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Why personal photography really matters

A funny thing happened to me when I started getting paid for photography.  The more I focused on my business and how to pay the bills the further I seemed to move away from my personal work. Most of the time it just ranked pretty low compared to making a living.  I’ve since discovered that […]

Five tips for more inspired travel photography

Travel often has such a rejuvenating effect on the mind, and being away from our normal surroundings can force the mind to slow down enough to be truly immersed in, and therefore truly see, another place. I’ve also found that travel can be a great remedy […]

Photography from the Aztecs Exhibition

Last week I visited the Aztecs Exhibition at the Australian Museum, Sydney. Although not a free exhibition, it was worth every cent to be standing face to face with such awe  inspiring pieces from 500 years ago. Flash was not allowed, so I needed to […]

Tips to recover your creative voice

Recently, I had a nasty case of laryngitis, which left me unable to speak for four days. Although I was glad to be a source of entertainment for my husband and sister, who found our phone conversations amusing, what struck me most was just how little […]

Simple tips for baby portraits at home

Baby photography can be quite challenging at the best of times, however once you understand some of the basics, the only limit will be your imagination. Here are some simple tips to get started: Timing is everything Choose a time of day which is good for […]

An afternoon at the beach – slow shutter speed

The other day I spent a lovely afternoon at the beach photographing my niece. As she somersaulted across the beach, I had lots of fun playing with different shutter speeds. In my photography courses I’m often teaching students how to get a sharp shot, but […]

Adding emotional impact to your portraits

If you’ve ever taken what you thought was a great photo, only to discover that a poor expression ruined your shot, you’ll understand why emotion can make or break a portrait. There are many different aspects to taking a good portrait, such as lighting, posing, composition, and camera settings to name a few, […]

10 Tips for better Autumn photos

With such a visual feast of yellows, oranges and reds, it’s tempting to think it’s easy to create stunning photos in autumn.  However, from my experience gorgeous autumn scenes don’t always translate into amazing photos.  Below you’ll find 10 tips to help improve your photography as you venture into the outdoors this autumn. 1)  […]

Creatively composing with colour

Although painting and photography may seem worlds apart, many of the principles of colour which are used in art, can be applied to photography with some eye catching results! Opposite colours Also known as complementary colours, the use of these colours in your images will attract the eye, helping […]

What everyone should know about being a photographer

Picture this … you’re at a wedding, photographing a beautiful bride as she walks down the aisle, when suddenly your camera fails!  All the excitement of the day comes crashing down around you, you feel like you’re in one of those nightmares, where you can’t move and everything’s happening in slow motion. Back when I was photographing weddings, […]