Met this beautiful family the other week and photographed them down near the Raby Bay beaches in Ormiston.
The sun was just setting so the light was beautiful and still strong enough to get catchlights oi the children’s sparkly little eyes. Mum is a beauty therapist in Ormiston with a business called ‘Smart Beauty’ I definitely recommend checking them out they often run specials and promotions and the massage studio setup at the back is just divine, it’s a little tranquil place of relaxation and calm.
Photography in the Redlands is easy we are so spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to photograph. So whether you are after family portraits, newborn portraits or website and corporate photo sessions we know that we don’t have to go far from our own backyard to find some simply amazing photo locations here in the bayside.
When in business it’s really important to make sure that you have professional looking images on your website and on your business cards. But, what if you are just starting out, what if you only have social media profiles like Facebook and LinkedIn? Then having professional corporate and website photos is a MUST, it’s the first impression you give people that matters….hopefully it’s in person but more often than not, they may have found you online.
It’s important to look profession because people are going to spend all of about 6 seconds deciding whether they are going to do business with you or not. If you can’t afford to look professional and have your business represented by professional images then you instantly lose credibility in the eyes of your clients and customers. they start wondering….
Is it a professional establishment?
Are these guys good at their job?
It looks like a backyard home hair salon. counsellor, trademan….etc
lots of businesses go to so much effort making an amazing at home business then don’t showcase how professional it actually is….do yourself and your business a favour and have professional photos taken, showcase your unreal business online and get more clients through the door.
We get asked to do loads and loads of basic corporate shots in and around the Redlands and Bayside Brisbane, here’s why.
- Usually have your images back in 2-3 business days for groups
- Headshots have images back in 1 business day
- We come to your home or office
- You only pay for what you need
- All editing is done in-house and you can have your images cropped to a specific size for your website developer
- We are local and so are you
- Trusted by many big name companies – Bendigo Bank, Robins Accountants, Queensland Home Rentals, Raywhite, Re/Max etc
Corporate photography in the Redlands doesn’t need to be a pain, we have a studio in Cleveland that is open by appointment or we can save you the time and energy by coming out to your workplace. Don’t have enough light? we have a full mobile studio ready to be setup at a moments notice. If you need Website or corporate photos taken in a hurry give us a call on 0403 547 675 and we will try and get you in ASAP.
Here are some natural light portraits taken in an overgrown field, this field was right next to a main road…it just shows that beautiful photos can be taken anywhere if you know what to look for.
Whether it be in your backyard, a park, or on the side of the road look for beautiful light and non-distracting backgrounds. Golden hour is an hour before sunset or an hour after sunrise. Go chase the magic!
At the studio, we are NEVER short of head wear for our newborn and children sessions. I am often asked where I get my beautiful bows, top-knots and headbands from so I thought I would let you all in on my little secret…Bambino Designs!
This little gem of a business was founded on Facebook and has quickly become a one stop shop for headbands, clips, bows, top-knots, bloomers and a range of other baby goods. They cater from newborn – 6yrs but I find some of the styles would be perfect for adults too especially when you just want something to keep your hair back. My two girls love the top-knot style headbands because it’s almost the ONLY way of keeping their hair back out of their faces and having a comfy fitting helmet at the same time. Gone are the days of tears and ponytails digging into the back of heads before we can even leave the driveway, lol.
One of the best things about the range is that they are completely child friendly, no complaints of itching, hurting, digging in or heaviness (important for babies) they are so comfortable to wear.
Here is an example of some of their ‘Top-Knot’ range, the colour combinations and patterns are endless. If you have a particular colour your after the owner Laura will only be too happy to help.
To purchase any of these beautiful headbands and bows for your newborn or children’s upcoming session please see the wonderful lady at Bambino Designs, I have linked her page at the bottom of this post. If you come in to the studio I have plenty of stock for you to have a look at…I dare you not to fall in love.
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/BambinoHairDesigns?ref=ts&fref=ts
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions I get when comparing our service to others.
What makes your pricing competitive?
When looking for a photographer I can only give one bit of advice…don’t go for the cheapest!!! Photographers like all professionals know what they are worth and know the value of their work. Your photographs are an investment and will hopefully reflect you as a family.
If your photographer is offering free sessions and all photos on disk for under $200 that’s because they are only worth less than $200. STEER CLEAR!!!
At Simply Me Photography your family is important and we understand the desire for beautiful family photos at an affordable price. YES, we charge a session fee….because we value the work we deliver to you as the client. However, we do not compromise on quality and you can clearly see the pride we take in our work.
How do you normally charge for your sessions?
I charge a session fee of $150 for 1-1.5hrs depending on location and style. You will have an online secure gallery to view your photos in the privacy of your home and 10 days to order any photos you wish to purchase. I have a strict no pressure sales policy, only buy what you love. You don’t not need convincing of which photographs to buy, your photographs should always give you joy and pleasure to view them around your house or up on the wall.
Why should we choose you over the cheaper one down the road?
Quite simply, your photos are made with love and care like they were being done for my own home. They aren’t rushed the editing is beautiful and you will be truly happy with your investment.
#1 Do you have any specials going at the moment?
$150 STUDIO SPECIAL
– 45 minute mini session for up to 5 people
– 5 high resolution images on disk chosen from your gallery
– Online gallery available for 10 days
offer available for first time clients only and price is per family up to 5 people (additional people are charged at $25each)
Do you ever feel as though the photographs you take are too jam packed and almost like you can’t breathe looking at them?
