The Beautiful Miss B

I love glamour.  Totally love it.  I just had my father-in-law drop some yoghurt off here for the kids and he asked where I was going.  I looked “dolled up”.  Well, even if I am working on my photos I still feel the need to get glammed up.  I practice different makeup and hair techniques so I can advise my clients and even do their makeup for them before a glamour photography session.  And you simply cannot be a bona fide glamour photographer without looking a little bit glam yourself.

What I love about photography is meeting new people and it still surprises me that some of my clients have become close friends.  Miss B is one of those clients.  This glamour session was so much fun.  And totally glam.  Oh, and makeup credit goes directly to Miss B.

Thank you for being so fun Miss B.  And I cannot wait to photograph your little baby.

I am running a SPECIAL OFFER at the moment to celebrate my birthday in June!  Details here.

It’s My Birthday!!

This is your once a year opportunity to save big on a professional portrait session.  You just need to book and pay the $130 to confirm your photography session.  Not into glamour?  What’s wrong with you girl?!  Kidding – there is no better time to have your family, pet or you and your significant other photographed.  The sessions are fun and completely informal.

If you spend $500 or more on prints or collections you will you will also receive a video of your session complete with carefully selected music and 25 re-touched stills inserted into the video.  The mini movies I produce are not a regular item, yet.  When they are you will be paying at least $1000 with a package.  So, you are essentially getting a $1000 Session Movie for free.  THIS SESSION MOVIE OFFER IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 5 BOOKINGS ONLY.  So get in quick.  Email, phone, facebook.  What are you waiting for?

Dreams of Being a Cinematographer

I have always loved movies.  I think the first one I ever saw at the cinemas was either Star Wars or Every Which Way But Loose (I still consider Clint a bit of a honey!).  One of the things I love about my 7D is the movie mode.  to be able to flip over and turn my stills camera into a HD video camera is just awesome.  When I was about 7 or 8 an older cousin of mine (Chris) had a huge film camera.  We planned to make the next blockbuster, Academy Award winning masterpiece, complete with special effects.  Obviously we didn’t, but the feeling and excitement of making a movie has never left me.  Now, when I watch a movie, I look for how they light the scenes, the colours, contrast and transitions they use.  Undaunted by the steep learning curve involved in capturing the video, editing and publishing a watchable movie, I do admit I still have a little dream of creating a few mini masterpieces as personal projects.  I will publish them to the net as I make them.  I don’t imagine I will be making many due to the time factor, but you never know.  Here is the one I made of the kids on their bikes entitled “I Wanna Ride”.  See it here.

Bec & Jamie

I feel I owe so much to Bec and Jamie for having the faith in me to photograph their special day.  You see, they were the first ever couple to book me for their wedding without me having a wedding portfolio to show them.  I met them last year and photographed their Soulmate Session in and around True South, Black Rock.  I was so nervous meeting them, worried they would like me, hoping they’d like my photography and would want to book me.  They did!  And their wedding was a beautiful day set in the St Kilda Botanical Gardens with their reception at True South.

Besides the bride and groom, I loved the rest of the bridal party too.  The boys were so much fun, hamming it up for the camera.  And the girls were so friendly and just as much fun with their shots.

One of the highlights of the day had nothing to do with photos – during the speeches, Jamie announced they were expecting their first child later this year.  The whole room erupted in cheers.  Oh, and the bridal waltz.  I captured the tear falling on Bec’s cheek as she clung to her new husband.  Such a moving moment.  There were a few teary eyes around the dance floor.

As an example of the kind and beautiful couple they are, I was so touched when Jamie took the time to come over to me and ask me how I was doing.  I thought this was such a sweet thing to do because he had so many friends and family to mingle with, he went out of his way to make sure I was happy and enjoying myself.  Which I was!  I met so many great people, I couldn’t help but enjoy myself.

I want you to take special note of the floral bouquets and flowers at the reception.  The creator of these gorgeous pieces was my first bride ever, Chau.  Chau is one of the most creative people I have ever met.  And she’s an awesome photographer too 🙂  She told me about her love of making wedding bouquets and wanted me to pass on her details to brides I knew that might be interested.  She loves being involved in the joy of a wedding, so I put her in touch with Bec and the results are exceptional.  I get a warm and fuzzy feeling when I think of these two strangers being linked to each other through my photography.  I love it!!  Each of the bridesmaids had a different type of yellow flower in their bouquets.

Thank you Bec and Jamie for the wonderful experience and sharing your day with me.  I can’t wait to meet your little DC and photograph him or her as they grow up.

