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Family Portraits in Melbourne City

Lesley O'Donnell - Monday, January 04, 2016

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“Mum, that was so much fun! Can we do it again next weekend?” Who would expect to hear these words escape from a young girl’s lips after we wrapped up her family photography session? 

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How absolutely satisfying for me to know that this family of four so enjoyed the whole experience of being photographed - getting dressed in their favourite outfits, their trip into the city, discovering secret Melbourne with it’s historic buildings and stunning parks, sharing laughter and stories and in the end having great photographs with which to recall it all.

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I have to admit that I delight in seeing my clients through my camera lenses. I also enjoy showing them what it is that I see - their uniqueness and their connectivity with those they love and treasure.

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Both Georgia and Chloe are involved with various forms of dance and are used to being photographed in their colourful costumes striking perfect poses. However, for their family portraits, they got to be more natural without their stage makeup and to simply be young girls having a genuinely good time.

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An interesting thing happened for Yvette and Paul during their photography session when they spotted their wedding photographer from 20 years ago creating his magic with another couple. It was a thrill for them to wander over and reconnect with him.

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The fun I share with my clients while I am preserving their memories is exactly why I am a photographer. They allow me to experience different places, capture their worlds creatively while sharing a couple of hours simply having a hoot of a time. What could beat that?!



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Family Portraits at Hedgeley Dene, East Malvern

Lesley O'Donnell - Thursday, October 08, 2015


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I am amazed at how young people, and girls in particular, no longer seem to feel the cold. The need for coats seems to have bypassed the younger generation, even during what has been declared as Melbourne’s coldest winter for 26 years.


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On a recent chilly day I found the need to wrap myself up in a warm jacket when I ventured out to photograph this family in Hedgeley Dene Gardens and Central Park in East Malvern. However, as you can see, Katie and Rachel are much more immune to the cold than me and they made it look like we had taken their photos in summer.

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These two stunning teenage girls obviously take the slip, slop, slap message seriously as both have beautiful alabaster skin. This feature looks great contrasted against their dark singlet tops. Maybe due to the common trend of taking selfies, Katie and Rachel were both very comfortable in front of the camera which made the session all the more fun.


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I have had the immense privilege of watching these girls grow up since they were tiny babies and I always love it when their parents, Karen and Mark, engage me to update their family photos. It’s always a fun outing and I love looking back through their professional photo albums to revisit their life journey so far.


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This time round they had a new member of the family to include in their photos. You can read about Lily on my website Pet Shots Photography which is devoted to pet photography.