Pets are Family Too

14 September, 2012

Former race horse Armada was destined for the knackery if not for his beloved owner Brianna.

As a gelding Armada had won over a million dollars racing in Honk Kong, but as with all goods things his racing days came to an end. As a gelding he couldn’t be bred from so his odds for a life off the track had blown out to be un-backable.

All this is behind him now as he bides his time under the gentle and loving care of Brianna. Armada and Brianna have an obvious bond and it was this special connection we wanted to show in the photographs we captured one Sunday afternoon recently.

As the sun began to set on another beautiful winter day, the overcast sky gave us amazing soft diffused light.

While Armada was quite distracted at times by the herd of goats in the paddock opposite, it did have the effect of keeping his ears pricked and forward making him look even more handsome.

Brianna whispered and cuddled him for the extent of our shoot and the results, I believe, are an accurate depiction of the obvious love and strong bond between horse and owner.

Young woman with her horse

Armada was very interested in the herd of goats in the far paddock.

 

 

 

Family Portrait Photography Penrith Locations

16 May, 2012

I’m always scouting around for great new locations for outdoor family portrait photography in the Blue Mountains and Penrith area.

Many of my clients live in the lower mountains, Penrith, Emu Plains, Glenmore Park and Mulgoa regions so its important for me to have a number of options for locations available at different times of the year depending on the season.

As we move into Autumn and then Winter more of my photo–shoots happen at locations in the lower mountains and Penrith area. One of my favourite spots is River Road Reserve at Emu Plains.

At the moment there are Autumn colours everywhere making for a beautiful backdrop to family photography.

This shoot took place at River Road Reserve and involved grandchildren assembling for some photos for Nanna. The children were great, they got on so well together and they all seemed to enjoy the time together which came through in the shots. Nanna was very pleased!

Boy and girl standing under a tree

Brother and sister trying to look like they like each other

Boy cousins standing under a tree

The Boys!

Young girl cousins together under a tree

The Girls

Cousins together for photo under a tree in Autumn

All the cousins together

Darren Edwards is a professional family portrait photographer specialising in family and corporate photography in the Blue Mountains, Penrith and greater Sydney region.

 

Best Businesses in the Blue Mountains – Portrait Photographer

10 May, 2012

This weeks Blue Mountains Gazette (April 9, 2012) has a Best of the Best feature showcasing some of the regions best and brightest businesses.

I’m proud to say I have been included! I’m in there with Lady of Grace Funerals, Simply Beautiful Smiles, Almar Pioneer Interiors and Springwood Gas Centre amongst others.

Toiling away at your business week to week has its rewards I guess but its always nice to have others recognise what you do.

I believe its important to be humble and while I don’t consider myself the best photographer in the Blue Mountains, I do feel I have the skill, knowledge and experience the meet any photographic challenge and be considered one of the best.

Be it a family portrait in a great Blue Mountains location, a newborn photo-shoot at your home, or meeting a detailed brief from a corporate customer – I’m confident of producing the right image for my valued clients.

This is page 1 of the feature layout

 

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New Homes Photography

2 May, 2012

I’ve heard it said that the proof is in the pudding and so it is with professional photography.

My corporate clients expect top quality work delivered on time and within budget. I expect that the images I produce will help showcase their product in such a way that they contribute to differentiate them from their competitors and help brand and sell them as a strong and professional business.

As part of our detailed brief the owners of Zac Homes wanted “money shots” of their display homes to be used in their marketing and on their website. They wanted the outstanding quality and workmanship of their builds highlighted along with the appliances and details. All the things that make their homes unique.

I spent two days lighting and photographing two display homes, the result being a folio of images for the client to proudly use to help potential customers become actual customers.

This type of work takes time to do well. I took with me 3 strobe lights with battery packs and remote triggers, along with my cameras and lenses. Each room was individually lit with at least 2 lights to give the most detailed and sympathetic light.

This fire place formed a feature of the living area

The formal dining room

High ceilings in the Living Room

Wall ovens fitted to the kitchen

Some of the fine furnishings used

image of one of the bathrooms

One of the bathrooms featuring beautiful fixtures

Here is a link to the Zac homes website where the images are now being used.

 

 

Autumn Colours for your Outdoor Family Portrait

27 April, 2012

Autumn in the Blue Mountains is a beautiful time for outdoor family portrait photography.

With the abundance of parks and gardens awash with the colours of Autumn leaves, the backdrops are stunning.

An outdoor family portrait photograph adds that extra special element of being out and amongst nature and more importantly enjoying that time with your family and allowing that joy to shine through the images.

This young family travelled up to the mid mountains to enjoy the early morning sun and Autumn colours for their photo shoot and we had a ball. Their 9 month old boy giggled and laughed and seemed to really enjoy all the attention he was getting from mum and dad.

I tried to incorporate the golden leaves and the morning sun in the shots as much as possible to give the images a nice warm feeling. The morning sun backlighting them really made the leaves glow and become a great feature of the images. This shoot was a nice way to start the day.

Family Portrait outdoors with Autumn colours

Darren Edwards is a professional family portrait photographer servicing the Blue Mountains and greater western Sydney region. With 20 years industry experience and the highest quality products and services your family portrait, newborn, corporate or fine art photograph is in good hands.

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Extended Family Portrait Photography

26 April, 2012

Photographing a large family group can be a real joy with a carefully chosen location and a happy family group.

