Monthly Archives: June 2012

Memories… {Brisbane Family Photgrapher}

October 2011. A difficult month. A difficult year for many, but particularly for the beautiful family depicted below.

It’s a story I’ve held dear for over 6 months. Wanting to share but thinking there was never a right time. It was too soon perhaps? How do you share the story filled with sadness anyway? Most of what I do is joyful and full of happiness. A smile. Some laughter. There is life and love and everything in between. But this. This is sadness at it’s core. The story of a man, far too young, diagnosed with Cancer. The story of his passing just eight days after our photo session, far too soon. Then it clicked, this isn’t just a story of sorrow. There are many stories intertwined; a story of life, and love. Of hope and togetherness. Of family and memories.

Memories. Sweet, beautiful memories.

Michael was a man of many talents, but the most notable was his ability to interact with children. I had the pleasure of knowing him for eight years. I saw his friendly face every time I dropped off and picked up my children from their kindy. When I first started photography over five years ago now, he was one of my biggest supporters. He was like a little champion of mine waiting in the corner ready to promote me at every opportunity. He loved to talk with me about my work…he had a keen, genuine interest in everything I photographed and it made me feel like I was doing something right.

So when Michael was diagnosed with Cancer I wanted so very much to photograph him with his family. I knew there wasn’t much I could offer him. But I could offer him this. In typical Michael fashion, he didn’t accept my offer. He refused saying he didn’t like having his picture taken; just taking them. I did everything I could to try and persuade him otherwise, knowing just how much it would mean to his family. There were no family photos. Because Michael tended to  avoid the camera. I wanted so badly to create some memories for him and for his family that it pained me thinking I had failed at convincing him how important it was. And then it happened, he changed his mind. So, a few weeks after his diagnosis we organised a shoot with all his family.

The day was beautiful. The sun shone bright. The sky was blue. People laughed, and in those moments, the love was genuine. The life in his eyes real. And just for a second, maybe people forgot why we were there. I do hope so.

Sadly Michael never got to see the beautiful images his family now has. For weeks after the session, following his passing, I wondered whether I did a good job. Did I capture his true essence? Was this Michael staring at me on my computer screen? Would he be happy? Then Lily, saw an image of him on the screen, one that didn’t make the cut, and she said to me in this abrupt kind of voice, “That’s not Micheal’s real smile!”. I looked at her, confused because in typical five year old fashion I did not see what she saw. He was smiling.  “Really” I replied. Quickly I tried to shuffle for another picture. It popped up on the screen, and she smiled, tears in her eyes and said “Mummy, that’s it. That’s his real smile” and walked off. In that moment the tears rolled down my cheeks. Not tears of sadness. No they were not. They were tears of happiness, rolled in with a sense of relief. Relief that he was looking down at me chuffed I had created something that his family and friends could hold onto. Something that he would be proud of. Because at the end of the day, the one thing I created was the one thing that stayed behind. Memories. True, honest memories.

This one’s for you Michael xxxxx

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Urban Mini Kids’ Sessions {Brisbane Children’s Photographer}

I love the outdoors and shooting out in the forest. This is especially so in spring and summer when everything is just so lovely and green and fresh…little girls in their beautiful summer dresses. Sigh. However, there is something to be said for beanies, jeans and cute little outfits in winter too. The perfect setting to compliment beautiful clothes, is the city. Around the city you will find so many pockets of goodness – there are colours and textures every where you turn. So, this time, I have decided the kids’ mini sessions will have an urban feel, just in time for winter.

In essence, for two days in June and July I will be offering limited sessions in the Brisbane city CBD for Kids’ Mini Sessions. You will be provided with a 20-30 minute shoot and 15-20 individually processed images in an online gallery (password protected) for your viewing. As part of the package I have included 3 digital negatives with accompanying 5×7” print. There is no obligation to purchase any other images but certainly the option is available.  For the first time,  I am offering your complete online gallery available for purchase for $395 ( includes 5×7″ print and accompanying digital negative) which is a significant saving on regular session pricing.

These mini sessions are a great opportunity for parents and grand-parents to capture up to date images of their children without having to arrange a full session. Perfect for littlies who change so much in a 6-12 month period and for those that haven’t had updated portraits in a while. These mini sessions are designed for kids/teenagers – no families; maternity or babies under 3 months – so dad will be happy he doesn’t have to participate!

Please note that full payment is required at the time of booking. In the event of rain and or illness, you are able to reschedule to another date. If your family consists of more than 3 children an additional fee of $50 is payable per child.

If you would like more information please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email on nicole@nicoleramsay.com for more information. These sessions are strictly limited on a first come, first served basis so if this is something you might be interested in, please shoot me an email. They’re great value.

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