Our journey together starts with a simple 15 minute conversation to find out what your goals are and to make sure I'm the right photographer for you. 

You then confirm your booking by paying a non-refundable session fee that covers my time, your pre-session consultation, photography and the preparation of your online gallery.


I offer a signature half day session, 4-5 hours to document beautifully honest moments of a real morning or afternoon in your life.

What's your favourite thing to do together? Which daily routine do you cherish and would like to remember forever? 


 

a morning in your life


Digital files and printed products are purchased separately once you’ve viewed your photos.

Your investment starts at $950.


Please contact me for more information.

Starting August 2022, I am offering documentary portraits at Early Childhood centres in the Yarra Ranges.

My documentary portraits of children at childcare or kinder are natural, effortless and brimming with personality.

Do you often wonder what your child gets up to at Daycare or Kinder? What their days look like when they aren't with you? 


documentary  portrait

Kinder photography

According to research done at Tulane University, children who grow up looking at photographs of themselves have higher self-esteem because they learn who they are and where they fit into the family. By displaying photographs of our children at different stages in their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them. 

Although we live in a time where almost everyone has a digital camera in their pocket, the sheer volume of the images we take is overwhelming and few will make the time to print. We rely on our digital screens for when we want to look at them. 

For one of the most photographed generations, we have surprisingly few printed images to show for it.

I offer a considered selection of Wall Art and Photobooks, all handmade by artisans right here in Australia to the highest standard. 

A: It is a moment-driven style of photography that is based on the principles of photojournalism. I don‘t direct or pose you, I photograph you going about your day like you normally would. You don’t need to tidy up, have your house look perfect or even dress up for the photos. These photos are about your real, everyday life. 

Q: what makes documentary family photography different?

A: Far from it. There is such beauty and poetry in the mundane. I understand, it's hard for me to see it in my own life when I'm in the thick of it. Let me show you wonderful an ordinary day in your life actually is.

Q: i'm afraid our life is boring

A: Just send me an email and we'll schedule a chat to make sure we are a good fit. You then pay a non-refundable retainer to secure your date.

Q: how can we book you?

A: Yes, if you request them, but in a candid, documentary style.  No cringey poses, I promise.

Q: will you take any portraits?

A: I do edit the photos to ensure there's a consistency to the collection as well as getting them ready to print. However, as this is photography of real life, I don't photoshop things in or out. 

Q: can you photoshop things in or out?

elly seppings

HAVING GATHONI AT OUR HOME WAS TRULY A GIFT, YOU CAPTURED OUR REALITY WITH 2 YOUNG BOYS BEAUTIFULLY. WE FELT SO COMFORTABLE BEING OURSELVES WHILE YOU WORKED YOUR MAGIC. IT WAS A DAY FULL OF FUN WE CERTAINLY WON'T FORGET. WE HAVE THE MOST AMAZING PICTURES FOR KEEPS THAT WE TREASURE SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR PHOTOGRAPHING OUR FAMILY. CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE! 

zoe devisser

OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS GATHONI HAS MANAGED TO CAPTURE THE DAILY LIFE OF OUR FAMILY IN ALL ITS HIGHS AND LOWS-FROM BEAUTIFUL SMILING FACES TO TANTRUMS TO SECRET KIDS BUSINESS. THESE PICTURES WILL BE FOREVER CHERISHED. THANK YOU, GATHONI.

amie hatego

 I SHARED SOME OF THE PHOTOS WITH MY FRIENDS,THEY FOUND THE SHOOT POSITIVELY CHARMING, AND EVEN STUNNING (DESPITE BEING SO UNTOUCHED AND UNPOSED!). 

©gathoni kinyanjui-howard

I HUMBLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE WURUNDJERI PEOPLE OF THE KULIN NATION AS THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS AND CUSTODIANS OF THE LAND ON WHICH i LIVE AND WORK. I PAY RESPECT TO THEIR ELDERS, PAST AND PRESENT.