Bianca and Brenton

Bianca and Brenton wanted a bit of a mix of styles for their engagement session. Starting in a back alley, set against the backdrop of some beautiful big timber doors. Then moving over to the Oxley Common where we are spoilt for choice for golden spots. They brought along with them their fur babies, who were perfectly behaved! Thanks to my assistant Melinda, who kept them entertained!

This couple was so chilled out, I am looking forward to being part of their intimate wedding later this year. 

Dearling Family

Last time we caught up with the Dearling Family, Thomas was not yet crawling! Now Thomas is getting ready to start school and has a little brother Ollie. 

We returned to the Shorncliffe Pier and the beach area, the same place we were last time and the same place that Jill and Ross were married. I am so glad that we are able to come to this very special location for them and update their family photos.

Thomas was more than happy to give me some brilliant smiles and tell me some interesting stories. I can’t wait to see them again and hear Ollie telling me new stories!! xx

What do I wear?

What do we wear for our session?

Most families spend most of their time before a session, picking out what they are going to wear! So we thought we would put together a few tips to help you create timeless images for years to come. 

Keep it Simple

- Lighter colours look fresh, but avoid loud bright colours, especially bright pinks. Mix colours with neutrals to tone them down. Pastels and lighter tones make it easier to find a range of options amongst family members.

- Dark colours are slimming, but too much in the way of dark can bring down the tone of the image, try layering with light and dark, with a light shirt under a dark jacket. 

- Avoid logos, large prints and picture shirts for kids.

- Accessorise but don’t go overboard with large chunky pieces or too many different accessories.  

Colours, colours everywhere!

- Co-ordinate your outfits but don’t matchy-matchy. Consider matching the same dress or shirt but different colours. 

- Choose a basic colour palette or 1 item of clothing (such as that dress you love to wear so much) and co ordinate everyone elses outfits around that. 

Patterns are OK!

- I like patterns but make sure they are simple. 

- Not everyone should wear patterns, so mix it with solid colours. 

- Different textures also look good, like lace and scarves, but mix with solids colours. 

Newborns and babies

- Solid colours are best, black or white are really simple and draw attention to the baby. Other solid colours work too.

- As you can see simple patterns can also look nice if you keep them simple. Florals can also work within reason. If one parent is wearing a pattern or floral, the other parent should be in a solid colour. 

Feel Relaxed!

- Most importantly wear something that you feel comfortable and confident in. The kids should also feel comfortable to avoid grumpy kids in scratchy clothing. 

- Kids also need to feel unrestricted so they can run and have a bit of fun!

- Bring extra clothing and we can choose together, or even change during the session if you like.

- Let the kids wear their favourite dress, even if it is a dress up, bring it for the last 10 mins of the shoot and I bet we will get some very happy smiles. Another option is a dress that swishes and makes them feel like a princess.

When we chose the outfits for our recent session, I picked my daughters dress first with her as she loves this dress. Hubby is in a solid blue shirt and Eli in a lightly patterned white and blue shirt. I wore a black shirt, helps me feel slim but I added a coloured accessory. Jeans make a good neutral option to pair with these colours, but tan slacks or plain black may have also worked. 

Have fun putting your session outfits together, my kids always like to do a little fashion parade to help choose their outfits, maybe you can find a way to make it fun for your family, too! 

XX Laurene

Shorthouse family

My dear friend Shannon, who is also a talented photographer recently did a swap. She took my family photos and in return I captured her family. 

Before her session she was a bit concerned about if her boys would sit still for long enough to have a photo taken. She had struggled to get a good photo of all 3 of them sitting nicely. Most Mums worry about how their children will behave during a session and most of the time their children are well behaved because I am there. They are more likely to do what I ask them to do, I am not their Mum! 

It turned out to be really fun. The kids were really relaxed and even the cat got involved. 

The Shorthouse family had their session in their own home, which added a personal touch. The other benefit of being at home is that they had food and toys on hand for the kids. Next time you might consider a family session in your own home. 


Here is a blast from the past.

A session I did in 2009 with a colleague from Jasper coffee, Marc.

So very Rock’n’Roll!

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