brisbane family photographer

Capturing a woman's journey through life: Brisbane Maternity Photography

Since meeting and becoming ‘love at first site’ friends many years ago at James Cook University in Townsville, Leslie has been one of my closest friends and even though we live in different states we still always reconnect for our most special moments in life.

I have witnessed and captured her university fun, graduation with her family visiting from America (having moved to Australia originally to study), her hens day fun, being a bridesmaid at the wedding but also sneaking the behind the scenes photos on the day while Andy photographed the wedding….. And now the next chapter for her and her partner Ben, having a BABY!

I was honoured to capture these special moments for them and of course we captured them at their most special place, the beach. They live and breath protecting the environment, they are advocates for waste reduction, they run regular beach clean ups and they have so much purpose in their jobs and outside their roles to make change! They are truly inspiring people…

For anyone that knows Leslie and Ben, they know their love is infectious and they are one of the most beautiful couples I’ve met! See some of our favs from their session below captured at Little Bay in Sydney.

Em x

Brisbane Maternity Photography | Brisbane Bump Photography | Brisbane Portrait Photography

Twin Love: Brisbane Family Photography

I’ve photographed a LOT of children over the past 8 years and I must say, twins Joshua + Sienna were one of the most behaved, caring and gentle siblings I’ve had the encounter of photographing. Not only did they always listen to directions, not complain once, and had fun along the way, we also did an added 45 minutes with Mum on her own and they sat to the side on their blanket with their lunches. Precious!

Check out the little angels and their beautiful Mum below <3

Em x

Brisbane Family Photography, Brisbane Family Photographer, Brisbane Portrait Photographer

Life Portraits' New Portrait Packages & Artwork Prices: Show off your memories as beautifully hand crafted artwork

Life Portraits captures your precious memories for you and your loved ones to cherish for a lifetime. But all to often these beautiful moments stay hidden on a computer. It's time to bring them out into the light and into your homes as beautifully hand crafted artwork.

To help you make the most of your photographs, we've reviewed all our artwork prices and cut costs across the board offering you the best possible prices for the same hand crafted quality. We've also reviewed our portrait packages to offer you more value for money. 

See our video below for an update on our pricing and products for 2018! Download our full packages and pricebook by clicking the button below and click on any of the images below to learn more about each of our products and their features.

Andy & Em 

Life Portraits
Brisbane Family Photography | Brisbane Wedding Photography | Brisbane Fitness & Beauty Photography | Brisbane Photography Training

Documenting a 1 Year Old's Cake Smash: Priceless expressions of ripping open a cake...

A cake smash can go two ways.....

The child will love the cake and rip into it and make a mess of themselves....
...Or they'll be overwhelmed, not interested or cry because they're covered in cake haha

I photographed little Charlie's cake smash for his 1st birthday, his reaction was hilarious. Unlike at the dinner table, he was not very happy about being covered in cake and was not impressed at all that he had cake on his feet. He even went for a walk away from the cake to try and get it off his feet haha! He was more interested in his trains than the cake, so we got the trains involved in the cake diving haha It made my day. 

Little Charlie is my second cousin, and his dear Mummy decorated and made the experience absolutely beautiful, totally 'pinterest worthy'. Check out some of the fun below of our morning together at Minnippi Parklands. 

Brisbane Family Photography | Brisbane Cake Smash Photography | Brisbane Children Photography

When a family reunites....

"Families are like branches on a tree....We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one..."

It was a special occasion for this lovely family last weekend, celebrating their youngest Jordan's 18th birthday. They made the most of the family all coming together, some travelling interstate, to capture these moments with a photoshoot. ⠀

It was a glorious afternoon at Gold Coast Botanical Gardens, the lighting was perfect, the location was beautiful and in front of me was a very fun, laid back family. When all of these things align, it makes my job easy haha

I always try to bring an aspect of the families personality out in their images. As the photographer, you slowly form a relationship with your subjects to make them feel relaxed. Once you reach this point of them feeling relaxed, you give them some fun ideas to work with and then they turn the shoot into their own. This is exactly what happened with this family and they rocked it!

There was some beautiful moments captured and even some that brought a little cheeky smile to my face. Thank you Gerrie, Jordan, Tegan, Ryan, James, Carla, Chris, Scott and Corey for a wonderful afternoon. 

Check out some of my favs below <3




The MUST-KNOW tips to prepare for your photography session

A photoshoot is a daunting experience for any person which is why Life Portraits makes it a fun, easy and enjoyable experience. Your session, whether it be an hour or a full day wedding, is meant to be fun and unique to you!

Being prepared for your session is very important as this assists the photographer in creating something amazing and making your ideas a reality. Things you should consider before your session:

  • Clothing/styling

  • Location

  • Props

  • In what format do you want your images displayed - digital, wall art, book, table art

Your clothing is a very important part of your photoshoot. It creates tones, moods and is a representation of the style of your family. It is ideal to match a tone of colours rather than the old favourite of jeans and a white shirt. The best way to choose the clothing for the session is to pick one outfit for one of the family members that you love and base the rest of the families clothing around that one. See examples below of how families have coordinated their outfits around a single tone for their photoshoot.

Bring your own style to the photoshoot. Some themes are featured below:
- Spring/summer
- Brights/neutrals
- Fall/winter
- Formal casual wear

Tip 1: Parents to be dressed neutral and kids in the brighter colours
Tip 2: Co-ordinate the whole family in cool colours or warm colours
Tip 3: Try and avoid out-there patterns as this can be distracting
Tip 4: Wear something that you are very comfortable in

A very important part of your photo session is the the location you choose. The location should reflect the personality of the family/couple or have some sort of personal connection. There are a number of themes or backdrops you can incorporate into your photography experience, some include:
- A bright wall
- A sunflower field
- A brown grassy location
- The local park
- The beach
- A fun location such as the local show
- The countryside
- Your backyard or home (if you want something more personalised)
- A plain wall creating a more styled shoot

We always ask our clients the following question when they are planning their session:
- What characterises your family/relationship?
- What hobbies/loves do you share? Can this be displayed in a photo?
- Do you have something that you love doing together?
- Are there any props that you can use in your photoshoot that ‘tell a story’ about your family/relationship

Below is a list and some image examples of props/personal hobbies that Life Portraits have helped our clients incorporate into their photoshoots. This is a guide and we LOVE to see new things at all of our sessions. 

Kites  .  tee pee  .  books  .  picnic basket/ blanket  .  boat  .  letters  .  balloons  .  flowers  . bikes  .  animals  .  polaroids  .  sports equipment  .  bath toys  .  bubbles  .  trucks/cars/dolls  . swings  .  fruit (watermelon, strawberries)  .  paint/chalk  .  sparkles/wand  .  crown  .  lego  . lollipops  .  milkshake  .  signs/blackboards  .  suitcases  .  love heart cutouts  .  fishing gear  . gymnastics outift  .  swimming gear  .  Old cars