Is there anything cuter

Than Beautiful photos of

YOUR and their Bestie?

We think not!

Lilypad Photography is looking for Perth’s cutest and craziest kids and their besties to star in our beautiful keepsake book, the Besties project! 

And the best part is, your $50 participation fee, plus all profits from the sale of the book will be donated directly to Operation Sunshine WA!

What’s in it for you?

  • A fun (and a little crazy, just like we like it) portrait experience with Perth’s most-favourite family photographer, Lisa Ivandich (valued at $150) for only $50!
  • A double page spread in our upcoming book “The Besties Project” featuring a gorgeous professional portrait of your kiddos and their bestie. 
  • A bonus $100 print credit to put towards portraits of your own.
  • The knowledge that every cent of your $50 participation fee will be donation and go straight to helping children who have recently entered out-of-home care or crisis centres

Want to be involved?

Only 15 spaces remaining!

Why Operation Sunshine WA?

Operation Sunshine WA is a community group that provides emergency care packs to children entering out-of-home care and crisis centres in Western Australia. 

Being removed from an unsafe home is a huge upheaval for any child. That’s why we want to support Operation Sunshine. Their kits provide a distraction for kids, but it’s more than that. They help preserve children’s dignity and self-worth. And they can provide comfort at what can be a very difficult time.

Your $50 participation fee can pay for a full emergency kit for a baby, or part of one of Operation Sunshine’s youth kits.


Lisa Ivandich is one of WA’s top family photographers. She has won the WA Professional Family Photographer of the Year for four years running. She takes stunning family photos and has a tonne of tricks up her sleeve to get the best out of kids (and their pets).


Wondering who can come along?

Babies: We’re looking for kids aged 10 and younger. Older siblings and other family members are welcome.

Besties: Any pet that can safely be photographed can be part of The Besties Project. Lisa loves all animals. Except snakes. But if you do have a snake, you’ll get to see Lisa fight through her fear to capture a particularly unique portrait.

Non-living besties are welcome, too. We know how much kids love their teddies – just ask Lisa about her frantic dash through Woolies to find Mr Bunny!


Your $50 donation to Operation Sunshine WA will be given entirely to help kids in crisis. It also guarantees that your child’s portrait will end up in The Besties Project book.

To say thank you for your participation, you’ll get a $100 voucher to put towards the purchase of prints.

Photos will be taken at our Melville studio, or in a nearby park. Have you got a bestie that can’t travel? We know there’s nothing worse than a carsick chihuahua. Get in touch and we’ll work something out.


Here’s a few we’ve already taken!

And this is what they’ve been saying!

Lisa was incredibly flexible when various family incidents and winter weather meant that we had to postpone our beach session again, and again, and again. It was worth the wait, and the photos are gorgeous! Getting three kids (one of whom would not touch the beach sand), a dog and two slightly frazzled parents to relax, have fun and look great doing it is a pretty amazing feat. Thank you Lisa!

Jacqui Read WA

Lisa was very welcoming, warm, patient with my girls and created a fun and easy-going atmosphere for our photoshoot.

The pictures are delightful. Thank you

Susan Schmidt WA

Lisa, thank you so much for perfectly capturing our little family! You were an absolute delight to work with – professional, funny and totally put us at ease.

Bonus points for giving our fur baby big cuddles, she loved you too! Thanks again

Kate Ramage WA


What will it cost me?

$50.  This will be donated directly to Operation Sunshine.

What do I get?

The opportunity to be photographed by award-winning photographer, Lisa Ivandich. PLUS a $100 voucher to put towards prints.

When can I do the shoot?  

Shoots are held on weekdays. School holiday dates are available, but these book fast.

Can my whole family be involved?

Absolutely!  Lisa has a habit of convincing everyone who comes along to be in the photos (look out, Grandma). We encourage you to bring the whole family along to make the most of the session.

Can I purchase photos? 

Yes, of course! A week or two after your session, you will be invited back to the studio to view the images. There is absolutely no obligation to buy; choose only what you love. There’s a guide to our favourite products & prices on our website!  

Will my child’s photo definitely be in the book? Can I choose the image? 

Every child photographed for the project will be included in the book. To keep the design consistent, we will choose the image. However, you’ll be invited to choose a selection of favourites during your viewing and we’ll work hard to include one of your chosen photos in the book.

Do I have to be in the book?

Yes. To participate in The Besties Project, you must agree to the publication of your child’s image in the book. This will include your child’s first name, age, and a couple of lines about them and their bestie.

When will the book be published and what will it cost?

We are committed to raising $3000 for Operation Sunshine WA. We expect that it may take up to 12 months to take the photos and go through the design process.

The Besties Project keepsake books will be sold for the cost of production. We are not looking to make money from them and all proceeds go directly to Operation Sunshine WA.

Final pricing will depend on the number of books printed but we expect it to cost about  $75-$85. 

What happened the “Babies & Besties”

This project started out being called Babies and Besties and was primarily focused on kids under 5 and in the studio. And then there was 2020. With our new normals we started doing some location shoots in our gorgeous Melville locations and increased the age to any child up to 10ish, because older kids were needing their bestie just as much. With demand for Operation Sunshines services sadly increasing increasing, widening the scope just felt right.  So, we dropped “babies” from the name and kept the most important part, “The besties”.  



Finalist 2018, 2019

Winner 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017. Finalist 2018


Only 15 spaces remaining!!