Books for Christmas?

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So many people have plans to visit Tasmania once all the lock downs are over, now is a great time of year ( although Tassie is amazing all year round! ) Whet your appetite or give someone the nudge they need by sending them one of our beautiful coffee table books. Filled with mouthwatering recipes, and stunning photography these books show why Tasmania is the best place to start exploring your own backyard.   In the lead up to Christmas, we are offering free postage anywhere in Australia so get all your Christmas shopping done at once! Shop Here

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How to Choose Wall Art For Your Home





Everyone knows that the Mona Lisa is a small painting. It’s one of the things that surprise ( and disappoints) people the most when they have queued up for ages to get into the Louvre in Paris to see this iconic work of art.  As you can see from this picture , it looks tiny on the wall, and with the crowds, its quite difficult to get a full appreciation of the work.  In reality, the Mona Lisa is 760mm tall so in a modern house, over a twin seater couch it will look like this. Not that small!  ( it’s really the wrong shape to hang by itself on that wall, but if you had the Mona Lisa hanging in your home, you could do what you like ! )  The context is that in the Louvre, the rooms are so huge, that the artwork has to be a similar scale to look right.   The largest painting in the Louvre is the The Wedding Feast at Cana  which is 6.77m × 9.94m - that is bigger than my studio! In our modern homes, you wouldn’t be able to get something like that through the front door. Hanging any sort of art on your wall is all about context. it depends on the artwork, and it depends on the wall. If you get the balance wrong, the whole room will look out of kilter. Pick an artwork that is too small or too big and the room, and everything in, it will be out of balance. One of the services that we offer is to be able to show you your portraits, scaled to size and displayed on your own walls so that you can get a very clear idea of how the finished artwork will look when it is hanging on your wall. We will show you how to use your phone to capture a photograph of your wall, and with just one easy measurement we can do the rest. If we are shooting your portrait at home, its even easier - we will do it for you!   We consider it part of our job to ensure that whatever you choose to go on your wall looks as good as possible.  Being able to see exactly how your portraits are going to look on your walls will make sure that your artwork fits your room perfectly.
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It's not always about the smiles!

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I believe that you couldn't find a better image to prove that smiles are not the only result you should be looking for in a portrait. I love the fact that both of these boys are looking calm,strong, and confident while at the same time showing their love for each other. Their age and personality shines through and this will be an important portrait for them in years to come. I look forward to making similar images of them over the next 5 to 10 years- I am sure that as they grow older,  you will be able to see  that the essence of who they are will remain unchanged

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1st Year done!

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It is always fun doing a series of images, and when Juanita and Ash first came to us, Jayna was just a newborn Since then we have done 3 shoots, and this last set of images finished of a wall collection that we have been working on to celebrate Jayna’s first year.

It’s an old cliche that you forget just how small babies are, especially as you see them grow a tiny bit every day, but having these pictures hung together is a beautiful and dramatic reminder of just how far Jayna has come in such a short time. I am really looking forward to the next installment.

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Natasha, Zachary & Harvey

Harvey is 3 weeks old and weighs a bit more than  5lbs , and is the most perfect little man!

Bright eyed and fully alert and awake for the photoshoot, we got some great shots of him with Natasha and Zac.

 Its always a gamble when you take a babies clothes off for a shoot, but its worth the risk, and I always tell the parents that if we get a shot of them being wee’d on, they get that print for free! ( most parents get one! )  The good news with Harley was that Natasha could recognise the grunts and signs so we avoided a much bigger mess with seconds to spare! The thing I like best about photographing babies as soon after their birthday as possible is that we get to capture them intuit tiny state that is gone before you know it. So often, I have people coming in to pick up their pictures, and the baby looks so much bigger and more developed just in that time. In years to come, when there are size 14 basketball boots lying around the house, Natasha and Zac will look at these pictures and will not be able to believe that their son was ever that small. 
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Fishing in the new millennium

