As the Sun starts to set on 2013

We have officially jumped into December and reached what they call the silly season.

As we wind down 2013 I thought it would be a neat idea this week to share with you some of my highlights and favourite photos from shoots of 2013.

These include: –

  • Photographing my friend and mentor, Sheryn.
  • Launching my new brand “You are Beautiful”.
  • Photographing my first new born session.
  • Taking a candid photo of Sheryn’s daughter Cate that turned out so beautiful just out of camera.
  • Playing around with some friends and having all the kids pose in a bike rack.
  • Learning how to get creative with light and flash.
  • Being part of a creative shoot at Fort Lytton.
  • Adding Maternity photos to my You are Beautiful brand.
  • Having my logo and brand redesigned.
  • Weekly blogging.
Highlights and Favourite Photos of 2013

Highlights and Favourite Photos of 2013

Some Highlights and Favourite photos of 2013

Some Highlights and Favourite photos of 2013

Wow what a year, thanks for sticking with me.  Please share with me your highlights of 2013.

Until next week.

Kassy.

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Always Learning the Craft

As photographers, whether new or seasoned veteran’s, we continue to push the boundaries of our creative flair and are always willing to learn and improve our craft.

The buzz in the photography world at the moment has been centred around the International Loupe Awards, and as I write, the judging is taking place and results are coming through.

From my own point of view there was something this year that held me back from taking the plunge into the award arena, I felt that some of my skills needed more refinement to be up to higher quality award standard.

Really if you think about it, you will never know what that standard is unless you are in that arena and being judged? This is a great debate within the industry, are you a better photographer just because you win an award? Does that make you more appealing to your current and potential clients? Or are you wanting recognition for your talent? Now I am not going to enter into this debate as I am certainly not qualified to judge either way. Is really comes down to a personal decision.

Actually I am very proud to say I know many photographers within my circle that have won awards this week on their very first time entering, with or without the awards, I still love what they do.

Over the last few months I have been pushing the boundaries with some personal projects to create that award standard. I had a creative plan in my head and went and created some photographs during recent shoots, a few photos worked but I see some clear mistakes and they are not quite portraying what was in my head, so I will keep pushing and learning until I feel it is right.

I will finish this weeks blog showing you some of those photos and let you decide for yourself if they are yet of that award standard, you can be my judges.

This is the image I started with.  Raw image with Lightroom processing only

This is the image I started with. Raw image with Lightroom processing only

 

Creative Image Nikon D4 1/250th f4 ISO 320 Lightroom Processing and  Alien Skin softtware added

Creative Image
Nikon D4 1/250th f4 ISO 320
Lightroom Processing and
Alien Skin softtware added

 

This is my start image, converted to Black & White in Lightroom

This is my start image, converted to Black & White in Lightroom

 

Creative Image Nikon D4 1/400th f4.5 ISO 320 Used B&W image and processed with Alien Skin software

Creative Image
Nikon D4 1/400th f4.5 ISO 320
Used B&W image and processed with Alien Skin software

 

Image converted to Black & White in Lightroom

Image converted to Black & White in Lightroom

 

Creative Image Nikon D4 1/400th f4.5 ISO 320 B&W image processed in Alien Skin software

Creative Image
Nikon D4 1/400th f4.5 ISO 320
B&W image processed in Alien Skin software

I must also thank my model Natalie Belbin and MUA Alice Henderson and Tami Perrin of Dr Dread for hairstyle. You girls rocked this day.

Until next week.

Kassy.

Creative Day at Fort Lytton

Last month I had the opportunity to do a creative shoot at the historic Fort Lytton, which is located on the southern bank of the Brisbane River.

Fort Lytton is one of several coastal fortifications built along Australia’s coast in the 19th century to safeguard shipping lanes and ports from possible enemy raids.  From 1881 until the 1930s, Fort Lytton was Brisbane’s front line of defence and is regarded as the birthplace of Queensland’s military history. Regular training camps in military warfare were a highlight of Queensland’s political and social calendar.

Having such a cool location to shoot at gave me such a buzz.  I got to photograph up to 6 people during the day.  One of the models was Lisa Anderson, a model managed by Paramount Model Management.  As I got to know this stunning girl during our shoot I found she has a broad range of talents and experience.

Lisa has been modelling since she was 15 starting out on the runway then progressed into photographic modelling.  Lisa not only works as a model but also as a Retail Assistant and has her own blog as well as being a contributing writer for Fashion Weekly Magazine and this week starting working at The Fashionography as an Fashion Journalist intern.

When I asked Lisa why she chose modelling she said “it is her way of being creative.  She loves being able to adapt to different personalities and personas in each shoot that allow he to express herself in different ways”.

Lisa is clearly passionate and has a finger on the pulse of all things fashion and modelling – look out for this girl, she will be one to watch in the industry and such a pleasure to work with.

Last but certainly not least I can’t forget to mention that Lisa’s hair and makeup for this shoot was by Tami Perrin of Dr Dread a very talented and hardworking make up artist and hairstylist.

Here are some of my favourite photos from our session

Lisa Anderson at Fort Lytton

Lisa Anderson at Fort Lytton

 

Model: Lisa Anderson MUA and Hair: Tami Perrin

Model: Lisa Anderson
MUA and Hair: Tami Perrin

 

Here is one with a different process of Lisa

Here is one with a different process of Lisa

Until next week.

Kassy.

 

For more information about the history and events of Fort Lytton please visit http://www.nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fort-lytton/

For more information about Lisa or to book her for a shoot please visit http://www.paramountmodelsaustralia.com.au/#!lisa/c1o0n

For more information about Tami Perrin or to book Tami please visit her website www.drdread.com.au