Suzanne Martin Photography: Blog https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog en-us (C) Suzanne Martin Photography (Suzanne Martin Photography) Thu, 26 Aug 2021 08:06:00 GMT Thu, 26 Aug 2021 08:06:00 GMT https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/img/s/v-12/u188608803-o838876479-50.jpg Suzanne Martin Photography: Blog https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog 80 120 PHOTOS ARE OUR LINK TO THE PAST-A trip down memory lane. https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2021/8/photos-are-our-link-to-the-past At this time of the year when we are normally preparing for our Term 3 holidays, parents are again home schooling or maybe if their children are grown up like mine, they are decluttering, taking up craft or binging on Netflix.  I know that’s a wide glancing statement but I am sure you get my drift. 
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So while I am continually decluttering (after spending a life of serious crafting), and keeping everything (just in case) I have started reminiscing through  old packets of photos.  Mostly unlabelled, and in no specific order. (a jumbled mess really to be honest).

Just the smell of the old photos takes me back in time. Back when my wrinkles were hardly visible and Garry, my husband had hair. I guess it is more than appropriate to show you this one of our wedding 38 years ago today! Photographed here at the Historic Homestead, Laurel Lodge in Dandenong. Click here to visit the website. Look at my Dad's beautiful Vauxhall Cresta. He would have been so proud to see it in my wedding. 

IMG_7833IMG_7833 As I open each mystery packet I feel the image and touch it’s edges and am immediately transported back to when the photo was taken. I remember the weather on that day, how I felt and what I was doing and sometimes even the smell of what we may have been cooking. This is one of my parents wedding reception, I love seeing their emotions and looking at them years before I was born.
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My old photos are basically only paper with a chemically fixed solution but they are our links to the past. They are priceless and how I wish I had more. 

I have barely any of my mum, dad and me. I actually found a couple I don’t remember having ever seen.  Faded and out of focus but wow I love them. This is such a glimpse into the 60's. hairstyles, (not sure about my dad's combover)  house design, and by the way, that's me in the middle. 

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The actual feel of the photo as I hold it close then pass it around to my family to see what memories it evokes for them. We all have a good laugh and then reflect.  The connections and feelings are all different to each one of us but the photo remains the same. 

I love to find images of my mum, dad and grandparents and treasure these more each day. I've decided they're not all going back into packets in boxes in cupboards hidden away.  As my mum is ageing and her memory is fast disappearing I know that these are all I have to remind me of her past.  Having lost my dad nearly 40 years ago you can imagine how much these trigger memories. My mum used to drive me to high school in this Morris 8/40. Dad looked after his cars with such care.
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I know how much these images will mean to my children, their children’s children and so on. This makes them more important than anything money can buy. These pieces of printed paper hold my family history and show me my mum and dad's love. They are proof of their existence.

Just wanted to pop this one in of yours truly, with my favourite toy. It is in a frame on the shelf in my mum's house and has always been part of the decor.   IMG_7850 2IMG_7850 2

Photos also remind us of events and occasions that we had forgotten. My girls are now 28 and 31 so I guess that may be a reason why!!
Here is Kass, my eldest daughter at the beach.  I can't remember taking this but she clearly remembers her shoes!! 

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I had better add one of Ellie as well. There were so many but I thought this summed her up really well. She still has a quirky sense of humour and can make you laugh.    Ellie Crazy hat_7865Ellie Crazy hat_7865

The photos we take today are for the future generations. I have had the most wonderful day looking through only a small portion of my boxes of photos. Don't we love to look back at images of our children, parents or grandparents? How lucky are we now that they can be so well preserved as art works to be past down to future generations. 

In finishing, here is a piece of wall art with 7 images. Printed on archival paper and behind museum quality glass. Preserved for decades to come. I hope you have enjoyed fossicking through my images and urge you to do the same. There is nothing quite like the feel, smell and touch of old photos.

And now let me have the pleasure of taking your family photos and having a lifetime of memories. 