Love to you both xxx

Win a Custom Designed Poster

This is an example of the look of the poster up for grabs. The black border is entirely optional.

WIN A CUSTOM DESIGNED POSTER OF YOUR HORSE

It’s Valentine’s Day and I am in a giving mood.  I am giving away two custom designed horse posters for two lucky people.

Your poster will be a photograph I have taken at the WGQHA Show this weekend.  The poster will be customized with your own text, such as the horse’s name, Stud name, competition results or a favourite saying.  It is totally up to you what you want added in text.  Or, if you prefer, you don’t have to have any text at all.

Your poster will be emailed to you as a full resolution digital file that you can have printed as big as you like, on paper, canvas, acrylic or whatever medium you choose.  I recommend using Nushots for your printing due to their exceptional quality.  I am happy to arrange for the printing to be done for you for the cost of the print plus a small negotiated fee.  I will grant permission to the winners to make unlimited prints of this digital poster.   You will also receive a low resolution version you may use on your own website or social networking page, such as Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

What you have to do:

  1. Share the Facebook link on your own wall and say why you would love to win your own horse poster designed by me;
  2. Copy and paste your reasons back onto the Nicole Martin Photography Page in the comments for this post;
  3. Share this blog page by hitting the Facebook or Twitter buttons below;
  4. Come and say hello to me at the WGQHA Show this weekend and let me know you have completed step one; AND
  5. Make sure I photograph you and your horse(s) at the show.

It’s that easy.

Entries are open to any person competing in any event at the WGQHA Show on either the Saturday or Sunday, 18th or 19th February 2012.

The winning entries will be selected by two people completely independent of the WGQHA.  The two  most interesting, moving, funny or creative entries will be chosen.  Winners will be notified via Facebook on Friday 24th February.  I will then get in contact with you to select your favourite image from the Show.

You may enter on behalf of another if they do not have access to Facebook.  One entry per person unless you state you are entering on behalf of another.

So get going – share with your friends your desire to have your very own custom poster.  Good luck and can’t wait to see you at the show.

My Cousin Tahlia Married Neil

I’ve been looking forward to doing this blog post.  My cousin Tahlia and Neil got hitched!

I was so excited about going to this wedding on the weekend.  Firstly, because it would be a great chance to catch up with family that is scattered all over Victoria and Australia.  Secondly, because it was a wedding.  Obviously.  I love weddings.  I hadn’t seen my cousins for about 2 years and I reckon it’s been about 25 years since I last saw my Uncle, the bride’s Dad.  Tahlia and Neil and my Aunt live in Darwin.

It was a very hot Saturday with a good chance of rain.  A bit of a worry for a garden wedding.  The ceremony took place at the JFK Memorial at Treasury Gardens in Melbourne.  The area was beautifully set up with details like little antique bird cages, flowers and large umbrellas and a carpet laid down the aisle.  The groom was incredibly nervous and his nervousness just made him all the more adorable.  He didn’t have to wait long for his future bride.  Tahlia was accompanied by her two bridesmaids and a flower girl.  My auntie Michelle walked her down the aisle.  They say brides glow on their wedding day, but Tahlia was absolutely radiantly beautiful.   The word “stunning” was said a few times.

The ceremony was fun and, at the same time, moving.  It was officiated by a very lovely lady, who’s name escapes me.  She had the groom relatively relaxed by the time Tahlia met him.

Had to include this one. She was so cute.

Uncle Max. I will say hi to my Mum and Dad for you xx

The Blending of the Sands Ritual. This part of the ceremony involved blending of three different sands to represent the blending of the families, performed by the mothers and the couple.

Neil has a wacky sense of humour.

He actually danced down the aisle after the ceremony.

The immaculate bridal cars.

The rain threatened to come down, but we only got a few drops.

After the ceremony the group photos were taken and then the newly married couple were swept off in the gorgeous black convertible Mustang with their bridal party for photographs around Melbourne.  I was so excited to meet George Fragapolous who runs XSiGHT Photography in Darwin.  He did an amazing job.  At the end of the reception he put on a huge slide show display of the images from the day.  I mean massive.  He set the projector up on the mezzanine floor and project onto a huge wall on the other side of the room.  The guests at the reception were in awe of his work, and the applause after it was finished was very loud and enthusiastic.

