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Some of our GT Studios teen ambassadors - an important part of our caring community of like minded girls, supporting each other as they journey into the modelling industry.

August Snapshot – GT Studios Photography

A snapshot with a difference today

I did a google search today for Adelaide Photography Studio teen and tween (as you do!) – to my delight we were ranked second on the first page – I believe this is due to our hard work and dedication to our clients and the fabulous effort that our gorgeous Ambassadors and their parents  do in return. We have built a caring community in an often harsh environment. We have come a long way in the last few years since we chose to make this our life!

I have decided you need to know what really makes us tick so here are a few words from my heart – to yours – about why we do what we do…..

Do what you Love – Love what you Do

Whether it's in the studio, or on location, we take the same care to make sure that every detail is prepared. This teen photo experience had flowers arranged by GT Studio's own flower arranger.

Whether it’s in the studio, or on location, we take the same care to make sure that every detail is prepared. This teen photo experience had flowers arranged by GT Studio’s own flower arranger.

 

Do you ever wonder why you get up in the morning?

I’m sure we have all had days where we wondered what it would be like if we followed our dream instead of doing what we thought we were expected to do.

Graham and I have always loved photography – over the years it has gone from being a hobby to a major interest to a passion and now a living.

It was at the point that it became a passion that we knew we had some major decisions to make in our life.

An obvious connection between our subject and photographer at this teen photo experience at GT Studios.

An obvious connection between our subject and photographer at this teen photo experience at GT Studios.

We had been taking photographs for family and friends but circumstances were changing and we were starting to charge for our time. This was a huge step for us – filled with self-doubt we took that leap of faith and set up our business, GT Studios Photography was born. Well, we were not bowled over by customers rushing in however we worked hard to make a name for ourselves.

Dance is a favourite subject for GT Studios, and this little tween enjoyed her dance in the park.

Dance is a favourite subject for GT Studios, and this little tween enjoyed her dance in the park.

We didn’t want to be like every other photographer in the area – we wanted to offer something different. We started by providing a service for anybody who needed a photographer – any style, any genre – we would do it. We soon realised this was no more fulfilling than working in a job that you don’t have passion for. We needed to find the area that we loved to photograph.

To celebrate a milestone in a teen or tween's life, it's a privilege for GT Studios to be a part of this unique experience - such as this ballet dancer's graduation to pointe shoes.

To celebrate a milestone in a teen or tween’s life, it’s a privilege for GT Studios to be a part of this unique experience – such as this ballet dancer’s graduation to pointe shoes.

Over the years we have refined our skills and now we provide a very specific service for a small niche group.   That epiphany came after a Family Photo Experience – it was an amazing day – a beautiful Mum, terrific Dad, the cutest little boy and the sweetest little girl. We offered to give the little girl a Princess Photo Experience after her Family Session.

Dad and little brother went to the playground and it was then that the magic truly began for us. This little girl had been amazing during her family session but she was extraordinary as we totally dedicated our skill and attention to her. We saw a depth in her eyes, an understanding in her expression and a gratefulness in her heart.

A depth in her eyes - an understanding in her expression - and a gratefulness in her heart.

A depth in her eyes – an understanding in her expression – and a gratefulness in her heart.

After the family left we were eager to review the images – hoping that the emotion we felt was not just the electricity in the room but it would translate through to the images and then on to the final prints. We were not disappointed. As we sat together, reviewing each image we were brought to tears – we had found our calling. We both knew at that moment that we were meant to do what we had done that afternoon!

Raw emotion shows through in this teen photo experience at GT Studios,

Raw emotion shows through in this teen photo experience at GT Studios,

Over the last few years we have refined our craft and now offer many different photo experiences – we offer a pre-session consultation so that we can ensure each girl has a unique photo experience designed around her own personality. Yes – we do have a signature style and so many of our clients fit in to that category which we love but our goal is to find the true essence in the eyes of our girls as we photograph them so that moment can be cherished forever.

