family photographer warrnambool|photography at sunset

Why consider a family photographer sunset session?

I’m a family photographer covering Warrnambool, Camperdown and surrounds. Our family outdoor sessions are held at sunset. If you have young children your probably thinking “What The!?” as it’s after your child’s bedtime. I understand as I have my kids in bed early too. Rest assured, all you have to do is adjust your child’s day nap later in the day as best you can and bring snacks/drinks for them. One night staying up past their bedtime will be fine as we will actually be having fun – I promise!

Why shoot at sunset? If this session featured below was held at the same location but at a different time, there would be no soft golden light filtering through the trees, bringing these images to life. This magical golden look and feel cannot be replicated. This session was taken one hour before sunset. See how softly the light filters through the trees onto the grass, leaves making beautiful highlights in their hair. Shooting at sunset is vital to get those warm tones. This is called the ‘Golden Hour’. It is the most flattering light to shoot in as it is soft and one directional, no one will be squinting.

If the weather is overcast, we reschedule one shoot to try and get the sun. If the second scheduled shoot is overcast with no rain we will shoot without full sun. Taking images when overcast, although there will be little or no golden tones, it will have a gorgeous luminance effect to the image instead which creates the feel of well done studio lighting.

I love capturing families playing together, cuddling, being silly and just loving each others company – appreciate each other. Although I always try to get that one desired shot of everyone looking and smiling at me, please remember you don’t all need to be looking at the camera for a beautiful family photo. Natural interactions with your family make for beautiful portraits. I’ll be playing with your kids, telling them silly jokes, encouraging dads to show off their kid-flipping skills and getting your children to show me their BEST ever hugs and kisses. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?


Warrnambool family photographer – session held in Camperdown

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We have limited family sessions available each month.  If you would like more information on our family sessions pop on over here.

For full details on our packages or to book a session, please use the contact form and I’ll be in touch.


I look forward to hanging out and meeting your family.


Jess x

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    It's Jess, your go-to newborn photographer, and today let's chat about one of those adorable quirks that often steal the spotlight during our newborn sessions – hiccups!


    Ever wondered why those tiny, hiccupping symphonies happen? Well, fear not; I've got the inside scoop for you!


    Warrnambool Newborn Photography


    1. Baby's Superpower: Developing Diaphragm

    Newborns are like little superheroes in training, and their hiccups are a sign that their diaphragm, the muscle responsible for breathing, is flexing and getting stronger. It's like their own mini gym session, preparing them for those hearty belly laughs and future superhero feats.



    2. Gastrointestinal Adventure

    Sometimes, those cute hiccups are just a part of your baby's digestive journey. Their tiny tummies are navigating the ins and outs of processing milk, and hiccups can be a natural outcome of this gastrointestinal adventure.



    3. The Learning Curve

    Just like we stumble while learning to walk, newborns might hiccup as they figure out the whole breathing-and-swallowing coordination dance. It's all part of the learning curve, and trust me, they'll be mastering it like pros in no time!



    4. The Calming Effect

    Believe it or not, hiccups can actually have a calming effect on your little one. It's like a rhythmic lullaby, creating a soothing pattern that might even help them drift off to sleep. Ah, the magic of baby hiccups!

    So, the next time your precious bundle of joy breaks into a hiccuping melody during our photoshoot, know that it's just another note in the beautiful symphony of babyhood. 🎶



    Common Questions about hiccups:


    How do I stop my baby's hiccups?

    To ease your baby's hiccups, try gentle burping, offering a pacifier, or letting them suck on a small feed. Patience is key; hiccups often resolve on their own.


    Do hiccups mean the baby is OK?

    Yes, hiccups are usually harmless and common in newborns. They often signify a developing nervous system and are not typically a cause for concern.


    Why does my baby hiccup for no reason?

    Newborns hiccup frequently, and sometimes seemingly without cause. It's a normal part of their development, linked to the maturation of the diaphragm and respiratory system.


    What is the purpose of hiccups in infants?

    Hiccups in infants serve a developmental purpose, helping to strengthen the diaphragm and respiratory muscles. While their exact function isn't fully understood, they're considered a natural part of a baby's growth.


    Should you sit the baby up with hiccups?

    While it's not necessary, you can try holding your baby upright or allowing them to suck on a pacifier. However, most hiccups will resolve on their own without intervention.


    How long should newborn hiccups last?

    Newborn hiccups are typically short-lived and can last anywhere from a few minutes to around 20 minutes. If they persist for longer periods, it's always a good idea to consult with your pediatrician.


    And hey, if you're curious about capturing these delightful moments (hiccups included) in a frame, I've got you covered!


    As a seasoned newborn photographer, I'm not just skilled at handling these little ones; I'm also your guide to creating timeless memories that celebrate every adorable nuance of your baby's journey.



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    I'm Jessica Van Den Berghe, a small-town

    Camperdown girl with big dreams.
    I'm hooked on Netflix, in-door plants, candles and crispy pork crackling with apple sauce.


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