How a Strong, Supportive Group of Women Can Help you Succeed: Brisbane Fitness Photography

It’s not often that I get to work with a group of ladies that are their prime physical health ready to compete in a bodybuilding contest. Usually I work with athletes, weight loss transformation clients and ladies in boudoir style capturing them individually.

Having competed in the past, I didn’t have a ‘team’ of ladies to help me through or offer support and after meeting this unreal group of women, I wish I had of. I was blown away when I met the ladies of Team HFS, run by PT Joey Cantlin. 5 unreal, beautiful, happy and supportive women banding together to celebrate their achievements with a photoshoot.

The vibe of these ladies was just incredible! The smiles, the laughs, those bodies haha During their competition prep, they have come together as a team for support, to help each other through the ups and downs and also created a close-nit social group from a shared interest.

I am now pushing for ladies to collaborate together and book a shoot with friends to celebrate achievements, friendships and reaching a goal together. It’s a great way to stay accountable and also acts as an unreal support group to help you reach your goals.

So lets say yes to more body confidence, women supporting women, healthy bodies, prioritising your health and fitness and sharing this love with others, celebrating your successes and documenting this journey with a photoshoot.

As one of Brisbane’s fitness, boudoir and beauty photographers, we specialise in individual and group photoshoots, capturing your hard work and physiques. See some of my favourites below of the shoot <3

Em

Brisbane's Tattersalls Club have chosen us as their preferred Brisbane Wedding Photographers!

2019 brings us great news and a wonderful new partnership with an unreal Brisbane Venue. Brisbane's Tattersalls Club have chosen us as their preferred Brisbane Wedding Photographers for 2019!

After working with the team on a recent wedding, we were blown away by their venue, their organising, their commitment to the client, decorations, food and the breathtaking locations to photograph inside the venue. We got to work with the amazing Lara , the Wedding and Event Planner, to execute Emily and Daniel’s wedding in 2018 and since then she has asked us to come on board as Tattersalls Wedding Photographer Supplier.

We are very excited about this partnership as we are wanting to position ourselves as high class and affordable photographers that offer a quality and enjoyable 5 star service and aim to be one of the best Brisbane Wedding Photographers on the market.

Check out the unreal space at Tattersalls Club. If you are interested in booking your wedding here, get in contact with Lara on lara.nicholls@tattersallsclub.com  or visit their website http://www.tattersallsclub.com  or Facebook page www.facebook.com/TattersallsWeddings

The Great Ocean Road Road Trip Adventure: Brisbane Portrait & Commercial Photographers

A TICK OFF THE BUCKET LIST... THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

I've always dreamed of travelling to the Great Ocean Road and capturing it's raw beauty. So this year I planned a 4 day getaway road trip with my partner Corey to explore the coast.

Starting in Melbourne with a hire car, we travelled all the way down the coastline visiting the towns of Torquay, Lorne, Apollo Bay (for a sneaky scallop pie and brewery beer) and Port Campbell. Some of the most unreal locations to see were of course the 12 Apostles, Loch ard Gorge, The Grotto, London Bridge, Gibson’s Steps, Bay of Islands, the Californian Redwoods Forest and some lookouts along the way.

We stayed at a beautiful cottage 12 Apostles Cottages, 5 mins drive from the Apostles, so we could easily enjoy the many natural beauties along the coastline at sunrise and sunset (and to miss the crowds)!

Here's a few of my favourite memories along the way! We are so lucky to have such unbelievable natural wonders in our country!

Em

Brisbane Portrait & Commercial Photographer | Brisbane Commercial Photography

Go on... GET LOST!!! :) - a day at the Woodford Folk Festival

SOMETIMES THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS GET LOST….

So the other day I jumped in my car, packed the big medium format camera and went for a drive to see what I could see and look at doing some landscape photography…. I had no particular direction in mind, I just wanted to get lost, take random turnings and see where I ended up.

Leaving Brisbane, I drove up to Toowoomba then along the range through Crows Nest, Black Butt, Kilcoy then just before Woodford saw a sign to “Festival”

It was late in the day by then and I had decided to head for Mooloolaba to do a coastal sunset shot but the word Festival stuck in my head.

I captured this shot at Mooloolaba…..

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…but while waiting for the light to be right, I jumped online on my phone…. stupidly I never actually realised that the Festival would be the famous Woodford Folk Festival…. I know, I’m an idiot but for some reason I never thought that would be between Christmas and New Year.

Now, I do love my music and folk music included, but I had never really contemplated the Woodford Folk Festival, it never really seemed my thing…. but it is the quiet time between Christmas and New Year, I had time on my hands and so on the way home I decided I would buy a day and night ticket for the next day and just see what happened.

…And what a great decision that was…. what a great festival it is.

I drove back up to Woodford for 10am the next morning and stayed until 11pm that night. Saw great artists including Cat Empire, Butterfingers, Nattali Rize and numerous others. Ate great food, sat and chatted to really interesting and genuine people, and honestly have never relaxed so quickly in all my life… and no that wasn’t because of anything else that people jokingly comment on about being readily available at Woodford.

In all honesty I went not knowing what to expect but found a fantastic, family orientated, all age friendly event with great music, great food, great workshops and an amazingly fun and lovely crowd of thousands of attendees.

You can go at a frantic pace and see as many of the acts as possible or slow right down and just lie in the sun with a beer or gin and tonic near one of the stages and let the atmosphere wash over you. I went for more of the latter than the former :) and just felt the tension built up from a lot of hard work over the past couple of months just drift away.

One day and one night just does not do the festival justice, so the plan is already in place that next year I’ll be taking the camping 4x4 and staying up there. I don’t know if I would do the full five days, but definitely three is on the cards, and I can’t wait.

So the lessons learned (or maybe re-learned)…. take the time to go and get lost, you never know what you might find…. and if you do find something that peaks your interest, just go and do it. You never know you might even find you enjoy yourself.

Andy

Merry Christmas from Life Portraits: Reflecting on 3 great years of business and many laughs!

With the Christmas and New Year period just around the corner, Andy and I wanted to say a huge thank you to our clients, friends and families for your support in making 2018 a successful year for us. We hope you enjoy the festive season with your loved ones and we’re looking forward to what’s to come in 2019.

Every year we like to reflect on the past 12-months and celebrate our successes. 2018 saw us:

  • Being named in the top 5 and a finalist in the Queensland Telstra Business Awards - Emerging & Energised category

  • Being commissioned to travel to Japan for a week to photograph new Suntory whisky and gin products to be launched in the Australian market

  • Successfully capturing the Australian Commercial Radio Awards and Radio Alive Conference for 2018 and booked again for 2019

  • Growing the LP Fitness Brand to a new level with double the amount of bookings than the previous year

  • Bringing on a host of high profile new clients including one of the biggest brands in the global hotel industry, Accor Hotels, and a major South Pacific civil Engineering and construction company Fulton Hogan. 

We treasure our time with every one of our clients from our individual private photoshoots to our campaigns for large multi-national brands and thank every one of you for being a part of our journey in 2018. It's been a busy and enjoyable year with a lot of hard work and a lot of laughs along the way. We look forward to working with you all again in 2019

Thank you for being an integral part of Life Portraits’ success. See some of our behind the scenes fun below.

Andy & Em

Brisbane Portrait & Commercial Photographers: Life Portraits

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

Brisbane Commercial Fitness Photography | Brisbane Gym

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

Brisbane Fitness Photography | Brisbane Glamour Photography | Brisbane Gym Photography

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

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