Geelong Photographer wins Awards

Not everyone gets to photograph a wedding in a castle. But late last year, I was fortunate enough to be able to do just that. It was never going to be easy, I mean, just because I had a gorgeous bride with a beautiful dress and in a stunning location didn’t really mean it was going to be easy. I had hoped to visit the location prior to the wedding, but being that it was just before Christmas, there was no way I could be two places at once. So, with a bit of help from my old friend Mr. Google, I set about planning Giselle and Giovanni’s wedding day. Some of the photographs I saw of the location gave me ideas, others just confused the matter as there was photos where people had tagged my location, but in actual fact the photo had been taken elsewhere (nothing like keeping me on my toes huh). After a lovely service and some cafe photos at near an old prison, we made the trip across town to our location. Whilst I had a list of spots that I had planned to photograph the bride and groom, the main idea I had was the spiral staircase. So, after a few wedding portraits outside, we headed inside. Wow, that’s all I can say. This place is a dream for any photographer.  Whilst it doesn’t look like it from the photo, I actually had to go up 5 flights of stairs to get to the top. It was so high up that in order to get the brides face in the photo, she had to hold her head back as far as she could and hold the pose for a couple of minutes. Everything was checked and fixed before I got her to tilt her head back..the dress, the hands, the expression on her face and even the spot where her groom was going to kiss her. So up I went. I was that high up that I couldn’t really see the expression on her face. So I had to take a few photos, just to make sure I had one that was perfect. I knew as soon as I posed the couple that I was on to something, but it wasn’t until a few days later when I was able to sit down and play with the image in photoshop that it came to life. So much so that I had to enter it into the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) awards in the United Kingdom. Now to be 100% honest, I entered the image and was looking forward to seeing the result, but I kind of forgot about it as I was busy with other things. So imagine my surprise when I saw on the SWPP Facebook page that it had not only won a Gold Award, but it also won the Judges Choice Award for the best image. There were one thousand entries, only 27 Gold’s awarded and only one Judges Choice!! Then, just to add some icing on the cake, the same image was also awarded a Silver at the Victorian Awards for the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. Hat trick completed. Not a bad effort for a small Geelong based studio if I do say so myself. First Geelong photographer to have ever won a Gold and Judges Choice Award at the SWPP and one of only a select few Australians to have ever won this as well. One month on and I’m still smiling! America, you’re next..watch out!!

 

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Christmas Portraits

You may have noticed some things appearing in the shops over the past few weeks..things such as Christmas decorations!! What…already!!! Yep, I actually saw some in Myers in early September. In actual fact, as soon as Fathers day was over, out came the decorations. Most guys wait until Christmas Eve to grab their gift vouchers, so there’s still plenty of time!! Well that’s what we like to think anyway. Many of my clients have started their own Christmas tradition, being that they come in for their once a year Family portrait.   Every year, it becomes one huge rush to photograph the session, have a viewing and then have the portraits printed and framed in time for Christmas day. So this year, if you are a previous client, you will receive a little gift in your email over the coming weeks to beat the rush. If you haven’t experienced my services before, then don’t worry, there’s something exiting for you as well. So, if you are wanting Christmas portraits this year, keep an eye out on here, my Facebook page and my Google+ page or you can Contact the studio for more details. Just don’t delay it because before you know it, they’ll be playing Christmas carols all around Geelong!

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Glamour Promotion

What woman doesn’t want to have a nice glamour portrait of herself? Or even better, what woman doesn’t want to have a pamper session and then have a glamour portrait of herself afterwards! Why not combine an outing with your girlfriends, or a organise a day with your mum and come in and have a bit of pampering done. Unlike your traditional glamour portraits, I’ve organised a package that you can use on yourself or with a group of girls. Here’s how it works, come in and have your make up done by Rachel, our Arbonne specialist. While you’re here, have a glass of champagne and a few nibbles and then have your photograph taken. You choose the style of glamour portrait that you’d like and then let us do the work. Bring your mum and daughter in and why not capture a generational portrait. Or what about if it’s a hens night, bring the girls in, have your make up done and then go party!!  So, for a limited time only, you can have all this for only $50 pp. Plus, because we know how much you’re going to love your portraits, you’ll also receive a $50 gift certificate to put towards your portraits. You won’t get a better deal than that in Geelong at the moment! Booking is easy, contact the studio by clicking Here . Spots and dates are limited, so he offer is on a first in best dressed basis. Why wait, it’s something you’ve always wanted to do!!

 

 

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Fathers Day Offer

Only two weeks to go before Fathers Day!! What will we get dad that he doesn’t already have? (Or doesn’t really need!!) Well, here’s something that he needs and, because it’s my first Fathers Day, here’s an offer that doesn’t happen very often. Anyone purchasing a Gift Certificate between now and the 6th of September 2015 will automatically double their voucher value! So for instance, if you purchase a $50 certificate, the value will actually be $100 for you to spend. Purchase a $100 voucher, and the value will actually be $200.  How many businesses give you that sort of value huh??  This offer is strictly only available until Fathers Day though, so get in contact with the studio Here to organise your Gift Certificate.

