Children who Grow up with Family Portraits have an Increased sense of Belonging

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I suppose it’s not really that surprising that growing up and being surrounded with beautiful images of your happy family in a loving home has the ability to make your childhood happier and more wholesome. Studies have shown that children who see themselves in photographs have an increased awareness of their worth in the family as well as a heightened sense of belonging.
 
 
Who among us cannot say that seeing a childhood photo doesn’t fill you full of that warm, fuzzy, sugar-fueled happiness. Mum and Dad looking young and radiant even despite their obviously terrible fashion choices! Thank god the 70s are over!
 
 
Even though Robbie and I are professional photographers, we’ve got photos of our kids everywhere, whether they’re taken on our pro equipment or the first phone we bought that had a camera!! They cover the walls, our fridge, every part of the wall up the staircases I could reach to knock in a nail to hang a frame. We’re so proud of all of them and we hope they know it.
 
 
Who knows, one day these photos will be hung in our grandchildren’s houses, or perhaps lovingly cradled in one of their arms, reminiscing about the “Good Old Days”…..   My thought for you……… ‘THESE’ are the good old days for your children and then their children, make sure you take the time to record them.

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Isn’t it lovely to look back on photos of your parents when they were young, hopelessly in love and carefree… I love to capture those moments in my forever shoots so that one day your children can do the same.

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How to Pick Your Wedding Style – Top 5 Wedding Styles

Vintage Wedding

Vintage style weddings and photography are always in high demand. Think old, classic, romantic. It could be that the entire wedding has a vintage theme, or just the photography (it usually looks best when the two work hand in hand). Much of our award winning wedding photography has been shot in a vintage style – often showcasing gorgeous vintage dresses and cars.

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Escape the concrete jungle and go rural for your big day. Country weddings are beautiful because they are set among nature, in gorgeous open spaces that you don’t always get in the city.

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Glam Wedding
A wedding with wow-factor – that’s what glam is all about! These weddings can be moderately sized or extravagant, but the small details are what make a difference – a bold red lip, some glitz and luxury.

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A destination wedding is perfect for those who want to escape the norm and turn their celebration of love into a holiday. It can be ANYWHERE – somewhere you have never been before or a location that you both hold dear.

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Beach weddings are simply beautiful. There is something so calming and freeing about being by the ocean. They also often have an air of simplicity to them, perfect for couples who don’t align with a big, fancy wedding. FOV_Suzanne and Patrick-01P_VPs_149

 

 

Choosing The Perfect Location – Montsalvat

Montsalvat is one of my favourite locations for all types of shoots. I have captured so much beauty and happiness here over the years.

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Portraits at Montsalvat Eltham

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Portraits at Montsalvat Eltham

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Couple Shoot at Montsalvat Eltham

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Venue – Ballara Receptions

The beautiful wedding of Kat & Theo at Ballara Receptions.

Such a gorgeous venue that we are always happy to visit.

We met Kat & Theo last year at the Ballara Receptions Bridal Expo and they married on the 13th of October this year. The day started with an emotional reveal on the staircase of The Langham, followed by shooting in a few spots throughout the city, and then back to Ballara for the wedding.

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Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

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Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

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Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

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What to Include In Your Wedding “Emergency Kit”

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Years of dreaming and months of preparation for your wedding day often culminates in many moments of stress and anxiety – even though it shouldn’t! It is our mission to make your photography experience as relaxed and seamless as possible, which is why we provide each of our clients with recommendations for their wedding shoot “emergency kit”.

If you want to ensure your wedding day is as enjoyable and relaxed as possible, make sure you pack these items and leave them in a safe, accessible place, like the car.

HOW TO PACK YOUR WEDDING EMERGENCY KIT

The key to any good wedding emergency kit is preparation. It’s no use throwing together random items the night before or day of the wedding – your pack should be ready to go at least a week in advance (and put somewhere that you won’t forget).

