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2011 Australian Professional Photography Awards {Brisbane Award Winning Photographer}

I think it’s safe to say that for any of us, in any given career, it’s wonderful to receive recognition from your peers. The support from family and friends is always so very welcome and much appreciated, but sometimes if you’re in a bit of a slump or feeling a little bit “off”, it’s incredibly rewarding to receive accolades from within the industry itself. Sometimes, you just want to know that you’re heading in the right direction and one of the ways in which to find this out (in the photography world, at least) is to enter various competitions and see how you fare.

It is seriously the most nerve wracking of experiences, putting yourself out there – every ounce of your creative soul on show for all to see. It’s brutal, harsh and intense. It requires mountains of courage. At this point you’re probably wondering why in the world one would put themselves through such an experience. This is the second year I’ve entered the Australian Professional Photography Awards and both times a cloud of regret falls over me just before I see the panel of judges (the best photographers in the country) sitting before my print scrutinising, commenting and then judging it a score (out of 100). It is the most painful yet exhilarating experience all at the same time. It’s eye opening, compelling and exhausting; it is these vast array of emotions that lure you to enter. There is nothing quite like it.

There are no winners or losers. There is no prize at the end of the tunnel. What there is, is an ‘achievement’; an achievement I consider obtained just by taking the courage to enter. I truly admire anyone who does. That said, when entering there is always a hope you will achieve a level of recognition measured in the industry though awards; Silver (80-84), Silver Distinction (85-90), Gold (90-94) and Gold Distinction (95-100).

Last year I entered and was elated to win two Silver awards out of three prints entered. This year I set a goal of achieving 3 Silvers out of 4 prints entered. How utterly thrilled, beyond belief, was I to have been awarded those three silvers but also to receive a much sought after, hard to obtain, Gold!! My photography journey just gets better, more exciting each and every year. It’s truly soul nourishing having your work recognised on a national stage. I’m so very humbled.

A big shout out to all my beautiful photography friends who shared this journey with me and allowed me to share their journey too – Australia seriously has an amazing, inspirational talent poole and I’m so grateful to call many of them my friends! They achieved great things this past week and I’m honoured to have witnessed their accomplishments.

Below are my awarded prints (I have also included a print entered in the QLD awards this past April that I have not shared previously).

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Pigeon Pair {Brisbane Family Photographer}

It’s so fun when I get to photograph little kids around the same age as my own because I get to see what they’re up to – not that I set out to compare. I’m just so amazed at how uniquely individual all these little souls are. Master Archer and my sweet Willow just so happen to be all but days apart in age, but looking at Archer you wouldn’t think so. If you stood Mr Handsome next to Willow he would surely tower over her…he was so full of chubby goodness and so curious in his ways (something I’m not used to). He had the most adorable little expressions whilst he toddled (or should I say ‘ran’) around. Delightfully refreshing.

Abbi, soon to be Miss 4, is just beautiful, and looking at the photos you’ll have to agree. So cheeky and loveable. We talked flowers, and colours and TV characters. We talked jewellery and fairies. Sigh. Three is such a whimsical, beautiful age. The world through their eyes is so freeing.

We must not forget the parents, because as good parents know, their children are a reflection of them…which means Abbi and Archer are two lucky children indeed…

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A Day at the Farm {Brisbane Family Photographer}

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before…that the purpose of my recent holidays, aside from some much needed time away, was to have my very own family portraits taken. I get such joy from looking at all the families I get to photograph along the way, and often make a mental note in my head that I too must create some memories for my own family. Sure I take photos of my kids, but not as often as I would like these days. As for Trevor, well he doesn’t make much of an appearance in my pictures, and, of course it goes without saying that I very rarely ever get the opportunity to be on the other side of the camera.

So, with the kids in tow, we packed up the car and headed to a Bathurst farm so the most talented of photographers, Jen Stocks, could take our family portraits. To say she did an amazing job is, well, an understatement. There are no words to describe just how much it means to have beautiful family memories to treasure all of my own. I adore them with every inch of my soul. As always, she captures such joy and happiness and general goodness in her images. If you would like to take a look at my family portraits, you can check them out HERE

So, that brings me to the entry below, and the most gorgeous of families captured within. Meet, Damien, Jen, Dusty, Beau and Mitch. I know she knows this already, but Jen is the luckiest of ladies to be surrounded by the most gorgeous of boys…amazing beauty, inside and out.

I had such a fun time following them around their gorgeous surrounds – sigh…so absolutely beautiful – and exploring things and places I’ve never ever been. She has a dream location for photographers and it’s her own back yard. That’s so totally cool if you ask me. I’ve always wanted to venture into a crop (they’re oats if you’re wondering) to shoot and am so chuffed I got the opportunity on this occasion.

Anyway, that’s enough of a ramble from me. I hope you enjoy the rather large *blush* selection of images from a very special session.

Miss Jen…thank you once again…I so truly hope these images touch you like yours did me. xxx

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