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Bring back the family photo album

Do you ever take a photo of your child and wonder whether one day he or she will look back at that photo and relive their past? How do you think they’ll view that photo?  Will they have to flip through your old computer, your phone, or maybe an old hard drive, to do it? Have you backed that photo up somewhere where it will stand the test of time and survive a crash on your system if something like that should happen? Or do you have a family album where all your family’s history is recorded? 

When I was younger,  one of my favourite pastimes was to check out my parents  albums from when they were younger. It kind of put a jigsaw together for me of when my Dad immigrated to Australia, the ship he came over in, where my parents lived in Geelong West. Their wedding album, albeit in just black and white, was just fascinating. It showed me relatives I’d never met, some of which had long gone, and places I’d never been to. 

I looked through those albums so many times but I was always fascinated, and never tired of the photographs. My mother would patiently explain to me who the people in those photographs were and my relationship to them. Those photographs were, and still are, the fibre of our family’s history. 

As I got older, our own photos were added to those albums. My brother and I growing up, our birthday parties, first day of school…and eventually the last day of school. My mother kept adding photos to the albums as the copies grew. I even remember that on at least three special occasions, my mother organised for us to visit a professional photographer to do our family portraits (and before you ask, yes I am friends with that photographer to this day) so we could display some on our walls.    

Like most children, I hated having my photo taken. But we stood there and smiled and when the photos came back from the lab (at least a week later!!) we’d quickly open the packet and flick through all the photos. We’d have a laugh at the person who’d blinked because they were the one that ruined the photo, and then slip the photos into an album ready to be viewed at a later date. 

When digital cameras (and eventually smart phones) came along, all our prayers were answered! We could finally take thousands of photos, see them right away and delete the blinks all at zero cost!!  Plus, we could store them on floppy disks that took up less room and they’d be there forever. Well the floppy disk was quickly made obsolete and CD’s and DVD’s took over. CD’s are now on the way out by the way, but anyway, who needs those, our phones now have 128 gig of space in them!! Why would we need to store things on CD anyway? Oh wait, the CD has gone, we’re now storing them on Hard Drives…who needs those anyway, I have 128 gig remember!! AND I have them right in my pocket all the time and they will be there forever, won’t they?

The family album, which I so vividly remember flicking through the pages in our Geelong West home,  is in danger of extinction, if not already lost to time. I keep telling myself that I need to print some of my digital pictures and make an album but I never get around to it and, because there are now thousands of digital files, the task becomes more daunting by the day. 

Printing them isn’t something that needs to get done just for me but for my daughter who, if she’s anything like me, will be amazed by looking at actual photos of myself and my wife when we were young and of her grandparents, aunts and uncles. A digital file can’t be kept in an album and many files will unfortunately disappear as technology makes previous storage media redundant.  In the ever-evolving digital age, old printed photos of our ancestors or relatives have become a prized treasure in the lives of young people as they piece together their own jigsaw of life. 

Photographs tell us where we came from and help give many a sense of importance. 

Geelong portrait and child photography by Riccardo Studio

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A Summer Family Portrait – dress correctly!

It’s hot outside, but fear not, a Summer family portrait can be fun and give you many years of enjoyment if you dress correctly. Here are some cool wardrobe tips to make sure your summer family photo session is a hit and will guarantee that your family portrait won’t look dated in just a few years. 

  • Wear light fabrics that let you breath, but still look polished. It’s OK to show some skin, too. Shorts are good, as are tank tops, but like any family portrait session, avoid clothes that have writing or patterns on them. Plain is best! Oh and don’t forget to colour coordinate. Choose one colour and make sure that the whole family dresses in a similar tone. So if for example you decide that white is the way to go, you can wear light blues, pale pinks etc. But don’t have one person in white, one in black, one in red…it just doesn’t work and will ruin your family portrait. 
  • Really play up the summer accessory factor. I’m talking sun hats for the ladies and big sunglasses for all. Bring your sun umbrella and bathers for something unique. It goes without saying too to bring a towel as things can sometimes get a bit out of hand with the splashing. 
  • You can even bring summer-appropriate props that complement your outfits. Maybe it’s a beach ball, balloons or a giant lollipop. For some extra fun, why don’t we get ice creams? It may get messy but there’s a good chance you’ll end up with some funny photos that you’ll look back on and always have a laugh over. 
  • Choose shoes that are comfortable and summery. Thongs, loafers, open-toed pumps, even Crocs are ok on your kids….do you even need shoes at all? We are in the sand after all!  

Having been a family portrait photographer in Geelong for almost 25 years, we are more than lucky to have some very beautiful beaches right at our doorstep. Why not use them to our advantage at this time of the year? 

 

To see more family portraits, please visit my website www.riccardo.com.au

 

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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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Christmas Specials 2014

It’s Christmas Specials time!! Originally I had allocated 30 portrait sessions for the Christmas specials, but 11 were filled prior to the release, so only 19 spots remain. Once they’re taken, that’s it. I pride my studio on photographing quality over quantity. So, as part of the specials this year, you will receive a free sitting, free Christmas cards and a $50 voucher for you to give to someone as a present. In other words, not only will you be having your portraits taken, you’re doing your Christmas shopping at the same time!! Plus, one lucky family will win a 16×24″ wall portrait valued at $600 as part of their order. If that’s not the best deal in Geelong, then I don’t know what is! 😉 You can book in for a family portrait, newborn or child portraits, a maternity portrait or a glamour portrait. Please find all the details below and feel free to Contact the studio Here to make a booking or for any enquiries. If you have already booked a session prior to the specials, you will automatically receive them when you come in.  Like I said though, spots are limited and the special will end once all places are filled or on the 31st of December.  Don’t forget you can always join us on Facebook to stay up to date with all the happenings at the studio.

