The Cuinet-Wellings family. A cute little family living admit the hot humid Malaysian weather. Wanted a break from the humidity. What beautiful memories they created on Sydney's Northern Beaches.
Jessamyn and Tony contacted me early on in their pregnancy. Totally elated, nervous, joyful new to be parents. They didnt want to miss a thing. So after a exciting chat we decided to go through this journey- the whole run together. We did a year in the life together.
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This Mother's Day I am offering an exclusive short Mummy and me sessions to help celebrate your motherhood.
What It Includes
An exclusive 45 minute session at a selected location and time
all digital files of the images
A complimentary print
offer ends 14th May 2017 limited spots available
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Easy, relaxed no awkward posing and forced smiles.
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There is a lot that we can say about how amazing mothers are. We as mothers sacrifice so much it can be hard to forget how a woman’s warmth, laughter and most importantly strength are to our children’s lives.
Your life is about to change in the best way! From one mum to another, this is my advice: reflect on today. There’s so much to look forward to, but there’s so much to love about today too.
Newborn Photography has grown into a big trend. You probably know that already. But, did you know that the pictures can go beyond how gorgeous baby looks in all that adorable tiny newborn glory ?
All this time we were isolated from seeing anyone and spent most of the month indoors. And it got me thinking about Abby. When was the last time her and I spent time alone? I mean, a real day of connection + life together... visibly showing Abby how much I love spending time with her. I wanted to create some memories with her just one on one time. A day where the she felt special and got lost in the day with their fave people (Dad of course)...
So what the heck is family documentary photography? This blog post I explain what documentary photography is in its truest form and if a family documentary photography session is for you and your family.
9 Reasons why you need to capture life before your new baby comes along. Whether your a first time parent or when one becomes two. I talk about why capturing life as it looks today is super important.
Take a look at the great activities you can take the kids to go see and do that is all within a day trip from Sydney.
[ A little slice of the Aquilina Family's life ] Justine Curran is a internationally published Documentary Photographer based in Sydney, Australia.
This past month has been eventful. With summer in full swing we have been taking the opportunity to go swimming as much as possible, get out and about and catch up with friends. Coffee dates and shopping trips towards the end of the holidays has been wonderful and its a little sad to know that life is just so busy right now and just wishing for some more time for friends. School has just started back up and its been a little hard on Abby. She has been split up from her friends and with having a new teacher classroom and classmates its all a little too much.
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Loui's first Birthday
A Documentary Photo Session with Rebecca Overton
I FELT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT TO CAPTURE LOUI ON HIS FIRST BIRTHDAY. I FEEL I DO NOT TAKE ENOUGH PHOTOS OF HIM THROUGH OUT THE YEAR AND I JUST KNEW THAT JUSTINE WOULD CAPTURE HIM IN A REALLY BEAUTIFUL WAY.
When we woke up on the day Loui was actually quite unwell. So I was a bit nervous that I booked Justine in to take photos of Loui and that he was just not going to perform on the day and be happy. More specifically that I wouldn't get the photos that I wanted of him. When I saw the photos it was awesome, there were so many beautiful photos! There were moments of him being happy, sad, sick and miserable but she captured the day perfectly, exactly how it was. That was my main fear to not have any great photos but as soon as I saw them I was so happy. They were all great moments, the good and the sad.
Daniel and I were hesitant at first because we felt that we both don't do well in front of the camera and that we would struggle with any sort of posing. But that's not Justine's style at all and it worked out really well. My husband didn't think taking photos of the day but I had seen Justine do a similar thing for a family member and I just thought it was such a great idea. I put it forward to him and now that he has seen the photos he thinks they are really special.
I was recommended to have Justine take photos of the day and after seeing her work I felt that I didn't want a photographer that I would need to pose for and get really staged photos. I just wanted someone that would document the day and became the key factor in wanting to book in a photographer.
My goal for the day was to capture Loui as he is today, capture Loui surrounded by everyone who loves him. So I can have those memories, for my husband to have those memories but also something for Loui to have to look back on when he is older as well. Obviously he isn't really going to remember the day so it will be nice to have an album for him to look at and see his first birthday, surrounded by his grandparents, cousins, all of the family. Yeah so just preserve the day I guess. Childhood just goes by and you don't remember half of it so it will be really nice to have those photos to look back on.
Looking back on my fears leading up to the session, there is no point. It was very easy. I didn't even notice Justine there for the day. She just walked around and did her thing and yeah it just was like she wasn't even there. Justine was so easy to work with. My favourite part of the day would have to have been the start of the day when it was just 1:1 time with just me and Loui getting ready and having that more intimate time together. Once the guests started arriving the day just went like that.
