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.