an orchard, a ballgown and an idea…

So after Brahe’s maternity shoot, and another family portrait session (yet to be blogged), on a rainy Saturday a month or so ago, you’d think I’d be feeling confident and ready to embrace the rain that had threatened all morning. But we had something else in the works. We watched the sky anxiously, and as the clouds grew darker, we brought forward a shoot planned for that afternoon – a collaboration between myself, my wonderful makeup artist and stylist Jasmine and our favourite model Steph. The dress we’d procured from eBay hanging in the doorway, taunting us with the potential for all out efforts to be wasted. Then, magically, the sky cleared, and we all breathed a sigh of relief….only to worry again when the clouds gathered once more! Makeup complete, dress on and we hit the road. To be met by a roadblock. So around the long way we went, loosing precious dry moments. Arriving at the orchard, we quickly set to work, and had a blast creating some fun images, “just because”.

Thanks Jas and Steph, I had a great time working with you!



Thia & Pete :: {wedding}

Cloudy, sunny, cloudy, sunny… The weather kept us guessing the whole way out to Moree, where we met the beautiful Lethia and her bridesmaids as they prepared for the ceremony. A whrlwind of activity, and everyone was dressed as we once more hit the road for the drive out to Garah. We caught up with Peter and the guys as they waited for the arrival of the bridal cars, before heading inside the church and watching as Lethia walked down the aisle on the arm of her very proud father. In the blink of an eye, the lovely ceremony was over, and we gathered outside for the family photos, with one eye cast skyward as the grey clouds threatened rain. As we loaded ourselves back in the car, and waited for the bridal party to lead the way to our location shoot, the first spots appeared on the windscreen. By the time we crossed the train tracks and left Garah behind us, the rain was pouring down. A few quick adjustments, and we found a nice dry spot to start the photos. Then as quickly as it came, the rain disappeared, and teh clouds gave way to bautiful blue sky.

 

They say it’s good luck to have rain on your wedding day, though I’m sure this gorgeous pair won’t need it! Congratulations guys, it was a pleasure to hang out with you and be a part of your special day.

 

 

 

To veiw a slideshow from Peter & Lethia’s wedding, click here. And if you haven’t been over to the Facebook page, you might have missed the teaser images not included in this post.

Maddie :: {children’s portraits}

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Haley and Tim in Inverell to photograph their beautiful baby girl Maddie. At 18 months, she was a great age for having her own little photoshoot, or so we thought! I think she had a fair idea of what we wanted, and she was determined to make us work for it! But when your job means hanging out with a little one this cute, I was happy to oblige!

Thanks for a lovely afternoon Haley and Tim, I hope you like your photos!

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Maddie loved the vintage child’s rocking chair I brought along…

Eventually we convinced her to sit in it

Aren’t these little tootsies just adorable?

And of course, then bunny had to have a turn!

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Maisie :: newborn

At two weeks old, Maisie seemed so tiny, in my mind, anyway. Having just left my three small people, the youngest of which is now 11 months, to head to Warialda for Maisie’s newborn portraits, she was a featherweight as she curled up on my chest after being offered a cuddle. Quite the surprise I got to find she was over 8lb born!

Dan and Sam, thanks so much for having me out, I had a lovely afternoon hanging with you and getting some cuddles with your beautiful baby girl.

 

Fans of the Facebook page will have already seen this one:

andy…

One of the best parts of doing what I do, is watching and capturing the way a family grows and evolves. Like the family of this young chap:

From big brother Tommy’s 6 month portraits, and more recently, Kate’s lifestyle maternity shoot, now it’s little Andy’s turn to star in some photos of his own.

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A favourite snuggle spot:

Playing together:

Isn’t he all cheek!

 

And of course, favourite Mr Monkey had to come out to play as well!

I don’t noramlyy share the out-takes, but this one cracks me up so much, I can’t help it. It doesn’t help that I was quite low to the ground for this one, and while Savannah distracted us all attempting to lick baby Andy, her partner in crime saw an opportunity – apparently my ear was just too tempting, as I discovered when it was attacked by a warn west nose!

I had an absolute blst hanging out with these guys, If you would like to see more from the session, head over to the Facebook page.

{just a little note on family sessions – the last date to guarantee Chrismats delivery is the end of November. I am getting close to booked out for both October and November, so if youw ould like photos before Christmas this year, drop me a line at rachel@rachelmeszaros.com.au, or give me a call on 0412 223 332, and we can get something lined up}

I like big butts and I can not lie…

Big round cloth butts that is! To me, there is nothing cuter than a tiny babe with a cloth covered bottom. I’ve been a modern cloth nappy fan since our first son was born, and three children later, my stash has grown quite comprehesively!

