A very special family session | Brisbane Family Photographer | Mummy’s Wish

Back in early 2012 Camera Chick put out a post on Facebook about signing up to the Mummy’s Wish Foundation which helps and supports mothers who are diagnosed with cancer. At that time I had never experienced cancer within my family but knew I wanted to contribute to those facing great challenges. To be honest I didn’t really think my services would be called upon but to my delight, I was.

Gael contacted me in June whilst undergoing radiation and chemotherapy and was not feeling her best. I could tell, then, after speaking with her recently, that she wasn’t ready for her photos at that time. At the end of November she contacted me again to arrange her photo session. I went to Gael’s house to meet with her and was greeted enthusiastically by 3 of her 4 beautiful children. I have never felt such love walking into a home of a family I never met. What an amazing woman I met. Just 25 years young, with a loving husband and 4 gorgeous children, Rosie 6yo, Huto 4yrs, Ellie 2yrs and Elsie 1yr.

In April 2013, Gael, just 25 yrs old, yes just 25, was diagnosed with liver cancer. She was given just four short years to live and watch her babies grow. At the time I met Gael her cancer was responding to treatment and she was starting to feel a bit better. Her hair had started to grow although it was still a lot shorter than she was used to. The one thing that resonates with me is the positivity of this extraordinary woman.

Gael has since found out, and is now undergoing treatment for additional lesions found in her brain and lungs. With the absolute support of her husband and best friend Willie and their families and friends, we are all praying for the best. Gael, you have touched my heart and no matter what goes on in this world you have shown me that the love of your family can see you through. Your courage is an inspiration to us all and I wish you the best outcome, of course, but also wish that every family can be as close, loving, supportive and present, as yours is.

As a photographer and a mother myself I feel honoured and privileged to have had the opportunity to get to know this amazing family and to preserve their memories for the future. This has been a labour of love for me and I am truly humbled by the experience.

If there is anyway you can support the Mummy’s Wish Foundation, please contact them on 07 3103 0649. You can donate to Mummy’s Wish by purchasing a comfort bear here.

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It was my honour to photograph your family Gael. You and you family are amazing and I can only wish for the best outcome for you all .

With all my love,

Melissa

Author: Melissa Hawes

Emily’s Cake Smash | Brisbane Children Photography

Gorgeous little Emily came to see me with her Mum Sarah-Rose in early December to organize her cake smash for her 1st Birthday on 23 December. I haven’t been able to share until now as it was a surprise for the party guests to see her collage on the day of her party.

Little Emily didn’t have the best start to the day as she was hospitalized with high temps in the early hours of the morning she was due to see me. However as most children do she recovered like a trooper and loved smashing her cake. She only needed a small kip in the middle of it all and was ready to go again. I think her Mum had slightly more cake in her than Emily, but hey that’s what we Mum’s do for our kids 🙂

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Thank you to Jodie at Custom Cake Designs for making such a great cake.

If you have a little one turning ONE and would like to capture this special moment in your own Cake Smash Session, please contact me on 07 3803 3560 / 0411 632 803.  Or fill in this form  and I’ll give you a call and we can start organizing your child’s cake smash session.  For your family photo session, please have a look at my website.

Photo Session in my studio, Custom Cake provided, 16″ x 20″ Art mount collage and 4 images on a custom USB all for just $299.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day :)

Cheers,

Melissa

P.S My Christmas special has been extended through January due to popular demand! To secure your session book now. * a non-refundable deposit of $50 is required when booking these sessions.

Author: Melissa Hawes, Honey Bee Photography

Brisbane Newborn Photography | One close to my heart..

This photo session was a special one for me as little Rhys is my newest nephew. His big brother Evan had a lot of fun with me and turned out to be quiet the little model 🙂

It’s great to be able to capture such a special time in your families and any families life.

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If you’d like your own newborn photos the best time to book is whilst you’re still pregnant and in your baby’s first 2 weeks is the best time to capture these precious moments.

Please contact me here or you can call on 07 3803 3560 or 0411 632 803.

Thanks for taking the time to read, have a great day.

Cheers, Melissa

PS: I have special running for Christmas so make sure you take a look here!

Oliver’s cake Smash Session | Brisbane Queensland | Children & Family Photography

Well what a gorgeous little man I had in the studio today 🙂 Oliver recently turned ONE and we marked the occasion but having a cake smash session.

This is a great to celebrate a FIRST birthday and if your organized you can  do it a couple of weeks just before your little ones birthday and use the images for Birthday Invitations 🙂   What a great idea!!

Brisbane Queensland | Family & Children Photography

Cake Smash Session

The yummy cake was provided by Jodie at Custom Cake Designs and the very cute outfit was from Bumble Bee Designs.

If you have a little one turning ONE and would like to capture this special moment in your own Cake Smash Session, please contact me on 07 3803 3560 / 0411 632 803.  Or fill in the form below and I’ll give you a call and we can start organizing your child’s first birthday.  For your family photo session, please have a look at my website.

Photo Session in my studio, Custom Cake provided, 14″x 14″ Canvas  and 8 images on USB all for just $250.

