Something I put together about what I do – its all about you and your family.

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Let’s put it out there, I’m not about trends, far from it.  I’m about creating images that will make your heart melt for a lifetime.  However, I do like to incorporate timely characteristics that will speak for the time the image was taken.  So, what do I see coming in Summer 2016 in Australia?

  1. Black and White – ok, firstly, it’s a classic, it’s not a trend, but let’s use it in a modern way. What we can do for your image that is about pure, raw emotion, an image that is about childhood innocence, or simply an image reflecting a person on the brink of change, is that it eliminates the distraction and allows you to melt into those beautiful eyes time and time again, without confusion.  The trend part of this, is how it is used.  We are going to use black and white photography in ways that play on the subtle differences in tone, to make you immerse yourself in a moment in time.blackandwhite-eyes-portrait
  2. Deep Rich Colour – you know those beautiful deep rich sunsets and deep colours that make your breath catch in your throat. Well, imagine those, with the light kissing your baby’s hair, with you and your significant loved ones captured in that light – that’s where I’m headed this summer.  Come along for the ride, its going to be beautiful.maternity-portrait-love-brisbane
  3. Paper Texture – lots of it. Over the past 6 months I’ve been playing with some beautiful papers to print on.  I’m always excited, however never really surprised, when I see a beautiful image come off my printer and it is exactly how I ensivsaged.   All those rich tones beautifully represented with inks on paper.   Come to my home studio to see what we can create.fine-art-print-brisbane
  4. Movement – who said a portrait has to be sitting still – enjoy the movement that your child craves. Dance in the twirly skirt, run through the water, enjoy every moment – and let’s capture that in all its glory.   movement-hair-brisbane
  5. Significance – this to me is huge – we need to create images of significance. Significance to the person/people in the image, significant images that take you straight back to where you were at that point in your life. If your son plays an instrument, let’s photograph that part of their life.  If your daughter likes dress ups – bring the bling and let’s turn it on.  If your family spends time at the beach every summer then get down to the sand and capture that important part of your family life.  A portrait session is about you and your family – let us value you, let us value this beautiful memory an put it on the wall.  It’s so worth it.beauty-family-musical-portrait
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What has been happening at Lynda Coulson Photography?  Well lots of family portraits in and around Brisbane, but behind the scenes a lot more than that these past few months.

I have had 2 experiences over the past 3 months which have significantly changed me, my photography, and my business.  The Baby Summit is a conference I have had the pleasure of being behind the scenes at for the past 2 years.  When one of your closest friends come to you and says, “hey I’m going to create my own conference about baby photography” you tend to jump all in and throw all hands on deck.  Then when she tells you “hey, we are taking this thing to the US”, again, you tend to jump all in and throw all hands on deck.  So in August we had The Baby Summit Australia, in beautiful Tweed Heads, over 300 people took over Twin Towns on the Tweed Coast for 3 days, listening to amazing speakers, watching demonstrations from some of the worlds best baby photographers, photographic specialists and inspiring artists.  And then of course, we decended on Atlanta, Georgia, in US of A, for more of the same.  Southern Charm at its best – I met beautiful people from all around the world.  I worked alongside gorgeous friends from all areas of the globe – it was incredible.

I am a big believer in you get out of something what you put into it – for The Baby Summit, this has been the case, X10.

I also had a significant birthday last month – 40 is here and I’m loving it.  So as a result I was lucky enough to celebrate with a few days in NYC with 3 of the best girls I know, as a little side trip to my time in Atlanta.  Life changing, life affirming and incredibly exhilarating.  You don’t do something so amazing, without feeling like life has just changed for you – I have no words.

When life throws you an opportunity, you grab it with both hands and hold of for the ride.  That is how I have felt over the past few months, and it has been incredible.

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Of course, amongst all that fun I have also been keeping up with photographing my families and making some incredible plans for business in 2017 and beyond.  I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next.

Bring it I say – the 40s are going to be fabulous.

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There is nothing more that makes grandmas heart sing than a big bear hug.  There is nothing better as a grandchild, than feeling and knowing that beautiful hug that only a grandma gives.  This was a grandparent group hug, parents looking on knowing there are few places in this world that make all these people happier.

I can’t wait to show this lovely family more from their session, thank you so much for sharing that rainy day with me.

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Its beautiful outside right now – not too cold, not too hot , light breezes, and beautiful colour everywhere.

Springtime is beautiful – and the perfect time to update your family portraits.  One of the biggest things I get asked when people book is what to wear.  This question is best answered by asking questions like, “how do you want to look on your wall?”

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Formal is lovely, relaxed casual is beautiful.  Beach clothes at the beach – is fantastic.  Wear clothes that speak of who your family is.  For example, my husband doesn’t do a tie. Why would he wear one in our family portraits. My middle son however, he would be all over that tie like a rash.

Wear clothes that speak to who you are as a family, and then look at the aesthetics side of the portrait as to which pieces will work best.

The way I do it is simple, pick a colour.  Perhaps your daughter has a favourite dress from the past season which you would love to use in the session.  Use the colour of that dress and work your scheme around that.

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Perhaps your husband or wife always wears navy.  Let them go with that, and pick colours that work alongside.  Bone/natural colours, maroon, denim etc.  and work it in.

Then of course, if you have chosen to have your images taken in front of your large bougainvillea which is all hot pink right now, best to steer away from the reds.  You do need to consider the environment as well.

 

Family Portrait in a Barn

 

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