An Authentic Italian Experience: Brisbane Food Photography

Who loves Italian!?

I'm a hugeeee lover of authentic food and unique food experiences and had the opportunity to experience Prova Pizzeria in Stafford recently for an amazing feast! A big thanks to Cat & Joe for looking after Corey and I with a beautiful tapas entree, two pizzas for our main, red wine and of course finishing with nutella doughnuts surrounded by a pizza base bowl! TO DIE FOR!

I couldn't help but capture some of experience ❤ 

I must try in Brisbane for a beautiful authentic Italian experience with a range of items on the menu. Thanks Cat & Jo for having us, we loved the hospitality, customer service and your added personal touch!

Em x 

Brisbane Food Photography
www.lpcommercial.photography

A Real Fairy Tale Wedding

Every Bride wants a fairy tale wedding where everything comes together perfectly, looks stunningly beautiful and all goes to plan with lots of laughter and good will along the way.

To be honest that’s exactly what a wedding photographer wants too with spectacular back drops, wonderful locations and most of all happy, engaging people full of the joy of the day.

With Emily and Dan that’s exactly what we got. A truly wonderful couple very much in love and with fantastic and fun loving families and friends.

We were grinning all day long both at the jokes and interaction with family and guests and at the thought of the great images we were able to capture. We had the perfect mix of people and location with a Cathedral wedding and the wonderful Tattersall club in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD as the venue.

The lead up to the wedding had been a bit rough weather wise but on the day even the Gods were on our side with beautiful blue sky and white puffy clouds.

Even walking through the streets of Brisbane through up some great opportunities for photographic magic.

A wonderful fairy tale day for us all. :)

 

 

 

 

Tips to creating a fun & enjoyable family photoshoot: Life Portraits tells you their secrets

A family photoshoot can be very daunting for most and it is our jobs as photographers to guide you through this process making you feel comfortable and at ease while having fun. 

The process of creating a seamless, fun and enjoyable family photoshoot starts with planning, clear communication and idea generation. Here are some tips below as part of our process:

  • In your initial enquiry...
    • We supply our range of portrait packages which meet the needs of all clients: digital, albums and a la carte for wall art and beautiful keepsakes for the home. 
    • We provide our full pricing booklet, there are no hidden costs or hidden prices with LP, we like to be upfront and honest with our clients
       
  • In the planning stages...
    • We communicate with you and get to know your family and how we can customise and personalise your photoshoot to your family
    • We secure a date that works for us both
    • We send a welcome PDF that explains our processes; how to be prepared for the session; clothing styling; using props in your session to customise the photoshoot; and tells you more about Andy & Em.
    • We then discuss your location and what clothes to wear to match this scene, time of day to get the best imagery and lighting, and show you example imagery to make you feel more comfortable with posing
       
  • The photoshoot....
    • Now comes the fun part, your photoshoot! On the day, we get to know you as a family in person, we have fun with the kids (without the camera in hand sometimes for them to get to know us), we let go, we have fun and you as a family get to relax and enjoy yourselves. 
    • It's all about being yourselves and forgetting that we're even there! We are there to document moments within your family and the fun and love you share. 

I had so much fun with Brenda, Drew and Christina on their family photoshoot recently and their family photoshoot is the epitome of what Life Portraits values are: Capturing precious moments in a candid photography style to really capture true emotion. See for yourself below! They are just the most beautiful family and we had great fun, such naturals. They relaxed so much that it was like I wasn't there <3

Em 

5 reasons why you MUST visit the Southern Downs & Granite Belt Region: A Photographers Journey

In the past month, both Andy and I have experienced just a small taste of what the beautiful Southern Downs & Granite Belt has to offer and we are BLOWN AWAY! Find out why below....

Only recently under the LP Commercial Photography brand, Andy photographed for the Southern Downs & Granite Belt Council as part of a new marketing campaign, opening my eyes to its beauty. As a result, I ventured to the region for the weekend as my partner is now working in the Tenterfield area for the next 2 years and I wanted to explore some of the amazing things the region has to offer! See some of my top reasons why you must visit the Southern Downs & Granite Belt Region below.  

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The Amazing Tours: Sit back, relax and enjoy the numerous wineries, breweries and beautiful food tours on offer around the region.

Southern Downs & Granite Belt: Brisbane Portrait and Commercial Photography

You can base yourself from a number of towns in the region - Stanthorpe, Ballandean or Tenterfield and be within close proximity, 30-45mins, to many of the highlights of the region! There are some breathtaking cottages and homely accommodation in these areas, however you have to get in quick as everything sells out quick! We were based in Tenterfield and due to the sell out in Stanthorpe and close by, we organised a tour from Tenterfield to the winery region. 

