M. Family: Brisbane Portrait Session

Since becoming a mother, one of the best decisions I’ve made has been joining a mothers group! Our members all met at antenatal classes (back when we had big bellies and no idea) and decided to form our own little group. Since then, we catch up almost every week and the girls have been a wonderful source of friendship and support. As they say, being a parent doesn’t come with a guide book!

I recently had the pleasure of photographing my friend and fellow member Alyse, her husband Ian, and their seven month old son Finn at New Farm Park. Here’s a quick introduction to the M. Family..

How did you meet?
Alyse: Ian and I met 10 years ago while travelling in Europe. Luckily, we were both from Brisbane! Travel has been a shared passion of ours. Not long after we got together we went to Canada on a year-long working holiday, which was a blast!

How has life changed with a new baby?
Alyse: Well, we sleep less and we go out for dinner a lot less! Parenthood has definitely been a steep learning curve, and it’s not easy, but having Finn has given us new purpose. The amount of love and fun he has brought into our family is just amazing. We couldn’t imagine life without him now.

What’s your favourite thing to do as a family?
Alyse: We love getting out of the house for some fresh air and a bit of exercise. We like walks along the water, picnics in the park and exploring new playgrounds with Finn. We’re also fans of family nap time on Sunday afternoon.

Describe each other in five words…
Alyse: Ian – loyal, protective, hard working and best friend! Finn –  energetic, cheeky, mischievous, happy and cute!
Alyse – caring, thoughtful, intelligent, capable and organised!


Samantha Shannon