Here’s what to include:

  • Hairspray/brush/comb
  • Lipstick
  • Foundation (to cover red noses)
  • Mini multi thread sewing kit (you can buy from Safeway or Coles). Get the colour of the suits, the bridesmaid dresses and OF COURSE the wedding dress!
  • ‘Party feet’ if you think you’ll need – or a change of shoes for locations
  • Bandaids
  • Headache, muscle ache, hay fever, anti nausea etc, tablets
  • Umbrella’s – one for each couple in the bridal party including yourself. White umbrella’s are great for winter or summer – any colour but red!!
  • Lots of water, nibbles, refreshments in an esky
  • Bobby pins/safety pins/hair clips/hair ties
  • Wet ones and bath towel (so the bride can eat in the back of the car)
  • Deoderant. Groom may also like to bring a spare shirt.
  • If your location is at the beach, bring a hand towel to wipe sandy feet

All of these items can be stored in a small toiletries bag and left in the wedding car. We only hope we DON’T have to use them (wow, wouldn’t that be perfect), but we would hate to be stuck without them!!

Having an emergency kit packed and ready to go will save you so much stress and ensure your day runs to plan. Consider this when prepping for your day – over preparation will allow you to “take on” any challenge that comes your way, whereas under preparation is a recipe for disaster.

 

Why Are Family Portraits Good for Your Health?

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By now you should all know how much I love shooting family portraits. The desire to capture precious memories and ensure our loved ones have beautiful photographs to look back on is very near and dear to my heart.

But did you know that family portraits can boost your child’s mental heath?

According to psychologists and experts who have studied it over the years, portrait photography can boost children’s self-esteem. Family photography takes this even further by creating a safe space where children feel like they can be themselves and belong within the family unit.

Family portraits that are displayed on the wall or around the home “have a certainty about them and a protecting quality that nurtures a child. It let’s them know where they are in the pecking order and that they are loved and cared for” explains David Krauss (a psychologist from Cleveland, Ohio) to the Huffington Post.

Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and professional photographer from Missouri, agrees with Krauss, saying “displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced.”

Additionally, Krauss recommends having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day.

“It says we love you and care about you. You’re important.”

Source: “How Family Portraits Boost Your Child’s Self-Esteem” – Design Aglow

Home Is Where My Dog Is Volume II – Monthly Draw & Competition

IT’S COMPETITION TIME!

In celebration of Home Is Where My Dog Is Volume II, we are giving you the opportunity to win a special photo package for your precious pooch. Every few weeks we will be calling out a specific breed to enter the comp and win the following:

– Pre-consult
– Shoot
– Design appointment
– 10 x 7 matted wall portrait
TOTAL VALUE OF $575

Each winner will go into the draw to win a two page spread in Shireen’s book Home Is Where My Dog Is Volume II. Check out Field of Vision Photography on Facebook and Instagram to find out which breed is eligible at the moment.

HOW TO ENTER:
– Go to the posts on our Facebook Page
– Comment with a pic of your dog!

It’s that easy! We will randomly be selecting winners to receive the photography experience and entry into the draw. The Home Is Where My Dog Is Volume II prize will be randomly awarded to one of our winners.

*** To win the monthly prize and go into the major prize draw, you MUST comment on the FOV Facebook page with a photo of your dog.

5 Great Tips to Help You Prepare For Your Family Photoshoot

Portrait photography is something that many people can feel anxious about, because they view it as a structured and very serious process! With the right photographer and the right preparation, a kind of synergy between everyone, it is quite the opposite. A free-flowing and natural shoot is the best kind – here’s a few tips to help you have one.

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1. Choose appropriate clothing
For a beautiful shoot it’s important to consider your clothing choices. At the end of the day, our goal is to ensure that the connections between family members and their individual expressions stand out – not the clothing they are wearing! Try choosing pastels and soft tones and avoid bold, primary colours, checks and stripes – unless appropriate.

