Engagement Photography

5 Reasons to Go Outdoors for Your Photo Session...Brisbane Family Photography/Brisbane Engagement Photography

Walking in a place of special meaning for an engaged couple, amidst a Mt Warning Backdrop - Environmental Portrait, Murwillumbah NSW 

Walking in a place of special meaning for an engaged couple, amidst a Mt Warning Backdrop - Environmental Portrait, Murwillumbah NSW 

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world."

- John Muir

 

Are you a parent who would really love to have a family photo session? Or a couple who are engaged or just want to celebrate your love?

If you are and have jumped on and googled ‘family photos’ or ‘engagement photos’ or similar, you may have come to realise that having a  photo session is not as simple as you may have first thought and that there are a many different ways that photo sessions can be done.

Usually though, the first question that most people ask themselves is…”Do we have photos indoors or outdoors?”

Now this article isn’t about which one is better, because neither of them are. It’s a personal choice. What I do want share with you though are reasons why you might think about going outdoors for your photos session, whether you are a family or a couple .

Firstly, and most importantly…

1. It’s Fun!

Sharing a laugh in a place where this family have created many memories - Gold Coast Pumping Jetty, Southport Spit

Sharing a laugh in a place where this family have created many memories - Gold Coast Pumping Jetty, Southport Spit

I remember a family who had their photos outdoors and afterwards they said that it didn’t feel like they were going out just to take boring photos and everyone would be bored.  They said they had so much fun, because the whole approach that I instilled and they took on board from the beginning, was to look at it as if everyone was going on a family picnic in a beautiful place they had never been.

So the whole family: mum, dad and the kids were excited leading up to the photo session because it was like going on a magical mystery tour. And when they arrived they rocked up with a beautifully prepared picnic lunch, explored, ate a little, relaxed, had some nice photos in-between, and basically had a ball!

Best of all...mum was amazed that she didn’t have to discipline any of the kids or convince them to behave or have fun. A win for mum means a win for everybody. Because we all know that if mum is happy, dad and the kids are usually pretty happy too! Happy family means happy and natural photos.

Oh…and it’s a big win for the photographer too. :)

 

2. It Helps You Relax

Childhood memories drew this family to this pine forest - Pizzey Park, Miami, Gold Coast

Childhood memories drew this family to this pine forest - Pizzey Park, Miami, Gold Coast

There is a lot to be said for fresh air and sunshine.

What I’ve found is that by placing people outside in the fresh air and allowing them to connect with nature and breathe in all that beauty, relieves a great deal of stress and helps them relax and enjoy the moments, each other and their surroundings. It’s a photo session that doubles as therapy...nice!

 

3. It Adds Interest and Variety

So many interesting things to capture children's and parent's imaginations  - Pizzey Park, Miami, Gold Coast

So many interesting things to capture children's and parent's imaginations  - Pizzey Park, Miami, Gold Coast

Let’s face it – sitting inside a room and looking at a static wall, and smiling when you’re asked to smile with a flash constantly in your face, isn’t always the most appealing thing. It can often be a source of anxiety and boredom, especially for active and imaginative children.

The great thing about being outdoors for on-location photos, is that if the right location is chosen, a photo session can be interesting for every person. What makes it interesting is the variety on offer. Especially in such a country of natural beauty as ours…forests, beaches, open plains or grassy fields, mountains, the outback and deserts.

So many different and interesting options make for interesting and different photos. And because of the varied landscapes there are always things of interest to look at and explore. Differing activities can be planned which results in people connecting and interacting in ways that they would never have imagined. All the senses are engaged.

 

4. Landscapes Create Unique and Beautiful Photos

A beautiful sunset among the cane fields  -  Alberton, Qld

A beautiful sunset among the cane fields  -  Alberton, Qld

If you are in a beautiful location, don’t you want to be able to remember that location? And when you look at those photos and see where you are, does that not bring back memories of that experience: the sights…the smells…the things unique to that location - including what you did and most importantly, who you shared the experience with?

Outdoor photos sessions will mostly take place just before sunset or more rarely, just after sunrise. The reason being is that the light is not only softer and more flattering for portraits. But also because at these times, the colours in the sky are some of the most beautiful and breathtaking.

