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Meet Deb Smith

Portrait Photographer in Blackwood, SA

Phone: 08 70701667

Studio:

218A Main Rd, Blackwood, SA, 5051

I’m a portrait photographer for one main reason: I believe it’s time we stressed less about how we look and really celebrate our inner and outer beauty. I want us to exist in photos for ourselves and our loved ones.

I am proud to be a curvy woman. I’m comfortable with my own body and I’m skilled at beautifully capturing yours.

We ALL want to be seen and heard and as a photographer I get the amazing opportunity to provide that for you.

The idea of being photographed can be daunting. That’s why I aim to provide a relaxing, fun experience, and make your session as important as the end result, the photos themselves. Your mood is reflected in your photographs, and with me, you’ll feel safe and completely comfortable. I’ll help you every step of the way.

My ultimate goal in the service I provide is for you to come away from a photo shoot with beautiful images that stand the test of time and will be proudly displayed in your home.  

Usually this translates to image collections or albums and framed wall prints that will be admired for years and shared with friends and family.

Your images come alive on paper. Digital files can remain unprinted for years, become corrupted and eventually lost. (#floppydrives #dead). That’s why I make actual prints the focus in my custom portraiture service. They are all the highest quality, colour corrected, archival grade portraits printed in Adelaide and guaranteed for life.

For an obligation-free chat about your life-changing portrait experience, please get in touch.

FAQ

How does it work?

The process is so simple and enjoyable.

An initial chat.

We begin with a pre-consultation in person (or on Skype/Facetime) to get to know each other and for me to hear how you would like to be photographed. We can either meet in my comfortable Blackwood studio, or at your home, where we can do some wardrobe planning (this is especially recommended for studio portraits).

Arrive

Simply arrive on the day at our agreed time with 3-4 outfits that you’d like to be photographed in, including accessories and shoes. I’ll greet you with a coffee or tea and explain a bit about how the photographic shoot will work.

Make up and hair

My handpicked hair stylist and makeup artist will work their magic on your washed and dried hair and fresh face. This takes approximately an hour and a half. When you see yourself, you’ll be positively dazzled!

Time to get dressed up!

Get changed into your first outfit. Although you’ll be bringing your own accessories, we also have some accessories in the studio that you’re more than welcome to use.

Time to be photographed

This is where the fun continues! Some women initially feel nervous in front of the camera, especially if they’ve spent most of their lives dodging the lens! But any nerves will disappear quickly because I’ll make you feel completely at ease, offering gentle guidance. The photo shoot will usually take up to two hours.

Viewing your photos

Before we say goodbye, we make a time to have a viewing session back at the studio within one-two weeks of the portrait shoot.

Your photos are ready

Two to four weeks after ordering, your photos will be ready for you to admire and cherish for years to come.

I'm quite curvy and nervous about getting photographed.

It’s time to silence your inner critic and remind yourself that style and beauty doesn’t have a size. You are beautiful right now. And the perfect time to be photographed is now.

Celebrate your beauty. Change your life.

When you work with me, Deb Smith, you do more than just invest in stunning, portrait photographs, you invest in a service that will change your life forever.

A bold statement, but completely true. Here’s why:

You won’t be judged. You’ll feel relaxed and comfortable at all times. (I’m a real woman, just like you).

As a curvy woman myself, I have had to fight inner battles to become completely confident and comfortable in my own skin. I know that I’m beautiful, even though I don’t fit society’s unrealistic image of what ‘beauty’ is. My outlook fully changed after my very own portrait photography shoot many years ago.

Some of you will walk into my studio knowing that you’re beautiful, but some of you won’t. No matter what you think about yourself, I will see and know that you’re beautiful (it’s almost like a light that shines from within you). By the end of the session, you will see it too.

If you aren’t happy with the way you look in the photographs, I’ll re-photograph you free of charge. Your happiness is guaranteed.

You don’t have to wait until you go on a diet, be photographed now and look stunning.

Let’s capture your beauty now. Because if not now, then when? If you are always waiting for the perfect time or perfect weight, then all the current perfect moments are passing you by. Let’s capture you for always, now.

