You are Beautiful – A Special Gift

July last year I received a call from a very sweet man, Paul, a husband looking for the perfect gift to give his wife.   Paul told me his wife had done a glamour shoot for her 40th.  He thought it was a great idea to gift her another glamour shoot for her 60th, a personalised gift voucher for our You are Beautiful photoshoot experience.

As time went by in July I kept on waiting for the call from her to book in, nothing happened.  Month after month went by and still no call.  Fast forward to January this year, the phone rang … Hi it’s Cheryl here ….  Woo Hoo, finally the call I was waiting for.  Cheryl was excited and was ringing to book in for the shoot.  She was sorry it couldn’t have been earlier.   She had been so busy travelling after her birthday that time had slipped away.  We settled on a date and confirmed with my trusted and preferred Make up Artist (Morgan from Morgan Leigh Makeup Artistry) that she was available.

On meeting Cheryl in person I quickly discovered what a wonderful and bubbly lady she is.  Cheryl has a laugh that is infectious.  Her stories about her life, family, travel and girlfriends are captivating.  This is a true lady who lives life to the fullest and makes every day count.

On her 60th Birthday they had a party with a dress up theme of “Bollywood”.  Let me share with you it’s not the first dress up party she has attended.  It seems to be a normal occurrence in her life (and Im not just talking about finding something ok from the wardrobe that will do, Im talking full 100% commitment).   She had bought in the outfit that she wore to the party and asked if this could be one of the looks for the day, of course I said yes … let’s do that one last.

Cheryl loves her scarves and I think she has over 100 different ones in her wardrobe. Cheryl bought a small selection to our shoot, all colourful and co-ordinated with her outfits.  Although taking Beautiful photos of Cheryl is my job, it didn’t feel like it, we were laughing often and during make up “touch ups” listening to her travel and learning about her life, it was an absolute joy, I honestly feel that the universe had given me this gift and not the other way around.

Bollywood – Cheryl Style

After a couple of weeks, we met again so I could present her photos, let me tell you it was hard to narrow down just to the favourites.  Cheryl was beyond delighted with the results and chose 7 must have photos for printing.   Our time together went so quickly, I am grateful to leave her with beautiful photos of a beautiful lady and more great memories for her to cherish.

Until next week.

Kassy.

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Model – Location Shoot continued

In early February I blogged a very hot day in Brisbane shooting models represented by Mystique Model Management on location at the Brisbane Botantical Gardens and QUT and introduced you to one of the models, Holly, with a promise to introduce you to more of the other models from the day in the near future.

This week I continue with my second model shoot from the day with the all so fabulous and stunning, Kris Louise.  Now I am not a stranger to Kris as we have worked together before with a more casual photoshoot in my studio back in 2013.  This time I get to shoot Kris in Couture fashion supplied by Niki Teljega – Fashion Label and hair and makeup by Amy Cannon.

The first outfit is a floor length black gown with sheer openings that from the waist down has an abundance of flowing fabric that is to die for.  For this outfit I decided to take Kris over to into the QUT building area.  Using a mixture of the sandstone pillars and the buildings as our backdrop we went to work.

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I had the added bonus that Kris had a very close male friend along for the day who was dressed in a suit and happy to step in and complete the picture (pun intended 😉 ) I mean, who doesn’t want a hansome man to hold when dressed to kill.

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Kris second outfit was a figure hugging jumpsuit with a plunging neckline.  This jumpsuit looked like is was made just for Kris, the fit was perfect, showing off her killer body in all the right places.  With the permission of the cafe within the QUT campus we used the tables and chairs as our backdrop.  After all a jumpsuit is a perfect outfit for coffee with the girls or a lunch date with your man.

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A little more about Kris: When I first met Kris she was knee deep in studying her Bachelor of Nursing and since then as at the end of 2014 completed that and a Bachelor of Paramedic Science as well and has now secured a dream job in her chosen field on the Gold Coast.

It’s great to have Kris back home on the Gold Coast allowing me more opportunities to shoot with Kris in the future.

Stay tuned next time I will introduce you to one of the male models from the day, David.

Until next week.

Kassy

Valentine’s Day

If you’ve been waiting for an offer you can’t refuse – you’ve found it!

I’m a hopeless romantic and I want to share the love with a special photography package offer just in time for Valentine’s day.
Now if you’re thinking: Valentine’s Day is only for ‘lovebirds’ who are swept up in the card companies, florists and chocolate makers efforts to exploit one day of the year… that’s perfectly ok with me, I get it!

Truthfully, I have been married for 20 years and we celebrate our love every day, not just on February 14. Valentine’s Day, to me, is a day of love, friendship and celebrating life.

