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a Friday Night Picnic

Mark and Lynelle

had always wanted to have some photography of their family.  Problem was, they looked but couldn’t see what they liked in terms of style and execution.  For years, they said, this had gone on…until we crossed paths! Lynelle in particular was so excited about having real photography done of her growing family.  Their teenage children are just on the edge of becoming young adults, so creating photographs that authentically hold the moment was really important to them.

The really nice thing about Mark and Lynelle is that they have a family tradition, a Friday night picnic.  Every Friday, no matter what, they all get together and go to various picnic places around Canberra.  It’s a time to explore Canberra a little bit, and time to hang out together, uninterrupted by homework, TV, sports events, friends etc. So, I joined them one random Friday night to capture one of their Friday night picnic experiences. We trekked up the hill at Mount Painter, Canberra.


Callum lead the way up the hill.


Over a hill, down a hill, over another hill….are we there yet??!


But it was really worth it, the landscape was simply stunning.


Hungry teenagers can only look at views for so long!


I love how photographs can show genetic similarities….see their expression?  It’s the same!


Lauren likes taking pictures…hang on!
That’s me in there!!



Mark is a kind soul, very patient and a wonderful listener.


Callum and Lauren have a lovely relationship.


I love the timeless quality of this one…you can imagine exactly the same image taken 100 years ago,
only the clothing would be different.
Lynelle looks like she is totally content in this image.


I can feel the gentle breeze in this one.


A little peeping shot of Callum’s view, looking out to the others.


Before we shot this Lynelle said she’d love an image of Callum up on a hill playing the trombone….beautiful!


This was one of their favourites.
Lauren has a strong presence in the family and this image depicts that very well for them.


Woah Lauren! A sudden burst of joy and good spirit!


Lynelle always talks with her hands.
I was sort of listening to her…more important to pick my moments to photograph this caring mother talking about her family.


Woo hoo! Tripping off down the hill.
The end of this Friday Night Picnic.


The final thing that made these photographs really special, was that Lynelle has sucessfully managed her way through a tough health crisis last year.  So these photographs really are a positive and wonderful celebration of life and love, marking a very particular point in time for them.  Go Lynelle!!!

Mark and Lynelle couldn’t part with any of the images from this beautiful story, so they decided to invest in a gorgeous book, and some other pieces as well to complete their collection. That was a compliment to the work, as each image was so very carefully managed in-camera and during post production.  We had a stunning late afternoon light streaming through the clouds with some drama at one point with Callum up on the rock playing the trombone.  Lauren is a lovely girl, in an awkward teenage phase we all remember too well, and I worked hard to honour her beautiful spirit. Mark and Lynelle have a very calming way about them, so the personality of the place and the people was in perfect harmony.

I just love this family story…well I love them all of course, but I will admit I’m really proud of this one.


Janet & John - March 1, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Beautiful photos, even though we are biased, we are very proud of them all especially the different ways they have all been there for Lynelle when she has needed them. Love to you all.

Kathy Ireland - March 2, 2011 - 5:28 am

Love these. I am especially enamoured with the one of Lauren’s “burst of joy”. Gorgeous!

Beth Jennings - March 2, 2011 - 8:38 am

Thanks so much Kathy!!!! It was a really lovely session, very rewarding. And your comment comes all the way from Toronto!!! How’s Jess going? I bet she and Lauren would get along like a house on fire :) send my best wishes to your gang xx

Beth Jennings - March 2, 2011 - 8:50 am

They really are a lovely family aren’t they? And courageous to put themselves in front of the camera. They were very natural in the wall style, so the pictures are very real. The result really shows how close they are to one another. Thanks for your thoughts Janet and John!

Lynelle - March 2, 2011 - 2:09 pm

Beth, you have captured the simplicity and atmosphere of our Friday Night Picnics so well. We enjoyed sharing our formula of family + food + fun, and appreciated how you were both there and not there, taking photos while appearing to just hang out with us for a while. We love the result, thank you.

Beth Jennings - March 2, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Wow thanks Lynelle! All credit to you, you all took my direction so well at the start, and behaved normally with the usual degree of spontenaity as well. I’m glad you say I was there without being there…I wish I was invisible really, so that’s the best feedback, thank you again Lynelle! All the best… x

Amy Gibson - March 9, 2011 - 3:18 pm

These photos are great- I was going to try and name a favourite one, but can’t :)

Actually maybe I can, the photo of Lauren picking flowers with the clouds approaching from the left. That one took my breath away.

Beth Jennings - March 9, 2011 - 5:02 pm

Awww thanks Amy!!! That late afternoon light was so great, very inspiring!! Thanks so much for stopping in to take a look…it is fascinating isn’t it, what we end up with?

Sami - March 22, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Just divine!

Beth Jennings - March 22, 2011 - 9:50 pm

You are SO right Sami, they are divine!!! What a treasure trove they have!

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