Brighton Beach family portrait session with a twist

At the end of 2012 lovely Adelaide Mum Fiona and her gorgeous looking son BJ won a free portrait session, following a survey I was conducting. We met at Brighton Beach early on in the day before it got too crowded – good thing too, as it was such a gorgeous beach day and there would be many more people arriving to enjoy the summer sun.

What made this session a little different is that BJ has some challenging behaviours, and his Mum explained that he didn’t úsually warm to people he hadn’t met before, and really hated the camera!

But I wasn’t phased – as an Autism mum I have plenty of experience with managing challenging behaviours in children. I wanted us to get to know each other first, so I was careful to keep the camera out of sight initially, so he could get used to me, the new person, and relax. This approach worked really well, and once he stopped kicking sand and shouting, he couldn’t stop smiling. In fact, I found him to be a really fun and affectionate kid and with his long blonde hair, he reminded me of a surfer dude!

I took photos in the background while he raced around in and out of the waves, made sandcastles, patted some dogs passing by with their owners, and jumped on Mum’s back for a horsey rise. It was a fun day, and I was so inspired by Fiona and the way she lovingly cared for her boy. photocrati gallery

Afterward she said

Thank you Deb! You were amazing! So many people would have judged and not given us the time needed to get such a happy shot! Your understanding and acceptance made this a fun experience for all of us!

Seeing your light

adelaide professional photographer
Hi! I have been thinking a lot lately about the reluctance of so many women to be photographed. I know we all, men and women. suffer from this at times. Think about the people closest to you – your spouse, your Mum or Dad, your best friend. What YOU see isn’t what THEY see. We just see Mum, or best friend Jane, but when they see their own image, it is filtered with childhood memories, their own values and expectations and body image. What’s amazing about this job as a photographer is when you look through the camera lens at someone, you are looking for beauty. Whether the subject is a beautiful sunset, a new rose bud or a person, as photographer Tamara Lackey says there’s a light in them. I love that! It’s so true.

Is this true of you – are you shy about being photographed?

Tell me what you think about professional photography – Adelaide and you could WIN


Now that I’ve managed to get the website up, I can start posting to the blog!

While I set up some information about myself and the business, I am interested in hearing about YOU. Click here to fill in a quick survey about professional photography in Adelaide and you will have the chance to win a mini photo session which includes 30 minute shoot in an Adelaide location of your choice (home, beach, park), DVD of five beautifully colour corrected images PLUS 8×10 enlargement.

One email address will be randomly selected to win the mini session.

Good luck!