Oh Love! Young Love! ...Brisbane Couple Photography/Gold Coast Couple Photography

Brisbane Couple Photography_Swansson

"Oh Love! Young Love!, bound in thy rosy band,

Let sage or cynic prattle as he will,

these hours and only these, redeem life's years of ill."

- Lord Byron

 

Gosh I love being behind the camera!  It's such a privilege to witness people in all their beauty, and splendour.  And so it is with being able to capture the young, teenage love of Dylan and Rhianne.

It's the stuff that classic romance novels go crazy over! 

It's so invigorating and rejuvenating to see how these two young musicians and friends truly embracing and supporting each other's journey,  starting out in life.  I can see how they must have grown together and with it their budding love and confidence.

It was my absolute pleasure to photograph Dylan and Rhianne just being themselves, being in the present and soaking up the last hours of the day, totally captivated by each other.

After an unpredictable start to the session with showers and storm clouds coming over at the first location, the sky eventually broke open, leaving heavy, bruised clouds on the horizon, with a deep pink-purple sky looming above.  A perfect end to this beautiful couple session.

Thanks to Dylan and Rhianne for completely being in the moment, relaxing and trusting.  I can't wait to share the rest of your images soon.... ;)

Oh Love!  Young Love!

Kerry xoxox

 
Brisbane Couple Photography
Brisbane Couple Photography
Brisbane Couple Photography
 

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Move Over Clark Kent!....Brisbane Individual Portrait Photography/Themed Portraits

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"Give yourself permission to live a big life.  Step into who you are meant to be.  Stop playing small.

You're meant for greater things."

- Author Uknown


Meet Dylan Swansson, aka Clark Kent, aka Superman.  Pretty hot huh?  

Well I'll bet that when he sees his photo for the first time, he won't recognise himself.  It will blow him away, as it blew me away when I had a look at the images I shot from his themed portrait shoot.  I mean, I had a pretty good hunch they'd turn out great.  But I didn't anticipate how much.  

I love it when everything comes together, and  when the vision in my head matches the final images!

So why am I so excited?

Well I've known Dylan now since, well...when he was a toddler.  Later, I reconnected with his parents and started to get to know Dylan as a young teenage boy who was, well, on the err...well proportioned side (and very tall).  I've had the pleasure of photographing him as a family friend in the last couple of years and over those years I've got to know Dylan better.  And as any of his family and friends can vouch - he is one of the most amazing, grounded, generous and beautiful young souls one can meet.  He's also an extremely talented and budding young musician.

So when Dylan approached me to do a professional shoot - both individual themed and a couple shoot with his beautiful partner Rhianne,  I was honoured.  I was also intrigued as to the reason he requested to have the 'Superman' themed portrait and asked him why.  And this is what he said...

"that it was about who he was on the inside, and that we should never judge a book by its' cover." 

A photo I took of Dylan two years ago at his 16th birthday party, when I was just starting out and learning photography.

A photo I took of Dylan two years ago at his 16th birthday party, when I was just starting out and learning photography.

But you know, what's amazing is how Dylan set out to transform himself.  The last two years I've seen the determination, passion and dedication he has applied to his physical change.  And today...on the weekend just gone, two years after I took the above photo,  I really saw that transformation for what it truly is.

I think what Dylan may not realise, is that the person he says is on the inside - the person he thinks others don't see - the 'persona of Superman' -  has in fact filtered through to the outside, so that others may now see him as he always saw himself. He's projected and created that persona through hard work, belief and dedication.

And I'm so thrilled to have captured the physical results of Dylan's transformation and see what is on the inside reflected outward.  I hope he is thrilled too.

Kerry xx

* P.S.  Dylan will see all of his Superman images in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for some more photos. Today was just a teaser. ;)

 

 

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Headshots - Making a First Impression...Actor Headshots/Brisbane Portrait Photography

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Corporate headshots_Brisbane
Actor headshots_Brisbane
 

Over the weekend, I had a ball shooting some photos for Tiffany, who needed some headshots for her university CV.  Prior to the session, I had a chat with Tiffany's mum and in collaboration with Tiffany, we worked out a plan going on what Tiffany had in her wardrobe.  They sent me some pics and we ended up choosing two sets of clothes, and got two different style of images, and took the shots in two different locations.  The above shots were taken outdoors with a lovely bushland setting as the backdrop (my backyard!).

Doesn't Tiffany look just stunning in red?  I am so glad that she chose this red dress as a clothing choice.  As a student of musical theatre, dance, drama and singing, I think not only did her dress add glamour to her look, but genuinely reflected her vibrant personality.

 
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Actor Headshots_Brisbane
Portfolio Headshots_Brisbane
 

For the second outdoor location, with Tiffany's clothing choices and taking into account Tiffany's personal style, I thought an urban look would suit her well and the above photos taken against a graffiti wall came up a treat.

I think these photos show a real confidence and spunk!

So thanks to Tiffany for being such a great subject and model to work with.  She was very enthusiastic and was a natural in front of the camera and was happy to work with my suggestions.

Tiffany's relaxed approach resulted in stunning photos which she will be able to use again and again to reflect her style, personality and great attitude!

