Couples Photo Shoot: Sam and Todd’s Photo Shoot

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Couples Photo Shoot: Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Date: 3rd January 2017

Venue: Brisbane Botanic Gardens

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When Sam sent me an email asking if I could do a couple’s photo shoot in Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens, I didn’t need asking twice! It is one of my favourite spots in my favourite city in the world and I jumped at the chance!

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I met Sam and Todd on a warm January day, introduced myself, had a chat and dived into the photos! Although it was a warm day, it was perfect conditions for a couple’s photo shoot – slightly overcast and nice and bright.

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It also helped that the botanic gardens were in full bloom; colour adds amazing depth to a couples photo shoot and makes for a fantastic backdrop.

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The botanic gardens have some incredible locations for couple photos, but my favourite spot must be Fig Tree Avenue!

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After capturing some beautiful couple photos in the park itself, we headed down towards Eagle Street for some photos with the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge as a backdrop. The breeze was fantastic and the light was amazing!

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I always like to grab a few couple photos just outside the Botanic gardens on Alice Street, where the banyan trees have started to reclaim the fence!

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Brisbane is a fantastic location for a couples photo shoot, and with our photography packages starting at $179 with your high resolution images included, we can capture you looking amazing without having to remortgage the house to do so!

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Family Photography – Robelle Domain Family Photos

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Family Photography: Anna and Scott’s Robelle Domain Family Portrait Photos

Date: 29th June 2016

Location: Robelle Domain, Springfield

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Family photography is so much fun, especially when photographing such cuties! It was a bright and sunny winter afternoon when I met Anna and Scott and their gorgeous little girls at Robelle Domain in Springfield. The plan had been to do a larger family photo shoot but unfortunately a couple of the guys weren’t feeling the best but we went ahead anyway, and I am so glad we did!

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Robelle Domain is a fantastic location for family photography – actually it’s a fantastic location for families full stop! – with plenty of shade, sun, and things to keep the kids amused!

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We started in the nice grassy area down from the bridge – the focus was clearly on the two beautiful girls who smiled and played for the camera and made my job very easy!

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We got Mum and dad in a couple of shots (well you gotta, hey?!) and then moved to the stairs behind. Walking all the way of course because we have to test out those legs!

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Winters in Brisbane are awesome, and although I have acclimatised to Brisbane’s weather, I still find a 22-degree day pretty good for the coldest time of year! And ideal for lovely family photography!

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Robelle Domain is blessed with fantastic family photography photo locations so we grabbed a few shots by the lake and then headed to the shade in the rainforest walk; an awesome wooden walkway that makes for amazing family photos.

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The photo shoot went incredibly well and the girls were natural models! And after getting some photos with Mum and then Dad, the family portrait session was all too quickly over! Thanks for a great family photo shoot guys – it was fanastic! Andy

 

Oh my goodness thank you so much for the photos!! They turned out AMAZING!!! My little one is getting baptised in September/October so if you would like to come and take some photos for us that would be amazing!! Hahaha a date has not been set yet but when I know i shall let you know!!! Thank you again!!!!

Mother’s Day Photo Shoot: Vanessa, Tony & Family!

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Mother’s Day Photo Shoot: Vanessa, Tony & Family!

Date: 23rd April 2016

Location: Wellington Point

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Mother’s Day photo shoots are a great gift idea for the Mum that has everything! Mother’s Day photos are personal, fun, loving, and they last a lifetime! Which is why Ness and Tony booked on a Mother’s Day photo shoot a few weeks before Mother’s Day so that they could print the photos off for Tony’s Mum as a Mother’s Day gift! Very wise thinking!

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Wellington Point was our location of choice (it is one of my favourite locations for family portrait photography in Brisbane) and headed to the centuries-old fig trees and started snapping. The guys were amazing! Everyone looked at the camera, smiled and didn’t misbehave! Even the kids were patient and weren’t distracted by the play park!

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I got some lovely family photos first and then a few photos of the kids together, including some lovely individual photos, then sent them off to play whilst I got some shots of Mum and Dad being cute! Aaaahhh, I remember those pre-kid days!

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We were soon joined by Tony’s brother Matt and his lovely wife and continued snapping – I usually expect around 15 minutes of good photo time before boredom and itchy feet kick in and the specialist tactics take place, but in spite of having a 4-year old with us, we were still able to shoot for much longer!

