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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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Family portrait session at Belair National Park – Adventure Playground

I had the absolute pleasure of photographing this beautiful family at Belair National Park – Adventure Playground. Even a light rainfall didn’t bother the kids – they had a gorgeous time on the swings, the flying fox (always a firm favourite) and a few laps running around the fort. I’m so glad there’s a fort for rainy days.

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The funniest moment was when an emu strolled casually past us, right beside the playground.

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What do they say – working with children and animals – never a dull moment!

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How to shoot a self-portrait

I’ve had a lot of fun this week finding dresses to wear for Frocktober – but because i don’t have 31 for each day in the month, I’ve had to beg and borrow from my sister who luckily has a few items in her wardrobe that fit me. Just. I’ve decided to take self-portraits of myself this week to show the dresses I am wearing each day. If you have the right gear, the easiest way to do this is to set up a tripod, and a mirror. My camera is a Canon DSLR with a timer function, but many point-and-shoot cameras have this functionality too. I’m sure you can probably do it with a smartphone – there’s an app for that!

Ideally you would use a mirror so you can see how you look before you take the shot. I don’t have one so I just guess – it’s more fun this way anyway! If you set up a timer, it allows a few seconds so you can run back to your spot and pose, and have the camera take say 10 shots at once. I have a remote control trigger so I press the button when I’m ready for the shot and I have it set up to wait 2 seconds so I can hide the trigger before the shot is taken.

This is a fantastic exercise: photographers often take self-portraits when they are experimenting with different looks and it’s a photography genre in itself. But it’s also a GREAT way of developing confidence. I’m sharing the nine shots from today’s shoot to show you how hit and miss it is, and how the right angle and lighting can make a fantastic photo! If you’re someone who’s very uneasy about being in front of the camera, this is a fantastic way to find out how to pose yourself.

Many clients who come to my studio for their photography sessions are very nervous and anxious about how they will look in their photos. Let’s face it, if you’ve hated how you look in just one photo, this can be enough to put anyone off for a lifetime! I pose my subjects very deliberately in diffused natural light from the studio window and create the most beautiful photographs this way. It’s a great way to develop confidence, with each beautiful image!

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A day in the life at the Lindy Charm school for girls

Here’s what I got up to at the long weekend with my sister Manda. The Lindy Charm School for girls, hosted by headmistress Miss Chrissy and Miss Sammy, travelled to Adelaide to teach us how to style hair and makeup in the vintage era of the 1920s, 1930s, forties and fifties. I just love this vintage era – the style was so charming, feminine, elegant and beautiful. The clothes were well made, and suited to the hourglass figure. In this workshop we were taught all about deportment and grooming, etiquette, red liptstick! and hair care. I came away thinking I should have done this years ago. It’s never too late though is it? One of the main messages that I endorse here in the glamour studio, is that it doesn’t matter what size you are, it’s how you dress and present yourself. And wow! these girls looked so gorgeous. Here’s a few images of the day:

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Check out the new vintage glamour vocabulary: pink styling lotion, pin curls, do-rag, gibson roll, mushroom plume, corset, red lipstick, pink blush, stockings, hot rollers, bobby pins, dolly pegs, snood, v-rolls, bullet bras. Wow! It makes you want to run to Etsy and find the first corset and bullet bra you can get your hands on. Which we may or may not have done….

If you were at the workshop and you are reading this, check your inbox – I’m sending out individual images of the glamour girls I snapped!

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