I was very lucky to get in contact with Kevin from Tenterfield Tours, who picked us up from Tenterfield and took us for a private half day tour of 5 wineries in the region (only a small portion of the nearly hundred on offer!). This was the best experience and Kevin had so much knowledge and his customer service was 5 star! He's definetly worth contacting if you want to explore the region as he offers winery tours and nature tours!. Here's a little look at the 5 wineries we got to see, experience and enjoy taste testing at below.

BALANCING ROCK WINES





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The National Parks: The perfect place to explore with the family for the weekend

There are so many national parks in the region, however we were able to explore one while visiting for the weekend, Girraween National Park. Known for its 'The Pyramids' and 'Balancing Rock' we had it down as a must see. 

Located outside Stanthorpe in the Ballandean area, Girrawean is known for its huge granite boulders, it's 30km of walking and bike trails and Castle Rock or Bald Rock Creek camping areas.  We parked at the Bald Creek Day Area and walked to the amazing Granite Arch, followed by the climb up the hill to 'The Pyramid' (not for the faint hearted, it's a steep climb!) for breathtaking views over the region! 

Bald Rock National Park is next on our list with the natural beauty of their smooth rock formations as well as Boonoo Boonoo National Park and falls.

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The beautiful locations and scenery for photography: The entire Southern Downs and Granite Belt Region and Tenterfield Shire is filled with the most beautiful photographic locations and lookouts!

Between the Stanthorpe to Tenterfield regions is just glorious! Crossing the QLD border to NSW to explore another beautiful region. See some of the beautiful locations below. 

 

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The Breweries: Explore the new craft breweries around the region

My partner and I are brewery lovers and on a mission to visit all the breweries across QLD. The Granite Belt Brewery was on our MUST VISIT list! Set in the outskirts of Stanthrope with beautiful cottages alongside the brewery for your weekend stay, winery vines and the natural forestry surroundings, it was just beautiful! Stepping inside the brewery was like being transported into a ski lodge in Canada with the high roof wooden, cost feeling with lovely couches and welcoming feeling. Corey and I had to try the tasting paddle and ordered 4 of their beers to test the palatte. A MUST DO if you're travelling to the region. We missed out on booking here due to being sold out, but we plan to return to stay in their homely cottages with spa bath and fire! The perfect romantic weekend away!

On our next visit we plan to visit the Deepwater Brewing near Tenterfield and explore this area and national park, as well as Brass Monkey Brew House near Stanthorpe. 

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The Food: With so much on offer between the wineries, cheese factory and local restaurants you can't go wrong in the Southern Downs & Granite Belt region for food!

Find out all the best places to go HERE.

Life Portraits is a top 5 QLD finalist at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards!

It is with great honour that we announce that Life Portraits was named one of QLD's top 5 finalists in the Emerging & Energised category at the Telstra Business Award for 2018. Even though we didn't take out the big win, it was an unforgettable night for us and this recognition is an indicator that our hard work, passion and vision is paying off. This in-depth and thorough process of the Telstra Awards application has been an amazing learning experience for us and helped us refine our processes.

See our full gallery of the awards here. 

We want to take this moment to thank YOU, our clients, for your support during this journey, without you, there would be no Life Portraits.

We were so overwhelmed by your support on your testimonials that we wanted to share with you part of our submission for the awards. We were asked to provide a video showing how we are unique to our customer, so we asked..... and this is what you all said!

Our Story
Our business success rests on a solid tripod consisting of 3 brands;

Each leg stands alone in it’s own right, but together they support our future growth.

We pride ourselves on providing high quality, creative imagery; in teaching the best photography practices and mentoring those new to the industry; and above all, delivering fun, personalised and memorable client experiences.

Being a finalist in these awards is momentous to us and is recognition of our hard work, dedication and passion for the photography industry.

Andy & Em 

Brisbane Portrait & Wedding Photography
www.lifeportraits.photography
Brisbane Commercial Photography
www.lpcommercial.photography

Why invest in a fitness photoshoot? Brisbane Fitness & Weight Loss Transformation Photography

Last week I captured the stunning Stacey after recently competing in Sydney at the WBFF bodybuilding show. She has one of the most unreal physiques and proportions I have seen and an absolute pleasure to photograph. 