 

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Christmas 2014 package pre-release

There’s always something magical in Geelong at Christmas time and this year is certainly no different. I have already had quite a few enquiries regarding Christmas family portrait packages. As with all my specials, there is only a limited quantity available. I pride my work on being available as a “Quality rather than quantity” product. So, this Christmas, there will only be thirty spots available. Four have already been taken prior to the release so I have decided to release ten more spots as a pre-release.

The portraits can be a family portrait, couple portrait, newborn or baby portrait or even a glamour portrait. Have you had a look at my fairy portrait collection?   As an added bonus this year, one lucky person will win a 16 x 24″  wall portrait to add to their order valued at $600.

Have your memories captured forever by Geelong’s most awarded portrait and wedding photographer.

Pre-release sessions will be available until the 21st of October or until all taken. Please contact Photography by Riccardo  by email to reserve your spot. Gift vouchers will also be available.

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Previous Clients

Are you one of my previous clients? Then I have a surprise coming for you. It doesn’t matter whether I photographed your wedding, newborn baby portraits,  family portrait, glamour portrait or model portfolio or even if it was last week or 20 years ago, you’re still part of this big family (and growing weekly!!) So, if I’ve been lucky enough to work with you at any stage over the past 20 years, then please contact the studio so that you can update your contact details with me. You can send me an email through the website or give the Studio a call.

 

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What’s on in January.

Well things are finally starting to settle down here after the Christmas period. Thank you to all of you that sent messages telling me how happy Grandparents were when they received a family portrait print on Christmas day. I love hearing those sort of stories from my clients. So what is in store for 2014? Well, if you’re getting married and planning your wedding, I have some new and exiting products on the way, one of which is already here and it looks amazing! It has allowed me to add a new package to my list and brides who have seen it have all given it a huge thumbs up! On top of that, I have some new locations in and around the Geelong area, so get ready for some new looks!!

Portraits are changing too, some of the clients who have been in over the past month have got a small taste of the new style and change. There are also be a few promotions coming up over the next few months, so keep an eye out for those on here or, if you’re on Facebook, Like my page and subscribe to the newsletter. Specials photography deals will be sent to subscribers before a general release. You can follow the link Here to the Facebook page. If you haven’t already seen it, I currently have a Valentines Day promotion running but places are limited! So if you’re looking for a more personal gift for your loved one, then this might just be the thing you’re looking for. Full details are also on the Facebook page. Oh and if you’re a previous client, whether it be a past wedding or portrait client, there’s an extra special surprise coming for you all in the next month. A few more surprises coming soon, so stay tuned!

 

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Something arty

If there’s one thing that I enjoy the most about photography is being able to just play and experiment. Digital technology has made it easy for anyone to be able to pick up a camera and take a decent photo. Only yesterday I was reading an article that asked why anyone would bother having a family portrait taken with a professional photographer when they could do it themselves these days.  The article actually even said that a “decent family portrait can be taken with your phone these days”. Really?? I must be missing something here because whenever I take a snap with my iPhone, I’m always disappointed with the quality. It always looks great on the screen, but have you ever tried printing a decent sized photo out of it?  So really, cameras are no different to what they were 20 years ago. Back then we had film and waited a couple of days to get our prints back, now we see it in an instant but essentially, all the camera does is record what we point it at. So, to get back on track, being able to experiment, not with the camera or photoshop, but with light, that’s where real photographers excel. Here’s a favourite image of mine. Simple, artistic and beautiful. Child photography, but with a sense of timeless art. This is what my clients love. Something that they can hang on their walls, not in their phones. I have been working on something that’s a little different and will be offering clients select art pieces shortly. These will be photographed exclusively in my studio or in select locations in and around Geelong. You can always see more wedding photos on my Facebook page, just click Here.

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Weddings, Weddings, Weddings!

Well it certainly been an eventful week here at the studio. Firstly one of my images was named as Image of the day on a U.K Wedding Blog and today I found out that I came 11th overall in the Victorian Bridal Industry Awards. Add on top of that quite a few wedding enquiries,  a couple of family portrait and newborn baby portrait sessions and believe me, it’s never a dull moment around here! For those of you who may be interested, here’s the link to view the Image of the day: http://www.sparethedetails.co.uk/image-of-the-day-photography-by-riccardo/

As I mentioned, I’ve had quite a few wedding enquiries, most of them being for Summer 2013/14. Dates are booking out fast, so my best advice to couples is to contact the studio as soon as they have a wedding date. What a lot of couples don’t realise is that professional photographers, as a general rule, book about 12 months in advance, but use that as a guide, I have weddings booked up to November 2014 already! For anyone getting married this weekend, enjoy the weather! Who would’ve thought that only three weeks out from Winter we’d be enjoying 25 degree days! Great time to be out and about along the Geelong Foreshore!! Keep up to date with all my weddings on my Facebook page, Don’t forget, just click Here.

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