Are we still brought to tears when we review our images at the end of a photo session? Oh yes – if we don’t feel a raw emotion at the end of the day then we are not doing our job. Every photo experience should be one full of emotion – we laugh, we have fun, we get the best out of our girls, we build them up, we encourage them, we build their self-confidence and self-esteem. They go home exhausted and we are exhausted but we can guarantee that they will have had a day that they will talk about for weeks and remember for years to come!

We try to surround them with a world of positivity for the time they are with us – take them away from the stress of their studies, peers, work – whatever it might be that causes them discomfort.

We take time to get to know our teens and tweens making sure they are relaxed and comfortable on the day of their photo shoot. If this means learning about how they make Slime then teach me!

We take time to get to know our teens and tweens making sure they are relaxed and comfortable on the day of their photo shoot. If this means learning about how they make Slime then teach me!

Within two weeks we will review the images and then select the top 100 to present at a review and select session. This time it is our girl and her family’s time to feel the raw emotion that comes from seeing images of a girl who became transformed in a way they didn’t think possible. As they sit in the darkened theatre and watch the slide show the room is filled with gasps of oohs and aahhs – and some laughs too – we keep it real! By this stage we have had at least two face to face meetings and several more phone, emails, PM’s or DM’s so we know what sort of image to present! We feel that we begin as strangers but over the journey we become more like friends. It’s important to build a trust with your photographer. If it’s done properly – this should be someone you come back to for all those important milestones in life!

Has this tween had a sugar overdose at her GT Studios photo experience? No - but she's having a great time! We could see her confidence & self esteem grow as the day went on.

Has this tween had a sugar overdose at her GT Studios photo experience? No – but she’s having a great time! We could see her confidence & self esteem grow as the day went on.

If our hearts speak to your heart today or you think we could help someone you know please drop me an email with your contact details and I will happily give you a call

Capturing LIfe’s Moments, Creating Memories

Karen
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The Teegan

July Snapshot GT Studios Photography

Oh no – that can’t possibly be the date – are you sure it’s August?

July has flown by for us here at GT Studios and has probably been one of our busiest months ever – far too much to mention in one newsletter!

We are so grateful to all our wonderful new clients and the support we have had from their families as well as the amazing support we continue to receive from our Ambassadors and their families, our followers on Instagram and Facebook and the many Accounts and Pages that have featured our photos over the last month. The feedback and comments we have received lately have reassured us that we do what we do for all the right reasons. We love what we do – and when your work is your passion it really doesn’t feel like work!

Nothing is worse than missing an opportunity that could have changed your life – we have received some heart-warming feedback this month about the changes we have helped make in the lives of some young people – perhaps we can change the life of someone you love too! Building self confidence and self esteem is so important in today’s society. Our beautiful Teegan art work (our top feature image on our snapshot) is a huge 75cmx100cm frameless matte art image and has had such an impact on our clients as they enter the studio that people are telling us that they are actually dreaming about it! That is the effect that large scale wall art can have on people and why we urge our clients to have their beautiful work printed and go as big as their space permits – this action is a lasting statement of loyalty love and commitment to their child.

As always we welcome you to the GT Studios Monthly Snapshot. A chance to keep all of our wonderful GT Studios People – clients, models, collaborators, and friends up to date with the latest news and happenings. By the way – what do you think of the new lay-out? We seem to have lost our galleries – but hopefully by our August Snapshot we will have them back!

  • The Face of July – Winter

For our Face of July we felt it was appropriate that we celebrated winter – even if I don’t really like winter! I was surprised at the amount of applications – who knew winter would be popular!

Goodbye to Autumn

Our Face of July – Mackenzie – Goodbye to Autumn

We chose Mackenzie as our winner this month. She presented an amazing application – she answered all the questions that I asked. She gave enough detail without going overboard. She was believable and sincere.

Red Berries

Face of July – Mackenzie – Winter – Red Berries

Her original plan was to have a friend with her but due to circumstances beyond her control she attended the photo shoot without her friend. As teen and tween portrait photographers we were fine with this as we were able to give Mackenzie the attention that we would give our usual clients. We planned the session in detail and captured many aspects of winter – we even managed to incorporate some snow, Christmas and hot chocolate!

