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Dance the Day Away

A Dream Come True

Before we throw ourselves in to 2018 I wanted to take a good look at the year that has just finished.

So much happened last year that it really does seem like a bit of a dream come true for us. I think it is really important to acknowledge where we started, where we are now, who joined us along the way and then look at the future.

The first half of the year was spent still consolidating the business side of things. We had done more studies and training and when June arrived my career path took a huge change. For those of you who didn’t know me before GT Studios, I was a Midwife and Registered Nurse. This role ended in June and we decided that it was time to take GT Studios that extra step and make it the Boutique Studio we had always wanted it to be. This meant I would need to dedicate all my time to the business but in turn it meant we could now truly look after you the way we had always wanted to! I really want to tell you all about the exciting transformation that has happened so this will be a feature in the next edition of our newsletter this year.

Dance the Day Away - Ballet in the park

Model Ava

Dance was a strong point for us in 2017. We photographed two performances for Julie-anne from Starlets SA and were commissioned for an advertising campaign with Jo from Move Through Life Dance Studio. We really love dance photography so we decided to offer a “Dance the Day Away” photo experience during the school holidays. We have continued to offer our other photo experiences and have added lots of beautiful clothes and props to the GT Studios wardrobe throughout the year.

Ballet in the Park

Graham had six International Magazine publications between September and January. We are very excited about this and delighted to be able to help the young models who are featured further their exposure and modelling careers. More on this later in the year.

Model Erin at the Australian Supermodel of the Year Auditions

October was a huge month for us. It started with the Australian Supermodel of the Year Adelaide Auditions. We loved meeting such a great group of young people with ambition and amazing futures ahead. We had the pleasure of travelling interstate for photo shoots and meeting interstate photographers and models while we were there. It is really great to meet others in the same field and be able to work as collaborators and support each other rather than as competition. Photography can be a lonely path if you let it but we have been so fortunate with the people we have networked with since we set up GT Studios.

Models Ellirah, Alyssa, Teegan,Brittany and Erin

Once again we took part in Susy’s Girls Night In Charity Event in October. With both our 2016 and 2017 winners now having had their photo sessions.

As always, ongoing training and education plays a big part in the business. We always make a point of catching up with familiar faces at the Big Lens Day at Diamonds Camera Video and Digital. We popped along to the print colour calibration session at CCP hosted by Diamonds and continued our on line training. Of course – it can’t be all work and no play – so what do photographers do to relax – a workshop with Denis Smith and his Ball of Light – always lots of fun even if it is freezing. We didn’t have to go in the water – Denis did – he had a wet suit on so hopefully he wasn’t as cold as we were!!

Dancing with Light

As 2017 drew to an end we realised that our GT Studios family had grown considerably. Many of the previous year’s clients had returned and we had met so many new people along the way. We are truly grateful for the amazing year that we had. We love getting to know you all and we hope that you enjoyed your experience with us. Every photo experience is unique and we love designing it especially for you!

Model Teegan @mylittlestredhead

Thank you to all of you who made 2017 so amazing and we hope that you will continue to journey with us in 2018 – you can keep up to date with us through our newsletter – you can become part of the GT Studios Family by filling in your email address and pressing the subscribe button on the left hand side of the blog page or if you have received this as an email you can simply press reply and send to be added to our Family list. Once you are a Member of the GT Studios Family you are eligible for Early Bird Notifications of  any new products we add to our range as well as any new and exciting photo experiences and exhibitions that we have in the pipeline. As a January treat we will give the first 5 new members an extra half hour free when you book your photo experience! Good Luck!

Model Ellirah @ellirah_models

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Something New!

Last week Graham and I had a chance to spend the day looking at all the latest and greatest equipment of our trade. Diamonds camera, video and digital in the city were holding their annual Big Lens Day. Always a fun informative day.

We listened to reps from Olympus, Sony, Fuji, and Canon. We caught up with some old faces and met some new ones.

Coffee On Olympus at Cafe Brunelli - look at that Crema!

Coffee On Olympus at Cafe Brunelli – look at that Crema!

Our catch up with the Olympus rep, Brett, was a nice informal chat over coffee at Cafe Brunelli.  We also had a chance to chat with Denis Smith of Ball of Light fame. We can’t believe it has been  12 months since this amazing guy crossed our path. You can check out his work here. So much has happened since then. We attended one of his workshops last year, (check it out here) and began to understand his love affair with the Olympus Live Composite Mode – his enthusiasm and passion for photography is quite addictive. A bunch of very brave photographers joined him at Sunrise this year – needless to say – if you know us – we were not there! But, here are some of our light painting images we prepared earlier!

