The Ellingsen Family- A family film in their forever home

Sometimes as a creative it's so easy to doubt yourself (can I see a show of hands all my creative friends). Goodness, I'm pretty sure we all doubt ourselves in many of our roles at times, am I right? 

Recently (let's be honest, it was this morning) I decided to truly embrace failure. That might sound strange to some, but I'm so determined to keep moving, and keep on learning. And where does learning happen? Right smack bang in the middle of failure!!

I don't just do this job for money, I do it because it makes my soul come alive. I love giving families the beautiful gift of showing them their true inner beauty.

Want to know a secret? Sometimes while I edit I get really emotional!!! I'm an emotional person at the best of times so this probably won't surprise those that know me. I smile, I laugh and yes I cry! All happy tears though I promise. 

Sometimes I wish I could sit with my clients when they open their galleries or watch their films. Thankfully I get beautiful feedback that is almost like being there in that moment. 

Most recently I shared the film I made for the Ellingsen family and Karleigh (mum) had some lovely feedback to share after watching it. 

"It is so incredibly amazing. I had way too many tears. You have such an amazing talent at capturing families xx" - Karleigh

Feedback like this makes my heart sing. I'm so grateful to be able to create family films! I feel so much connection to film as an art form. It can connect the viewer on a whole other level to photos! Don't worry, I won't ever stop taking photos though. They are special too! But do I describe it? The music and the movement together with connection = magic.

And on that note I will let you know that if you would like to the opportunity to win your own film session, there is 1 hour left of my giveaway (I will keep it open until 10pm). All I ask is that you follow the steps to enter (click the sign up button below).

I'm so grateful for everyone who has sent in responses so far! I can't wait to read them all and get to know you!!! The winner will be announced via our newsletter tomorrow night!!


Welcome to my new home!

At the start of the year our family moved to Toowoomba from Brisbane so my husband could return to University. I was a little bit (ok let's be real, VERY) nervous making such a big change. Since we arrived I have been mesmerized by the beautiful surroundings here and most of all, the change in seasons!!! It's so different to Brisbane and yet not that far away. We chose to live outside of town so we are often commuting through the countryside to get into town. Cows by the side of the road, different crops in harvest, it's quite a beautiful sight to see. I've gone from having the shops 3 minutes down the road, to 20-30min drive. It's hardly rural, but it's still a big change from what I'm used to!

So just quickly a little history about me. I have been a photographer for about 7 years but I recently had a break for over 12 months as my youngest was diagnosed with Autism and we needed to re-group as a family while we went on that roller coaster ride of emotions. Since coming here the family are doing a lot better and I decided it was a great time to re-launch my business again which I am SO excited about!!!

What I do...I specialise in Lifestyle photography and I LOVE photographing families in their own homes in an authentic way. No "cheese and look at the camera" type photos. I also create family films which are a really nice way for families to relax and be themselves in their own environment. My hope with offering films to families is that they will be transported back to that particular point in time together and be able to relive those memories over and over again into the future.

I will be continuing to offer family lifestyle photography and films to the Brisbane/ Gold Coast/ Sunshine Coast regions as well as opening my books to new clients in Toowoomba. 

If you'd like to get in touch you can do so by sending me a message via the contact page.

Ok now finally, onto this beautiful session. I was so fortunate to meet with the lovely Amy Rushbrook recently in Brisbane. She is a wildly creative mamma and photographer from Melbourne. I was sooooo excited to meet with her and chat all things photography that I literally couldn't sleep the day before!!! I probably could have spent a second day with her there was so much artistic goodness to discuss. And you know what was cool, we spoke about some stuff that I didn't even expect to cover. But that was where the magic happened for me. I had multiple light-bulb moments and I'll be forever grateful.

Part of our day together involved a photo session with the lovely Skye from The Young Folk Collective. She sources the most beautiful, earthy and organic mamma and baby products that are sustainable, environmentally friendly and ethically made. What an amazing business woman and of course mamma to her little Arlo. What a gorgeous boy he is. Truly, so cute! I felt like his eyes followed me where ever I stood. How lucky I was to meet this pair, although our time together was brief it made me grateful for the opportunity this job brings to meet people from so many different walks of life. 

So enough from me, it's photo time...