Robuck Photography as a business, has been something that has kept me going for the last 5 years while I was completing a very intense double post-graduate degree. Some of you may not know that I have also been training as a psychologist and completed a PhD researching anxiety. Photography has always been my creative outlet, my connection to families and people that are in a happy point in their lives (a stark contrast to my clinical work at times) and a way to connect to some of the purest emotions - LOVE and JOY.
Over the last couple of months, I have been finding it harder and harder to juggle the demands related to working clinically, working as a photographer, working at the university and also finding the time to be with my family, especially my beautiful little girl. The increasing demands of splitting myself in multiple directions is starting to impact on my own health and happiness. As the saying goes, something's got to give...
So it is with a great heaviness, that for this moment in time I will be putting my camera down (for a little) while I rest, recoup and reenergise. I need to learn how to love the craft of photography again, in a a more personal and engaging way. To be able to pick up my camera as a stress-relief, rather than causing stress or anxiety caused by my own perfectionistic tendencies and a need to deliver perfect images for others to love. I need to claim my nights back away from a computer screen not editing images, and learn how to be still. To be okay with just being, and not doing.
I have loved every moment sharing intimate moments and making special memories with families, couples and many gorgeous children, some whom I knew already and some whom I had the pleasure of meeting over the last couple of years. For some families, I have even had the absolute privilege of watching children grow, watching families expand and documenting these changes again and again. These moments I will cherish.
This is not a permanent goodbye, rather a small interlude, a little hiatus. I will be back, brighter, energised and with more creative flare, I just don't know exactly when.
For now, I want to leave you all with some of my favourite captured moments from the last nine months.
Over the last couple of months I have been really slack with keeping my website/social media up to date with recent photoshoots. I guess its a combination of having so many wonderful families and people to photograph and also completing my masters/PhD simultaneously. As a result rather than me trying to do a whole bunch of back posts I have decided to compile a 'best of' gallery which includes maternity, newborn and family photoshoots.
It is called a miracle for a reason, the creation of life is not easy. The process of getting pregnant, let alone staying pregnant, and then the birth process itself is filled with trials and tribulations that for each and every beautiful baby born it truly is a miracle. For this couple it had its own set of challenges but the birth process was one of the most magical things I have ever been witness to. This series is my first 'Delivery Series' in which I document the journey into parenthood and the first breath of life. Welcome to the world little one. X
Having the privilege to follow a family from maternity photos, to delivery photos then through to newborn photos is one of the most intensely humbling experiences. You experience the raw emotions with the family, from nervous excitement, to courage and then finally to pure joy as they welcome their precious little bundle into their family. It's inspirational, and these two mummas are just that. They epitomise love, in all senses of the word. Little Lily is one very very lucky lady, who was both alert and snuggly in the morning I got to spend with her. Thank you for letting me share this with you. Enjoy x
Watching a four year old play with their newborn sister is one of the sweetest things to watch. This little cutie is already being smothered with kisses and cuddles that will assuredly last a lifetime. I tried something different this time, using a black backdrop for some of the portraits taken in the clients home. I'm loving how dramatic they look. Enjoy x
I'd like to introduce you to Halle. She is a cute-as-pie newborn that I had the pleasure of photographing with her doting parents in their home yesterday. As I am growing more comfortable around my own little girl, I'm learning how to spot the magical moments with other young families. They are so precious and fragile when they are this little that you fear you may break them, yet they grow so quickly you don't want to forget these moments. Enjoy x
In the last few months I have had the most magical experience watching my own little cherub grow. Entering motherhood has provided me with a newfound joy and also appreciation for photographs of both mums-to-be and newborns. During the journey of pregnancy and early days of newborns there is so much change that if you blink you miss it. These photos are from the first photoshoots I have done after my maternity leave. For one family it is their first bub, and for the other it is their second. Being able to help capture these beautiful moments in time for these families is such a privilege. Enjoy xx
Relax & Explore
Grab a cuppa and spend some time looking through what Robuck Photography has been up to - bumps, bubs, bubbles, budding romances...