You never know what you’re going to get.  Different elements every time which come together in so many different ways which add yet another level of uniqueness to your photos. It’s also the best time to capture that beautiful golden light and sun flares that create the most magical images that we all adore.

So remember to include not only photos of you, your family, and or your partner, but also include the surrounds that you are in. And try to include ‘Environmental Portraits’ too. I like to include them when I can. If you’re not sure what they are, it just means that you are in the photo, but you are not the main focus. You become ‘part of a location or particular environment’ (and it doesn’t always have to be outdoors either).

Because sometimes we also want to have memories of where we were, especially if it was a beautiful place that has or had special significance for us or it resonated with us. 

 

5. It Creates Deeper Connections

Part of a family photo session, these Singapore clients wanted to take home with them, memories of our beautiful Australian outdoors - Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Benowa, Gold Coast

Part of a family photo session, these Singapore clients wanted to take home with them, memories of our beautiful Australian outdoors - Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Benowa, Gold Coast

 

For many of us, being in a certain place or location, especially outdoors isn’t always something we think about deeply. We just know we like it there for some reason. I think that we are drawn to places that resonate with us for many different reasons.

Some people love beaches. Some people love trees and rain forests. Some people love rural areas of grassy, open plains. Some people love cities.

When we are in places that we love, they create deeper and more meaningful connections. And when we are in these places with the people that we love and who share the same affinity for those places, it makes us feel good, and we are happy.

That’s the best reason to go outdoors when you’re planning your next family or couple session. When you are happy and with the people you love, you are at our most beautiful. It shows in your faces. And that’s what I want you to see. It’s a most precious and humbling gift that I can give you.

Kerry xx



Subscribe to our Newsletter and stay updated with monthly Stories, Specials and Photos

* indicates required

Documenting Your Photo Session Experience...Gold Coast Documentary Family Photography/Documentary Family Photography

Gold Coast Documentary Family Photography

When you look at above photos, do you get an idea of the Heng Family's experience during their family photo session?  And how do you think they felt about their family session going by these photos?

You see, having family photo sessions is different for everyone.  For some like the Heng family, their experience of their Australian holiday was important to them, not just necessarily just having traditional family photos.  

You see, coming from Singapore they said they could have family photos taken anytime.  But what made this documentary family photography session special for them was that they wanted to document their uniquely 'Australian' experience as a family of three generations. They wanted their Australian holiday memories to take back with them.  Your sessions don't have to be documentary style.  The principle works just as well for more formal sessions and events like weddings.

So if you want to remember your experience in a way that separates it from any other...then documenting different elements creates specific memories that help link back to that experience.

In the instance of the Heng family, the elements of the  beautiful Australian landscapes (gum trees) and brilliant sun and blue skies, are things which were documented in pictures and are things that they have come to known as being uniquely Australian.  And of course, how they chose to experience their photo session by way of their relaxed approach and how they interacted as a family all added to the varying elements to give context to their Australian family holiday and the meaning it holds for them.

So how do you preserve those memories once you have had your session, including all the elements that made up your experience?  

Simple...create a collage of prints and/or frames like the one above and hang them on your wall/s.  Wall collages can be made up of any number of prints and sizes and can be done to suit the space you have ,whether small or spacious.   And by displaying specific images that have meaning and bringing them all together  and arranging them in a certain way,  they create your story of that experience.  And how about online slideshows and family photo books?  These are some other great ways to document your experience!

It's simple really if you can see the possibilities!

Kerry xx

* P.S.  Below are some other collage ideas for you....

 

The Friday night of the Day-in-the-Life session of the Kloots family...

 
With formal events, try choosing elements from one part of your event.  Like these photos which centre around this part of the day, and which are grouped together to show different perspectives based around the location of this beautiful little bridge.

With formal events, try choosing elements from one part of your event.  Like these photos which centre around this part of the day, and which are grouped together to show different perspectives based around the location of this beautiful little bridge.

 




Subscribe to our Newsletter and stay updated with monthly Stories, Specials and Photos

* indicates required

Engagement Sessions - A Family Affair...Brisbane Engagement Photography/Gold Coast Engagement Photography

Brisbane-Engagement-Photography_Nada_BW-92.jpg
 

Not all engagement photo sessions have to be highly romantic and in romantic locations. Often, engagements are something that couples want to share with their family and close friends and save the romance and formalities for their wedding day. And so it was with Jason and Nada (you might remember some of their silly, playful shots recently).

