These days I don’t spend that much time in the studio. I pay a bill here, write a bit of blog post there but, let’s face it, with two children keeping things real for me usually Rich is the one in there working, working, working and I pop in occasionally with a, “fancy a cup of tea?” or a, “do you know what time it is?” or just to check on the progress with an album layout or the final edit on a portrait session.
While, having a second child has meant less time in the office (for me anyway) I somehow still manage to find the time for what I consider to be ‘helpful’ ideas or comments. Often Rich is so focussed on the task at hand that it’s up to me to be that annoying voice that offers a female perspective on a layout, or pipes up with “time for a new blog post” or “how about a new range of albums?” (just like that – get to it!) Like most people, our life is super busy with work and children and building our new home and studio. We have been planning a new line of albums and album packages for awhile now and we wanted to branch out and move to a range of albums that reflect the creative direction we are heading in.
I have a long, long history and ongoing love-affair with books. I’ve worked in bookshops around the world and there’s nothing I love more than beautiful papers and quality binding; a book or album that just begs to be touched, displayed and appreciated. So it was with much excitement that we received our new studio albums. The door bell rang and both of us dropped what we were doing and actually raced each other to the door (I won by the way!) I believe a beautifully crafted book or album has personality even before you open it and our 2012 range of albums have all that and more. They are expertly bound. The pages are crisp and printed with archival inks on museum-quality fine art paper and because we can print on the covers, or bind them in leather or a choice of fabrics, they exude personality.
We’re so proud of our new albums that we’d like to invite you to come down and meet them at the Lismore Workers Club this Sunday. We have a stand at a small, exclusive bridal show happening from 10am – 2pm.
It’s around this time every year that I start to find that my year ahead is rapidly filling and I need a year-to-a-page planner to keep track of everything. Wedding and Portrait bookings, school activities, birthdays, holidays (oh that’s right, we aren’t having holidays this year… dammit)… anyway, being a visual person, I need to be able to view everything in one place or I can easily lose track of what I’m up to. So to keep everything in one place, I have today created a 2012 Wall Planner, and instead of keeping it all to myself, I thought I would offer it as a freebie to anyone else who would like it. It has been designed as 1000 x 700mm, but can be printed at virtually any size you like.
I hope you find it as useful as I do. To download your copy, simply click on the link below and spread the word. Enjoy!
Lou and James are fun. Ok, so I haven’t actually met them – but, Rich speaks so highly of them and well… they just look fun don’t you think? Plus, planning this album was just a breeze. They were so open to Richard’s ideas and seemed to really enjoy the whole process. If you follow our blog, you would know that one of the bridal portraits from Louise and James’ wedding was recently selected to be ‘The Face’ of this year’s Ballina Bridal Expo. It really couldn’t happen to a nicer person, and what is extra cool is that I will finally get to meet the both of them when they come down to Ballina for the expo. Yay! If you’re free on Sunday, 25th March we would love to have you stop by and visit our stand. We will have sample albums available, including Lou and James’ album. If you can’t make it, you can check out their album and others here.
Some portrait sessions take a little longer to plan than others. Take our (almost) neighbours Beth and Craig for instance. When we first met Beth and Craig they were newly engaged, planning their wedding, and had contacted us to take some photos for their engagement. But, for some reason we never seemed to be able to find the right time for both of us (crazy seeming we live on the same street!) Then, Beth celebrated a milestone birthday and thought it would be a great to have birthday portraits taken. Once again, mysteriously perhaps, it just never eventuated. But, it seems life had even bigger plans for these two! When the stars finally aligned and we had organised the photo shoot, Beth and Craig had even more to celebrate. They say good things are worth waiting for…. to Beth and Craig, congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby boy, Corey. He’s absolutely perfect, well worth waiting for.
Last week the above image was chosen to be ‘The Face’ of the 2012 Ballina Bridal Expo. This was one of my favourite bridal portraits from the wedding of Louise and James last September. During their wedding day, we had quite a bit of time between the end of the ceremony and the start of the reception, so to cool the nerves and escape the midday sun for a while, we all went to Bistrot Bistro for an hour or so. Bistrot Bistro is a gorgeous little French Bar and Restaurant in Woollongabba, Brisbane. The upper level is very elegantly styled while downstairs is quite rugged and rustic… perfect for a little variety during a shoot!
The above image was a last minute grab… almost an after-thought. As everyone was packing up and preparing to leave for the next location, I noticed some gorgeous light spilling in through the northern windows. I quickly asked Louise to take a seat near the window and managed to snap off about three frames before we had to move on. I love the image and am proud to have had it selected to be this year’s face of the expo. If you come along to the Ballina Bridal Expo this year, make sure you stop by our stand and meet Louise and James in person. It all takes place at the Ballina RSL Club on March 25th between 9:30am and 4pm. See you there!