There’s a reason for that, Subjects with eyes such as people and animals need room to gaze or look around them. For example, when a person is facing the camera and looking to the photographers left, place them on the right of the frame so they have room to look into the space (negative space is best, remember our lesson from last week on negative space). The sample below shows how the subject has a sense of life and movement, just because we have given her space on the correct side.
Objects that move such as bicycles, cars, and trains etc need space to move forward or in to, otherwise they look like they have nowhere to go making the photograph seem static. The Photo below shows how to create space for these moving objects also known as ‘Active Space’
Take a look at this horse jumping picture. Can you see that it’s crammed into the frame and creates a negative tension within the viewer? Without even knowing it, you feel as though the horse is stuck and has nowhere to go.
Remember to think about “active space” as well as the background and what is behind your subject as you plan your images. This will help you put balance in your photographs.
NEXT WEEK: The rule of thirds
Negative space (sometimes also called White Space) is defined as the empty space around the subject of your image. Negative space is usually either a neutral or contrasting background that draws your eye to the main subject you are photographing.
This neutral space can be creamy bokeh (which as we know is used a lot in portrait photography to let your subject stand out against the background) or open sky, grass, walls etc – anything that does not compete with the main subject for attention by being too “cluttered”. Having negative space allows the viewer’s eyes a chance to rest and sharply define and emphasise your main subject by drawing your eyes directly to it.
Now that we know what negative space is, how do we use this when taking photographs?
Firstly, whether to have negative space or how much to use is a matter of personal taste and style. Some photos work amazingly well with lots of negative space, such as beach portraits, others are better with just a little “breathing space”. If you follow the rule of thirds you will probably have your subject on one side of the frame balanced by negative space on the other. In some cases however, breaking the rule of thirds works just as well and you can have negative space on either side of your focal point – or have your subject take up just a tiny bit of the frame, filling the rest with contrasting negative space.
Here’s some examples of how negative space can enhance your portraits…
The above image shows a great example of contrasting negative space, it follows the rule of thirds by placing the child’s face in the second two thirds of the frame and allowing the other third to be taken up with the contrasting space. As you can see the viewer is immediately directed to the child’s eyes as this is the brightest part of the image…don’t forget those catchlights to give the photo “LIFE”.
The background here has melted away into a creamy bokeh giving a neutral background – She is positioned on one side using the rule of thirds. Having the face framed with Beanies, hats and hoods works perfectly for this type of portraiture.
Beach and wedding portraits rare perfect examples of how to use negative space to create beautiful photographs. The photo above breaks the rule of thirds with the negative space taking up most of the image but the viewers eyes are still drawn to the main subject with the use of lines and contrast.
When shooting, try to think as much about what you are leaving out of the picture as what you are focusing on. Experiment with negative space in your photographs, cropping differently to see how the inclusion or lack of negative space impacts how the final photograph turns out.
NEXT WEEK: Creating room for your subject to move, why some of your photos seem static.
You know those photos that just have a magic quality to them? There is just something about them that makes you…happy. Well, often that ‘magic’ feel is because of the quality of light used in the image. Most photographers will agree that there is one light in particular that is above and beyond all the rest, we call this light…
It’s soft, warm and just flat-out magical. It adds a quality to images that can’t be replicated no matter how many studio lights and filters are used to diffuse it. You want to know what the best part is; it’s FREE and comes around everyday…twice! Soft light makes people look pretty and is flattering for portraits, harsh midday light does not.
In fact, golden light can become so soft that you can have your subjects facing straight into the sun, they won’t squint, they won’t look shiny, and they wont have dark shadows. Seriously, it’s like magic.
So what time of day does this magic hour happen? Quite simple really, it’s one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset. Be careful though if it’s a relatively cloudy day this can cut 20 minutes or more off your hour as the sun dips below the horizon. So, next time you take your family out for that late afternoon stroll, take your camera and keep snapping away.
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting the Khoo family at the Botanic Gardens Mt Cootha. It was a lovely warm morning full of energy and fun, just the way family sessions should be. I have a comfortable relaxed approach to my family sessions, I feel that children do much better when they are free to run around and expel that excess energy in between the more posed shots. Children have very little patience so breaking the session up into a posed…casual…posed…routine allows me to get a good variety of images.
I had given the family some ideas in regards to wardrobe before their session and they did a fabulous job of co-ordinating their outfits. I stress to my clients that it is not important to match but its imperative that the clothing is co-ordinated to a overall colour theme. Clothing is something that cannot be fixed afterwards and can really be the thing that makes or breaks your family photos. See my guide to Portrait Preparation for more information on co-ordinating your outfits.
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting this beautiful couple expecting their first baby. It is such a magical time in this young couples lives and I was proud to be asked to help create such a beautiful memory for them.
Maternity photos are one of those things that you look at and think…how lovely; I’m definitely going to get them done when I am pregnant. Then you turn 35 weeks, your uncomfortable, you don’t feel like your particularly glowing and lets face it, aint no one photographing these stretch marks!
Now…take a moment, have a cry and put the baby’s eviction notice away. This is one small moment and it doesn’t last a lifetime, it only lasts 9 short months. It is the first, last or possibly only time you will have a baby growing inside of you and it’s a wonderful moment to remember and look back on later.
There are many different styles to maternity sessions and I am happy to work with you to capture this moment any way you wish. Whether you want studio style, outdoor portraiture, all black and white or proudly displayed bungy jumping naked from story bridge…ill be there to capture it.
Remember ladies, your body isn’t ruined by stretch marks, you’re a tiger who earned her stripes…be proud x