Brendon and Sarah and I have been on quite the journey. From engagement to wedding and now baby bump. What an honour to photograph their milestones! What I love about these two is they really appreciate photography and know how important it is to document all those big moments in life. They will have so many beautiful images to look back on and to share with their kids. What a privilege it is to do this job! Thank you Brandon and Sarah for choosing me. B x
"Stay close to people who feel like sunlight"
Sometimes you meet couples and you know they were made for each other. I don't believe in fate but I do believe in a perfect match and these two are it. We met them in London and knew we were going to be friends for a very long time. Lisa and I are would spend endless hours discussing photography and encouraging each other to fulfil our dreams when we lived in London. Lisa is an amazing photographer herself so it was a real honour to be asked to take their portraits (See Lisa's work here). Unbeknownst to me Lisa and Nelson were pregnant at the time of this photoshoot so it takes on a whole new and very exciting meaning. Even though they live in Sydney and us in Brisbane we remain close friends to this day. Thanks for asking me guys, I have to say I am very proud of these images. Partly because I love you and partly because I managed to work out your Contax film camera!!!!!!!....... on the fly / with your help. haha. Love you both so much xoxoxoxoxoxox
Lisa's Hair & Makeup by the seriously fabulous Makeup Mode http://www.make-upmode.com
Ive made a lot of mistakes in my career as a photographer. More than I can list I assure you. And i’ll continue to make them because frankly I'm still learning and I hope to always learn and grow. But there are some things that many newbies get stuck on in the beginning, distracted by or overwhelmed by. Thats why I thought you might like to learn from me and my mistakes if you are new to photography and are looking for advice. Or maybe this will make you feel better about yourself because you are already doing all these things…. hopefully some of these will help you not do what I did.
1) The latest and greatest is overrated
Photography 101 - There is no camera or lens that will magically transform you into the next Annie Leibovitz.
Do you know how many times I have been told that my photos must be good because I have a good camera? Too many times. It's an innocent comment granted…. but a seriously offensive one because it implies you are only as good as your equipment. Well why then have some people made mega bucks out of their iPhone images and even published books from them? Also why is it that some awards go to amateur photographers who use entry level camera's and kit lens? Ahhh got you thinking now don’t I. Maybe, just maybe it has nothing to do with your equipment? Actually I'm telling you it doesn’t. Trust me please. This lesson alone will save you cash. You’re welcome.
2: Get intimate with your equipment
That sounded better in my head.
If you are really interested in starting a photography business try and get to know the equipment you already have. I started out on a little holiday point and shoot. My photos were hideous (like you will never see them - eva) but boy I knew after using that little camera what I needed. Don’t go waisting your money on expensive cameras and lenses BEFORE you understand what it is that you need. Oh and don’t ask the guy at JBHIFI what lens you should buy…….. that is a disaster waiting to happen.
My first ever camera I bought was 7 years old when I upgraded to the next model. If I needed a backup camera I’d hire one. When I have a photoshoot even now, I don’t change lenses I use the same one for the whole shoot. That's because I know and love the 50mm because i’ve been using it for so long. I’ve learnt how to get the best out of it, how to step in and out of a scene and not rely on a zoom. Get to know the equipment you have well.
3) Stop! I said stop! comparing yourself to others
Oh my goodness. This is the worst thing you can do to yourself. Seriously how the heck do you think these people started out? Taking crap photos like you! No one buys a camera and instantly takes amazing photos. Give the leaders in their field the respect they deserve (they spent years getting to where they are) and draw inspiration from them but please don’t compare yourself. Its a slippery slope that you don’t want to be on. Its incredibly soul destroying for you and all those around you who have to hear that you aren’t as good as *insert name*.
Don’t worry if you do this, I did too. But remember this post is about “what I wish I knew”, so learn from me and my stupid mistakes.
4) Followers = who cares
In this age of social networking and being told constantly “you need more followers” it's really hard not to get carried away or jealous when you see others having followers in the thousands. Seriously I get Instagram messages and emails daily telling me, for a small amount of money, they’ll give me more followers Its such a con! Don’t believe it. Having more followers does not, I repeat, does not give an indication of talent or success. Having a lot of followers does not always equal bookings or sales. Some people have a small amount of followers but they have very loyal fans that are genuinely following them and interested in their product, these are the kind of followers you want to attract not the ones that are looking for a follow back….. Try and change your focus onto what you are putting out there rather than how many people are following you. The more effort you put into your content and the quality of it you will see your follows grow organically.
5: Editing schmediting
The amount of time I have waisted on editing and trying out new filters and styles only to end up back where I started is embarrassing.
Going back to my original comment about knowing your equipment and no magic pill to looking like an Annie Leibovitz portrait…. remember? It applies to editing too, at the end of the day its just another tool like your camera. If you take an ugly photo there is no magic filter (some might say it's like polishing a poo, not me I'd never say something like that) to disguise an otherwise poor image..... But what happens is, the photo ends up being about the editing and not the subjects. For some that's important but for me its the opposite of what I am trying to achieve.