Dad’s just love a nice portrait with their child. Photography sessions can be done in our Geelong studio or on location. With Spring just around the corner, now is the perfect time to get out and have your portraits done in one of the many beautiful spots in and around Geelong. And remember, Dad’s aren’t the only one’s who benefit from this offer because not only is a family portrait is something that lasts a lifetime and is enjoyed by the whole family, it also becomes an heirloom once your babies grow up and the grandkids come along!!

To purchase a Gift Certificate, you can contact the studio Here or simply by phoning 52 77 2221.

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Wedding expo

It’s wedding expo week in Geelong this week with the Geelong Wedding and Event Expo taking place this Sunday (the 16th) at the Arena. I have a few different things happening there on Sunday, so if you are coming to the expo, make sure you leave yourself enough time to have a chat! It does tend to get pretty busy there and I can’t always chat to everybody.  There is an extra special special for anyone looking at booking their wedding plus, details of which I am only going to reveal on Sunday, so theres another reason to stop by and have a look. All brides that come along will automatically get one of my vouchers when they enter. The voucher though isn’t for your wedding, it’s for a glamour pamper session, so keep an eye out for that in your goodie bag as well. If this is the first time you attend a wedding expo, then here’s a bit of advice for you, take your time and go around to all the exhibitors more than once. Because there is so much happening, it’s pretty easy to miss things. Taking your time and going around a second (or third) time helps you take it all in. So how do you remember who and what you liked? You do tend to get advertising material from all the exhibitors, so if there’s something in particular you want to remember, quickly take a photo of their stand with your phone! That way, when you’re back home and sorting through the material, you can quickly match up the photo to their handouts. Makes life a lot easier!! Of course it goes without saying that if you are coming along on Sunday, then please stop by and say hello. To be honest, I can’t remember my site number (I never do, luckily they write our names on the site!) but just look for the big purple and yellow sign, you can’t miss it!

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Fathers Day Portraits

As promised in my earlier blog post, here is my fathers day portrait promotion. Normally, my promotions include extras that are added to each package. But this year, I’m doing things a little different. To take advantage of this promotion, you must book prior to the 6th of September. Every person that books prior to Fathers day will receive a $100 Gift Certificate to put towards any portrait products that I have available. You can upgrade your package, add extra prints or, as one family did this morning, have the Gift Certificate made out to a friend so that their friend can come in and experience a portrait session. I leave that totally up to you. I know a few of my regular clients have used this opportunity to book and then use the portraits as gifts for the grandparents. A lot of people tend to forget the grandparents and tend to give them gifts that never get used. I remember having a grandparent come in months ago wanting to look at their daughters family portrait session so they could order their own portraits!! (so keep that in mind!) So, how does the promotion work? Simply contact the studio, either by email or telephone, and book a session. Sessions are limited!! I like to personalise my portrait sessions, and this can’t be done if I have three or more in one day. In order to keep the session unique to your family, a maximum of two session times are available each day.  Generally, once I know the age and in some cases sleep patterns of the children involved, a time is then set. With the weather the way it is, if we are photographing a newborn baby, I would suggest we photograph in my  studio but, if the children are a bit older, you generally have the option to either have the session in the studio or at any location in and around Geelong. I have a list of popular locations so it’s just a matter of us organising a time and spot for it to be done.  If you are wanting the portraits back before fathers day, then book in a time as soon as possible so I can guarantee the portraits will be back on time. As with all my portraits now, as an added bonus, you automatically receive a lifetime warranty on all wall portraits.

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Fathers Day 2015

As some of you may already know, this will be my first fathers day. Secretly, I’ve been looking forward to this day since the day my daughter was born to be honest! Having a child and seeing how quickly they grow and change has certainly re-enforced the importance of having a professional portrait taken. Over the years, I’ve had a few clients who made a point of coming in and updating their family portrait. We don’t see ourselves changing from year to year, but when you stop and look back at photographs, you soon see that we do change. So all of a sudden, updating the family portrait doesn’t seem like a bad idea after all. But I don’t look at it as updating the portrait. To me, having your portrait taken is more like capturing a moment in time. Freezing the present so to speak. Think of it like this. How many of us have one family portrait that was taken when you were in primary school? (I can almost see you smirking as you read that) Problem is, our parents did that just once and never had it done again. So between the age of about seven and when you then go and have another one done with your own children and family, there is no professional portrait of yourself. The people who have been coming in every year and capturing a new moment and time in their lives in effect are recording their history. Now we all have bills…do they ever stop?? So we spend money on “essential” items, like a phone bill for instance and we tend to forget the important things in our lives, which is how fast our family is growing up! Hmmm…starting to sound a bit familiar isn’t it? So,  back to why I started writing this blog. Fathers day is just around the corner and this year, being that it’s my first one, I’m going to celebrate it by having my first ever Fathers Day promotion. The promotion is being launched in the next few days, so keep an eye out on here and on my Facebook page to see all the details. Remember you can always sign up for my newsletter Here and be the first to know when any specials are coming up.

