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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.

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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.

 

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

school holiday ideas adelaide

Need something for the children to do these July school holidays in Adelaide

 

 

Children’s Luxury Portrait mini sessions

Do you like staying warm in winter, and wish you had something special to do with the kids these school holidays? I’ve got you covered!

Children’s Luxury Portrait mini sessions for ages 6 months – 11 years

Suitable for boys and girls.

Wednesday 13th July…..10am – 3pm
Thursday 14th July……10am – 3pm
Wednesday 20th July…..10am – 3pm

Parents, relax in the comfort of the lounge and sip your latte while you watch your child / children have fun playing dress-ups.

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

Bookings essential – click here to book in your preferred time.

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.

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What I Wish I Had Known Before She Turned Seven || Adelaide Children’s Photographer

Luxury children's portraits

 

 

With her ninth birthday coming up this weekend, we’re planning ahead for our next epic mother-daughter photoshoot production.

Here we are, two photoshoots under our belt and our third just days away.

As I start to wonder how to style our session, she already tells me we’ll have one “urban grunge” set and a “dance” themed set. What the…?

The first photoshoot happened when she turned seven. She knew my job involved studio portraiture. She wasn’t sure what that looked like. She asked if I would do a photoshoot just for her. I was really unsure.

I worried she would be difficult, that she would not follow my instructions. She’s a child who gets overwhelmed easily.

She and I are so different. Tasmin is an extrovert, I am an introvert.

She likes things to be just so. If it’s not her way, then it’s “not fair”. As a child, I would hide nervously in the shadows and prefer to watch the action.

I felt nervous.

So I came up with a plan.

The plan was to make sure that she could choose some of the outfits to feel involved in the process so… I let her choose some fabrics and dresses from the studio wardrobe. I told her they had to be child appropriate.

She did just what I asked.

Throughout the afternoon I saw a different side of Tasmin, a glimpse of her future self.

Creative, decisive, silly.

It was her willingness to jump in and experience my world.

OK so she didn’t wait to hear my posing instructions. No, no. She went right ahead and expressed herself quite freely in front of the camera. I really was surprised. She pretended to be a ballerina, swirling her hands gracefully, and making very profound expressions. She followed her own intuitions with perfect confidence.

I was impressed then and every day since she’s let me see how creative and capable she is. Was it the photos that did it, made her more confident? Or was I not seeing her fully, by filtering her childhood with my own? Was it the shared experience?

A little bit of each perhaps.

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This is Me || Facing her fear of being in front of the camera

My dear friend Trudi Skinn, of Blue Wattle Photography, wrote this about her experience with me, being in front of the camera for a change:

 

When was the last time you had a beautiful, professional portrait taken of yourself?   For me, that event was 15 years ago! 15 years!  My parents, my gran, do not have a recent, decent (ie: approved by me!) photograph of me since I was 17 years old!  I’m now 32 and the “best years of my life” – my 20s – flew by largely unrecorded as I was not prepared to step in front of a camera. So I made the point of always ensuring I was behind the lens and not in front of it (That could possibly account for the reason I am now a photographer)….

Does that story ring true for anyone else? 

If, like me, you realise that a whole decade of your life does not exist, even in the digital archives of your family history, get out there and do something about it!!  I did.

I went to Deb Smith Photography and booked my very own photo-shoot – before I could talk myself out of it.

Then the doubts hit. I had deep and (at times painful) conversations with myself:

I have nothing to wear. Nothing fits me anymore!”

“I don’t have enough money to spend on new clothes…”

“I’m fat. I’ll wait until I’ve lost the 15kgs I’ve put on in recent years….”

“I’ll look ridiculous!”

“There is a very good reason I always make sure I am behind the camera these days and not in front of it…..”

“I’ll call Deb and cancel. I can’t do this!!”

And then the day of the shoot arrived, and it was too late for any excuses now! ….

And it was such an Amazing Experience!

My hair and makeup were professionally styled and Deb posed me in ways that flattered my body shape and I actually started to feel beautiful again – despite the extra 15kgs, despite the old clothes (I did buy 1 new dress for the shoot) and despite the sometimes rather awkward poses I was asked to hold.  I felt beautiful within my own skin, and that self- confidence, no matter how recently obtained, was inspiring and tangible.

almost didn’t need to see the final results, because that personal belief and self-appreciation held fast in my mind while I waited for the images to be ready.  That lasting buzz, finding that self-love is empowering! It is amazing how much it changes your perception of yourself and how you see others.

 

If you are like me (unhappy with your current body size and/or haven’t been decently photographed in forever; are always behind the family camera instead of in front of it etc) – then I urge you now! Get out
there and search for a portrait photographer whose style and value you admire and get your own portrait taken now. Not just your kids, or your family – you. Yourself. Gift yourself this experience – enjoy it, indulge
in it and once you’re done, then bring in your kids/partner at the end for that beautiful family shot if you need
to.

Don’t wait for that mythical “one day” to arrive before you experience this for yourself. Do it now. This week. This month. This year!  (Get it done before Christmas and viola – presents you can share with your family!)

 

Click here to see Trudi’s photography.

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