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Family photography. Mother and daughter photo shoot.

Glamour and portrait photography. Mother and daughter photo shoot. Family photography At the end of the day – there is really nothing more important than family. Our kids, our parents, memories of our special times with them – that is what stays; what keeps us going, warming our hearts and souls. I was honoured to be a witness to a beautiful connection between these two stunning women. This shoot is something that is very close to my heart as I would give an arm and a leg to have something like this with my mum. Unfortunately I was too young or too busy and at that time, not being a photographer myself, and wasn’t reminded by anybody else how much it will mean to me in the very near future. Don’t make this mistake; find a photographer that you trust, that you believe and make it happen. I want to share this with the whole world. Please share if it is important to you as well. Love to all. Kira   Before   After   Book your shoot on 02 96598444 or email us at: kira@artphotobykira.com.au    

Sydney family portrait photographer. Destination family shoot.

Destination Family portrait shoot in a beautiful Wilson Botanic Park , Berwick, Victoria Gorgeous family shoot of 7 in Wilson Botanic Park, Berwick, Victoria Absolutely gorgeous family of 7! Thank you guys for being so organised, so supportive and loving to each other. Light and warmth that are surrounding your family had touched me and David as well. Enjoy your teaser!  Love. Kira     Book your family shoot now! Don’t wait for tomorrow. If you think “I’ll do it soon”  – it will never happen and you will miss out on recording your life with your loved ones. I would love to record those beautiful memories for you and with you! Love to all. Kira Call us on: 02 96598444 Or email at: kira@artphotobykira.com.au    

Art Photo by Kira studio sets and backgrounds for your portraits

 To help you achieve the look you want – our photographic studio has a range of different set-ups and backgrounds. It gives our client a huge advantage in being able to create so many different looks in one spot. No need to travel all over Sydney to find different places to match your vision.If you want a beautiful period, regal feel and look – we have sets for that. No need to pay fees to get into places that have that look.You want a European field look and feel – we have a set with a pond a high grass for that. You want to create gorgeous images in water – we have a pool for winter and a spa for summer. Or sexy undercover spa. Want to create boudoir shots – create them in a luxurious set with silk sheets and beautiful dimmed lights. Felling romantic – we have a beautiful French country white room/set with gorgeous old mirror, bed and other pieces of French furniture to add to your experience. You want an Arabian nights look, a “Jasmine” look – we have built an amazing set outside with a huge day-bed, canapé, gorgeous flowing curtains, old lamps, old light and chimney. Grand fire-place, gorgeous regal staircase with wood finish, chandeliers, bamboo fences, garden with flowers, rows of trees or iron fancy door/gates – everything is here for you to create any look you want; any image you can imagine. Have a look at the examples of what can be created in our studio: Our little pond and tall grass Our period furniture set and boudoir set Our grand stair-case with wood finish Our beautiful grand mirror Our garden and garden furniture  – gold and old Our chandelier Iron gates Our Arabian Set our pool (pregnancy and trash the dress shoots) our spa (trash the dress shoot) My favourite wall Our white French country style room set with old french style mirror Have a different idea? Or would like to try some of our sets? Call us to find out more on 02 96598444 or email us at: kira@artphotobykira.com.au www.artphotobykira.com.au

