Family Spotlight: Tassie with a Toddler in Tow

Visiting Australia’s southern-most state for the school holidays? Although Tassie might not be on the top of every holiday list, it's a great family destination that's only a quick hop, skip and jump away.

We caught up with Catherine to hear all about their holiday with lifelong friends, and how it has inspired them to try new activities as a family.

Tell us about your family!
There are three of us in my little family. My husband; my little boy Eli who was just about to turn two at the time of our shoot, and myself. We travelled to Tassie with lifelong friends and their daughter. Fun fact spending time with their little girl years ago is the reason we decided to have a baby; she’s an amazing girl.

My husband and I love to travel, however, we’ve done it all backwards by starting to travel after having a child. Eli went to America and Canada before he was one year old, and has since travelled to Bali and Tasmania. Life is all about making memories for him now.

We have lived in a remote mining town in far north Queensland for twelve years. And although we enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that comes with remote living we really appreciate good food and entertainment that would normally be taken for granted by people who live in capital cities and have access to these things all the time.

How did you choose your getaway destination this time around?
We choose Tassie for the food and climate change. The town we live in rarely gets below 30 degrees, and over summer spikes up to over 40 degrees. Despite having done quite a bit of travel, we had never seen snow and were lucky enough despite being so late in the year we witnessed snow on Mt Wellington. To travel with our friends was very special. I prefer to travel with friends because it really encourages you to try new activities.

Why did you decide to arrange a family photoshoot?
We arranged the shoot as a gift for my girlfriend that we were travelling with. Both of us Mum’s treasure photo but always end up behind the lens instead of in front of it, and I’m an amateur, to say the least. I’d choose to spend my travel money on photos over trinkets any day. You have them forever; long after the knick-knacks you purchased have been thrown in the bin.

Talk us through your Travelshoot experience and how it all went down!
Our photographer Rosie was fantastic. The kids were easy to get involved, although the husbands took longer to warm up ;) She did a great job and worked very fast to keep the toddler focused.

What would be your advice to a family thinking about booking a shoot?Mums, please do it! I look at my photos all the time. One is my screen saver at work and another on my phone. It’s worth every cent to have happy family photos where you're actually in the photo. Tip: Bribe the husbands with beer and kids with chocolate. If you can find a place that serves both beforehand this works a treat!

And finally, what’s your favourite shot from your Travelshoot? Why do you love it?
You seriously want me to only choose one?! That’s impossible when the album is full of incredible photos of the people I love having fun with.