You are my one and only...

This image was one of the last frames of the day.... hence the sweets :)  The kids did amazing, mum and dad were getting into the swing of our photoshoot and were connecting beautifully.   Its what I dream of when I prepare for a shoot of any kind.  Being able to capture your connection, whether we are at a beach on the Sunshine Coast or a park in Brisbane it doesn't matter, thats just a backdrop.  What matters is your images convey how you really feel about each other.... thats the difference between a snap shot and an image that has been created with team effort.  That team is you and your preparation before the shoot, Olivia doing her thang with hair and makeup and me as the photographer on the day helping you to relax and enjoy your experience.  

Professional portraits are not flukes, they are thoughtful elements that come together to create magic.......  Bx

I am drawn to the quirky shots.  I love how Claire and Simon are soooooo perfectly in love and the kids are just doing their thing.  (Being rewarded for their awesome behaviour)

I am drawn to the quirky shots.  I love how Claire and Simon are soooooo perfectly in love and the kids are just doing their thing.  (Being rewarded for their awesome behaviour)

Words from Navin Chowdhry (Actor UK)

Do you find it hard to talk yourself up?  I'd rather run down the street naked than do it.  Its a problem (no one wants to see that) esp when  you own a business.  So rather than me tell you what I'm like how about I let my clients do the talking..... problem solved.  This is not a "look how good I am" type of post (see I'm doing it now...) its more a way of you to get to know me better.  When people take the time to write such beautiful words like Navin's its a real gift.  They've taken time out of their busy day to write real, honest, touching words for you... wow.  Ive been in tears reading some of them.  So here is my first post from one of my all time favourite people Navin Chowdhry who even uses my photos on his IMDB profile to this day.  What a lovely lovely man and gorgeous family.  Thank you Nav and Charlie.... miss you too. Bx

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“Quite simply the most brilliant photographer and a total joy to be around.

Her photos are just beautiful.

A natural ability to capture those special moments - real moments with such truth and heart. It’s like Britt instinctively knows the type of picture you want and the best way to get it for you. I believe what sets her apart from so many others is the care she takes in meeting and understanding her clients and how sensitive and adaptable she is to what they may go through on the day. With such a calming presence, she makes you feel so relaxed, so easy in front of the camera. She’s such a laugh you unbelievably find yourself enjoying your picture being taken! She exudes a real warmth, a support you really feel on the day. From family photos to baby pics to professional head shots she can do it all and we feel so incredibly lucky to have shared these moments with Britt. We love her, we miss her and we want her back in London!!”
— Navin Chowdhry (Actor UK)

Styling tips for your photoshoot

Without telling you what to wear (I'd never do that to you!...... well actually if you asked I would haha)

I have shared some tips and hints to start you off in choosing the best outfits for you and your family.  Hope this helps!  Feel free to share.

Bx

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Photography 101 : How to take a natural photo....

Parents, how do you take a gorgeous *natural* photo of your little one?  

My little niece Athena pondering life and its meaning and whether the flowers are edible.....

My little niece Athena pondering life and its meaning and whether the flowers are edible.....

They do say never work with children or animals....  honestly, I think thats rubbish.  Children and animals don't have self esteem issues in front of the camera, they don't worry that you'll get their double chin or fat arms........   what they don't love is being posed and told what to do constantly.  

So what I say to you is this....

First: Have the spot in mind that you think is pretty.  Make sure the light is even (all shade, or all sun, no dappled light unless you are trying to be all arty farty).  

Second: Choose the outfit and have fun with your little one getting dressed, you don't even have to tell them that you are going to take a photo of them.  

Third: Have your camera ready, exposures set way before your little one steps in front of your camera.  This is important because kids get bored very quickly.  Very.important.step.com

Fourth: Encourage them to stand in the beautiful spot you had in mind, don't rush it..... now leave them there to do their thing.  Don't ask them to smile or say cheese........ pleaseeeeee don't do that.  Just see what happens, you might be pleasantly surprised.  You might have to try it again and thats ok, these things take practice.  But it works for me most of the time like it did with Athena.  

Let me know what you think..... B

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That pregnancy glow....

Hello! 

This is the beautiful Sarah.  I feel like I've known Sarah & her hubby Brendon for years because I had the privilege of photographing their engagement and wedding.  I feel so honoured when clients ask me to photograph their milestones, it is the ultimate compliment.  

As you know Olivia is now my beauty assistant and did Sarah's hair and makeup on the day and I think she did amazing, so proud of her.  

More from this shoot to come. 

Bx

Patrick & Kimmy Pre-Wedding Shoot in Brisbane

Patrick and Kimmy, where did you come from?  (rhetorical question haha.... they are from Hong Kong)  Just when I made the decision to quit weddings I get an enquiry about a pre wedding shoot in Brisbane.  Wow.  Its like the perfect shoot for a portrait photographer.  You get a gorgeous couple, all dressed up, looking amazing and so in love without the wedding day!!  Yes please.  I think you can tell looking through these images just how much I LOVED doing this shoot with this amazingly down to earth couple.  This isn't your typical Hong Kong pre wedding shoot.... these two are not about bells and whistles and attention, they are all about the love.  They wanted natural style portraits in a pretty setting "with greenery" they said :)  that I can do!  

Hope you enjoy looking through their images, this has to be seriously one of my most favourite shoots this year/ever.

