Lifestyle Family Photogaphy

Brisbane Lifestyle Family Photography: Alyssa’s first birthday

I always love to photograph little kids – it’s super challenging but also hard to walk away without some great shots. Kids are just cute.

But, this particular shoot was extra special for me. Nearly three years ago, I did the hen’s party photography for this beautiful mum’s hen’s bash on the Gold Coast. Again, hard to go wrong when the hen’s party consisted of thirteen absolutely stunning Russian women. I didn’t understand a word that anyone said, but it’s impossible not to feel the joy and excitement of sisterhood on the brink of a young woman’s wedding.

So naturally I was absolutely thrilled when the bride from that party, Anastasia, contacted me. She requested I undertake some lifestyle family photography for her daughter’s first birthday at their beautiful home on the Gold Coast. Although people don’t necessarily notice me so much at events, by the time I have spent two hours photographing your hen’s party and then many more hours looking at your face while I edit the photos, I really feel like I know you. The prospect of seeing how Anastasia had grown and matured, and meeting her husband and daughter was very pleasing, and pleased I was. Anastasia was still, of course, beautiful. Her little girl Alyssa was absolutely perfect. Husband and home both lovely.

To top it off, two of the other young women from the hens party were also there with their adorable little girls. It really was a lovely family photography session. Yes, you need patience to photograph little kids. Especially three of them. But the results are worth it.

If you’re looking for a Brisbane Lifestyle Family Photographer, or family photography on the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

One-year old Alyssa captured on her first birthday by lifestyle family photographer Larissa, of Lara Lane Photography

Gorgeous Alyssa on her first birthday


Toddler Milana posing for the camera

Adorable Milana, helping Alyssa celebrate her birthday

Toddler Marcia contemplates the photographer

Beautiful, thoughtful Marcia

Toddler Milana appeals to her mum, crying, as friend Alyssa steals her toy.

Lifestyle family photography isn’t only about the smiles…

Mum Anastasialooks lovingly at her one-year old daughter Alyssa

Alyssa with her stunning mama, Anastasia, whose hens party I photographed a few years ago

The mums hold their little girls

The other little girls with their mamas

Toddler Alyssa chews her colourful ball toys.

Just chillin’. One-year-old style.

Toddler Alyssa, with princess attitude.

Like one year-old royalty

A balloon partially obscures both Marcia's and her mama's face

I love love love this image, with both toddler Marcia’s and her mama’s face obscured by the balloon.

A selection of images from Anastasia's hens party photography, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

A couple of highlights from Anastasia’s hens party photography, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

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Lifestyle family photography: beautiful images worthy of the memory of your kids.


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The Colemans at home: a lifestyle family photography sitting

It’s true what they say – babies change and grow so quickly!

I have to admit that I was nervous going in to this family photography session! Mum Leigh contacted me having been given my name by a family photographer friend of mine, the lovely Lan Shepherd. Lan photographed Leigh’s daughter Willow as an infant and Leigh was looking for family photos with the latest addition to her family, Flynn, now nine months. Lan’s images are so different in style to my lifestyle family photography I was definitely worried! Leigh assured me that she had looked at my website and loved my style so we booked the date.

Lifestyle family photography - infant in his cot

I love to capture people in their own environment – in this case, in the cot!

Once I arrived at the Coleman house, my nervousness all disappeared. The family was lovely, and to be welcomed into a client’s home is always a privilege.

I love the juxtaposition in demeanor of brother and sister in this image.

For both lifestyle family photography and portrait family photography, I love to do at least part of the sitting in the home. People’s homes are an extension of who they are, so that really helps personalities to shine through. People are also more comfortable and relaxed, and given that most of us don’t love being in front of the camera (me included!), being in your own environment really helps.  A part of me thinks “especially children” but really, it’s probably more “especially adults”.

Lifestyle family photography - a kiss for mummy

An image that this mum will treasure.

Willow and Flynn both were wonderful in front of the camera.  Willow was so expressive and her personality just shone through. Flynn is surely the only nine-month-old I’ve ever photographed who consistently looked at the camera when I said his name. A photographer’s dream!

Lifestyle family photography - little girl

Can’t go past those beautiful eyes.

We split the session between different rooms in the house and finished up with some images outside in the afternoon sun. The differences in lighting conditions in the different rooms, the backyard and then a natural wooded area nearby allowed me to get lots of variety in the shots. This not only makes my job as a family photographer really fun, it also allowed me to deliver lots of different shots to the family.

I love that peek of daddy’s hand in this image – there’s something so steadying and reassuring in that

Family resemblance…

*I wanted to share with you some of the feedback from Leigh from this shoot. “Love, love, love! They are all amazing Larissa! You are making my job very hard to choose which one to print and frame for the wall. Thanks again for all your work, you have done a fantastic job and I would highly recommend you to others.”

Thanks, Leigh! Artists need (crave?) positive feedback and I feel touched that my clients take the time to thank me. All I ever wanted was happy clients!


A Daddy’s love

For more images from this family photography sitting and other family lifestyle photography sessions, have a look at my portfolio.

To book your own family portrait or lifestyle photography sitting, head over to my contact page.

Willow in the garden

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