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This is the type of photo I can take for you that will last forever along with the memories. Give me a call for a chat about family photoshoots or click on the link to drop me an email.  Email me now

 

 

 

 

 

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RETAIL THERAPY OF THE BEST KIND.-SECOND HAND STORES. https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2021/8/retail-therapy-of-the-best-kind                     SOME OF MY "GO TO" SECOND HAND SHOPS. 

Who doesn’t enjoy fossicking around looking for a great bargain? I know I love it, and it’s even better when I

can attach a great reason to my expeditions. I went wandering to some of my favourite haunts including the Salvos,

Savers and a few new places I will tell you about in a minute. Now these places mightn’t be where you thought I

would be shopping, but that’s because I am on the hunt for props that I can use to for my family's photoshoots. 

My first find was a cute little rag doll in our local Salvos. https://www.salvosstores.com.au/stores/vic/3805-narre_warren-400 

Perfect for Santa's Workshop.
 

371A2485-1371A2485-1 Next I found a Raggedy Ann doll from PICKERS RETRO HAVEN in Beaconsfield. Another perfect little doll for Santa's workshop or a toy themed portrait session.

Pickers is a store where you can rent a stall or cabinet to sell your products.  It's amazing. Nothing to look at from the street but a wonder of goods inside. Even some very sweet lolly bags. (maybe I had a big sugar fix that day.).      Click here to visit their facebook


 

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Now, I want you to keep the next one a secret. PLEASE. My husband Garry doesn't know about this one yet.!! It will be so cute in Santa's workshop when it gets a lick of paint and some TLC.  I purchased this at UNEARTHED in Berwick. A really quirky shop with lots of treasures.    Click here to visit their webpage
 

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Now when we can’t go wandering around the shops do not fear, there is always MARKETPLACE. 

  The app connected to Facebook where you buy and sell preloved or new items.  Drum roll please and look at my find.

                        Da da da dah. This is a rocking car. Do you like my idea of personalised number plates changeable for who ever would like a ride?                                                                           

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I am rather excited about designing some scenes for Christmas and renovating my wonderful discoveries. 

So stay tuned for my next blog with updates on how the handiwork is going and I am sure I will have some instalments.

I am excited about the new backdrops for Christmas and can't wait for them to arrive. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(Suzanne Martin Photography) balloon garland rag doll second hand stores" used goods wooden rocking chair wooden train https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2021/8/retail-therapy-of-the-best-kind Thu, 12 Aug 2021 05:56:11 GMT
LOCKDOWN NUMBER 5 https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2021/7/lockdown-number-5 Not again!  Will this ever end? Another lockdown. It is however, what it is. While I was feeling a little miserable about the whole situation I decided to lift my spirits by looking through some of my family photoshoots.

My miserable feelings exited stage right and along came the joy as I recalled the fun and laughter we had on these occasions. 

Meet Olivia and Jackson and their black lab Mater. There was not a single dull moment with these three. This was a blooper but I love it so much. Mater had sat still long enough!!

 

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I wanted to make some outdoor props and came up with the idea of the lace tee pee. It worked a treat with gorgeous Ava and Charlotte. The girls wore the perfect dresses that suited the scene and I was thrilled with how they loved playing and cuddling.

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I then remembered the shoot with Zoey and her family. Zoey is about to have her fourth birthday this week. Where does the time go?  She is a gorgeous little dot who has the best love for life and was little Miss Independent.  Her cheeky expressions in these images took me straight back to the day of the shoot.  She is growing so fast 

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And look at baby Anastasia who is nearly 9 months now. Where does time go?  She didn’t want to miss a moment and getting her to go to dreamland took a few tricks and lots of cuddles.  Look at those tiny fingers. 

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Well, I certainly feel a lot happier now. I have been on a bit of a trip through some family photoshoots and hope you enjoyed them too. Who wouldn’t be grateful for these beautiful families and the joy and fun that we had? 

