Category Archives: kids

BFF sessions {a call for models}

From your side of the firewall, it might look like things have been pretty quiet here at vividity. Well…. I must admit, I have been enjoying a slightly slower pace in my ‘baby’ boy’s last year before school. It hasn’t all been paper aeroplanes and lego, though! I’ve been beavering away on behind the scenes kind of stuff, getting ready for things to take off in my Sydney-based portrait photography business once my boy is settled into school next year.

One thing I have done is revamp my product range. I’ve improved and simplified, making things much better, tighter, more cohesive. One new “product” I’m considering is a “bestie session”, and I’d love some feedback on it. To that end, I’m calling for models. Here’s what I’ve got in mind:

BFF Session:

  • up to 4 friends for a photo session where we would get group photos and individual portraits
  • 20 gift prints to share between you
  • 8 mini concertina albums (all the same design). That’s two for each of you, one to keep and one to give away to your grandparents, your boy/girlfriend, your mum…. whoever you like, really.
  • 20% off any additional purchases.

That’s over $1800 value, but I would only charge $1000…. so across four of you, that’s only $250 each! And for the first group of BFFs to book in, I’ll do it for half that again ($500), only $125 each assuming there are four of you. Now there’s a bargain!

It’s first come first served, so phone your friends, and then one of you phone me lickety-split to organise your session. (Click “contact me” at the top of the blog for my phone number.)

These sessions suit BFFs of any age. You might be as young and gorgeous as these guys:

Or as grown up and beautiful as these:

Or you might be in your retirement!

And…. a little treat for those of you who have read this far…. I’ll let you in on why I think a bestie session is a good idea: Here’s one of the best photos I have of me and my three best friends together. I’m the one second from the left, with baby number two almost ready to be born.

Not the best image, is it? Wish I could do it over with a professional!

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A recent family session

You might have noticed I’ve been MIA. That’s “missing in action”, folks. It’s been crazy here, and will be for a little bit longer yet…. so if you’re talking to me and I start trying to photoshop spots off your face, or retouch a crumb from the corner of your mouth, would you please give me a swift slap and tell me to stop?

Thank you.

Still, there’s some fun to be had…. like the fun I had with this little guy.  How could you not? Look at that face!

His mum and dad were great fun, too. The kind of people I love to just hang out with: relaxed, easy-going, and up for a good chat. I hope you like this sneak peek, guys.

Can’t wait for you to come and see your whole gallery.

love,

Jen.

PS: Gotta gets me a new blog…. watch this space in the new year….

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I hate it, I hate it, I HATE Halloween!

….and yet I succumb each year now. The nagging. The peer pressure. They have won.

Here are the kiddos this year: Black cat and Vampire. (“What’s a vampire, Mummy?” “Something quick and easy to pull together, my son! Something quick and easy.”)

And I discovered I can paint faces. Who knew?

PS: To my pleasant surprise, Halloween was whisper quiet around here this year. The only trick-or-treaters we had were the kids from next door, unlike the last few years where we’ve had so many kids (and some of them way too old to be trick or treating in my opinion) that we’ve all but run out of treats. I’m not a party-pooper, though. Really, I’m not.

PPS: For a softer view of how Halloween has come to be part of our lives now, take a trip to this post on Tummy Mountain’s blog. I think I’m just a cranky pants!

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Millie’s people | Sydney child and family portrait photographer

Millie’s peeps, at last.

Thanks Millie for letting me have such a great time with your people!

I only have two (yep, just TWO) more portrait sessions available this year, so click here if you’d like to make a booking!

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All grown up! | Sydney child and family portrait photographer

This gorgeous boy was about one year old when I last photographed him. Things have sure changed since then! Back then he was just toddling around (and I was shooting film!). And now look at him: Master Lego builder extraordinaire!

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Hornsby

Things have changed in other ways, too. He has a little sister!

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Hornsby

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Hornsby

And they’re about to change again…

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Horns

maternity and family portraits by vividity Jennifer Taylor, Sydney/Horns

I’m looking forward to meeting your new little brother or sister! See you in a few short weeks! Love, “Jentographer”

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Cute little cubeo

Two of these arrived in the post yesterday for my kids. They come from a little business in Western Australia called Organise Easy. I bought them as a kind of back to school treat. Can’t remember how I found out about them, but something about them came across my ‘virtual desk’ a while back. Probably from someone’s blog somewhere. So, thank you Someone, whoever you are!

These little cuties are great! You customise them for each day of the week with the re-usable stickers,

 

…put them on your child’s bag and — hey presto! — getting ready for school in the morning is suddenly fun!

Miss Vividity got ready for school in record time today. Let’s see if this cute little organisation tool means she gets ready for school on time every day. (Am I chasing a pipe dream?)

love, Jen.

Oh. P.S.: All images in this post are from Organise Easy, and are used with permission.

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a pact with Kara – {vividity, Sydney portrait photographer}

I’ve made a pact.  With Kara Elmore. Those of you who know me well, know that I don’t make promises lightly, and once made, I do my best to keep them. Well, Kara, here you go! My boy:

We both noticed that we tend to photograph our girls more than our boys. And Kara’s boy is nine. Already. And nine’s not little anymore. My boy’s only 3. “Nearly four!” I can hear him call out in his sleep as I type. And three, nearly four, is not nearly so little as he used to be. And so we decided we both need to photograph our boys more. And Kara sent me an email that said “This weekend?” And I sent her an email that said “You’re on!” And so, here he is. My boy.

And “Lightaqueen”.

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