Studio Photo Shoot: Tahlia’s Family Photos

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Studio Photo Shoot: Tahlia’s Family Photos

Date: 25th April 2016

Location: At Home in Graceville

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Studio photo shoots are great family fun – you get to dress up, look fantastic, have fun and most importantly you get to mess around! Oh and you get some amazing photos at the end of it too!

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Tahlia is heading overseas soon (Colombia no less!) and wanted to get some great family photos of her siblings and Mum and Dad so I headed to their place in Graceville with the portable studio on Anzac Day (yes, photographers work when other people don’t!)

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The studio shoot was so much fun! We got some individual photos, some photos with Mum and Dad, some group shots and a big photo with each family member in there! Everyone was so excited and keen and we got so much done in a relative amount of time!

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Family portraits are also a great way to capture the kids as they grow up – those early years fly by all too quick and capturing some fantastic photos once a year is well worth it; especially if there is always one person stuck behind the camera! Guess who that is in our house!

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There is a misconception that studio photo shoots are expensive and time consuming but that doesn’t have to be the case at all – we come to your house and it takes 15 minutes to set up the studio and 10 minutes to bring it down again – all the bit in the middle is for you to play film star and to smile and pose!

Thanks so much for the fun afternoon guys – it really was a lot of fun, and thanks for your enthusiasm and laughter! And have an amazing time in South America, Tahlia! I am very jealous! Andy


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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.