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Rachael and Lucas

Rachel and Lucas are so wonderful, they were one of the first couples I spoke to when I started on this project, and just like the Griffins, I knew that they had experienced loss and miscarriages, but I had no idea of the extent.

I’m realising a have no idea about a lot of things when it comes to fertility treatments. I had no idea what a blighted ovum was (it’s a pregnancy where a sac and plecenta grow, but a baby does not.) I’ve been on a pretty steep learning curve, speaking with these families about cycles, and IVF, PCOS, IUI, OI… there’s so many different routes which can be taken, but the overwhelming common thread I have found within every single family I’ve spoken to has been the courage they all possess.

They get up and keep on keeping on, even when it’s tough, or they have bad news. This applies to Rachael and Lucas, after 3 miscarriages they still face each day with bravery.

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Is your Family Complete?

No... only fur children so far.

(but aren’t they gorgeous?!)

How did your journey begin?

I was diagnosed at age 11 with PCOS, Endometriosis and 1 ovary. I was told not to put hope even in IVF working.

In 2015 I fell pregnant but it turned out to be a blighted ovum.

In 2016 I fell pregnant again, but the heartbeat was to slow and weak and then stopped a week after seeing it.

After this Lucas and I got every test under the sun done to figure out why but everything came back within normal range. no answers.

In 2018 I had a chemical pregnancy, found out on my birthday and lost it over the mothers day weekend.

After this we saw a pattern and tried some new meds to help but have yet to fall pregnant again yet. 

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What is happening in your life right now?

We met with Tas Ivf at the end of May to get the ball rolling on IUI before going to IVF

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What is in the future for your family?

Hopefully IUI will work otherwise we will start doing IVF in Hobart.

Even if I fall pregnant and it sticks it's going to be a high risk pregnancy with high chances of a premature birth.

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I’m currently photographing families who have in the past, or are currently going through fertility treatments. click on the link below to learn more about the project and to have your family be a part of it

The Griffin Family

I was lucky enough to photograph Caitlin, Andrew, Sofia and Avery at Hollybank Forest. It was a place I’ve been wanting to photograph a family for awhile and when Caitlin came to me and suggested it for their family portraits I was so excited to head out there.

I’ve known the Griffins for a few years now, we met through mutual friends, and my Dad actually photographed Caitlin and Andrew before they were married. So I had known of their fertility struggles, but it wasn’t until I photographed their family that I learnt the full extent of what they went through.

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Is your Family Complete?

I’m super blessed to have 2 beautiful healthy daughters, Sofia who is almost 4 and Avery is 17 months old. 

Avery was the completing piece of our family! 

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How did your journey begin?

Almost 5 months into our marriage we experienced our first miscarriage - we hoped and prayed it would be the only one we would experience but unfortunately it wasn't. 

2 months later we fell pregnant again instead of excitement it was a time of fear and worry as the day we found out I had been experiencing excruciating pain for 3 days. The diagnosis was bleak, an ectopic pregnancy was not the news we wanted and I spent 2 long weeks in hospital awaiting surgery but on the day of surgery we recieved a miracle and our precious baby was right where she should be. What followed this miracle was 9 long months of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, countless hospital trips (in the end every second day I was in receiving  intravenous fluids and medication) 7 hours of induced labour and our first child Sofia Mae was here! 

We started trying for a second child 6 weeks after Sofia was born. 

6 months passed nothing. 

12 months passed nothing. 

13 months passed a miscarriage. 

14 months passed another miscarriage. 

16 months passed when I found out I was  3 weeks pregnant. I was terrified, I desperately didn't want to go through another loss but this much wanted baby was not to be and at 10 weeks I started bleeding, 3 days later a surgery was needed. 

It was devestating. 

We started fertility drugs a month later  when that failed after a few rounds we decided to have a break.

A month later and shortly before Sofia's second birthday we found out I was pregnant again and instead of fear or dread all I felt was sick, fast forward another horrendous 9 months of Hyperemesis Gravidarum and a 55 minute labour our sweet baby Avery was born. Perfect. Healthy. HERE.

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What is happening in your life right now?

Sofia is about to turn 4, she goes to early learning and is as sharp as a tack.

 Avery will be 2 at the end of the year, she has inherited her mother's attitude and definitely my craziness. 

Last year I experienced a massive health scare and I seriously mean MASSIVE. 

I am currently studying and Andrew is smashing goals at his workplace. 

What is in the future for your family?

Hopefully some pretty amazing doors to be opened!  (top secret) 

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For the month of May I’ll be photographing families who have in the past, or are currently going through fertility treatments. click on the link below to learn more about the project and to have your family be a part of it

Tegan & Daniel

Tegan and Daniel have been my best friends for almost 20 years now and I have photographed them and their 3 dogs numerous times over the past two decades, (including the cutest doggy calendar you’ll ever see)

They’re one of the reasons I wanted to start this project.

