Nanna's - I wish I could go back - Lauren McAdam Geelong Photographer

Every now and then I get the familiar pang of regret and I wish I could go back.  I had my chance to document my grandparents while they were still with us and I didn't take it.  In my early 20's I enjoyed photography but I didn’t realise the importance of documenting the details of everyday.  

I wish I could go back as I am now, with camera in tow and document all of the things I remember of my grandparents.  

As children, my sister and I would race up to the kitchen bench and pick up each stool and give it a shake to make sure we weren’t getting the one with the mysterious rattle inside.  Then we would sit and watch my grandfather wash all the veggies he had brought in from his garden.  Of course these memories are etched in my mind.  I just have to close my eyes and I can see him.  Or at any moment I can see my Nanna sitting on her outdoor swing reading a magazine. She would hear us and look up and smile as we ran out the back door.  While these memories will always be mine to treasure, they can't be shown to my children or passed down the line.  

Last year I stumbled across my Nanna and Poppa’s old home in the real estate section and took the opportunity to show my kids the house. It surprisingly hadn't been renovated.  Same wallpaper, same kitchen.   It was a big deal to me to take the kids back to a big part of my childhood. They had never been to this house, my grandparents had passed before my youngest was born. Of course they weren't overly interested, unaware of the importance to me.  I really wanted to take my camera and capture my children in the house, but I thought it was a bit strange seeing as it doesn’t belong to my grandparents anymore. So I settled for a few iPhone snaps to show that they had been there and bored the kids with a running commentary.   “This is where we used to play libraries with my cousins and here are the rose bushes where we used to put the petals in water and pretend to make our own perfume.”  I wanted them to see the bench that my Nanna used to sit at and scribble little pictures as she talked on the telephone.  The tree we used to climb.  Where we used to have the Christmas tree in front of the bay window and my Poppa would wear his flashing rainbow headband to make me and my cousins laugh. 

This is what I want to give to my clients, the photos that I never took. 

  Christmas day in front of the bay window.  Poppa wearing his rainbow headband.  That’s me on the far right along with my sister and cousins

Christmas day in front of the bay window.  Poppa wearing his rainbow headband.  That’s me on the far right along with my sister and cousins

   My children in the lounge of my Grandparents old home.  The bay window in the back ground.

 My children in the lounge of my Grandparents old home.  The bay window in the back ground.

 It wasn’t until I dug out this old photo for this post that I realised the new owners still have the same fire guard and the the knight in armour! See photo above.

It wasn’t until I dug out this old photo for this post that I realised the new owners still have the same fire guard and the the knight in armour! See photo above.

Those Newborn Days - In-home session with Geelong Photographer Lauren McAdam

During this in-home newborn session, this beautiful baby's Daddy talked to him as he started to fuss.  "It's alright, these photos are for us to look at when your bigger".   His mum mentioned to me that she thought she would regret not booking a session and capturing these moments.  I'm so happy she did.   What a wonderful gift to your son.  For him to look back on as he grows and to see how much he is loved and cherished.  For him to see the way his parents looked at him and each other in those first few weeks of becoming a family.  This is one lucky babe.  

The farm - An in home family photography session with Geelong photographer Lauren McAdam

When booking this family session the mum asked if it was ok to hold the session at her in laws farm.  While they don’t live there it’s a place they spend a lot of time.  Her husband runs the family farm and you could tell the kids relished their time there.   

Our kids are lucky enough to have the best of both worlds:  a home in town and their grandparents family farm to visit whenever they like. I love how my kids rarely watch TV there, always outside exploring or playing card games and colouring. These children were the same, helping with farm work and retreating inside for some LEGO.

Even though I specialise in in-home sessions it doesn’t have to be your home.  When booking a session, my main hope is making sure the location is special to you.  It could be a grandparents house where we can record the children exploring Grandma’s garden or playing board games that their dad used to play when he was little.  Maybe I could meet you at a crazy uncle’s house because he has cool stuff and the kids are allowed to go bonkers over there!  Wherever it is, it should be a place dear to you and one you want to remember.

Two little mates - A newborn photography session with Geelong Photographer Lauren McAdam

With two years and one day between them, I'm sure these little fellows will be great mates.  During the session the big brother started giving his baby brother a collection of cars to play with.  He has a little while to wait before he can play but along with their fur brother George, lot's of adventures await them!

Couch Project April Collection

  One photo a month of life on and around your couch.   

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Below we have another collection of beautiful, real images of life on our couch.  Each photographers name has a link to their website or Instagram pages for you to see more of their work.  Call past our Instagram page and blog this month to see more brilliant images, this month focusing on ourselves getting into the frame!

 Karen Burke

Karen Burke

 Sarah Zuchetti

Sarah Zuchetti

The Clan

This was shoot was taken on a lovely Spring day last year giving us a taste of the Summer ahead. These five cuties were the proud new owners of an awesome cubby so we naturally spent the morning playing house!  Swings and strawberry picking in their home grown vegetable garden were also a must.

The K Family

I always like to get the boring posed photo out of the way, then we can have some fun!  I have so many memories of spending hours of fun with my cousins.  Great to be able to capture these cousins doing what they always do in Summer, hang out in the pool and play cricket and give them memories to look back on.

Donkeys, chickens and kids...oh my!

