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WINNER-Top 100 Australian Photography Blogs with Natural Lights Photography!

Top 100 Photography blogs in Australia. Wedding photography by Natural Lights photography

Yes, I’m blogging about a blog!!

Such a surprise to find out that we have been selected in the top 100 Australian Photography blogs to follow. From all genres, wedding, newborn, family, commercial and from all over Australia! We haven’t been blogging too long on our new website so its super encouraging to get this award and we are very proud!

“CONGRATULATIONS to every blogger that has made this Top Australian Photography Blogs list! This is the most comprehensive list of best Australian Photography blogs on the internet and I’m honoured to have you as part of this! I personally give you a high-five and want to thank you for your contribution to this world.”

The top ranking blog are based on the following criteria; Google reputation and Google search ranking, Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, Quality and consistency of posts andFeedspot’s editorial team and expert review. We are a small wedding and portrait photography business operating out of Newcastle but we are so honoured to be top 100 out of so many other competitors.

A huge Thank you to Feedspot.com! Check out the other winners head to Top 100 Australia Photography Blogs!

To see more of our blogs you can sign up for our emails just bellow. We send them out regularly and they are loaded with helpful information for your wedding day or even your portrait session with us!

Making the most of your Professional Family Photography Sessions.

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Blog Posts by Natural Lights Photography- Making the most of your Professional Family Photography Session in the Hunter Valley & Newcastle area.

Professional family photography is a wonderful annual event for your family. A chance to come together in a beautiful location and have moments captured with you all present together as a family! So often its images of the kids, or one parent while the other takes the photos – or of cause the awkward selfies trying to have arms long enough to fit everyone in!

So a professional family session is something special, something fun, something that adds to your memories to come.

Being a special occasion I’m sure you want to make the most of it and ensure you do all you can to work with your portrait photographer for the perfect outcome.

Below are a few things we share with our clients on helping to make your session with Natural Lights Photography the best it can be:

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1: Timing

When talking with your photographer beforehand really think about the timing. Your photographer will have suggestions for lighting and availability, and keep in mind your kid’s nap times, moods, when they operate best. It might be first thing in the morning or more of an afternoon. Happy kids will make for the best most relaxed images.

2: Clothing

Clothing choice is very important. Have a discussion with your photographer about what you would like and any suggestions they may have for the location and any session themes. Things to keep in mind are: Keep it Simple! Stay away from big logos and bold patterns, add some variety in with colour choices (so not everyone is white top and jeans, but add some navy or grey) work with coordinating colours with highlights. If your theme is more elegant and styles, go with flowing outfits and pastel colours. Adding some personal elements which match – such as a scarf or hat etc – makes for even more personal images. The most important thing to remember is your clothing must be comfortable. Comfortable clothing means you won’t be worrying so much about the outfits and more about enjoying the moments.

3: Location

Most photographers have locations which they can recommend to suit any look and feel you would like for your family photography. You want to have a think about this to ensure you and your family are most comfortable during the session. Are you a beach family? Or park? More woodland/bush settings. Are you a studio or indoor people? Do you have a furry friend you would like to include? What do you go with them?

Each photographer will be able to suggest the ideal locations based on your families personalities and how you want your images to look and feel. Around Newcastle and the Hunter Valley, there are some stunning locations we can take you to. Whether you are local or not, we know the area and can suggest some beautiful and unique spots.

4: Be rested, well fed and leave plenty of time

When preparing for your family session, its best to ensure everyone is well rested, well fed and not rushed to get ready. The whole experience from start to finish should be fun and enjoyable. This starts at home while getting ready. Kids will lose interest fast if tired or hungry. It is best to avoid snacks at the session as eating images will never make for good images. If kids are full up they are usually raring to go and be involved. Leaving plenty of time will also ensure everyone is excited by the time you arrive on location, not cross or upset because of last-minute rushing to find shoes. Ensuring you have plenty of time also ensures you will have full time with your photographer for your session in the most relaxed way.

5: Everyone is excited participants

Sometimes with dad or older siblings, the idea of a family photo session is less than exciting. For these family members, you want to ask them to be cheerful, happy and excited. Join in and enjoy the moment for what it is. Be present and participate willingly to ensure it’s the best outcome for the whole family. It is so important that when looking back on these images you remember a good time spent together enjoying each others company. These types of images are what is left when children grow and move out, when family members pass on and when new ones are born. You want this legacy to be a true moment of your family, not one of dread or forced participation.

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6: Leave the ‘cheese’ at home

Often, and always with good intention do I have parents yelling cheese at their kids. Now while cheese indeed will show teeth, it won’t show real smiles. These images look unnatural and forced. Forget about the cheese! Forget about the way you think you should have your kids be and just be. Talk to your kids, laugh with them, engage and interact. Let your photographer worry about capturing the best moments- don’t try and force them! You will see the resulting images are fun and much more real than any cheese.

