launceston photographer

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.

335 Griffin 18 copy.jpg

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! 

037 Griffin 18 copy.jpg

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.

182 Griffin 18 copy.jpg


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) 

482 Griffin 18 copy.jpg

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.


446 Hawes 19 web.jpg

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.

561 Hawes 19 web.jpg

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

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!

New Logo, New branding!

It's no secret that as well as my little photography business I also work for my Dad's company, Philip Kuruvita Photography.

I've been working along side my parents for 2 years now, with the intention that one day we would combine the two brands and I would eventually take over his empire.

While that hasn't happened yet (trust me, I can't get rid of him that easily!!) we have taken steps towards combining the brands. The first of that was a new logo! I'm still working as Images by Samantha Kuruvita, although now it's under the banner of Kuruvita Photography

 

SK logo 2018 A.png

Nothing else has changed, just the logo (the name has barely changed!) but I'm looking forward to being able to work more closely in the Kuruvita Photography brand!

So go have a look at Dad's website, they've been doing this WAYYYYY longer than I have (since I was born actually) and I feel very lucky that I get to learn from one of the best.

www.kuruvita.com.au

Shaw Family

Sally has been a client (and friend!) of mine for years, I photographed her youngest, Eli, when he was a newborn and when she asked me to photograph Sienna and Eli in the autumn leaves on their farm, I couldn't resist!

Unfortunately a storm the days prior to our shoot blew the piles and piles of leaves away, but we still had a beautiful day, and photographing Sienna and Eli under the big old tree on her dad's old chair was important to Sally, as her Dad sadly passed away last year.

Sally ended up with a stunning icemount, and an album which I loved so much I decided to make a second copy as a studio sample!

IMG_1794.jpg

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!

IMG_1703.jpg