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Beach life ……. Sydney lifestyle photographer

I have lived by the sea for most of my life.  That was until I met my the love of my life.  In 2002 my then boyfriend moved back to New Zealand and after a month of long distance dating I decided that I would go for a 2 week holiday.  I didn’t come back….. well not for 9 and a half years!  We lived in Hamilton which was 45 mins drive to the closet beach which is Raglan.  My husband who actually loves to surf would make the drive out there sometimes once or twice a week if he could.  As a family we sometimes went together but when your 45 minutes to the beach there’s no quick trips during the week.  I missed swimming in the ocean like you wouldn’t believe!  The thing with New Zealand beaches if you are use to Australian temperatures jumping in the NZ ocean can feel like your swimming in an ice bath and I ain’t putting on a wetsuit just to have a swim!  When we use to take our kids to the beach it saddened me that they weren’t confident playing in the ocean like I did when I was kid.  I have so many fond memories of summers spent on the beach, sunscreen, sandcastles and  swimmers (cosies or togs whatever you want to call them) full with sand.  Fast forward another 5 years and we are back!  I am so happy to be home.  And i’m even happier that my kids now love the water.  My boys love as they call it “getting smashed” by the waves (sounds dangerous I know but they don’t ever go too far).  If they have the option of rock pools or beach they choose beach always.  They laugh and play and I love it.  There are actually no photos in this blog post of them because they are out too far in the water for my lens to get a good enough shot.  But here are some of Keita who has now become a water baby herself……

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What to wear guide…. Sydney family photographer

What do I wear, what do I wear???  One of the most common questions I get asked once my clients book a session.   I always send out my “What to Wear Guide” with every session booked but I thought every now and again I would feature some current trends from my favourite shops with different price points.   All the looks featured here in today’s blog post are all from Cotton On.   The thing I love about Cotton On is they are always up with the trends and the pricing is always reasonable or just a plain old bargain!  I was in Cotton Kids today and it was 30% off everything.  As usual I had to use restraint when it comes to buying kids clothes!  I love dressing my kids (don’t think they love it..) so of course I walked out of the shop with a paisley top and a pair of board shorts and that was a struggle!!   The boys tee featured here is 2 for $20 at the moment.  The girls dress is $19.95 (full price!) as are the ladies India Drapery pant.  The ladies tee is a steal at $10 and the mens tee is also 2 for $20.  And drum roll…. the mens pants are $10!!  Common for ladies pants but not for mens!! I’ll be getting some of those for the man of the house.  So the most expensive item here is the boys pants at $34.95 (full price) but grab them while they are 30% off if you must have them!  The point of the blog post is to show how easy it is to coordinate your family’s outfit for your family portrait session.  You may have something similar in your wardrobe already!  What I have picked here is tailored more towards a relaxed session as mum and dad are in tees rather than a ‘smart casual’ outfit.  You can also see there are tones of blue.  Not all the exact shade of blue but the tones compliment each other without clashing,  There were a lot of variations I could have added all from Cotton On but it’s all up to your individual taste in clothing, what suits your shape and if you would like a relaxed feel or a more formal feel to your portrait or lifestyle session.  So there you have it.  I hope it’s helped in some way to help solve the conundrum of what to wear.  And if all else fails just ask me!

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Happy Australia Day! ………………

One of the commercial jobs I do, involves taking photos at a local council’s Citizenship Ceremony.  It’s quite humbling to see people who have left their own countries, to become Australian citizens in search for a better life.  When they are told they are now Australian Citizens the look on their faces is pure happiness.  We are blessed to live in such a beautiful country that really is rich in opportunity! I hope where ever you are you get to enjoy this special day ……..

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Picture taken in Coffs Harbour.