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Personal Impressions Photographs 90th Birthday Celebrations

Lesley O'Donnell - Monday, May 09, 2016

This past December I accepted a portrait assignment on Christmas Day. No-one has ever requested this before and at first I was a little hesitant about taking it on as to do so would interfere with my own social diary and a commitment I had already made to a friend.

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However, this request was a little different as my client’s mother was turning 90 on the actual day. Usually her birthday is overshadowed by seasonal festivities but Margaret decided that Joan’s significant birthday should receive the most attention. After all, it is not everyday that one is lucky enough to celebrate nine decades of life.

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I have to admit that I am so glad I decided to share a couple of hours with Joan on her birthday. It was a very special day and I had so much fun with her and the four generations of her family she is so obviously proud of. Before they all arrived I had the great pleasure of photographing Joan by herself and sharing a glass of fine French champagne with her  and Margaret from the first bottle opened that day. I suspect many more corks were popped as the day progressed.

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Age is certainly no barrier to looking good and this very elegant woman put considerable effort into presenting well for her birthday celebrations. She looked splendid in a newly purchased turquoise and cream coloured outfit from her favourite boutique. Her daughter Margaret then incorporated this colour as the basis for the decorations for her birthday. Offset with purple, yellow and white flowers the decorations were bright and cheerful and set the mood for the day.

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Margaret’s four children, their partners and their five little ones all made quite a fuss over Joan and it was such a pleasure to see how each of them delighted in her company and acknowledged what a treasure she is to their family.

Eureka - I'm Seventy!

Lesley O'Donnell - Friday, May 15, 2015


Milestone birthdays are fun. Frank’s 70th certainly was.

Held at Eureka 89 it was certainly a top venue to celebrate with friends and family. Not only did everyone have a great time in the elegant space but the location offered the party attendees a fabulous bird’s eye view of Melbourne.

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As the photographer for the night, I arrived early to take the opportunity of photographing the Eureka tower itself and the magnificent panoramas afforded by the floor to ceiling windows. It is a great vantage point from which to view Melbourne and it’s spreading surrounds. You can see as far as the Dandenong Ranges and out into Port Phillip Bay as well as getting a close up view of Melbourne City and all that lies along the banks of the Yarra River.



Frank’s sister Carol certainly knows how to throw an impressive party.