 

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(Suzanne Martin Photography) cuddles east family Lockdown melbourne pee photographer photoshoots. portrait south tee https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2021/7/lockdown-number-5 Sat, 17 Jul 2021 03:05:12 GMT
NOT ALL IMAGES LIVE ON THE WALL-FOLIO BOXES https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2021/3/not-all-images-live-on-the-wall Not all images need to find their way to your walls or into frames.  You may not have any wall space or you may be in a  situation where you can’t hang anything on your walls. 

These are a couple of reasons for choosing these beautiful folio boxes to store your treasured memories.  There are plenty of other reasons too as to why you would like \your images to be kept in boxes and displayed when the time arises. 

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The boxes can hold up to 20 images and you can start with just 6. Then add to them as your family grows or changes - or for any reason at all.  

Some families start a box for each of their children and add to them as they grow.  I love to call these “Watch Me Grow” boxes. These make beautiful keepsakes. The perfect present for maybe a 21st birthday.

They are beautifully crafted and come in different finishes.  The highly polished black or white and the natural timber .  371A8540371A8540

With the see through glass lids your image can be seen with the lid closed or open the lid and display 2 images at once.  Also another image can stand next to the box on a matching easel. 

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The timber box comes with 2 images crafted into the lid and I love to add a favourite poem or dates to remember. Babies name ,birthdate, weight or whatever you like. 

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The most lovely part of presenting images in this way is you can hold and touch them. Treasured images for generations to come.

 

 

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(Suzanne Martin Photography) family photographer family portraits folio boxes global images Narre Warren print seldex https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2021/3/not-all-images-live-on-the-wall Tue, 23 Mar 2021 01:43:06 GMT
REDISCOVERING CRAFT IN LOCKDOWN https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/10/rediscovering-craft-in-lockdown I LOVE MAKING THINGS.

I have rediscovered craft in my extra time during isolation and, in particular, crocheting. When I was younger I remember learning how to crochet granny squares (as they are called now). All I needed was the wool and one hook.  It was fun while the square grew quickly, but when the edges became very long it took ages to do a round. (You see, you start at the centre and the square expands}

So, while I was in disbelief as to the length of time I was at home and not venturing out, I started to google crochet patterns and shop online. (I could convince myself shopping was ok if it involved a crochet hook, wool or fabric.)

What should I crochet that was quick and useful and pretty?  Only three requirements!  It was obvious that props and accessories for newborn photography was the perfect solution. 

This was my first article - and I've only just realised it's knitted, not crocheted. Oops!!

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When I put the articles out to photograph I was surprised to see how many I had started and also realise how many ends I have to finish off before the newborn bubs arrive.Here are 2 props that are similar to the granny squares with some more ornate centres.

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These petite crocheted flowers can accompany the small shawl and style a shoot specific to your little one. Just have a look at how many ends I have to finish on those flowers.  Maybe I could outsource the finishing. Any takers? Crochet_71A7317-6Crochet_71A7317-6  

I love the rainbow colours of these little flowers and they blend so beautifully.  Thanks Spotlight store for a cute idea to package these single balls in one item. 

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On the way here to finishing these rainbow hearts. 

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This is a little bow headband, soon to be assembled.  These articles can be made to suit any colour scheme. 

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Oh Oh.  Look at the number of ends to finish on these flowers.  Eek!

I can't wait to have a little girl to try this lacy dress.

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Now this is something new.  Styling a headband with chiffon and pearls. You could imagine how much I loved making this.   

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Some more ends to finish off here and some ears to add to the cap.  This was crocheted with 2 balls of yarn at the same time. It is so silky and soft.

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Sometimes I have wonder where my isolation time went. I guess I have put some of the time to good use and this collection has been a testament to that. I love combining my passion for photography and creating crafts. 

Have you rediscovered an old passion you had as a child?

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DON'T PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/9/dont-play-with-your-food Don’t Play With Your Food. 

Did your parents ever tell you not to play with your food?  Maybe it was a result of you being dished up the brussel sprouts and pushing them around the plate hoping they would somehow vaporise? (that was my side of the story)

Well I have been having the best time during lockdown “playing” with my food and not in the above mentioned way. 