7: Not everyone has to be smiling and looking at the camera all the time

Some of the best images have no one looking at the camera. These are the moments when you are interacting with each other. When you are being yourselves not worried about the camera looking at you. These moments are beautiful and real. Of cause there will always be images where you are looking and all smiling at the camera – we know that grandparents really love these ones! But don’t be worried to relax more and let the other natural images come into the session as well. These are the ones you will love the most – these are the images which most reflect you and your family connections.

8: Bring an activity to do together

The most successful family portraits have some kind of activity which you can all do together. Are you a family who like sports? Kick the ball around? Do you go on picnics? Do you read together? Play board games? Are you a family who go for ice cream? Do you swim or surf? Or bike ride? Any of these activities and many others can be incorporated into your session. These are activities you do together as a family and really show the love and connections between you.

10: Have fun

Last but certainly not least is HAVE FUN! Your family photography sessions are about coming together as a family and enjoying yourselves. Your photographer is there to capture real moments of your family. It’s a day out, a fun out of the routine activity to all get something out of. In years to come, you will look back and remember who much you laughed together and how little the kids were then. It about creating memories, not forcing a chore on everyone. So enjoy it, have fun and be present in the moment!

I hope this helps when planning for your next family portrait session! I look forward to photographing you again soon!

– Danielle

Bridal Portraits.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with Jacquie. During her kitchen tea, we snuck away for a bit to do some pre-wedding portraits. We found this beautiful little spot by a window in her mum’s bedroom and we made some magic. I shot these portraits with a  renaissance style lighting and I am so happy with how they turned out. Thank you so much for being my beautiful model Jacquie.

Jacques dress was made by Jadore

Hair and makeup was by Allana Younan MUA

The images were shot at Dural, Sydney.


Love Ellen xx

Jacquie’s Kitchen Tea.

We had the pleasure of capturing Jacque’s Kitchen Tea last weekend. Despite the wind, it was a lovely day with the rain staying away. Jacquie is getting married in mid-Feb and her kitchen tea was a lovely way to celebrate with all her girls before the big day.

All the girls looked totally stunning and the background details complimented the whole event.

Congratulations to Jacquie! I hope you’re looking forward to your wedding day.


Strawberry Cake by Strawberries and Co

Hair and Makeup by Allana Younan MUA

Catering by Brothers Catering

Dress by Jadore


All of the images can be seen at Galleries – Jacquie’s Kitchen Tea


Love, Ellen,

Client Lounge with Natural Lights Photography.

Our Client Lounge is a great feature that comes standard as part of our booking process. It provides you with one place to log in to view their “account” with our studio.  In their portal, you can view and print sales order or contracts, pay any upcoming invoices, and update your personal contact information for us. With easy to follow prompts, our client lounge is a totally secure way to book your sessions.

This makes it super easy to book and to work with us. You focus on your day and let us take care of the rest.



Ellen xx


Danielle was an absolute delight to work with and the images speak for themselves. She shot in a natural, casual way (exactly what we wanted). My guests barely knew she was there. Such a pro!

Kim - March 2017

Danielle is easy to work with, great laughs and takes amazing photos! Would recommend her to anyone wanting beautiful photos that capture the moment perfectly.

Murielle Sassine 2015

Natural Lights photography recently covered our wedding. From start to finish they were complete professionals. The direction, the ability to capture the right moments and there friendly nature made the whole experience unforgettable. We knew the prints would be amazing but we were still blown away with the results. Couldn’t recommend more highly! We’re are so happy we chose them!

Kathryn and Matthew 2015

The Natural Lights Photography team are highly talented photographers with great energy and a real creative flare. They have photographed both my pre wedding shoot and wedding, my photos are incredible and I would highly recommend them as they are a pleasure to work with and they make the whole Experience enjoyable. My husband and I loved having them shoot for us and I look forward to using Natural Light’s plenty in the future

Samantha and Ron 2015

I wouldn’t chose anyone but Natural Lights Photography for my photos. I think the results speak for themselves but they make the whole experience fun and easy going with no awquardness about being in front of the camera. There dedication to the art and work is admirable and definitely something you don’t see I everyone. Weather it is family portraits, wedding portraits or anything in-between. I can’t recommend them enough. Awesome people and awesome photographers!

The Bartlett Family 2015

In 2011 Danielle photographed my cousins wedding and the pictures were amazing! Last week she photographed my 8 week daughter. She had a hard morning with my squirming VERY awake and "not having anything to do with it" baby and the pictures are incredible! If you're looking for a great photographer, Danielle is your lady! Thankyou so much!

Katrina Nov 2015