A really good friend of mine has had me photograph her family since before it became a family. Sounds paradoxical, right? Let me explain.
MJ didn’t want to wait for Mr Right. She was utterly determined to become a mother, despite being single, so she could have a child of her own, and give him or her all the love she knew she had to give. After a few tough, soul-searching years, MJ fell pregnant, and eventually had her little bubba Poppy Grace. I photographed MJ at the 19-week ultrasound, when she found out her baby would be a girl. I photographed Poppy on the day she was born, literally minutes after she was wheeled back to the ward from the operating theatre. I have photographed Poppy, MJ, and their fuzzy loves (Bella & Bear – two beautiful dogs) several times since, including both of Poppy’s birthdays. MJ’s sister Shannon gives ME as the present for Poppy’s birthday each year. Well, technically, the present is my photography services, but …
Anyway, this time around the birthday present also included a family portrait shoot for MJ and Poppy. This morning we went to Steyne Park, Double Bay, and I got so freaking excited by the images, I just HAD to share a preview with you tonight!
You may also be wondering why I titled this post “A Bumpy Road to Family Portraits”. MJ writes a beautiful, honest, reduce-you-to-tears blog called Bumpy Road To Bubba. This blog tells the story from before Poppy was born, through MJ’s amazing journey of becoming a single Mum by choice. Now the blog is MJ’s way of sharing her tender and heart-warming insight into the challenges and the joy that her solo-parent family lives through each day. I am a fan. I STRONGLY recommend you take some time and read the blog. Even better, subscribe to the blog so it lands in your inbox automagically each day.
Now, how about I show you some pictures?
Sure! A few quick notes first:
1) There are no Black+White images in this post, because I simply loved all the colours. (Especially the gumboots. How could you not?!)
2) This is a small selection of yummy from an otherwise overwhelmingly-cute-and-gorgeous collection of portraits. They were all taken this morning in a fun, easy, laid-back hour or so at Double Bay.
3) I can do this for YOUR family too. We have a Mother’s Day special running at the moment. You really owe it to yourself to capture YOUR family’s love and awesomeness in the same way. Click here to see our Mother’s Day offer.
I look forward to hearing from you, post haste.
PS Mother’s Day is less than a month away. Hint. Nudge. Wink. ;)