Buy something different this Valentine’s Day – purchase a Glamour Photography Session with Solo Images Photography. Come alone or with something special, be pampered, photographed like you’ve always dreamt and know you’ve invested in a gift you will treasure for life.
So don’t think of it as Valentine’s Day, think of it as the perfect opportunity to have those photos taken of yourself that you keep putting off. You know you want to.

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To take advantage of this special deal and low price, send me an email or give me a call today – I promise that a free set of steak knives is not included in this sales pitch 🙂

There are a limited number of sessions available and offer expires on 14 February 2015.  Sessions can be scheduled up to 2 months after the promotion expiry date.

Until next week.

Kassy

 

What does a You are Beautiful photo session feel like?

I would like to share with you a little about a truly amazing woman I had the pleasure to have in my studio for a full day ‘You are Beautiful’ photography session.

Meet Bailey, a wife and mother of 4 children, the eldest is age 12.  Bailey met her husband in High School about 15 years ago.  They fell in love and the rest, as the saying goes, is history! Now if you think that having 4 children and a husband is enough to keep anyone busy, add in a full time career in the very busy corporate world and you start to get a picture of how much of a super woman Bailey is.

Bailey’s friends describe her as a very generous person, hard working, a loving wife and mother and someone who never stops to consider her needs above those of her family and friends.  It was Bailey’s friends who encouraged her to take some time out for herself and book a ‘You are Beautiful’ photography session.

Bailey arrived at the studio at 10am and although nervous she was ready for a day that was ‘all about her’.  After a consultation regarding our wardrobe selections for the photography shoot, my hair and make up artist and stylist, Tami from Tami Perrin Hair & Makeup (also Dr Dread) transformed the ‘everyday Bailey’ into a much more ‘glamour Bailey’ giving her the ‘You are Beautiful’ – 5 star make-over treatment.

We were now ready to shoot.  Both Tami and I agreed that Bailey looks sensational however Bailey’s nerves were getting the better of her (remember, this is something she has never done before) and she was feeling a little anxious.  We decided a little ‘dutch courage’ was needed (translation: a small glass of champagne and a good old fashioned pep talk from me) . I’m not sure which one did the trick, Bailey now appeared relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera as she put her trust in my ‘You are Beautiful’ experience.

You are Beautiful - Bailey

You are Beautiful – Bailey

You are Beautiful

You are Beautiful

A couple of outfit changes and some stunning images later, we took a break for lunch.  It was lovely to unwind, rest, chat and enjoy a cheese and nibble platter in our relaxing lounge area.

After lunch Tami adjusted Bailey’s makeup and styled out her hair with more volume as we headed into our final 2 looks, the ultimate in glamour and cocktail outfits.  Bailey was now well versed on the posing and giving her body a workout that can only be described as Yoga come Pilates, I call it ‘yogalates’, (a workout which Bailey telephoned to thank me for the following day 🙂 ).  By now we were really in the groove and the images shone with personality.

Ultimate Glamour Bailey

Ultimate Glamour
Bailey

Ultimate Glamour with You are Beautiful - Bailey

Ultimate Glamour with
You are Beautiful – Bailey

At the end of the day we got a couple of photos “just for hubby” and then the whole ‘You are Beautiful’ photography session was over.

Before Bailey left, we had a look through the photos and she selected a few front running favourites.  I couldn’t resist and whilst Bailey was driving home, I processed her favourite and texted it to her, thanking her for trusting and sharing herself with me for the day.

This was her reply “Words can’t explain how very pampered and special you made me feel today! I’m so grateful for all the effort you put into me today.” – Bailey it was my absolute pleasure to get to know you and show you what everyone around you already sees – ‘You are Beautiful’

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Bailey – You are Beautiful

No matter who you are or how busy life gets I think we all agree that every woman deserves a little ‘time out’ and pampering now and then.  What better way to do that than with a ‘You are Beautiful’ photography session.  Call me to book today 0421 279 213.   When booking mention this blog and I will give you 10% off your session and a $55 print voucher as my gift  – valid until 31 July 2014 only.

Until next week.

Kassy.

In Front of the Lens – My Glamour session

In March this year I blogged “Exist in photos for your children” after watching Sue Bryce, and got more than I bargained for in the process.

As a women’s glamour photographer I am always behind the lens, taking the shots and guiding women in their posing to get those amazing shots and to help make them feel good about themselves.  Last weekend I chose, a little reluctantly, to put myself in their situation and get in front of the lens.

A photographer and good friend of mine, Vikki, who runs La Dee Dah Portraits agreed to “shoot me”.  Vikki creates these beautiful classic Hollywood glamour style portraits and I really love her work and wanted a photo of me like this.  For those who know me personally know I have lots of internal struggles including weight and self love, so this was extremely nerve raking, but remembering Sue’s comments from March I was determined to push through.

