Sunday, July 26, 2009

Welcome Riley! Maternity and Newborn Photos

Last week I posted the video, "Birth", that captured the last hour of Dee's labour and the first moments of Riley's life outside the womb and the bond between mum, dad and baby.

This week we have images from Dee's maternity shoot, as well as images from Riley's newborn shoot.

What a beautiful and alert little man he is. I was tempted to steal him and take him home with me.

Congratulations again to Dee and Troy on the birth of Riley.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Birth - A Labour of Love

For Dee and Troy and their beautiful (as yet, un-named) Baby boy born July 16th, 2009.

I have only photographed one birth prior to this one and was keen to give it another go but it's sometimes hard to find willing participants who are prepared to have one of life's most intimate moments documented.

When Dee said she wouldn't mind me being there, I was so excited. I had everything ready to go and when the day came around, I waited and waited and thought that maybe something had happened and I wasn't going to get a call... then at 7.40pm, the call came through.

Dee had been plodding along in labour most of the day then suddenly at 7pm everything kicked into high speed. I made it to the hospital at 8pm and managed to get my gear out and take a just a few test shots before all the action began.

A healthy baby boy was born at 8.58pm.

Thank you again to Dee and Troy for allowing me to be a part of such a life forming moment. I will always treasure the trust you put in me to record the event.

Congratulations on your baby boy.

Birth from Alicia Kennison on Vimeo.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Lighting - Mini Workshop Held In Sydney

On the weekend of the 26th - 29th of June, PMA was held in Sydney. PMA is a huge photographic and imaging show that also incorporates the judging of the national photo awards. Photographers from all corners of the country and even overseas, come together at PMA to check out the latest gear, watch the judging of images from some of the finest photographers in the world, meet up with old friend and maybe join in a workshop or two.

Alex and I organised a mini lighting workshop for 16 other photographers. The workshop was an intorduction to off-camera flash techniques, video light and other alternative lighting sources when natural light just isn't an option. With a keen group of photographers and our amazing model, Mel, we explored the lighting in hotel corridors, light from street lamps, back-lit billboards and more.

The results from the workshop speak for themselves... (there is even a photo in here of the group taking photos ;) )

Thank you to the following photographers for allowing me to use their images on our blog:

Melanie Kellermann Photography, Woollongong, NSW
Sally Williams Photography, Newcastle, NSW
Lyn Walkerden Photography, Sydney, NSW
NaomiV Photography, Brisbane, Qld
Sweet Chilli Philly Photography, Adelaide, SA
Jackie Cooper Photography, Sydney, NSW
Danielle Stahl Photography, Darwin, NT

**More workshops are being planned. Watch this space!**

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

2009 Professional Photography Awards - We Have a Winner (or 5)!

After Alex's success in competition last year while I was on limited work due to pregnancy with twins, I decided that this year I would try my luck in state and national competition. Alex decided to hold off this year and will be back into it in 2010.

I had entered the state awards only once before back in 2004, where I was awarded a silver in the portrait category. I was extremely nervous putting in an entry but it paid off when I was awarded FOUR silver awards at the Qld Professional Photography awards in April.

I decided to stick with three of the winning images for the national awards held in Sydney in June. For my forth image, I put together a concept shoot at the local state school where I had an awesome group of kids come together for an afternoon of fun. (more of these images to be blogged in the future.)

The competition in Sydney was fierce with judges finding the smallest reasons to score the images lower than award standard. Needless to say, I am more than happy with my results for the Australian Professional Photography Awards... Three Silvers and one print scoring a half merit.

I can't wait for next year to do it all again!

Qld Awards - Silver in Portrait Category.

award prints

My biggest surprise - Silver in both the state AND national awards in the Illustrative Category.

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Silver at both the State and National Awards in the Wedding Category

award prints

Tough competition in the Portrait Category. Silver in the Qld awards and half merit point at the national awards (just missed out on the silver).

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National Awards - Silver in the Self-Commissioned category.

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Newborn Portraits - A Wide Eyed Little Soul

I recently had the honour of taking photo of beautiful newborn, Austin Roy.

Austin's parents, Mel and Andrew, are very special to me. I've known Mel since she was a little girl and also photographed her wedding to Andrew back in 2007. So when I found out Mel was pregnant, I couldn't wait to have her back in the studio for a newborn sitting and to meet her little man; and what a beautiful little boy he is!

Austin was wide eyed and alert for much of the shoot and was happy to just relax and take it all in. We decided to keep the shoot as short and simple as possible as he wasn't too keen on drifting off to sleep to let us move him around.

