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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

An Open Letter to All the Mamas

I know you’ve been thinking about having family portraits taken.

I know you’ve put it off time and time again - just until you lose those last pesky 5 kilos (until those 5kgs somehow become 10 to lose..)

I know you want your family portraits to be perfect - they’ll be hanging on your walls for the whole world to see after all.

I know that when you look at the photos I’ve taken, all you will see are the lumps and the bumps and the lines around your eyes (when did they even appear?)

I know, I know, I know - I’m guilty of being you too.

But can I tell you something?

You will never get this time back.

Your kids will never be this little again. (this applies to your 17 year old just as much as it does to your newborn)

That thing your two year old does that fills your heart with joy, you’ll never know when they’ll do that for the last time, you might not even realise when it happens.

Your 16 year old has a world of opportunities in front of them, it won’t be long before they move out of home, maybe across the country or even the world, and you’ll be missing a time when you would curse them for leaving their wet towel on the floor.

Can I ask you something?

The last time you looked at a photograph of your own mother, your own grandmother, did you think to yourself “gosh Mum looks fat in that photo” or “geez Nan looks old”? Or did you look at those photos and think about how amazing these women are. About how they shaped you into the bright, smart, funny, loving human that you are today?

Do you think your kids look at photos of you and think about those 5kgs, or do they think about how it feels when you scoop them up in the biggest tightest hug that only a mum can give?

In 20, 30, 40, even 50 years time, maybe after you’re gone, and all your kids have of you are these photos, do you think they’ll care about your wrinkles? or will they think about the lifetime of smiles.

Do you know what I see when I photograph you?

I see how much you love your kids, and how much your kids love you.

I see the connection between you and your partner, those sideways looks and those inside jokes.

I see the heart and soul of your family.

I don’t see the lumps, the bumps, the lines.

I see you. I see your family in all it’s beautiful glory.

And that’s what I photograph.

So please don’t wait.

Your kids won’t stop growing because you want to lose 5kgs.

Be here, in the now and photograph your beautiful family as it is.

Because I promise you, you’ll never regret 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

Photographs in your Home

It has long been acknowledged that family photos on display in a home help boost a childs sense of idenity and create a sense of belonging.

Each time they walk by a family photograph, which is countless times a day a message is sent

You my dear child, are important.

You matter

You have a special place in the world.

You are a part of this thing called family and we love you.

Family portraits are important. There is no doubt in my mind about this. But sometimes it’s not possible to hang a big family portrait in the living room.

Our family takes family portraits EVERY. SINGLE. YEAR. and we also take individual portraits of my sister and myself (we call them our Wall Photos) and every year the current photo goes up on the wall outside our old bedrooms.

It’s a way for us to claim this space as our own, even though neither of us have lived at home for 10 years and the bedrooms have since been repurposed.

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I also understand that some people may not have the ability to hang images on their walls, whether its because you have a beautiful house with a million windows or you’re renting and aren’t allowed to put holes in the wall, there are still options for your family portraits, so don’t let that stop you from having your family photographed. The space you’re living may change, but you’ll never get the chance to capture your family as it is right now again.

I should also mention that we keep your images forever. So while wall art may not be an option for your home right now, in 2 years (or 5, or 10 years) it might be, and we’ll still have your images for you to choose from. - We recently pulled images out of the archive for a client Dad photographed 20 years ago, her husband had passed away and she wanted to make a book commemorating his life. Not only did we still have the images, we were able to find them (which I think is the real miracle!)

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Wanna check out the different products that are available? (including wall art?) or maybe book an appointment to discuss a portrait session for your own family

Barnett Family

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

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

 

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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.

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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!

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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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Thank you!!

I can’t believe the positive response I had from this new website! It’s been overwhelming!!  

And I’ve already met with some beautiful families about doing some portraits which I am so so excited about and can’t wait to get stuck into!! 

until then have a picture of the cutest light I bought the other day! I can’t wait to use it in something creative!

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