Riverina New South Wales Newborn Photography

I loved having the Arnold Family in the studio for baby Jack’s Newborn Session! These guys came all the way from Berrigan in Riverina New South Wales for their Newborn Photography session in our natural light studio here in Albury.

I love when people are willing to really invest in their photography, which means travelling the distance with a newborn bub, and two young boys under 5! Good job Arnold family, you guys rock!!

I guess its like buying any sort of amazing product you are willing to travel to get the best of the best. We are pretty lucky in this area that Albury is a pretty big country city (as they call it) and we can get pretty much everything we need here. But there are occasions where you may have to travel to Sydney or Melbourne to get something really amazing. Maybe a new car for example.

Or maybe its for a different kind of investment for your University education or for your Job. Some things you just cant do here. Some things you even have to travel over seas for.

Im very blessed by the little studio I have here in the heart of Albury.

There has been a lot of blood, sweat and tears go into this studio and most of it not even by me and for that I am very grateful. But the investment has paid off and nothing amazing comes easy.

I hope that these guys are enjoying walking by the 3 beautiful frames that they have chosen to put in their home. I hope they really value the investment they made to have a beautiful tangible product that will truly last forever.

I wonder if these boys will have red hair forever or if it’ll change over time… I wonder if when these boys have kids if they will have red hair to… But lucky they have something amazing documented to remember their beautiful for all it is right now.

Enjoy a few favs from this gorgeous session

Much love,

Kelsey xx

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Showing how the ebautiful frames are made with careA beautiful family photo of everyone togetherTwo big brothers holding their baby brotherBrothers together arm in armFunny family photoBaby lying on the blanket sleeping Baby curled upBaby sleepingMum holding her newborn baby sonMum holding her newborn babyMum and dad holding their newborn baby sonbaby pulls grump face at mum and dadDad holds his newborn baby soon

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Albury Wodonga Newborn & Maternity Photography

Albury Wodonga Newborn & Maternity Photography – Joelene, Brad and Louisianna

What a stunning family that I had the honour of capturing in our natural light studio here in the heart of Albury! From Maternity to Newborn, from bump to baby, it shows the story of how this precious miracle came to be!

Is there anything more precious to celebrate then the gift of new life?

International Midwifes Day was celebrated a while ago and I cant help but wonder where were we 20, 50, 100 years ago before all the equipment and knowledge that we have today?

So i’ve done a bit of study, (google knows everything!) and i’ve found some interesting stuff! Check this out! From Midwifery Today

17l6: New York City required licensing of midwives. Such licenses placed the midwife in the role of servant of the state, a keeper of social and civil order. Death during childbearing not accurately reported, but one historian estimated that birth was still successful 95 percent of the time. Men did not attend births during Colonial times, as it was considered indecent. Also, there were few doctors around. Women faced birth not with joy and ecstasy, but with fear of death and eternal judgment. One major reason that doctors were becoming more involved in birth was the decline of witchcraft. Doctors did not feel comfortable around witchcraft, and in the new colony, less was practiced. Women began to view problems in birth as a part of nature, where doctor ruled. 

Thats over 300 years ago! Look how far we’ve come! Now we have so many amazing services out there that can help women and families through every part of pregnancy. From getting pregnant, to the pregnancy stage, in labour, and post birth! Amazing if you ask me!

Some of the services that I get to work with include Barb from Albury Wodonga Midwifery Services and Sophie from Lets Hypnobirth Baby – two beautiful women servicing the local Albury Wodonga and Surrounding areas with their incredible skills! Barb has lead the way in opening up her own business home on Beechworth Road in Wodonga as well, making it all the more private and personal!

Here’s cheers to beautiful people helping beautiful people make more beautiful people!! What a privilege to bring someone into this world <3

Enjoy some of my favourites from these sessions

Much Love, Kelsey xx

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Pregnant couple cuddle with hands on bellyCouple cuddle in studio sesisoncouple cuddle pregnant bellyall hands on a pregnant bellypregnant woman in bra and undies in front of windowhappy new mum and dadlittle baby wrapped up like a ball of fluffface of little baby girllittle newborn baby with hands in mouthmacro of little handsphotographer nurses baby

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Professional Photography Wangaratta

Say hello to the Batey family who came all the way from Wangaratta for their professional photography!!

