Untitled-2.png
 
 
_MG_0244_.jpg
 
 

AUGUST

2.12.18

Summer baby, August Fox, was born to parents Colin and Leah. Leah being a social media blogger, director and owner of ‘The Dearest Days’, it wasn’t an option not to have such a special moment in their life documented. Both Leah and Colin may have just been the calmest and most zen parents I have ever met. Entering their hospital room I was welcomed by the relaxing sounds of Bon Ive, Leah and Colin both relaxed and in complete control.

August was a little overcooked, conceived a few weeks after his due date. Once Leah was in labour his birth came quickly. Unfortunately due to this I missed the main event by minutes. I suppose babies come when they want to, as much as you prepare and pack all your gear into your car weeks prior. It’s the most unplanned part of this job but I love how it keeps me on my toes.

 
 
__P17829.jpg
__P17836.jpg
__P17843.jpg
__P17873.jpg
__P17878.jpg
 
 

The day after August was born I visited the family in hospital to capture the sibling meet between August and older sister Eva. Eva was very excited to meet her new baby brother, coming into the room with a ‘I love you’ ballon and new soft toy for August. Eva still pointing to Leah’s stomach saying “baby” was suprised to see her new little brother all wrapped up in the bassinet. August, less than one day old, was already so curious and alert to this surrounding. He received nothing short of a hundred kisses from sister Eva.

 
 
__P18086.jpg
__P18104.jpg
__P18105.jpg
__P18122.jpg
__P18123.jpg
__P18143.jpg
__P18153.jpg
__P18168.jpg
__P18199.jpg
__P18210.jpg
__P18309.jpg
__P18339.jpg
__P18370.jpg
__P18372.jpg
__P18386.jpg
__P18387.jpg
__P18463-2.jpg
__P18479.jpg
__P18487.jpg
__P18502.jpg
__P18500.jpg
__P18527.jpg
__P18523.jpg
__P18541.jpg
__P18544.jpg
__P18601.jpg
__P18604.jpg
__P18630.jpg
__P18639.jpg
__P18732.jpg
 
 

Hadley

7.02.18

Was super excited when I was asked to photograph the birth of the second little family member added to the Hinton family. A new little friend for Indi! Kate’s labour was a lot faster this time round so it was much more of a dash to the hospital.  As I hastily entered the room, catching my own breath, I could see Kate trying to catch her own. Pushing was definitely underway so I swung out my camera and it was only minutes before we met Hadley.

He was so much smaller than Indi, so precious and delicate, with the sweetest little button nose. When Ian had his first skin-to-skin cuddle, I noticed the hairs on Hadley’s head almost like liked Ian’s chest hairs and had a little chuckle.

Welcome to the world Hadley.

 
 
_MG_9975_.jpg
_MG_9965_.jpg
_MG_9979_.jpg
_MG_9991_.jpg
_MG_9993_.jpg
_MG_0003_.jpg
_MG_9997_.jpg
_MG_0019_.jpg
_MG_0041_.jpg
_MG_0165_.jpg
_MG_0062_.jpg
_MG_0060_.jpg
_MG_0123_.jpg
_MG_0121_.jpg
_MG_0095_.jpg
_MG_0157_.jpg
 
 

The day Hadley was brought home from hospital I came over to visit for newborn photos. When I arrived Hadley was sound asleep, curled into a ball. In only a few days I have forgotten how small and tiny he was. He could almost fit inside my pocket.

We then went to visit the property that Kate and Ian were married at. The people who owned the property were close family friends of the Niccol’s. The property was still as beautiful as ever. Surrounded by lush paddocks and beautiful stables, it was a dream spot. The house was made with sandstone and high glass windows drenched the rooms in sunlight.

We bathed Indi and Hadley there in the kitchen basin.  

Now must I say… having a good shot of a baby and toddler together wasn’t easy... Both were in the basins for about 10 seconds before Indi was splashing around and Hadley was crying. It was all hands in, Ian, Kate and Kate’s mother, to try and calm them down.

Very confident Indi was not very impressed with this new little brother who she had to share attention with. Very stubborn and also quite comical, Indi would shake her head and walk off if someone was to say “kiss Hadley” or “where’s your new little brother?”

I kinda get you Indi... If someone asked me to share something like chocolate I would probably do the same.

