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1 5 Reasons to Have Multi-Generation Family Portrait Images Taken

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Following up with my recent Mother’s Day post, I wanted to make sure that you remember the grandmothers, too! Family portrait images that include multiple generations are particularly memorable and will be cherished for years to come. Whether it is your parent’s anniversary, you are celebrating a birthday milestone, or everyone is simply in town at the same time, here are five reasons to book a session: 

  1. Get a Classic, Yet Professional, Group Shot

Anytime that your extended family is in town, it is worth taking a group picture together. This is especially important for those with family who live far away or are seldom able to visit. Cherish the time you have together, and celebrate it with a group image. The benefits of booking a professional photo session to get your shots are many, including that you will not have to worry about how to gather, manage, and pose everyone. Plus, isn’t it time you stop crowding together at a casual holiday event for a quick snapshot and considering that good enough? I have plenty of success getting large groups to cooperate, no matter their range of ages and personalities. It is easy to print multiple copies of your favourite images to share with family members. 

  1. Quickly Compare Those Shared Traits

Do all the men in the family have the same broad shoulders? Is there a certain eye colour or nose shape that has been passed down through the generations? Do all the sisters share the same mega-kilowatt smile? Lining up multiple generations all at once allows you to see the physical traits that identify your family. I may even capture a few candid shared gestures and expressions! This is a fun way to make comparisons and celebrate your family’s uniqueness.

  1. Celebrate All Aspects of Your Family’s Bond

In addition to a taking a large group shot, we can also break down your session into capturing smaller groups to round out your family portrait images. How about a shot of the adult children with their parents, or of the grandparents surrounded by their grandchildren? Alternatively, gather all of the females together for a powerful portrait, or separate siblings and their families for individual group shots with the grandparents. A cute shot of all of the cousins playing together is a sure winner, too. The combinations of portraits must be well planned, which is where I come in. I will take all of your requests and add in few of my own to plan the perfect session for your group. 

  1. Everyone Will Look and Feel Their Best

Professional photo sessions are designed to help bring out the best in everyone, even those who might have never pictured themselves as the model type. Location, lighting, angles, lenses, and composition all contribute to taking a great shot, but the way everyone feels on set is the most important aspect. If you are comfortable, relaxed, and enjoying yourself, my chances of getting a great picture are much higher. I make an effort to get to know each person on location with me, so that I can quickly identify how individuals may react in front of the camera and adjust accordingly. Many grandparents, in particular, feel they are no longer beautiful and do not need to have “fancy pictures” taken. In reality, there is so much beauty in the smile of a grandparent looking at his or her children and grandchildren. Plus, children do not see age the same way we do. They love us for who we are, not matter our age, and will simply have fun with a shared experience. Finally, the resulting images will be ones worth keeping and passing down.

  1. The Session Itself is Memorable

One of the best ways to feel relaxed on set is to see it as a fun family outing, not a stressful, stiff photography session. Focus on having fun on the shoot and making memories together. Let me capture formal family portrait images as well as the candid, lifestyle moments in between.

No one wants to think about it, but our oldest generations will not be around forever. Take the time now to capture precious moments between your mother and your daughter, or to capture the big group shot you have always wanted. Contact me today to learn more about booking a session. I will work with you to determine the right time, location, and groupings to make your shoot a success.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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In Honour of the Mums Left Out of Candid Family Portraits

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Have you ever noticed that mums seem to be the ones left out of most candid family portraits? Whether everyone is gathered for a holiday, birthday celebration, or another event, it is important to make sure that a few of those quick snapshots include mum, too! This post also serves as a reminder that Mother’s Day is just around the corner, on 8 May, and organising a photo shoot is the perfect gift. Keep scrolling to learn more about booking a photo session to celebrate your mum or wife.

Bring Everyone Together

There are many different ways to describe a family. Perhaps it is just the two of you, or the two of you and your beloved pet. Do you have one or two small children or several grown children and your grandchildren? Do you have parents or extended relatives coming in town to visit soon? Photo shoots are a great way to gather everyone together and celebrate your unique bond. Sessions are casual, fun, and extremely memorable, making them an activity everyone will enjoy. Plus, bringing all the children or siblings together is a great way to show your mum how much you care about one another and demonstrate your appreciation for her.

Let Me Take the Lead

Mums tend to have multiple to-do lists and often have to organise events for everyone else. Booking a photo session with me means letting her take it easy for the day. She does not need to organise the shots or worry about poses, because you can leave everything to me. I can coax great smiles out of everyone, even the shyest or most unwilling of participants. I will also coordinate with you directly about time, location, and even outfit suggestions if you want. Putting a bit of an effort into organising a session on her behalf will go a long way toward showing her how you care!