Kerry xx

* P.S.  If you are wanting your own headshots, be sure to contact me on 0488 723 673 or email me on info@truth-seeker-images.com.  Current pricing for Corporate/actor headshots is $175 for one hour for my photography services plus 10 digital images.  This is only until the end of 2015, after which my pricing will be increasing.  So book me for your session today!

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I'm a Biographer: So Tell Me - What is Your Story?.../Family Documentary Photography/Gold Coast Documentary Family Photography

Family Documentary Photography

Biographer (bi.og.ra.pher): A person who writes an account of someone's life.

- Oxford Dicitionary


That's me...a Biographer.  Yes, I'm a photographer, but I'm much more than that. What drives me is to write an account of you...your life...who you are.  

I don't just want to show you a pretty picture, though it must be appealing to the eye and there must be beauty in it.  There are many forms of beauty, and I mean to capture them all.  

Beauty is found in deep sorrow and heights of happiness.  It is found in grand places and in the lowly ones too.  It is found in each one of us in different and unique ways. Beauty is life and the unique web you weave is what truly inspires me.  

Tell me who you really are and I'll show you something that maybe you haven't seen before, or had forgotten had existed.

A photo memory of a father as a boy...

A photo memory of a father as a boy...

and a living memory of his son.

and a living memory of his son.

 

I want to know...what makes you smile?  What makes your heart sing?  What makes you cry? And what makes you feel something stir deep inside?  And I want to know why.  

All those little things that have brought you to this moment.  They become the big things.  But we don't often realise this until our defining moments, when life takes a turn...when life changes or takes a different direction and forces us to look inward.

 
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Documentary Family Photography
 

This is how it was for Paula and Damon and their family, whose photos you see in this post.  Realising that their lives would change and they would be moving on, Paula and Damon wanted to have a momento of this stage of their family life.  A witness of accounts of sorts to remind them of this beautiful time in their lives.  

Their children are teenagers and Paula could see how their relationship with their children would inevitably change, especially as young boys and girls become young men and women. That growing awareness that soon the closeness...the bond between parents and young children would somehow be different, and they wanted to hold onto that and to savour it for what it meant right now.

By spending one night and one full day documenting their lives...A Day-in-the-Life of the Kloots, I was gifted with the privilege of insight into who the Kloots family are.  Not just as a family, but as individuals.  And I have been truly humbled that this beautiful family allowed me to share their lives and open themselves up to me, in order that I may accurately record who they are and who they were at this point in their lives.

And when asked to give one quote, saying or words that described who the Kloots family were, this is what they said...

"As different as we all are from each other, we were made to be together."

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So my gift to you  as your biographer,  is to reflect back to you those little things that often go unnoticed. Those visceral feelings that all of us have,  but maybe we just need encouragement and a little courage to acknowledge.  Or those little things that while living and rushing around we have little time to stop and savour.  

And my job is done when I can help you to preserve and cement those things in a way that becomes a living reminder of who we are now and who we were:  as individuals...as a family...as friends...as groups of like-minded people,  and as a community.  

My desire is to help you remember, appreciate and savour all that you are and have been, in the kaleidoscope which is your life.  This sweet, crazy, maddening life.

Kerry xx

*  If you would like your own biography and a document of your life or your family's life, and if you are going through a stage in your life that you would like a visual account, then call me on 0488 723 673 or email me on info@truth-seeker-images.com.  For further information on Documentary (Family) Photography packages, CLICK HERE.

 



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A Golden Wedding Anniversary Surprise....Brisbane Family Photography/Brisbane Family Photographer

Joe & Judy celebrated 50 years marriage on 10th July 2015

Joe & Judy celebrated 50 years marriage on 10th July 2015

A couple of weeks of ago I had the pleasure of  photographing a family photo session.  I was told it was a surprise for my client's parents who would be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary and they wanted to have all their family with them to help her parent's celebrate it.  It was also possibly the last opportunity to have all their family together in one place.  So this photo session was a little extra special.

The occasion itself went off without a hitch.  Their celebration was organised by a special friend of mine, who also happens to be my aunt and it was held at her place.  Joe and Judy were told it was going to be a BBQ with friends and thought nothing more of it.

Joe and Judy's family were waiting for them, and it was indeed a big surprise for them both. Family from Canada were also live-streamed so they could share their special occasion with their loved ones back home.

Joe requested this particular photo of their wedding rings.

Joe requested this particular photo of their wedding rings.

 

These family photos were part of Joe and Judy's gift to celebrate not only their Golden Wedding Anniversary, but also to celebrate life and their family.   Every member made a special effort to look their best and also to just enjoy, and give their love and support and make this occasion one to be remembered.  Especially for Joe.

 
Michelle (my client) and her beautiful daughters.

Michelle (my client) and her beautiful daughters.

 

So for family and friends, I've created an online gallery which Michelle requested have a password.  So family and friends, you will need to get in touch with Michelle to view the gallery at http://tinyurl.com/nrrsxox which will expire on 9th August, 2015.  

But I've included a few select images to give you an idea and wet your appetite just a little. Enjoy! :)

Kerry xx

 
Bruce (Joe & Judy's son), his partner Alex (far right) and Alex's parents.

Bruce (Joe & Judy's son), his partner Alex (far right) and Alex's parents.

 





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