Each family I photographed I asked a series of questions. I wanted to find a way to raise awareness, to show those who may be silently struggling to conceive that you are not alone, and that this fight can be fought in so many different ways and to give a brief glimpse into each families journey of infertility, where it began and what is in store for their future.


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Is your family complete?

Not yet! Daniel and I want one beautiful child to make our family complete! We’ve always felt that we’re going to have a daughter so we tend to talk about her like it’s a sure thing. We’d be completed with a healthy happy baby of either gender though! I wanted to be a mum by 25 but with my 29th birthday nearing the goal has changed to be a mum before I’m 30!

How did your journey begin?

Our journey began a couple of months after we came home from our honeymoon. I was so sick and many doctors appointments and months later a laparoscopic surgery uncovered that I had become ill as coming off the contraceptive pill before the wedding with hopes to start our family quickly, had caused the Endometriosis I didn’t know was there to become active and spread. We kept trying to have a baby for a few years until my health had to come first and the decision was made to delay Daniels dream of being a stay at home dad. We started the process of trying to conceive again in early 2018.

what is happening in your life right now?

Right now I am just starting my second IVF cycle as we only had 1 embryo from cycle 1 that didn’t stick we need to start from the beginning in hopes for more embryos and the ability to complete frozen cycles in the future.

What’s in the future for your family?

We will continue to pray that IVF will help us grow our family and have plans to continue until we financially cannot any more. IVF has caused ongoing illness for me and my endometriosis so there may come a time when we need to decide health wise that I cannot continue any more but we’ll think about that when we need to.

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For the month of May I’ll be photographing families who have in the past, or are currently going through fertility treatments. click on the link below to learn more about the project and to have your family be a part of it

My Favourite Locations for Family Photoshoots in Launceston

Whenever a client comes into the studio for a pre shoot consultation, one of the things we talk about is the location. It’s always something which often stumps people so i thought I would put together a list of my favourite locations for family photoshoots in Launceston!!

The Cataract Gorge

The Gorge is a family favourite of so many local families. I prefer to shoot on the Trevallyn side of the Gorge opposed to the West Launceston side as there are is a wider range of spots suitable for portraits. (even the car park has some magical backdrops for your family portraits!)

Launceston’s City Park

The City Park is a great Family friendly spot for kids big and small. The big trees are great to sit under, climb on, or in Autumn they drop enough leaves to make a giant pile to play in!

Hardwicke Street Reserve

This hidden gem is a great spot if you want to include your furry friends in your photoshoot. The dog park has a great bush feel to it, and there’s lots of opportunity for photographing in the late afternoon light (West Launceston always has the best afternoon sun!)

Arbour Park in West Launceston

I consider Arbour Park my outdoor studio! It’s just up the hill from the studio, is dog friendly, but not super well known, so your pupper isn’t so distracted by other people. and the views overlooking the city are just a bonus!

Your House!

Sometimes the best background to your photos is your own home. It’s easy, especially if you have little ones, it’s their happy place and where they feel most comfortable. Plus I love seeing all their favourite toys!

A quick list of places which I am so excited to photograph at in the coming few weeks

  • Hollybank Forrest

  • Tamar Island Wetlands

  • Punchbowl Reserve

  • Hoblers Bridge Reserve

  • Royal Park

  • Duck Reach Power Station

I’m sure there are a million other places in Launceston and it’s surrounding suburbs to take family portraits, so let me know your favourites! I’d love to add to the list! Plus if you’ve got a great idea and want me to photograph YOUR family there, then get in touch!

Barnett Family

I photographed Sam, Adam, Lachlan and Connor at the Cataract Gorge! so much fun, so many giggles!

Ava, Aria & Bailey

Little Chatter boxes Aria and Ava were such a delight to photograph. They were adorable, cheeky and warmed to me instantly!

Bailey was just over 3 months old at the time of our shoot and was such a trooper! full of smiles and giggles! Such a great age to photograph!

Kate, Shane & Arnold

I was lucky enough to get to meet and photograph Arnold a couple weeks ago (along with his humans Kate and Shane!)

He is honestly the easiest dog I've ever photographed! he sat, and stayed and looked at the camera, and I think he even felt a bit left out when it was time to photograph Kate and Shane without him!

No treats or toys were needed for this shoot (I ALWAYS pack some when dogs are involved!) and we even managed to get some images of Myer the cat too! Although it was a bit much to ask both animals in the same room at the same time!

 

Check out some of the beautiful images which Kate and Shane ended up with below!

Mowat Family

During the school holidays, just before the weather got too cold I ventured out with Rachel, Fizz, Harry and Charlotte to the Cataract Gorge for some family portraits.

Harry and Charlotte were the most adorable, sweet children who were full of giggles! They were cheeky and definitely didn't want to snuggle each other! (but we got it out of them with a bribe or two ;) )

One thing I was certain of, was the sheer amount of love this family has for each other, and it shows through the images I was able to take during our session.

After their viewing session Rachel and Fizz ended up with this beautiful framed collection for their home, I can't wait to see it up on the wall!

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