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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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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Sisters at Montsalvat Eltham

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Pregnancy Shoot at Montsalvat Eltham

Couple Shoot at Montsalvat Eltham

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.

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

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.

 

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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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!