when the Haire kids grew up....

One of the greatest privileges of being a photographer is that you’re part of making memories that a family will treasure for generations to come. And, watching families grow.

These guys and I have been here before when I documented their lives a few years ago.

And suddenly, everyone’s grown up a bit more! Yet the same sense of affection, fun, and adventure was totally there for our catch up today.

World, please re-introduce yourselves to the divine gang who are: Eliza, Dan, Tess, Charlie & Teddy Haire, and prepare yourself for staring at a screen and smiling stupidly for the next little while.

Because that’s what I’ve done as I sat here editing all day: smiling endlessly and feeling like the luckiest girl in the world to be part of this gift. And feeling like the world is brighter for having these little legends in it.

These kids are bushies through-and-through. 100% my kind of family. Free-range, delightful, and old-school in every aspect – and no doubt a tribute to some brilliant parenting from their elusive Mum and Dad who won’t be caught on camera. Heh heh.

This was a quick morning session … and I am beyond delighted with the magic we made.

As I said to Anna when I hit the road this morning: I hope I am able to be part of documenting these beautiful kids until I am too old to pick up a camera…

Thanks, Haire fam-dam-ilamily, for yet another gorgeous morning of laugher and joy.

Kids: always treasure this close connection …. and always be this awesome - because it’s what life will come back to, and down to, again and again and again xx

Much love

Shanna Bananna xx

{MINI SESSION ON-FARM, WEE WAANSW}

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About

Long before it was the done thing Shanna Whan was pioneering a strictly candid-style of photography to capture real life in all its glory, chaos, and imperfection. She’s been shooting for about 15 years across the north west and further afield nationally and she has more than earned her formidable reputation as one of the best. Her business is mostly word-of-mouth these days and she is blatantly very deliberate about where she spends her creative energy. She’s your go-to-girl if you want classic, classy, images with impact delivered with experience, skill, and from somebody who ‘gets’ rural people in every single way. She isn’t precious, and will be on the tools working hard from the moment she hits the ground. Her aim is to blend in and make the experience as fabulous for you as possible. Also: Shan is most happy when in the dust and dirt, surrounded by creatures, kids, and mayhem. Her secret? Well, she couldn’t have her own kids - so the energy and vast capacity for love that she holds in her heart for little people and animals is 100% heartfelt and true and brims over during her sessions. This is then translated through her art. A photo shoot with Shan is basically also a friendship for life. To enquire please message skwimages@bigpond.com or call 0487 685 475. Wedding bookings are limited and start at $5500 + travel + accom. etc > this is for a typical scenario of kicking off with ‘getting ready’ and through to the dancing. Family sessions (candid, of course) start at $550 for a family of 3 + travel + accom etc. > this is for a two hour candid, in-home, natural session. What the client gets: fully edited digital images to keep, wholly and solely - with no ‘hidden’ extra costs, and individual charges. Printing can be also arranged on request. Shanna has another life these days (you can check it out at www.soberinthecountry.com.au) and her speaking engagements have her often booked up and travelling. Keep an eye on her socials and she will, if possible, tie a shoot in with a speaking gig. PLEASE NOTE: If you have a pet, an aeroplane, a random idea - basically, something you want shot - holler. She will have a crack at anything within reason. Except cheesy poses, over-editing, and surreal photoshop. She won’t touch that with a barge pole. It’s natural or nothing with this gal x

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