Being a very casual and relaxed occasion, it was decided that a more candid approach would be better suited to Jason and Nada's engagement shoot.  So we leaned toward my two hour Documentary package, which incorporates relaxed portraits as well as candid, documentary style photography to capture the interactions of family and friends, as they unfolded.

So this engagement session we mixed it up with some varied shots of Jason and Nada, followed by some very relaxed family portraits and then finishing off with a myriad of photos of family and friends enjoying a catered dinner and each other's company.

And what a lovely, relaxed and friendly bunch of people!  Most guests were happy to have a few snaps and a chat and to ensure that Jason and Nada's occasion was enjoyed by all.

Kerry xx

* P.S.  FAMILY & FRIENDS...Click here to view JASON & NADA'S ENGAGEMENT online gallery. Please note gallery will expire on 9th May, 2015.

 



Subscribe to our Newsletter and stay updated with monthly Stories, Specials and Photos

* indicates required

A Little Engagement Silliness...Brisbane Engagement Photography

Brisbane-Engagement-Photography
Brisbane Engagement Photography
Brisbane Engagement Photography

“But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
"How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.” 

- Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

 

Jason and Nada's engagement photography session was a little different from your average one.  It was expressed that they wanted photos to reflect who they are and what they do when they are together - and it would be all about being having fun and being a little silly.  No lovey-dovey, romantic photos here...save that for the wedding, says Nada.  

"And how about you Jason?", I ask. "Whatever Nada wants. I'm happy with that.", replies Jason.  I think Jason is onto something.  I think they are in for a long and happy marriage. ;)

I could only describe this session as a little quirky, which kind of matches Jason and Nada when they are together.  I also think it's quite cute.  I really enjoyed this session as it was quite different from my standard engagement photo shoots.  The couple had their engagement at Jason's parents' family home and it was spent with family and close friends whom some, I might add, like to also indulge in a little 'silliness'.   So the photos from this session were a mixture of some formal, set shots...err...sought of, and informal, documentary style photos to capture the relaxed, family atmosphere.

Hope you enjoy them!

Kerry XX

(Click on the above images to enlarge)

Brisbane Engagement Photography

Subscribe to our Newsletter and stay updated with monthly Stories, Specials and Photos

* indicates required

Engagement Shoot in Magical Murwillumbah - Kyle & Christina...Brisbane Engagement Photography/Gold Coast Engagement Photography

Kyle and Christina enjoying a beautiful Murwillumbah sunset with Mt Warning as the backdrop

The last weekend saw me in Murwillumbah to do an engagement photo shoot for Kyle and Christina, who have lived there for three years.  They chose this particular area and I'm so glad they did.  It really is magical, and the great thing is, the location is so close to the heart of Murwillumbah.  And I managed to find this perfect spot (pictured above) and with the permission from the owner of this beautiful paddock I was able to capture some stunning images at sunset for Kyle and Christina.

As a side note, the chair used in the above image is actually one handed down by Kyle's great grandmother.  I spotted it in Kyle's mother's (Karen) lounge room whilst visiting there, and thought it would be perfect for our shoot in the paddock.  You may remember Karen, whose wedding I helped shoot back in June. Karen and I have become great friends through this whole experience and I'm so happy that I get to share in the experiences of her family and children through photography.  This is what I love about being a portrait and wedding photographer - the people I get to know and meet and the places I get to see and enjoy.

I asked Kyle and Christina to approach this session as a special time to relax and bask in each other's company.  Engagement shoots are meant to express a couple's love for each other, but in a more relaxed and organic way before their more formalised wedding day.

And relax they did!  There was a lot of time for them to spend just walking, talking and sharing personal moments alone (apart from me being there). It made a welcome change for a couple who spend much of their time working long hours, and little time to get out and enjoy the beauty that is on their doorstop.

So I'm sure that Kyle and Christina gained a much deeper appreciation of where they live through that afternoon of just walking, talking, hugging, holding hands and of course, snatching some kisses along the way.

Anyway...here are the rest of those teasers they've been waiting for!

Enjoy!

Kerry xx







Subscribe to our Newsletter and stay updated with monthly Stories, Specials and Photos

* indicates required