I particularly love the very last photo in the slideshow. It was taken when the official part of the shoot was over and he was picked up and cuddled by dad. He was just starting to drift off to sleep and looked so serene that I simply had to capture the scene. Austin is simply perfect. Congratulations Mel and Andrew.

Monday, July 6, 2009

SIDS and Kids Community Awareness Announcement - Still Photos provided by Savvy Studios

By now many people will have seen a community announcement on Channel 7, discussing SIDS and Kids, Qld.

SIDS and Kids Qld is a charity both Alex and I feel strongly about having four young children of our own. We were only more than willing to help when SIDS and Kids approached us for the black and white still images that have been used on the commercial.

Starlight Foundation 5 Chefs Gala Dinner, Sofitel Brisbane.

In June, Savvy Studios had the opportunity to support one of their favourite charities, The Starlight Foundation.

The 5 Chefs Gala Ball had humble beginnings many years ago as a fundraising dinner and has grown into a premier event on the Brisbane social calendar. This year's dinner was held at The Sofitel and the dishes presented were simply delectable. Alex had the honour of spending time with some of the Starlight families as they visited the chefs in their kitchens in the lead up to the day.

The Brisbane and Gold Coast chefs who so generously gave their time for the cause were:

David Pugh of Restaurant II
Patrice Falantin of Sofitel
Paul McGiven of Restaurant Manx
Javier Codina of Gianni Portside
Tony Percuoco of Restaurant Fellini

Children's Portrait Shoot - Powerhouse, New Farm, Brisbane

In May, Alex headed out to a children's portrait shoot. Sometimes it can be difficult shooting just one child at a time but this sitting included four cousins all at once.

Alex had a great afternoon of shooting and captured these candid images of some very active children.

Alex and Alicia Tie the Knot! So Who Do the Photographers Use When They Walk Down the Aisle?

The big news here at Savvy Studios was our very own wedding on April 26th. Naturally the first question that people asked when they found out we were getting married was, "So who's taking your photos?"

The answer was easy. Our good friends Ben and Justine Rugers at XSiGHT Photography in Brisbane were the first people we called when we decided on a date. The second person was our chosen celebrant, the always wonderful Anne Campbell. We were delighted that they were both available for the date.

Alex and I are in the fortunate position as photographers to see all the ins and outs of so many wedding days and as such, our decision making was all relatively smooth sailing. I was originally going to go with a more 'affordable' wedding dress but stumbled across a Bella Donna dress by Wendy Makin and fell in love. A group of my friends all pitched in and paid for half for me as a very generous gift. Alex decided to look to his heritage when deciding on his attire and went with a kilt from Highland House.

Some time ago when Savvy Studios exhibited at an expo, we found ourselves sitting opposite a stand for handmade dress jewellery and I loved all the individual pieces that were on display. I knew exactly what wanted to go with my dress and contacted Leonie from She Shimmers who was able to make up just what I was after and it was perfect in every way. I found my shoes online at Designer Shoes; American suppliers but the same as Aussie sizing. Prompt delivery and a beautiful product. Then I went with a birdcage veil and fascinator from It was all coming up perfect but was topped of with stunning tulips from Bouquets with Bling.

What was special for me was that my hair was styled by my father, Ross Adams, who is a lady's hairdresser and was an international award winning hairdresser, 'back in the day'. Not many girls can say they had their dad style their hair for their wedding. My make-up was from my gorgeous maid of honour, Paula from Humankind Face + Body.

Our wedding was held out on the point at Cleveland and we couldn't have asked for a better day to celebrate with such amazing people around us. After our cocktail lunch reception, (and some delicious cupcakes from Deb at Couture Cupcakes, who came to the rescue with only days left until the wedding), we headed off to the Crowne Plaza on the Gold Coast to start our location photos. After some shots in the hotel and racing the light, we headed to the Spit for our final location shots and our Trash the Dress session.

We had an incredible day and it wouldn't have been the same without such wonderful and talented people and amazing friends to help us out every step of the way. A huge thank you must go out to Ben and Justine from XSiGHT who had to put up with two photographers who weren't too keen on getting in front of the cameras. Even so, the Brisbane XSiGHT team captured some great images.

Photos courtesy of XSiGHT Brisbane

So much has happened! Time to catch up - Brisbane Maternity Photography

Things have been hectic here at Savvy Studios over the last couple of months, but we'd love to show you some bits and pieces of just what we've been up to.

A little while ago we shot an in studio maternity session for the lovely Kristin and Geoff and it was followed up just a couple of weeks later with a newborn session for their gorgeous little son, Oroton.

One of Kristin's maternity images was entered into the Qld Professional Photography awards in April, where it was awarded a Silver in the Portrait Category. This was followed up in the Australian Professional Photography Awards in Sydney earning a half merit point.