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

sue good with bark busters

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!

The 5 best planning resources for your Adelaide wedding

There’s so much to organise for a wedding, that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But fortunately, there are lots of handy resources to help your planning go more smoothly. Here are my top 5 ideas.

1. Local knowledge

The rustic wooden tables and wine barrels and peacocks make a great setting

Good old Facebook groups comes to the rescue. If you haven’t already joined check out Adelaide Weddings Buy / Swap / Sell.

I check in regularly for ideas and er, when I need to upgrade stuff for you know, the portrait studio!

You can also join your local Buy Swap Sell group on Facebook and ask your community for ideas on wedding venues.

Pictured: Willunga Peacock Farm

2. Choosing a reception venue

Silvestris Clarendon has gardens for the ceremony and reception venue all in one

 

Choosing your reception venue is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make and there’s more to it than just picking up the phone and calling them. The best list I have found is on local Adelaide wedding planning blog, Brides of Adelaide. Click here for a helpful list of things to ask your Adelaide wedding venue before booking. Eg. 

  • Does the reception venue offer “off-peak” rates?
  • Are there any special extras such as slide show facilities?
  • Are there any hidden costs?
  • Where will you take photographs? Is there space for candid guest photographs?
  • Is there adequate guest parking nearby? 

3. Best online wedding store for decorations

This cake is perfect for a rustic themed wedding. The semi-naked cake, decorated with native flowers.

Most couples do some degree of the decorating themselves these days, whether its for the engagement party, rehearsal dinner or wedding day itself. The best online shopping resource I have found and personally use is Wholesale Wedding Superstore in Queensland. I buy flowers and fabric there for the studio and the service and delivery are great.

4. Instagram and Pinterest

Use instagram to find ideas for planning your adelaide wedding

This may well be a thinly veiled attempt to get you to follow my new Instagram account Deb Smith Weddings haha!

That would be great! But seriously, Instagram is a great source of inspiration and community. Doing a simple hashtag search eg. #adelaideweddingvenues #adelaideweddingflowers and so on will produce some good results. You can ask questions and comment on posts, and most people love to help out and make suggestions.

Pinterest is more for visual inspiration but BE WARNED. It is rather addictive!

5. Friends and family

A group family portrait taken at Carrick Hill on a beautiful sunny day. You can see the view of Adelaide and the green lawns.

We all know someone who’s been to a wedding recently or been married themselves in the last 12 months. Buy them a coffee and hit them up with a list of questions! Chances are they’ll remember some hurdles they faced and what they did to solve problems. 

And finally, once your planning is done, make sure you have a back up plan in place! Have a “go-to” person you can fall back on if things go pearshaped on the day. It might just be someone you can call to pick up an undelivered item on the day of the wedding. But trust me, you’ll be glad you did!

Let me know if you have any great weddings planning ideas, and write them in the comments below. I’d love to hear!

Adelaide Author Cheryl Williss’s personal branding || SA Authors headshot photographer Adelaide

Adelaide author Cheryl Williss was about to publish her next book when she approached me for updated headshots.

She explained that she wanted some fresh new images that would reflect her outgoing personality.

As well as being an author writing about South Australian history, she is a public speaker.

A previous career in accounting influenced her dress style and she felt most professional with a shirt and jacket in crisp whites and blacks.

I created three different images for Cheryl.

The first is her favourite – crisp white shirt and blue jeans, sitting cross legged to reveal her playful side.

The Adelaide author sits on the floor cross legged with classic white shirt and blue jeans

The second and third images incorporated a more sophisticated look; one with a black and white jacket adding some flair

The author Cheryl Williss wears her stylish black and white striped jacket with her elegant glasses for this headshot look

and the other a bright and airy headshot.

Author Cheryl Williss chose a corporate look for her third professional headshot for public speaking events

What would you choose for your updated professional headshots?

WANTED: Newly engaged couples || Adelaide engagement photographer

Would You Love a Beautiful Portrait with your fiance?

