A Gym Environment Like No Other - Strength Sanctuary Stafford - Brisbane Commercial Fitness Photography

With so many gyms, franchises and personal trainer businesses around now it’s hard to find one that you’re going to love and suit your needs.

I came across Strength Sanctuary in Stafford through a friend, and from the moment I stepped into this gym, I was blown away. The environment, the equipment, the welcoming owners and members… it has it all.

Located in a large warehouse in Stafford, owners Oran and Nic created a place they always dreamed of to train - amazing equipment, great music, graffiti walls, table tennis, dogs allowed, couches and in the company of friends.

Not only is this an amazing place to train, I regularly use this as a location for my photoshoots as it’s so vibrant in it’s colours and has so much room and great equipment for my clients. They also have an outdoor area with plants and sled area also. As Oran & Nic always accommodate me and my fitness clients, I thought I would return the favour by capturing this sanctuary of theirs.

See below for some great images of their space, to find out more about them see below:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/strengthsanctuary/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/strength.sanctuary

Em

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A Fitness Goal Can Change Your Life, No Matter What Age! Brisbane Fitness Photography

I have learnt first hand from personal experience competing myself and through the amazing people I get to photograph, that bodybuilding and fitness is more than just showing of your body….

It’s about prioritising your health, staying accountable, motivating yourself, making sacrifices to reach a goal and much more. However, what a lot of people don’t understand about the industry, is that it gives you focus when you may be experiencing hard times, up and down emotions or lacking motivation in life. I have heard many stories from clients and friends of how their health journey has helped their lives, their confidence and get over traumatic experiences in life.

This brings me to my photoshoot with the amazing Mel. She is 43, she’s been through some life experiences and fitness has helped her focus, stay positive and show herself that she can reach her goals.

This was her first photoshoot and a very big thing for her. I was beyond grateful that I was able to capture these moments and be a part of her journey. Travelling all the way from Gladstone, we created some beautiful and strong imagery of Mel’s physique, a celebration of her body and how far she’s come in her life!

Congratulations again Mel, so proud of you for doing this.

“Your body can accept anything you put it through as long as your mind is limitless”

Em x

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The White Cottage Flower Farm: Tenterfield's Hidden Gem - Brisbane Commercial & Portrait Photographers

This week I had the chance to have a few day getaway to Tenterfield to see my partner and for a little country retreat. Between business work, I set out on foot to explore the town with its beautiful historical look and feel, tree lined streets, roses and flower gardens and old buildings. I also explored the ‘Tenterfield’ instagram location tag to see if I could find some hidden gems from the locals… and I did!

It is here that I found the White Cottage Flower Farm. The farm is the home of Mandy & Hamish Reid, passionate lovers of cottage gardens, flower farming and vintage and farmhouse wares. I contacted with Mandy to see if I could come and visit, take some photographs and setup my laptop for the afternoon for some work and she was more than happy for me to do so.

I got to know Mandy & Hamish’ story and had to share it with you all! The couple have lived in Tenterfield for 23 years and only in the past 8 years they’ve been selling plants/flowers at their nursery and vintage homewares and only the past year have they opened up the flower farm.

Before living in Tenterfield they weren’t big into gardening, they were inspired by the beauty of the region, cool climates and the gardens in Tenterfield.

When Mandy & Hamish first started the project, the beautiful ‘White Cottage’ that is one of the main features of the garden was actually a colourbond shed and they transformed it into the beautiful nursery and homewares space that it is now. It is filled with stunning natural light, stained glass windows, flowers and vintage homewares.

The White Cottage is open to the public Tuesday - Sunday, 9am-5pm where visitors can pick their own fresh flowers, explore the gardens and purchase items from the vintage wares and also from the nursery. For those that don’t have a garden they can come to the cottage and pick their own varieties, such a priceless thing to do! I explored the garden and got to experience this first hand, the smells, the nature, the sounds, it was glorious.

The garden is a passion for both Mandy & Hamish, where they share the duties between them. Hamish does the maintenance on the garden and heavy lifting while Mandy taken great pride in planting, designing and styling the homewares store. The garden is filled with 120 David Austin Roses, 80 Peony Roses, foxgloves, sweet peas and all cottage perennial flowers.

On occasions Mandy hosts floral workshops and painting workshops for those of the community and people from the around the region attend. She has a great following on instagram, great branding and people come from far and wide to see the gardens.

If you’re in the region, it’s a MUST SEE! See some images below.

Em x

Kansai Karate - Capturing the award winning family business: Brisbane Commercial Fitness Photography

As a graphic designer, new media specialist and photographer with a background in marketing and business, I love when businesses get in contact to improve their branding, their imagery for social media/their website and for presenting a more professional representation of their brand in promotional materials. This is a real passion for us at LP Commercial Photography.

We are not just photographers at the end of the day, we are branding specialists, we guide our clients through planning their imagery, it’s uses, the type of imagery they need, examples of the imagery we could achieve etc.

I recently got to work with Father, Daughter & Son team, Stephen, Jamie and 11 year old Logan, from Kansai Karate Academy & Fitness by Jamie to create some professional imagery that reflected their values and showed off their state of the art facilities.

