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.

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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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

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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Field of Vision Photography – We’re Back

Anonietta and Luigi Family Photographer Melbourne

Hello hello hello! Well… it seems I tend to forget about this blog and wait a couple of years between posts, but no more!

Field of Vision Photography is back and we will trying a lot harder to keep this blog active and full of beautiful images, exciting achievements and tips for aspiring photographers. We are also going to be sharing a lot on our Facebook and Instagram page, so follow us over there if you would like easy access to the latest and greatest info!

Since our last post waaaaay back in 2015 about winning the AIPP Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year award, I went on to win the AIPP Victorian Family Photographer of the Year award with some gorgeous shots – including this beautiful photo of Antonietta & Luigi in their kitchen . You can read more about my journey into family photography in this article published in the Manningham Leader.

If you’re looking for a portrait photographer, commercial photographer or wedding photographer in Melbourne – FOV Photography is for you!

To make an inquiry please contact us at info@fovphoto.com.au

Shireen Hammond M.Photog WINS 2015 AIPP Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year!

One of the Awarded Wedding Photographs that Shireen won AIPP Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year - with her couple Linda and David.

One of the Winning Awarded Wedding Photographs that Shireen Hammond from Field of Vision Photography won –  as the  “2015 AIPP Victorian Wedding Photographer of the Year”.              Here, her couple Linda and David have a moment on their wedding day at Fitzroy Town Hall.

 

 

 

Well it’s been a loooonnnnnggggg time between posts!!   But why not start if off with a BANG!!

We’re soooo thrilled and excited to announce that our very own Shireen Hammond M.Photog II  – was just awarded with the very prestigious 2015 AIPP Victorian Photographer of the Year Award, making this her FOURTH time of winning this fabulous title!

Congratulations Shireen and Robert and the whole Team at Field of Vision Photography!  What a fabulous result!  Also, we MUST say a massive Thankyou to our gorgeous bride and grooms who made it all possible!  Linda and David, Mini and Roman, Nancy and Norman, Sarah and Tim and Courtney and Joel.

What a fabulous result after winning 2014 Victorian Family Photographer of the Year last Year!  Go team FOV once again!!  Whoop Whoop!