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Family Portrait Photography

Lesley O'Donnell - Monday, October 05, 2015

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I am one lucky portrait photographer. I have great clients who share wonderful experiences with me as I go about photographing them!


I have known many of them for a decade or two and have had the privilege of watching their families grow up and see the children mature from newborn babies into teenagers and young adults. It is very rewarding for me to share in this and provide families with a unique pictorial history of their families.


I love it when I walk into their homes and see a gallery of photos representing my interpretations of their ever-changing family life. This family is one of those special ones.


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Ruby, their oldest, is only 10 but it means I have photographed her and her brothers Patrick, Lewis and Timothy several times now since she was born. Each time we share a little more and our relationship strengthens. I love that!

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Elissa chose me to begin photographing each of her four children when they were six months old. She was always in some of the photos but her husband Simon never was. So this time round we decided it was time for the complete family to be photographed; pets and all. (Read what Elissa had to say about her photography)

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What a wonderful day we shared at their country property! I intended to be there for perhaps the entire morning. However, after being invited to stay for a tasty home cooked lunch under their signature golden elm tree, I was seduced into staying on for quite some time longer, taking photos of the kids as they played during the afternoon. 


(Click here to read another story about these kids and their cousins).

Such great company, a stunning location in which to photograph and wonderful hosts who were simply fun to spend the day with. A great day in the country that will certainly remain memorable for me.

If you would like photos of your own family please contact me so we can have a chat about what would be special to you.




Carefree Cousins

Lesley O'Donnell - Wednesday, September 30, 2015
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What a joy it was to photograph the active young members of these two families.

With ample space to run with abandon, races to ride on their bikes, horses to jump and care for, trees to climb, dogs and cats to cuddle, balls to kick or throw back and forth, nooks and crannies to explore, huts to be built, jokes and quieter moments to share with each other, these kids had so much fun while I was taking their photos. This is what weekends spent at their country property regularly bring to these city cousins.

Playing imaginatively outside until sundown falls or mealtimes beckon brought freedom, fun and squeals of abandoned laughter (and possibly the odd conflict). Observing the carefree abandonment of these kids as they played took me right back to my own childhood and the fabulous memories of times shared with my own cousins.

Photographing these seven young characters in their own adventure playground was such a hoot and I loved every moment I was with them.

The company of close cousins is a bond to treasure and one that stays with you throughout your whole life. 


If your kids have this kind of connection with the children of your brothers and sisters, you just might want to engage me to capture the magic in your family. They will love you for it when they are all grown up.