 
 
_MG_0537_.jpg
_MG_0538_.jpg
_MG_0533_.jpg
_MG_0508_.jpg
_MG_0515_.jpg
_MG_0495_.jpg
_MG_0307_-2.jpg
_MG_0341_.jpg
_MG_0311_.jpg
_MG_0352_.jpg
_MG_0350_.jpg
_MG_0596_.jpg
_MG_0286_.jpg
_MG_0265_.jpg
_MG_0253_.jpg
 
 

PHOENIX

19.07.17

How do you feel when your boss asks you to photograph the birth of his first baby? 50% excited and 50% pressure is on… ha!

I have loved working for Clayton for 3 years now and was so excited when I found out his wife Mel was pregnant after they had been trying for some time. Clayton was the tattooed toughie, coming to work on his Harley, but gosh would he soon melt into a puddle on the floor and become the biggest softie for his own baby.

When I arrived at the hospital for the birth I was taken into a waiting room because Mel had to go in for a earlier cesarean. I waited for about 2 hours before I got a text from Clayton that he had to go with the baby to get some check ups and Mel was in the room now by herself. Unsure whether I should go into the room and at least reassure Mel I was there or let her be private, I decided to at least knock on the door and let her know I was happy to wait with her or down the hall.

 I opened the door and before I got a word in Mel reached out her hand. I ran up to her and have her a squeeze as she broke down into tears. All being such an emotional experience and now not being in this room by herself unsure of the state of her new baby was overwhelming. Reassuring her that her new little boy was alright I showed Mel pictures Clayton was sending me to relieve the worry of not knowing.

Mel and I spent a few hours together, we chatted about pregnancy, my week, her week, boys, food and all those important things. All while consuming about 4 litres of water from copious refills of the very small plastic hospital cups.  

When Clayton arrived in the room with Phoenix, Mel and I both breathed out a sign of with relief. Stuck in a gaze as we met this small and delicate little being, already so fascinated in his surroundings.

 
 
_MGL0707_.jpg
_MGL0714_.jpg
_MGL0733_.jpg
_MGL0720_.jpg
_MGL0759_.jpg
_MGL0765_.jpg
_MGL0745_.jpg
_MGL0748_.jpg
_MGL0749_.jpg
_MGL0766_.jpg
_MGL0832_.jpg
_MGL0806_.jpg
_MGL0808_.jpg
_MGL0848_.jpg
 
 

indigo

23.06.16

When I found out Kate and Ian were expecting their first baby I was over the moon. Photographing their wedding a few years prior and living quite locally to her family we stayed in contact ever since. When Kate asked me to photograph the birth of their first baby I was speechless. I knew how personal this moment would be so felt so honoured that they trusted me to be there for it.

At this point I had never photographed anything like this so the idea was exciting and frightening at the same time. I knew I was a bit of a squirmier even watching my dog get an injection let alone watching a birth so started to do my research... And yes, I did watch birth videos on YouTube…

When I got the call to go to the hospital because Kate was 8cm I remember spending the entire half hour driving there just praying for Kate, Ian and their baby.  I entered the room to see Ian being his beautiful self and giving Kate a back rub as she lay on her side. Kate seemed quite uncomfortable but also very resilient.

The contractions were still a little apart from one another so I encouraged Ian to go get something to eat and I would keep Kate company. We had a good catch up but it wasn’t long before the next contraction started. The midwife came into the room and encouraged Kate to start pushing, although I was quite hesitant because Ian just left to dash downstairs. The midwife showed me how to support her leg up as she pushed, so camera was down and pushing was on.

It wasn’t long before the Ian was back and the doctor soon after. It all happened so quickly and it was all so, so amazing. In the time I flicked straight to photographer mode and nothing I was seeing made me feel squirmish but actually was the most beautiful experience. Ian was down with the doctor helping bring the baby out and emotion filled both Ian and Kate’s face when they met their new little baby girl, Indigo. I drove home that night crying, so, so happy!

 
 
_L6A2411.jpg
_L6A2499.jpg
_L6A2500.jpg
_L6A2506.jpg
_L6A2620.jpg
_L6A2563.jpg
_L6A2564.jpg
_L6A2550.jpg
_L6A2640.jpg
_L6A2636.jpg
_L6A2554.jpg
_L6A2566.jpg
_L6A2649.jpg