Cafe Brunelli kept us going with coffee and cake - this Tiramisu was delicious - the staff were friendly and very helpful when it came to trying to choose which cake for afternoon tea!!!

Cafe Brunelli kept us going with coffee and cake – this Tiramisu was delicious – the staff were friendly and very helpful when it came to trying to choose which cake for afternoon tea!!!

We then listened to the Sony rep, Sean, tell us about the Sony A9 – very nice – 20 frames a second – wow!

Aaron from Olympus spoke to us about the developments with lens technology.

For Graham this is like being a kid in a candy shop - he enjoyed trying some of these lenses on his camera!!

For Graham this is like being a kid in a candy shop – he enjoyed trying some of these lenses on his camera!!

Next up was the rep from Fuji,  He had the great task of showing us the Fuji GFX – well – what can I say – this camera is amazing. I could tell you all the technical jargon but at the end of the day you just want to know if it is a good camera or not – it is a great camera.

A behind the scenes image of Graham getting a chance to be hands on with the Fuji GFX in a studio setting - great idea by the rep!

A behind the scenes image of Graham getting a chance to be hands on with the Fuji GFX in a studio setting – great idea by the rep!

TJ - taken with the Fuji GFX - this is SOOC - quite impressive if you ask me!

TJ – taken with the Fuji GFX – this is SOOC – quite impressive if you ask me!

This session was hands on. TJ the model patiently sat through the technical talk and then we were given a chance to pop our own memory cards in to this little beauty and give it a whirl in a studio setting – hey presto – here is the result!

TJ in the studio with the Fuji GFX - the first time Graham has even seen the camera!

TJ in the studio with the Fuji GFX – the first time Graham has even seen the camera!

To finish the day we went with Steve from the Canon collective on an Architectural walk with tilt and shift lenses. Now that sounded pretty specky. It is quite a cool technique and we again had fun with a hands on experience out in Rundle Mall. Steve lent us a camera, lens and tripod! We even had the poor security man standing there watching!

So to sum up the day – once again Diamonds put on a great show, it must be a logistical nightmare and they carried it off beautifully.

Did we love the equipment we saw – yes! Will we be jumping ship and changing brands – not yet! However, the Fuji has left a very nice image in my memory – maybe one day when I have some spare cash!

 

 

 

Sparks fly at Tanunda workshop

GT Studios participated in a masterclass in light painting led by Denis Smith, a world renowned expert in this field. A privileged group of photographers were wined and dined at Peter Lehmann Wines Tanunda while Denis entertained us with his stories as well as generously sharing his knowledge and skills.

See the light unravelling across the lawn as we learnt new skills at the light painting workshop.

See the light unravelling across the lawn as we learnt new skills at the light painting workshop.

Denis allowed us to use his suite of light painting tools to create magic.

DInner was served at 4 locations at the winery. Main course was in the barrel hall amongst thousands of oak barrels full of fine wine.

Dinner was served at 4 locations at the winery. Main course was in the barrel hall amongst thousands of oak barrels full of fine wine.

The main course (of 4!) was served in the Barrel Hall. This extraordinary location was also used as the backdrop for more light painting antics.

Helping to mature these wines with some special light painting.

Helping to mature these wines with some special light painting.

Credit must be given to the staff at the winery, not just for the amazing food, service and locations, but also for putting up with us plunging them into darkness.

Light Painting with special tools looks like flames among the barrels of vintage wine. At the workshop with Denis Smith at Tanunda

Light Painting with special tools looks like flames among the barrels of vintage wine. At the workshop with Denis Smith at Tanunda

I think we all had a great time, and we are looking forward to getting out to do more light painting soon. Thanks to Denis and his tireless helper Ben for all the advice and encouragement throughout the evening.

It’s All About The Light!

We thought it was time to debut some of our Light Painting Photography that we have been working on.

Ride on my magic carpet through the forest.

Ride on my magic carpet through the forest.

After attending a lecture by Denis Smith we were so inspired by his passion and enthusiasm that we knew it was an art form we had to try. Now we find ourselves practicing and perfecting and experimenting at every opportunity!

This demonic light is looking for a soul steal.

This demonic light is looking for a soul steal.

We are completely addicted to light painting. We love being able to create a unique image that is open to interpretation on so many different levels.

Life is a roller coaster. Ride the roller coaster of light.

Life is a roller coaster. Ride the roller coaster of light.

We hope you enjoy looking at our Light Paintings as much as we enjoyed creating them. We will post more soon! Contact GT Studios via the contact page for purchasing details.

Step bravely through the portal, and find yourself in a different time and place.

Step bravely through the portal, and find yourself in a different time and place.