It was just really fun the whole time really though, because none if it is really staged you just go about what you have to do. I didn't really feel like I had to do anything different, just going about my day, getting Loui ready, hosting the party and yeah it was easy. I didn't really feel like I had a camera in my face at all, it was really simple. Next thing I knew Justine was saying goodbye and I was like oh I hoped she got good photos! But that was not necessary there were plenty of awesome photos.
On the reveal day, I felt like a blubbering mess. The photos were just beautiful and so much more than what I was expecting. It brought up all these emotions and I am just really really happy with them. For me it just was capturing the day, not staging it, not posing it, just showing it like it is. 100% worth every single cent. Just you know seeing my family in the moment with Loui just captured in such a beautiful way. My mum, in particular is very funny about having photos taken and there were really beautiful photos of her with Loui and she just loves him to death so it is really really nice to see a photo that conveys that love. She never wants to be in front of the camera, always runs away. So to be able to finally have a photo of her with Loui and to be able to give her that is really nice. And not only that, I want Loui to be able to have photos of him with her when he is older, yeah its just beautiful.
I would absolutely do this again, I am already thinking of the next event I can get this done for haha its so well worth it. I'd recommend to anyone thinking of doing it, you will get photos you will be really really happy with
If you would love to have a photo session at home or to document a special moment in your life, feel free to contact me so we can chat about it
A cute couple from Santa Monica planned their dream wedding together. Unexpected circumstances found themselves saying 'I do' - twice.
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A Summer Holiday | The South Coast of Sydney
Take a look into our family holiday at Culburra Beach, NSW Australia. My name is Justine and I am a family photographer. I would love to photograph your family and give you the best photo's you ever seen of your family. If you and your family are going on Holiday take me with you! I want to capture these special memories that will be priceless to you and your children.
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We had a few things going on this month. we had a whole week of chocolate breakfasts and Dante turned 1! We added cacao powder to our breakfast favourites which included chocolate porridge, chocolate banana smoothies and chocolate pancakes. It was delicious! This is something I was really happy to document as we enjoy cooking together but life gets so busy that sometimes I want to just get through the week cook the basics by myself and get on with my day. This year has gone so incredibly quick, I cannot believe my baby boy has turned 1.
To think I freaked out so much about adding another little human to our family but now I couldn't imagine life without him. Like he is the perfect little piece of the puzzle missing in our life. This year has flown by so fast and he has become the perfect little playmate to Abby. As she is a wonderful big sis to him.
So far he can crawl like a mad man, stand and cruise around. He says Mum, Dada, Beeee (Abby), No no, yuck, Bye and Hello. He loves to play peek a boo, clap hands and play chase games with Abby.
Love my little man and what joy he has brought to our lives
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Oh little darling. You are so lucky to have such adorable doting parents. I have been awaiting the arrival of newborn Vivienne since earlier this year. Jessamyn booked me in for a full motherhood package, which means I have been documenting the entire journey. Jessamyn will have gorgeous memories of her pregnancy, time in hospital with just newborn baby Vivienne and life at home with a newborn. Fresh 48 session ( just after birth or within the first 48 hrs) are a wonderful time in your life to capture. I remember myself just lying in hospital bed just doting over the new little human that had been growing inside me. Such an intimate time that you will love looking back on.
Would you like to document your time in hospital with your newborn?
Oh this moment has my heart. From the moment baby Dante had an awareness, the very sight of my dear jackson and Bella babes had him absolutely terrified. And good reason too, Jackson being a Great Dane x Boxer mix, he is enormous! They had to stay at one end of the room and him at the other.
Slowly but surely it went from terrified screams to just spine stiffening as they walked past. Over the months he became used to the sight of them and would just kick his leg at them to shoo away if they got too close. Soon enough they could approach, if they became too close for a sniff Dante would lean back with a 'too higher than though please do not get too close' look on his face.
The time is finally here where he has grown so rapidly and becoming ever so brave at discovering the world around him that now the dogs offer sense of curiosity and thrill to this ever growing void of adventure to my new developing toddler. The dogs, so eager and patient to be loved by this new little human. They wait at the door for him, wanting to sniff, busting to be petted and loved. The look on our golden retriever screams.. 'love me! love me you little human.' So desperate for the affection they clearly have a thirst for. Jackson and Bella have dearly been playmates and guardian to Abby and it makes my heart absolutely sing at the prospect of them accepting their new little adoptive pup. I just cannot wait for them to be able to start enjoying him a little more.
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