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  • Hello! I’m Cassie

    Thanks for taking the time to explore my blog.
    This site provides a glimpse into some of the amazing opportunities I've had to capture precious moments and memorable occasions.

    It is my hope that through the things that you read and see, you will be able to understand the passion that I have for artistic expression as I capture your story through photographs.

There is so much happening behind the scenes right now with CLP.
Over the past few months I have been busy sourcing beautiful products that will soon be introduced to my clients in brand new collections.
I am currently re-constructing how things are being done. I don’t want to scare you away and say “it is all changing” because I want this to be a journey you take with me.
I want to give you an experience that you will never forget; hand in hand with that comes beautiful, tangible products. Something physical you can hold in your hands to remember this time in your life.
For there to be something that in years to come, as generations pass, you can hand down to them. Let their memories be brought back to life, as they share them with their loved ones.
We will be offering new collections & products that include our brand new custom albums, large wall art, smaller gifts for family or mounted prints to place around mum or dad’s office.
I want to offer it all. And I want you to chose to invest into something that you will have forever.

Your images are so precious to me. So much love & planning is poured into them. But I know they are far more valuable to you and your family.
They captured a moment in your life that seemed to fly by so fast. A moment that your life changed, when you welcomed a new baby into the world. When you got married or perhaps it was special photos with the whole family because it has been way too long and all of a sudden mum and dad have 3 or 4 of you now! Time moves so fast, but photography gives the gift of freezing a precious moment forever.
My gift to you is capturing that exact moment so that in years to come, you can feel those warm fuzzy feelings like you are right back there, at the exact moment.
Here is a little peek at our beautiful new album that will be added to our collections.
There will be more and more to share as my samples arrive in the studio.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! And I thought I should finish with this… If you have had a session with CLP in the past years and your photos are still sitting on your CD or on your computer and they have not yet made it to your walls or into an album, or maybe you just don’t know what to do with them… Or time just seems to run away from you…
I have a very special offer while we are in transition and it is JUST for you for a very limited time!
*Message me now to talk more about this exciting opportunity*

CLP xx

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“Celebrating Motherhood”

Each year I put together a special promotion for Mother’s Day.
Usually this consists of “mummy & me” mini sessions, or something similar.
This year I felt a real pull on my heart to do something different.
Something that held more emotion, something that had inspiration behind it.
Something that truly honoured mums all over the world.
After all, that is what Mother’s Day is all about.
Celebrating the love, the unending giving, support, kindness and care that mum’s give so unconditionally.
At the same time, I wanted to celebrate the heroes that mums become.

No one tells you that being a mum is easy.
They never say that it will all be sunshine & rainbows.
You are never prepared for some of the battles that get thrown your way.
But something about mums is this; they become stronger, tougher, and learn to love even harder.

I would like to share with you a very heartfelt story.
This is where my inspiration has come from and I would like to share with you why and what I plan to do.
Go ahead, make yourself a cup of tea and perhaps have a tissue in hand.
I want this story to touch your heart just the way it does mine.

In August of 2012 life was about to change yet again for the Block family….
They found out that their precious little girl Lily, just 3 years of age, had childhood cancer.
She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.
This was an incredibly hard fact to process, as just 11 years earlier, Jake (Lily’s oldest brother} battled cancer for a long 2.5 years.
How was it that this family were being prepared to do this all over again.
Where were they to begin? How do you find your feet when you have been swept from them again?
What would this journey bring as it began to unfold right before them.

While I began planning for the coming events, I have been speaking with mum, Italia and asked if she would happy for me to share some more of the personal details with you.

Here is what Italia shares:

“The first 2.5 years of Lily’s battle,  we were faced with some real devastating challenges; life threatening complications, isolation, pain and sickness. We held together with optimism to beat this like her brother had done. Lily showed her determination on an ongoing basis. Throughout each step of her journey and with each obstacle we faced, Lily never stopped smiling! Once treatment had stopped in August 2014, Lily began to venture out to achieve some goals she had set herself a while back. One of these that stands out was to climb the big lighthouse at Pt Adelaide. She had been determined to do this since the day before diagnosis when she was too unwell to attempt it. She did it! And she beamed with pride!

Lily reintegrated into the community to school and even recommenced sport and dancing, showing her sheer determination.”