Candid Family Portraits: Types of Shots

By now, you may be imagining your children or siblings all gathered on the beach, either running about or nervously waiting for instruction. The goal is to relax and enjoy, so trust that I will get a great combination of shots. Let me know if there are specific shots you would like, such as a big group shot, a picture of mum with each child individually, or a shot of her and her spouse or partner. I love capturing spontaneous smiles and interactions as well as planned, beautifully composed lifestyle portraits.

Ask for Framing Assistance

Although the session itself will be a blast, half of the fun is seeing the resulting images. I can help you choose prints, and even offer advice about matting and framing. There are many different ways to gift and display your favourite images, including:

  • A trio of prints
  • Different images and frames for home and work
  • Multiple sets of images so everyone gets them
  • Different sets of prints for two or more rooms, complete with coordinating frames

In addition to adding to your home’s beautiful décor, mats and frames will help protect your precious images over time.

Why Go Professional?

Let’s say you suggested the idea of booking a photo shoot to one of your siblings, who quickly shot it down. After all, couldn’t you set up your iPhone on a stand with a timer and gather for a group shot? In reality, the difference between an at-home and a professional photo shoot is astounding. The right equipment and understanding of balance, lighting, composition, and editing makes all the difference in creating stunning images you will want to display.

It is also an investment of time that will richly pay off, as you will spend quality time with your mum and have much more to show for it than a few blurry or off-centre images. The resulting prints from a professional photo session will be cherished for years to come, and looking back on them will only remind you of the fun time you spend together.

Give a Gift Mum Will Love

My photo sessions include a mix of formal and candid family portraits, capturing your connection, relationships, and bond. I can guide you through every step of the process, from choosing a location and the best time of day to suggesting clothing choices and framing options. We may not be able to schedule your shoot before Mother’s Day this year, but you can give your mum a gift certificate and talk to her about possible session dates! Contact me today to learn more.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Did You Eat Too Many Easter Sweets? 4 Tips for Your Upcoming Photo Session

4 tips for your upcoming photo sessions

If you are like me, you may have nibbled on a few too many chocolate treats last weekend and in the days leading up to Easter. The only thing that makes this overindulgence worse is the knowledge of an upcoming photo shoot and the insecurities that may come with it.

However, don’t despair! There is no need to reschedule.

Many of us do not like how we look on camera, but are you only judging yourself based on quick snapshots and forced poses? There are many ways to ensure your photo shoot results in the best family portraits. Here are four tips I have picked up through my years of experience with professional photography in Brisbane.

  1. Choose Slimming Outfits

I want you to feel completely comfortable and happy during your session, even if you think you picked up a few pounds during the holiday season. If you dress in a comfortable yet slimming way, you will feel more confident and have a much better time during the shoot. Although you might think that wearing baggy clothes could give you something to hide behind, they will often make you look larger than you actually are. Patterns can be similarly misleading, and may be more of a distraction for the camera.

Instead, opt for a close-fitting dress or blouse that highlights your natural curves without making you feel as though you are being put on display. Basic black is always a good option, and it is easy to coordinate with other people’s outfits. Another idea is wearing a mid toned button-down shirt, perhaps with a pop a colour like a scarf, to add visual interest and keep the eye moving. The button down shirts don’t cling to tummies.

  1. Consider Your Posing Options

siblingsThere are many different poses that can help elongate your figure and create a slimming effect. There is no need to worry about any of this as I will be there to help get you totally relaxed and looking natural so you will look fantastic.. It’s best not to think about it too much or you will be uncomfortable and un-natural.

I will make sure we hide anything you may want to hide and accentuate your best features, and that is your relaxed happy genuine smile.  I will usually pose you behind someone else or while holding one of your children or even the family pet. Leaning forward helps your arms and neck look great and if you think about how much you love your kids and family, that will complete the atmosphere.

My experience with professional photography in Brisbane means that I will be there to help guide into poses that feel comfortable and look great, so do not stress about this beforehand.

We will take a moment to shake everything out and try to find your best natural posture. Relaxing your shoulders and getting you to breath helps.

Short Versus Long Lenses

Most of the photo’s you don’t like have been taken on a smart phone. These use very wide angles lenses which have the horrible effect of making everything appear larger and rounder. Just what we don’t need. Top that up with someone that takes forever to click and by the time they do, everyone is feeling awkward and you thats it! You have the formula for terrible photo’s.

