I acknowledge the Bunurong and Wurundjerdi People who are the traditional owners of the land on which I photograph.
I pay my respects to their Elders; past, present and emerging.
Welcome. I'm Kate.
Do you have memories as a kid of family photos being a pretty miserable experience?
Were you made to put on formal clothes that were uncomfortable and impractical?
Did your parents tell (or even threaten) you that you better look at the camera and smile?
Did the photographer pose you in some strange, stiff way and expect you to stay as still as a statue?
That's how I remember professional photos in the 1980s too.
I want to offer you and your family a totally different experience. I want it to be stress free, fun, to capture the real you and to be something you will remember and talk about for a long time afterwards.
WHAT MAKES MY SESSIONS DIFFERENT?
MY CHILD AND BABY LED METHODOLOGY
I totally follow the lead of the little people I work with and meet them where they are at. This means you don't have to be concerned or stressed about how your children behave or act during the session. If they are shy, cheeky, clingy or anything else I will embrace it and capture them as they truly are.
You can learn more about exactly how this works and my specific way of working with young people in my child empowerment and wellbeing statement.
THEY ARE TOTALLY RELAXED
My sessions are lowkey and casual which means they are perfect for those who don't like having their photo taken or who may have additional or special needs and I pride myself on being accessible and inclusive.
If it takes a little longer for some of you to warm up to the camera or we need to stop and take breaks that is totally ok. I try and make my sessions like hanging out with a friend and I'm certainly not watching the clock.
THERE'S NO EXPECTATION OR JUDGEMENT
I'm not fussed about what you wear and want to capture your authentic selves. Feel free to come dressed up or if you prefer come in your jeans and gumboots if that is what makes you feel comfortable.
If you aren't a fan of public displays of affection, have a child who won't hold your hand or there is a tricky or complex family dynamic that's ok. No one is perfect. I'm certainly not and don't need you to be either.
I AM LICENSED BY PARKS VICTORIA
I am the first family photographer in the state to be declared a Licensed Tourism Operator (LTO) by Parks Victoria. This means you can be assured that I am authorised to operate in the areas I photograph. My activities have been deemed safe, risk assessed and environmentally sustainable and I meet the government requirements to be insured.
A portion of your session fee is returned to Parks Victoria to assist with the ongoing maintenance and preservation of these precious public spaces.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
"You captured it perfectly - it's everything I wanted to be captured and I can look back and remember that exact feeling and time."
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Belgrave-Gembrook Road, Menzies Creek
Photographing across the Dandenongs, Yarra Ranges, and southern Yarra Valley
Phone: 0407 686 277