One of the hardest things about being a family of six is getting a (decent) family photo. One where everyone looks nice and everyone has their eyes open! Much like an empty laundry basket, it’s pretty much impossible. Which is why we had some professional family photos taken a couple of months ago. The lovely and talented Beck from Beck Holder Photography took the most gorgeous photos at Warrandyte Pound Bend. The setting was idyllic. Surrounded by Kookaburras, the lightly wooded landscape is spectacular and ideal for natural light photography. If you live in Melbourne you must visit and take a picnic, as we did. Natural beauty at her best!
Our family photo shoot
Beck was tasked with a number of challenges, which she rose to with ease and confidence. First, she had to make this tired mama look good. I had little time in the morning for grooming (another impossibly pusuit with four little people). Second, she had to make it FUN for the kids. Well, she made it so fun they didn’t want to leave. Beck, who is also a school teacher is a natural with kids. They warmed to her in a nano second. Third, she had to get us all smiling at the same time, with eyes open. Nailed it. Fourth, she had to take photos that partially disguised my big girls’ faces (so I can splash across social media). Fifth, she had to keep bubba sufficiently entertained and happy when she was ready for her morning nap. All the ticks!
The last time we had professional photos taken was when Miss I was just two days’ old. And this recently photo session was almost an exact year later! Like our newborn photo shoot, we didn’t want anything posed or staged in a studio. We wanted photos to be natural and capture the essence of our connection. I particularly love the way Beck captured the close sibling bond and the girls’ sense of fun. Here is a mere snapshot of the photos that we received. Our task now is deciding which ones to enlarge, frame and send straight to the Pool Room, Dale Kerrigan!
Beck Holder is a natural light photographer based in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. She specialises in family photography. You can find her at Beck Holder Photography.
Do you find it hard to get decent photos of your family? Have you had any professional photos taken?