Christmas Wishes

Face of July – Mackenzie – Christmas Wishes – Christmas in July

When Mackenzie returned for her Reveal and Select session we asked if she would do us a favour and do another little mini session as I had been able to find some beautiful red berries for a winter head piece. She jumped at the chance! She showed such enthusiasm and worked so well that we asked her to stay a bit longer and do some model work for us that evening. By the end of the night we were pretty sure we wanted to invite her to become part of the team! After a chat with the other ambassadors we were delighted to contact Mackenzie and now we are very excited to say that she is our 7th official GT Studios Ambassador. In the months ahead we will introduce you to each of our ambassadors.

We have already showcased images for July on Instagram but these are just a few in case you missed them! You can follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/gtstudiosphotography

 

  • Christmas

On the topic of Christmas – did you know it is less than 5 months until the big day!!!! It is never too early to start planning your Christmas Gift List or that Christmas card list either.

At GT Studios we believe that receiving a beautiful personalised Christmas card is so much nicer than an sms or digital greeting – it shows you have put in some thought and effort. We also believe that customised wall art or a carefully planned album is one of the nicest gifts you can give to someone who holds a special place in your heart. Have you thought about a gift from GT Studios – it might be for a parent, grandparent, or child. We also offer gift certificates so if you know someone who would jump at the chance of one of our photo experiences then a Gift Certificate is the perfect option.  We will be there on every step of the journey – whether it is to plan a photo experience or plan an album or choose which photo to place on your wall. Let us help you this Christmas! Don’t leave it too late to order – quality takes time!

If you have had a photo experience with GT Studios now is the time to have a look at your proof sheets and choose which of those beautiful photos you will choose as your Christmas Gifts and cards this year.  Of course we are happy to help you choose – just call and we can discuss your images with you. If you have misplaced your proof sheets give me a call and we can arrange replacements.

 

If you need a new photo experience for your Christmas Photos your experience must be before the end of October to ensure delivery for Christmas! August is now fully booked.

 

  • Magazines Arrived

As I mentioned last month – we had some of our beautiful girls featured in Issue 10 and Issue 11 of Madison Fashion Magazine. Our copies arrived in the mail and of course it turned in to another mini photo shoot! We even had a live session on Instagram! Did you see us live? It was lots of fun!

  • Photo Experiences

July has been a month full of variety and creativity when it comes to our photo experiences. As well as our Face of the Month for July which had a winter theme we had the Face of August which we did the photo session for during July. We met two delightful young girls who showcased their favourite eras of fashion ‘70’s, 80’s, and 90’s! We also had the beautiful Miss M take part in the “Model for a Day” experience and Miss A came to update her model portfolio.

Model For A Day

Model For A Day

We were treated to some amazing dance sessions this month with several solo and group dance experiences as well as a Family photo experience and a Fine Art Experience with a Fantasy feel.

Portfolio Update

Portfolio Update

The weather was glorious for Emi’s portfolio update and we captured some awesome moments! We missed out on using the dress she ordered as it had not arrived so when she came back for her reveal and select session we did a mini photo experience and she looked amazing. Emi was really not very well that day but she still worked like a true professional.

We also had a chance to work on a photo experience with 5 of our 7 ambassadors ….. sssshhhhh!…. I can’t tell you about that – it’s a secret – watch this space and I will tell you all about it in the next newsletter!!!

A Passion For Dance

A Passion For Dance – Riley, Alex and Jordan – one of their amazing dance sets

If we can help you with any of your photography needs please contact me.

If you would like more information on anything you have read about today give me a call, email me or go through our contact page.

Capturing Life’s Moments, Creating Memories
Karen

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karen@gtstudios.com.au

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Dance the Day Away

Black & White or Colour

Do you have a preference for Black & White or Colour photography?

This is a question we ask when we are helping our clients custom design their photo experience. The answer will help decide the colour of clothes, the setting and even the style of photography.