A professional will use long lenses to capture you at your best. Quickly and in a fun and relaxed way, in the right light that makes your eyes glitter and your face glow. I promise you will be surprised at how good you will look after a professional takes your portraits.

  1. Retouching

Professional photography in Brisbane often includes retouching services. Retouching allows you to relax on set and not worry about what the camera sees. We have an affordable professional retouching service if you want to look younger, thinner and taller etc… They can adjust heavy wrinkles, minor blemishes, skin discolouration, scaring, wounds and more. I have helped people with Bells Palsy get portraits they adore by sending their portraits away for retouching.

However, most of the magic happens with the correct lighting and lens choice, which can make everyone look better! So rest assured that you will look completely natural and radiant.

Contact me today to book a session or discuss your insecurities or uncertainties, I will help you look and feel confident.

Besides, the best family portraits are all about capturing smiles and relationships, not how many chocolate Easter bunnies you recently ate! I hope to hear from you soon.

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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4 Things to Know About Maternity Portraits

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Do you only capture your growing baby belly with a quick weekly selfie? Do you wish you had pictures taken during your first pregnancy and plan to do so this time around? Although the chances are that you already made your formal pregnancy announcement to friends and family, there is still plenty to celebrate. Professional maternity portraits are not just about highlighting the baby belly but capturing your glowing smile, loving relationships, and the beauty of your growing family. These photo sessions do require sensitivity and careful planning, but these ideas and tips will help ensure yours is a success:

  1. Choose the Right Timing

Three trimesters may seem interminable right now, but these moments will go by quickly. Many mothers have told me that they regret only having one or two casual snapshots of them while they were pregnant. When you look back as your little one enters toddlerhood, I guarantee that you will be glad that you had professional photos taken! To get started, we will try to plan your photo session at a time in your pregnancy that you look and feel your best.

Although you can schedule a photo shoot anytime during your pregnancy, many photographers recommend booking a session around the beginning of the third trimester. Many women have a beautiful, full shape at this point, but still have enough energy to move around or get up and down easily. I have also photographed women within a month or so of this range, so it is really up to you! You can also consider the season and current weather when deciding whether to book immediately or plan a month out. I love photographing pregnant mothers outdoors, which brings together both their natural beauty and the beauty that is bringing new life to the world.

  1. Creativity is Welcome

There are certain “standard” poses that many pregnant women are keen to have, and I am happy to oblige. At the same time, however, I love taking a mix of shots, both formally posed and more lifestyle or casual. These could include different angles, abstract shots, traditional portraits, close-ups, and more. I will also take both close shots, to highlight your happiness and capture details, and wide shots, to capture you against a stunning background.

  1. Tips for Clothing and Preparation

Your clothes can help dictate the style of a maternity portrait session. For example, bright colours feel fun and lively, while more neutral tones feel calm and harmonious. Either way, plain-coloured clothing photographs much better than stripes, dots, or big prints. To enhance your silhouette, try a form-fitting blouse or dress that has some stretch. Try to avoid t-shirt length sleeves; otherwise, sleeveless, long sleeve, and spaghetti strap tops all photograph well. Finally, feel free to add a pop of style and colour with a scarf or some jewellery.

In addition to choosing your outfits, there are a few other things you might do before your session:

  • Drink plenty of water for healthy, glowing skin.
  • Avoid wearing too much makeup, as I will use the camera to highlight your features.
  • Moisturize any skin that may show, including knees and elbows. However, apply lotion at least an hour before the session so it does not glare.
  • Consider booking a manicure or applying some light-coloured polish for close up shots of your hands around your belly.

Gauzy fabrics can be gathered easily to show off your figure, but you can also show your bare tummy for some shots if you would like! To avoid any clothing or elastic marks, be sure to wear loose-fitting clothing to your session.

  1. Feel Free to Bring Your Family

Including your partner or children in your maternity portrait session will help make your session even more about emotions and relationships than your current figure. The tender relationship between partners, in particular, is incredible to capture on film and something that you will cherish for a lifetime. In addition to portraits alone and as a couple, you can also include your children snuggling up to you, further reflecting your growing family. Another popular choice is to bring along the family pet, which may indeed become quite a jealous “sibling!”

