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Why Pay for Professional Family Portraits?

Why Pay For Professional Family Portraits

Many families place a high importance on taking photos of their kids and other loved ones, but they rarely do anything with these photos. Most of the photos are digital. They sit on a hard drive without getting printed or even backed up. It’s nice to have a few photos to look at right now, but these precious photos may not be around in five years, much less 20 or 30 years when you want to show them to your children or grandchildren.

Preserving your memories

While professional family portraits don’t solve the entire problem of preserving the digital photo library, they do offer memory insurance. Kids grow up quickly, parents and grandparents pass away, and everyone is growing and changing, often so rapidly you don’t even realise it until you look back on photos from six months ago. Portraits help you save these fleeting moments and preserve the memories. It’s important to have these memories for yourself but also for future generations who want to understand who they are and where they came from. A future granddaughter who may not look anything like her parents will feel a spark of connection when she sees a great-grandmother who has the exact same eyes or smile.

Gathering your family

Of course, one of the trickiest parts of family portraits is getting everyone together in the same place at the same time, especially as the kids grow up. Many families bemoan the fact that in all of the family pictures they do have, there is always someone missing or one of the kids isn’t looking at the camera. It may be a hassle to hire a professional photographer for your next portrait session, but it also helps you commit to the notion. With a date and time set, you’ll follow through with your decision. Even if you have to reschedule the session once or twice, getting everyone in the photos is so precious. When you see the final results, you’ll be so glad you and your family made the effort.

Why Pay For Professional Family Portraits

Focusing on the fun element of the day together

As you prepare for your upcoming family portrait session, remember it will be a fun opportunity to spend time with your loved ones without having to designate one family member as the photographer. With the right photographer who puts everyone at ease, the day will be straightforward and stress free. The 20 or 30 minute session will fly by with family members laughing and joking the whole time. Instead of a dreaded chore, you’ll look forward to the chance to bond with your loved ones during these rare moments as an entire family.

Selecting an ideal setting

Choosing a location that’s meaningful to your family further puts everyone at ease and adds to the emotion of the photographs. For example, maybe when the kids were growing up, you always spent Saturday mornings in the summer together at the local beach. Returning to the beach when your children are in high school or Uni brings back those cherished memories. Your photographer will have no trouble capturing natural, relaxed expressions as family members retell favourite stories and enjoy being in the familiar spot again.

Ordering and framing prints

Once you’ve invested in a professional family portrait session, you’re more likely to follow through with ordering and framing the prints. Most people never print, much less frame, their personal digital photos, letting thousands of photos back up on the hard drive. When you don’t take the time to cull your photos, it’s all but impossible to find favourite shots again later. Ordering and framing your new family portraits right away ensures you don’t lose your treasured photos in the digital abyss of your massive hard drive. Many professional photographers are happy to help their clients choose frames for their new shots and even assist with hanging them in their homes.

The power of having family portraits hanging on the wall is hard to appreciate until you experience it for yourself. Kids love seeing photos of themselves and will discuss these photos with family and friends for years to come. They also serve as a natural talking point for parents when new friends or out of town relatives come to visit. Knowing that your parents took the time to have the entire family photographed in a favourite setting helps children feel loved and as though they belong within their family.

They hold special place for many families.

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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Guidelines for Choosing Newborn Photography Props

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Infant portraits sessions typically occur in the first few months of birth, when the baby will sweetly sleep no matter his or her surroundings, outfit, or pose. Although there are many different toys, blankets, and other objects that you could include in the shoot, it is better to start simply. After all, you want all of the focus to be on your infant and not anything else. Here are some great tips for choosing newborn photography props.

Clothing: Think Muted Tones

Although I love photographing older babies and toddlers outdoors, we can schedule infant photo sessions indoors if you prefer. Doing so allows us to create a cosy, quiet, and temperature-controlled environment to take photos, especially if you want some unclothed shots of your baby curled up. However lovely old tree roots look gorgeous with new babies so I’m happy to meet you outdoors as well.

Choose clothing for your baby that will be comfortable, and try not to plan a huge amount of outfit changes. If possible, keep baby wipes on hand and remember that clothes are washable in case of an accident!

When picking an outfit, strive for muted tones rather than very loud and bright colours. Although reds, yellows, oranges, and bright blues are fun and joyful, they can also be distracting in a photograph. The same goes for busy patterns, which may not photograph well.

Blankets: The Base of Your Background

Follow the same guidelines for clothing, but also try to avoid choosing blankets with commercial characters or printed text. The exception is a monogrammed or personalised blanket, which we can put on display for a few shots. Since the blanket is part of your background, think about how your baby’s clothes and skin tone will appear against it. You may want to have a few pillows handy, or even a basket.

Toys and Mementos: Be Selective to Avoid Busy Shots

I love creating simple scenes, which is why we will not need lots of toys or other items around. Still, there are many different ways to include other objects in a photo shoot. For example, we could pose your little one snuggling up to an oversized teddy bear, or have him or her hold a smaller stuffed animal or toy. This is also a great time to include a gift from the grandparents or another family member.

newborn photographyInvolving Others: How to Make Sure You Are Prepared for a Session

Although solo shots of the baby are a necessity, you are welcome to join in the shoot as well. There are many ways that you, your partner, or your other children can be involved. Ideas include:

  • Cradling the baby
  • Parent/s and baby
  • Resting the baby on your stomach or arms
  • Holding hands
  • Letting the family pet lay down nearby
  • Photographing your children holding their new sibling
  • Photographing your children as they peer down at the baby in your arms

In addition to these basic shots, there are countless angles and close-ups I can explore to highlight your family’s bond and connection.

