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A Corporate image has evolved.  Gone are stern, aggressive, authoritarian images.  Now customers like to see and learn about a business.  A friendly face shows the world they are dealing with a genuine and approachable person and how that person fits into the business – showing their own passion.  I love browsing a website of somewhere I’m going to do business with, and there’s a personal bio of the ‘team’ – especially of the person I’m going to be dealing with.

Using images throughout your website, on LinkedIn, Facebook, brochures, email signatures, etc, etc are all useful avenues for showing a personal side to your business, helping make it one people would like to contact.

As a photographer, finding the actual confident/friendly/passionate about their business person beneath a nervous smile.  Overcoming the “I hate having my photo taking for these things” is my goal. Nobody is on their own here as I hear that so often, in fact, I would say that’s the first thing clients say to me after hello – 8 times out of 10.  The other times are previous clients updating their look, and it’s all hugs and smiles.  At the end of a corporate portrait session, having versatile images giving your best look is a very valuable and useful business tool.

Shameless business plug – Affinity Photography offers both in studio and location portraits.  Whether you’re after a solo corporate image to use on LinkedIn, website, etc; or a team, environmental look to match with your business’s corporate image, we have quality affordable packages with our very popular subtle retouching for a refined ‘fresh’ look.

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Jul 052015

Affinity Photography winter wedding

As a professional photographer, I get to see many different weddings and like to pass along what I can

Understandably, couples hope for a beautiful blue sky day for their wedding.  If you’re having a winter wedding in Melbourne you may not have the blue sky but you will have a wonderful wedding.  Here are a couple of tips that can help a winter wedding be just that little bit easier.

  • Obvious but, it can get cold, especially with shorter days. The temperature can drop quickly at a winter wedding, and starts around 4pm.  If you are still expecting to be on location at that time, having coats or wraps (especially the ladies) to pop on between the location and car keeps everyone warm and happy.
  • If you are planning an afternoon winter wedding, the sun will set early.   You wont get the wonderful outdoor background for your family formals and couple portraits in the dark at the end of the day – Adjust your schedule to cater for a shorter day.  Here’s a great chart of Melbourne Sunrise and Sunset times
  • If you are on location, even if it’s not raining, the ground can be a bit unfriendly to shoes.  Carry loads of tissues, or even a towel, to clean off shoes before your entry to the reception.  A portable hairdryer can be handy if the bottom of the dresses are damp (even to warm up your feet before a night of dancing).
  • Umbrellas!  A must to have on-hand.  I always carry them and Receptions and cars sometimes have them for guests and the whole bridal party – a good thing to ask if you’re booking for a winter wedding.
  • It’s football season so locations near ovals may have NO parking available and lots of traffic.  Check what else may be happening on the day (and let your photographer and drivers know) – don’t get stuck in event traffic or road-works on your way to your favorite location or worse, to the ceremony.  Allow extra time as bad weather can often lead to bad traffic.
  • Always communicate with your photographer.  If there’s something you really want to do, let me know!!
  • My friends call me the backup queen (batteries, cameras, flash … almost everything!) and I’m a huge fan of having a location backup plan just in case and especially in the winter.
  • Enjoy your day whatever the day brings, rain, hail, sunshine (sometimes in Melbourne we’ll get all 3) – have a happy memorable wedding day.

* these tips are friendly hints only and not instructions, guarantees, or professional advice

© Affinity Photography 2015

Apr 092013

What do you get when you get some bubbles, the cutest little fairy, and a keen footballer?  Answer – loads of fun in the park for a family portrait session to remember!  These guys were packed full of energy and ready to go.  I just loved the big brother really looking out for his little sister.


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Feb 282013

Last weekend I had the chance to go along to Sandown Raceway and watch the Porche Club’s annual Sandown 6 Hour Relay.  As excited as I was to watch a 6 hour relay of car racing, I felt I should take my cameras along to keep me company …  just in case I got restless ;).   Fortunately, I was able to sign in as a professional photographer and I got to go trackside (I had a lot of time to pick up some of the lingo).  The resident motorsports photographer (Gary Hill) was a great guy to say hello to and he shared some of his knowledge at photographing sports cars.  And yep, I had a little lens envy at his zoom!  I didn’t feel I did too badly and it was a great way to spend a Sunday.

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Jan 012013

When I first met Tony & Jess, only a short time before their wedding, we instantly clicked.  The time during our meeting flew as we excitedly chatted about their plans for their unique and special day.  It was quite clear how important it was to them that they were comfortable with their photographer and I was really pleased when they told me just how relaxed they felt with me.  The day arrived and it was just perfect.  The ceremony was one of pure love and commitment.  After the ceremony, we braved the coolness outside to find a glorious sun shining down.  A touch of rain gave us the chance to play with the umbrellas.  When the rain moved on, and the late afternoon sun gave us a beautiful light, we had chance to explore the gardens Parliment Steps.  Handing over their finished album, I was so pleased and proud to have been part of their day.  Thanks so much Tony & Jess!

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