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Looking thorough my bookshelf the other day and I came across a photography book that I had been involved in almost 20 years ago.1.1.2000  24hours in the life of Australia was a photo book that documented all aspects of life in Australia on the first day of the new millennium .65 photographers from all over the country spent the day taking pictures and the best were collated into this book, I went fly fishing with my mate Jack Quinn, and as luck would have it, he caught a very nice little trout just as the sun was setting. quintessentially Tasmanian, the image made it as a full page image in the book.20 years is a long time, Jack is no longer with us, and I really miss the times we spent walking the lakes and rivers in search of trout! Happy to catch one, but also not at all fussed if we didn’t.   It was the company and being out in the fresh air that kept us going back.Jack taught me to fly fish, one of my goals when we left Sydney in 1988, but it was almost a decade before I got around to it.I still will have a little bit of a cast every now and then, but losing your fishing buddy changes things a bit, and it is no where near as often as we used to go.The other thing that has changed is me! Check out this head shot from the back of the book! I know many of the other photographers who were involved in the project, and I can see that it was not just me that has aged over the last 20 years!

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Hollywood Portraits 1940's & 50's





Where does inspiration come from? and how can you use it to make your photographic journey more rewarding? These are questions that all photographers ask themselves at some stage or another. Recently, I found a couple of books that sent my mind off on a journey of discovery. During the 1940’s and 50’s, the Hollywood studio system was in full swing, with many of the major stars of the day contracted to one studio or another, and a constant supply of would-be stars and hopeful actors and actresses arriving in Hollywood every day. Your publicity head shot was one of the keys that could unlock tinsel town for you and there were a number of photographers who specialised in these sort of images.In those days they were shooting on huge 8X10 inch cameras ( that's the size of the sheet of film that the camera took!) They were using big studio hot lights to light their portraits, and  compared to today's offerings, the lenses that they were using were slow and very unsharp. These factors came together to produce images of a certain style that are very hard to reproduce now days because our equipment if far too good!But the feel of the images has a quality that I like , and that I would like to investigate, so it becomes a technical question. How do I make images with that same feel while bringing up the quality to today's standards? I have invited some people into the studio in a couple of weeks time, to model for me while I play with this problem. I am sure that somewhere between the Hollywood portraits of the 1940’s and 2019, we will find with some images that have the best of both worlds, and have a bit of fun doing so.

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Head Shots-your best first impression

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Your corporate head shot is how the rest of the business world will first meet you, and as the old saying goes, you only get one chance at a first impression!

Your image needs to convey in a clear and concise manner all the attributes you want your clients and potential clients to see in you. Charming, approachable, trustworthy, confident and professional. In the corporate world, a selfie shot with your iPhone just doesn’t do the job. Save them for your personal Facebook page and treat your corporate image with consideration and respect. There is still plenty of room to show your character, and the spark in your eyes while still adhering to a very high level of professionalism and sophistication.

How do you want the world to see you? Strong, Friendly, Trustworthy, Knowledgeable, Creative,??? There are so many different personas that you can project, which one is right for you?

When you come into our studio, we will help you relax, guide you through the process and help you with your expression, posing and posture so that we get the very best images for you to choose from.

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The Graham Family Portraits

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I love it when kids bring their energy and personality to a photoshoot. Charlie and Edmund are not “sit quietly and pose for the camera” type of guys.

Their interaction with the world is done at full pace, and I envied their energy and enthusiasm for what ever they were doing. They bounded up the rocks and they laughed full heartedly when they found something funny. But they also listened, and engaged in conversation , and we were able to find things to talk about that they were interested in.

The results speak for themselves, and these pictures on the wall will remind them that family is the centre of the home. They will hear friends and family who visit their house talk about how great they look and how wonderful it is to have these pictures. I am convinced that hearing nice things about yourself, on an ongoing basis,  can only be good for your self image and confidence.

