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Just popping out for a spot of shopping, and a portrait || 30 Days of Gorgeous

This dear lady popped in to the studio today to book herself in for a portrait session. With hair and makeup.
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Meet 92 year old Lorna.

As she sat down with a cup of tea, she explained she wanted a portrait for her family members. She has four adult children, including two foster children, and a total of eight grandchildren.

She is fiercely independent and drives herself to the shops and walks where she needs to go. She and her late husband had made a point of having a portrait taken together before he passed away, and she treasures it.

I’m so looking forward to seeing her next week for her portrait session, and including her story in the 30 Days of Gorgeous campaign!

What my 8 year old daughter’s drawing told me about positive self image || 30 Days of Gorgeous

An eight year old's view on self confidence

Tasmin’s drawing of a beautiful face

My eight year old daughter Tasmin sometimes comes to hang out with me at the portrait studio after school while I finish up editing. One morning after she’d been to visit, I was tidying up in the change room when I glanced up to see this lovely drawing of hers on the wall. It reads “Look like what you want to look like” with the artist’s signature included. I was so moved to find this precious treasure in the studio. She’d pinned in to the wall as a positive affirmation for my clients to see when they were in the change room. It was a way of saying “Love who you are.”

So far I haven’t really gone out of my way to sit with her and talk about self-image, body confidence, and all that goes with it. What I have done is be very careful not to use words like “fat”, “diet”, “ugly”, “need to lose weight” etc in front of her.

Lately she has asked me why she has such “fat thighs” on the way to soccer. I’ve asked her “compared to what?” and she’s mentioned the names of girls at school. I tell her how proud I am that she is so sporty, and energetic, and smart, and funny and beautiful. I’ll always remind her she’s beautiful. I’m especially proud of her being the ONLY girl in the soccer team at school. I would have rather died than take a chance like that at her age. But that’s a whole story for another day! I want her to be healthy and fit, but I can only hope she doesn’t connect body size with beauty ideals.

She sometimes asks if I might get more clients if I wasn’t so fat. When you need an honest opinion……! But I tell her with a big smile, “NO! I am very proud of myself and I love who I am and the way I look, and if someone didn’t want to work with me because of that, well I wouldn’t mind. I’d rather not work with them either!”

I love to keep things simple. When Tas visits me at work she sees a big quote on the internal door. It says simply “Be your own kind of beautiful.”

30 Days of Gorgeous || Studio Open Day

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I’m kicking off my 30 Days of Gorgeous campaign for the month of June. I’ll be booking in 30 complimentary beauty-portrait sessions and share each woman’s story, one a day for every day in June.

Why?

There are so many women who need some encouragement to find ourselves again. My job is to help reveal your inner spark, and I want to transform your life through the experience of portraiture in my Blackwood studio. The sessions will be complimentary, and hair and makeup optional with two printed portraits thrown in as my gift.

But what’s the catch?

Ha! there’s always a catch isn’t there! Each brave applicant will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and be prepared to have your story shared on the blog. If there are more than 30 applicants, I’ll choose based on the people I feel will most benefit from one of my sessions.

More information and information about how to apply will be posted tomorrow.

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STUDIO OPEN DAY

As part of the 30 Days of Gorgeous campaign, I’ll be throwing open the doors to the Deb Smith Photographic Studio, at 218A Main Rd Blackwood, this Saturday 4th June, from 10am to 3pm.

This is an ace opportunity to enjoy a complimentary mini makeover-photoshoot with digital image yours to keep.

Click here to book yourself in for your mini makeover-photoshoot. Call the studio on (08) 7070 1667 for a chat! Hope to see you on Saturday.

On the same day, there will be many shops in Blackwood participating in the Totally Locally Blackwood First Anniversary Discovery Trail – look for the blue balloons and support local! Find out more about the Totally Locally Blackwood First Anniversary Discovery Trail.

 

Beautiful Sonya and baby session || Wittunga Botanic Gardens || Adelaide family photographer

I had the pleasure of photographing Sonya and her beautiful little girl at Wittunga Botanic Gardens recently.

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It couldn’t have been a more perfect day – sunshine, blue sky, trees and flowers.

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We Mums don’t often appear in photos with our families so I just love it when Mum jumps in!