It was at school where we were blessed with meeting the beautiful Block family. My eldest daughter and Lily became friends quite quickly. They both were full of cheek and personality; I think they were both just as nuts as one another. The shared some special moments throughout the Christmas holidays, such as trips to the beach and fun at bowling.

“However, in January of 2015 the unthinkable happened. Lily relapsed just 4 months after treatment stopped.

The relapse hit hard. Like a huge blow that knocked us to their knees. It was the third blow, first Jake, then Lily’s. It was surreal, but the relapse was the ultimate blow.

Lily and our family, and all relationships around us, were just holding together and starting to rebuild from the last round of intense treatment. I did what I knew how to do, and that was to go back into autopilot. Knowing the ‘odds’ weren’t good, but our family had never been a statistic. We liked to set our own numbers, odds and records.

Commencing that very day of relapse Lily recommenced isolation and the heaviest treatments available to her. The time since January 2015 has had extreme emotions, much more than ever experienced before. The lows, fears and subsequent relief over the last 4 years has been immeasurable.

This treatment was the ultimate big guns, Lily has been so heavily pre-treated that her options were drastically reduced. Her prognosis was classed as high risk of treatment not working. Our only option at this point was a Stem Cell Transplant (Bone Marrow Transplant).
This is done with intensive chemotherapy, complete further isolation and then total body irradiation and conditioning.
This would all happen over in Sydney, meaning our family had to look at 4-6months of being relocated. After this, there would be a couple more years of recovery at home. This too, would not be an easy road, as treatments and complications would still present.

This was a huge upheaval to everything, my husband and I couldn’t work, my son had to leave behind school, family and friends (who are very few due to also living isolated his friendships have suffered), and also leaving behind my oldest child. It wasn’t only the financial and practical sacrifices, it was the unknown as to whether Lily would survive the transplant, but we knew if she didn’t have it she would live longer than a few months.

After arriving in Sydney Lily was admitted into hospital and out into isolation, which is a very small hospital room where she would need to remain until safe, and 8 days of the most extreme treatment began, called myleobalative treatment to kill off Lily’s bone marrow completely with 6 rounds of total body irradiation and the most toxic chemotherapy to ensure lily bone marrow could not recover, hence no cancer. There were no promises it would work, no promises she would live and no promises her cancer wouldn’t return. This treatment killed off her bone marrow and nearly killed her in the process, she was kept alive by constant supportive treatment. On the 3rd day of October 2015 Lily received an unrelated cord blood infusion (bone marrow transplant) from an anonymous donor overseas. This mother saving her cord blood has saved my daughter’s (a stranger’s) life. Then from that day began the complications, treatments and side effects from having a transplant. Usually the the isolation is 100 days long but Lily’s complications (having severe graft vs host disease- where the donors cells are attacking and trying to kill lily) has meant Lily is still isolated and undergoing treatment. This is now more to deal with, the light at the end of the tunnel comes closer and then fades in the distance continually. I know things are improving, just much slower than anticipated. These complications are the price of beating the cancer. And we just pray it (the cancer) stays away.

Well…after 3.5 years and 14 months of isolation straight, including the bone marrow transplant, on January 19th of this year, the Block family had finally heard the words they were so desperately awaiting…
‘Lily is cancer free’!!

The sheer relief that we felt is indescribable.
Lily continually gets her bone marrow checked to see if she remains cancer free. She remains in the highest risk category of the cancer returning even after all that treatment and the transplant. The first year after is the most common time, next is making it to 5 years cancer free.

What Lily has endured is beyond cruel and she has come so close to death many times. As a mother who could not love her children anymore it has been hell. To watch your child suffering is heartbreaking. Your faith is tested, many relationships broken and every aspect of your life is turned upside down. Childhood cancer and, specifically for us, Leukaemia is a devastating beast that requires just as evil treatments and complete isolation from your life as you knew it. Watching your child go through this changes you, your priorities, outlook and your perceptions of life. I will never again complain about seemingly insignificant things.

We know that Lily’s treatment still keeps going as she is fighting serious complications and side effects of this life saving treatment. Isolation is still in place and her future is very uncertain. We refuse to sit and wait, but we choose to live everyday grateful for being together and ‘living’ as much as Lily can. At the moment Lily is thoroughly enjoying baking! And she is pretty darn good at it too.