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A quick visit to Japan

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Earlier this year we decided to go to Japan in September.Neither of us had ever been before, and  it coincided with Vicki and my birthdays. As an added bonus,  the Rugby World Cup is being played there so we thought we would go over, have a holiday , and catch a couple of the  early, Wallaby games to put us in the mood to watch the rest of the tournament on TV when we got back to Australia. Great plan, and the first part panned out perfectly. We organised to be in Sapporo for the Wallabies first game against Fiji, and got good tickets for the game. After that, it got more complex, the next game was in Tokyo, and when we go online to order tickets ( the minute the box office opened ) we found ourselves 117,000th inline!! by the time it was our turn ( 5 hours later ) the only tickets available were $850 each, and given that we were playing Wales ( who had just won the 6 Nations tournament ) that was too much to spend to watch our team get beaten. We will find a pub in the city somewhere and I am sure we will have a great time anyway.

So how come I am showing you pictures from Japan already???

I got home after a full day of shooting in early February and Vicki said " How do you feel about going to Japan for a Taster?" Jetstar was doing a special $350 return flight to Osaka and she had bought some tickets!  We have recently returned from that trip, and these images are a taster of what I hope to shoot when we go there for real in September. Hope you enjoy them!

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My Mother's 80th Birthday!

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Its the 1st of May, and already we are being bombarded with special offers for Mothers day!I have just come back from Sydney where I joined with my 2 brothers to help celebrate our Mums 80th Birthday with a party and weekend of family time.Mum was only 20 when I first met her, and I know you are amazed at what a good looking kid I was!Over the next 60 years a lot has changed, I grew more hair, and then lost most of it, we moved countries a few times and and I got two brothersAt 80 mum is doing great,  living a full life, and showing no signs of slowing down.It’s always good to catch up with family, it seems to get harder and harder as the family grows and kids and grand kids get complex lives of their own, but every time we make the effort, I come away thinking that it was worth it. and we always try to make some pictures.

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Louise, Bruce, Hamish & Phoebe

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We go back a long way! I photographed Louise and Bruce’s wedding back when wedding photography was something I did! I remember it was a fun filled day out at Marions Vineyard, with a trip down to the jetty and lots and lots of laughs.When we started looking for Families for our next Faces of Launceston projects, Louise was one of the first to get on board and it was a great pleasure to see them again and to make a new set of pictures for them.  Looking through the house, it was great to see the pictures that I had done for them so many years ago, on display and taking pride of place in their lounge room.When asked to tell us something about their family, Louise wrote this:

Parenting at an older age due to close to 10 years ivf. Kids very close in age and one with an autism spectrum disorder! Every day is a challenge!

All I know is that the photoshoot was anything but a challenge. we had a beautiful day and decided to use the big old tree in the front yard as our location. In the swing, up the tree and around the tree gave us so many different backgrounds, and we ended up with a wonderfull selection of images that really showed the love and closeness that typifies this family’s relationship with each other. We were lucky to be able to include Louise's mum in some of the shots, and the wonderful relationship  that  exists in this extended family was obvious for all to see.For this family, these images will join the earlier ones to re-enforce that feeling of belonging that is so vital to all of us.

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Faces of Launceston Families

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Sign your family up to be part of the next Faces of Launceston Exhibition.  This year we are proud to have the opportunity to partner with the wonderful team at the Examiner to raise funds for those who need a little help. We want to celebrate what it means to belong to a family and we need your help.

By booking in your family for a photo shoot and participating in this project you’ll be supporting Examiner’s Empty Stocking Appeal ,your family will also be included in our ongoing Faces Of Launceston Project, and  you can also end up with some awesome images of your family to display on your wall!

We know your life is busy and that Christmas is busier than ever so lets get together in the New Year to plan your family photo shoot.

However the Empty Stocking Appeal needs your donation NOW so please pay the participation fee of $100 and we will put a $100 credit in your account to be used in the New Year towards photos from your shoot.