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Call the studio on 7070 1667 for more information about booking an outdoor family session. Or click here to send me an email.

Mother and daughters – three generations photo session || Adelaide Portrait Photographer

It’s always an extra special treat when Mums and daughters arrive at the studio for their Ultimate Girls Day Out sessions and there’s a little grand-daughter included in the mix! It’s such a privilege to be able to capture such special portraits which will be loved and admired for many years to come.

Here are their favourites from the session:

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Our studio is located at 218A Main Rd, in the tranquil setting of Blackwood overlooking the hills. Call today for information about booking a session on 08 7070 1667.

Looking for a professional headshot photographer in Blackwood?

 

 

 

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Tanya Heath of Blackwood Natural and Remedial Solutions got in touch recently for some professional headshots for her business. She needed to update her professional branding for Facebook.

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She wanted to create images that were professional, but not studio based. Tanya also wanted her images to emphasize her approachable, gentle and knowledgeable personality.

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We can arrange professional headshots at the studio (218A Main Rd, Blackwood) or on location at your business. Call 08 7070 1667 to see how we can help today.

Ultimate Mother and Daughter Day Out || Eden Hills Portrait Photographer

I love photographing mums and daughters. Carolyn and her teenaged daughter Iona had a fabulous day out together in the studio, with Carolyn’s husband gifting them the experience. They could remember having had portraits once before a few years ago and were thrilled at the idea of updating their photos with some favourite colours and wardrobe pieces. The pair went shopping for white shirts or blouses they could wear with jeans to coordinate with each other, but returned with identical hers-and-hers sixties mod-inspired graphical print dresses, which photographed beautifully!

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Carolyn had her hair cut and coloured especially for the photo shoot and chose a gentle wave styled through her hair, while Iona’s long blonde hair was given a stronger curl to withstand being blowed for one of the shots!

Iona and Carolyn are bookworms, loving reading as well as writing, and Iona brought in some vintage books and her vintage typewriter from home to be included in their photoshoot. We even included a precious hand written note from a close family member in one of the images.

Iona's hair style with Travis Hairdressing

Carolyn says

Have just seen the photos from our mother/daughter shoot today and couldn’t be happier! Deb made the whole experience full of fun and laughter and with great results. Thanks Deb, have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone and everyone 🙂 Carolyn and Iona

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I love these words, thank you both 🙂

Then and Now || Adelaide portrait photographer

I’ve just gone through a major personal change. It’s the first time since a brief experiment when I was about 21.

This was me about almost two years ago, taken by the beautiful talented Nadio Marlow at Earthbound Studio.

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Deb with long hair in the studio portrait

 

And this is me now (or last week on Date Night!):

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Yes I’ve had my long hair chopped off. It’s the first time since in oh, about 22 years that I’ve had it short and guess what. I LOVE it. I really do! Kudos to Hair by Brooke Willcock for giving me this fantastic little pixie cut. I think it’s here to stay!

So I’ve booked in Nadia to update my headshot portrait next week. I can’t wait!

A new career direction for Jo || Adelaide professional headshots

Joanne, a Mt Barker Mum, took the initiative and submitted a presentation to the Asia Pacific Autism Conference 2015, and it was accepted. On the back of this she was invited to participate in another event interstate. The event organisers required a business headshot, and Joanne decided it was time to get hers updated professionally.

She was unsure initially about getting hair and makeup done, asking if it would “still be her” in the images. She agreed to book in both hair with Travis and makeup with Krista, once I assured her she would still look like herself in the images!

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With the professional head shots package, hair styling and professional makeup are included as part of the service.

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You arrive, sit for hair and makeup, then you are photographed in my Blackwood studio and within a few days your digital images are processed and ready to go! It’s a simple, enjoyable and affordable service.

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Are you ready to update your image? Call me on (08) 63655407.

Christmas party for special children at the Adelaide Zoo 2013

We were lucky enough to be given a ticket for Angus this year (thanks Disability SA) and wow! what a fantastic day we had. The children arrive at the zoo and are given a little band which goes around their wrist showing icons – icecream, drink, sausage, gift bag, present. These show the children visually what they will receive – it’s just a great idea and so well organised. I’m so grateful to the Salvation Army, and all the sponsors and volunteers who contribute to this wonderful day. Here are some images from the day:

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