For this family portrait we chose the beautiful grounds of Norman Lindsay Gallery at Faulconbridge as the venue as it afforded us the opportunity to include the garden furniture and of course the wonderfully maintained gardens.

Most people are uncomfortable with being photographed and I find creating a fun and relaxed atmosphere at a great location often leads to better images and happier clients. After all, investing in professional family portraits means you’ll be enjoying the images on your walls for many years.

Following the large family group photos we moved onto smaller family groups, including the grandparents on their own and with the grandchildren, as well as the siblings together and of course the grandchildren on their own enjoying the fountain.

The clients told me they enjoyed the shoot and loved the results.

Norman Lindsay Gallery is a National Trust property in the mid Blue Mountains less than 30 minutes drive from Penrith or Katoomba.

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Family Get Together Photos

12 April, 2012

With Easter just past I had time to reflect on why such occasions are important to me.

While it has its religious and chocolate traditions, its all about family get-togethers for me.

Aside from Christmas, Easter, Mothers Day and birthdays our family is spread far and wide and it takes a fair bit of organising to get everybody together.

The Easter holiday is a good reason for us to get together and enjoy a meal and a laugh.

My Nan is in her 80’s now and has had some health issues of late but she is a tough old girl and I love her. Her hearing and sight aren’t great, she walks with a cane and needs to hold your hand to walk up and down stairs. Still she has her sharp wit and sense of humour.

I’ve always felt she looks a bit like Queen Elizabeth, even if only because of the silver hair.

Nan often has a balled up tissue or handkerchief in her hand or strategically placed up her sleeve and she never, ever goes out without her jewellery on. Each ring holds a special memory for her such as a ruby anniversary or her wedding.

I asked Nan if I could photograph her and despite her initial protest I think she quite enjoyed it although she did use the oft-quipped “I hope I don’t break your camera, I don’t take a good photo…”

My Nan is the matriarch of our family and I think its important to celebrate that and I wanted to create a record of her at this time.

These are studio portraits and I used a simple 2 light set-up with a soft-box for the key and a reflector and grid for the hair light.

 

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Family Portrait e-Photobook on your iPad

5 April, 2012

An e-Photobook allows you to enjoy your custom made family portrait photo album wherever you are with your iPad, iPhone or iPod.

I have one of the first iPads and I love it. I use it for so many things, its an invaluable tool for my business that I wouldn’t be without.

I take it everywhere with me so everything I need is at my fingertips – I can check my calendar and make appointments, I can take payments through PayPal, I can show clients any of the many photo galleries it holds, I can update my Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. With the addition of iCloud my phone and desktop Mac are all instantly synced. Its brilliant!

I’ve seen the new iPad and the screen resolution is amazing, making photo display and slideshows look even better than they do on the original.

Now that iPad is in its third generation and the iPhone is soon to be its 5th, these wonderful devices are more and more common, and the things we can do with them are becoming more and more diverse its exciting to be able to offer a product suited to this technology.

For years now I have been offering professional quality Photobooks as an alternative to the traditional photo album. They continue to be very popular and really are a beautiful document of any family or wedding. I’m proud to say I can offer an e-version of the Photobook designed specifically for the iPad, iPhone and iPod market.

You turn the pages with a finger swipe so it feels like turning the pages of a real book. Tapping your finger on the screen will zoom in to a single page view.

The benefits are that there are no dog-eared corners, finger marks and smudges and you can take the book everywhere you take your iPad or iPhone.

Darren Edwards Photography is a professional photographic studio based in the Blue Mountains and servicing the greater Sydney and central west region. With 20 years industry experience, outstanding products and value for money, your photographic commission is in good hands.

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Newborn Photography

29 March, 2012

Photographing newborn babies can be a very rewarding experience.

Often I’m photographing first–time parents and it is wonderful to be witness to such a special time for them as they are only days or weeks into getting to know their little bundle of joy.

In contrast, second time parents are often a lot more relaxed and comfortable with their baby although still just as thrilled with the whole experience.

This newborn photo–shoot took place at the families home with the baby just 4 weeks old. I find any time in the first 4 weeks is best for newborn photographs.

This little man was a dream to work with, never once crying, he had a couple of feeds and a nappy change and then went to sleep right on queue. Perfect!

The little hands and feet are so cute and such a contrast to dad’s.

I have to admit to being quite smitten with this little baby boy. My partner and I are expecting a boy in July and I’m bursting with excitement about it all.

Darren Edwards Photography is a Blue Mountains based professional photographic studio specialising in newborn photography, family and children photography, corporate photography and fine art photography. With 20 years industry experience, outstanding products and value for money, your photographic commission is in good hands.

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Outdoor Location Family Portrait

22 March, 2012

This outdoor family photo shoot was at a lovely garden setting in the mid Blue Mountains.

With all the rain we’ve been having many of the parks and gardens are quite overgrown making them unusable. This garden was just right and the areas of long grass created a nice effect I think.

This was a fun and relaxed family portrait sitting, the result of a gift voucher one of my valued clients had bought for his sister’s family.

Gift vouchers are a great gift for friends and family, who doesn’t love photos of their kids having a fun time together?

They’re great for things like Mothers Day, Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries.

Darren Edwards Photography is a professional photographic studio based in the Blue Mountains and servicing the greater Sydney and central west region. With 20 years industry experience, outstanding products and value for money, your photographic commission is in good hands.

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