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How to include dogs in your engagement session | Launceston Photographer

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Couples session with Launceston Photographer

We all know that most people see their dogs as part of their family, so it’s only natural that they would be included in the engagement session. Let’s talk about a few things to consider while you plan your couples session.

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location

Before choosing your location, think about your dog and it’s personality. maybe your dog is a little more anxious, you then might want to consider having pictures at home. If you are going elsewhere, you need to make sure it is dog friendly. Consider your dogs personality too. If your dog gets distracted easily, it may be challenging to have photos taken in a busy park. Timing is important here too. If your dog is well socialised a busy area wont be a problem.

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Preparation

You might want to bathe and brush your dog before the shoot. You may need to take your dog for a long walk or have a game of fetch before the shoot to help your dog relax and not be so full of energy.

A well trained dog is much easier to photograph than one who is not. Practice to sit, lie down and stay leading up to the session. Even if your dog is not a master of these commands, it will help if your dog has a general idea of what they mean.

Bring water, a leash, treats, poop bags and maybe your pets favourite toy. Squeaky toys are always a good way to get dogs attention.

If it’s possible, bring a friend to take care of your dog while we take some romantic shots.

launceston couples photography
launceston couples photography

Have fun :) This might be obvious, but remember the goal is to capture your love and personality as a couple and your dog. Don’t be afraid to be silly and let loose.

launceston couples session with dog
launceston couples session with dog

Autumn Wedding At Wines For Joanie | Tasmanian Wedding Photographer

Autumn Wedding At Wines For Joanie

Tasmanian wedding photographer

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Summer is a busy time for weddings, but have you considered having an autumn wedding? With all those beautiful natural colours on display. Everything about this season is just perfect for photo opportunities. I’m so lucky to be a Tasmanian photographer.

Let me tell you a few reasons why you might consider an autumn wedding.

  • All those vibrant reds, oranges and golds within the trees, gardens and vineyards make for some stunning backdrops in your photos, and they can add magic and romance to any wedding.

  • The sun is not so harsh, making the perfect light for your photographer and videographer when you're walking down the aisle and when it comes time for portraits. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying golden hour. These images are ones you’ll want to treasure for the rest of your life, why not pick the time of the year that’s likely to give you the best possible setting?

  • The cooler temperature makes for your outdoor wedding more comfortable for you and your guests. I know you might be thinking higher chance of rain. But anytime you plan a wedding, you should always have a bad weather plan.

  • Can’t forget to mention the seasonal produce is amazing.

  • Both you and your husband-to-be will be much cooler in your wedding attire, since some of those wedding dresses can come with a lot of layers. There will be a lot less sweating going on and no melting makeup.

  • You might even save money on venues, as it’s just after peek season.

  • It can be much easier to book your photographer, venue, caterer, and florist for an autumn wedding versus a summer wedding. 

  • Romantic evening, drink in hand, cuddled up by an open fire.

Hopefully I’ve convinced you that an autumn wedding is an awesome idea. You can see what I mean with the pictures from Casey and Spencers wedding.

6 Tips To Feel Confidence On Your Wedding Day | Tasmanian Wedding Photographer

6 Tips To Feel Confidence On Your Wedding Day

Tasmanian Wedding Photographer

One of my biggest fears as a wedding photographer is my bride’s not liking their photos. Over the years when I’ve talked to brides about their wedding pictures, they say they hate them and the photographer gets the blame. Often it’s not the photographer’s fault and the pictures are in fact beautiful and represent the day perfectly. Now sometimes this is not the case, and that’s why choosing the right photographer is important. It’s the photographer job to help the bride and groom feel and look comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable to start with, it betrays in the pictures. But that’s a whole other post.

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What I really hear is brides are not happy with themselves and how they look. We are our own worst enemy. We are so critical and downright mean to ourselves. I know this because I do it too and hated my wedding pictures. I would just look at myself and pick out all the things I hated. I hadn’t lost the weight I wanted too, my boobs look funny, double chin… I went on and on. But now when I look at my wedding pictures I love them more and more. I’ve learned to look beyond how I looked. It’s really how I felt and what that day meant. I’ve also done a lot of self-love work over the past few years. That’s how I looked, that’s me, the body I had at that moment on my wedding day and it was a special day.

I want you to love your wedding pictures the moment you view your wedding gallery. You should feel good about yourself on the inside and out. Let’s take the pressure off yourself in the run up to your wedding day, with these motivational tips so you will look and feel confident the day you say your vows and beyond.

Love the camera

So there are a few things we can do to help and the first is having a couples session. Love story sessions are what I like to call them. These can work really well to remove the fear of being photographed on the day of your wedding and not only that we develop more of a friendship and get to meet in person. I really think this makes a huge difference, and that’s why these sessions are complimentary in my wedding package. 

The way I approach my couple’s sessions is to give my couples a simple exercise to do, by doing this it focuses them on each other rather than the camera. I encourage my couples to enjoy each other’s company and it’s the in-between moment I’m looking for. You can find some sessions here.