There is so much she has missed out on, over half of her life has been spent in grueling treatment and isolated. So with each easing of restrictions we aim to live life to the fullest. Moving forward and not letting cancer define Lily’s life.

We have every day to be grateful for. We have made many special friendships and bonds along this time with other families going through this path (of which there are many hence why more research, trials and treatment options need to be developed. Blood cancer treatment has come a long way thanks to those dedicating their lives and careers and for the donors and donations, but there is still such a long way to go). We have witnessed many mothers losing their babies and children which is beyond words or comprehension to be able to accept this. We can help change this.

I admire Cassie’s calling to help with this cause, I know as a Mother (an Oncology mother in this cancer journey), photographs play a significant role. I treasure the photographs we have and the emotions many of them bring as we look through them. Some bring great joy with success while others show of the battle we are overcoming. Through everything, good and bad, Lily is always smiling.

Lots of love and Blessings,
Italia.”

I have spoken with Italia over the past years and heard some of the most heartbreaking stories as she has shared in part and sometimes more, of what they, as a family, have been through.
No one should have to experience this.
Lily is one of the most beautiful little girls I know and she truly does have a smile that lights up the room.

Italia, you have been such an incredibly strong woman. A mum who has endured so much more than some of us could even begin to comprehend.
I want to raise money for the foundation that has been by your side throughout this whole journey and I want to offer this special mother’s day promotion in your honour.

I have big goals for raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation, but that means I need your help to do it!

Throughout the month of May, Cassie Lou Photography will be holding a special event.
It won’t be just for one day or a couple of days, but it will be for a whole month!

“Celebrating Motherhood”
I have designed special “loved ones sessions” that offer three different packages for you to pick from.
To book in your session, you will pay a $100 sitting fee.
My plan is this… I will be donating 100% of your sitting fees to the Leukaemia Foundation.
I am aiming to raise a minimum of $2000.00 This means 20 bookings!

This is where I need your help!
I will be holding these sessions throughout the whole month of May, and if we book out, then we will book throughout the whole year to fit everyone in.

These sessions can be done for a whole range of reasons.
A great Mother’s Day gift for Mum {or even Nanna}, perhaps you have overcome cancer and want to give back while also having some updated family photos. Maybe you are going through your own battle. I want to be able to capture some very special memories for you, but in doing so, raising money for a life saving foundation.

I can’t wait to share this with people in our wider community and begin to make a small mark into the raising of much-needed funds.
Please also share this post so we can bring the awareness to more and more people.
I want to be able to achieve something great with the passion and gift of photography that I have.
I’ve been in contact with the Fundraising Co-ordinator for the Leukaemia Foundation and cannot wait to further share in this process with her.

Further donations can be made if you feel on your heart that you want to give more.
As a part of this, I will also be offering the Block family a special package along with having their family photos taken, once Lily is able to be in contact with others again.

If you have a message for the family or any other questions for me regarding booking your spot, please click to “contact” tab.

Italia and Lily, you mean the world to me and my family, as well as so many people that you have touched over the years.
Italia, you have already given so much back to the foundation, and it is something that I want to recognise and tell you that you should be so proud of.

CLP xx

*Here is a look at photographs from some of Lily’s journey*
Thank you so much Italia for allowing me to share these precious memories.

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I have fallen back in love!!

Newborn lifestyle sessions are such a personal experience & capture the true essence of your family in your natural environment.
It is a chance for me to create memories right in your own home.

Some insight….
*For some mum’s, the thought of leaving the house just after having a new baby is daunting. Add in a toddler & it just becomes chaos in her mind.

I work very hard to create a relaxed, easy & enjoyable experience in my studio for both your baby & family.
In saying this, I understand that sometimes circumstances, like a c-section, may mean leaving your home is not preferable or achievable.
As well as this, I want to be able to cater to all areas of my clients visions & desires.
Perhaps the studio isn’t where your style is. Capturing your precious new baby within your own home can take away those extra worries of yours.

I am now offering in home visits once again.
This is something I offered quiet some time ago; but at that stage it wasn’t something that I was able to easily achieve {with having a baby of my own}.

What this means is that I come out to you within those first few weeks & photograph your little one & family in a relaxed, natural manner in your very own home.

