Precious Snapshots

He is two and a half. He climbs onto everything, he jumps off everything. He is crazy about trains and fire trucks. He loves to help me cook (“cut! cut! Daniel cut!”). He is very much into yoga (he calls it “goga”). He wears funky socks. His has a toy doctor’s set, and it’s his favourite. He puts all kinds of containers on his head and says he’s a robot or an astronaut. He makes ice cream from Play-dough and says “Mmm, yummy!”. He has a giant teddy and a toy rat as his best friends. We have a ritual of making a hot chocolate before bedtime, and smoothies in the morning, and I want to remember forever how spectacular the milk moustache looks on him. I also want to remember the faces he makes, the way he looks at me if he wants to do something he is not allowed to, how cute his little PJs look on the clothesline outside, what our quiet days at home are currently filled with. Being caught up in running the house, constantly picking up toys, wiping sticky cheeks and fingers, making sure he is fed (etc, etc) often makes it hard to see the beauty of it. But my camera is always near me, and I make a conscious effort to pick it up and it see it through the lens, all of it, in all its glory – our everyday that is to become a precious memory in a very short time from now.

They do grow up a bit too fast.

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Lisa Jay - June 22, 2016 - 8:44 am

Beautiful collection of images. It’s so good to document all these details and moments.

Belinda - June 22, 2016 - 1:42 pm

Oh what an extraordinary gift you are creating for your little boy. These images will be treasured forever. I adore the photo of him playing doctor with his bear. Too much cuteness!!!

Anastasia - June 27, 2016 - 1:37 pm

Thanks so much Lisa! I know that I will keep coming back to these photos for years and years – it’s amazing how fast they change and grow, so it’s easy to forget so many little things that are happening these days. So thankful for photography!

Anastasia - June 27, 2016 - 1:39 pm

Thank you so much Belinda! Those red doctor glasses on his face – I melted into a puddle when he put them on for the first time (upside down too I must mention!). Oh, toddlers, they are adorable and funny and amazing :)

Claire and Andrew Married

Bright autumn sun was creating a myriad of playful sparkles on the waters of Horseshoe Cove, in Sydney’s Newport. Strong afternoon winds had quietened to a lovely, gentle breeze. Shiny white yachts were reaching their masts up to the gloriously blue sky. And on that perfect day, in the perfect place, surrounded by their families and dearest friends, Claire and Andrew held hands, and said “I do”. There was so much love, so much joy. And the light at sunset that day was pure magic.

Here are some photos that tell the story of Claire and Andrew’s big day:

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Wedding Dress – Angela Osagie, Swish Bridal Design

Makeup – Linda Oliver

Hair – Paula Hibbard, Fabulous Hair Up

Flowers – Wild Lotus

Cake – Sweet n Pretty

Transport – London Cab

Celebrant – Ed Taylor

Band – The High Life

Reception Venue – Royal Motor Yacht Club

What Love Is

On a lovely summer evening I met Claire and Andrew for their engagement photo session. We wandered around The Rocks, watched the sun set from the Observatory Hill, and talked. And when I was working on these photos later, I saw their love for each other filling every frame I took. ┬áThe way they look at each other, the way they hold each other, are what love is. And I can’t wait to photograph their wedding in stunning Newport in just a few short days.

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Torsten Scheel - March 15, 2016 - 6:45 pm

Beautiful shots, lucky couple they got you as their photographer :)

Anastasia - March 16, 2016 - 1:37 pm

Oh Torsten, thank you so much! :)

Long Summer Days

Summer, oh glorious summer. Long lazy days filled with trips to the beach, looking after our small but lush garden, splashing in our blow-up pool, late dinners (and late bedtime too). Frangipanis are everywhere, and I’ve taken plenty of pictures of their delicate petals. Sand is everywhere too – in the car, at home, sometimes even in the bed. There is always watermelon in the fridge, and we have even picked a few sweet berries off our recently planted strawberries. Chilies are in abundance, and so are herbs. I can’t remember the last time it was not too hot for Daniel to wear a tshirt at home, and our fans sometimes have to stay on through the night. Our backyard is filled the most gorgeous golden light in the evening, and my heart is filled with immense gratitude.

I know that in a few short weeks it might all be over, but I have these pictures to remind me of the magic of summer days.

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Their First Wedding Anniversary

She wore white, just like she did on the day exactly one year before. When they looked into each other’s eyes, all they saw was love, love that was growing stronger every moment they spent together.

And Sydney treated them with the most beautiful light and the most stunning backdrops as they walked through the Royal Botanical Gardens together, heading to Mrs Macquarie’s Chair to watch the sun set behind the high-risers of the city they now call home.

And I was there to capture it all.

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer

Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens Engagement Photographer