The reception was held at Sumac in Shed 14 at the Docklands.  Great venue and fantastic food.  The band was entertaining, but not as much as the speeches of the best man, father of the bride, mother of the bride, best man and the MC.  Not to mention on of the brothers of the bride.  Hilarious night.  I met some awesome friends and family of the bride and groom that made the night even more enjoyable.

The entire wedding was co-ordinated by the wonderful Valerie De Silva of Together Forever Weddings.  This woman is so passionate and driven and absolutely untiring.  How she pulled the whole event together with the bride and groom in Darwin was amazing.  I would not hesitate in recommending her to any bride and groom planning a wedding.  She is a gem.  And so nice too.

It was a great day and night.  Thank you Tahlia and Neil.  It was a pleasure to share your love.  And I look forward to the arrival of little Fuji, Nikon, Canon or Olympus down the track. (Neil is so in love with photography he is likely to name his first born after one of the big camera brands, according to his best man.)

xox

Merry Christmas and Thank You

I was going to upload a cute photo of my dog with a Santa hat, but he just wanted to sleep. So you've got this instead. My kids' fluffy Christmas decoration.

It’s Christmas time again.  That time of the year often means it’s the end of the year too.  Funny about that.  It’s time to reflect on the achievements of the past year and think about goals for the New Year.  My 2011 has been incredible.  I was hugely inspired by Jasmine Star to follow my dream.  While I had a very stable job with regular pay in the Police Force, I searched for years for something more for me within the job.  I found a love and incredible passion for photography while I was on maternity leave in 2007 and thought I could take a decent photo.  I had always wanted my own business, I just didn’t know what sort of business I wanted.  So I took the plunge in May this year, with the support of my husband, Matt, and resigned to be a photographer.  To say I was nervous and scared of leaving the stability of a government job was an understatement, especially considering that stable government job was very good to me for 14 years.  It was a case of “It isn’t you, it’s me”.   But I believed, with the help of my fantastic family and close friends, that I could succeed in something I loved.

So 2012 is even more exciting for me as I branch out into the competitive world of wedding photography.  I hope I can be better than I think I can be.  I am so excited to be part of something so special in a couple’s life together.  To be able to record one of the most beautiful days in anyone’s life is such an honour.  I know that sounds cliched, but it is true.  I love people in love.

I want to thank so many people for helping me realize a dream come true – firstly Matt.  Without you I don’t think I could do it.  And I’d probably be homeless and hungry, of course.  Despite not knowing the ins and outs of photography and business in general, you trusted me to make it work.  Thank you.  To my Mum and Dad and your respective spouses, Albert and Julie, your encouragement and belief in my abilities and talent is endless.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have done for me and my little family.  I love you guys more than I can say.  To my Mother and Father-in-laws, again, I couldn’t have done this without your help and support.  Looking after my kids at a moment’s notice when I’ve had to rush to the post office before it closed to get clients orders out on time, giving me extra days almost weekly has been a Godsend, and your encouragement is most appreciated too.  Love.  To my friends, Ange, Nic, Kel, Kaz, Kerry, Mandy, Jo, Rachael M, Clare, Rachelle F, and Sophia you all gave me something that contributed towards this moment.  Your friendship means so much to me and your advice and support and suggestions and brilliant ideas from all of you has absolutely changed my life – definitely for the better.  Loves to you girls too.  I have this horrible feeling I have forgotten someone.   My most humble apologies if I have.  It’s after 11.00pm and it’s been a busy day :/

Thank you to the photographers from around Australia and the world who have inspired me and taught me so much.  There are way too many to name, but I wish you all the best and hope you feel the love.

And my clients.  You don’t know how much joy and warm, fuzzy feelings you have given me over the years.  I have had the best time meeting you in person and chatting with you over the internet.  Your kind words about my work, even in the very early years, has spurred me on to be a better photographer and to strive to give my absolute best to you.  Thank you for your patience, praise and referrals.  Bless you all.
 
(And I have no idea why the font suddenly turned to italics.  I can’t reverse it.  Oh well.  I suppose it adds emphasis.)
 
Now for the resolutions – I am hopeless at making resolutions and even worse at keeping them, but here goes:  I will  ……   nah!!  I just can’t do it.  No wait.  I have one.  I promise to only say something on my blog, facebook and twitter profiles that are positive and happy and fun.  Except when it comes to rogue telecommunications companies.  I think I’m allowed to say bad things about them.  And I have to exercise more and practice my skills more.  See, I can make resolutions.  Wait till next year to see if I kept them 🙂
 
That’s it.  I look forward to staying connected with you all in 2012 and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year and stay safe.  Love Nic x