Australian/American Family Photoshoot in Melbourne

An Australian dad, an American mum. Two amazing little girls. I had the pleasure of photographing this beautiful family earlier this year. Isla just turned one, and is wearing a hand-me-down dress that her sister wore at the same age. Georgia is three and is definitely a city girl (we came across some bees and she was not excited about it). It was a beautiful day for sunflowers and spins in pretty dresses. Thanks so much for hanging out with me for an hour in the gardens!

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Buddha’s Day & Multicultural Festival | Melbourne

This past weekend, at Federation Square, the annual Buddha’s Day and Multicultural Festival took place. It celebrates Buddha’s birthday and promotes cultural awareness and inclusiveness. There were many interactive opportunities, including a tea ceremony and an art installation. It was really cool to see people learning about a culture they weren’t familiar with, and participating with open minds. The food was also very, very good!

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Bodhi Tree art installation

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A First Birthday Party | Melbourne Documentary Family Photography

My first documentary family session of 2018 was a birthday party! Sharee turned one year old, and her family threw her an intimate party in the backyard. The weather was perfect, and she loved her cake (made by her mum!). Her big sister had fun with bubbles and the trampoline. Next year they’ll be running around together!
So grateful this beautiful family let me share in their day!

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Day in the Life – The Stewart Family

What are the best souvenirs for grandparents who come visit from the other side of the world?
These grandparents decided a short day in the life session was the perfect way to document their time spent with their family. We went to the park, made pizzas, and spent quality time at home.

Here is a tiny sample of their four hour day in the life session in Hawthorn East.


The S Family – Day-in-the-Life Documentary Session

In addition to sharing a session that I am extremely proud of, I am making an announcement in this post. At the end of last year, my eyes were open to a type of photography that I didn’t know I could get in to, but have since realized is exactly where I need to be. Capturing unscripted, genuine moments is what I live for while shooting, and I am now focusing my whole business around this type of session! christina hardcastle photography will now be centered around documentary family and wedding photography, with a heavy emphasis on letting life happen and capturing REAL moments. My first day-in-the-life session was an amazing 8 hours documenting the S family’s life as it is at this time. Kids grow fast, and this is a wonderful way to immortalize how it felt when they were this age, when they lived in this house, when the oldest loved pizza and blocks and being thrown in the air. THIS is the side of families I want to show. I hope you enjoy!

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Lydia – Lifestyle Newborn Session

My first newborn session ended up very different from the vision I had in my head. Turns out, I’m not the type of photographer to put a baby in a basket and fold it into crazy poses. I was drawn more to the details, expressions, and quiet moments between baby and parents.
This is Lydia. She was awake and calm the whole time, and I could have watched her all day. Just so fascinating. I had a wonderful afternoon with her and her family!