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Happy New Year!
I am only a few days late wishing you this, but then again it really is still such a new part of the year being only January 8th.

Photo shoots have been booking up and kept me on my toes and on the road travelling to various locations across Gippsland leading up to Christmas

I will start the New Year off with a post relating to my most popular concept of capturing childhood…a tribute to families and their desire to have a series of photos created for them to remind them of this time in their lives!

This particular photo session was Part 1 of a two family shoot at a gorgeous farm in Dunbulk, in the South Gippsland shire of Victoria, Australia. These two delightful children were all smiles and super cute. I wanted to create something different for each family so make sure to follow up with my next blog post which will feature the other family…..


Kids on Swing_01

A few weeks ago a friend sent me an email invite to ask me if I would like to join her on a 6 week e-course entitled “The Gifts Of Imperfection” by Author and researcher Brene Brown. After looking into it and watching Brene’s Ted Talk I decided that this would be a journey worth taking.

We are only into week 2 and already I am seeing how challenging yet rewarding this type of course is shaping up to be.

As some of you may know, for quite a while now I have been wanting to work with the filming capabilities of the modern digital cameras. To be honest, it has been a couple of years of making excuses, finding a reason why life gets in my way, being afraid of making that leap, fear of taking time away from still photography….you name it….when I look back, there just seemed like excuse after excuse,with a healthy mix of blame blocking me from giving it a try.

I have found inspiration in other creatives getting out there and trying,so I decided to take the opportunity to work on a project that involved this e-course to help me find my courage to share what I am now adding to my area of work…..

My daughter is joining me for the course and is finding her courage to share her work too…I hope you enjoy it with all it’s imperfections, created with love…

Share, comment and take a look at Brene’s work on her website too…

With Gratitude,

Whole Hearted Living

Yesterday I posted to my face book page a very serene photo of my little guy, Gerad, hugging our dog Frida….the comments have been made over the years that my children are so great for me in front of the camera.Sometimes yes, sometimes no….I do agree that it is an advantage to know your subjects really well,some days,though, it works against me.
I guess the point I want to make is, quite honestly a photo session with a child can be sometimes unpredictable.
I have learnt over the years that it is important to weave my way between having fun and catching crazy kid like action shots(which really helps when getting to know a child and getting them to relax and be themselves) and finding the calm, in between moments.

This little photo session with Gerad happened after a conversation something like this:
ME:”Hey Gerad, I haven’t taken any photos of you in a while, mostly of your sister”
GERAD: “That’s ok mum, you have plenty already”
ME: “but they were a while ago, you have grown up even more now”
GERAD : “Well, take one right now with your phone”
ME (gulp) : “why don’t we head down to the beach and have a fun action shoot?”
GERAD(pause, thinking) : “OK so long as I can jump off stuff!”
ME : “for sure,we might need to take a break for some shots with Frida…”
GERAD: “OK, let’s go!”

So we threw our dog into the mix (which can really escalate the action and in turn make it much more fun and challenging at the same time!)

Take away from this story?…let the kids have fun and they nearly always cooperate for the shots you want to get! (nearly always)

Here is what we ended up with….

For full screen view go HERE to the vimeo link:
A Boy and His Dog

If you have been considering whether or not to invest in hiring a professional photographer: here are a few tips I compiled that may make the answer clearer and the decision an easy one!

9 Reasons To Hire A Professional Portrait Photographer (rather than taking the photos yourself !):

1. These days many people have access to great cameras, but the majority do not know how to use them out of automatic mode. A professional photographer knows their camera like the back of their hand, enabling them to concentrate on their artistic vision and taking photos their clients are proud to share.?

2. ?A professional photographer has an understanding of composition and knowledge of how light affects the final outcome of an image. This produces a superior result.

3. A professional portrait photographer has studied photography and dedicated time in professional development courses to stay up to date with ever-changing technology to produce the highest quality photos for their client.

4. A professional photographer will take the time to educate themselves on what each client is looking for in their final product and plan a photo session accordingly.

5. A professional photographer will have a broad portfolio of work for clients to view before hiring them.

6. A professional photographer understands everyone is different,
they can adjust and create a comfortable environment to bring out the personality in their clients.

7. Professional photographers invest in high end software, computers and camera equipment( in particular, lenses) to bring the highest quality to the final image.

8. Professional photographers have accounts at professional photo finishing labs that ensure all photos and products are reproduced on archival quality papers. This means they will remain as family heirlooms for generations, long after technology has been outdated.

9. Hiring a professional photographer for a family photo session ensures that the whole family is captured, no one is behind the lenses. Photo is a moment in time for them to remember forever.

Here is a PDF downloadable version:

9 Reasons To Hire A Professional Portrait Photographer rather than taking the photos yourself

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