I do not do very well with the “cooking side” of things. I leave that to Ellie my daughter and Garry my husband.  I can forget the pot’s on the stove and wander off till I smell the aroma of singed dinner.  Cooking is not my forte. 

"Playing" with my food however has become another of my passions. 

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Those couple of chilly days prompted me to prepare some hearty soup. (by prepare I mean opening the can)

The pumpkin was scrumptious.  Do you have a favourite ‘go to ‘ soup?

 

This was also a spicy paella soup. I masterfully opened the can. The tomato flavour was really rich. 

I must admit I have such a sweet tooth.  I had fun playing with the icing sugar as I sprinkled it over the salted caramel slice.  (courtesy of Woollies and highly recommended)

 

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How much fruit can you fit in a bowl? Well there were a couple of berries that took a dive over the edge but the ones that stayed behind looked appetising and were quickly demolished after their time on the camera.    

 

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After a fun time “playing with my food” I sat down to a cup of hot chocolate and “coffee cup”, this time courtesy of Theobroma, a shop that I am missing visiting. 

 

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THE GARDEN PHOTOGRAPHER https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/9/the-garden-photographer  

Today I felt that I just wanted to spend some “me” time and distract my thoughts. Do you ever want to do that too?

So I went for a wander around my garden with my camera and 2 of my lenses. My macro or close up and my longer distance 70-200 mm lens. I not only wanted to share with you the beauty in my garden but to give you a few hints on how to make your images a little different to the normal. 

Out the back door I went and turned left. 

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This is one of the 20 new fronds on the tree fern which is flourishing following all the rain. Sheltered by its large branches is the Arum Lily-Green Goddess. 

The are taken with the longer lens which helps to blur the background.  This is a similar effect to the portrait setting on the phone cameras. 

A few steps further and 2 lavender plants. One white and the other purple. The purple is nearing the end of flowering but I like the light that was filtering through some of the fresher petals. 

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HINT:  Get down low to take the image at the same level as the bloom. A different angle can enhance your image. 

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Looking for the light is a photographer's catch cry and when I saw the lily leaves from a different angle, this image on the left was the result. Nothing clever other than looking for the light.

Passing the gum tree I thought I would slow the shutter speed and move the camera in a downward sweep for this “arty” image on the right.

HINT: Just experiment with the camera and use deliberate movement to create a different image.

 

I gave the same treatment to the trunk below of the tree below I really liked the outcome.    

HINT:  Look for patterns and textures to become the centre of the attention.

 

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The little bulbs have come up and this delicate flower was just catching the afternoon light.   

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Then I looked skyward to see the complimentary colours of the leaves against the blue sky.

HINT:  Look up for a different perspective. 

The sun was getting lower and was backlighting the spider web. I used my close up lens for this and only took a small piece of the unusual patterned web. The weeds were growing too and were also sharing the back light as was the peach blossom.

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Thank you for taking a wander with me around my garden looking at a few of the differences ways that we can play with our images.     

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MEMORIES OF MY DAD. https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/memories-of-my-dad I have been thinking a lot more about my dad lately with Father’s Day less than a week away.

He was a quiet man (a trait I didn’t inherit) who had the best backyard veggie garden and could fix anything. He was a shift worker and was able to do the grocery shopping while mum was at work (ahead of his time as far as sharing jobs with mum) and would always know where the best specials were. 

So it comes as no surprise when I think of my dad, that I love to photograph other dad’s and their children. 
 

                                        

How much fun is it to see that world from the perspective of dad’s strong shoulders?

My dad had strong hands but was always able to “tinker” with the smaller objects to construct and repair. 

Dad’s teach us many things and catching a ball is one of the best.

What I wouldn’t give to have dad with me to sit and have a chat. Time does go fast seems to stand still in photographs.      