The actual photography session needs to be done by September 2019 to give us enough time to put the book and exhibition together.

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Help us to Help this Christmas

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Families come in all shapes and sizes.

While there are the typical Mum + Dad + 2.4 kids families, there are also so many other different combinations that make up a family. Blended versions of the Brady Bunch, single parent families, same-sex families and everyth

ing in between. This is a project I am really looking forward to getting in to.

This year we are proud to have the opportunity to partner with the wonderful team at the Examiner to raise funds for those who need a little help. We want to celebrate what it means to belong to a family and we need your help.

By booking in your family for a photoshoot and participating in this project you’ll be supporting Examiner’s Empty Stocking Appeal ,your family will also be included in our ongoing Faces Of Launceston Project, and  you can also end up with some awesome images of your family to display on your wall!

We know your life is busy and we understand that time goes by so quickly. This is a great opportunity to have some beautiful and meaningful portraits made of your family before the kids grow up and move out. We would love to invite you to apply to be a part of this project.

 Can't get the family together but still want to help??Why not donate a session fee to a family that might not otherwise get involved. You can nominate people that you know, or we can choose a family that would like to be included. You pay the $100 donation and we will do the shoot, give them a credit and include them in the exhibition and book. For more information and to get involved click here     
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Christmas Sorted!

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For a limited time, we are offering our new Behind the Garage Door Book PLUS a $250 gift card for just $100.

The Gift card entitles the recipient to have their car photographed in the same style as the cars in the book by Philip Kuruvita, ( normally $150 for the session ) plus $100 credit to use towards the purchase of prints or wall art from the session.

The gift card needs to be registered on our website, and we will then organise a time to sit down with you to discuss the various options for the photography such as style, location, time of day etc. we will also be able to show you the various options for using your $100 credit, and once all the details are settled, we will book a photography session. This gift card can not be used in conjunction with any other offer from our studio.

The perfect Christmas gift for the car person in your family!

FIND OUT MORE HERE

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Cheese Fondue

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Chatting to Rachel at My Gym this morning, and for the second time in as many weeks, I found myself in a conversation about cheese fondue!That oh so sophisticated dinner variation that took the 1970’s and 80’s by storm and then all but died out except for some isolated pockets of gastronomy.Of course the Swiss have been doing it for ever, it wasn’t a fad for them, so there was no reason for it to go out of fashion (Rachel’s Dad is Swiss)Taking about it with friends the week before, we all agreed that it was a dinner party theme that we had all enjoyed and no one was quite sure why we didn’t do it any more. All that cheesey goodness with crusty bread or boiled potatoes , and don’t forget the wine!It made me remember that when we were making  Tamar Valley Pantry, my first book with John T Bailey, John used a cheese fondue to match with Josef Chromy’s beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, and I remember being impressed with how tasty and fulfilling this simple dish was. I am sure that the very thought of this would bring back many happy memories for those of us who enjoyed them all those years ago, I think I might have to introduce the next generation of my family to the pleasures of a three cheese fondue. I've included the recipe below so you can introduce it to your family too.

John T Bailey's Three Cheese Fondue with Josef Chromy Sauvignon BlancIngredients

50g gruyere cheese, grated225g raclette cheese, grated225g tilsit cheese, grated15g cornflour500g Josef Chromy Sauvignon Blanc3 cloves garlic, whole2 sprigs thyme20g lemon juice5g mustard powderpinch ground cloves + white pepper

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In a bowl mix the cheeses with the cornflour.Bring the wine to a simmer over med- high heat. Remove from the stove.Add thyme and garlic cloves. Infuse for 10 minutes then strain and allow to cool.Bring the wine and lemon juice to the boil and add the cheese mix a handful at a time, whisking continuously until smooth and creamy.Add the mustard, pepper and cloves. Stir until the mixture thickens.Transfer into a fondue pot and serve with cornichons, bread and crudités of your choice.