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Newborn photography Geelong

Before I became a parent, I used to hear parents always comment on how quick their  newborn child had grown and how in a wink of an eye their baby was at school. My first thought was always, time doesn’t go any faster or any slower for anyone…so I don’t get it. Fast forward a few years and now I’m a parent as well and boy oh boy was I very wrong,  they do grow really quickly!! It feels like one minute you’re in the delivery room waiting for this new little baby to emerge and then you blink and they’re crawling and trying to walk and talk. So I made it a point when my daughter was born to photograph her every three months. Apart from the thousands of photos we’ve taken with our small camera and phone, every three months we bring her into the studio and do a portrait session with her. She made me work for it the very first time we did this, but now she enjoys it, it’s more like a game than a photo session. Ok, I totally understand, not everyone is going to want to have their child photographed every three months (mainly because any “spare” time that parents have involves trying to catch up on things!) But, considering how precious your little child is, taking four hours over the course of a year to have them photographed, isn’t a lot of time. I can guarantee it’ll be time well spent.  So drawing on inspiration from my daughter, I was able to create something that I think is pretty unique in Geelong. The ability to record a child’s life over a period of time. Being that every moment you have with your child is precious, what if you could pause a moment? Not literally of course (I wish I could though!!) but pause in the sense of being able to hold on to a memory that your child creates forever. So I came up with my Moment in Time sessions. This is something that you really need to see to fully understand how beautiful and precious it really is. Portraits and albums that capture your child in a very special and unique way. You are more than welcome to visit the studio to view these beautiful products (appointments advisable, you can click Here to make a time), but hopefully this short video clip can help explain what I mean. For those of you that aren’t aware, my albums are hand made in Italy by some very clever people who use some very beautiful materials to put the albums together. That’s even more reason to come in and have a look. And, if all that wasn’t enough, all my wall portraits now come with a lifetime guarantee. That means that even if you damage the portrait by accident, you’re covered! How many places offer that sort of guarantee??  I hope you enjoy viewing this video clip as much as I enjoyed capturing the special moments in this child’s life.

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Newborn & child portraits Geelong

One of the most rewarding aspects of being a newborn and child photographer is seeing the child grow. Mind you, it does get a bit scary when you receive a phone call from one of those “children” who then asks if you can do a portrait of her and her boyfriend (I’m not that old am I?) I only realised how important and how rewarding seeing the final images of a portrait session was after our daughter was born. In an age when millions of photos are taken every day, it’s still nice to know that there are people out here who value high quality photography. How many of you take thousands of photos on your phones? I bet most of you reading this do. But how many of you then print those photos out? I bet not many. Years ago, some smart cookie invented a frame that you could stick a memory card into and watch your photos, so you wouldn’t need to print them out. Great!! What a brilliant idea…except if you’re like me and have one, you just never turn it on…but I still have printed portraits of my daughter hanging on my wall both at home and in my office. So what does that tell you? Portraits have been around for a long long time and will still be around long after CD’s have disappeared and memory cards have been replaced with whatever is coming next. So it’s great to take a photo of your child on your phone, it’s usually the one thing that we all have with us constantly !! But whats more important is to have a professional record of a moment in time which will never happen again. So, I have added to this blog post a series of portraits that I have photographed over the course of a couple of years. I bet that while you’re  watching it you think of  your own child. Their smile, their laughs and that beautiful shine in their eyes when they see you first thing in the morning or when you get home from work. There’s nothing really quite like it is there!!

I hope you enjoy watching this as much as I enjoyed capturing these moments for the parents. Don’t forget to sign up Here for regular updates, or by clicking Here for any bookings.

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Styled wedding Video

Thanks to Video Vault, you can now take a look at the video clip from our styled vintage wedding photography shoot.  As I mentioned in a previous blog post, the shoot was a collaboration by a few different businesses in and around the Geelong area. The video obviously show’s what happened on the day, but as we all know, a lot of the magic that occurs in photos these days happens well after the photos are taken. Having said that, I am a firm believer that 95% of the work needs to be done when the photo is taken. Anything else that happens in Photoshop later is purely there to enhance the photo, not make it better. Incase you missed it and would like to see a few images that were taken on the day, click Here to view my previous blog post. I think that sometimes couples who are organising their wedding don’t realise how important it is to book businesses that can work well together. For instance, I always make a point of asking couples who is doing their flowers, hair and make up, mainly because what I need to get done at the brides house prior to the service, is so reliant on these other services. I’m sure that anyone else that collaborated on this project would tell you the exact same thing. Always talk to your photographer and tell them what other services you are using, because it can make a big difference on the day. Thank you also once again to Beachside Blooms Florist, Embrace Bridal Boutique, Ivy Creations Hair by Harbour, Oakdene Winery and obviously Video Vault for all their work on the collaboration.

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