Overcoming fear of directing

                                                  Overcoming your fear of directing   Last time you have read my tips on posing voluptuous women. Let’s continue with a few tips on “Overcoming your fear of directing” 🙂 Many times I hear photographers saying – ” I am a photo-journalist, I won’t intrude on your day – I will record you day as it is; I am not going to make you pose and so on and so forth… And then – I check their photos and those are just…. let’s say – ordinary…to say the least”. Don’t take me wrong – I know plenty of “photo-journalist photographers with a great eye and a beautiful imaginary. If you look at majority of my Awards – those are photo-journalistic images. So I am all for being able to observe and see. But there is huge difference between Being a Photo-Journalist and calling yourself one due to inability to direct and pose people. Therefore hiding behind the “Title” – “A Photo-journalist” I will try to help you with some tips. You don’t have to do it the way I suggest. But even if you find that you are hating the way I suggest you do it – it is still a great result as thinking and analysing what you do and don’t like; how to do things that you are comfortable doing will help you on your way to be a great photographer. Tell me – how many of you don’t feel comfortable directing people? Do you think – I just can’t tell people what to do, or I don’t want to appear too bossy or that will be too rude or I am much better at just being a fly on the wall… or that is not for me, I am just not that type of person… How many? A lot…Maybe you just don’t know how to start.. That is all… The answer is simple actually, but requires some work and preparation. And that is – planning, planning and more planning. Planning ahead, planning in advance. Scout the location that you will be shooting at, think of poses in advance, think of situations that would lead to particular poses. Think of poses in that location. Notice the light that will be at the time of your shoot, which way the sun will be, what sorts of background are there, if there are different levels of the ground nearby to take advantage of…research the poses that you like and think it through how to make it happen. But to imagine it right – you need to know how the couple looks, what sort of clothes they will be wearing, what style of hair, if the bride will have a veil, high-heel shoes? If she is taller than her fiancée; if she is very little, if she is a voluptuous girl, if she is being vain about being a voluptuous girl or she is down to earth, easy-going person who is proud of her curves? But what if the couple booked you online or on the phone and you don’t get to see them before the wedding? Ask them to email you their photos, individual and together if they have some – that will give you a better idea of how they will look together, of their heights and body shapes in comparing to each other. Ask of the photos of her dress so you can see the challenges or opportunities that dress will present on a day. You will see, for example that there is no way bride could sit in that dress without looking much bigger than she is or without looking too stiff and posed. You would know that as soon as voluptuous woman who has been brutally pushed into her corset try to sit in her bare-shoulders dress –demonstrate. Suddenly she will have a double-chin, folders of skin above the dress, breast looking much bigger that in reality and so on…. Looking at their photos will also help you decide if you need to bring some props – like a veil or scarf to cover her arms if she is not having it. Ask her about her shoes – she might have high heels that probably will make her very uncomfortable when they start digging into the ground of your magical location. Advise her to take alternatives with her that will also help her feet relax. Trust me – bride in pain and they often are as the shoes are new, tight and they have been on their feet for the whole day – is not a cooperative bride. Prevent a Bridezilla moment from happening. It is in your power. Have water, have a fan, warm clothes, umbrellas – anything and everything you can think of that will help avoid an irritated, tired, hot or freezing to death woman. That includes her bridesmaids. Planning, planning, planning. Ask them how do they feel being in front of the camera, of their previous experiences – being it bad or good. Note it all. Ask about what they like doing – knowledge of their favourite playtime will help you on the day creating much more relaxed poses. Ask them what they like doing separately and together. If they love to dance… because if you know that guess what… yes, right – you will ask them to dance J, if they like music, of they can sing, if they like walking along the beach barefoot together because guess what are you going to suggest for a location if you know that? Ask if they love kids, know about if they have kids in bridal party or as guests? Playing with kids relax some people and distract them from being focused on being in front of a camera. You need to know about him loving to play rough with his mates, playing a soccer or a guitar. As one of the things you might suggest to the boys is to kick a ball a bit. So know as much as you can about them and visualise, visualise. Do the homework. Ask them if they would like to see themselves in a particular location, pose or mood. If they can bring or email you images where they like the pose, the light, the location. Talk to them about the ways of achieving this in advance… Make them invest emotionally in creating the look and feel they want, spend time researching… when people invest – they will be more cooperative in achieving those results on a day. Plan to use lens with a very shallow depth of field – will help you create a more intimate look, hide some imperfections of a background. Another way of overcoming fear of directing – show them. Be playful, grab your assistant and demonstrate the pose. That is also why I wouldn’t do without an assistant. Not only because your assistant can drive, light, calculate, feed you, massage you and even shoot sometimes. Mine is a bride’s best bridesmaid on the day who runs to fix her dress, carries stuff, helps bride up and helps her down and who also is being a victim of my demonstration skills. That is why I married my David. I needed to keep a good assistant all the time. Plus it was cheaper to marry him than to pay him. But that is beyond the scope of this post 😉 Enjoy these tips. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and Happy Shooting everyone! P.S. Ask about our workshops if you are interested to learn more and practice 🙂 Otherwise wait for more tips on this blog Love Kira