We are able to discuss your visions & create the memories you desire to have.

*Here are a couple of peeks inside of little Kristian’s in-home newborn session.

For more information & bookings, please click the contact tab or email me directly; cassielou.photography@gmail.com

CLP xx

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Together, you & I spend time planning and envisioning your precious session. We talk about who we are photographing, what they like. What your children’s favourite songs are.
If this may be baby #1 for you. Capturing the journey to motherhood perhaps?
We build up the session to be something that will always be remembered when you look back at the photos I capture – we create a relaxed & enjoyable experience for you, your partner & then your family too.
I truly feel passionate about starting to look at how I can best help you to display these timeless photographs around your home, or to gift to loved ones too.

Children gather a true sense of belonging & meaning when they see images of themselves & their family surrounding them.
It shares the importance of who they are to you. But it also shares the love of your family with all those who see these.
You are investing money & time into my services, that I want you to have something up that shows this experience with me.
Those big smiling faces or even those precious first moments as a family with your new baby.

Here are just a couple of ways to display your images – albums, prints & announcements/cards.

How do you vision seeing your photographs?
Perhaps an album on your coffee table.
{Maybe even an extra for nanna’s house}….
A gallery of framed prints in your formal dining room. Or canvas’ hung down the hall.
What about a special big print in the nursery?
Have you thought about sending out birth announcements to your friends & family to celebrate the news of your little ones arrival?
Whatever your vision, let me help make it come true.
I want to work with you, to create timeless art for you to cherish forever.
Something that one day you can hand down to your children that they can hold dear as a memory of their childhood.

Included now in EVERY session is two of these beautiful 5×7″ prints in an 8×10″ matte frame. I am including these as I begin transitioning into offering more products & stem away from just the digital files.

I know for some this all seems so overwhelming when it comes to things like;
“Who do I print with?”
“What size prints should I buy?”
“Where is the best place to hang them?
“What photos go best with each other?”

I am certain the list gets long, and overwhelming. So it then gets pushed aside, for another time.
Maybe when you hire my services, you already have a vision for your photos?

Holding that CD in your hand gives you the choice to do as you wish with your photos & I do understand that.
But along with life getting busy & sometimes that CD being put in a draw – I have a passion for what I do, why I do it & how I do it.
I know that this may not appeal to everyone. And that is ok.

I want each photo I take to be seen by the world – to be loved & cherished for the generations to come. I love each family I meet & I adore the memories I am blessed to capture.
Why is this?
As a working mum I know things get a little crazy.
But at the end of each day, as I tuck my beautiful girls into bed, I am reminded of what is truly important to me. My family.
I have many photos displayed around my home, this creates so much discussion with my girls as they reflect back on the different experiences we have had.
It creates conversations about “where they fit in” – a photo I have in my office currently is my maternity session with Lucy Jane.
My littlest is in my tummy, and you know what – she ALWAYS wants to talk about it.
About how she was a baby in there. And she already had two big sisters that loved her.
She asks me questions about why I picked that dress. What we did that day before the photos. How long it was until she was born.
And all of my girls do this throughout my home; I LOVE that they create memories, but that they also remember things down to tiny details just by looking at a photo of themselves.
I want to do this for you.
To create discussions of how loved your little ones are.
Let’s face it – our kiddies are “see it real life” sort of kids. They see things, then they believe it.

This is why,  behind the scenes, I have started planning what products I want to offer you.
Working out how I think I can best help each of you, but to also be flexible to tailor to each individual as I know we all have different visions & different homes.
As I continue to do this – I will share more with you.
I want to take away the hassle of having to design displays of your art, but to also help you figure out how you can best share your images in your home.
And lastly, I want it to be a part of your experience with me. To create that excitement of seeing your photos in real life. Big or small.

As I begin transition into offering you more – I would love some feedback as to what products you think would be most appealing to you?
If you were to think of a session you have had with me, or if you were to book one now – where & how would you display your photos? Why would you do it that way?

*Even those who have had a session in the past – I still have photos on file. It is never too late to display your beautiful art in a timeless manner.
Please contact me if you would like to discuss this – email at cassielou.photography@gmail.com

Pictured in this post are; my matte framed prints & a fine art album.

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