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Celebrating International Women's Day with our Clients: Brisbane Fitness, Family & Wedding Photography

Today we celebrate and support the achievements, success, motherhood, goals, inspiration, beauty and integrity of our fellow beautiful women, with International Women’s Day.

As a woman who works with women regularly in my role as a portrait and commercial photographer I want to share with you some (I wish I could put EVERYONE on here) of the beautiful people I have come across and their stories. I love to shout about the successes of other women and them reaching their goals, women being amazing mothers, women smashing their careers and supporting other women…..

Today, reach out to your closest women and share your gratitude for them and show your support to their journey. Today, I celebrate all the wonderful women I’ve got to know over my journey as a photographer and some of these incredible stories!

Lastly but not least, I celebrate ME! My own success, my journey, my influence on others, the people that have touched my life and changed me for the better, my friendships, my family, my happiness. So very grateful to have my health and be on earth the share my purpose with others.

Happy International Women’s Day everyone!

Em x



How a Strong, Supportive Group of Women Can Help you Succeed: Brisbane Fitness Photography

It’s not often that I get to work with a group of ladies that are their prime physical health ready to compete in a bodybuilding contest. Usually I work with athletes, weight loss transformation clients and ladies in boudoir style capturing them individually.

Having competed in the past, I didn’t have a ‘team’ of ladies to help me through or offer support and after meeting this unreal group of women, I wish I had of. I was blown away when I met the ladies of Team HFS, run by PT Joey Cantlin. 5 unreal, beautiful, happy and supportive women banding together to celebrate their achievements with a photoshoot.

The vibe of these ladies was just incredible! The smiles, the laughs, those bodies haha During their competition prep, they have come together as a team for support, to help each other through the ups and downs and also created a close-nit social group from a shared interest.

I am now pushing for ladies to collaborate together and book a shoot with friends to celebrate achievements, friendships and reaching a goal together. It’s a great way to stay accountable and also acts as an unreal support group to help you reach your goals.

So lets say yes to more body confidence, women supporting women, healthy bodies, prioritising your health and fitness and sharing this love with others, celebrating your successes and documenting this journey with a photoshoot.

As one of Brisbane’s fitness, boudoir and beauty photographers, we specialise in individual and group photoshoots, capturing your hard work and physiques. See some of my favourites below of the shoot <3

Em

A Gym Environment Like No Other - Strength Sanctuary Stafford - Brisbane Commercial Fitness Photography

With so many gyms, franchises and personal trainer businesses around now it’s hard to find one that you’re going to love and suit your needs.

I came across Strength Sanctuary in Stafford through a friend, and from the moment I stepped into this gym, I was blown away. The environment, the equipment, the welcoming owners and members… it has it all.

Located in a large warehouse in Stafford, owners Oran and Nic created a place they always dreamed of to train - amazing equipment, great music, graffiti walls, table tennis, dogs allowed, couches and in the company of friends.

Not only is this an amazing place to train, I regularly use this as a location for my photoshoots as it’s so vibrant in it’s colours and has so much room and great equipment for my clients. They also have an outdoor area with plants and sled area also. As Oran & Nic always accommodate me and my fitness clients, I thought I would return the favour by capturing this sanctuary of theirs.

See below for some great images of their space, to find out more about them see below:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/strengthsanctuary/

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/strength.sanctuary

Em

Brisbane Commercial Fitness Photography | Brisbane Gym

A Fitness Goal Can Change Your Life, No Matter What Age! Brisbane Fitness Photography

I have learnt first hand from personal experience competing myself and through the amazing people I get to photograph, that bodybuilding and fitness is more than just showing of your body….

It’s about prioritising your health, staying accountable, motivating yourself, making sacrifices to reach a goal and much more. However, what a lot of people don’t understand about the industry, is that it gives you focus when you may be experiencing hard times, up and down emotions or lacking motivation in life. I have heard many stories from clients and friends of how their health journey has helped their lives, their confidence and get over traumatic experiences in life.

This brings me to my photoshoot with the amazing Mel. She is 43, she’s been through some life experiences and fitness has helped her focus, stay positive and show herself that she can reach her goals.

This was her first photoshoot and a very big thing for her. I was beyond grateful that I was able to capture these moments and be a part of her journey. Travelling all the way from Gladstone, we created some beautiful and strong imagery of Mel’s physique, a celebration of her body and how far she’s come in her life!

Congratulations again Mel, so proud of you for doing this.

“Your body can accept anything you put it through as long as your mind is limitless”

Em x

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The Elegant & Graceful Bodybuilder: Brisbane Fitness Photographer

"What you get by achieving your goal is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals"

I was lucky enough to shoot with Bec twice over her bodybuilding competition season and loved watching her grown as a person and her confidence shine.

In our 2 seperate 2 hour sessions we created an incredible set of imagery….

.....Fitness, Fashion, Boudoir, Beach & Poolside!

Bec is so beautiful, humble and a pleasure to work with, she blew me away. She's had a very successful season in figure and also getting back into competing in weight lifting and so glad we could work together on creating a variety of content for her social media as well as memories to keep for a lifetime.

