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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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Pure Essence – A Fine Art Photo Exhibition

Happy New Year everyone! A great start to 2018 for GT Studios – we have been invited by Jin from By Blackbird on King William Road at Goodwood to exhibit some of our work. We are so excited to be given this opportunity.

We observed this short eared owl for about an hour whilst it caught rodents and fed its chicks. Olympic Peninsula, Washington State, USA

 

The hardest part for us was deciding on a theme – when we are not photographing children we have quite an eclectic collection – we both have a very different way of looking at the same thing and this is actually a really good thing! At first we thought we would present “The Owl and the Pussycat” – Graham took some awesome images of an owl when we were in America and we both have a huge collection of cats both large and small from all over the world. On reflection we decided that this was perhaps not appealing enough to a wider audience.

 

We then gave our light painting and abstract work some consideration – however, this too is fairly restrictive in its appeal!

We eventually decided that we both took images of flowers and flowers featured in a lot of photo experiences with our clients too. Perhaps we should exhibit our flowers…..

For flowers and girls – it’s the little details that matter

Most of our photography these days revolves around children – but we still find ourselves photographing flowers. Sometimes it is in conjunction with a photo experience; sometimes it is when we are enjoying some down-time in some of the beautiful gardens we visit both locally and when on holiday.

Sweet Sunshine

Sweet Sunshine

When we put this collection together for the exhibition we realised that Pure Essence was fitting for both our Flower Collection on display and for sale as well as our Photo Experiences that we offer.

Blue Agapanthus, Adelaide Botanic Gardens, South Australia

In philosophy, essence is the property or set of properties that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity – this is what we try to capture when you look into our lens.

Every child is a different kind of flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden.

We photograph flowers so their essence doesn’t fade – we create photographic art capturing the essence of children so the memories last forever.

We would love to see you at the official opening of the exhibition on Saturday 6th of January 2pm -5pm

See all the details in the invitation above.

If you have any questions please contact me

Capturing Life’s Moments, Creating Memories – Karen

karen@gtstudios.com.au

📞 0481 190 163

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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

Dance with your heart – your body will follow.

So you are probably wondering what dance has to do with photography – I guess for me the two go together naturally. If it wasn’t for dance I would not have met Graham.

Ballet on the Beach

Ballet on the Beach

Dance has been a part of my life since I was 4, about the same age as this little dancer in the image above, and I met Graham at a dancing school when I was eleven.  As two photographers with a passion for dance it was only a matter of time before GT Studios offered  the opportunity to create photo experiences for dancers.

Ballet by the Lake

 “If you dance with your heart, your body will follow.”

Mia Michaels

We dance because it is what we love to do.

 

After a reasonable break from dance I have recently returned. I love every minute of my contemporary class at Move Through Life Dance Studio and I hope that my renewed involvement will help when we are creating dance experiences. When I was little I always found it helpful if the teacher demonstrated the position for me. Likewise – I think it is nice if we can show our dancers the position we are asking for. I’m not suggesting I can do it as well as some of the dancers but at least I can ask for positions by name and know that we are getting it right!

Ballet in the Park

When I was looking for dance quotes today I found this one form Bill Austin – it reminded me of when Graham and I would be learning dance routines and also where I am at the moment – “When you take dancing lessons, you learn steps and you learn steps and you learn steps. It can go on for a long time. And then one day, you just learn to dance, and it is so different. “

Ballet in the Snow!!

Ballet in the Snow!! Christmas Winter Wonderland

 

I love all our themed photo experiences but I have a secret passion for a Ballet or Dance Photo Experience and love when we are given the opportunity to help create a dream experience for a little dancer. Dance fits so beautifully with the basic beliefs that we build our business upon. We believe GT Studios is about people and the human connection. Dance also can be seen as this – we want to capture this form of expression  – the hopes and dreams of each dancer and turn them into art that can be displayed on the walls of their home – reminding them what they are working towards.

Ballet in the Park

 

It is also important for us to give back to the dance community.  We recently enjoyed the Starlets SA Showtime concert and have given the Starlets families the opportunity to download their images from our website.

Ballet on the Beach – Mum and her little Ballerinas

If you think your little dancer would like a Dance/Ballet Photo Experience give me a call on 0481 190 163  (or contact us here and I will call you). We can arrange a no obligation consultation to discuss some options.  The photo experience is a beautiful gift for your dancer and the framed images make gorgeous gifts too!

Tutu on Black – taken in the studio

On a closing note I thought I should add that “Happiness is……finding the perfect dance partner…..and a photographer that understands dance! I found my perfect dance partner – hopefully we can be your perfect photographer – hear from you soon – Karen

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