Curvy women never look ‘fat’ in my photos (there are no double chins, muffin tops or big bottoms). And more mature women never look ‘old’ or ‘plain’. I rely on diffused, natural light and expert posing to create the most beautiful portraits.

You’ll be pampered

You deserve to feel pampered, and my handpicked hairstylist and make up artists are as professional, friendly and down-to-earth as I am. They will listen to your preferences and create a stunning look that you’re completely comfortable with.

When was the last time you had someone style your hair and do your make up? Was it at your wedding? Or another special occasion perhaps? Well, my studio sessions are like having your wedding day or special occasion all over again!

You’ll be offered a unique and personal service

I offer a personalised and customised service in my professional, home-based, boutique studio. You aren’t herded in and out to make way for the next client. You are given all my time and attention.

You’ll exist in photographs again.

As a curvy woman, do you avoid photographs because you don’t like the way you look in them? If so, you’re not alone. But the ramifications of this seemingly innocent removal are enormous, because every time you walk away from being photographed, you remove yourself from a future visual memory. In years to come when everyone is reminiscing over photos, you are nowhere to be seen in them.

When you work with me, this is how things will change for the rest of your life.

On the day of our shoot I’ll gently and expertly position you in natural and flattering poses so that you’ll look extra gorgeous. (You’ll be surprised at how just a few small changes can make such a big difference in photographs).

Armed with this knowledge, you can confidently pose in photographs forever. For the rest of your life you’ll know how to position yourself in photos in order to present your lovely curves in the best possible light.

Every time you remain in a photograph, you remain as a memory that can be cherished and reminisced about. This is a priceless gift that you are giving to yourself and your family. You deserve to exist in photos.

If you’ve ever looked through photographs of your own mother, you’ll understand how important it is to give your own children the gift of beautiful memories.

You’ll feel alive and invigorated

Some women book a night out afterwards to celebrate how fabulous they look, especially if they bring a friend for a girl’s day out.

Allow yourself to feel alive and invigorated for the day. Celebrate your spirit, nurture your soul and feel unbelievably gorgeous!

You’ll feel more confident

How you think you look, deeply affects the way you feel about yourself. I want you to feel special, worthy and beautiful. It’s important that your self-talk turns from, ‘I hate how I look in photos’ to ‘I love the way I look in photos’.

You can bring a friend to be in the photographs with you

You are able to bring a friend, your mother or your partner to be in the photographs with you, or to just to be there for moral support. It’s all part of the service!

Your family can be a part of the photographs at no extra cost.

I understand that you may feel guilty about spending money on yourself. I really don’t want you to choose between yourself and your family – that’s why I have a very special offer. When you use my portrait services, you can enjoy your very own custom photography session AND have your family arrive at the end of the session for a few family portraits at no extra charge.

You will receive high quality photographs, as well as the digital file of each image you purchase.

You will own the printing rights for all the images that you purchase, and you’ll also automatically receive a black and white version of every purchased image.

I know that many of you may be a bit nervous about having a portrait photography session, so rather than asking whether you’re ready to book in for a session, I’m going to ask whether you’re ready to send me an initial, obligation-free message. In this message, I’d love to know a bit about you. Who you are. What you love doing. What makes you happy.

I’ll correspond with you, and if you feel comfortable, we can then have a chat. Of course, if you prefer to chat upfront, no problems, just give me a call. If I’m in a photography shoot please leave a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

How much does it cost?

SESSION FEES

All session fees include your pre-consultation, a photography session in studio or on location, and depending on the type of session, around 30  finished images available for purchase at your premiere around three weeks later.

CONTEMPORARY BEAUTY PORTRAITURE  ($190 for one person, $290 for two)

Around three hours. Your session includes full styling with our professional hair stylist, and makeup artist, and portrait session with me, with several outfit changes included. Bring a friend, your Mum, or your partner to be included in the shoot and let them be treated to hair and makeup for no extra charge. (Boyfriends, partners and husbands hair and makeup optional!) .