Em x

Hair/Makeup: Shique Beauty

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Age is no barrier in fitness: 46 year old Lynn celebrates reaching her health goal with a photoshoot

I love documenting people’s stories, transformations and their love for their bodies. There is something so powerful about a woman celebrating her body through imagery. I got to work with the beautiful Lynn recently capturing her physique after reaching a fitness health goal and being at a balanced point in her wellness journey.

At age 46, Lynn states that age is no barrier!

With 4 children, two step sons Aged 20 and 19 and two girls aged 11 and 10, married 13 years, running 3 businesses; Boutique Holiday Homes property manages holiday homes in South France. Construction consultancy with her husband and LJ-FitYou a holistic coach to healthy living, a new business venture Lynn has just begun to empower and support other women in their 40's who seek a more healthy holistic approach to their lives.

Lynn states that “I decided to capture my hard work having never in my life had a photoshoot and hopefully showcase that all women are amazing, find your passion and love it with every ounce of you! Age is no barrier for your goals, light the fire within!  Holistic love! LJ Fit You! Love Yourself you deserve it!”

I love this message! Empowering other women to love their bodies and value their health and fitness is such an important thing. As Lynn and I both believe, girls compete with each other but women empower each other!

Love yourself, love the sisterhood! 

Check out some of the beautiful images we created below. We did a mix of fitness photography, boudoir photography and beauty and glamour photography…

You can check her out at

LJ Fit You;

ljfit@outlook.com.au

Boutique Holiday Homes;

Bookings@boutiqueholidayhomes.com.au

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www.lifeportraits.photography

7 tips to Nailing your First Fitness Photoshoot - Brisbane Fitness Photography

So you’ve achieved a weight loss goal, you’ve just competed or you’ve reached a health milestone and you want to capture your efforts and physiques with a photoshoot…… GREAT DECISION!

A fitness, boudoir or fashion photoshoot captures this time in your life and documents your hard work, sacrifices, motivation and time through imagery. We take a moment in time and freeze how you felt and how strong you are as a person to reach your goals. We all need to remember to celebrate our successes and reflect on our journey and investing in a photoshoot is a wonderful way to do so.

Having competed in figure bodybuilding in the past, reaching this high point in my physique and then not capturing this moment was the biggest regret I ever had! So if you’re daunted by the cost, how to be prepared, what to wear, where to shoot….. we can help you! We’ve gone into 7 tips to nail your first photoshoot below:

1. Prepare for the investment of a photoshoot it’s worth it! Budget this into your competition costs or weekly budget or opt for interest free payment plan

We find with a lot of clients that price is off-putting and people do not see the value in spending the money on capturing this moment in time. After all the hard work you’ve put in, time, sacrifices, hard hours in the gym… what are you doing to document you reaching this goal? Yes you can tick it off the list of things you’ve done and write about it on social media, but nothing outweighs the captured image and freezing this successful moment in your life. In order to prepare for the cost of a photoshoot, budget this into your costs for competing, or when you start a weight loss journey, start putting money away each week for this. At Life Portraits, we allow our clients to pay 50% upfront and 50% the week of the shoot to spread the costs more and have the option of interest free payment plan to pay over each week. The cost is worth the value and joy it will bring to your life looking back at these moments for years to come, and for generations to come!
Download our pricing and see our work on our fitness page HERE!

2. Watch our BTS Vlogs on tips to prepare for your fitness photoshoot
These Vlog features how to prepare, tips on posing, outfits and behind the scenes fun. This will give you a good idea of how we work at Life Portraits.
Watch them both BELOW:

1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOo6bh9XuIA
2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp0IEBlyquY&t=3s

3. Narrow down the style of imagery you want - Boudoir, fitness gym, fitness fashion, beach, lifestyle
The first step to planning a photoshoot is to determine the style of imagery you want. Once you have secured this style we can then guide you in choosing your location, outfits and types of posing. We provide a pinterest gallery of examples to help you decide what you’d like to do.

4. Find a location that suits your style and your personality
At Life Portraits we provide our clients with a full suburb breakdown of locations around Brisbane for options for their photoshoots. Sometimes, choosing a location is the hardest part of the photoshoot process as their are so many themes you can channel. Once you have the style of imagery that you want, we can then match a location to this style. Common locations include; gym, beach, graffiti walls, coloured walls, street style, lifestyle greenery open spaces, apartments/houses for boudoir. You can see lots of great examples on our instagram page

5. Narrow down your outfits to 2/3 options that matches the style of imagery you want and your location
Once you’ve nailed steps 2 & 3, we will guide you with pinterest boards and through email communication what outfits to use for your photoshoot. Common ideas include bikinis, one pieces leotards or body suits, booty pants, fashion wear, fishnets, lingerie, sports wear, leather jackets and boots, body crystals etc. We help you match your outfits to the colours of your location.

6. Preparing for the photoshoot day with hair, makeup & tan
You’ve done all the hard work to get to this point, now you want to look a million dollars for your photos! We always suggest to our clients that you get your hair, makeup and tan done professionally so that you are looking 10/10 for your photoshoot. Having this done reflects in your photos, looks a million dollars, boosts your confidence. We work with some great professionals in the industry, one of our most recommended is Shique Beauty in Brisbane - specialising in hair, makeup, tans, nails etc.

7. Photoshoot day - Have a bag packed with outfits, snacks, water and MUSIC
It’s photoshoot day! