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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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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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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.

Remember, if you want to stay in touch with all that’s happening at the studio, you can join my Facebook page or simply click Here and fill out the form so I can email you when any specials are happening.

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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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Styled vintage wedding Geelong

I was fortunate enough to be part of a styled vintage bridal shoot in Geelong recently. This is a bit different to a wedding day in that the hair and make up stylists are on hand as is the dress supplier and the florist. Normally on a wedding day, it’s usually just myself and the videographer. Now I know what most of you are thinking, not another vintage wedding. I know, I know, that’s the trend at the moment..that and cutting off the couples heads (really??), which believe me, you will never see one of this photos here on this blog..ever!! Our vintage shoot was a little different though because even though that was the feel that we all set out to achieve, I was allowed to do whatever I liked. Now that’s the sort of shoot I like!! So basically I could put my own spin on the shoot. Perfect!! So I could photograph with vintage in mind, but add my own touch of Hollywood #glamour to the photos.  The location was  chosen, very carefully mind you, and we headed down to Oakdene. For those of you that don’t know where this is, it’s in Wallington, about 20 minutes out of Geelong.  There were so many spots to choose from where I could set up, I think I could’ve spent the whole weekend photographing different looks there!! The flowers were designed by Shelley from Beachside Blooms. They fitted the look perfectly we were after perfectly. Any wonder Shelley and her team have won the Australian Bridal Industry awards multiple times over the last few years.   The dresses were supplied by the girls at Embrace Bridal Boutique. Have you popped in and had a look at their range of bridal gowns?? Stunning…that’s all that really needs to be said.  It was great to work with such talented people. Hair and make up was done by the girls at Ivy Creations hair on Harbour and finally, what would a wedding shoot be like if I wasn’t working with my good friend Mio from Video Vault. After having worked alongside Mio for many years at weddings, I know the shot he needs and he knows that it’s usually best to keep out of my way on a wedding day, so we work perfectly together!! haha..only joking Mio!! You can see some of Mio’s wedding video’s on his Facebook page. So below are a few images from our shoot. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed creating them. More images will follow along with Mio’s video of the days shoot.

 

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Geelong Baby Portrait Club

Are you, or someone you know, expecting a baby?How would you like a free $50 Gift Certificate just by registering with the Geelong Baby Portrait Club? It’s easy, and you can register yourself or a friend. If you register a friend, they will get an email with their Gift Certificate and a note that it’s a gift from you. The Gift Certificate can be used towards your next baby or maternity portrait session. registering is easy, just fill in the form below with all the details and leave the rest to us. Don’t forget you can also Like us on Facebook and keep in touch with new Gift Certificates as they become available. Only one voucher per person can be registered. If one person s registered more than once by different people, they will get more than one voucher but can only use one voucher per sitting.

 

 

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Geelong glamour photography

I’ve been working on a new style of Glamour photography for a few months now. Something that pushes the boundaries a little and is totally different to what I’m seeing a lot of at the moment, which is basically a rehashed version of glamour in the eighties! Unlike other glamour photography, which you may have seen, the style I have created is more like an art portrait of yourself. It’s something that is truly unique in Geelong and, more importantly, more unique to you as every piece is a one off. How do I do that? A special planning session is organised prior to your sitting where we sit down and work out your style. This is probably the most important part of the session as you tell me what you’d like and I convert it to a fine art. Your only limit is your imagination! Some women though aren’t exactly sure what they want, and that is why our planning session is so important. Everything from what you’ll wear to how it will all happen will be planned out. On the day of the shoot, you’re encouraged to bring a friend and have some fun. I’ve found that because of the planning, most women settle into the session quite quickly and any butterflies they may have quickly disappear. The session itself takes approximately forty five minutes. Photography by Riccardo can also organise your make up and hair for you, or you may choose to do that yourself. For more information and pricing, please feel free to Contact he studio.

 

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