twinkle toes

JBP_SaheedFamily_11Sometimes it’s not about smiles and it’s not about giggles and laughter. It’s just about their twinkly little toes.

I loved meeting little Elliot, with his beautiful soulful eyes & perfect tiny fingers. Having the opportunity to work with awesome families and their bundles of joy is the best feeling ever – Mike


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Christening Albums versus Disk or Digital Only

My first born was up to her usual shenanigans at bath time, first call, second call – nada. As most parents know, when your three year old disappears and (especially) when she goes quiet – she’s up to mischief.

(Our other new game is to hide & wait for Dad to find us too)

So I quietly walked past the bedrooms peaking in to see if I could see any giggling toes hiding under beds or ajar wardrobes. I was way more surprised and happy with what I did find.

There was Aly, sitting quietly flipping through mumma’s photo album of her overseas travels. Looking at each photograph page by page, talking her time and gently turning the pages, with the occasional pause and deeper look at a particular photo that would catch her eye.

When Aly looked up, she saw me standing there watching her flip through this (what looked like) massive photo album sitting on her lap. Summoning me over, we sat together looking through these 20 year old images and I answered her questions about the places and people she had been looking at and enjoying.


The awesome part of this that really strikes a chord with me – Aly wasn’t flipping through her iPad looking at 100’s of random digital images and skimming. She was ‘reading’ the visual story of this physical photo album. Taking her time, enjoying the tactile experience of a photo album.

I have daily requests for ‘Digital Only’, ‘Just the Disk’, ‘Images on CD or USB’ from prospective clients as they’ll make their own album themselves.

This almost never happens unfortunately. (I have a few clients who are super awesome and creative and love building family books and albums!)

I don’t think I can count the number of times I hear families say “oh we have the disk somewhere” or “the computer crashed and we lost the images”, or “we tried making an album and it was just too hard”.

I don’t often look at my wedding album but I do on a regular basis, look through my children’s portraits hanging on my walls & through the books I have created for them because their value isn’t in the day they are created – its weeks, months and years later when during our busy lives we stop and look through albums of our children, marvelling how fast time has flow past.

Even my old wedding album, it’s not for me and my wife – that album is for my children.

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he was only two weeks old..

When my little man Lukas arrived, I wanted to create something for my wife to hand predominantly in our home. A feature piece to celebrate the arrival of my son.

I had been wanting to create some new born wall art but having not worked with ‘freshies’ previously. I thought it was quite appropriate that my first new born portrait session would be my own child.

New Born Photography (Jelly Bean Photography) So this is how Lukas’ portrait came out. This framed print lovingly hangs in our home an is displayed for all our guests to see. I think for a first attempt I’m pretty chuffed.

Now new born portraiture is not a service Jelly Bean Photography is currently offering, however if you would like a beautiful new born portrait of your little one in your home get in touch (just click on  Contact in the menu). This style of portrait is really only designed for babies from a few days old to about two weeks old. So if it’s something you’re thinking of – get in touch before your little one arrives.