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Anderson’s birthday party

After a year’s absence I am finally back home in Melbourne (if you’d like to see what I’ve been up to, check out the travel blog I started with my Husband –, it was a huge year!) and I couldn’t be happier. I’m also really excited to get ‘From Genevieve’ back into gear, so, without further ado I give you Anderson’s first birthday party.

Vicki Chau - May 3, 2013 - 11:07 am

Happy bday Andy! How handsome do you look in these pics!!?! I’m sure you had a wonderful bday filled with plenty of cuddles from your loving family! Sorry we couldn’t make it :( but we can’t wait to see you soon!! Muah!!!! Xx

Court by Design

I have a very talented sister-in-law. Her name is Courtenay. She is clever and crafty in ways that completely blow the mind of un-crafty folk like me. She makes cushions, aprons, vertical garden beds and refurbishes furniture. (Keep an eye out in the rest of this post for said cushions and aprons, and also a particularly cool rocking chair.) She blogs at, go there, check out her skills, be impressed.

Talented sister-in-law and I share two adorable nieces, named Cadence and Allegra. They’re ridiculously cute, so cute that I wish they were like tea cup pigs and never got bigger, but they are getting bigger, fast (I don’t really wish that, I can’t wait to know grown-up Cadence and Allegra – they’re going to make brilliant big people).

If you add together crazily talented sister-in-law, and unfairly cute nieces, the following occurs.

Natalie - February 24, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Super cute photos Gen, the colours are amazing!


In this blog I’d like to get my biases out of the way early. The following photo is of my Godson. I think we can also agree, however, that it is also a photo of one of the cutest little babies around.

Told you.


Need more proof?


Now that we’re agreed, I’d like to introduce Hunter Harry Stevens. Hunter’s parents, Kelli and Jamie, are Brad’s friends from way back before I came on the scene. Brad and Jamie were both in each others weddings and have a Bromantic relationship of epic proportions, so Brad was a shoe-in for the role of Godfather (Brad’s also part Italian, and despite not looking much like Marlon Brando I think that helped him snag the gig). I was, of course, happy and honoured to come along on the Godparent ride, and Brad and I were officially named so at Hunter’s dedication held at 9am New Years Day. It was a wonderful way to start the new year, even though we may have been just a little hung over for the service.

Also, and just as a side note, at the time of the above photo Hunter was four and a half months old, and when I took the photo below he was just less than a month old.

In summary, the kid got big fast. Do all children grow up that quickly?



Renee’s 30th bash

When I first got to Melbourne I sent a strange and bumbling email to a woman named Renee (who at the time was half of the Inspired Occasion, a Melbourne based party planning power duo, which is now a Melbourne based party planning power solo in the hands of the exceptionally creative, wonderful and master of seemingly all things chef-ery, Alex). The email was a bit awkward and a lot apologetic, but essentially went along the lines of, ‘I’m new here, I’d like to take photos at Kid’s birthday parties… help?’ Renee replied by asking if I’d come along and take photos at Olivia’s party that Sunday, and since then has been a constant supporter of my work and promoted me to anyone that would listen. A month ago she hired me to photograph her own birthday party (which was amazing) and has booked me in for her daughter’s birthday in February, which I can’t wait for.

I wont post many photos from the party, but I felt compelled to share a couple of the photos of the set up, simply because of how amazing it is.

If you’d like to see more you can check out this post on Renee’s own blog or this feature of the party on Amy Atlas.

There are a lot of links already in this post, but just in case it isn’t enough, here’s some more! These are the vendors involved in Renee’s gorgeous party:

Flowers: Velvet Lily
Cake, cake pops, cupcakes and macarons: The Inspired Occasion
Oversized Balloons – Little Sooti
Styling and event coordination: Renee Bugg
Tassel garland inspiration: The Purple Pug


Kelli - January 7, 2012 - 7:42 am

I love The Inspired Occasion, I never knew who the creative team behind it was though. Guess I’ll have to follow Renee’s new venture now too, what a gorgeous set up!

Love the photos Gen, you can do no wrong.