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 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
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
In my world I am still an excited little girl, fascinated by simplistic things. I still look at raindrops falling in puddles and are mesmerised by the ripples it creates, the way that buildings and skyscrapers create a whole new world and how little things might line up to make the most perfect patterns. Recently, I decided to go into Brisbane city for a bit of atmosphere and to location scout for an urban portrait session I had coming up.
I love walking through the city, listening to the sounds of hundreds of people walking, the brakes of buses and trucks hissing…all the little things that make up that city ambiance. As a photographer I see things differently to most people, I notice the way that light hits different surfaces and the way a shadows quality changes if you turn just 45 degrees to the left. In my world I see beauty in things that people walk past everyday and don’t even notice, such as the way that old buildings look like fairytale castles and lined up hire bikes have such perfect lines, but more than all of that I notice people.
People watching has always been a favorite past time of mine. It started when I was a little girl, we were waiting in the International airport for hours for a flight back to Australia, so my Dad created a game to keep us amused. The game was to watch people walking the long corridor to their departure gate but before they walked past you had to tell everyone what their story was. Where were they going? Who were they with? Did they go on a holiday and if so…where? As the hours ticked away you noticed the smallest of human gestures and the stories became more and more hilarious. Sharing the same sense of humor as my father the game quickly resulted in the two of us rolling around the floor laughing so hard, then Mum giving both of us a good telling off for being embarrassing.
So now, whenever I’m on my own…just being…I notice people, gestures, movements and wonder what their story is.
This is my world and it’s full of wonder, excitement and beauty.
While I was sitting enjoying my coffee and my secret game of ‘What’s the story’ I couldn’t help but notice that people can’t just ‘be’ anymore. People don’t go to cafe’s on the street and just sit and watch, in fact a lot of people aren’t even in ‘the world’ at all. As I sat quietly I quickly realized how my game was changing, everywhere I looked people were on their mobile phones. Now I am definitely one of those people that when I get bored at home and especially when I’m in bed I am constantly on my phone, but what I was witnessing was something completely different. People couldn’t cross a road without texting, they fully relied on the people around them and their movement to tell them when it was safe to cross. Mum’s pushing screaming babies whilst they walked and checked Facebook. Couples walking arm in arm with both their heads buried in their phones…are they texting each other? what could be more important than where they were right now? I noticed that its become such a habit that the moment people stop walking for even a brief second their hand reaches for that safety blanket. There is a whole world of beauty that people are missing out on.
This is the world that most people live in, which made me think…what if next time you went for lunch with friends you didn’t take your phone? you could turn it into a game, get all of your friends to switch their phone to vibrate mode, place all mobile phones face down and on top of one another in the middle of the table. You can safely say that someone is going to get a call or a text in the time it takes to have a coffee so the first one to pick up their phone and check it pays the bill…could you do it?
As I glanced around the cafe I sat in, most people had friends to sit with and those that didn’t had cellular relationship company. Then I saw this young girl on her own, with her book on the table…not an e-reader or i-pad an actual book, a novel by chance I had just finished. She must have sensed my gaze because she was living in my world, she was happy just….being. She looked up and smiled at me, so I returned the kind gesture and smiled back. Then I did something very unexpected for the world today, I sat down and bought her a coffee. I asked her about the book and what chapter she was up to and she asked what I was photographing. I told her it started as a game of ‘What’s my story’ but has turned into a study on human behavior. Her reply… “what’s my story? I love that game”
So I know you have all been eagerly awaiting the story behind the girl with the flowers, so here it is. She is a flower delivery girl and is delivering them on behalf of a young man who’s girlfriend just lost a relative..how do I know?…because I bought her a coffee.
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing this gorgeous little angel, meet Fiona only 5 days old and already making such an impression on the people around her. What a lovely session this was, a little unsettled at first but after that extra feed, extra cuddle and an extra cute hat, we got some beautifully curled sleepy shots…just precious x
As an adopted Brisbaneite, I wasn’t born here, my decision to come here was determined by my partners career rather than a burning desire to live in the Sunshine State. I never for one second thought I would be one of those families who needed a separate laundry hamper to house multiple swim wear for each member of the family. Hot summers, balmy nights and sand in the house thoroughly concerned me and why are boogie boards considered mandatory household items? I mean how often do you really use them? The beach is a holiday destination… isn’t it?
Oh how our lives have changed!
We are approaching our 7th month here now and it is fast becoming home for a host of reasons. Some big, some small but right now…I wouldn’t live anywhere else. Humidity takes a lot of getting used to but the trade off is nine months of glorious weather and being able to eat outside all year round. I love waking up to the smell of salty air in the morning and going to sleep at night to the sound of geckos and storms. The kids have discovered the magic of being able to climb trees hundreds of years old and the delight of going swimming in the bay straight after school.
There is always somewhere to go or something to see, living in a city of 4million people means a more diverse range of activities and events to choose from. Things I enjoyed as a child I will now be able to share with my own children outings such as the roller-skating rink or the drive in movies…which is on the agenda for next week.
We have been very grateful for the experience to move here and discover a whole new city; Australia is such a beautiful place. If you have the opportunity to move interstate for work, for family or for love…take a leap of faith, it may just become your new home too.
It’s funny how sometimes things just work out…I mean who knew that the kids getting boogie boards for Christmas would be such a useful gift.
Happy New Year to everyone, I hope you all had a magical Christmas and wish you all the very best for 2013.