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I got some couple photographs and some family photos then stood back and got some more spontaneous, unposed photographs with the long lens as the family played and laughed. But sure enough where there’s boys and trees, the guys soon started climbing and swinging and generally being monkeys! No problems, I thought, I’ll grab some nice photos of the adults…hang on, Tony and Matt were up the tree too!

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I did spend a few minutes photographing the big people, all the time with one eye on the kids in the branches!

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Then as patience started to wane, we headed to the jetty to recharge the batteries and grabbed a few more family photos in the sunshine before Tony grabbed the kids and started throwing them overboard! Actually, he didn’t but it made for some awesome giggling shots!

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I used to struggle with what to get my Mum for Mother’s Day but every year we give her something fun and personal: a photo canvas of the grandkids, a photo book of her last visit, or some beautiful framed prints. After all, they are timeless and just keep on giving and no mother ever tires of photos of her children or grandkids!

 

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“Thank you so much again we are very happy with outcome and really enjoyed looking at them together, now to decide what to print! Ness”

Portrait Photography: Steph and Luke’s Wello Point Session!

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Portrait Photography: Steph and Luke’s Wello Point Session!

Date: 1st April 2016

Location: Wellington Point, Redlands

Portrait photography is a lot of fun! You get to meet some fantastic people and photograph them in awesome locations! I met Steph, Luke, Peyton and Caleb at Wellington Point – my favourite place on Brisbane’s Bayside for portrait photography – and headed straight to the jetty. Poor Caleb had fallen asleep in the car and was still dozing when I started shooting – poor guy might regret that when he turns 21!

I always make a point of learning everyone’s names at a photo shoot – it helps with getting their attention, plus it’s just common courtesy! “You won’t have any problems remembering the names today,” said Luke; “I’ve got the kid’s names tattooed on my arm!” Haha, thanks Dad!

Caleb soon woke up and happily he wasn’t spooked by the strange bloke pointing a camera at him! In fact, he broke into the biggest smile of the day! And he scored a kiss on the cheek from his sister, Peyton!

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We did a few shots on the jetty and in the small park in the middle of the Wellington Point park area, and then headed to the big fig trees where you are always guaranteed shade and amazing backdrops!

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It’s always nice to get a few shots of each child with Dad and Mum seperately – as you can see, it was all smiles for Dad and all cuddles for Mum!

 

 

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The kids loved climbing amongst the roots and hiding behind the branches. Let them play I say! Some of the best shots will come from kids simply being kids!

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And as a Dad myself, I loved how close Peyton is to her younger brother; they simply adore each other and weren’t shy having a little kiss for the camera! Honestly, doesn’t this just melt your heart!

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Portrait photography has many guises; the group family photo, the couples photo, the kids photo, some black and white photos, and some spontaneous photos. We got them all that morning! Maybe it was because the kids had been swimming and were half a step behind but they certainly didn’t mind the camera and smiled brilliantly! Even Mum and Dad did a pretty good job! And remember that time before kids? When it was just the two of you? Yeah, me neither, but there was once upon a time a few years where it was just you two – romance, nights out, nights in – well kids kind of ends all that! So I make it a point to grab at least one couples photo of Mum and Dad, just so they can remember the good old days!

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But let’s be honest, it’s all about the kids! So the last fifteen minutes were all about Peyton and Caleb being cute and looking awesome with their beautiful curls and fairy dress (Peyton, not Caleb…)

 

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And I didn’t even have to ask this time! Such amazing kids – just what a parent wants to see!

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Then with five minutes to go we let the kids run free and they dived onto the climbing frame and were at the top before I could change my settings! Awesome: capturing kids being kids! Exactly what we wanted!

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And all too soon our session was done. I would be fairly sure the swimming and the climbing would have meant a peaceful and early night for Mum and Dad! Thanks guys, I had a blast; hope you love the shots!

 

The photos arrived on Monday; I have been meaning to email you to say thank you but haven’t had a chance! The photos look good and  there are some really cute ones of the kids. I am more than happy to pass your details on to anyone who is looking for a photographer, we enjoyed our experience and are very happy with the results. Steph

Studio Shoot and Cake Smash: Madelyn’s First Birthday!

Madelyn’s First Birthday Studio Shoot and Cake Smash:

Date: 19th March 2016, 9am

Location: At Home, Bridgeman Downs

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I love doing studio photo shoots but don’t get to do them as much as I’d like; I think there’s an assumption attached to them that they are going to be a bit too stuffy and formal (and expensive!) but this isn’t the case at all! I have a portable photography studio so I can come to your house and get studio quality photos without the hefty price-tag (a portable studio means no rent!)