Being a past figure competitor, I know what it takes to get to this level of fitness and conditioning. A takes a lot of hard work, heavy weights, meal prepping, tracked macros and calories, posing practice, sacrifices in your social life, long days at work followed by exhausting gym sessions..... And the list goes on!

But when you reach your goal of stepping on stage and you reward yourself with a photoshoot to capture your journey, you realise..... it was all worth it! Capturing this moment in your life where you have put so much focus, time and determination is worth the investment - not only for yourself but for future generations, your kids, your family. This is part of your legacy. 

See some of our favourties below from our shoot together in Brisbane. 

Em x

Brisbane Fitness, Fashion & Boudoir Photography
www.lifeportraits.photography/fitness

Showcasing your Business Services Through Professional Commercial Imagery: Shique Beauty

Ask yourself, what’s the most attention grabbing thing when someone searches for you, your company or your product? Imagery!

Your imagery reflects your brand. As a service provider, photographs of you working in your field is vital in portraying your personal brand or creating a personal connection with potential future clients. 

Under the LP Commercial Photography brand, I captured some commercial branding imagery for the lovely team at Shique Beauty to capture their services, their personalised service and their friendly and 5 star customer service. Such a lovely, open and glowing group of ladies who are amazing at what they do - hair, make-up and beauty services. 

The imagery that reflects your brand is the first contact many people will have with you. Simply having well taken imagery is not enough. At a glance, those images must also communicate and uphold your brand identity and core values. In a crowded marketplace identifying photographers who can achieve both stunning images and effectively communicate brand values is critical.

Get it wrong and best case scenario is you will need to spend more money on more imagery, worst case scenario is the imagery could alienate your consumers and clientele and have a real negative effect on your bottom line. Too often, people buy purely on cost then find that the cheapest option only ends up costing far more in the long run.

My business partner, Andy and I are dedicated to working hand-in-hand with our clients to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable working experience and collaboration of minds to create pride in the end result among all those involved in a commission.

Brisbane Commercial Photography
QLD Telstra Business Awards Finalist
www.lpcommercial.photography

Channelling a personality into a photoshoot: Brisbane Fitness Photography

When I first had communication with Paige, I could sense she was a bubbly and energetic person. She was very keen with ideas, really open and a lovely person to deal with. I had some really clear visions of what I wanted to create with her, channelling this energy and her personality. 

She picked out some beautiful locations from my locations gallery I supplied and straight away I knew the style of images I wanted to create and she was open to the guidance. I assisted on outfits, styling and together we created the most beautiful set of images!

Here's some of my favourites below!

Brisbane Fitness Photography
www.lifeportraits.photography/fitness

Documenting a 1 Year Old's Cake Smash: Priceless expressions of ripping open a cake...

A cake smash can go two ways.....

The child will love the cake and rip into it and make a mess of themselves....
...Or they'll be overwhelmed, not interested or cry because they're covered in cake haha

I photographed little Charlie's cake smash for his 1st birthday, his reaction was hilarious. Unlike at the dinner table, he was not very happy about being covered in cake and was not impressed at all that he had cake on his feet. He even went for a walk away from the cake to try and get it off his feet haha! He was more interested in his trains than the cake, so we got the trains involved in the cake diving haha It made my day. 

Little Charlie is my second cousin, and his dear Mummy decorated and made the experience absolutely beautiful, totally 'pinterest worthy'. Check out some of the fun below of our morning together at Minnippi Parklands. 

Brisbane Family Photography | Brisbane Cake Smash Photography | Brisbane Children Photography
www.lifeportraits.photography

A Very Successful Creative Collaboration: Brisbane Fitness, Glamour & Boudoir Photography

I am always looking for new ways to be inspired.... I get to work with some pretty motivational, inspirational and creative people and sometimes you get an opportunity to collaborate your talents on a photoshoot. 

I regularly work with the Hair & Make-up team Shique on my Brisbane and Gold Coast fitness, glamour and boudoir photoshoots. The Shique beauty ladies were all coming together to do each others makeup and create some content for their social media platforms and asked if I wanted to come on board. With a beautiful penthouse overlooking Brisbane city, 4 beautiful ladies and lots of creative vibes, I couldn't resist. 

We created a set of images that were boudoir, fashion with a touch of stylish woman. The results were amazing and can't wait to share them with you below. Check out some of my favourtie images!

Featuring Hannah from Shique
Stella from Estel Artist
Maddy from Illicit Artistry
Kelly from Kelly Lane MUA

See more on our Brisbane Fitness, Glamour and Boudoiur Photography Packages Here: www.lifeportraits.photography/fitness