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Learn to be happy for who you are

If you hate all pictures of yourself and the reason for this is that you have a negative self-image, practice self-love. Believe in yourself! stop! doubting! You know it doesn’t matter which shape or size you are, just believe in yourself, you will look fabulous and feel fabulous. Recognise how truly lucky you are to have found the man of your dreams and he loves you for who you are all the lumps, bumps and wobbly bits.

Start every day by looking in the mirror and only say beautiful things. Having a couple’s session is a great time to practice only picking out what you love about yourself in the pictures. 


Don’t go on a diet and stop weighing yourself

I hear so much talk about diets. But I don’t want you to go down that track. I want you to develop good eating habits, this is so valuable to your mental and physical health. You want to be full of energy, serenity, and happiness.

As a nutrition and health coach, I strongly believe diets are the enemy and they only leave you with more problems, guilt, low self-esteem, low energy, and binge eating. Instead of starting a new diet on Monday, think about ways you can include more veggies, cutting back on processed foods. Don’t focus on the things you shouldn’t eat, but more on the foods you should eat and like to eat. The more you think about how bad that doughnut is and you can’t have it, you will end up eating that doughnut and more.

As for scales, they will not tell you how beautiful, amazing and wonderful you are. They will never show you how loved you are by family, friends and future husband. NO, THEY WILL NOT! GET rid of them! Body confidence comes from within. Enjoy the lead up to your wedding and wedding day, you are awesome just how you are!

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Improve your self-care routine

Finding time for self-care can be hard but so so important, by scheduling in a NONE negotiable you time is such a huge investment and never a waste of time. Start off small, like a body brush before jumping in the shower, while saying positive affirmations (like how amazing your legs are and you are excited to walk them down the aisle) maybe you start off with thinking of one gratitude before you go to bed. Or you make sure you have that big drink of water in the morning. Then when you’re ready you can move onto bigger things like a hike or yoga.

It’s like a domino effect, the more kind things you do for yourself the better you feel and the more you want to include self-care, and the next thing you know it's a daily habit and a way of life. 

Find a dress that fits your amazing body

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It’s amazing what a well-fitting dress can do to boost your confidence. You want a dress which looks and feels amazing and that starts with buying one which fits you. Should your dress need taking in before the day, then you can find a seamstress to do that. Or find a seamstress that does custom designs. I in fact know the perfect person. Denise loves doing custom designs. You can find here.

Don’t put off buying your wedding dress until you have achieved your dream body. Yes, a wedding can be a great motivator but let’s face it bodies don’t change in a flash and as I spoke about earlier planning your perfect diet will probably stop your progress towards your weight loss goals. So start with choosing the right dress that fits you perfectly, one that makes you feel radiant in the skin you’re in.

Remember, we are replacing negative thoughts with positive ones. Measurements are only tools not a title of your worth.

Stand tall and breath

I know this might sound weird, but we forget to do these two things with intention. Standing tall can impact how we feel about ourselves. And don’t forget to breathe. Breathing in deeply helps to relax you, so a great thing to practice doing to help calm the wedding day nerves is to take deep breaths. Breath in, count to 5, hold for 2 and do this a few times. I love including essential oils while I do this too. I good one to start with would be Lavender, lavender is famous for it’s calming capabilities. It’s restorative and stable, this oil can help with anything from sleepless nights to irritability.

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Shoot for myself summer project - Launceston photographer

Over the summer i decided to take a break from the business side of my photography. One - when the kids are around it makes it harder to find the time. Two - I really wanted to give them a fun summer and spend as much time with them. This was my youngest childs last summer before he started school and felt like it was something that I had to do, and hey it was only 6 weeks left to freedom (well 3 days anyway) Three - I really just wanted to find my voice in my photography and not be shooting what I thought I needed to do for clients. This was resulting in an inconsistency in my work, mostly in my editing.

I haven't included all the images I took over the summer, just my favourites from each session. This was such a freeing project and I learnt a lot about myself. There is so much to think about while taking a photo, the direction and quality of light, the composition, the focal length, aperture, shutter speed, movement of the subject and so on.  Putting these things all together that creates a perfect image.  It is the emotion, the beauty of the image that makes the perfection piece,  do you embrace imperfections of, noise, blur, lens flare, composition that cuts part of the subject out of the frame, over-exposure or under-exposure, and other flaws or does moment trump all?

I ended up picking up my camera a lot more  and have a great creative documentation of our summer and I have found a editing style that I love, not what I think people will want, but what I want.

Follow the link to my Shooting for myself summer project here

As a result I also discovered that ultimately I just want to document my family and wouldn't it be fun to help others learn how to do this. People who want to capture their family creatively. I think we have got lost with cameras being on our phones and the selfie world. Our pictures are lacking meaning and soul. Your phone is not a camera. Print your photos. Eventually those digitals will be gone forever.

I want to help people learn how to do this. Because I'm sure you have realise its not as easy as going out and buying a good camera and miraculously your pictures are better. It takes time and a lot of practice.

Its hard to learn how to use that big fancy camera and find local photography workshops. So with the help of a photographer friend we have developed our first basic photography workshop. Hopefully this will be the first of many.

Check out the link here to find out more about my basic photography workshop. Stories through your lens, documenting your family through photography.