 

During some of this down time I have been searching for photos of my dad and me and I have barely have any, but I do have the memories, even after 37 years. I remember how proud he was of me when I passed exams, played the piano or danced on the stage. He certainly shared with me his great love for musical theatre which I have shared with my 2 daughters and many students.

I have such clear memories of simple things like looking for our white rabbit in the veggie garden and finding him in the carrot patch, walking to the corner shop for fish and chips on a Friday and watching tv together in the evenings.He taught me by his actions and was always willing to help others. He loved animals and was very gentle.I do not wonder where my love for the simple things in life comes from and am grateful for the years I had with him. I wish I had some more images of us both when I was growing up. 

Look at the pride and love this wonderful dad has for his girls. What a privilege it is for me to share in these families lives as we think of our dads on Father's Day 2020.   

           


 

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WHY A PHOTOSHOOT IS LIKE A DANCE CLASS https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/no-two-families-are-the-same I couldn't be happier than when I have my camera and am with a family as they share some fun, laughter and love. I get the same feeling as when I am teaching a dance class.   

Mia was a dance student of mine and it was a great pleasure to visit her family’s property in Launching Place. 

Planning for a family session is very much like preparing for a dance class.  I begin with a road map but am always ready for changes in direction.  I have my gear already and packed in the car just like my shoes and iTunes playlist for my dance class.

When I am working with children the session usually takes a change of direction and that’s what I love so much about them.  Spontaneity, laughter and lots of love.

No two families are the same and likewise every session has it's differences.

Lots of giggles and laughter from Mia and Nat. 

A quick peak through the wool shed railings and my camera is ready to go .

A surprise cuddle from little brother Nat who was so full of life and could run as fast as any 4 year old I have ever met. He kept me on my toes so I guess another similarity to dance teaching. (ha ha)

During the quieter times I like to capture the little connections that become part of the treasures.  Hands tell us so much. You can feel mum’s love holding  these little fingers.  Hands and fingers are used to express emotion and connection in dance too. 

Nat had better ideas for the use of his hands.  “To infinity and beyond.”

When there are Autumn leaves everywhere what else would you do?

I am fortunate to have taught 1000's of dance classes and know that they prepare me well for my family sessions. Thinking on my feet (there I go again with a dance reference) is a skill I take for granted now.  Changing plans, adapting to personalities, encouraging children and keeping it all natural come easily.  

Special thanks to Hayley, Leigh, Mia and Nat who were such a joy to photograph.  


 

 

 

 

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CAN YOU KEEP A SECRET? https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/can-you-keep-a-secret I have two wonderful grand fur babies of the mini dachshund kind.  Now like every good grandma I should love them both the same but I have a secret. Shhhhh. I love one of them more.   

Now who wouldn’t?   When there is a photoshoot with his little brother and they are asked to sit up and look interested who goes to sleep? (the little brother)

When there's a dress up day and a purple octopus is the chosen outfit, who steps up to the plate and models it with style?

Meet the favourite,  Ollie.  He has had a covid birthday and is now10 years old. (I think that is 70  years in a dog’s life)

     

He is a great swimmer and always barks at strangers. (mind you he also barks at the rain, but let’s ignore that)

He also laughs at all of my jokes and nobody else does that!!!!!! 

Ollie loves Christmas and especially loves Santa. (aka Grandpa).

Look at his gorgeous ears and those big brown eyes.  

He is such a cuddly and loyal friend and I love him to bits. Ollie also loves his little adopted brother and I can't write this without mentioning how much I love him too. I will tell you his story another day. 

Thanks Ollie for being a loyal and faithful friend. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALWAYS WORK WITH ANIMALS AND CHILDREN https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/always-work-with-animals-and-children  

“Never work with animals or children,” is a famous theatrical quote. I want to show you why I disagree

Spending time with those you love is one of life’s greatest pleasures and to be asked to photograph a family is such a joy and privilege, including their animals and young children.

 

 

Welcome to one of my very first photo sessions. I have known Marlie for a long time and I was excited to catch up with her again and to meet her husband Paul, her little daughter Sage and her horses Forrest and Coco.

