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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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Making a wish

Making Christmas Gift Giving Easy For You!

It’s that time of year when we start to make our Christmas lists. Even Santa is making a list and checking it twice! Today’s blog is about helping you with your list making and making Christmas Gift Giving easy for you!

Have you been naughty or nice?

Christmas Photo Experience

Christmas Photo Experience

 

Gifts, greetings cards, ingredients for baking – I can think of many lists that I could be writing! Are you a list maker? Are you the person who has to decide who has been naughty and who has been nice?

Making a list…..

Gifts, greetings cards, ingredients for baking - I can think of many lists that I could be writing!

Gifts, greetings cards, ingredients for baking – I can think of many lists that I could be writing!

I am not very good at those sorts of lists – I think everyone should have a lovely Christmas. I try to please everyone and usually end up feeling exhausted by the end of it and not really happy with what I have done. So, this year I am going to try really hard to be super organised – not take on too much responsibility and enjoy every moment with Family and Friends.

Surprise!

It's just what I wanted! Children and adults alike will love a framed portrait for Christmas

It’s just what I wanted! Children and adults alike will love a framed portrait for Christmas

However, I want to help you with your Christmas gift list first. If you have had a photo experience with us this year you might like to think about using some of your images as Christmas gifts for those special people in your life. It will make your Christmas shopping a lot easier than normal! If you haven’t had a photo experience keep reading – we can still help you too!

Traditional Frame

Our Traditional Frame – Beautifully framed in a range of timbers as well as black & white, with a traditional matte surrounding the printed image.

We have some beautiful products to choose from including four beautiful styles of framing. They range from the traditional (pictured above), to elegant (pictured below) to something more romantic, and then we have a very special frame style that is just perfect for your little Princess or Fairy.

Elegant Frame

Our Elegant and Modern Frame - this has a young edgy feel - also available in a range of timbers, it comes in a deeper box style frame giving it a more substantial feel and elegant look, it does not have a traditional matte but has a wide border on the actual printed image - it will surely make a statement on your wall

Our Elegant and Modern Frame – this has a young edgy feel – also available in a range of timbers, it comes in a deeper box style frame giving it a more substantial feel and elegant look, it does not have a traditional matte but has a wide border on the actual printed image – it will surely make a statement on your wall

Romantic Frame

Our Romantic Frame - A delightful whimsical choice for the true romantic, once again framed in a deep set box, matted and then printed on the most beautiful torn edged and textured or smooth cotton - this choice will make hearts melt!

Our Romantic Frame – A delightful whimsical choice for the true romantic, once again framed in a deep set box, matted and then printed on the most beautiful torn edged and textured or smooth cotton – this choice will make hearts melt!

Fairy Frame

Like stardust glistening on fairies wings - our Fairy Frame is the most exquisite frame you could find for your precious little Fairy or Princess - it will glisten softly and makes a great night light for anyone who needs a little more light in their night - even knights who slay dragons in their dreams. A matted print in a deep framed box - the fairy lights make this so special. Battery or plug pack available.

Like stardust glistening on fairies wings – our Fairy Frame is the most exquisite frame you could find for your precious little Fairy or Princess – it will glisten softly and makes a great night light for anyone who needs a little more light in their night – even knights who slay dragons in their dreams. A matted print in a deep framed box – the fairy lights make this so special. Battery or plug pack available.

Framing Size and Colour Options

Some of the timbers available for your wall art framing (size and colour options): Large Teak, Medium Birch, Miltwood, Heartwood, Large Tasmanian Oak

Some of the timbers available for your wall art framing (size and colour options): Large Teak, Medium Birch, Miltwood, Heartwood, Large Tasmanian Oak

We also offer a nifty little social media style set which can be kept as a set or split up to give as individual gifts. These are square and can be framed in a range of timbers. Perfect for those homes where wall space is on the tight side! They can be hung on the wall or placed on a shelf or cabinet or hallway table.

Instagram on your Wall!

Instagram - In an age of social media, what better way to display your chosen images. A set of 4 or more in your choice of timber box frame with the image set back these have a stunning effect when placed in a grid pattern on your wall. At 17cmx17cm this is a great choice where wall space is a premium!

Instagram – In an age of social media, what better way to display your chosen images. A set of 4 or more in your choice of timber box frame with the image set back these have a stunning effect when placed in a grid pattern on your wall. At 17cmx17cm this is a great choice where wall space is a premium!

Last but not least we have our delightful Folio Boxes. These gorgeous boxes are archival quality and your images can be safely stored in the box – starting with 4 images and holding up to 12 –  they are available in a traditional, modern or romantic style. The images you choose come matted in this style but not framed. You can then display them on an easel. If you purchase 8 images or more we will provide the easel as a gift.

Romantic Style Folio Box

Your heart and soul are captured and protected in this stunning heirloom for you to enjoy for years to come. Our Folio Box Collection - available in Traditional, Modern or Romantic styles - our image shows the very popular Romantic Style in the Oatmeal box - also available in black.

Your heart and soul are captured and protected in this stunning heirloom for you to enjoy for years to come. Our Folio Box Collection – available in Traditional, Modern or Romantic styles – our image shows the very popular Romantic Style in the Oatmeal box – also available in black.

If you would like your image delivered to you before Christmas you must have your order in before next Friday, December 1st so please contact me as soon as possible with your selection.

Order this week!!! Don’t leave it too late!