I was fortunate enough to do an on location family studio shoot for Lauren, Hayden and Madelyn last year in Wellington Point and they very kindly invited me back to capture some photographs for Madelyn’s first birthday. I didn’t need asking twice! I headed to their home in Bridgeman Downs one warm and sunny Saturday morning, which I found to be a hive of activity in preparation for the impending celebrations. I added to the melee as I colonised one corner of the house to set up the studio (a simple, unobtrusive process that takes 20 minutes or so) and by 9am on the dot we were ready to shoot!

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The best bit of advice I can give when photographing kids is to work quickly and to have lots of breaks to maintain their interest! We used the breaks to grab a dose of air-con (it was 34 degrees outside!) and to give Madelyn a rest from the prying camera! She did incredibly well and posed perfectly with Mummy and Daddy, then tried out the rugs and cushions I had brought along for some solo shots; but the hero of the morning was the pink helium balloons which she was intrigued by! Props are great for maintaining interest and for getting some awesome facial expressions! Good work Mummy!

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As Madelyn was being so patient with us, we grabbed some shots with Mummy and then Daddy, and then with little Oliver who also loved the camera, which made my morning an absolute breeze! Thanks guys!

 

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The extended family started to arrive at 9.30 and although the concentration started to waiver a little, Maddy was still a star and we grabbed some great shots with everyone!

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After around half an hour of family pics we headed to the garden for the cake smash! I love photographing cake smashes as you really never know what’s going to happen: confused innocence or outright carnage! Happily Madelyn was somewhere in between and happily demolished the cake for us without sending it flying through the air!

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Madelyn even got her first taste of cake – you can judge for yourself whether she was keen or not!

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And then once there was more cake on the birthday girl than there was on the floor, it was time for a bath and a snooze, and I said my goodbyes. Happy First Birthday, Madelyn!

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“Hi Andy,
Thank you so much for the work that you did on those photos. The disc arrived safely in the mail today. Hopefully there will be another occasion soon so that I can contact you again! It was great working with you again.
Lauren”

Zeinab and Ayman’s Wellington Point Family Portrait Photo Shoot

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Family Photo Shoot: Zeinab and Ayman’s Wellington Point Session:

Date: 3rd February 2016, 10.30am

Location: Wellington Point, Redlands

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Zeinab and Ayman certainly didn’t! We met at a warm and slightly cloudy Wellington Point a few weeks ago and after a brief chat to ascertain the sort of photographs the guys were looking for, we started snapping! Wellington Point jetty is a fantastic place to start and makes for a fantastic backdrop, and luckily we had it all to ourselves that day. As is always the case with family portrait shoots, the star of the show was Eleny, Zeinab and Ayman’s beautiful daughter! Fresh from a snooze and raring to go, she smiled for the camera as we captured some beautiful child portraits and then added Mum and Dad (better get them in a few I suppose!)

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The guys looked fantastic in matching black and white, and Eleny looked so cute with her little bow. Shame it spent more time off her head than on it! The sun eventually came out so we headed to arguably my favourite spot in Brisbane for family portraits: Wellington Point’s amazing Moreton Bay fig trees. They look more like something from Lord of the Rings then Brisbane’s bayside, with their gnarled and twisted roots, but aside from looking great, they provide shade; a very good thing on a warm day like today!

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I let the guys be themselves for a while and stood back with the big zoom and captured the family as they laughed and chatted – Eleny loving being on dad’s shoulders and playing with his hair!

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I find that the best photos from any family shoot are the natural, spontaneous ones; there isn’t the stigma and awkwardness of posing (especially when there’s young kids!) and reactions become more relaxed and authentic.

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Of course, there is a place for some nice posed photographs with everyone looking at the camera, and although the hardest to capture are probably the ones you will put on your wall.

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I also made sure I got some photos of Eleny with Mum and Dad separately – it’s lovely to watch how kids interact with each parent (and makes for a great Facebook profile pic!). Usually dads will start launching children into the air, whereas Mums go for cuddles. Both make for great shots and I always encourage interaction!

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From this point, Little Eleny started to tire so again I stood back and captured her as she cuddled into Ayman’s shoulders – how beautiful:)

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Just a few more shots by the carpark and the hour was suddenly over – it’s amazing how quickly the time goes, but the guys got some lovely memories and can look back at the photos when Eleny turns 5, 10, and 21 and remember how great she looked and what a beautiful family they make!

“Hi Andy, I have just gone through the CD and absolutely love the images! Really beautiful moments captured. Thank you again!” Zeinab