You can get your copy of Tamar Valley Pantry, as well as a wide range of other cookbooks from our store by clicking here

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The Towns Family

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When Nicole came to see me about a family portrait shoot, it became obvious that we should do the shoot on the farm. Photographing Jono and their two boys Campbell and William in the studio didn't make any sense at all. They were farm boys and we needed to capture them in their element. We had so many options, the cubby house, a wonderful old tree, a rustic farm gate and a shearing shed gave us so many options for locations and backgrounds, and the boys didn't get sick of having the picture taken in the same spot. There was a bit of resistance at the start of the shoot, but that is quite normal. The one thing that I can offer in situations like this is time. Time for everyone to relax, and get used to the fact that I an there, and that I am taking pictures, and eventually we get what we need.

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Tips for including your pets in your family portraits

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They shed hair all over the carpet,They shake water all over you when they are wet,They drink from the toilet bowl  even though you have given them perfectly good, clean water in their own personalised bowl……but we wouldn’t be without them in our lives!!…their biggest flaw is that they live their lives 7 times faster than we do!Capture all those endearing qualities in a series of images that show what it is like to be a family that shares its home with a dog!

Tips for a successful photoshoot with your pooch:Most importantly, don’t think that you should get to the location early to give the dog a run and wear him out, that rarely works, all it does is increase the energy levels, and results in tongues out, and heaps of slobber.If you want to wear them out, a long walk in the morning is the best course of action, and then, when it is time for the shoot, keep the energy levels as low as possible.Home is always a great place for family portraits, it places you and your family in that particular house, at that time of your lives, and in years to come it will be nice to look back on not just the people but the location as well, especially if you have since moved. Home is the easiest option for including pets in your family portraits.If you are not doing your portrait shoot at home, there are a number of really good locations for doing family portraits that include a dog.We are generally looking for a quiet location that doesn’t have too much going on that could generate excitement in your dog. Arbour park in West Launceston has some nice quiet areas. Just beyond the dog park at Kilafaddy there are some nice locations which get wonderful afternoon lightand don’t forget that you can always bring your dog (or dogs) with you if you are coming into our studio for your portraits. The worst thing that could happen is that they don’t like the studio conditions, and would prefer to sit outside or in the car while the rest of the family has their portraits done, however, if they are happy, we can get some great pictures.

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Newborn Portrait Photography

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Quiet moments just sitting and watching baby sleep, the delight in their eyes when they see your face, the amazing strength with which they can grasp you finger.Beautiful, quiet moments, captured in black and white, which will capture forever just how tiny this little person was.

In years to come, you will look at these images and shake your head in amazement as you pick up size 13 basketball boots that are lying around on the bathroom floor.Capture the closeness and security they feel when being held by Mum and Dad and marvel at the contrasts in size and texture.I don’t believe that your newborn needs to be dressed up in cute outfits or photographed in a birds nest or flowerpot!

 

They are an amazing, unique, wondrous person in their own right and in some ways I feel that it is disrespectful to the person to play dress-up at this special moment in their lives.If you don’t need to be in fancy dress to have a meaningful portrait taken then maybe, neither does your newborn child.Lets just concentrate on how special they are and the love and family that surrounds them, and we will end up with images that will be meaningful for the rest of their lives.This is a fleeting moment that is passed through all too quickly.

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Winter Portraits

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We have photographed Lilly and Poppy every year since they were born, and  parents Tracey and Andrew were keen to try out some new locations. Winter is a fabulous time for portraits, and we were looking for a  dramatic location that would capture the joys of a Tassie winter. All rugged up , with Liffey falls in full flood, there was just a light sprinkling of snow. This was more than just a photo shoot, it was a great day out with the family, with bush walks and adventures, some photos and snowball fights, and a great lunch with big hot chocolates at the end. These images will bring back many happy memories for the whole family ( and their photographer )

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