Just for Mum this Mother’s Day

As a busy mum myself, I feel those days where you are just run ragged and there’s not much time to stop and take in what’s important around us! So this year I decided to have a special Mother’s Day offer, just to give us mother’s a little reminder of why everything is all worth it. I know I also need to book myself in for some photos with my own kids!!

So if this something that you’d love to do with your children but have never found “the time” well now is your chance! If you’ve come across this post, give hubby or your partner a little nudge by sending it to them!

Your $149 session includes:
5 high resolution digital images (via download)
8×10” professional print of your favourite photo.

Session dates are Friday 26th April and Sunday 28th April at The Eternal Second Photography Studio, 2a Lambourn Rd, Watsonia. Only 6 sessions available on each day, be quick to book!!

Go to www.trybooking.com/BCCFT

Please share with special ladies in your life who would love a photography session for Mother’s Day!

Lauren x

New Beginnings

The truth be told I’m not into this whole blogging thing! Some schools of thought is that ‘you must blog for SEO’, others ‘I don’t have time’…. and it’s just a bit daunting actually! The pressure of “what do I write?”, “who want’s to read about what I think anyway?”…. However, I do want to tell you all about what’s been happening with The Eternal Second Photography!

In April 2018, with the powers of the universe on my side, I secured an office space to turn into my studio…. yay I’ve finally moved out of home, haha!  It’s located in the Watsonia Shopping Village and I have to say it’s a busy little spot here!  I think for a period it was quite hard with leasing out shop spaces but over the last few months I’ve noticed more businesses moving into the area which is fantastic!

The studio is my safe little haven.  I have all my gorgeous dresses and clothes hanging up for my kids sessions and all my newborn props, wraps, blankets, stuffers and most important my baby shh’er!!  I has such a relaxed cosy feel and I just LOVE IT!!  So please pop by and say hi! I’m here most days, mainly between school hours.  It’s been the best move and I can already see my quality of work improving each day.

Lot’s is happening in the background too.  I will be offering some great artwork options and albums that I previously haven’t.  Also, we are now on board with PayRight which is an interest free payment plan you can use to pay off your photographs to make life a bit easier.  We are also onboard with GiftRegistry.com, this is a super easy way to share your own personalised link through an app where friends/family/work colleagues can donate “gifts” money towards the cost of your session and printed photographs.  This is perfect if a friend heading on maternity leave (instead of collecting cash around the office people just go online) or if you have all your baby bits and pieces and would love a newborn session then your family can contribute towards that as your gift.

I look forward to continually showing more galleries of my clients memories, it’s going to be an exciting time ahead!

Lauren xx

 

Kate’s Maternity Session

What an amazing time we had shooting Kate’s maternity session.  A lot of planning had gone into this session to make it just right.  Kate brought her sister-in-law Anita with her to do her make-up and help look after 3-year-old Zachary (while mummy was busy).  Anita did an amazing job with Kate’s natural style makeup, it was exactly what I was after for the shoot.  Thank you to Anita for all your input, I hope one day in the future we can work together again with more clients.

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So with Kate’s makeup all done, we were all set to get started with some photos with her 3-year-old son Zachary!  Working with this age group means there is a pretty short window of time to capture images.  Zachary was terrific and did a great job giving the babies many kisses.  These images will be a beautiful memory for Kate and Shaun to look back on, and for his future siblings to see just how grown up (or how little) their big brother was when they are born.

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We had the opportunity to have the session both inside the studio and outdoors which I absolutely love!  Mother nature put on an amazingly warm winter day for us with a little bit of breeze which was exactly what we needed to get that dress and hair flowing.

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After our session Kate mentioned in a message to me that she felt so beautiful during her session, that means the world to me and something that I plan to do more of…. making people feel terrific in a photograph!

It was fantastic for Kate to have the opportunity to get a little pampered and styled before the twins arrive and I’m thrilled she will have these photographs to look back on and be proud of herself and her pregnancy for carrying both babies so beautifully.

So not long to go now until the babies arrive, actually it could be any day now and I can’t wait until we get the babies in the studio for their session.

Best wishes to Kate and Shaun for when these two arrive!

Isla’s journery to turning One

Written by Danielle Gray, Isla’s mum

Isla’s Story

We found out antenatally that Isla had a ‘cyst’ in her chest that would possibly affect her after birth. Her first two months were stress free however she struggled to gain weight and developed bronchiolitis on numerous occasions requiring hospitalisation and feeding tubes. The aim was to ‘fatten her up’ for the next two months before surgery. It was discovered that the cyst was on the oesophagus and was pushing her heart and lung across to the right side of her body making breathing difficult. 

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Surgery occurred on 15th April 2015 at four months of age in the Royal Children’s Hospital. After 5 hours in surgery the cyst was successfully removed and Isla began her recovery. With some minor hiccups along the way, Isla came home a week later. Another few hospital admissions followed, however since 7 months of age Isla has been tube and hospital stay free! 

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For me photography is writing a story with imagery.  A sequence of images can paint a thousand words, show the feelings and feel the emotions.  We all have a story to tell, we all are given unique life lessons for whatever reason, it’s just a part of the journey and hopefully though through the chaos we find the meaning and become better people.  My heart goes out to any family that are tested to their limits and find their own strength to push through another day.

I first met Danielle through a mutual friend and we had a session together when Isla was a newborn.  I remember the session clearly, photographing Isla with her two older brothers Charlie and Ollie.  Charlie being the oldest had the important job of holding his baby sister like the protective big brother I’m sure he’ll be.  Ollie, well, he kept mum on her toes just trying to get him in position so I could take a few shots, the cheeky 3 year old he is! All the while little Isla slept, comforted by the noise of everyone.

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I didn’t know at this stage that in Isla’s tiny little body that she had the cyst, she was the perfect little baby girl for her newborn photo shoot.

In the months after our session I bumped into Danielle on a few occasions.  The first time I mentioned to Danielle that I noticed she was “child free” at the shops however that was when Isla was in hospital and had recently been through surgery.  As a mum too I felt very much for Danielle and her family. A few months later I ran into them again this time with Isla propped up in the shopping trolley it was good to see her happy and bright as button!

Isla may have had a rough start to life but for this little girl turning 1 definitely was something to celebrate!  I love that I can give the gift of special photographs.

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Isla has missed a few of her developmental milestone like crawling and walking that most babies reach in the first 12 months.  I was so amazed to see how quick this little girl bum-shuffles her way around the floor!  Her little spirit not holding her back by any means.

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To see the smile on her face, and fairy wings to boot, this is a happy ending story.

 

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Our lives can be turned upside down in an instant and having a beautiful portrait is about celebrating you and is important for every generation.  #existinphotos

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I wish Danielle, Leon, Charlie and Ollie all the best in celebrating their daughter and sister a happy first birthday xo

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“…nothing can dim the light that shines from within…”

HAPPY EASTER… hold your those special to you close and be safe over the holiday period xxx  Lauren

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Happy Easter Isla, look how far you’ve come over the last year, hope those bunny ears still fit xo