Seriously Charmed Photography » Darwin Photography, Children, Family, Maternity

What can I say about this styled session? I’m not going to lie, I honestly find beauty in everything, and photographing her was no exception. She radiates light, and despite feeling a little under the weather she gave it her everything. I wanted her hair, and her eyes, and her porcelain skin, you know the old saying ‘we always want what we can’t have’ well that was me, I wouldn’t mind being 17 again too. There is a beauty in youth and it needs no airbrushing, its not something you can see, but rather something you feel. I see a butterfly that is strong enough to fly on her own, but still needs protecting. I see her mother, a friend of mine,  I see so much light, she could be glitter! Most of all I see endless possibilities for a beautiful life.

This is the first time this beautiful girl has been in my Studio but it definitely won’t be the last.

Biggest Love
Tina

* Brown tulle dress supplied by WEIR CORTURE – http://www.weircouture.com

 

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In December 2016 our family went on a road trip to Queensland for a well overdue holiday. The last time our family went on a holiday was four years ago! Life is busy, having kids can be expensive, think tennis lessons, tutoring, horse riding lessons, new shoes every term (thanks Leo) it all adds up. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, and giving our children the opportunity to learn, enhance skills, develop new friendships and grow into beautiful little human beings is priceless.

Providing all of this does however come with sacrifice and this has usually meant that our family would stay in the NT and enjoy our backyard rather than venturing out of the Territory for some time out. My husband was the one that really made the push for us to get out and enjoy some time just for our family, to unplug and escape the mundane daily activities of washing, and dishes and endless kid sleep overs during the holidays. We took time out of school and hit the road. I didn’t realise how much I needed this until I was sitting in the car and there was nothing for me to do, just sitting there, watching the road pass by. My bliss.

We drove to Townsville and stayed with one of my sisters for a night before catching the ferry across to Magnetic Island. A place which we love. Nothing too fancy, but oh so relaxing. Beaches to swim in, pancakes for breakfast, the sound of waves to fall asleep to, horse rides, jet ski’s and beds to bounce on. Lets not forget a tv in the bedroom. We don’t have tv’s in the bedrooms, bad feng shui and all that, but I am seriously reconsidering this after watching movies while drifting off to sleep.

We stayed on the Island for four nights and fives days and it was bliss. The accommodation was five stars and I could have easily have left all my stuff behind and traded it for this gorgeous piece of paradise. I think everything feels better when there is less stuff around you. I’m currently on the biggest decluttering mission thanks to the Island.

I let our kids bounce on the bed, the light was divine, the white sheets, the colours of their bathers, the crazy unbrushed hair, everything was perfect, heck I even had a go.

So here is a little peek at what our holidays looked like. Fresh, fun and carefree. I will definitely be making holidays a priority. So incredibly good for the soul on every level. While disconnected to the outside world and social media it gave us all a chance to reconnect on a much deeper level, free from distractions.

So very grateful for our road trip and my beautiful family.

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I am the oldest of six children. I have four sisters and one brother. Growing up in a house with five siblings wasn’t always easy, but it certainly wasn’t boring. Being the big sister came with responsibilities, most of them were everyday things like helping them keep their rooms clean, or reading bedtime stories for them, holding their hands while crossing a road, teaching them how to skate, helping with homework etc. Then there are the responsibilities that we can’t see, like making sure they feel safe at school, encouraging them to do their best, for me, this was the biggest part of being a big sister. I felt and still do, feel responsible for them, like so responsible that I once dreamt that one of my sisters and I were on a plane that was falling from the sky, she was full of panic and I could literally feel her heart racing, I covered her body with mine, knowing I would take the impact of the fall and might be able to save her. I wanted her to feel safe, to take some of the panic away, I wanted her to know that I would always protect her. Even in our adult lives I feel this for them.

This is Stacey, fourth child. My other siblings and I were born with slim bodies, just genetics I suppose. Stacey was always the curvy sister, always the one with the big boobs and tiny waist. She was also blessed with gorgeous thick hair and killer strong nails, but she never felt blessed. She always struggled with her weight, and after having four babies, the weight piled on, so I guess there were times she felt like the odd one out. She never said anything though. Not a word. The last year I have seen a massive change in her, she smiled more, loved more, played more, enjoyed life more, she cut out a lot of sugar, not for anyone else, not because her husband would love her more, he married her when she was a size 20, he loves her for her not what size clothes she fits into, but for her. She decided it for herself. There is a real shift in energy when someone decides to do something for themselves, and this was no exception.

When I told her that I would love her to be my model, she was hesitant, I told her that we’ll have fun, and she deserves to have beautiful photos of herself. She came over to my house, I curled her hair, splashed on a little makeup, wrapped her in tulle, and put her in a size 12 top. We giggled, a lot, we could have been transported back in time to my teenage bedroom, there is a deep connection between siblings and being in her company was easy. I have always known photographs are priceless, that my craft is my gift and this is what I was born to do. I usually  photograph children, and receive beautiful compliments from parents about how their children loved the session, but I never realised the powerful impact that a portrait could have on a woman until I received this message from my sister after viewing a few photos from her shoot.

“I haven’t felt this good about myself since I was a teenager Tina, I didn’t even feel pretty on my wedding day and right now I feel pretty. This is all your doing, and I am so grateful to you for doing this with me today. xoxoxo”

The truth of the matter is, we never really know how people feel about themselves. I guess I’m a glass half full kinda gal and I always thought she was beautiful, I always thought she knew she was beautiful, but that wasn’t the case. When I read her message I felt a little sad, how could someone not feel pretty on their own wedding day? The sadness quickly turned to joy and damn the tears that followed crept up on me. I knew that this photoshoot meant more to her than it did to me, and that this gift was exactly what she needed. That somehow, our relationship has come full circle again, and I was looking after her, and because of that, she could see herself as I see her. Beautiful.

XOX

 

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Meet the gorgeous Carlson sisters. I was in love with their hair the moment I laid eyes on them, such gorgeous long thick hair (something I will never have – ha!). Their personalities really came to light during our session and once again, I had an extremely hard time narrowing down their selection.

There is no one quite like a sister. These three are lucky to have each other.

 

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In October I had these three gorgeous sisters in my Studio. The middle child is friends with my daughter so it was so lovely to meet the other sisters. You wouldn’t think from looking at these photos, but most of this session was spent giggling and laughing and me making “oh my god, perfect stay there, yup, that’s it, wow” kind of statements. These photos make me smile.

 

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