And what a gorgeous family they are! I seriously love working with this family because they are just sweet people.
We did Henry’s Milestone session when he was a bit younger, a family session, a Fresh 48 session for Oliver and his newborn session!! Talk about loyal!

On this blog id also love to talk about something really exciting (which you will hear even more about very soon!) I want to talk about Guarantees! Doesn’t just the word make your ears prick up? Whenever someone says guarantee you have their word that they will do what they say they are going to do.

Now I could say; I guarantee that you’ll have the most amazing photos in the whole entire world and you will win the cutest baby award because the photos are just that incredible! Ok, im being silly there, because photography is subjective. And the amazing thing about photography is that they are YOUR moments, no body else’s. I could say these are the most amazing photos on the planet in my eyes but really; its what they mean to you. The point is, no wish washy guarantees! Only guarantees that are true and I will come through on.

#1 – If you’re bub is not having a good day at your newborn session (which could be due to many reasons!) and its not controllable by anything we can or can’t do, we can reschedule and try again on another day. The guarantee is not that your baby will be unsettled!! The guarantee is that I will allow for you to reschedule bub in for another day so we can try again. This guarantee really comes from me never wanting to push a baby to breaking point! Sometimes there are unknown reasons as to why bub could be unsettled, so there is no point pushing and pushing and pushing so we can make it work. Baby always comes first.

So there’s number 1 guarantee of Umbilical Love Photography! – Now enough with the serious stuff! Check out some beautiful photos from this session!

Much love, Kelsey

Umbilical Love Photography xx

Family gathers around newborn baby sonBig brother gives little brother a big hugBig brother is fascinated by his little brother mum and dad enjoy a moment with their newborn sonDad holds newborn son in his handsDad and newborn son touch noses togetherBig brother hugs his little brotherMum hugs both of her sonsMum gives kisses to her newborn babyMacro of newborn babies eyelashes and noseNewborn toes and lipsNewborn baby smiles as he's laying for a photoNewborn baby laying peacefully all wrapped upNewborn baby all wrapped up Family holds their newborn baby

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A Photographers Greatest Honour – Newborn Lifestyle Session Wodonga

Fresh 48 Photography – Wodonga Hospital – Baby Lola

This, is one of the greatest honours of being a photographer. Capturing moments so fresh and so raw. The moments that you can never get back and never re create. Being allowed into the hospital world when a miracle has just been born. Capturing new life in its finest and most pure form. Amazing. This is what I photograph for.

I simply love helping people capture what they don’t ever want to forget. The moments that will always be most precious to them that now will always be treasured in photographs. Its like a pause button on life. Pausing at the moments you want to remember most. And it’s truly an honour to be a part of a families life because of that. To know that one day little Lola will grow up and in 20 years time have photos of Nanna holding her who may or may not be around any more. Or of her big brother holding her who in 13 years time they might fight like teenagers. To hold onto these precious now moments.

From when I was little I thought that my brain would fail me when I got old and wouldn’t be able to remember anything, funny thought I know!! Once I grew and understood that I had a perfectly good brain and that it wouldn’t fail me for a very long time I still just wanted to make sure. I guess I was, and still am scared of forgetting my favourite life moments. Im scared that ill get to 80 and not remember the crazy times I had when I was younger. And I also want to leave a legacy, a trail for people to follow the path of my life, to learn from my mistakes and to re live some of my best life moments.

  • The craft party I had when I was 6 and I hated sparklers because I have a photo of me pulling a face at the cake that was on fire (not really, just scary sparklers).
  • The time when I found a green texta behind the couch and coloured my face in to look like a cat (I did not look like a cat haha)
  • My first day of high school and the really ugly shoes I wore that I thought were really cool
  • The size of my smile when I finally got my braces off after years of treatments
  • When I realised I really, REALLY, liked Caleb and the first photo we have together with crazy smiles and wide eyes
  • Running around in a paddock with giant animal onsies on with a bunch of friends
  • Racing around a golf cart chasing a wedding party with no idea how to drive a golf cart with Jodie

All these moments, captured for me to remember. You can’t fail me now brain!!