2. Visualize the Look 
Wash, iron and layout the clothing 2-3 days beforehand so that you can make sure that everything ties in together nicely for the shoot. For example, if it’s a winter look, make sure EVERYBODY is in a winter look. No board shorts and sandals!
2. Toddler Toys
If you’ve got little ankle biters attending, make sure you bring something that’s precious to them (and yourselves) such as a first teddy or blanky, something that will remind you when they’re much older, of that very special time when they were little.

3. Bring a ‘Bag of Tricks’
Having ‘bag of tricks’ on the day is essential! Pack up some wipes, a face washer, water for everyone, snacks (nothing that will spill or stain – steer clear of tomato and beetroot – eek!!), a few bribes to stop misbehaving kiddies and a couple of distractions – balloons and bubbles always work a treat.

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4. Pre-planning Appointment
Consider the overall look you want to achieve and make sure you have a pre-planning appointment with your photographer to go over your ideas. One of the best ways to decide what you want is to think about how you are going to use the images – are they going on the wall? In an album? In a portfolio box set? Or are they part of a gift? These factors will affect your vision.

5. Get Involved
Often parents put themselves last, wanting gorgeous images of their children, and try to stay out of the photographs. But consider this – how much do you adore the photographs you have of your parents? How fascinated are you and how much do you love seeing them as they were when they were young, before you really even knew them? Your children will want the same of you. I can’t stress enough how important it is that you are involved in the photos!!!

A note to mums and dads:
By having everything ready a few days before, you can ensure that you have a fighting chance of feeling good and being stress-free. This makes the experience better for everyone. Use these tips to get started!

Finally, be prepared to put yourselves right out there! We want to see giggling, happy, beautiful faces – and you know the best ways to make your little one light up.

It’s proven that family photos on the wall and around your home give children a sense of worth and comfort in the knowledge that they are loved and treasured.

Creating beautiful, natural, joyful images is achieved through collaboration between the photographer and the family, especially in preparation!

If you would like to capture your family memories with Field of Vision and award-winning family photographer Shireen Hammond, you can contact us to find out more about our family photography packages!!

Happy shooting!!

Shireen Hammond Featured in the AIPP Journal

After winning the AIPP Family Photographer of the year in 2016, Shireen was fortunate enough to be featured in the AIPP journal. Shireen has been a member of the AIPP snice 2000, when she began as a student.

“I woke up on the morning of my 35th birthday and decided I wanted to study photography properly, to become a professional photographer.”

Her career really took off when she started entering the APPA and Epson State Awards.

The write-up, titled “Shireen Hammond: Loving Everything” explores her love for photography and journey to where she is today.

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Shireen loves capturing special moments like this one!

While wedding photography is still a passion – she loves working with happy couples to bring their special day back to life through print – Shireen is moving further into portraiture. There a few reasons for this shift.

As explained here, after her father’s passing, Shireen realized she simply didn’t have a single family photo with everyone together. This drove her passion for capturing portraits and special moments between loved ones.

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2013, smack bang in the middle of an industry “shift” for wedding photographers, it was time for a fresh start. As Shireen recovered, she and her husband Robert decided that portrait photography was far less time consuming and had the potential to be more profitable – helping them recoup and cover expenses during such a difficult time.

As Shireen began to feel better, she decided she needed a special project to help her heal and inspire her to begin shooting with passion. That project became ‘Home is Where My Dog Is’ – a gorgeous coffee table book filled with photos of families and their furry friends. It even brought the community together and raised thousands of dollars for a local charity.

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Cr. Bronnie Hattam – Mayor of Nillumbik Shire

Everything has come together and feels comfortable and right”, says Shireen.

Shireen’s understanding of her clients passion for building connections is obvious. She prides herself on learning from each and every person who walks through her life, and passing those lessons on to her family and friends. And she definitely isn’t afraid to have a laugh along the way!

“I shoot what makes me happy and what fills my heart, whatever that may be.”

To see more of Shireen’s work, click here!

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