It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall. / by Emily Ellis


And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect it from the mountain so all souls can see it
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin'
But I'll know my song well before I start singin'
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

~ Bob Dylan

Wake up.

Boil kettle.

Pour coffee.

Unload dishwasher.

Drink coffee (slightly cold).

Feed children.

Load dishwasher.

Put on a load of washing.

Despair quietly about the washing.

Feed the baby.

Dress the children.

On and on and on.

I wake up mostly with a strong sense of deja vu.

Life with small children is Groundhog Day. The same things for the same people each morning or everyone’s whole world grinds to a halt.

It’s exhausting.

(It’s exhausting when you’re a dreamer who’d much rather be continuing the wild and hilarious adventures with your inner monologue.)

I am however so very lucky to be somehow carving out a little job for myself in this tiny corner of the world.

I appear to be finding and cherishing the very best, most wonderful parts of family life. 


There are many things I love about capturing families. Some include;

  • They usually have absolutely no idea how beautiful they are. And my photos get to show them that.
  • I have no idea what moments will appear that make my heart happy. It's truly a surprise every time.
  • You get to see their happy place. You feel their history. It’s in them and their land, and it lights them up.
  • You feel these children's lives rolled out in front of you. So full of promise. It's joyful to know that these people are our future leaders. The things they will do and speak and feel are beyond my understanding. 

These days, with my tiny baby smiling up at me like Christmas every time she opens her eyes after a nap. My funny boy talking endlessly about all the things. And my big girl learning and watching and waiting. Waiting to work out who she really is and what it all means. These are the ones I will try to remember forever.

Here are some images from a recent family shoot. I know I say "It's the best yet!" every single time but it really is the best yet. Some of these get me right in the guts. The moment where Nan is tightening Pop's braces. The Couple where his head is resting on her (she's just had their fifth baby.) The Brothers with those eyes right down my lens (I don't even remember taking this one. One shot wonder.) I have the most beautiful posed portraits for them too but as usual the ones on my blog are mostly the candid ones. Candid photography is the reason I keep picking my camera up. 

I have happily been rather busy lately with photography and even a little film that my friend Helen and I made with our kids in the school holidays for a local competition. (I'm busting to share it but we've got to wait till the weekend!)

I was so busy in fact, that I deleted the Instagram app off my phone for the week. (Ok I had to keep checking back in to see if one of my insta-family had their baby.) It did me the world of good. I was highly productive and didn't get algorithm rage once! I recommend it. 

Oh, and this week, it rained. 

Love Em xx