A little about me
Hello, I’m Coralie.
First and foremost I am a mum to three most awesome kids - Alia and Max and Nora; and wife to my most caring husband. These guys happily take up most of my time. And I mostly just take photos of them… all the time. You will see a lot of them on my blog. I take photos because I love to. I take photos for them; this is their legacy.
There are so so many great photographers out there. I have realised that the most important thing when deciding on which photographer to choose to take your family photos or photos of your wedding day would be that you can relate to them and that their photos resonate with you. Feeling comfortable in front of a photographer is the biggest hurdle people face, including most kids. So I take my time and don’t force anything.
My photography goal is to capture the magic of real emotion during real spontaneous EVERYDAY interactions. To show you the ordinary is really the extraordinary. That what you have with your family is the truest form of love. This is something that people are really starting to recognise now and there are a lot of really wonderful lifestyle photographers who know that nothing beats real emotion.
I don’t have a formula, I like to experiment. I am a big fan of natural light. I am in the process of completing my second 365 project, and believe having a personal project on the go is something that is very important for personal growth.
Here is a quote that I love. I've seen it used a bit, so I feel unoriginal using it... but it really makes me feel like every photo matters. Even if I've taken photos of 20 families kissing and cuddling, it's ALWAYS a different family/connections/history. Each story is unique.
“Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” -C.S. Lewis
I am naturally an introvert, which you'd think would make it hard to be a photographer in front of people all day, but actually it works well. I LOVE people, and I love that my camera gives me a reason to connect with so many.
I am scruffy. I love comfortable. I wear trackpants and pyjama pants more often than not. My house is a mess, even though I love tidy.
I love my family, the beach, the ocean, coffee, sunshine, building sandcastles, hearing my kids belly laughs, family wanderings, garden food, fresh eggs from our chickens, my husbands eye-creases when he’s laughing, eating outdoors, wine, reading novels, my home and… my computer :)
So, if you got through all of that and you’d like to chat, I’d love to hear from you.
(Banner photo by the super talented Mere Street Photography)
Check out my instagram for more of my favourite shots and some sneaky photos of me and my kids.