To celebrate Audrey the donkey's adorable babe Franchesca arriving on Tuesday, I thought it was about time I blogged her session from December!  Well it wasn't entirely Audrey's own shoot, her owners were involved too along with their pony, lamb and chickens.  It was a beautiful morning spent with these happy children and their pets.  So lucky to have his farm to grow up on.  I'm mean...how cool are these Donkey's?!  

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The Couch Project - January 2018

Time to kick off the couch project for 2018!  One photo a month of life on the couch.  'Life on the couch' is different for everyone but for most it's usually a place where we all come together.   Enjoy getting a glimpse into these photographers homes as they share what their life looks like.  So many wonderful photographers from all of the world are joining in,  Australia, New Zealand,  America, Canada and Holland.  Click on each photographers name to visit their website or Instagram page.

 Annick Paradis

Annick Paradis

 Coralee Askew

Coralee Askew

 Karen Burke

Karen Burke

 Katy Bindels

Katy Bindels

 Aimee Glucina

Aimee Glucina

The Geelong Show

It's October and in Geelong that means one main thing ... the show is heading our way.  It's an institution for most families to head to the show over its four days. I remember going as a child and one of my favourite photos of my mum is her on the cha cha with a friend.
So far we have managed to not buy a single showbag and the kids have never asked!  I know, crazy!  Each year we come away and high five each other with another successful avoid-the-showbag year.  But for how long?  
Dogems are always a favourite and I was so excited last year when my son agreed to try the cha cha with me.  Best ride ever.

Why an in-home session is perfect for your family

Rushing around to get the children in their best clothes, “don’t get dirty, hurry the photographer is waiting!” 

Does that sound like your family before your on location photoshoot? 

Wait...why are you leaving?  Your already in the perfect place. Your home. 

This where the memories are made. 

This is the place that means the most to you.   

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It doesn’t matter that your house isn’t the prettiest or the cleanest.  Embrace the mess and chaos that children bring. When you look back at the photos of their childhood, you won’t see the mess, only the connections you felt during that particular time.  The little details of your children’s favourite cup and toys. The drawing on the wall that no one owned up to. The way the light was always beautiful in the kitchen while everyone ate breakfast together.  The way your littlest never left your side and clung onto your legs.  These would be forgotten about if all of your photos were taken at the local park every year.

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I hear many people say, “My house is too messy” or are worried about their kids behaviour.  At home is where children really shine.  They’re relaxed and comfortable in familiar surroundings. 

It’s time to document these days of childhood in a real, unposed way.  Childhood is over in a blink of an eye.   Looking back in years to come the everyday will be what we hold dearest. Preserve their childhood. Tell their story as it truly was.

If you are interested in having your family’s story told through an in home session or have any questions regarding the process, please feel to email me HERE or more information.

Lauren McAdam Photography - Geelong, Australia based - Family in-home photographer

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Dot to Dot Collective - August 2017

I've always been interested in and valued the recording of our family history.  As a child I poured over our family tree, looked through old newspaper articles and historic photos my mum and aunt had spent hours collecting.  Trying to join the dot's of who was who and where they fit in to our family.  It's something I want to do for my own children.  Have their history, their story at their fingertips.  I recently took a workshop taught by the magnificent Heather Robinson called 'The Family Historian'.  I can't speak highly enough about this course.  Heather so openly lets you into her life and her very personal writing to her children.  Her images of her own children are breath taking.  Real life taken in beautiful pockets of light accompanied by heartfelt, raw words.  The course explores pairing your photos with a narrative and creating a family legacy to leave behind for your children.  Images can tell so much about the story but there is so much they can be said, so much more to tell. 
The below image is my submission to The Dot to Dot Collective, a collaborative project by a group of photographers who met through The Family Historian.  So excited to be part of this group of talented photographers. 
You can view the rest of this month's contributions here:  http://thedottodotcollective.com           

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The Pidgeon Pair

When my oldest friend asked me to document her little family at home I couldn't book it in fast enough.  We've come a long way from playing 'McDonald's' together in the back seat of my mum's commodore (complete with hand made paper fries!) and now she's taking the baby fashion world by storm with her amazing business Tikitot baby shoes.  I love that I'm still part of her story and get watch her beautiful children grow.  Here are some images from their in home session - a lazy Sunday morning spent hanging out in pj's and a cuteness overload!

Cubbies and Chalk

A snapshot of life when there were just the two little girls, eagerly waiting for their little baby brother to arrive. We spent the morning checking out a huge collection of beanie boo's, exploring their amazing new cubby and drawing with chalk.  

Ballakaye

A Friday road trip took me two hours away to Nowhere Creek.  A farm named "Ballakaye" that had been in the family for 150 years and had seen six generations.  Our morning spent together saw tennis balls thrown, baking, reading snuggles with mum, exploring their amazing backyard and brotherly love (squabbles!).  Real life.  A wonderful life for three little brothers and their parents.  So happy to be able to tell their story and have it recorded for future generations.

 

Beachport Holidays 2017

On the January school holidays we travelled to the gorgeous seaside town of Beachport, South Australia.  On our way we stopped at Umpherston sinkhole, in Mt Gambier.  It was beautifully manicured and a real little adventure for the kids to explore. We set up the camper trailer at the amazing caravan park, Beachport Caravan Park.  It was perfect for the kids to ride their bikes around, well kept, friendly owners and a stone's throw from the beach.  While there we spent days enjoying a local beach called The Salmon Hole, jumped off piers, slid down sand dunes, ate ice creams and fish and chips and hung out with friends.  To break up the trip home we stopped at the beautiful Blue Lake in Mt Gambier.