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.  

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!

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.

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!