Deb is a blackwood and Adelaide hills engagement and wedding photographerNow it’s Spring – yay! – I want to get out into the warm early evenings to watch the sun setting with my camera and one happy couple.

Why should you have a Photoshoot?

Being newly engaged is the ideal time to get photos together. Some of my favourite photos of my husband and I were taken before the wedding and hang on our walls at home (not us – the photos!).

 

Blackwood and Adelaide hills couples and engagement shoots outdoorsYou’ll get some great photos together – no stiff poses, no forced smiles – I’m all about telling your story, and being authentic. You’ll have fun. And we’ll have captured some real moments for all time.

This offer is good for 5 couples (LBGTIQ couples welcome), who enjoy dressing up, have a great sense of humour and a great relationship.

If you apply to participate in this offer, you must be available during the months of September and October and be happy for me to use your photos on my website.

I’ll be offering a FREE 5” x 7” matted thank-you print to the right couples. I’m not looking for models, just awesome everyday people.

If this sounds like you and you want to know more, just click here to fill out the contact form give me some details and we’ll go from there. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is professional hair and makeup needed? Not at all. But if you’d like this option, I’m happy to book you in with my team of professional hair and makeup artists. It’s just $99 per person (fiancée hair and makeup touch-ups free!).

Is this really free? What’s the catch? – Yes the session and thank you print are free, but in return I would like to feature your photos on my website. It would also be sweet if you left a review of your experience on my Facebook page.

Can we buy more photos? – Absolutely! When you return to the studio to see your photos, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase more if you wish.

Here’s the Link

CONTACT FORM TO APPLY FOR THE ENGAGEMENT PORTRAIT SESSIONS

Look forward to hearing from you!

Have a teenaged daughter? || Adelaide family photographer

adelaide family photographer

Have You Always Wanted a Beautiful Portrait with your Daughter?

 

I’m all about building positive self-image and being a teen can be tricky to navigate in this social media age.

I want to encourage more young women to be strong and confident individuals. How? With the experience of a photoshoot with their Mum in my Blackwood studio!

I follow Adelaide’s Taryn Brumfitt, founder of the Body Image Movement, and love her mission to lift the self image of women everywhere. As a mum of a nearly 10 year old daughter, I’m all too aware that everything I say and do influences her.

If this resonates, I’d love to hear from you! Click here to fill out the contact form to let me know you’re interested.

I plan to write a series of blog posts on my website based on these photoshoots.

Why should you have a Photoshoot? Well, I’m glad you asked. You get great photos together – no stiff poses, no forced smiles – I’m all about telling your story, and being authentic. You’ll have fun. And we’ll have captured some real moments for all time.

This offer is good for 5 Mums and their teen daughter (aged 13-19), who both enjoy dressing up, have a great sense of humour and a great relationship. I have plenty of items in the studio wardrobe for you to choose from, if you wish. I love photographing different styles. Love swirly skirts? Great! Hate pink, prefer jeans and boots? Great!

If you apply to participate in this offer, you must be available during the month of July (including the school holidays) and be happy for me to use your photos on my blog.

I’ll be offering a free photography session and a “thank you” print to the right families. I’m not looking for models, just everyday people.

If this sounds like you and you want to know more, just click here to fill out the contact form and we’ll chat. I can’t wait to hear from you!

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is hair and makeup included? The offer includes the photoshoot only, but I have a team of professional hair and makeup artists and would encourage you to include this as an add-on to your session. It’s just $100 per person and adds to the enjoyment of your day.

Is this really free? What’s the catch? – Yes the session and thank you print are free, but in return I would like to feature your photos, behind the scenes video and story in one of my upcoming feature blog posts about mothers and daughters. It would also be sweet if you left a review of your experience on my Facebook page.

Can we buy more photos? – Absolutely! When you return to the studio to see your photos, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase more if you wish, but you’re not obliged.

CONTACT FORM TO APPLY FOR THE MOTHER – DAUGHTER PORTAIT SESSIONS

 

Sweet AND Raunchy || Boudoir photographer Adelaide

This was a fun boudoir session to photograph.