I really really hope my brain doesn’t fail me any time soon, just as I hope it doesn’t for you as well. But I have an understanding of how important it is to capture moments now and then enjoy them just as much. To remember them years on and laugh and smile again

This Fresh 48 session, Newborn Lifestyle Session in the Wodonga Hospital, was even more special when Lola was kept in the Special Care Unit for just a few days. Its these moments that I know the parents will never want to forget, but that the photographs will bring a smile of how beautiful their baby girl is, no matter what the outcome is.

Natasha and Mark love there baby girl Lola so much and I feel very honoured that they allowed me into their family for just a short amount of time

Enjoy some of the special moments we captured together in the Wodonga Hospital Maternity Unit

Much love, Kelsey xx

Umbilical Love Photography

 

 

Baby Name tag in hospitalGrandma ooks down at her precious granddaughter in the hospital

 

The time of day for a newborn lifestyle session in the hospitalMum breastfeeding her day old baby daughter in the hospitalSon looks up at mum as he holds his new baby sisterBrother smiles at camera as he holds his baby sister in the hospitalMum looks lovingly at her new baby daughterVisitors look through hospital window at new baby Mum holds new baby daughter in the special care unit of the hospitalOlder sister looks down at new baby sister with dadDad holds baby daughters tiny fingersMum and dad look down at new baby daughterMum and dad with new baby daughter in the hospital

 

 

 

 

 

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My Photography Business Vision

From a country city, young business woman, starting out in this crazy world

As I explained in my post I attended a 3 day Business Training seminar last week. This is a year long course that i’ve decided to do to boost my knowledge and enhance my skills around making a great business that truly serves the community I live in.

One of the things that we were asked to do, or should I say, challenged to do, was to write a vision statement for what we could see for our business. Easier said then done! I thought ‘well I want to take great photos’ and yes that is what I want to do BUT we were challenged to make our vision so much bigger then that. The creators of Apple Steve Jobs didn’t shoot low when he started out with Apple. His vision was to ‘Challenge the Status Quo’. This has nothing to do with computers, nothing to do with ipads, iphones, ipods. But I think Steve Jobs has achieved this vision very well. He didn’t just want people to have a cool device, he wanted to create products that would change peoples world and how they do life. Do you think he was successful? Do you own an apple product? I know I own a few!!

Here’s what I started with and here’s how I decided on my vision. I did over these 10 drafts to come to a statement with each word specifically chosen for a reason.

  1. To create imagery that releases a sense of pride in a season of life
  2.  To create tangible imagery that releases a sense of pride in any persons life
  3. To create timeless imagery that releases a sense of life in one’s life
  4. Creating a sense of pride through imagery
  5. Creating timeless imagery for generations to enjoy
  6. That no important life moment will be forgotten
  7. That every important moment will be remembered
  8. That life moments will be remembered for generations to come
  9. That every important life moment will be captured in its fullness
  10. That every important life moment will be captured for everything it deserves

All of these visions were great BUT they simply didn’t hit me in the heart. They didn’t pull that string that says ‘yep thats it’. So I kept brain storming and changing words and here it is; My Photography Business Vision

That Every Important Life Moment Will Be Captured For Generations to Enjoy

Break down
– Every – that all people would have the opportunity to enjoy the power of photography
– Important – the big moments in life that you never want to forget; Your pregnant belly, your precious newborn baby, your wedding day, you family moments. What is important to YOU to pass down through the generations
– Life – Our human moments
– Will be – my goal
– Captured – through photography and my skills
– Generations – For your children and your childrens children and their childrens children etc
– Enjoy – Either through a tangible product that has a life time guarantee or through timeless imagery that wont go out of date through trends

So there it is – My Vision – Something i’m proud of and something ill continue to work towards every day.

What’s your vision? To love your kids to your greatest capacity, to build a family with a strong set of values, to love your husband/wife and lay down your life for them, to be successful in your job/business, to enjoy every little life moment as best you can? I challenge you to have a think about your vision just as I have mine 🙂

Much love,

Kelsey xx

A Photographers Vision

 

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