Toowoomba Photographer | maternity: week 12 {Brooke}

One afternoon this week a certain friend of mine came to my house, we drank cups of tea and she laughed at me wearing socks & birks with my gym gear.  I laughed with her.  Our kids ran crazy and happily while we went for a walk in the field surrounding my house.

This friendship has been 12 years in the making. Now I know, by some standards thats not very long when you’re nearly 30 … but to a girl who lived in over 30 houses its pretty darn significant. We’ve been through thick and thin together, and even living on opposite sides of the world didn’t change this friendship.  We’ve each had three babies and never been close enough to visit when each other when they were born… until now.

This women is my soul sister. I really can’t explain how honoured and excited I feel to document this journey for her.

 

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What holidays should be made of…

It’s funny sometimes how we think we will feel in a situation… I always thought I’d find school holidays really tough… that I’d be grateful and happy when the kids went back to school… I got myself thinking this so much that I was dreading our first lot of school holidays.

Do you know what… I loved them!… we stayed at home, and I let many things slide that I would usually be so stressed about doing.  I didn’t make any plans… we just took each day as it came.  There was playdough and lego, there was movies and dancing, there was jumping on trampolines and helping daddy stack the wood pile.  There was sunshine and beautiful afternoon light.

I was sad when it all wound up and I realised we’d have to be out the door and back to a schedule!

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Sydney Family Photographer | life:narrated {Lauren & Greg}

My life:narrated session came from my heart … from wanting to capture everyday life.  They came from a desire to make images of others lives, like the ones I make of my own family…

I wanted to remind people, through photographs, that life matters… it’s short and should be remembered … each seemingly insignificant day… because its not really insignificant.  Our lives are made up of an immeasurable number of tiny moments of connection … and that … THAT … is what I desire to capture.

Sometimes there are shoots that remind me why I started doing this… that remind of the kind of shoots I want to keep doing.  This was one such shoot…

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darling downs family photographer | personal {my first rolls of film}

A few months ago I picked up an old nikon f100.  For those that don’t know, its an old film camera that – thankfully – I can use all my usual lenses on.  I had never shot film before… maybe once when I was like 12.

It’s been such a different experience to shooting digital… waiting about 2 weeks to be able to see what I shot.  It’s teaching me alot… and I love it.

These images have all been shot on the nikon f100 various different expired films… they are imperfect… but do you know what… I love that.  To me they are perfectly imperfect… just like my life… and like life should be…

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Sydney Wedding Photographer | Dave & Ash {preview}

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Whenever we talk about being beautiful, or people telling my girls they are beautiful, we always talk about the most important part of beauty…  That of beauty on the inside. Kindness, gentleness, strength of character, the way we love, give and welcome others…  these are things that are very difficult to capture in an image…so you will have to take my word for the fact that Dave and Ash are two of the most beautiful people I have met.

Thank you both for having me a part of your wedding day x

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life:narrated {christmas giveaway}

… In the spirit of Christmas I’m doing a giveaway … with a catch!…

I will be giving away one life:narrated session which is up to 4 hours of me coming and documenting your family (including images on disc & a photobook)

However I want to give you the gift of giving to another… So use the contact form in the menu above to email me and nominate someone who you think needs/deserves this session … don’t forget to tell me why!

Nominees must be available to be photographed within the brisbane, toowoomba or darling downs area.

Submissions close 24th Dec at 6pm.

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Toowoomba Birth Photographer | life:narrated {Lucas’ birth}

A few weeks ago I had the oppurtunity to witness the most amazing miracle of life.  A little baby being born.

I’m not real great with describing what it was like with words… I’ll let the images do the talking… but its safe to say I cried … and I couldn’t sleep (even though I got home after midnight) from the adrenaline …

Jaide laboured for a long time with the support of her partner and her mother…

Samara Hook Photography | Lucas’ birth from Samara Hook on Vimeo.

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January 15, 2014 - 6:50 am

Toowoomba Family Photographer | life:narrated {mini session fun} » Samara Hook | Photographer - […] A little while back Jess got in contact to book a session with her family… It was hard to find a date (due to family commitment on both of our sides) but I’m so glad we did!  I loved shooting Jess’ beautiful family … and I also loved that it lead to me documenting this birth. […]

Brisbane Wedding Photographer | George & Crystal {the story}

Just over a year ago, I had the pleasure of shooting George & Crystals wedding.

It was such a beautiful day… so much thought went into each detail of their day.  But what was the loveliest part of the whole day was seeing their love for each other, and their excitement to start a new life together…

It’s taken me awhile to get to this post … but you may have seen the slideshow I did of their day here. (give it a minute to load – seems a bit slow on the start up)

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Second Shooter Extraordinaire: Tafline Hoey  (Thanks lovely!)
Styling & Prop Hire: Quirky Comforts
Wedding Co-ordinator: EJ James Events
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