I love going to a new property and having the challenge of seeing what I can work with to get the best possible photographs. When I drove up to the Van Balen household I was pretty chuffed at what I saw, not just the setting but the number and variety of animals on the property. This place was an animal lovers haven! there were emus and sheep and alpacas, their two friendly dogs as well as many varieties of poultry….I’ve probably missed a few others but yeah it was a grand site. Even though it was still very dry, we had some great places to take the photos. The superb cubby house with its lovely rich red door was a winner bringing some lovely colour to the shots and the wood seat that overlooked the animals in the paddock and the blue hazed mountains in the distance was great also. The majority of the family shots were taken on their little bridge. This was a great spot for taking the different combinations of family members and we were able to set up a few funny shots there with the help of a slightly rusty metal tub I happen to spot to the side. This my first shoot for the start of this year and if this shoot was anything to go by it was going to be a fantastic year ahead. This family were so warm and welcoming, even offering me to stay for a glass of red after the shoot and Dianne gave me a tour of their lovely home and told me about its history of it with the majority of the dwelling being Middlebrook school house. The gorgeous original timber of it was amazing to see. After my farewells and hugs goodbye I felt very lucky to have been able to meet such a beautiful family. It was a real treat. Here is some of what we captured that day.