The Family O’Donnell {Family Portrait Coffs Harbour Sawtell Beach}

I could have easily called this post “The Many Faces of Isla” or “Where’s Chief?”– it will become quite evident why as you scroll down.

Caspian runs a little surf school in Sawtell but ironically lives opposite a stack of cows ๐Ÿ™‚ & I couldn’t resist shooting the surf van with the cows as a backdrop. Isla & her little sister Coco were just gorgeous in their up-cycled vintage dresses that their lovely mum, Chloe found on

It wouldn’t have really been a family shoot if Chief, the family’s Great Dane had not come along as well & you will see little bits of Chief in nearly every shot.

sandra vout - OMG every single one is awesome . You captured Miss Isla beautifully, and the ever serious Coco. Just lovely.

Leah - Thanks so much, Sandra. Those girls are a hoot!! Isla’s faces crack me up ๐Ÿ™‚

Chloe - Love love love them you are amazing Leah.. Will be cherished in our home forever xx

The Brothers Francourt {Family Children Portrait Santa Fe Sapphire Coffs Harbour}

Santiago & Orlando were super cute & super energetic little guys who kept me busy chasing after them on the beautiful property of Santa Fe Bed & Breakfast, in Sapphire. A few rays of afternoon sun were a most welcome sight after weeks & weeks (or has it been months??) of rain & overcast skies. The boys mum, Sallyanne was coaxed into a few frames too ๐Ÿ™‚

Rosie Strothers - Absolutely gorgeous! you have captured my grandsons perfectly!

Jac - Oh Sal, my favourite is the 14th shot, black/white with both boys laying sideways on the grass cuddling or is it wrestling each other.

Love it, Love you Jac

The Family Knight –the extended mix {Big Family Portrait Coffs Harbour}

The gorgeous Kelsey, oldest of six thought it would be nice for her mum to have some pics of all her beautiful children. Renae should be super proud of her grounded & personable kids & her clearly thoughtful eldest daughter. Kelsey no longer lives at home & I hope these images are there for her whenever she’s feeling a little homesick. ๐Ÿ™‚ The extended/step fam caught up with us at the end of the session for some pics before heading out to dinner. The HEAVY rain was a pretty good sign that the shoot was over!!

Leah oxo

P.S Are they not all “really, really, ridiculously good-looking?”

R.B is 80 NOT OUT! {Family Traditional Portrait Coffs Harbour Bonville}

Families come in all shapes & sizes & these guys are no exception. If I had to explain how they are all connected I would need a full page, but that is not really the point. The point is how they have made themselves a family & how they love & care for one another. This love was evident at Ron’s 80th Birthday celebrations. Ron & Peggy have been married for 57 years & their kin now span four generations. Ron is a Sawtell Cricket Club stalwart (see tie :)) & so it was decided that family photos would take place before the 50 year celebrations of the Cricket Club at Bonville Golf Resort. Although not my normal candid style of shooting I think this rainy afternoon session taught me a great deal about the importance of the traditional portrait & the commemoration of our family elders.