Last Saturday, amongst a group of good friends (who just also happen to be photographers) I got my glam on, with makeup and pampering by Tami of Dr Dread.  Then it was time for Vikki to take over – Wow getting in front of the camera is hard and those poses – yep ok I get it now.  The experience was daunting, I was so nervous every time the camera came up I froze.  In my head I was trying to get the pose down and that just made Vikki’s job a whole lot harder, it was hard to relax and be guided and give that trust to someone else.

Vikki had a tough job.  I was not an easy “client” but in the end she was able to break down the barriers and get some beautiful photos.

Now viewing the photos is a whole other realisation, initial thoughts that run through are, ‘oh my – is my face really that round’,  but then something happens and you overlook all the imperfections and just take in the beauty, of yourself.  For me I never realised how beautiful my eyes, actually seemed to smile.  It took these photos to show me that.

I now know how my clients feel and I appreciate the experience more.  The lesson is to share that trust and to find within yourself the beauty that we all have. “Be your own kind of Beautiful”.  Not just a phrase, but a way of thought.  Be proud of who you are, always.

Thank you Vikki for your time, patience and the beautiful photos.  I am forever grateful. x

Hollywood Glamour

Hollywood Glamour

My Fav Glamour Photo - A much softer side of me

My Fav Glamour Photo – A much softer side of me

Until next week.

Kassy

Glamour Photography

A few weeks ago I came home with some great fashion buys after a morning of shopping.  I picked up this stunning black and silver dress that was straight then at the bottom it flared out, it was something a flamingo dancer might wear.  This got my creative juices flowing for another glamour photoshoot.

I specifically wanted a woman with red hair as I knew the contrast of the red hair with the black dress would be a stunning combination and would fit to my vision that was swirling around in my head.  I wanted natural glamour makeup with soft curled hair and some flowers in the hair to add a high fashion element to the shoot.

My model chosen for this shoot is from Mystique Model Management, her name is Heather Borck and she fits my vision perfectly.  This is my first time working with Heather and I found her very professional as well as warm and friendly.

To complete the creative team I needed a talented and experienced hair and make up artist, Morgan Leigh who runs Morgan Leigh Makeup Artistry.  Morgan and I have previously worked together and I found Morgan’s work of high standard and she is very experienced and knowledgeable, actually Morgan is currently studying for a Diploma of Cinemagraphic Makeup to increase and take her skills to a new level.

Before we start I discuss clothing, hair and make up options with the team – decide on our way forward and then Morgan takes control and “glams” up Heather for our shoot, this experience is very relaxing and I am sure Heather is feeling comfortable whilst undergoing the full treatment.

When finished Heather’s natural beauty has been enhanced and I just can’t wait to get her in front of the camera and watch the magic happen and bring my vision to life.  This is where I feel alive, inspired and very much at home.  I know I am born to do this – Glamour Photography

Here are some of my favourite shots from our day

The stunning Heather Borck HMUA: Morgan Leigh Photographer: Kassy Solomon

The stunning Heather Borck
HMUA: Morgan Leigh
Photographer: Kassy Solomon

Thank you Heather and Morgan it was a pleasure to work with you both and enjoyed our time together.  I also must thank David of Mystique Models for organising such a wonderful person for me.  Heather – You are Beautiful 🙂

Find Heather at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Heather-Borck-Model/553983788024282

Find Morgan at https://www.facebook.com/MorganLeighMakeupArtistry )

Until next week.

Kassy.

My top 5 things to do for Valentine’s Day

So if you are like me Valentine’s Day is one of those days that has never been big in my world but it can be a fun celebration of love if you are creative, so if you have missed the boat today and are still in need of a gift for your partner I have put together my top 5 creative ideas for you.

 Number 5

14 reasons I love you.

This can be achieved in many ways depending on your creative mind.  You could write them down on separate pieces of paper and put into a jar, you could write them as a poem or you could even hide them all through the house for your partner to find.

Number 4

Make a Mixed Tape

Might not sound creative but bring this idea into the 21st Century and head into itunes and put together a love collection “tape”, download to your partner’s phone/ipad or ipod and send her a message to say open the love collection.

Number 3

Send her to heaven

This one is purely for the ladies and boys no – it’s not what you are thinking.  Clean down the bath, grab the bubble bath, candles and a glass of wine and have a nice hot relaxing bubble bath waiting for her when she comes home.  If you are lucky boys it might turn into what you were thinking.

Number 2

A night in Paris (At home)

Decorate the dinner table using a special place as a theme (in my case it would be Paris) cook a lovely dinner, grab a bottle of wine and treat her to a romantic home cooked meal made with Love.

Number 1

If all else fails …

Spoil your partner rotten and do all four above (just kidding) seriously if all else fails and you can’t do any of the above my number one pick would be to buy her a gift voucher from Solo Images Photography for a glamour photo session.  She will be pampered and glamorised and love you forever.

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day

Until next week.

Kassy.