Black and White Portrait Photography

My Romance with Black-and-White Photos...Brisbane Vintage Photography/Brisbane Child Portraits

Miss Phil...vintage styled black-and-white portrait

For me, there is something alluring and mystical about black-and-white.  I liken black-and-white to our unsaid thoughts - we can revisit them and turn them over in our minds, savouring them at each turn.  There is instant recognition of what lies within its' soul.  There are no bright, flashing lights to confuse.  There's something accepting and forgiving about them in their rawness.  

If you had to vocalise how black-and-white images make you feel, what would you say?

Kerry XX


 

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Karen & Stew's Wedding...One for the Road.../Brisbane Wedding Photographer/Gold Coast Wedding Photographer

Here is one for the road. It's definitely the last one until I complete all of my editing when I return. I just can't help myself.  This one is my favourite of all the prep photos.  A beautiful image of a beautiful woman.

Kerry XX

 


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Will Your Photos Look Better If You Wear Make-up ?...Brisbane Family Photographer/Gold Coast Family Photographer

Des, Brie & Jacqui, complete with hair and make-up by Ella from Ella Louise Hair & Beauty.  This photo was before any post editing, artistic enhancements or any skin blemishes were removed.  This was also toward the end of a 2.5hr photo session, so their make-up has held up very well indeed!

Look at the above photo of Des, Brie and Jacqui.   

Now look at their 'Before' photos below. 

Before photos

What do you think?  Do you think make-up made a difference and their family photos were better for it?  

My answer will always be YES as a photographer.  And I am a little biased.  Why?  Because it makes my work easier.  When your skin and your hair look beautiful and you look your best, you take better photos!  It is that simple!  

Also, I don't have to spend so much time going in to remove unsightly blemishes or uneven or reddish skin tones.  Regardless of how 'natural' people want to have their photos, the reality is, unless you're a child who has near perfect skin, you're going to have quite a variance in your skin tones and as we age, our skin can and often bears witness to all the things we've weathered in life.

Case in hand -  can you see how red Des' skin tones are in his before photo?  If Des didn't have some basic foundation and work done to lessen the red tones in his skin, the contrast and difference in skin colour with that of Jacqui and Brie would have been too much and the final photos wouldn't have looked so nice.  All you would be seeing would be Des' red face and that's all you would be able to focus on, rather than the family as a whole.

The final image of Des, Brie and Jacqui complete with make-up, removal of skin blemishes and artistic enhancements.  There's not that much of a difference between the top image and this one.  I didn't need to do much in the way of major skin fixes,  I basically removed a few of Brie's skin blemishes which many pre-teens start to develop.  Now  don't you think they take a beautiful family photo?

So do you want the best outcome?  Do you want portraits that you are proud to hang up on your wall? And do you want you and your family to be shown in the best light?

I don't know about you, but I would want to look my best, and I'm sure the rest of my family would want to as well.  It's not often that people have professional photos taken.  There's a reason why they do.

People want to be remembered in their best light.  They want to look back at their photos fondly. And they want to remember a time when they were happy...were beautiful...felt beautiful.  They want to smile when they reflect upon their images of their family and more often than not, they want happy memories of how they felt and most importantly, how they looked their very best.

More significantly, when you have your hair and make-up done you feel great and that reflects in your photos!

Kerry XX

*P.S.  Again, a special thanks to Ella from Ella Louise Beauty.  I would recommend her for your make-up before a portrait session and Hairy Bits Salon for your hair styling.

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Romantic Vintage Black and White...Brisbane Portrait Photographer/Vintage Photography

"LOVE IS WHY WE ARE HERE."

- Source Unknown

I've always been a big fan of black-and-white photography.  Maybe because black-and-white photography cuts to the heart of an image.  All the busyness of an image drops away to reveal the most poignant feelings and emotions.

In vintage styled photography I also think that it works exceptionally well and adds to that 'old world'  atmosphere.  It draws us into that part of our history where things were imagined to be romantic and dizzying and our emotions and feelings seem to contain much more depth...more love...more intensity.

It's also a little arty and mysterious.  Maybe that's why I love this vintage style of black-and-white photography.

How about you?  What are your thoughts?

Kerry XX

**P.S. If you would like your own Romantic Vintage Style Portrait Session, I'm running a WINTER PORTRAIT PROMOTION during the months of MAY and JUNE to receive a FREE 12" X 18" PRINT.  Just click on the link to find out more!

 

 

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One Family's Yearly Tradition - Brother & Sister Portrait...Brisbane Family Portraits/Brisbane Portrait Photographer

Ewan & Ella - 2014 Yearly Portrait

Ewan & Ella - 2014 Yearly Portrait

The Haslett family have only been in Australia for less than two years, and  back in Ireland they had a yearly tradition of having brother and sister, Ewan and Ella photographed in black-and-white in exactly the same position with exactly the same expressions.

So it was my privilege to help the Haslett family continue their yearly tradition, but in Australia, as they hadn't had the opportunity until now.  It was also a special time for daughter Ella, as she will graduate high school this year and recently had her party celebrations.  So she wanted to be photographed this year in her graduation party gown.

I think yearly portraits are a great way of celebrating life and all the changes that each passing year represents.   When I spoke to Ewan and Ella's mum, we chatted about this and it brought to mind a famous story I had read only recently of the Brown sisters: four sisters from the US who were photographed every year for 36 years in exactly the same position.  Here's the link to a publication about their story - These 4 Sisters Were Photographed Every Year For 36 YearsAnd to see their photos over that period you can go to Fraenkel Gallery's link showcasing their photos.

It's interesting to see the changes over the years and once you hit your 40s, the aging begins to approach at a frightening speed.   And I don't know about you, but I got a shock to find that I am indeed getting older, despite my continual denial of the fact (and yes...I'm guilty of pulling out those ever-increasing grey hairs).

Below you'll find a few snaps taken by Ewan and Ella's father of prints hanging on their wall.  It's amazing to see the changes.  Especially when you start this process with children, the difference is much more apparent because they do change so quickly.

Some of Ewan and Ella's portraits from earlier years

Some of Ewan and Ella's portraits from earlier years

And to help celebrate a special year for Ella, I took quite a few more photographs of her looking stunning in her beautiful blue party gown.  So here are a few teasers for the Haslett family.  Thanks to all them for being so easygoing and for Ewan and Ella for being so cooperative.

George and Louise, I think it's such a wonderful way to celebrate and remember your children and family!  I hope they continue the tradition you started, into their adult years.

Kerry XX





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