Order before the 1st of December for delivery before Christmas

Order before the 1st of December for delivery before Christmas

 

If you are not sure which image or which product your special person would like in their Christmas stocking you could always purchase a Gift Certificate from as little as $50 to go towards their gift or even a photo experience of their own!

Contact me today to organise your order phone 0481 190 163 or email karen@gtstudios.com.au

Capturing Life’s Moments, Creating Memories

Karen

PS: Contact us if you have any questions about ordering for Christmas, booking a photo experience, purchasing a Gift Certificate or purchasing any of our other photography that is available including landscapes, flowers, wildlife and abstract art.

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

Pretty girl and Christmas tree

Christmas Photo Experience

It is not too late to book your 2016 Christmas Photo Experience in the GT Studios Winter Wonderland Christmas Nook!

Pretty girl and Christmas tree

Pretty girl and Christmas tree

If you would like a set of images to use for your personalised Christmas Greetings Cards or printed and framed gifts for those special people in your life this year we can help you create the perfect look. We have a snow filled room with over 1,000 fairy lights! A Christmas tree which is decorated in purple and gold or red and gold depending on your chosen theme. If you choose a package where you change your outfit you can have both Christmas tree themes in the one experience! We also have a range of Party dresses for little girls aged from 6 months to 12 years to use if they would like to dress in something other than their own clothes.

Baby in front of Christmas tree

Baby in front of Christmas tree

Contact Karen or Graham for available dates but don’t delay – it’s only 5 weeks until Christmas and there are limited sessions.

Christmas Gift Ideas!

Here at GT Studios we love helping you with your Christmas Gift List.

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We are happy to organise a photo experience for you or your family so that you can use those photos to give as gifts either as an album or a beautiful framed print for hanging on the wall or placing somewhere special in your home.

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Mikayla

We can also organise to have your images turned into gorgeous Christmas cards but you need to act now. Christmas will be here before you know it!!

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If you are not keen on a photo of yourself we are happy to organise a gift certificate which can be used to purchase a photo session or any of our matted and framed images which are available.

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You Are My Sunshine

At last I get the feeling that Spring is just around the corner. The sun has been shining and the flowers are blooming. The trees are in blossom and our cameras have been working overtime!

Reaching Out

GT Studios recently had a chance to spend a few hours in the Adelaide Botanic Garden with Adam Durst at his Caught Dancing – Flower Photography Workshop. Adam is a Canadian-born photographer who now calls Adelaide home. He is known for his Fine Art Photography.

Always In Her Shadow

The workshop was not about the technical aspect of taking a photo of a flower but more about the artistic aspect. We were encouraged to look for the story in each image. These two images are the first of Graham’s images from the day. The first is titled “Reaching Out” and the second “Always In Her Shadow.” Hope you enjoy the stories! These images are for sale. Please contact us for details.

 

Winter sun on the homestead ruins

Days Gone By…..

Graham and I were fortunate to be offered a wonderful photo opportunity a couple of weeks ago. We were invited to take photos of some ruins on a property north of Adelaide. Here are a the first 5 photos from the shoot….

Memories Escaping

Memories Escaping

Return to Nature

Return to Nature

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

The View Beyond

The View Beyond

Winter sun on the homestead ruins

Winter sun on the homestead ruins

All of the photos will be available to view in the landscape gallery in the next few weeks. They will be available to purchase, as prints, both framed or unframed without watermarks in various sizes. Please contact us for more details.

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Iceland – A land of contrast

Eurovision spoiler alert – Iceland didn’t make it to the finals. I guess that means they won’t be hosting Eurovision next year and I won’t be using that as my excuse to get back to Iceland soon!

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Gullfoss – Golden Falls- Iceland

Iceland is an amazing country – worthy of more than one visit. Graham and I were lucky enough to spend some time there last October. It is truly a land of fire and ice. Made from volcanoes and their lava fields, black beaches, glaciers and waterfalls. The scenery was incredible. The people are friendly and the food was delicious.

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Volcanoes and Lava Fields – Iceland

We were even lucky enough to get a glimpse of “The Northern Lights” – an awesome experience – well worth standing outside in the cold dark middle of no-where! (images of this and glaciers in a future blog post!)

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Langoustine Lunch – The Red House Restaurant – Rauða Húsið Restaurant Eyrarbakki, Iceland

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Chocolate Lava Cake – the best I have ever tasted! – The Red House Restaurant – Rauða Húsið Restaurant Eyrarbakki, Iceland

We were on a photography tour so, as you can imagine, we took a lot of photos – we will over time get our favourites into an Iceland gallery here on the Gallery page

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A taste of Europe!

The theme for the blog post today has to be Eurovision – I’m afraid I am a Eurovision tragic!! I love it! One day I will be there to soak it all in, take photos of all the contestants, and surround myself in the culture…..

Back to reality – what I can do is post some of our images of some of the participating countries. Starting with a couple of images from the host country for this year – Sweden.

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Street view – Stockholm

I am late with today’s post because I had to watch the first semi-final. I won’t mention who got through to the finals – I will say I was mostly happy with the results. Austria competed in the first semi-final. Here are some images from Austria –

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The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of Music! Austria

It is Eurovision when all said and done! Really had to post this image today.

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St Moritz in the distance, Austria

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The train station at Oberalppass, Austria

These images are not in the galleries yet but they will be by the weekend! Stay tuned for more European flavoured posts…..