“Finding the beauty in everyday moments is really just a matter of taking the time to slow down, stop and appreciate the wonder of the world around us”.

 

The last little while has been crazy busy for myself and my family. Nothing major, just the busyness of daily life: kids parties, dental appointments, travelling for work, an operation for our beloved puppy, kindy prep, getting the kids in the car, getting the kids out of the car, laundry, laundry, laundry and so it goes on. Like I said, nothing incredibly big or exciting, but nevertheless overwhelmingly draining.

Lately I’ve felt my to-do list grow ever and ever longer to the point where there’s no room left – for anything. And if I happen to inadvertently have a chance to stop even for a minute, I immediately think there’s something wrong, that there must be something on my to-do list that needs doing. An inner panic sets in as I can’t decide whether I’m stressed about all the things I should be doing or I’m stressed because I can’t seem to enjoy relaxing anyway even if I did have the time. Either way, I’m feeling guilty.

And then a miracle happened this past weekend. For the first time in a really long time, we had no plans. No appointments, no schedule, no rushing to get somewhere, nowhere to be. AND IT WAS GLORIOUS.

I went for a walk with the kids to our local beach (Ettalong Beach is hands down one the best kid-friendly beaches on the Coast), bringing the bare minimum with me. We stopped on the way to look at the flowers (and dead insects). We noticed the baby ducklings that lived down the end of the street, the construction work a few doors down, the different cars that went past as we crossed the road. When we finally got to the beach, I handed the kids a bucket and spade each and they were off – making sandcastles, putting their toes in the water, jumping off the sand dunes.

I’d forgotten how much fun can be had when we let ourselves slow down, even for a moment, and allow our lives to be unscheduled. It’s true, it’s amazing how much joy can be had on own doorsteps when we allow ourselves the opportunity to slow down, relax and explore our natural environment.

And to heck with the laundry, it can wait.

Central Coast Family Photographer

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We recently embarked on a much needed family holiday to the Whitsundays, at a time when the winter blues were just starting to kick in and we desperately needed some sunshine (surely this has been the coldest winter yet on the Central Coast!). And boy did Hamilton Island deliver! Glorious days were spent exploring the beach and well, just relaxing and having fun.

Interested in booking an un-posed, family lifestyle photography session? Contact me here :).

I am also delighted to participate in a blog circle this month with some amazingly talented Australian photographers. Head on over to see the most wonderful lifestyle newborn session by the extremely talented Tenielle Murray, a Melbourne Newborn Photographer – her work is simply stunning and I just adored this session with little Baby Jude (and see if you can spot Otis, the family’s golden retriever who also stole some of the limelight!).

 

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I have such wonderful memories of visiting the rock pools at Pearl Beach as a child. Every summer we would drive up from the country to visit our Grandma and spend our summer holidays by the beach. It was such a glorious time and I’ve been wanting to take my own kids there ever since they were little. We finally got a chance this past weekend.

I like to think this is the start of us creating our own family memories visiting those same rock pools.

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In this digital age where everyone has a camera on their smartphone and we are all snapping away taking tons of photos, you may be wondering if there really is a need to hire a professional photographer? Or you may have had a previous experience of professional photography where you all had to sit still, pose and smile at the camera for an excruciating amount of time, all the while silently praying that little Johnny would cooperate and not throw one of his epic tantrums – not fun.

Let’s face it, anyone can snap a cheesy photo on their phone of their kids looking at the camera with forced smiles. But who wants posed, cheesy photos that will soon be forgotten and do not reflect who you really are?

This is where my style of photography comes in – ‘lifestyle’ photography. Lifestyle photography aims to capture real emotional connections, those candid magical ‘in-between’ moments that tell a story about who you are. You don’t have to worry about being forced into awkward poses and holding that smile. You just have to be you. And the best thing is that not only will you come away with the most beautiful photos capturing your candid moments together, unlike snaps on your camera phone, these photos will have been professionally edited and delivered at the highest quality meaning you can print them as large as you like or even have them made into a gorgeous photo album. Printing your photos on archival quality paper means they will be preserved for generations to come, unlike photos sitting on your computer.

 

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AINSLEY MARTLEW | FAMILY & NEWBORN LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER

CENTRAL COAST NSW, AUSTRALIA

0433 712 410 | info@ainsleymartlewphotography.com

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