Kansai Karate Academy was founded by Stephen Kelly in Queensland in 1993 and is part of the worldwide Shito-ryu Shukokai World Karate Union. The Academy’s award-winning Honbu (Headquarters) Karate dojo and the High Performance Centre is located in the Brisbane western suburb of Sumner Park, which is approx. 15 kms from Brisbane city.

Kansai Karate won the Quest Newspaper Business Achiever of the Year for Fitness and Sport and operates a fully equipped, professional, full time dojo in Sumner Park and Satellite dojos in the suburbs of Clayfield, Moggill, Springfield and the Gold Coast.

Shihan Stephen and his staff of highly trained and qualified instructors teach traditional and sport karate in a modern, energetic and exciting atmosphere that will benefit both you and your family. Our specially formulated classes are separated and designed to cater for all ages from 3 years to adults. 

I loved working with the team as being a family business, they value their clients, family and teaching the best techniques to their students. See some of the awesome imagery I captured for them at their Sumner Park dojo.

Find out more about Kansai Karate HERE

Find out more about Fitness by Jamie HERE

Em x

The Elegant & Graceful Bodybuilder: Brisbane Fitness Photographer

"What you get by achieving your goal is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals"

I was lucky enough to shoot with Bec twice over her bodybuilding competition season and loved watching her grown as a person and her confidence shine.

In our 2 seperate 2 hour sessions we created an incredible set of imagery….

.....Fitness, Fashion, Boudoir, Beach & Poolside!

Bec is so beautiful, humble and a pleasure to work with, she blew me away. She's had a very successful season in figure and also getting back into competing in weight lifting and so glad we could work together on creating a variety of content for her social media as well as memories to keep for a lifetime.

Em x

Hair/Makeup: Shique Beauty

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Twin Love: Brisbane Family Photography

I’ve photographed a LOT of children over the past 8 years and I must say, twins Joshua + Sienna were one of the most behaved, caring and gentle siblings I’ve had the encounter of photographing. Not only did they always listen to directions, not complain once, and had fun along the way, we also did an added 45 minutes with Mum on her own and they sat to the side on their blanket with their lunches. Precious!

Check out the little angels and their beautiful Mum below <3

Em x

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Albi Swim: Brisbane Commercial Swimwear Range Photoshoot

We got to create some beautiful imagery for swimwear range Albi Swim, coming to the market soon! “For babes who love the sun on their face + sand on their feet”

The thing I loved about Sherrie’s branding is that she is catering for different body types and social media content concentrates on body confidence, friendship and experiences. The images feature 3 friends, happiness, laughing and confident women in the skin that they’re in.

See some of our favourite images from our photoshoot on the Gold Coast below.

Em x

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Wild Hart: Boho Luxe, Eco-Inspired, Handmade Jewellery - Brisbane Lifestyle Product Photography

I love working with creatives!

In particular, last week I got to work with the lovely Jesse on her boho luxe, eco-inspired jewellery label “Wild Hart”. We created some beautiful lifestyle imagery, product content, flatlays and detailed product shots for her brand, ready to launch on the 15 December.

The thing I love most about her brand is the handmade, uniqueness of each piece. Jesse sources the flowers locally from the flower market and creates these one of a kind pieces. The first collection ready to launch in late December is called “Gaia” - a symbolism of Mother Earth, celebrating the beauty around us and the beauty within. The pieces are designed to encapsulate this and are so striking to the eye!

Check out some of her beautiful pieces below as well as her instagram for a Christmas competition giveaway and her collections.

Instagram: Wild Hart

Em x

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Age is no barrier in fitness: 46 year old Lynn celebrates reaching her health goal with a photoshoot

I love documenting people’s stories, transformations and their love for their bodies. There is something so powerful about a woman celebrating her body through imagery. I got to work with the beautiful Lynn recently capturing her physique after reaching a fitness health goal and being at a balanced point in her wellness journey.

At age 46, Lynn states that age is no barrier!

With 4 children, two step sons Aged 20 and 19 and two girls aged 11 and 10, married 13 years, running 3 businesses; Boutique Holiday Homes property manages holiday homes in South France. Construction consultancy with her husband and LJ-FitYou a holistic coach to healthy living, a new business venture Lynn has just begun to empower and support other women in their 40's who seek a more healthy holistic approach to their lives.

Lynn states that “I decided to capture my hard work having never in my life had a photoshoot and hopefully showcase that all women are amazing, find your passion and love it with every ounce of you! Age is no barrier for your goals, light the fire within!  Holistic love! LJ Fit You! Love Yourself you deserve it!”

I love this message! Empowering other women to love their bodies and value their health and fitness is such an important thing. As Lynn and I both believe, girls compete with each other but women empower each other!

Love yourself, love the sisterhood! 

Check out some of the beautiful images we created below. We did a mix of fitness photography, boudoir photography and beauty and glamour photography…

You can check her out at

LJ Fit You;

ljfit@outlook.com.au

Boutique Holiday Homes;

Bookings@boutiqueholidayhomes.com.au

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You're never too old to play! Brisbane Portrait Photographers at Sugar Republic

Being a HUGE lover of everything colour, I had to attend the colourful art installation Sugar Republic that is currently in Brisbane. A pop up museum with rooms full of installations, a ball pit, ice cream tasting and a huge cake!

My best friend Jesse and I had the best time! A must for the kids (or big kid adults hehe). Check out some of the fun below.