One of my more recent stash additions is BubbaButts all-in-two snap in nappies. As well as being cute and good for the environment, these nappies also equal a lower carbon footprint for me, as they are made right here in Inverell! When Kristy first approached me about some promo shots, we were kicking around a few ideas for the shoot, and Kristy suggested a custom nappy. Which may just be the cutest butt I have ever seen…

And it even has a matching pinny!

The shoot also saw the launch of BubbaButts newest range, the SnazziButt…

And of course, we had a FunkiButt and a BareButt nappy to round out the range…

For more information on BubbaButts, head over to the Facebook page for all the latest news. You can also find BubbaButts at the Little Gems Baby and Childrens Markets in Inverell on August 13, and at the Armidale Baby Expo on September 17.

High Horses…

Having a bit of sticky beak at other stallholders at the upcoming Armidale Baby Expo (more on that later!), I came across the gorgeous handcrafted hobby horses made by Guyra-based business, Calamity Bolt. I was instantly in love. The beautiful details, the old-fashioned simplicity, I knew I wanted one. But when I got in touch with owner and artisan, Elke, it seemed that due to a few since-resolved supplier issues, she wouldn’t be able to make enough stock for the expo.

Which got me thinking. Clickity-click went the little cogs in my mind, and soon enough, a short little email was sent, and soon blossomed in vibrant reality. Two of the “stud” horses appeared on my front verandah for a holiday and a play, and playing we have been!

These images are from the first of two completed shoots I’ve done, and I have another one or two planned. They’ll be featuring on a new product I’ll be debuting at the Armidale Baby Expo. A new product, some beautiful images with a beautiful prop, and some exposure for Calamity Bolt, who otherwise wouldn’t be able to make it sounds like a win-win to me!

Inverell and Guyra childrens photographer

You can find Calamity Bolt on Facebook, and see what’s in stock in the MadeIt store. For more info on the Armidale Baby Expo, being held in Armidale on September 17, 2011, your can visit their Facebook page as well.

I will be very sad to see these little chaps go home, I definately need to get one for my little people. Do you love hobby horses too?

{class of 2011} :: Tori

Last week, I caught up with the delightful Tori while she was in Inverell, and we hung out for a bit and shot her year12 mini-session. This girl is gorgeous. I had such a hard time trying to decide what to blog, so I decided to blog them all!

Thank you, beautiful girl, for hanging with me, and laughing with me. I had so much fun seeing you again, even if it does make me feel old to know you are in year12! xx

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{mini-sessions are a great way to celebrate the end of school. for more information, email rachel[at]rachelmeszaros.com.au, call 0404 009 468, or join the facebook page at http://facebook.com/rachelmeszarosphotography – sessions running in Inverell throughout the year, dates available on request}

{class of 2011} :: {grace}

I got to hang with Grace on Saturday. We laughed, we chatted. We talked about school and work and the future. In between, we shot some photos.

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Grace’s session was part of my mini-sessions project. For Year 12 students, a mini-session package is a great way to mark the milestone that is finishing school, and is often the last lot of professional portraits you may get taken before getting married. What a great way to start off your post-school life! I will be regularly running sessions throughout 2011 in Inverell, and am also happy to travel to Glen Innes, Moree, Tenterfield and throughout the Northern NSW/New England area. The next round of mini-sessions will be held on Wednesday, April 13 (the first Wednesday of the school holidays). For full details and scheduled dates, email rachel{at}rachelmeszaros.com.au or follow me on Facebook.

lifestyle maternity

I would have to say that lifestyle sessions are some of my favourite to shoot. I love the real-ness – capturing the moments as they happen, showing life as it is, right now. Recently, I got the chance to shoot a lifestyle maternity session with a dear friend of mine, expecting her second child. We had a wonderful morning, just hanging out and chatting, having a coffee, and playing with her adorable little boy.

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Lifestyle sessions are a great way to capture life as it happens, without needing any reason greater than craeting memories for the future. Often family portraits are organised to tie-in with a milestone – a birthday, an anniversary, Christmas. A more relaxed lifestyle session is perfect for in between, “just because”. If you are interested in a lifestyle session for your family, children, baby or to celebrate your pregnancy, I’d love to hear from you! My phone number is 0404 009 468, or you can get me by email on rachel{at}rachelmeszaros.com.au – I also can be found on facebook at http://facebook.com/rachelmeszarosphotography.