Above all, I want to help capture images that will bring you back to that beautiful, exciting, and whirlwind time in your life. Your pregnancy is miraculous and unique, and something you will want to remember. Focus on the excitement and joy of your pregnancy, and let those emotions show on camera. Give me a call today to talk about scheduling a session, and be sure to let me know when your little one arrives!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)

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Where’s Mum? Reasons To Get Your Portrait Taken

Sept05One thing all mums know to be true is that derire to not get your photo taken. You feel that you need to get more sleep to get rid of those dark circles or that you just need to lose five more kilos before you get on camera. Sometimes, you may even be the one behind the camera, which aids in procrastinating when it comes to being in photographs. However, this can be something you will regret as you get older. It is time to stop procrastinating! If you are in doubt, here are three reasons to get your portrait taken.

1. You Want Your Children To Have Photographs Of You

Think about some of the photographs you cherish – do you have any of your parents? Are those some that you absolutely cherish? Then think about how your children will feel when they are your age. They will cherish the photographs of you just as much as you cherish the photographs of your parents. If you do not have many photographs of yourself, your grandchildren and great grandchildren will also not have anything to look back on. Photographs are important to all families because they help each other remember their loved ones and are great to pass down throughout the generations. 

2. It Shows Your Children That You Love Them

Many mums would rather not be in the photographs with their children because they are just not ready to be. There will be many photographs of your children together, but hardly any of you with them. This is one of the biggest reasons to get your portrait taken. I have had clients who told me that as they grew up, they were not sure if their parents loved them because they did not have portraits together like other families. They knew their parents did love them, but needed those portraits to reinforce that. Remember this with your children – they want those photos with you. Your children are not bothered by the different things that bother you and, in fact, may not even notice them. Get in those portraits with your children! 

3. You Will Regret Not Getting Portraits Taken

After years and years of many excuses, you will one day wake up and realize there are no portraits of you with your family. This will be something you regret, especially as you age more. You will want portraits of yourself when you were younger, and many of your excuses from those years will seem silly later on. You do not want to end up regretting never getting portraits of yourself with your children and family. 

Do Not Ignore The Reasons To Get Your Portrait Taken

The reasons to get your portrait taken could go on and on. Do not fear about how you will look in a portrait, especially if you are basing it on how you look in an unprofessionally done photograph. I am a professional photographer who knows the best light, best poses, and other elements that will help make these portraits ones you will cherish forever! Contact me today, and we can set up a time to talk about a session of you, your children, and family.

Talk soon, Margherita :)

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1 Stop Procrastinating About Having Your Picture Taken

Time for mum to have her picture taken with the familyIf your family is like most, then it’s more than a little likely you don’t see much of Mum when it comes to the family photos you take. This is because mums tend to be the ones behind the scenes making sure everything is perfect for everybody else. That said, they’re usually the ones behind the camera as well when it’s photo time, seeing to it that every smile and special moment is perfectly captured.

However, many mums are also major procrastinators when it comes to actually taking their turn in front of the camera for a change. If you’re this kind of mum, then you probably know the feeling well. You don’t feel pretty enough on a given day to have your picture taken. You keep telling yourself that you’ll change your tune when you finally lose a few kilos or finally get around to getting your teeth whitened… but we all know how that day never seems to come.

The Right Moment Is Now

The problem with waiting for circumstances to be perfect before you consider it worth being part of your family’s photo memories is that you’re missing out on so much in the meantime. Life really does have a way of progressing in the blink of an eye. Children grow up seemingly overnight. Entire holiday seasons are over in a flash.

One day, your family albums are going to be all you and your loved ones have by which to remember this beautiful time in your lives together. If you continue to procrastinate about getting out from behind the camera once in a while, you run the risk of not being part of those memories.

The fact of the matter is your kids and your loved ones love you, as you are right now – extra kilos, wrinkles, crooked teeth, and all. Also, you yourself are liable to feel differently about the way you look today in ten or twenty years when you’re even older, so live in the moment – right here and right now, without worrying about the little details that simply won’t matter one day.

A Professional Can Help

In my experience, part of the reason many mums feel the way they do about photos is a lifetime of bad experiences. Friends and relatives have a tendency to take unflattering photos of others from bad angles or using the wrong lens. The way we look in photos like these can erode our self-image even further over time. We eventually become convinced that we’re unattractive or simply not photogenic.

If that sounds familiar, than having beautiful photos taken by a professional is exactly what the doctor ordered. A professional photographer knows how to take shots that are always flattering, bringing out the best in absolutely any subject. Plus, they’ll have an eye for setting up creative images that will change the way you feel about photography in general.

Photos at their best are about making memories and recording the experiences we treasure most in life. Stop procrastinating and become a part of that for yourself today!

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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