This newborn session with Alysa, Alex and baby Max felt like an absolute dream.

Oh, the complete and utter joy of bringing your first babe home. Of falling helplessly in love with this tiny new human that you’ve only just met but swear you’ve known a lifetime. Of watching your partner becoming a parent for the first time, and falling in love with them all over again (and again and again).

This session had it all and every time I look at these images I feel that familiar yearning for my own newborn days, back when everything is such a blur you feel like you really could be dreaming (and sometimes you probably are!).

But I wanted to let you in on a few things you can’t see in these images too. Alysa and Alex’s house was halfway through a huge renovations during their session, so we did the whole thing in just two rooms. Not to mention one very tired mama (and dad!) and all the other things you can expect when bringing a tiny person home for the first time - feeding and changing and feeding again on a schedule that’s completely out of your control.

So many of my lovely clients worry about these things - their homes not being ‘photo ready’, what they should wear, what if the kids misbehave or the baby cries the whole time, what if they really don’t want to be in front of the camera looking and feeling so tired - you name it, I’ve heard it! And I’m here to tell you that truly, none of these things matter. 

In fact it’s the mess and the madness, those tired eyes and milk stained tees that actually make your family session. They’re what makes your family yours, and I promise you when you see your photos, you’ll see the same thing you can see in Alysa and Alex’s images here - love. That’s all you need.

Your family is perfect, just the way you are.

Danielle x




I first met Ellen, Fini, Austin and Quinn way back in December 2017 for a family shoot on the Mornington Peninsula. Their session quickly became one of my all time favourites. And I mean ever! Apart from the fact that the moments we captured together that day were truly beautiful (you can check them out here), I loved it so much because we all just had the BEST time together. We hit it off right away, and I still remember driving home with a smile from ear to ear. I didn’t know it then, but I had just made new lifelong friends.

Fast forward just over 12 months and the beautiful Rugara family are now expecting baby number THREE! So of course it was time for a maternity shoot, and this time we headed down to one of their favourite beaches on the peninsula to celebrate their last few weeks as a family of four. It was such a joy to capture this beautiful family again, and to be part of their lives as they grow and change and love and learn. It’s times like these I’m really grateful that I get to do what I do.

If you’re ready to press pause on a significant time in your family’s life, please do get in touch here. I’d love to hear from you x




Here’s what a session at the breathtakingly beautiful cliffs in Flinders looks like. We had the most glorious golden light, a stunning, loved up family, snuggles and kisses that turned me to mush, and me, in my happy place. Absolutely perfect!


I know it’s getting chilly and the winter months are fast approaching, BUT it’s time we start thinking about Spring sessions! If you are interested in an outdoor sunset session, I suggest you get a wriggle on and book! I am now booking September through to November, and October is already half filled. So please get in touch with me soon to avoid missing out. To book, hop on over to my contact page, tell me a bit about you and your fam bam, and ask any questions you may have. I can’t wait to get started!