and even after being forced inside due to a number of downpours, it didnt dampen spirits and was still a really fun day.

Thank you Alicia & Glenn for the chance to shoot your day in such a great setting, it was an amazing experience, and thanks to all your friends and family for making me feel so welcome.

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