Blogging 2015

Well 2014 didn’t see too much of me on my blog, so my new years resolution (even tho I don’t believe in them!) is to try to keep up to date with my blogs!

So to start of the new year I thought I’d start with a really lovely heart warming story about a client I had in early December, Tyson. Tyson is a Bull Mastiff and very much loved by his human, Matt and the extended family. Matt came to me in a bit of a state as Tyson had been diagnosed with heart failure and been given 2 weeks to live.

He had lost 19kgs in just a couple of weeks and that had brought his weight down to a mere 84kgs! But like all the Bull Mastiffs I’ve met they truly are gentle giants. Very intimidating to look at but marshmallows on the inside!

Anyway we did the photo shoot and I asked Matt to let me know how Tyson went. To everyones amazement Tyson lived to see Christmas, and has put on weight. He’s on hugely expensive medication but fortunately the pet insurance is paying for that, and he is going great as I write this at the end of January. To celebrate we did a second photo shoot when Tyson came in with his 2 companions … pugs! Talk about a ridiculous size difference, and don’t try to count the wrinkles between them!

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Hermoine. Baby Photos,

Photograph of newborn baby in hammock by Adelaide Baby Photos
Newborn baby photography by Adelaide Baby Photos

I don’t usually go to people’s homes to do portrait photography but this time I made an exception as I had planned to go up into the Adelaide Hills on a hunt for some more newborn props for photo shoots and thought I’d combine the two.

I had a lovely morning with this gorgeous family. First of all their home is so fabulous I wanted to move in, then the parents were just the loveliest relaxed people, and don’t talk about Hermoine who was one of the most contented babies I’ve ever met! She made my job easy! And then the fur babies came to see what was going on, as far as I’m concerned this photograph of the parents, newborn baby and a dog is just the perfect family photo!

Photo of sleeping newborn baby by Adelaide Baby Photos
Newborn baby photo by Adelaide Baby Photos
Photo of sleeping baby in box by Adelaide Baby Photos
Newborn baby photo by Adelaide Baby Photos
Photograph of newborn baby by Adelaide Baby Photos
New born baby photo by Adelaide Baby Photos

Schnauzers, Ava, Rommel & Sabrine.

Pet Portrait Photography or Schnauzers
Pet Portrait Photography or Schnauzer

Every year I am one of the organisers of the Dogs Day Out in Mawson Lakes, it’s a fun and free community event in the suburb I live in, Mawson Lakes. We have heaps of doggy related stalls, displays, performances, advice, dog adoption and competitions. For dog lovers it’s heaven!

Anyway I run the Most Photogenic Dog Competition. I set up my mobile studio and take pawtraits all day long. It’s amazing how good the dogs are, considering that there are hundreds of dogs there, lots of noise, all sorts of comings and goings and yet they are so good at having their photos taken. I just love dogs!

Last year Ava a gorgeous Schnauzer who didn’t have the customary Schnauzer haircut just  won us all over. She sat and gazed into my camera lens, and I swear she smiled! Her prize was a professional photo shoot in my studio, and when her human told me there were 2  more at home, I decided to extend the prize to them too. Lovely dogs, each with their own distinct personality (or is that doganilty?). Ave the quite reserved one, Rommel the gentleman and Sabrine the playful one. Lovely shoot to do!

My huge blog catch-up!

Well it’s been a crazy year and my blog is now very out of date, so I’m going to do a huge catch-up and load a whole load of stuff in one go. Well that’s the plan anyway, but I’m waiting on a client to arrive for a photo shoot, so whether it happens today or not is another matter!

I’m absolutely thrilled that my newborn baby photography has taken off with a bang. I never expected that I would be so busy so soon after starting up the business, but it’s been crazy! And one of the reasons I haven’t blogged in eons.

I completed my Cert IV in Photoimaging and got a distinction in every subject, which was rather satisfying to know that I had been doing the right thing all along! It’s one thing to be passionate about photography, and to please clients but it’s a personal challenge to actually do assignments, get assessed and put a certificate on the wall for all to see!

Having juggled my business and a full-time course for a year, I was rewarded by being accepted and fully accredited by the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers, another personal milestone, and another certificate for the wall!!

Life has been a chaotic but fun balancing act of photo shoots, editing, helping to organise and run a photography competition and cocktail night, and a Dogs Day Out event in the community I live in. Add that to another fabulous holiday in Africa, this time Kruger and Mala Mala in South Africa, taking photos of the most incredible wildlife, well it’s been one hell of a ride!!

Sienna

 10 day old Sienna arrived just in time for Christmas, I took these photos just 3 days before Xmas Day amid a flurry of wrapping paper, the smells of cake baking and a 2 1/2 year old big sister who was very worried that Santa might not make it to the house, despite her having a bag of “reindeer oats” (muesli!) ready for them! I’m sure Santa made it, but I reckon the best present was this little bundle of new life

Savannah

Just 20 days old, newborn baby Savannah came to my studio with her mum, Tayla-Lee and her auntie, Micaela. Such a pretty little thing (like her mum!), and we had a fun morning taking heaps of gorgeous photographs. Babies are only like this for such a short period of time, it’s great to be able to take portraits of them to remind you in years to come just how tiny and innocent they were!

South Australia Professional Photography Awards 2011

Maasi Mother, KenyaSorry to blow my own trumpet, but I’m just a teeny-weeny bit proud of myself at the moment! I entered this photo that I took (while on holiday in Kenya last July) into the SAPPA awards … and I got a silver award!

Thanks to a flu that’s knocked me for six, I wasn’t able to go to the judging, but thank goodness for the internet … the judging was shown via live streaming and I sat up in bed watching it on my laptop. Talk about nerve-wracking, but when they said I’d got silver I was just beside myself! Best thing that’s happened to me all week (well apart from Vicks honey flavoured cough liquid which is awesome!).

I wish I could explain to the woman in the photo how many people have seen her image, and the effect she’s had on them, and how they all love her baby!