Pizzey Park

A Mother's Special Birthday Gift..../Gold Coast Family Photography/Brisbane Family Photography

Lisa, Jasmyn & Sharon

Lisa, Jasmyn & Sharon

"We should always love our parents. Sometimes we are busy growing up and we often forget that they are also growing old."

- Author Unknown


The image above of sisters, Lisa, Jasmyn and Sharon is going to look fabulous when I have it custom framed and it's hanging in pride of place on their mother's wall.  And this photo  also happens to be my favourite of this shoot.

The shoot was a culmination of quite a bit of planning, since all three sisters live in different areas.  The purpose of the shoot was so that all three sisters could give their mother a special birthday surprise for her upcoming 70th birthday next month!

What a beautiful gesture, and I wish I was a fly on the wall on that day to see the look on their mother's face.  From what I've been told, she will be surprised and thrilled.

 
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As we become into adults we often forget that our own parents are growing older, as we concentrate on our lives and our own younger families.  If we think of how much our children mean to us as young parents, then how much more meaningful is it then for our parents who are entering their twilight years, thinking about their adult children?  

It becomes for us a time to reflect on our parents and what they were like when we were younger.  How much of our upbringing influenced our own lives and the way we look at the world?  How much more do we appreciate them, now that we understand how they must have felt rearing us?  What about the challenges they had but we were never aware because they protected us from the ugly things?   And what lessons can we bring into our adult hood that we learned as children that we can then pass onto our own?

I think this is when we can appreciate them most - as adults with our own unique challenges. And as children who have grown to become parents ourselves, who then truly understand what it is to raise a child or children and become so strongly attached to them.

 
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Chatting to Sharon over the months, as we talked about how to approach the shoot, we talked about her childhood growing up on a farm, her sisters and her parents.  I got to know a little of their family and of their personalities and I was looking forward to meeting Sharon's sisters. They all sounded so different.

Funny how we can all be raised in the same household, yet grow to become individuals with such different tastes, values and lives.  I wonder how aging parents view the differences in their children.

 
Lisa

Lisa

Sharon

Sharon

Jasmyn

Jasmyn

 

So with all of our busy adult lives, I think it's wonderful that three grown up sisters took the time to plan something so special for their mother's 70th Birthday.  Photo sessions can also be a great opportunity for us to reflect on our lives and our families, and to appreciate the gift of our families. 

For Lisa, Sharon and Jasmyn, not only was the photo session an opportunity to give a special gift to their mother, but also an opportunity for them to gift themselves.  To be pampered and to look and feel beautiful. 

Because you know, as woman, we never do that enough!  We need to be kinder to ourselves ladies.

Kerry xx

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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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There's Magic in the Forest - Moisander Family Photos...Gold Coast Family Photography/Brisbane Family Photography

There's something definitely magical about a pine forest. And it's not just the kids who come to discover this but the adults as well!  It's a place where once you enter you're swept up in it's magic, beauty and serenity. 

Pizzey Park in Miami is a popular place for families, and what I love about using this location for family photo shoots is that not only is it beautiful, but it captures the imagination of children and adults alike (and it's quiet...sshhh - don't tell anyone).  There is also so much to engage both children and adults and it instantly puts everyone at ease.  The transformation in people is just amazing and the Moisander family were no exception.

I was a little apprehensive about keeping brother and sister, Joni (Yonni) and Auli (Our-lee) occupied, but I shouldn't have been so concerned.  They were just wonderful to work with and set about exploring as soon as they arrived.  The difficulty of the day was getting a family photo with everyone being still and looking at the camera, all at the same time!  But we managed it! (Thanks to the help of my sister Carol, once again - thanks Sis). 

So here are some photos of this lovely Finnish family.  I had a wonderful time and I think this was the most relaxed family shoot I've had.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and just soaked it all in.  The day couldn't have been more beautiful.

A big thank you to parents, Rachael and Janne (Yan-neh) for getting into the spirit of the afternoon by relaxing and allowing everyone to explore and just go with the flow!  

By approaching a photo session as a special time to spend with your loved ones and being present and in the moment, it's so much more fun!  And the bonus is always beautiful photos that capture real moments.

Kerry XX

 

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