It was the evening of the 6th September when I received an email from Louise, enquiring about a family session. It was to include herself, her husband and their son. As well as her brother, his wife, their three children and of course, the grandparents. Instantly, I was keen. I love big families (as I come from one myself) and I love the raw emotions that come with big family sessions.
Now, the 'catch' was that they wanted the session to be held on their parents 120 acre property, about 15km outside of Cooma, NSW.
There was no hesitation - I would do it, without question. They wanted the session done as soon as possible, so we booked it in for the following weekend!
September 15th, I left my house and started the 1.5 hour drive to the property. I have been on this particular drive before, so the area and surrounds were familiar to me, which helped with knowing what sort of scenery I could expect. I got to the property, went through the gate and drove up the dirt driveway. It soon occurred to me that this place was about to exceed ANY expectations that I had.
I was greeted by Louise, her son Billy and 4 dogs! I made my way to the house which is where I met the rest of the family - and can I just say, what a beautiful family they are!
After a little bit of a chat, we all jumped into the 4x4's and went for a little bit of an adventure, dodging kangaroo families along the way. We headed up to the top of the hill, which was simply stunning - all of the rolling hills and looking straight out over the Monaro. It was breathtaking.
After a little while up there, battling the wind and dust, we decided to move along to the next spot, which was just down the hill a little bit. It wasn't as windy down there, so the kiddies managed to blow some bubbles, have some laughs and of course, we had a tickle party. It was such a beautiful afternoon, with a gorgeous sunset which gave everyone that 'glow' and of course, watching the love and banter amongst the family.
We watched the storm clouds roll in, which made for a beautiful contrast as the backdrop but we didn't spend much longer outside as the air temperature started to drop. So, after about 1.5 hours in total, we jumped back into the 4x4's and headed back to the house.
As I walked in, I could smell the aroma of homemade apple turnovers, which Louise's mum, Lil, had made that afternoon - and I was lucky enough to be an official taste tester as I was sent home with one.
After what was a very long afternoon, with 3 hours driving time and 1-1.5 hours shooting on the stunning property, it was time for me to pack my bag and hit the road home.
I'll pop some pictures below of the afternoon. Enjoy!