Author: Melissa Hawes, Honey Bee Photography

It’s an Honour to Receive Great Reviews

I love creating memories for families during our photo sessions.  We always have a lot of fun and everyone walks away relaxed and happy. It’s always great to see my client’s reaction when I deliver their final product and when they feel so happy looking at the memories we have created, some feel compelled to write me beautiful letters telling how it means to them.

Please have a read and view the photos, of some of the memories Honey Bee Photography has created. If you like what you see and would love to have your own memories created, please feel free to contact me and I will be more than happy to help you.

“I contacted Honey Bee Photography with a last-minute request for a photo session over the Christmas holiday period. Melissa made my wishes come true by agreeing to photograph my children with their Grandmother, who was visiting from abroad. Melissa chose a beautiful location, had a magical calming effect on my three youngsters (who are five and under), was  very professional throughout the whole process and produced an end package that well exceeded my initial expectations.” –Julie Williams (Regents Park)

Family Photography

Family Photography

“My three children and I had a photo shoot the other day with honeybee photography. It was a wonderful afternoon that the kids completely enjoyed. Honeybee even had a few special delights for the kids too. From the moment you request a booking right through until you receive your photos everything is absolutely professional. You can see the passion and zealous effort Melissa puts into the adorable end product. Her skill in what she does gave me confidence that I was doing the right thing. The apps she uses to help you make your choices added a fun and delightful touch to the experience. This is a fantastic service and I can’t wait to get more amazing photos as my children continue to grow!!! Thanks again Honeybee Photography, you’re incredible.” –Kyra Lake (Regents Park)

Children & Family Photography

Children & Family Photography

“Melissa from Honey Bee Photography was amazing! Customer service was superb. From the initial phone calls, Melissa put me at ease and the welcome pack I received was beautiful, informative and so professional. The actual photo shoot was so relaxed and ran smoothly, considering my 3 yo rarely looks at the camera. Melissa was fantastic with my kids, they laughed a lot and really loved the goodie bags provided at the end – again, just another way Honey Bee Photography goes above and beyond in customer service. The hardest part of the entire experience was choosing the photos I wanted afterwards, and Melissa was lovely enough to entertain my curious kids with her iPad while I did so. In addition to the Collection I choose, Melissa included the iPhone app and a bunch of freebies I was not expecting but absolutely astounded with. I cannot thank Honey Bee photography enough for such a fantastic experience, will definitely be recommending you to my friends! Thanks!” —Sandra Pollard (Booval)

Children's Photogrpahy

Children’s Photography

“I have just had a Mother/Daughter photo shoot done by Honey Bee Photography and I am absolutely thrilled with the end result. Melissa was an absolute pleasure to work with and she showed such patience with my 4-year-old daughter and such professionalism throughout the entire shoot. She made the whole experience so enjoyable and my daughter and I felt at ease with her straight away. I would highly recommend Honey Bee Photography to anyone that is interested in getting professional photos taken. My hardest job now is choosing which photos I would like printed as I am so in love with them all! Thank you again Melissa for our amazing photos and our fantastic experience with your brilliant photography skills! xx” —Lauren Barnes (McDowell)

Mummy & Me Photography

Mummy & Me Photography

“Melissa from Honey Bee took our family photos last weekend. It was so quick and easy. The kids responded to her easy-going attitude really well and were so happy with their goodie bags at the end! Melissa came out the week before and went through everything with me so by the time the big day came there was nothing to worry about. We even got an app for the smart phone so we can show off our photos to all our friends and family. Thank so much Melissa!! :)” —The Normoyle Family (Sunnybank)

Fun Family Photography

Fun Family Photography

“I had a Maternity session and Newborn session from Melissa at honey Bee Photography. I found Melissa to be very professional and very creative in her work. I went to her with a little idea of what I was looking for and Melissa came up with some great ideas that made it so much more than I hoped for. Melissa was very attentive with my little girl on the newborn shoot, understanding that I needed to feed and settle throughout the shoot. I was very impressed and amazed with the final photo’s and I would and have recommended her to many of my family and friends.” –Jenelle Garden (Regents Park)

Maternity & Newborn Photography

Maternity & Newborn Photography

“From the first contact we had with Melissa from Honeybee Photography, we knew we were dealing with a professional photographer. Melissa arranged a relaxed meet & greet, so she could get to know us prior to our session and asked all the right questions from what we wanted out of our photos, to questions about the kids interests & school. The session ran smoothly, with Melissa organizing us in various locations around the cottage grounds as well as some of our choice.The whole experience was very relaxed and as she was so organised, took much less time than we were expecting, which was a blessing. From our recent experience, I highly recommend anyone wanting to capture the true essence of their family to choose Melissa of Honey Bee Photography. She really did listen to us, and what we wanted, and then added her special touch to make the photos totally gorgeous. Thank you Melissa of Honey Bee Photography.” –Leah Mayes (Shailer Park)

Family Photography

Family Photography

Thanks for visiting my blog and if you’d like to see more of my work, please visit my website.

Have a great day :)!

Cheers,

Melissa

P.S – I currently have a Mother’s Day Special on at the moment. Mum’s Love photos of their families! Check it out HERE!

Author: Melissa Hawes