three generations of family coming together in Sydney | family session | Camden NSW

I wasn't sure what would happen when I drove out to see Helena and her family for this family session. I had known her for a long time, but hadn't seen her in years or met her husband and children yet. She had arranged for her parents to join us and also had her brother and his wife coming along which was special as they didn't live in Australia anymore and had just one afternoon to spend with us before leaving Sydney. She had prepared me with the usual comments I hear ... we are not good in front of the camera, my family might not be into it, it probably won't be easy at all, my dad doesn't smile, we struggle to get a good family photo at the best of times... I was definitely feeling the pressure as I packed my camera bag, there were going to be a lot of personalities there and I had been told several times none of them liked the camera! The weather forecast was not looking good either, a cold front was headed our way and maybe some rain...

What happened in the next few hours had me doing a little happy dance in my head.. I arrived at her house and the most gorgeous little girl met me at the end of their drive and held my hand while she walked me to the door. We went through some outfit choices and had a friendly chat with her extended family. We drove to our beautiful location where the weather was clear and the light beautiful. Her children were so easy and so much fun, playing up to the camera. Everyone had put in the extra effort with professional hair and make up and looked natural but amazing. And the icing on the cake, we had Yiayia and Papou smiling for most of the afternoon ... ah isn't it amazing what the love of grandchildren will do! 

Of course, this ended up being one of my favourite family sessions of all time.