A newborn & family photography workshop for photographers of all levels // Melbourne, 2018.
After two successful Illuminate retreats & requests for group newborn workshops, I am now excited to announce I will be hosting my first workshop in the beautiful city of Melbourne in early September 2018. This workshop has been created to develop the skills of photographers who work in the newborn field. Whether that be your shooting technique, your workflow or building on your business.
What will we cover?
Over the course of a full day photographers will be treated to a jam packed schedule where all aspects of newborn photography & business will be looked at. Beginning with a live photography demo, we will focus on light, technique and natural posing. This will be closely followed by workshopping workflow, editing techniques and structures. After a lunch break, attendees will workshop their marketing strategies and delve into productivity and time management.
This workshop is perfect for photographers at any level in their newborn photography career journey. It will however be strictly limited to only 10 attendees to ensure all are able to ask questions openly and share information without feeling overwhelmed or overcrowded.
Due to my schedule, unfortunately there is only an opportunity for one workshop in Melbourne for this year. Therefore, to apply for this workshop, please fill out the form below as soon as possible. You will be contacted shortly with further information regarding schedule & securing your booking with a deposit & contract.
Female Model: Stephanie Skordas
Male Model: Alex Carsiotis
Co-ordinators/stylists: Elly & Elm Events
Hair: Ashleigh Waring
Make-up: Courtney Evans
Floral Design: Blossom & Lace
Videography: Alexander Possingham
Cushions: Bandhini Homeware Design
Glass Candlesticks: Tantra Mirrors
Zoop Beige Jute and Leather Rug: La Grolla
Icelandic Sheepskin: Flaxfield Linen
When I was first 'starting out' in photography, I used to style my own shoots for fun. My friends and I would pick out pretty faces, source clothing from boutiques around Adelaide, and travel to a location spend the afternoon shooting somewhere. Those photographs are actually still pinned to my bedroom wall, because god, they were some good times. Those photographs also serve as a daily reminder that this began as a hobby for me and it's where my heart is. I didn't set out to make a photography a career, I fell in love with it. That's incredibly cliche, especially for 2pm in the afternoon, but it's true all the same.
This leads me to a point, I promise. What I'm focusing on at the moment, is keeping the hobby aspect alive. I want to allow myself the time to photograph for fun, no matter how hectic things become. I want to allow time to fall deeper and deeper.
After Wednesday's shoot, I felt so completely invigorated and alive. I couldn't sleep that night or the night after. Every time I'd wake, I'd think of the photographs and I'd want to keep working. I'm a 8 hours-a-night sleeper, so this has taken it's toll but you know what? I am fine, I am so happy. I'll take the clumsiness & fogginess that comes with lack of sleep any day of the week if it means I feel as alight as I do after shooting something like this.
My deepest thanks to Anastasia & Caroline from Elly & Elm for bringing this shoot to life. Just before I went to Japan, I texted Anastasia a photograph I saw and loved. I said: "can we make this" and honestly, that's all I had to say. When I came home, it was done. These women are incredibly creative and hardworking. They have an eye for detail that I have yet to see anywhere else.
Thank you to Steph & Alex for volunteering your time to model for us. You were brilliant and I adore you both. And finally, thank you to our other talented vendors for your services. I have so much love for everyone, I feel like I might burst if I don't write it out here. So thank you!
Disclaimer: these photographs were snapped again by clever Arky. This time I did take my gear with me, but for the purpose of doing this shoot. As much as I would have liked to carry around my gear and shoot, when Arky has his little Fuji, it's too easy to leave mine at the apartment. Arky, get your own blog, now.
We spent a lot of this trip eating and shopping. But that's what I do in every city. However, Melbourne has this appeal. It's sneaky and special. It empties your wallet and triples your stomach size. You see, we like to eat brunch out every single day (in my opinion, the greatest part of travelling anywhere) at places like Three Bags Full & The Kettle Black. Forget Top Paddock for goodness sakes. Move on, people! The Kettle Black is owned by the same people, has the same hotcake (don't tell me you don't know the one) but does not have the line or hype, which in my opinion is one big fat plus. It was at Kettle Black where I ordered a magical chia pudding and all I need to tell you is that I would probably fly back for it. Maybe. For a quick and incredibly cheap breakfast, brunch and/or lunch stop off at Rustica Sourdough on Brunswick street. You can buy a loaf and use their toasting station to eat right there in the little cafe! You even get a choice of condiments! We bought their olive & basil loaf and it fed the three of us lunch for $6.80. It also fed me the enjoyment of such a supremely cute novelty. Someone bring this to Adelaide for me?
We spent a few days shopping, and it was on this trip we realised we all share the common trait of being "enablers" which was/is incredibly dangerous. "Buy it, it looks good on you," "treat yourself" "just do it" - and so on. Needless to say, I am very poor now. After emptying our wallets, we head to the rooftop of Curtin House and eat the tastiest vegetarian burger and sweet potato fries. If you haven't been, please go. Worth it alone for the views of Melbourne city. We also adore Brunswick street and it's many haunts. For the lovers of Art, make sure you head to the National Gallery of Victoria. At the moment they are exhibiting Andy Warhol/Ai Wei Wei and it's unreal. If you're in Melbourne before the end of April, go and allow the whole day. The Museum of Moving Image is also a fun way to spend the afternoon but we didn't get there this time around. Nor did we check out a ballet, despite that being one of my favourite things to do in Melb-town.
Our apartment was huge and beautiful, and if you're looking for somewhere to stay with a couple of people, let me know and I'll pass on the name. It also happened to be next door to the most delicious cup of almond milk coffee one can consume. I hate almond milk coffee so please know that this is a huge statement for me.
Finally, of all the places one can head for dinner, my departing tip is: dine at Chin Chin. More than once if you can. Go early, order to share, try all the cocktails and enjoy the Michael Jackson playlist. Maybe I wouldn't fly back to Melbourne for the chia pudding, but I sure as hell would to eat at Chin Chin.
See you again soon Melb X
Heidi has always been a huge inspiration to me. She's a very clever dietician who resides on the glorious Mornington Peninsula in Victoria. If you're not familiar with her blog already, I suggest you go check it out here and make her spelt banana bread immediately. And her granola. And her porridge. Last week we got the chance to meet over some yummy food and a small portraiture session centred around her six month old bubba, Joan.
After a beautiful breakfast at Three Bags Full in Abbotsford, Heidi, Joan & I headed across the street to take some snaps. Thankfully, Ben was also able to join us part way through. What I love most about these photographs is that the love between these three is so plain to see. And what's even better is that we have been able to preserve that in a number of still frames which they will all grow to cherish in the years to come. Photography is marvellous. Love is marvellous. It's been a beautiful week.
I will be returning to Melbourne in April (around the 16th-20th) & will have limited spots available for family sessions. If you would like to book a spot, please contact me as soon as possible.