CONTEMPORARY BEAUTY PORTRAITURE for three or four people (add $100 per additional person)

Allow a full day. Your session includes full styling by a professional hair stylist, and makeup artist, and portrait session with me, with several outfit changes included. This is ideal if you would like a longer session or plan to bring up to three friends to be included in the shoot. Session fee includes lunch.

MATERNITY/NEWBORN PACKAGE $290

Maternity session includes full styling with our professional hair stylist, and makeup artist, and portrait session with me, with several outfit changes included. Your newborn session should be booked in as soon as possible and takes place within 14 days of the birth, either at your home or my studio.

YOUR ARTWORK

The session fee is due at the time of booking in order to secure your date. Please note that this fee does not include prints or digital images, and covers the time and talent of the photographer and her professional team.  Your photographs may be purchased individually and include your digital file - there is no minimum purchase. Individual artwork starts at $225 with Package Collections starting at  $1490. Most clients spend $1500 or more on their photo session and print products but there is no minimum spend.  Popular print products include: framed wall art, albums, and keepsake folio boxes.

Payment may be made by cash, direct deposit, or Paypal and payment plans are available. Prices are subject to change but will be honoured at the time of booking, so booking today ensures you lock in your preferred date and the current price list.

For more details please call (08) 7070 1667, or use this contact form, or email me at deb@debsmithphotography.com.au and I look forward to chatting.

Do you sell prints?

I sure do.

Wall art starts at $225 and is available framed, or as canvas, or aluminium backed metallic.

Collections are excellent value for money and start at $1490.

Folio box with 20 matted prints - endless options for display

Folio box with 20 matted prints - endless options for display

Why should I choose Deb Smith for my photos?

You’ll receive the highest quality photographs

A picture paints a thousand words, so through careful composition, perfect lighting and gentle instruction, I help to create a beautiful story with every photograph I take.

Each one of my photographs is customised, artistic and unique. I don’t just rely on my cameras to take great photos, and nor do I point and shoot and hope for the best.  I see your story.  I capture it.  I love it.  You’ll love it too.

You’ll be happy with your photographs.  That’s guaranteed.

Taking photos is not just a job for me, it’s a passion that pulled me from darkness.  I take my photography seriously, and I take the satisfaction of my clients even more seriously. If you’re not happy with your photographs, then I’ll re-shoot for free.  It’s as simple as that.

You’ll never be tricked into spending more money.  There are no hidden surprises or hard sells.

I don’t lure you to use my services with a free sitting, and then surprise you with hidden costs or a ‘hard sell’ to buy dozens of photos.

When you work with me, you pay for a competitively-priced sitting fee (this refers to the actual studio shoot), and then you can buy as many or as few photographs as you like.

 You’ll receive images that aren’t photo-shopped to death.

 While editing is important, I rely mainly on getting amazing images ‘in camera’ in order to reduce photo-shopping.   You cannot beat natural, exquisite photographs.

Your photos will be presented in quality albums and boxes

I present my images in the highest quality mats, folio boxes, albums, canvases and wall art; all printed and assembled locally in Australia.

Your photos are YOURS so for each image that you purchase, you’ll receive the digital file.

Do you want to have the option to reprint the images that you purchase?  No problem!  While Deb Smith Photography retains the copyright, you own both the printing rights to your purchased images as well as the digital file.

You will automatically receive a black and white photograph of every image you purchase.

 I really don’t want you to choose between colour and black & white photographs, that’s why I supply both with every image that you purchase.

You will never be pressured, ever.

If you call me, I won’t pressure you to use my services.  If you hire me, I won’t pressure you to purchase dozens of photos.  I have heard nightmare stories about clients being pressured by photographers, and I just won’t do this to you, ever.

Working with a photographer should be a relaxing, fun experience – not one filled with anxiety and fear.

You’ll be in safe and friendly hands

I love working with all kinds of people. I have been pregnant twice, and my two beautiful and lively children are both on the autism spectrum.  I am also proud to be a curvy woman.  I’m comfortable with my own body and I’m skilled at beautifully capturing yours.

Your mood is reflected in your photographs, and with me, you’ll feel safe and completely comfortable.  I’ll help you every step of the way.

For an obligation-free chat about my life changing images, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!