Dark portraits

My client brought some examples of images and styles she had in mind for her shoot and this set the basis for our inspiration board. We came up with a plan that included using props for posing, including the couch, chairs, bed and ladder. We also decided on a mix of light and airy styles as well as more dark and sensual looks.

Pose on the couch

This is the most requested pose in boudoir sessions…. flattering and sexy for all body shapes and sizes. The beauty of bringing a sexy pair of heels is you don’t even have to stand in them!

Classic boudoir

Victoria's Secret

Matching black bra set

Sexy lingerie

This vintage ladder is one of my favourite props to pose with. It’s fun but a bit raunchy at the same time.

sexy police girl

the white sheet session

How would you like to be photographed? Call me, Deb, in the studio to book your free style consultation on 08 7070 1667.

Celebrating Mums this Mothers Day || Limited $99 offer

Are you looking for a unique present for Mum this Mothers Day? If you’re like me, maybe you buy your own pressie. Why not? We certainly don’t need just ONE day in the year to remind us how amazing we Mums are LOL! But as you would know, I am passionate about the need for us to exist in photos, so that in years to come, our children will be able to SEE and remember us. There’s no excuse for avoiding the camera. Are you worried about a few extra kilos or smiley lines? I’ve got you covered!

deb smith photography beauty portraits Here’s your chance to claim your Mother’s Day Beauty Portrait deal! For just $99, you’ll get a 3 hour portrait session, professional Hair and Makeup Artistry with my makeover team, and style consultation for your very own Beauty Shoot! Nothing to wear? Come check out the studio wardrobe. From formal, fitted and sexy, to soft, romantic and flowy, I have something in every size and colour for you to try on.

Invite your loved ones to share the memories– no extra cost! Invite Dad and the kids to join you at the end of the session for a fun family portrait.

she came for a glamour portrait

 

With your portrait order, you’ll also receive the  gorgeous limited edition gift folio in natural linen (valued at $275). Call today to book 08 7070 1667.

unique present and gift for mothers day 2017

**I’m giving away UNLIMITED sessions at the $99 promo price from now till Mother’s Day. You may schedule your session in the weeks and months ahead but you MUST CALL by the 14th May to claim the deal. 08 7070 1667. Tag your Mum, sisters, and best friends to share the news!***

2016 A Year in Portraits || Adelaide Portrait Photographer

It’s been an epic year. Moving to a new boutique studio in Blackwood has been amazing – just a short drive from home with an outlook to the hills and trees is pretty special. I’ve met and photographed so many amazing people – artists, milliners, mums, dads, grandparents, business owners, teachers, builders, crafters, dancers, students, photographers. The youngest was a week old, the oldest was 92. And just about every other age in between. There were headshots, weddings, engagements, birthday celebrations, mums and daughters, and “just because” portraits.

It was also the year I lost an uncle, and my very special father-in-law the Reverend Keith Smith.

We don’t look back in sadness, but rather in celebration.

This video is dedicated to you, Keith.

Children’s Luxury Portrait Sessions || July School Holidays Adelaide

Childrens photographer adelaideChildren’s Luxury Portrait mini sessions for ages 6 months – 11 years

Do you like staying warm in winter, and wish you had something special – and INDOORS – to do with the kids these school holidays? I’ve got you covered! Relax comfortably on the lounge, put your feet up and sip your latte while you watch your child / children have fun playing dress-ups.

Portrait sessions are suitable for boys and girls and a great way to get the siblings together. There are plenty of props and dress ups or you may bring your own favourite outfits. The sessions are fun, relaxed and easy.

 

1st – 31st July 10am – 3pm

 

Ten beautiful, archival-quality printed portraits are included in the session fee! Just $175.

Bookings essential

 

For more information contact the Deb Smith Photography studio on 7070 1667 or email deb@debsmithphotography.com.au or visit 218A Main Rd, Blackwood. Conditions apply*

 

* Suitable for up to three children, digitals and additional images available separately for purchase.