Autumn is without a doubt my most favourite time of the year for photography - its when I do the bulk of family sessions and my own personal work too. I am obsessed with everything about this season!! The colours are so beautiful and the light is perfect. Its still nice and warm so easy to get the kids out and about ... the sun sets around 5.30pm so to capture photos in the golden hour is very achievable .. it really is such a lovely time of the year to update your family photos!
Last week I met up with Lexi and her gorgeous daughter Lily so she could have some very special Mama & Me photos. Even nearing the end of Autumn there were still plenty of beautiful spots in the gardens ... oh how I love Christchurch at this time of the year!
When Spring and Autumn come together in the same photo ...
It was so nice to see you both again Lexi ... Lily is adorable, it has been so lovely watching her grow!
So following on from my post earlier in the week, I thought you might like to see a few outtakes of the little shoot I had with Honor on the weekend.
The shoot wasn't planned, it was very spur of the moment. I had been talking photography with a client recently and she mentioned to me how I must have 'so many amazing photos of my daughter'... I was like yes I do but OMG ... they don't come easy! And once upon a time I used to pick up the camera weekly .. now I am lucky to photograph her once a month.
This particular night I had arrived home from a shoot just as the sun was going down, the light was so pretty! Love Autumn!!! Miss Honor was still bouncing around the house clearly not ready for bed so I seized the opportunity to get a few updated snaps .... ok so it has only been two months since my January photo-a-day challenge but scarily enough, she has even changed since then.
Was she keen? Oh yes Mummy!
She disappeared for a few minutes and returned wearing a pink and grey dress, a brightly coloured flower headband and clutching a pink pig. She was photo shoot ready. She meant business. I took a deep breath and vowed I would not lose the plot.
Photographing your own is tough. It doesn't matter whether you are a pro photographer or a Mum that just wants a decent photo of your kids. Of course I cant speak for all photographers or all Mums but for some reason, I find I have to dig very VERY deep. I also have to work very VERY fast. She was bored after around 8 minutes and then she dictated the rest of the shoot. "Now I will go down the slide. Now I will dance"....
Now I will completely ignore you...
I tried to ask her questions to get her to evoke real emotion ... I asked her how she felt when her fish died............see exhibit 3rd photo from the bottom. (fail)
So the beautiful photo I posted on my Facebook page earlier in the week ... 200 photos later (some of which I have lovingly shared with you below) ... I got my perfect moment :)
I'm just holding it together at this stage....
And just when I thought it was time to go home......
So for those Mum's out there trying to nail that perfect photo of your kids..... I feel your pain! Don't give up though .... back off for a few minutes and let them think you are not interested anymore. It works a treat every time.
I'll probably put them all in her scrapbook (that I haven't touched since June 2017) because even though they aren't perfect, they are perfect to me :)
A few weeks ago I made the trip out to Louburn to photograph this sweet wee girl on her 1st birthday. It was such a beautiful evening, the light was perfect and the location stunning.....and this perfect little princess just made my night! First birthday shoots are so lovely, its a really nice to way to celebrate making it through the first year with your little bundle of joy.
Happy birthday beautiful girl :)
Welcome to the world little Theo! This wee guy was just 9 days old when I photographed him at the end of January. Such a lovely session :)
Introducing Ollie who was just 9 days old at his photo session. He was such a good wee boy, it really was such a lovely session. Do you know that all my newborn sessions are done in the clients home? Yes thats right, I travel to you! I bring everything I need for the shoot and turn your lounge or living room into a little studio. You carry on with your morning routine and I simply slot in with you. Those first few weeks with a newborn baby (and possibly a toddler in tow) can be a busy, tiring and sometimes extremely overwhelming time. I love that I can offer this service to parents so that they can sit back and relax and watch the magic unfold in the comfort of their own home :)
Here are a few photos from Ollie's session a few weeks ago - such a little dude don't you think?!
Every January I set myself the task of photographing my daughter every day for the entire month. This is my 3rd January photo a day challenge and I have to say, even though it does get a wee bit tedious at times ...... it is one project I get so much enjoyment out of! As my business grows and gets busier my personal photos do get pushed aside so this is a nice way of capturing such a lovely time of the year. I try and think outside the square and attempt things I wouldn't normally do with a typical client shoot. I push myself to see the beauty in every day things, shoot from different angles and think outside the square. I hope you enjoy looking through my January :)
"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you"
"Think left and think right, think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!"
"Kid, you'll move mountains! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way!"
And thats a wrap for January 2018! What a beautiful collection of memories I have for me and my girl....
I have loved sharing them with you!
On a beautiful Winter's evening a few week ago I met with Alexia and Jae and their gorgeous daughter Lily at the top of Rapaki Track. I photographed this little girl as a tiny newborn baby one whole year ago. Alexia and Jae decided to use their complimentary mini session to celebrate Lily turning one. And what a gorgeous shoot it was! Stunning evening, stunning views and stunning models!
Such a gorgeous family :)
Enjoy the photos everyone!
Newborn lifestyle photography has always has always been a favourite of mine. I loved the relaxed sessions, the story telling, the real moments and true honest connections. It is what I absolutely love to do and what I feel I am meant to do!
These photos are from a recent session I did - meet Miss Mackenzie and her lovely family! Mackenzie was born early at 36 weeks, I photographed her just shy of her due date and she weighed just a tiny 5 lbs! Check out the family dog - I seriously think that this doggie thought the baby was hers :)
You family pet is most welcome to be a part of your newborn lifestyle session! This doggie was soooo in love with her new baby sister, I don't think I have seen anything quite like it! She stayed very close and was so protective!
Family photography fundraisers are relatively new to Little Poppits Photography but already they are proving so popular with only a few spots left in 2017. It's a fabulous way for your Kindergarten, Preschool, Playcentre or Organisation to make a few extra dollars and a chance for your families to have a photo session at the fraction of the normal price.
The sessions are run over a weekend and I typically photograph around 15 families in one day. Each family pays a $20 session fee to the centre which gives them a 20 min slot with me. It is such a fun day, I can honestly say I enjoy every minute! I love getting to meet so many families and creating something special for them.
After the session each family gets their own private online gallery for them to order from. AND... a percentage of the profits goes back to the centre too.
Here are a few images from Nikki and Jered's 20 minute session!
If you would like to talk with me more about a family photography fundraiser for your centre/organisation then please give me a cal!
Every year in January I set myself a challenge to photograph my daughter every day for the entire month. Sometimes the photos are posed, sometimes they are not - its just whatever takes my fancy on the day! January is a great month with it being summer holidays - there is so much going on so it's not too hard to think outside the square. As much as I like to try new things and push myself out of my photography comfort zone, it's actually a really fun thing to do and such a lovely summer holiday record for her. At the end of the month I make up a little album and she loves going through the photos and talking about what she was doing on that particular day.
Yes.... I am glad when Jan 31st does roll around ;)
But I am looking forward to my next Project..... July 2017. Smack bag in the middle of Winter :)