Monday, October 31, 2011

The 1950's Picnic...

Yes, I am THAT random girl who will approach people on the street.
Don’t get me wrong, I think I have a pretty introverted personality but when the time strikes and in a spur of the moment kinda way I will approach strangers so I can get a shot.
So that is how these two gorgeous people arrived as a RAW file in my camera and now appear on my blog J
They were attending a 50’s picnic (I know, how awesome!) at the Wittunga Botanic Gardens on the weekend and had arrived in a 1951 Holden. Their friends were all dressed SO cutely it really was like they had gone back in time.
The car was so gorgeous...Luke even suggested we might be able to use it as a wedding car, and we aren’t even engaged yet!!
Hope you are all having a fabulous week.
Enjoy. x

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Hardeep + Family | Adelaide Portrait + Family Photographer

Hardeep is one of my fabulous friends and when she asked me to take some family portraits before her family attended a wedding - I got excited. I LOVE everything Indian (the Indian outfits with their beautiful details, the food, their creamy skin, and I love to chat!) so much that Hardeep says Im an unofficial Indian!

A special mention to my Mum who tagged along as my 'reflector holding' assistant!

Thank you Hardeep - your family is gorgeous. x

The details...seriously I LOVE them all...

Little Nims loved playing with the reflector. Too cute!

Friday, October 21, 2011

What you need to know about your Engagement Session... | Adelaide Engagement Photographer

I love engagement sessions! They are fun and relaxing and when I begin photographing weddings it will often be the first time I really get to know a couple before the big day. They are also great because they show a time in your life that is often short-lived - the carefree, in-love time. They get couples used to being in front of the camera before the wedding.

Engagement sessions also provide photos for you to use on Save the Date cards, to be displayed at your wedding venue or to be made into an albumn for guests to sign in on the wedding day.

OR if you're not engaged, couple photos are great to give as presents to your parents, future in-laws, grandparents, and the list goes on (Just ask Luke and I, we gave a picture of us to EVERYONE last christmas!)

Location, Location, Location
I love when the couple chooses the location. It is always a representation of who they are and their personal style. The couple is always more comfortable and the photos are a better showcase of who they are. I love shooting at all types of locations, everything from urban city areas to romantic open paddocks. You can choose more than one location (and outfit!) for your session if you want to have two different feels for your photos.

What to wear?
This is a popular question, everyone wants to know what to wear to the engagement session. Here are a few tips to make sure you look your best for your engagement photos!
  • Be Yourself…choose outfits that represent who you are as a couple. Wear something you will be comfortable in.
  • Coordinate - Some people think that for the pictures to look good you have to be matchy-matchy. It is much better to wear outfits that work together, but don’t match. Instead of wearing the same color, wear a different shade of the same color, or colors that coordinate.
  • Consider having your hair and makeup professionally done, it can be a great trial for the wedding and will make you feel extra confident and gorgeous! (I recommend the girls at Peach Palette - they are fabulous)
  • Accessorise! Textures and layers look great in photos…and scarves, belts, cute shoes and chunky jewelry are always fun!
  • Fun props that have meaning for your relationship are always welcome. Some couples also like to bring along items such as wooden numbers which they like to incorporate and then use the image on their 'Save the Date' cards.
  • Above all, be confident and feel beautiful. This will make a bigger difference in your photos than a cute outfit ever could!
A post isn't complete without a photo...I love tender moments like this...

    Wednesday, October 19, 2011

    With a willing friend... Brooke | Adelaide Portrait Photographer

    Seriously, with an awesome friend who isn't afraid to get in front of the camera and DEFINATELY not afraid to ham it up once in a while, I have no choice but to take her picture! We caught up a few nights ago and went for a walk with my new camera so I could put it to the test...

    Check out the sunshine! I cannot wait for summer - bring on icecreams, hot nights and summer dresses.

    Ah-huh - Yup this is true Brooke style!

    The D700 story...

    My Nikon D700 arrived yesterday and I'm itching to get out and use it this weekend. I am still amazed that my photography journey has brought me so far in such a short amount of time!

    This time last year I was cramming for my last Chartered Accountant exam and looking forward to the day when I could put my formal education behind me. With all that behind me I picked up a camera and like the stereotypical Type A person I am I ran as fast as I could. I think I'm addicted to learning, growing and finding out new things (this isn't always a blessing - it constantly sends me into overdrive and I have to check myself constantly and tell myself to sloooooww down). I find that once a chapter of my life closes I quickly have to move onto something new and challenging.

    My first camera was an entry level Nikon was great and I learnt so much and it quickly got me hooked onto phtography. My second camera? A D90, after Luke upgraded and I got the hand-me-down. I'm already up to my third camera in under a year - a Nikon D700. This will last me for MANY years yet. Although I don't necessarily NEED this camera (they say photos are only as good as the photographer, not the gear) it was a bargain and that's what happens when your boyfriend keeps track of Nikon gear on EBay :).

    Friday, October 07, 2011

    The next big leap. My WEBSITE is here!

    After many, many long nights of deciding, designing, cropping, colouring, writing, and reading my website is finished. It was the next logical step to my small business as it’s the landing place for clients to find out about me, my photography and everything in between. My blog is staying put and will still showcase my photography shoots and personal ramblings (you can now find it at
    Although I am an early-to-bed kind of girl I've had sooooo many late nights, with a few midnight runs to Maccas for Hot Apple Pies (my favourite!!), I loved designing this site so much. It became my ‘baby’ as I tweaked and edited, always trying to perfect something!
    So go and have a visit, check it out, tell your friends (word of mouth is amazing for photographers J), and let me know what you think.
    Much love,
    Megan Lesley