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What is your story?

Have you been through tough times? Have you been challenged? Has it made you stronger? Have you felt like you were going to break only to stand tall again? Do you want to be included in our project about Real Amazing Women?

The Honeydew Photography team have met, listened to and often cried with so many incredible women over the years, that we decided to start our Real Amazing Women Campaign. Launching today on International Womens Day. We want to share the empowerment amongst other women and make a positive difference to all our sisters. I want YOU to be a part of it.
All the women involved will have the option to be featured in my weekly blog. It will feature stories and unique experiences, together with photographs we have taken. It is totally up to you how much you wish to reveal about yourself, you may just wish to talk about the photography experience or concentrate on all the wonderful things you are grateful for. Or go into real hard times and come out a survivor and winner.

I need 30 Women of any age, any size and any background to be brave enough to step up and say, “yes, this is me, I want to do this. I want to be a part of this community of brave Real Amazing Women, I want to leave a testimony that I was here and I mattered.”
The photo sessions for this project will run twice a week for 15 weeks – yes that’s right I need 30 women. All ages, all sizes. The cost is simply $250 for your hair and make-up for one or two people so nominate someone who you know needs this experience too. All sitting fees are waived – you will also receive an archival quality 8×10 matted photo to treasure from your experience.
You have nothing to lose. Call me, message me, just get in touch in whatever way you prefer but don’t miss out. Limited time, limited spaces. Let’s make a difference.

Tips for emotionally preparing your husband for your family session

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Tips for emotionally preparing your husband for your family session

For some of us, preparing our husbands for the family photo session is as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky about photo day, that’s excellent. If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, however, then here are some things you can do to help:

Especially if this is your first session together with the family now that the kids are mobile, let him know how the session will go and discuss your expectations. Also, if you have to bribe the kids, communicate this with him so he can help remind them of the bribery.

Warn him that the kids will probably be crazy or freak out and that he should prepare himself for that. Let him know that it will still be fine and to try not to get overwhelmed or worried.

Let him know that the more helpful he is in getting himself and the kids ready, the less stressed you will be and the less chance of an argument between you arising.

Remind him that the session is only one hour tops and then it will all be over. This way, he sees a light at the end of the tunnel and can stick it out.

Give him the stress relieving tips we have in this article. Click here.

If your husband is being difficult, bribe him to cooperate during the session as well. If it works for the kiddos, it may very well work for him!

And most importantly – remind him that you love him (and that he loves you, and that’s why he’s cooperating with this). Tell him how much you appreciate his support and cooperation in this, and how pleased you are going to be with the finished photos.

Do you hate having your photo taken?

I just wanted to share a story of a photography session that I did yesterday.

Do you hate having your photo taken?

I past customer rang to ask if I could photograph her son as he needs a photo for his new employers website. She explained she can’t take photo’s of him anymore because he hates having his photo taken and refuses to pose for her. She has given up.

They both came in. Mum sat outside while I chatted to this young man (18 yr old) about what he needs.

At the beginning of the shoot he wouldn’t look at me, he kept looking away, I started asking him what he likes to do, it turns out he likes computer games. Once we got him talking about why he liked a particular game (can’t remember the name but it did involve shooting people) he started to smile naturally, and as long as I held his interest he did look at the camera.

After about 12 shots, I asked him to come and take a look. “No way!, there is no way I want to look at myself” Ok then, I went through the images with his mum and we reduced them down to our favourite 4. We asked him to take a look, which he did reluctantly. “Bottom left will do” he says.

Now for the bonus question. I ask “Would you like me to take out your pimples?”

He watched while I touched up the photo ever so slightly and boy, at the end he had the biggest grin on his face he almost frolicked out of the studio he was so happy!

If you or your sons and daughters are in the same situation, you need the profile shot but keep putting it off or you have an outdated one that needs improving, why not ring me on 9341 7027.

I’m offering a back to school/ Uni/work discount of only $150 for 1 amazing retouched digital photo. Available until Uni goes back.

Picture shown is not the boy in the story, we want to save his privacy.
Here is another profile picture of a client who also doesn’t like being photographed

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6 Stress Relieving Tips to NOT Have a Mental Breakdown During Your Session

Family portrait in the rain at Coogee

We will have fun rain or shine

6 Stress Relieving Tips to NOT Have a Mental Breakdown During Your Session

Family pictures are great – they help you create and remember fond memories of your loving family. However, this day can get very stressful, and we want to ensure this doesn’t happen. If you’re stressed it will show, and we want your photos to be carefree. Here are some tips you can use on picture day to help you relax: 6 Stress Relieving Tips to NOT Have a Mental Breakdown During Your Session

1. Take some deep breaths. Deep breathing is a common relaxation method. It can quickly calm your stress level and you can do it anywhere. Breathe in through your nose and exhale through your mouth, counting slowly in your head while letting it all out.

2. Laugh. Laughter is a great way to release tension. It will also help your family relax to get some genuine smiles. Have everyone pretend to laugh and they will feel so ridiculous that they will actually laugh. This will ease everyone into relaxation mode.

3. Count down slowly (in your head) from 10. Take a deep breath between each number. If you’re still feeling super stressed, start the process over, back at 10.

4. Distract yourself. If your family isn’t cooperating and you are getting stressed, suggest that we play a game or take a walk. This will let some of the energy out and also give us some good interacting photos. Prior to your session, think of a short game that your family would enjoy – it could be something like duck, duck, goose, or dancing to head, shoulders, knees, and toes, etc.

You can also distract yourself by going to your ‘happy place.’ Try to take yourself out of the situation you’re in and let your mind wander.

5. Trace your hand. Or the hand of your child. Take your finger and trace a figure eight on the palm of your opposite hand. This helps relieve stress and muscle tension.

6. Give lots of XOXOs. Not only will these make for cute poses, but one of the most effective ways to relieve stress is to hug someone or to kiss them. Gather your family in a big group hug, or give your husband a kiss and let your worries melt away.

Little Girl Ballet Dancers in the Prancing Dancers project for Starlight Children’s Foundation

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Hi There, Here are some of the little girl dancers who have danced and prance and posed and had mega fun at our Eastgardens studio during their Prancing Dancers photography session. The aim of these fun sessions is to raise money for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. To date, the money raised is now $1400!! Ok, so the goal is $5000, we need your help, can you help spread the word?

This is a really fun adventure for your young girls. And of course the mum’s have loads of fun watching their little girls concentrate so hard on getting the moves. It really is a scream!

We are asking for girls between 9 month and 5 years old. Of course, if their big sister wants to come along, that is fine, as long as you are happy with them coming during midweek.

Of course, your little girl doesn’t need to be going to dance lessons yet, she will still have a ball, she’ll jump and twirl and pose just lovely. We also have some little ballet wraps donated by Penny&Co to take home.

Hurry though, if you want to take part, fill in the form below.

There is a $50 participation fee, this $50 goes directly to the Starlight Children’s Foundation. We have a dedicated “mycause” page where you pay. Here is the link,
But first, please fill in this form