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What to wear – Accessories

We have had such a lovely indian summer here in Sydney lately that I thought winter would never come.  But the mornings have been getting cooler which must mean that winter is truly on it’s way.  One of the things I love about the change in season is winter fashion.  I am a true summer lover no doubt about that but I do love winter fashion and the different opportunities it provides when we capture your family portrait.  Coats, scarves, beanies, boots (gumboots even!), blankets!  Here are some great ideas for how to accessorise for your winter session.  All looks taken from Seed Heritage.

baby bunny ear beanie - limited stock

Because every baby needs a bunny eared beanie!


Braces on a boy…. need I say more?

cosy boot

Cosy boot, oh so cosy and oh so cute!

fairsle fur trim hat

Fairsle fur trim hat.  Adorable

feather fascinatorNot really screaming winter but it’s so darn cute why not!

fringe bootie

Fringe booties for the funky baby girl

fur lined hightop

Fur lined hightop, need two pairs for my boys!

Llama knit beanie

Llama knit beanie, beanie shots always turn out gorgeous!!two-tone start print scarf

Two tone scarf to add some interest to an outfit!


Studio sessions Sydney

Well this is a long overdue blog post!  Apologies for the quietness on the blog but it is due to the all the gorgeousness we have had in studio!  We have photographed bumps, babies, blossoming children and beautiful families!  The response has been fantastic and exciting. It’s great to see gorgeous products being ordered and going home with our clients. Products that really preserve memories and are presented beautifully.  More on those to come soon.  But for now here are some of those gorgeous faces we have had in our studio at Ramsgate.




Exciting News | Sydney family photography

A while back on our facebook page  I announced that we had some exciting news!  If you missed it or are  just stumbling upon us today we are so thrilled to announce that we have opened a natural light studio located at Ramsgate Beach.  Many people have asked “what is a natural light studio?”…..  Well it’s a studio but we use only natural light as our light source, meaning we get beautiful looking natural shots rather than harsh lighting as you may commonly see.   It also means that we can still capture beautiful baby pictures during winter in a warm inviting environment!  We picked this studio based on the amazing light we get all day and have been working around the clock to get it finished!  Once we have the studio in top shape we will share some more photos of the space but for now here are a few images from the lovely families who have been lucky enough to get to try it out before it’s official opening date!  If you would love a studio session or more information contact us on or 0401541096

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A delightful afternoon | Sydney family photographer

A beautiful afternoon spent with this family last year.  Getting to know their family and especially their girls little personalities was just delightful!




Amber @ Au Coeur - What a sweet family and I love the tea party photo! My girls would be so into doing that for a family photo. I meandered here from Georgia’s Facebook page and am so glad I did. You are a lovely photographer.

Tuesday Photography Tips

Need some photography advice?  Want to know how I get “that look”?  Well I’m going to give you a snippet of advice on what I do and here is the first instalment!  If there is something you want to know comment below and I’ll add it to the list!

One of the questions I get asked the most is “How do you get that light airy look?”.  Well of late i’ve been experimenting a lot with different light especially with my personal work but for my portrait work I always want to get that beautiful light for my clients.  Here are a few things you can try….

Be fussy where you shoot.  I WILL NOT shoot just anywhere, anytime.  Get your subject to stand somewhere and look at their face.  What can you see?  Is there harsh shadows on their face?  Does their nose cast a shadow on the rest of their face making it look larger than it is?  Or is their a big white unsightly spot on their forehead??  Take the photo, and look at your screen.  What can you see that just doesn’t look right?  What you want in most cases is diffused light.   Right now in Sydney it’s a grey overcast day.  You could photograph anywhere outside because the clouds are diffusing the sun giving even lighting.  But when it’s a beautiful sunny day you need to use an area that’s shaded.  Or you can put the sun behind them depending on where the sun is in the sky.

Trying to photograph inside your home?  Try a room that has light streaming in from the window.  Again position them and look at their face…. harsh shadows?  Move them somewhere else where the light is not directly hitting their face but light enough that your camera can record a good photo.

Can you see from the picture below where the sun is hitting?? Top right (sun is behind) and we have some beautiful sun hitting her hair.  If I had turned her around and moved her closer to the sun we would have some shadows on the face and the photo would just not look right.

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Is lighting something you struggle with?  Would love to hear your thoughts.  Again if you have any questions post below or send me through an email to



Bianca - Hi!

Just wondering, do you ever use a speed light or reflector or diffuser?

Do you ever use any photoshop actions when editing?

Clarissa Wikeepa - Art of Joy Photography - Hi Bianca, I only use a speed light with a diffuser for wedding ceremony/receptions and always bounce the light as I can’t stand full frontal flash. I do have a reflector but rarely use it. Always use photoshop but the key to a great photo is getting everything right in camera first then a slight enhance in photoshop. That is my preference as I prefer the natural look. More on editing in a future blog post! Thanks for your question.