You might find my images a little different from a lot of newborn and family photographers.
Over the years I’ve discovered how important it is to keep things simple. To focus on the little joys, connections and moments. I don’t over complicate my images with props, colours or fancy ‘things’ .. because quite simply, your newborn, baby, child and family are absolutely perfect – just the way they are.
For years I’ve been obsessed with simplicity and minimalism. Trying to find ways to ‘slow down’ this chaotic crazy life that is raising children, day to day life, work ….
Over the years I’ve dabbled in mindfulness, meditation and Buddism.
There is a beautiful aesthetic philosophy in Zen Buddism known as Wabi-Sabi – it sees beauty in the imperfect, the impermanent, the incomplete.
It is manifested in modest, humble, unpretentious and earthy artwork and is deeply associated with a love for nature.
This quiet taste and refined beauty has been inspiring artists for centuries and it is this philosophy which drives my newborn, baby and family portraiture.
I am driven to create images which capture the connection, simplicity, love, curiosity, chaos and calmness that is children and family life. I strive to create a beautiful experience where my families can relax, away from the distractions of everyday life, and take time to celebrate their small people, and this amazing thing called family.
Because …. try as I might …. I can’t slow it down.
Tomorrow they will have grown. And tomorrow again.
All I can do is capture today, to look back on tomorrow.
If you’d like to capture today, just head to the gift voucher page to purchase your session, or click on the link below to ask more questions
My loves: rugged beaches, beautiful views, collecting shells, coffee, hikes with my family, my Golden Retriever – Elliot, sleeping, noisy dinners, laughter around the table, Autumn, white, the power of nature, the smell of rain in summer, humid Adelaide evenings, coffee, not burning dinner, my parents’ studio, my children playing (nicely) together, a tidy house (very rare), coffee, movie nights, the power of a photograph.
We have three babies. And we were crazy enough to have them all within three and a half years. (cudos to mums of multiples)
Those years are a blur of sleepless nights, a messy house and constantly preparing food.
But what I do remember, are little things. The hairy ears on my newborn son, and his enormous feet. The black, sticky up hair on my eldest daughter. The incredible wonder and happy imaginative play of my youngest.
And the absolute honour it was to hold them, feed them, and have them fall asleep against my chest.
I remember these because I photographed them. Those memories are right there. In that album. On that wall. On that mantle piece. In turn, they spark more memories, we tell more stories and we are transported back. As though it was yesterday.
For me, the creation of images goes far beyond the physical print, or even the image itself. It’s about the stories that are told. The memories they hold. How the heart skips a beat when you remember the little curl of hair on your newborn, the gappy smile of your 7 year old, or how your toddler laughed with his eyes closed.
I photograph for the stories. The connection. This short, fleeting period of time. Because they will never be this small again. Because nothing is more precious than this day.
Kate has been a proud and active member of Heartfelt since it began in Australia, but is currently taking a break.
Kate is Master Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP)
Kate was a finalist in the Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year category with the SA AIPP in 2017
Kate won the title of Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year with the SA AIPP in 2016
Kate was a Finalist in the Telstra Business Awards in 2014
Kate won the title of Family Photographer of the Year with the SA AIPP in 2014
Kate won the title of Wedding Photographer of the Year with the SA AIPP in 2013