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Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned photographer, you'll find something here to help your photography grow! Guides, reviews, behind the scenes & easy to follow tutorials.

PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS

Don’t say Cheese! – How to get real smiles for the camera!

Capturing natural smiles! Make it fun – not cheesy! One of the questions I’m asked most as a professional family photographer is just how do I manage to capture natural smiles?  You’d think something we all do naturally shouldn’t be that hard, but let's face it – it...

The beginners guide to shutter speed

Part Three of our series on exposure Part one: good exposure and how to recognise it. Part two:  the magic of balance and the exposure triangle Now we now how to recognise good exposure, just how does our camera capture just the right balance of light in our photo?...

Sensational sunset portraits made easy

Remember that time you and your family were down at the beach, local park or back deck with the panorama vista?  It was the end of a gorgeous day, everyone was happy and relaxed AND as if in recognition of your amazing day, the sky puts on the show of it's life!  The...

The magic of balance and the exposure triangle

Part two of our series of posts on exposure Part one: good exposure and how to recognise it. Now we now how to recognise good exposure, just how does our camera capture just the right balance of light in our photo?  Of all the many buttons, dials and knobs on our...

JPEG or RAW | How to choose the right file type for you!

You've finally got yourself the fancy new camera you've always lusted over and you're sitting at the kitchen table, cup of coffee in one hand, the manual in the other and your camera at the ready.  As well as skimming over a bunch of new words and concepts that make...

The only FIVE things you need to get started in photography

Have you always wanted to learn photography but keep putting it off until you can afford the gear?  You'd be surprised at how little you really need as a beginner photographer.  Sure, once you "catch the bug" it can get expensive, gear envy can be catching and it can...

FAMILY & CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

Top 5 tips for photographing toddlers

My day job is a full-time professional family photographer and most of the families I photograph have at least one toddler, so photographing toddlers is something I'm a bit of an expert on.  Just the idea of toddler photography can make some people break out in a cold...

Don’t say Cheese! – How to get real smiles for the camera!

Capturing natural smiles! Make it fun – not cheesy! One of the questions I’m asked most as a professional family photographer is just how do I manage to capture natural smiles?  You’d think something we all do naturally shouldn’t be that hard, but let's face it – it...

LOVELY LIGHT LESSONS

The beginners guide to shutter speed

Part Three of our series on exposure Part one: good exposure and how to recognise it. Part two:  the magic of balance and the exposure triangle Now we now how to recognise good exposure, just how does our camera capture just the right balance of light in our photo?...

Sensational sunset portraits made easy

Remember that time you and your family were down at the beach, local park or back deck with the panorama vista?  It was the end of a gorgeous day, everyone was happy and relaxed AND as if in recognition of your amazing day, the sky puts on the show of it's life!  The...

The magic of balance and the exposure triangle

Part two of our series of posts on exposure Part one: good exposure and how to recognise it. Now we now how to recognise good exposure, just how does our camera capture just the right balance of light in our photo?  Of all the many buttons, dials and knobs on our...

Good exposure and how to recognise it

Part one of our series of posts on exposure Imagine that you'd never ever eaten pizza, you didn't really know what it looked like.  You had a vague idea it might involve cheese, but you really don't know if it had tomato or involved some sort of bread.  Even if you...

PORTAIT TIPS

Top 5 tips for photographing toddlers

My day job is a full-time professional family photographer and most of the families I photograph have at least one toddler, so photographing toddlers is something I'm a bit of an expert on.  Just the idea of toddler photography can make some people break out in a cold...

Don’t say Cheese! – How to get real smiles for the camera!

Capturing natural smiles! Make it fun – not cheesy! One of the questions I’m asked most as a professional family photographer is just how do I manage to capture natural smiles?  You’d think something we all do naturally shouldn’t be that hard, but let's face it – it...

BEHIND THE SCENES

GEAR GUIDES & REVIEWS

The best way to print your instagram photos

The easiest way to print your Instagram photos If you've read my blog for a while, you'll know that I am really passionate about capturing gorgeous images of your family.  Like really passionate!  But what you may not have picked up on yet, is that I am just as...

Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The ultimate practical family portrait photographers review The wait is over! Canon have announced the 5D Mark IV, the successor to the hugely popular Canon EOS 5D Mark III.  I confess to purchasing my Mark III the day it was released (2nd March 2012), making my...

JPEG or RAW | How to choose the right file type for you!

You've finally got yourself the fancy new camera you've always lusted over and you're sitting at the kitchen table, cup of coffee in one hand, the manual in the other and your camera at the ready.  As well as skimming over a bunch of new words and concepts that make...

The only FIVE things you need to get started in photography

Have you always wanted to learn photography but keep putting it off until you can afford the gear?  You'd be surprised at how little you really need as a beginner photographer.  Sure, once you "catch the bug" it can get expensive, gear envy can be catching and it can...

A Mum’s guide to buying your first DSLR

Christmas is coming and you're thinking of finally splashing out on a fancy camera.  You start looking around online, looking in a few shops and it doesn’t take long to realise there are more cameras to choose from than dishes at your local Chinese!  How on earth do...