Thank you Patrick and Kimmy for asking me!

Britt x

Autumn is here

This is Autumn, I know how fitting is that for a May shoot!!!  I asked her mum if we could try a new location on the other side of the Brisbane River.....  I know, who would of thought there was another side?  hehe.  Its absolutely stunning and I can't wait to share it with more clients in the future.  One problem, the beach is tidal so we have to not only think about the sunset but also the tides!!!  The perils of shooting on location :)  

When you get it right.... well as you can see the results are gorgeous!  Introducing "Auty Bear" as her parents and brothers call her.... x

Dress & Bow:  Lacey Lane
Shoes:  Cotton On For Kids 
Teddy Bear:   Jelly Cat UK
Socks:  Kmart

An Interview with Ellen - "The Stylist Mama"

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I recently had the absolute pleasure in taking Ellen and Sophie's portraits.  The moment Ellen stepped out of the car we hit it off, chatted all afternoon with no awkward silences.  It was like we'd known each other for years.  She's such a cool, down to earth, interesting and honest human being.  I HAD to interview her and share her with you.  She is a Mummy Blogger based in Brisbane but thats not all, hope you enjoy her interview.  Bx

So you are a mum, what's it like?

{E} Oh man. Hard to explain haha! Motherhood is so different to how I imagined it. Everything I was ready for- never happened, and things that I never thought of- happen daily. The early days are tiring but quiet, and the toddler days are a little more lively, and a whole lot louder! 

I love it though, and kind of forget what life was like beforehand, however…. When 7pm comes around, the silence… is GOLDEN.

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Tell me about blogging, how did it all start?

{E} I started blogging as a way to keep a bit of a memory of my motherhood journey, and also to connect with likeminded people who had similar stories to share- there was only so many minor milestones like “today she smiled for the 23rd time” that my partner could handle before the eye rolls started. I felt like I needed women in my life who I could celebrate these little milestones with, and ask for advice or direction if I ever needed it. So many of my friends were still in “career” mode so I didn’t have too many friends to call upon, so blogging became a bit of an outlet for me, especially when you suffer major FOMO like me!

These days the blog has totally transformed into a little less of the mummy stuff, and a lot more of the topics that I love writing about- like fashion, beauty and hair!

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What has been the best experience about blogging?

{E} Defiantly the opportunities I have been able to pursue! I’ve met some incredible women who have become wonderful friends, and been able to attend and contribute to some really special events!

Who was Ellen before Sophie came along?

{E} Ellen was a bad ass… Jokes! I was a hairdresser! I grew up in sunny Noosa, and managed a salon there for 8 years, before moving to Brisbane to further my career. Sophie was a little surprise baby, so that changed my career path big time, however I am now doing lots of freelance hair for weddings, events, and fashion editorials!

How important are family photos to you?

{E} SO IMPORTANT! It’s really amazing how the weeks/ months go by before you realise (as a mother) that you maybe don’t have any (!!) photos of you and your children to hold on too and cherish! I am always behind the camera, and catching little moments with Sophie, but to actually BE in the photos with her- is priceless.

How did you feel about the process of our photoshoot?

{E} Amazing! You were so easy going and fun to work with- no pressure or stress at all, which makes the photos look so relaxed and beautiful!

Did you go into the photoshoot with any insecurities?

{E}I sure did! For starters, who knows how a toddler is going to behave for a stranger?! I’m also a little conscious of actually being in photos, I tend to get someone to take 5+ for me to pick one that looks flattering, but Britt was honestly, the easiest and most relaxed person I have ever worked with. She knew what angles worked, and kept Sophie entertained and calm throughout the entire afternoon- no tears or tantrums! I was so so happy!

Would you have your photos taken by a professional again?

{E} Absolutely! I think everyone needs to do it at least once (or every year if you can) To be able to freeze time, and hold onto these precious photos is so exciting, and to be able to show Sophie how sweet she was as a toddler, is so lovely!

Brisbane Kids are the best kinda kids!

Remi and Hugo what good sports you are.

It was one of those shoots that everything that could go wrong did.....  I woke up off, had the "i got a cold coming on" feeling, not in the mood for anything that doesn't involve a bed.  (Pull yourself together Britt!) Then driving to the shoot there was an accident on the highway so we totally missed sunset (throwing mental tantrum in my head) and then once we arrived to our pretty destination the sun disappeared ..... we had 10 minutes of light if that.  The kids were a bit crazy from being stuck in the car for so long so when they finally got out they were like little tornados! ha.  

But it doesn't matter, these things happen and you can't stress about it you just have to go with it and do your best.  

I absolutely LOVE this shot of little Remi dancing like a crazy person showing me her contemporary ballet moves... haha.  I actually think this shot was worth all the drama!

Moral of the story.... expect the unexpected and smile through it all..... :)

Bx

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Brotherly Love {Brisbane Photographer}

Im not a sentimental person at all.  But there is something about photographs that can give me a lump in the throat, sometimes I get a bit teary while I am going through my images after a shoot... I know i'm a complete sook!  Its that lovely feeling that you have created something that is like an heirloom for this beautiful family.  Its so special.

This images is of Sebi and Luca, it was a completely natural moment, i didn't tell them to put their arms around each other.   Special moment that Im so glad I caught.  You have to be quick with kids..... understatement of the year. haha

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