Monday, 29 June 2015

Family Portrait session - Gold Coast Photographer

We braved the rainy weather and took a chance at starting this session with umbrellas. I'm so glad we did because the cloudy afternoon was just perfect for some dreamy family portraits. I hope you enjoy your sneak peek guys! X













Tuesday, 16 June 2015

On a personal note -

We had a lovely Sunday off a couple of weeks ago and I enjoyed watching my 2 fossick amongst the rocks for starfish and chatting as they walked along the beach for shells - what a life!









Monday, 15 June 2015

14 days of Fun, Free and Photo-Friendly activities for the kids these holidays.

Something a little bit different from photos tips this week. So many of you are Mums, so here's some inspiration for family days out that won't break the bank.

Get out there and have some fun in the winter sun -and don't forget your camera!



WEEK ONE

1 -Bike riding along the Surfers Paradise Esplanade. If you can't get your bikes there, there are rental available too www.getonyourbike.com.au

2- Visit the waterfalls at Mt Tamborine. There are many short walks to choose from www.discovertamborine.com.au/tamborine-bushwalks/

3 - Feed pelicans along the Broadwater near Charis Seafoods at Labrador (don't forget your bread scraps)!

4 - Try out a new park - MacIntosh Island, Broadwater Parklands, Pratten Park at Broadbeach or Palm Beach Parklands or Laguna park.

5 - Check out the Sensory Garden at Gold Coast Botanical Gardens at Ashmore. You can touch, smell, eat and feel all the plants and herbs and take bikes to explore the rest of the boardwalks.

6 - Feed the lorikeets at O'reillys. The drive up there is beautifully scenic and you can take a treetop walk and climb the observation tower if you're brave.

7 - Do the beach markets, Surfers, Broadbeach, Burleigh, Coolangatta etc. Check this website for dates http://www.artandcraft.com.au

WEEK TWO

8 - Go to the library. Borrow some books or DVDs and explore the information stations. There are 13 Libraries across the Gold Coast!

9 - Take a pretty valley drive out to the Currumbin Rock Pools and support the small local businesses along the way.

10 - Visit Hinze dam with your bikes, or canoes. It's all new and amazing!

11 - Have a sandcastle making competition or go fishing along the Tallebudgera Creek.

12 - Explore the walking tracks around Burleigh headland. Make a list of wildlife to spot and tick them off when found.

13 - Hunt for glow-worms at Natural Bridge through the Numinbah Valley. You can continue south along the main road and return back through Murwillumbah and onto the M1.

14 - Have a quiet backyard picnic (at night, rug up with hot chocs and spot shooting stars in the clear Winter sky)



There! I hope you got some ideas for keeping the kids entertained this School Holidays, and all for free! No need to have irritable fighting children glued to smart devices every day.

The Gold Coast is such a special place, and often we take it for granted. We are truly blessed to have such amazing facilities and natural wonders around us.

You're Welcome ;-)

Family Portrait mini session up for grabs

Are you on Instagram yet? If you're wanting to see all updates from me, it's a better place to be ;-)

As you all would know, I'm a big advocate of mum's getting from behind the camera and featuring in their family photos themselves!



So all you need to do is post a photo of yourself with your little ones and #mumselfiecomp
At the end of June, I'll be choosing a winner to receive a ini portrait session worth $400!

And if you @tag a friend in, I'll give you a double entry.

Good luck and get snapping!

Camilla X

Monday, 1 June 2015

Sunset beach Family portraits

What a job I have! This little munchkin came for her Christmas portrait and I was lucky enough to photograph her family again just before she becomes a big sister. Thanks so much Sally and Scott for messing about with me down the beach on such a gorgeous afternoon. X









Monday, 25 May 2015

Big Family Session

On a freezing and windy morning,  I ventured with my extended family down to a beach very close to our hearts. We grew up exploring the overgrown tracks and rock pools around here and it was so lovely to capture the whole family together now, all grown up and starting families of their own! 
 





Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Photography Tip - Creating Emotion in your images

Coming up to Mothers Day, I thought its a great opportunity for you to capture some images that have real emotion and feeling behind them. Here are some tips to do that -



1 - Location - choose a spot that you all feel comfortable and at ease. Whether that be the lounge-room, bedroom or a favourite park that you go to often.  

2 - Atmosphere - If your outdoors, think about the time of day. Sunset or Sunrise are called the 'Golden hours" for lighting reasons, but they also portray a warm and loving feeling into the image. If you're indoors, you can create a fun atmosphere by putting on some fun music and lighting some candles to make the surroundings warm and inviting.



3 - Connection - I always ask my subjects to get involved with each other. If that means piggy backing, tickling, hugging or pinching, it often brings out the real mannerisms and laughter rather than the forced smiles.

4 - Preparation - Have some questions handy that you would ask a toddler such as - What is the best thing you love about Mummy/daddy? What does your sister do that makes you laugh? What funny noises does the dog make when he's sleeping? These often get some thoughtful and beautiful expressions- you just need to be ready with finger on the shutter to capture the moment!



5 - Make the photo session and special experience. So if that means going out somewhere, doing a fun family activity such as a game or reading a book with toddlers. This will mean the photos will have memory attached to them and they will be looked back on with love.



I hope all you mummies have a wonderful day this Sunday

With love

Camilla X