It also depends on where the artwork is destined to hang – what the decor of the room is, what size it will be and whether it will be presented in a frame or as an acrylic or other presentation. However, sometimes it just comes down to personal taste and it is often nice to see the same image in both black & white and colour.

The image featured on the blog today was published in the “Gallery of Refined Art” Children’s Photography Wing this week. We chose to submit it in black and white.

Single light studio setup with a beautiful, young, aspiring ballerina.
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I was really keen to know peoples opinion and so posted both a colour and black and white version on to Instagram to see the response – you can check out the numbers by going to our Instagram account.

Single light studio setup with a beautiful, young, aspiring balerina.
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This is the colour version followed by the same crop in black and white.

Single light studio setup with a beautiful, young, aspiring ballerina.
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I am always amazed how a different crop can completely change the look of a photo too – but that will be another day’s blog!

If you would like to discuss a custom designed photo experience please contact Karen or Graham today – phone 0481 190 163

Planning Your Photo Experience

At GT Studios we love getting to know you before your photo experience. The best way to plan a photo experience is by meeting with us and telling us about your dreams for the photo you have in mind. We offer both indoor studio experiences and outdoor natural light experiences and we discuss all the options when we are helping our clients create their perfect photo experience.

Princess Moment – an example of an indoor studio portrait

Sometimes all you want is a beautiful simple portrait for your wall. Sometimes you want to create an amazing themed experience with fancy dresses, floral crowns and props. Your imagination is the only thing that holds you back! We would love to offer you a chance to experience this. No matter how simple or grand, together, we can create beautiful art for your wall.

Picnic in the Sunflowers

Picnic in the Sunflowers – an example of a photo experience with the lot! Props, floral crowns, secret location!!!

Call Karen or Graham today to schedule your planning consultation.

Little ray of sunshine

The Great Outdoors

Graham and I are not really camping people! So, when we suggest an outdoor photo experience it is more than likely going to be with a lovely client dressed in a gorgeous outfit, and we do our best to make them them feel  super special and let nature speak for itself.

Angel in the moment

Angel in the moment – with Fairy Dust editing.

Don’t get me wrong, we love being outside in the gardens and forests and national parks that we are so lucky to have here. You just need to check out any of our holiday destinations to see that we really appreciate nature, but we really appreciate the beauty in all our clients too. We make it our task to capture life’s moments with them while they are out in the natural light. We like to give them the opportunity to wear some of the outfits we have in our collection so that it is not the clothes that they have been seen in before. We do tend to specialise in girls that like to dress in beautiful party dresses – I think that is because that is what I am comfortable with too!

Every girl loves to dress up

Every girl loves to dress up – with Radiant and Refreshing editing

Even when we have had the pleasure of meeting girls who want to be “Bad” and wear only casual jeans and look tough for their photos they still end up choosing something beautiful from the collection in the end.  I think deep down, when there is no pressure from anyone, most girls secretly want to be a Princess and get dressed up and twirl around!!

Angel in the forest

Angel in the forest – with Black Opal editing

 

Is that for me?

I love this photo of Miss T! I think she can say a lot with her eyes. In fact most people can speak with their eyes if they want to. To me, this photo is a question – “Is that for me?” Some others might interpret it differently, that is the beauty of photography.

Is that for me?

Is that for me?

I would love to know what you think Miss T is saying with her eyes. Let us know in the comments section on the Facebook post.

Christmas Photo Experience

Presents Under the Christmas Tree

Are you ready for Christmas? Presents wrapped, cards written, Christmas tree decorated? Christmas is only four and a half weeks away so if you are not quite as organised as you planned why not let GT Studios take some of the stress and pressure from you and let you enjoy the “Festive Season”.

We have one more day available for Christmas Photo Experiences in our Winter Wonderland Christmas Nook. If you are free on Saturday the 3rd of December we would love to help make your Christmas a very special occasion by creating some beautiful personalised Christmas Greetings cards or Framed images for you to give as gifts. We still have sessions available in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Christmas Photo Experience

Christmas Photo Experience

The photo experience runs for 30 to 45 minutes with several Christmas props to choose from. We also have a range of children’s clothes (6 months to 12 years) which you might like to choose from or you can choose to bring your own special outfit.

