The Passion that Pulled me from Darkness – How It All Began || Adelaide Family Photographer

It took me a long time to get where I am now. Here’s where it all began.

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I have loved the artistry of being behind the lens for as long as I can remember. I love seeing people transform and blossom just by draping them with some fabric or straightening their posture or adjusting their angle.

To me, photography really is an art, and it’s something that I have practiced and refined for many years.

How photography pulled me from darkness
I suffered from post natal depression with my first child, Tasmin.

For anyone who has been through post natal depression, you will know that life becomes a fog of darkened paths that can be difficult to navigate.

Most of the time, I wanted to curl up in bed and hide. But instead, I forced myself to pick up my camera and take photographs of everything: my child, my
surroundings, my life.

My camera became my lifeline, and the process of taking photographs became cathartic and therapeutic.

I can now look back at those early photos and feel happy about all the good things that were around me, even though I couldn’t see them at the time.

Photography isn’t my lifeline nowadays, but it is my life. I feel compelled to take
life changing photographs of babies, families and children every single day.

That’s my story. What is yours?

Feel free to introduce yourself on my Facebook page or get in touch with me here.

I’d love to meet you!

Adelaide Advocate Fiona Gray Alerting Australia about Sepsis || Adelaide speaker headshots

“Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the wonderful photos you took for me.

It’s amazing the difference they’ve made for me.

I truly believe the way you’ve captured my smile and the essence of who I am is speaking to people when they see my picture.

It just feels like people are dealing with me differently.

Here’s the bio link to one of the speaking spots I have.

Your wonderful photography will be seen by and audience of at least 15,000 from around the world.” – Fiona Gray

Fiona Gray is a passionate advocate for Sepsis awareness.

Her own experience with Septic Shock and Post Sepsis Syndrome in 2015 left her feeling unsupported, ill-informed, and alone. This led her on a journey seeking support and answers that has helped create a support network across Australia and New Zealand for both survivors and families that have lost loved ones to Sepsis.

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I'm a professional speaker needing headshots - where can I go in Adelaide?

As a speaker and advocate for sepsis awareness, Fiona was approached by Flinders University to speak about her personal experiences.

This followed with a formal invitation to speak to an international audience of 15,000.

She was asked to provide a professional headshot for her online speaker profile and was NOT a fan of her existing workplace headshot. 

She brought several different outfits to her session, and we started with professional hair and makeup (complimentary with every headshot session booked).

I introduced some different looks with various backgrounds – we included a black background in the mix (see below right) alongside the more standard white.

It takes a few minutes until most people feel relaxed in front of the camera. Fiona spoke passionately on her topic about the need for greater awareness of Sepsis in Australia with me. You can really see the confidence in her expresssion!


Create different Looks for Different Purposes

Fiona's online speaker public profile photo
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About Fiona Gray

Fiona is an active consumer health advocate in her home city of Adelaide, South Australia.

In 2017 she contributed to the inaugural Australian Sepsis Roundtable, Stopping Sepsis: A National Action Plan and its subsequent report released in March this year.

Fiona is hopeful that the recommendations of this report will be adopted nationally, resulting in reduced deaths and improved outcomes for survivors.

When not advocating for Sepsis, Fiona is a Business Development Manager in the Mortgage and Finance Industry with more than 20 years’ experience in her field.


Want to know more about headshots and personal branding?

I love answering questions – call me at my Blackwood portrait studio on (08) 7070 1667.

Check out our next Headshot Marathon event here.

it is very relaxed in the studio here in blackwood


Phone: 08 70701667

Studio: 218A Main Rd, Blackwood, SA, 5051

Mothers: Radiating Love and Self Acceptance || International Women’s Day 2018

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A black and white portrait of my mother as a baby.

They both loved me fiercely and unconditionally, and I them.

Being fashionable and beautifully groomed were most important to my Mum Gillian, whereas my Grandma Dot, while always beautifully presented, was a lot more practical in her choice of clothing.

One of my strongest memories of her is the thick veins on her working hands. I always admired them with a certain fascination.

My Mum and my Grandma are the two incredible women to have had the biggest influence in my life.

My Grandma Dorothy is pictured here next to my Papa Leo, her loving and devoted husband, holding her tiny first born Gillian, in 1943. My beautiful Mum. The other photo shows my mother as a young woman in her 20’s. Was she ever glamorous!

The one thing she and my Grandma shared in common was a strong desire to be a mother.

Even though I grew up in Darwin, and my Grandma lived a world away in Melbourne, my sister and I were fortunate enough to be able to travel every Christmas to visit our extended family.

They gave me the space to learn, explore and grow and always without judgement.

I think these two strong and beautiful women are a huge part of the reason I photograph so many mothers and daughters -because I see that connection and I really value the importance of the mother-daughter bond.

Incredibly I’m one of the few lucky ones to have mountains of printed black and white photos of my Mum and Grandma, and even Great-Grandma. Most of them are carefully and lovingly stuck into photo albums.

It’s pretty incredible to think I’ll be able to share these with my own grand children one day.

“A mother who radiates self-love and acceptance actually VACCINATES her daughter again low self-esteem.”

– Naomi Wolf

Happy International Women’s Day 2018

Sue, Basil and Hugo || Adelaide Personal Branding with Bark Busters

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When Sue Good from Bark Busters booked her photoshoot at the studio we decided it should serve two purposes.

The first was to celebrate her health and fitness achievements since joining Healthy Inspirations, Blackwood. 

After going through her personal style and body shape, I suggested she bring a selection of cold shoulder and fitted tops in different colours. Cold shoulder tops are such a great choice: They keep shoulders bare, which I love in portraits, and cleverly cover up the upper arms, which makes some people feel more comfortable.

Her hair was styled at Alyce’s Fringes Blackwood and Andrea from BeYOUtiful  Makeup by Anj completed the look with beautiful makeup.

Sue's two dogs Hugo and BAsil
Sue wore her favourite navy blue dress, also cold shoulder outfit
Sue is a trainer with Bark Busters
Sue wore a bright red cold shoulder top for one of her portrait outfits

Call or email the studio to find out more about custom portrait / personal branding portrait sessions. 

For your convenience, I also offer Headshot Mini Marathons once a month. The next is scheduled for 6th March 2018. Click here to see available session times or call the studio on 08 7070 1667 and I’d be happy to chat!