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.

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Wedding Receptions

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

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Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

Ballara Receptions Wedding Venue

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Ballara Receptions

Ballara Receptions

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!!