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Geelong photographer war veterans project.

As many of you who follow my Facebook page may have seen, I am one of only two photographers in the Geelong region who is taking part in the AIPP’s Reflections Program. From the onset when this project was announced, I wanted to be a part of it. In a nutshell, we are looking to create a portrait of every ex servicemen and women who served during World War II.

There are over 14,000 World War II Veterans estimated to be living in Australia and we are inviting them to be photographed as part of one of the most ambitious photographic projects ever undertaken in Australia – to commemorate our unsung heroes of World War II in print. Obviously I won’t be photographing all 14,000 of them! Myself along with another local photographer have registered to cover the Greater Geelong region.

On completion, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) project entitled Reflections: Honouring our World War II Veterans, will provide a compelling pictorial record of returned servicemen and women living in Australia for the Australian War Memorial archives. The project is being undertaken by professional photographers across the country that have been accredited by the AIPP. We are donating our time and talent in a unique community project. Any profit from the resale of photographs will be donated to Legacy and the RSL Foundation.

“The AIPP wanted to honour veterans, whether from Australia or elsewhere, as living tributes to a time of heroism and nationalistic pride, by capturing and publishing their portraits in print. “What better time to capture our living heroes than now as we commemorate 100 years of the ANZAC tradition and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII,” “Letters and printed photographs meant absolutely everything to them back then, telling the story of their lives in their youth. It’s only fitting to contrast this with their senior years in the same way, in a timeless gift to them, their families and the nation.”

In this digital age when images can be lost in an instant, photographers know it’s the power of quality photographic prints that will live on, capturing a person, a moment in time and preserving it forever.

Each veteran will receive a complimentary Kodak printed portrait in a presentation folder to commemorate their service given some 75 years ago. Anyone who served in World War II is encouraged to register for their free portrait at www.aippveterans.com or call AIPP on (03) 9888 4111

Finally, as I mentioned, everything I am doing here is being donated. Time, talent the lot. For me it’s about honouring my late Grandfather who fought in WWII and was a prisoner of war in Russia. We were fortunate enough that he came back from the war but sadly passed away in 1983. May he Rest in Peace.

 

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Wet Weather Weddings

I often hear photographers whinging about wet weather. “the rain spoilt the couples wedding photos” Really? Truth of the matter is that regardless of the weather, amazing wedding photos can be captured any time. The wedding I photographed on Saturday is proof. Storms were predicted for Saturday, but according to the weather forecast, they wouldn’t occur until later in the day. Just as the bride was ready to go and meet her groom, we received a small shower. We waited about ten minutes and it seemed to clear, so on with the show we went. We were at the beautiful Wyndam resort in Torquay (about a 15 minute drive from Geelong) and just as the Bride and Groom started exchanging vows, the heavens opened up. Not just a shower, but as you can see from the photo, some fairly serious rain! They both took it in their stride, nothing was going to stop the most important part of the day. It’s a wedding service that no one will ever forget! But there is a silver lining to every cloud and shortly after the service, we headed into Geelong. I’ll write more about this wedding in a later post, but have a look at the second photograph that I’ve posted below. The weather Gods looked down at us and gave us this spectacular sight to work with. We kind of forgave them for the earlier downpour and ended up with some amazing wedding photography that this couple will treasure forever.

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Lovely email I received

I thought I’d share part of an email I received earlier today. I don’t usually share email, but this kind of stood out. This couple drove down to Geelong from Melbourne during the recent heat wave to meet me. Their wedding is later on this year down on the coast. I’m sure they’ll be more than happy of the weather that day is a bit milder than the 42 degrees we had the day they came down!

“Hi Riccardo, I wanted to confirm the booking of our wedding with you. I have to say that after spending countless hours searching through websites, we both agreed that nothing else we saw really came close to your quality of work. As Paul said, there are loads of photographers but there’s only one Riccardo. We both can’t wait to have you as part of our day. Jennifer and Paul.

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Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Well after months of saying I’ll get around to it, I finally did get around to it and applied for membership into the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers in the United Kingdom. This morning i was accepted. It’s a bit of a privilege really because there are only 34 photographers in the whole of Australia that are members and of those, only 9 or so are from Victoria. Which now makes me the only Geelong Photographer that’s a member!   I’ve always enjoyed a bit of a challenge and this will be a good way to measure up my wedding and portrait photography against other photographers from all around the world. Now…to win some competitions!!

 

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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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