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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!

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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!

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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?

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Melissa and Emma || Mother and Daughter portrait Adelaide

This Mum and daughter Melissa and Emma share the same zany sense of humour! They’ve now introduced me to the TV show Miranda – if you’ve seen this show, now you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, here is a great starting point – Miranda: The Ten Funniest Moments (Number 7: Not content with getting her high heel stuck down a crack in the pavement, Miranda also manages to set off a series of water spouts in this first-rate scene. Gary’s (Tom Ellis) expression of deadpan bemusement as a bedraggled Miranda hobbles towards him… can you picture this? They could be describing me LOl!)

You’re welcome!

Alyce’s created the beautiful hair – long, classic Hollywood curl for Emma and a light funky twist through Melissa’s classic bob.

Makeup by Belinda Oliver (Blush and Brush).

Emma brought a classic piece, her favourite black leather jacket (bought in the Men’s section, she proudly explains) and we decided to make red and black the basis of their combined looks.

Emma allowed me some creativity to wrap her in some gorgeous red satin I had on hand to create a “custom dress”. I just love it! (See pictures 2, 5 and 7  below).

How would YOU like to be photographed? Let us create a custom look just for you.

For bookings or to answer any questions, call me at the studio on 08 7070 1667.


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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


Look forward to hearing from you!

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