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

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"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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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



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A Little Engagement Silliness...Brisbane Engagement Photography

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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

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Brisbane Engagement Photography

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The Pull of our Daughters...Documentary Family Photography Brisbane/Brisbane Family Photographer

"A mother wraps her love around the heart of her daughter, keeping each beat steady through the rhythm of life, until wings take shape and it's time for the soul to take flight."

- Author Unknown

 

It's less than two weeks before I leave for Vietnam.  As the time draws nearer I'm cognisant of how I am feeling being away from my only child.  It's been nearly two years since I've been away but it wasn't as far away as it will be this time.  So I am starting to hold tight and draw my daughter closer, knowing that I won't be able to for two weeks and so, so far away from home. I thought my next far away travels she would be with me.  This was unexpected.

You may have noticed I've taken quite a few photos close to home while my daughter is on school holidays.  I've taken the time these holidays to be more present and to more closely observe.  This hasn't always been how it is.  Being an over-achiever, I have found it difficult at times to pursue my own passions and balance them with the wants and needs of my husband and a child more demanding than I was as a child, but who deserves the best I can give.  I am also a person who requires time alone to spend reflecting and thinking.  

If you are a mother and you have a daughter who is just as strong-willed as you, then I think you will understand.   For me, I can love my daughter so intensely it scares me, and at other times she drives me mad and I just long to flee and spend time alone!  I have been known on many occasion to raise my voice and I kid you not - just imagine in your head what an army drill sargeant sounds like...that's me!   I haven't been proud of that.  But I'm getting better and my approach much more gentler and calming. Being this way more has brought me closer to her.  And in spite of the ongoing challenges and the clash of our wills, we don't care to be apart much really.  

Even more so at the moment with my departure looming.  So I've been enjoying this time observing and documenting my daughter's daily life.  It not only gives me a better understanding of who she is, but in photographing I become better at recognising significant moments between ourselves. I've also realised that I haven't necessarily acknowledged them so deeply before as I do now.

The above photo is one of those significant moments.  This is my favourite photo.  It's of Miss Phil reading to me 'Alice in Wonderland'.  It's currently her favourite story.  I bought her this beautiful, hard-covered version of Lewis Carroll's most well known and loved classic with beautiful hand-drawn pictures by Australian illustrator, Robert Ingpen.

Bedtime has become my favourite part of the day.  I sometimes still sing lullabies and I still read to my daughter.  These days though she is also beginning to read to me (as with the above photo), which is a mother's joy.   We also have this little thing we say to each other in turn: "I love you" - "I love you more" - "I love you most", and then we have a 'snuggles' (Eskimo kiss).  My daughter still insists that I stay until she falls asleep, and then I watch her sleep. This is the most emotional time for me. I always wonder how long before she thinks she is too old for such nonsense.  I hope she never thinks she's too old, and never considers it nonsense.

Do you experience simple, yet significant moments like this where your heart feels heavy full of love and longing?

They are my favourite.

Kerry xx

 






 

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