Katie McVie Photography


My new year felt like it started with more of a flop than a bang!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I’ve always appreciated feedback, especially of the constructive kind, because I really believe that it can help you grow as an artist. It can be so valuable with something that has technical components, like photography. I can normally distinguish between a personal opinion and a valid point but sometimes my judgement can also get really clouded. I started negatively comparing myself to other photographers and that’s really not a great place to be. Not when you still have a job to do!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The past week or so I’ve been lacking some professional confidence. I couldn’t see anything about my work that was “good”. I was in a flunk, criticising everything I had done up until now and not believing friends and family when they told me I wasn’t being fair on myself.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So, I decided to do something I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and that is take some simple portraits of my kids. A small project that was pretty much just for me, for fun. The very first day of the year seemed like a good time (maybe a new tradition has even begun?!) and so here is the first image.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀


With his fiery copper hair and freckly face, not to mention big blue-green eyes, it’s real easy for me to be creatively inspired by my son. As I edited, I couldn’t help but notice how much of a big boy he’s turning into.

Here’s the other two ginger babes!


Long, lean and tall. Like a baby giraffe.

The force is strong with this one.

So is the sass.

Creative, expressive, assertive.

The bigger the dress, the bigger the attitude.

Glitter and sequin lover.

Rule breaker, scene maker.

Loves hugs.



(aka Baby Bear)

Bonafide miracle. A fighter. Tenacious.

Cute. Unbelievably so.

Knows it!

Easy-going. Sweet. Comic-genius. Fearless.

She’ll be an adrenaline junkie when she’s older. Destined to jump out of a plane.

Loves her quirky printed clothes and choosing her own outfits.

Loves unicorns, mermaids, dancing and books.

Can often be found idly stroking Happy-Cat while playing or reading.

Loves a good cuddle!


A few hours of personal creativity has seemed to get me back on track. I know that (when it comes to creativity) everyone has moments of “OMG why am I so rubbish?”, and I just wanted to share my vulnerability with you guys.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Staying humble and keeping up the hard work is definitely how you will find me for the rest of 2020 (and probably for life!).

Until next time,

Newcastle Photographer | Lake Macquarie Photographer | Hunter Valley Photographer

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