The investment for you is $200 plus the cost of your order which could be as little as $2 per modern flat personalised Christmas Card or $3.50 per traditional folded personalised Christmas Card! Framed images come in a range of sizes and costs to suit your budget too. All orders will be delivered by the 18th of December.

Christmas Photo Experience

Christmas Photo Experience

Lots of people like a “mini-session” as their first experience with us and this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

If you would like to book a session you can contact Karen or Graham with a time that suits you and we will confirm the availability.

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Mikayla

Photo Experience in the Park this Sunday

Let GT Studios help you create an experience you will cherish forever! From as little as $100 investment and 30 minutes of your time you can enjoy a “Photo Experience in the Park”. Book your unique session by calling Karen or Graham today on 0481 190 163 and have your images ready to give as Christmas gifts or Christmas greetings cards!! (Your choice of formal, casual or themed experience – depending on your budget and length of session that you book.)

Marcus

Marcus

There are only a few days left to book your session for the Photo Experience in the Park on the 16th of October – don’t miss out! You can make this session as formal or casual as you want! Call Karen today 0481 190 163!!

Mikayla

Mikayla

If you would prefer to have your session in the comfort of your own home or our home studio we will be happy to discuss available dates with you. If you would like an outdoor session but the 16th of October doesn’t work for you we would be happy to discuss other locations and dates. (an additional cost of a permit may apply depending on which outdoor location you request if you do not book the 16th of October)

Marcus and Mikayla

Marcus and Mikayla

Focused and Reflective

Sometimes a prop can transform a photo experience to a different time and place. This beautiful Pathein parasol from Myanmar did exactly that for this photo session.

Girl with red parasol

Girl with red parasol

Sitting on the edge of the olive grove Miss C was able to tell us that it was a gift from her Farmor and Papa.

Girl with red parasol

Girl with red parasol

Instead of a fairy fluttering through the forest with her spectacular wings she became a more focused and reflective subject.

Girl with red parasol

Girl with red parasol

Miss C has quite a passion for parasols and umbrellas. We have in fact had the pleasure of being asked to take her photo previously with several different parasols and umbrellas, but this one was the most beautiful I think.

Girl with red parasol

Girl with red parasol

At the end of the day, Miss C had to change back in to her own clothes ready to go home. She noticed me showing her Mummy and Daddy some of the new items in my prop box – “Oooh what’s that?” she asked. “A flouro pink tutu” I answered. “Can I try it on?” she asked. So we popped it on over the top of her clothes she was already dressed in. She swooped up her parasol and rushed back to Graham before he packed up – “May I please have some more photos with this?”….

Girl with red parasol & pink tutu

Girl with red parasol & pink tutu

If you have a prop you would like to use in a photo experience why not book a session at the Pop-up Photo Shoot in the Park on September 18th. Only 2 weeks to go – Bookings Essential – Don’t Miss Out. Details here. Email, PM, SMS or call to save your preferred time on the day – one morning session still available, afternoon sessions available till 4.30pm

In the Blink of an Eye

Do you remember as a child it seemed like forever when you were counting down to a special day or celebration? Now, can you believe that we are already at the end of August – only four months ’till the end of the year? It seems that the older we get the faster time travels!

Families get the pleasure of counting down to many special days and celebrations; but in the blink of an eye; those excited children have grown up and suddenly have children of their own!

Out for a stroll

Out for a stroll

It is so important to take time out of your busy schedule – spend time with those people who are important to you, and most importantly make sure you capture those moments as memories for years to come.

If you're happy and you know it

If you’re happy and you know it

Photos of your children growing up are truly precious, but photos of you with your children are what you leave to your children. If you would like to book a family photo session you can contact us for details. If you have never had a professional photography session and want to know what it’s like without a huge commitment of time (or money) then why not book a session at our Pop-up Photo Session in the Park on the 18th of September. We still have a few sessions available.

Enjoying the winter sun

Enjoying the winter sun