Baby portraits session with a difference, and something which surprisingly I haven’t done before. Probably because most mothers aren’t as game or easy going as Larissa, Sidney’s Mum.
Sidney is 6 weeks old. It was important to capture him in this environment, because as anyone who is a farmer will know, farming is a lifestyle, not just a job. Sidney will be immersed in this sub-culture until he is old enough to leave home. I adore the photos of him in the wool. He does look so comfy and at home. Even if he did come out a little bit smelly, I am sure the lanolin did his skin the world of good.
Normally 6 weeks is quite a difficult age to photograph newborns. They are sleeping less, woken up more easily and generally less malleable. Sidney was pretty chilled through out. Its great that his little relaxed character comes through in the photographs.
Portraits on the farm is one of my favourite types of photography. People are always very comfortable on home turf. Plus the nature of farming, being very rustic always lends itself to great photographs. I
I grew up in the country, and have had a lot to do with farms and farming families throughout my life. I’ve ridden horses since the age of 10, and have always had a strong bond with the countryside. Due to the climate in the South West, It is very lush and green at this time of year. I particularly like it because it reminds me of home (the UK)
After living in London for 10 years, it is very freeing to be surrounded by so much space. I really enjoy meeting farming families, and listening to their stories. For example I shot family portraits of Dicko, Tracey & their kids from Wyalkatchem in their old scrap truck. It was the same truck which Dicko’s Grandfather had driven all the way from Adelaide when he originally bought the farm in the 40s.
My brother is also a farmer out in Wyalkatchem (On the Wheatbelt) He farms crop and sheep. I find the Wheatbelt very different from the South West. It is desolate and isolating, and .. yellow. But the light is amazing, and the skies are Huge. Again, a place that produces amazing shots time and time again.