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#005: How The Camera Lies To Us

Introduction: Margherita Gregory from Kiss Photography in Brisbane explains how cameras lie to us when we see photos of ourselves.

When it comes to pictures of ourselves it’s a really common response for the eye to be immediately drawn to the feature of ourselves that we dislike the most.

But the thing is that this perception of ourselves is distorted by the cameras we all have in our back pockets – phones!

What’s worse is that in the wrong hands these cameras will even exaggerate those things we don’t like, leaving us to believe that we really don’t look good in photos!

This is a total lie!

The camera does nothing to reveal your true beauty, unless of course we trick it otherwise :)

In this podcast I explain how to get the most from pictures of yourself and how to show off your best features, always.

Enjoy the podcast, hope it helps!

Talk soon, Margherita

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#004: Family Photography Introduction 3 of 3

Margherita Gregory from Kiss Photography in Brisbane explains the background behind portrait styles and inspiration and where to see more. 

Transcript:

Hello there, it’s Margherita from Kiss Photography. I found that the most successful portraits, the ones that families absolutely love are the ones taken outdoors. Families just feel more relaxed on a beautiful beach, under a tree, beside a river in a gorgeous spot. It’s just something that’s really relax and happy. It’s also an opportunity to have a bonding time with the family to get a gorgeous portrait rather than going off to a family portrait session which can be quite stressful.

Margherita Gregory Kiss Photography iTunes PodcastIf you go along to my website kissphotography.com.au you’ll find a lot of different ideas. There’s a beautiful gallery in there of portraits taken in Southeast Queensland. There’ll be some inspiration for you, you’ll see some backdrops and settings and clothing and all that kind of stuff that might suit your family. 

You’ll also find on that website that these reviews from other families that have left some ideas and comments about what they’ve lack for or anything they were worried about or anything that might suit your family, have a look.

There’s also a blog on it, you can keep in touch with the latest news. On the Contacts page, you’ll find all my data so you can get in touch. You fill out the Email contact form and send it off to me with a bit of information about who you are and what you like. I’ll personally get back in touch with you. I look forward to hearing from you and I’ll check on you soon.

Take care!

#003: Family Photography Introduction 2 of 3

Margherita Gregory from Kiss Photography in Brisbane shares her formula for successful family portraits that families love. 

Transcript:

Hi, Margherita Gregory here from Kiss Photography. When I’m chatting to families about their portraits, it’s lovely to hear all the different reasons why they are getting their portraits done. They might have just gotten married and all the family is in town and they want some really natural photographs in a lovely place instead of the stressed ones on the wedding day. Or there might be a new baby in the family or the kids have just out of school, or they’re going unto high school. Or, you might have a university student about to graduate and who knows where they gonna go, they might go overseas. You might even have some family coming from overseas and you’ll all be together and it hasn’t happen in many years and you know it’s happening in this month and you really wanna get everyone together, and that’s really special. 

Margherita Gregory Kiss Photography iTunes PodcastThere’s lots of reasons to get portraits done, and it’s just a special thing to do. So here’s my tip for making it fun, efficient, and, and relaxed so that nobody goes crazy. If you’re feeling awkward, the best thing to do is do them outdoors. A lot of people feel uncomfortable if you’re in a studio and there’s lights and the kids aren’t allowed to run around. But if you can imagine being underneath a beautiful tree running around, you might have a dog with you, it’s a totally different feel. T-shirts, jeans just totally relaxed. If you’re feeling overweight, I can help you with clothing, the right color, the right shape, the right style of clothes, and it’s all about the posing as well, so you’ll lose 10 kilos in the picture, just by the right posing and the right clothing. So don’t worry about that anymore. And if you still don’t like it, we can Photoshop it. 

If there’s unenthusiastic dads or teenagers in the family that don’t want have it done, if it’s outdoors, it’s relaxed it, it’s only 20 minutes, you’ll eliminate all those excuses. I have so many dads tell me that “Oh, I actually had fun, it was easy, I didn’t think it was gonna be so easy.” So that ‘s not a problem anymore. You might have some unruly kids, with young kids, first thing in the morning, feed them all up so no one’s hungry or thirsty, and we get it done really quickly and efficiently, and the kids would even have a lovely time and at their best. And you might have a family gathering, will work together to find out the best location and the best timing to gather all the troops together so it can be done quickly and efficiently even if it’s like a kind of chain reaction type of thing, and the last shot you do is with everyone together before you leave.

It can happen and it can be easy. I’ll share with you in the next video some popular ideas about locations and styles that you might like and what other people have done.

So speak to you soon!

#002: Family Photography Introduction 1 of 3

Margherita Gregory from Kiss Photography in Brisbane shares her best tips on how families can get fabulous family portraits easily and efficiently with a minimum of fuss.

Transcript:

Hello there, it’s Margherita here from Kiss Photography. We are Family Portraits Specialists. We’re known for our 100% All Smiles guarantee and we’ve been the first choice for over 730 Brisbane and Gold Coast families for many years. 

Margherita Gregory Kiss Photography iTunes PodcastSo, after chatting to lots of people over the years, I found a common theme. Everyone would just love to have family portraits taken but this is quite a big BUT. But we feel awkward, we don’t feel like we don’t photograph well, we want to lose a few kilos, your partner is travelling, or your busy with work and travelling. The kids are in between stages and we don’t know when the right time to photograph the kids. There’s always seems to be an excuse and we’re so busy. But after photographing thousands of portraits already, I can tell you that no one has ever regretted taking them and having them done and if you think about it, you’ll never be younger than you are today.

So in ten year’s time, you’ll look amazing in these portraits cause you’ll be ten years older. So in the next video, I’m going to show with you the clothing to wear so you’ll look fantastic, the location and the lighting and how to get the family together, how to make this fun and efficient and easy so the pictures are done really quickly. Everyone had fun and didn’t even feel awkward at all and you’ll get beautiful portraits.

So, see you in the next video!

#001: Margherita Announces The New Photography Course Directory

New Photography Course Directory

Family Photography specialist Margherita Gregory from Kiss Photography in Brisbane explains the reason behind why she created an international directory of University level photography courses.
http://kissphotography.com.au/photographers

Margherita Gregory Kiss Photography iTunes PodcastTranscript:

Hello, it’s Margherita Gregory here, and behind me is The Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. This is where my formal training started for me. Nowadays, I run a very busy family photography studio called Kiss Photography but I still fondly remember the days that QCA where all those ideas germinated. My passion started when I was about 16 in a small country town in Northern New South Wales. My teacher then, my mum, and my friends all encouraged me to take those steps to make it happen for me. So it was with great brave steps that I moved away from the small country town to the capital city of Brisbane and QCA. 

My eyes were opened by the experienced lecturers and being surrounded by like-minded students. It was so inspiring, I loved it. So, those years at QCA forged me and forged the belief in me that I could actually make this happen for myself.

Since then I’ve had many great adventures around the world with my camera and with my business Kiss Photography and I love every minute of it. These days I spend my time creating history for families, it’s where I’ve honed my skills into family photography and occasional wedding because recreating historic moments, and that’s very exciting. I’ve created this directory in the hope that it might help to inspire the future generation of students to follow their dream and passion, and make photography exciting for them in their future as well. I hope it helps for you.

Good Luck!