The key to a beautiful image that captures someones interest is firstly the connection in my subject, then the light and composition.... not editing. The only way you can achieve this is lots of practice. Once you have nailed beautiful light & interesting composition editing takes on a different meaning, usually consisting of minimal changes because you have done all of the hard work in camera. If someone comments on my editing I know something is missing...... The point of this is to tell you - don't waist valuable time in front of the computer. Get out and take photos, nail light and composition and you'll thank me later..... I promise.
I hope you enjoyed reading my list of "don't do's".....
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Since little George (most gorgeous mini schnauzer EVA) arrived in our home 3 years ago he has become a huge part of our family, more than I ever expected. I knew having a dog would be great but now I have one I can't imagine ever not having a little furry friend in the house. They are a constant source of happiness and good company. Never sad, or cranky or moody, just always happy to be with you.
Thats why this year I am opening up my portraits to pets too, its a work in progress but its something close to my heart. They are a member of the family and deserve gorgeous portraits too.
I'll be back with more information soon.
I am so happy to share these images with you today! Nessi and Taps were an absolute dream to photograph. Not only did they look cute (props to mum who dressed them beautifully) but they were a lot of fun. It was the perfect afternoon for a Brother & Sister photoshoot, the sunlight was crazy (in a good way) and these two really do love each other - you can see it in every image. I really felt like I'd created some pretty amazing memories that day. What a privilege. Bx
These three braved the cold London weather because they wanted their portraits to be outdoors like their Bump Shoot they did with me! And it was worth it, we had a lot of fun and little Evie was super comfy in mum and dads arms all wrapped up like a little vanilla ice-cream cone :) Hope you enjoy looking these loved up family images! BX
Dave & Jo's Baby Bump photoshoot......
This family. What can I say?
When I thought about photographing 3 children I have to admit I was a bit nervous. I won't lie.
But I shouldn't of been nervous at all, Caitlin and Andy are THE most relaxed parents on the planet and because of that so were their kids. If there is any advice I can give parents before their photoshoot, it would be to channel some CALM, it really helps a lot. Your kids feed off you in a way that is quite amazing. Im not saying the whole photoshoot went without a hitch, they never ever do, its part of photographing children......but it was a lot of fun and we were able to create some pretty fun images together. Images that I am very very proud of.
Hope you enjoy this Blog post of the Kehoe family amongst the mangroves and beautiful long grass of Nudgee Beach in Brisbane's north.
Yes Caitlin looks so gorgeous because of the awesome Olivia! From Little Olive Styling, thanks Liv xxx
"The Old Branch"
Vieille Branche in Albion Brisbane is a place that once you walk in the "doors" you become completely and utterly overcome with inspiration. I said "doors" because technically they don't have doors, its a warehouse you see, its different to other coffee shops and restaurants. Its unique and its why its become one of Brisbane's best coffee shops and music venues!
To be asked to photograph the owners Jen & JC and their little one Manou was such a privilege and a little nerve wracking because Jen is an amazing photographer herself.... just check out her Instagram feed... they are all her images!
So I give you a sneak peek of one of my favourite portraits of Jen herself. I love everything about it, from the expression to her gorgeous crinkled linen top to the hint of ribbon in her hair. Jen is so stunning and she doesn't even know it.
My partner in crime was responsible for Jens gorgeous makeup and hair on the day. Thanks Livie!!! xxxx
***COMPETITION IS OFFICIALLY CLOSED***
CONGRATS TO THE CUTRUPI FAMILY!!!!! WOOP WOOP. YOU GOT SO MANY VOTES IT WAS UNREAL. CAN'T WAIT TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR FAMILY.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO GOT INVOLVED AND VOTED FOR THEIR LOVED ONES. THERE'S SO PRETTY AMAZING FAMILIES OUT THERE I WISH I COULD PHOTOGRAPH YOU ALL!!!!
Yep you read it correctly..... we are doing a giveaway to kick start 2018 off! Olivia and I want to give one lucky family/couple/kids/pet who ever our VIP treatment for free. Maybe you have always wanted portraits taken and you just can't afford it or maybe there is someone out there that you feel deserves some pampering. Who ever it is we want to give you a gift that keeps on giving, a Voucher worth $450. Here are the details.....
WHO CAN ENTER?
Anyone we don't care.* You can nominate a friend too!
Think... Families, couples, pets, individuals.
As long as you are *prepared to travel 20mins from Brisbane CBD on the day of the photoshoot and Olivia can get to you within 30mins drive from Brisbane CBD for your hair and makeup. Thats it.
HOW CAN I ENTER?
Nominations and votes are officially CLOSED!!
THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR GETTING INVOLVED AND VOTING FOR YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY.
Nominations close on the 24th January.
Winner announced 3rd February.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PRIZE?
My "Complete" Gift Voucher worth $450. It includes:
- Guidance on what to wear on the day
- On location photoshoot with me for 1hr
- Hair & Makeup by the wonderful Olivia!
- 2 Complimentary matted prints of your choice 8x10" (usually 5x7")
- Digital copies of chosen prints in Colour and B&W (8x10")
Pretty simple. If you have any questions please send me a DM or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Britt has the amazing ability to make you relax, feel your best and it shows in the most beautiful images she produces. We are so happy we had this experience and we will treasure our photos for many years to come. Zoe & Grant x