Again, focus on words like simple, natural, and understated. If you want some close-up shots, then consider getting a manicure but skipping the polish or wearing a neutral tone. Simple jewellery can be a nice touch, but remember that all eyes should be on the baby.

How Many Newborn Photography Props Do You Need?

Although most babies do well during a photo shoot, there is no need to drag it on all morning or afternoon. You may be surprised by the vast variety of images I can capture in under an hour. Choose a few items that you might want to include so that we have options, but let me know which ones are prioritised. For example, we could photograph the baby in a parent’s military or work uniform, or wearing part of a seasonal costume. Or, if Grandma knitted a special outfit and you want to send her pictures, photographing that could be a priority.

Contact me today about booking a professional newborn photo session, as these are the most precious moments that you will absolutely want to remember forever.

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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How to Prepare for Professional Family Photography: What to Wear

family-photo-shootYour family is incredible, and you know that you want to capture each moment perfectly. Taking photos with your phone is great, but what about professional family photography?

Getting professional photos done can be daunting for many because they aren’t sure how to prepare for a session. I want to set you at complete ease by providing you with a three-part series called How to Prepare for Professional Family Photography.

In today’s instalment, I am going to look at what you should wear to your beautiful session.

4 Things You Should Wear for Professional Family Photography

What to wear is a question so many families ask before getting professional family photography. And sometimes, this very question is what keeps so many from getting photos taken.

Here are a few tips just for you to make it easy!

  1. Wear Relaxing Comfortable Clothing for Outdoor Photography

I adore outdoor photography and so many of my clients do too. When it comes to getting photos taken outdoors, you should always make sure to wear something comfortable.

This will help your photos go perfectly, and you will feel incredibly relaxed when wearing comfortable clothes. This is also wonderful when you have reluctant teens or children who might get upset or fussy wearing something they don’t like. 

  1. Wear Seasonally Appropriate Clothing

Wearing seasonally appropriate clothing is tops when it comes to professional family photography.

Many people put off getting their Christmas card photos taken until summer is here. This means that all the cute, festive Christmas clothing is just too hot to wear.

I always suggest for clients to get Christmas photos taken in the winter, to help get perfect photos and save on a big rush as the holiday approaches.

No matter the season, wear something that is perfect for the weather. 

  1. Loose Fitting Clothing Makes Everyone Feel More Relaxed

Do you want to feel relaxed when you get your photos taken? Of course!

The best way to ensure you are relaxed is to wear loose fitting clothing. Something that is too tight or constricting can make photo sessions uncomfortable. But, if your clothing is loose, you will feel like smiling and will be immensely relaxed with your family. 

  1. Wear Comfortable Shoes to Stand and Walk Around In

We all tend to think about clothing when we discuss what to wear for professional family photography. However, so many ignore wearing the right shoes.

Since you will be standing and walking around, you should always make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes. Flats are the best, as well as shoes with great arch supports. 

Get Your Gorgeous Family Photos Today

If you have more questions about what you should wear for your professional family photographs, don’t hesitate to contact me.

I love talking to my clients and helping them get the best out of their images. Call me today and we can chat all about your session!

Talk soon,
Margherita :)
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The City Skyline makes an excellent backdrop for memorable professional photos in Brisbane.When it comes to commemorating all of life’s priceless moments, there’s really nothing like photography. Photos are just like memories, only preserved in a timeless way that we can actually hold in our hands, hang on our walls, or give to others as gifts. They’re a chance to let other people see what we saw through our eyes. That said, photos are a special kind of keepsake that should be part of all of life’s most important experiences.

We all know the joys of snapping our own photos to help us capture the spirit of casual family get-togethers or make sure we never forget any of the charming candid moments that can’t be planned ahead of time. We likewise can appreciate the value of professional photography when it comes to recording really important happenings of a once-in-a-lifetime nature, like weddings, new babies, and family reunions.

However, far too many people forget that professional photography doesn’t have to be something that’s reserved only for special occasions. In fact, it can (and should) be thought of as a fun, special way to record any experience that you and your loved ones want to remember and revisit forever, including family vacations.

Remember Every Detail of Brisbane

If you’re currently visiting the Brisbane area (or are planning to soon), consider making a professional photo shoot at our studio a part of your experience together as a family. We can help you create fun, magical memories on film that not only showcase this beautiful area at its best, but that will capture the spirit of Australia in a way you’ll love reliving together for years to come.

The Brisbane area is full of positively stunning views and beautiful landmarks that include cityscapes, a picturesque river, and a variety of breathtaking skylines. A family vacation portrait at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast or an artistic shoot at the Kangaroo Point Cliffs are just a couple of the possibilities!

If you’re a native or an expat that will be leaving this gorgeous place for a change of scenery one day soon, you can also consider booking a shoot to ensure you’ll always remember what you loved about Brisbane. For instance, I had an American family that had been living here for two years before heading home that chose the Story Bridge as the backdrop to their personal shoot. They treasure the photos we took to this day.

The Value of Travel Photography

Traveling is about so much more than simply getting away from it all or seeing the sights. When you travel with family especially, you’re building strong ties that will last a lifetime. You’re experiencing things together that will change all of you forever. Professional photos help to record that in a way that will always be special to all of you. You can show your children, your grandchildren, and your great-grandchildren first-hand how gorgeous the locations you visited really were. Let us help you create that kind of magic the next.

Talk soon,

Margherita :)

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