Deb Boots LifeStories
Redefining Newborn sessions & the Family Portrait
with fun, authentic lifestyle photography sessions
for the modern Australian family

Celebrating the beauty in the everyday!

I believe beauty can be found in the ordinary everyday. That the little moments matter.  Not everything beautiful is extravagant. It can be the simplest of things, that most people don’t even notice. Heartfelt hugs, big smiles, dirty faces and giggling out loud.

Your family photos shouldn’t be contrived, staged or overly posed. They should be natural, show emotion, and a direct reflection of your family’s relationships which makes your story yours. I embrace unconventional and different. Does this sound like your family? then read on …

I am the professional photographer behind Deb Boots LOVE STORIES. I have been running a successful wedding photography business for a number of years and have become one of Brisbane’s leading wedding photographers.  Named by The Knot as one of the Top 10 Wedding Photographers of 2015. Also a member of the international photography association Fearless Photographers.

Over the years I have photographed so many wonderful couples getting married, who then go on to have families. In the past I haven’t had the available time amongst the weddings to offer those couples family portrait sessions. It has been sad to sit back and watch their family grow from the sidelines after being an integral part of capturing their wedding day memories.  So in 2015 I made the decision to cut back on the number of weddings I shoot each year, to be in a position to offer both my wedding couples and other families the opportunity to have a family portrait session.

One reason why I avoided family portraits in the past, was that I didn’t want to go down the path of the posed baby photos. Not that I think there is anything wrong with that style of baby photography, as the photographers that shoot that style are creating beautiful baby art, but that’s just one particular style and it’s just not to my taste or what I want to offer in the way of family portraits. There are plenty of great portrait photographers offering that style already too.

“The best thing about a picture, is that it never changes,
even when the people in it do.”

– Andy Warhol

What I love seeing in family photos is more than just faces looking at the camera, I want to capture emotions and the family having fun together. Capturing families in a documentary and lifestyle manner, to tell authentic stories of family life, just as I like to tell the real story of the wedding day. When I start asking around, those couples that wanted natural wedding photos, now as parents are also wanting natural family photos.

My wedding photography is all about documenting couples LOVE STORIES. My family photography is all about documenting the next phases of a couple’s life beyond the wedding day with the Deb Boots LIFE STORIES sessions.

Some of the types of family portraits & lifestyle photography sessions on offer are listed below, but I can also create a session around your family too.


Lifestyle photography sessions Deb offers …



Baby Announcement Photography session

A portrait session with the expecting parents is the perfect way for you to announce ‘your exciting baby news‘ to family and friends.
For more details visit the Maternity Portraits information page.

Maternity ‘Baby Bump’ Portrait session

While maternity photography sessions are known for creating those adorable baby bump photos,
it’s the perfect way for expecting parents to connect and share the experience before the baby’s arrival,
along with having this exciting time captured before their whole world is turned upside down.
For more details visit the Maternity Portraits information page.

Newborn Lifestyle session

The newborn lifestyle sessions are about mum & dad bonding with their new baby in the home environment.
Capturing the love between new parents and a new little human.
You may also like to invite the grandparents to attend near the end of the session.
The best time to schedule the shoot is in the first 2 weeks after the little one is born,
after this time, they tend to get a little less sleepy and more restless, making it harder for us to settle them.
No cheesy poses but I’ll be there to give you simple directions and guidance. You just have to enjoy your new baby.
The time in which a baby is a newborn is fleeting, and what better way to hold onto those memories
of this special once in a lifetime moment and have mementos of all those little fingers and toes.
For more details visit the Newborn Portraits information page.

Baby’s First Year Portrait Series

We follow your baby’s first year, with 4 portrait sessions throughout the first twelve months.
Including a Newborn Lifestyle Session in the first 2-3 weeks of the birth,
then two more sessions to capture significant times in your newborn’s life such as smiles and crawling,
with the final portrait session to celebrate their first birthday. One session can be switched for a maternity session.
For more details visit the Newborn Portraits up to First Year Portrait sessions information page.

Family Portrait & Lifestyle session

Treat your family session as playtime, because after all it’s the little things that the kids do
that tell the story of their growing personality, and it’s those little things you as a parent wants to remember.
These sessions can include anyone in the family from mum and dad, brothers and sisters,
grandparents, step parents/siblings and even the family pet.

The family portrait & lifestyle session is more natural process,
a go-with-the-flow approach using games to create playtime,
capturing the family doing the things they love, in the places they love;
around the home or a location of your choice.
Whether that be a Sunday morning starting with a pillow fight or cuddles in bed with the kids,
cooking breakfast or baking in the kitchen, or harvesting your backyard garden plot.
It could be playing down at the park or by the beach,
or it could be me spending time with you while your camping,
especially if the kids love the outdoors
for a more adventure style of documenting family life.
For more details visit the Family Portraits information page.

First Home-Owners session

Purchasing your first home?
Let’s create a lifestyle portrait session around your new home and neighbourhood
to create artworks for your walls, to transform the house into your home.

Graduation Photography

Reinventing graduation photos with fashion-inspired high school seniors portraits.
Parents, these sessions are way much cooler than Schoolies Week on the Gold Coast :).
Visit the Graduation Photography & High School Senior Portraits gallery

Got your own idea

I’m thinking water balloons, silly-string, jumping castles, coloured smoke … any one up for getting covered in mud? … we seriously should talk :)


Unlike those boring family portraits where everyone is wearing matching outfits and they could be any family, our Family Portrait & Lifestyle Photography Sessions are FUN. With a huge emphasis on telling your unique stories, letting your personalities shine, and capturing how you interact as a family. From those lazy Sunday morning spent reading stories to the kids in bed, playing in the backyard under the sprinkler on a hot Brisbane summer’s day. It’s those authentic stories of your family that I want tell the most. 

Read more about our family portrait sessions.

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