 

 Children are so inquisitive and when left to their own devices find wonder in the smallest of things. 

Sage was interested in what she could do with the sandy track and not the least in what I was doing, so I knelt down to her level to have a look too. 

When working with children patience is a virtue. I love capturing their spontaneity and their quirky behaviours but it usually takes time and as I said patience-lots of it! 

Sage gave me a smile as she started to show me some trust. 

 

 

Family pets come in all shapes and sizes just as families do and that's the wonderful thing about meeting them all.
Pets are family too with their own personalities.  Forrest and Coco were no exceptions.   

Not sure what Marlie said but Forrest thought it was funny. Sharing with a family and capturing connection, love and some laughs is the best !!!!!! 

What a great time we had and how lucky am I to share these moments? 

I would like to leave you with my amended quote -  ALWAYS WORK WITH ANIMALS AND CHILDREN

 

 

 

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HINTS FOR CAPTURING YOUR FURRY FELINE https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/8/hints-for-capturing-your-furry-feline                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

I know that many of your puppies are going on extra walks during this time and are so happy to have their mums and dads at home. However, at my house, the furry feline has not been so excited.  “Why?” you may ask.  I have been stalking her for photos!! 

 


                                                                            

 

                                                                            

Tiffany Rosebud, the petite tortoise shell is almost 20 and has been spritely since that Christmas Day when she leapt out of the box from under the tree. 

When Tiff, spies me with my camera, she flees. (actually she doesn’t have any of these LOL)
 

So, with camera in hand I stealthily creep into her parlour to capture the image. .

HINT: Move slowly and quietly. 

Drat! She has spotted me and is absolutely sure of my intentions.  Before she races off, I enlist an assistant (my daughter Ellie) to distract her with her favourite toy.

HINT:  Provide a distraction in the form of a toy or make gentle clicking sounds to keep their interest. 

              

Ha ha!! This was one result of my distraction technique.  (Isn’t she cute?)

Soon however she becomes unimpressed with the toy and out into the sunshine she goes (with the sleuth photographer in close pursuit.)

After some successful peg hunting, she settles and then gives me that “Do you still have that camera?” look.  I am ready and "click" I have captured her.

                             

                                  

HINT:  Patience, patience and more patience. Be prepared to lie in wait!!! Get down low and take the image at eye level.

I am never sure whether I have tired her out or she just gives in to appease me. I very much think it is the latter. 

So thank you Tiff for being such a loyal beautiful friend and for your continued tolerance.

REMEMBER:  When capturing your furry feline, move slowly and quietly, provide a distraction and be PATIENT.    

 

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THE JOY AND PAIN OF CAPTURING WALTER BARNEY https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/7/the-joy-and-pain-of-capturing-walter-barney  

 

 

 

The day looked perfect and we arrived at the beach where Walter Barney was rearing to go. The miniature labradoodle had his favourite purple frisbee and just loved the beach.

 

You know, they say the window to the soul is the eyes and Walter sure had fabulous windows. 

 

“What was the pain?” I hear you ask (no pun intended) Where were these beautiful windows? They were covered by a mass of curly wet fringe and I barely got a glimpse of them.

 

Setting the shutter speed to very high I lay down on the wet sand in my position of choice.

Where was Walter? Darting in and out of the water at the speed of light and rushing up to investigate what I was doing.  Wait!!!  Then of course, we all couldn’t stop laughing because he had to shake off the excess water, stuck on the ground… I was totally showered!   Thanks Walter. 

 

Armed with treats and his purple frisbee we coaxed him to stand still just long enough to capture those gorgeous eyes and here are the results! Thank you Walter. Your mummy, your sisters and I had the best day!!! 

 


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(Suzanne Martin Photography) grooming pet https://www.suzannemartinphotography.com.au/blog/2020/7/the-joy-and-pain-of-capturing-walter-barney Thu, 30 Jul 2020 23:43:00 GMT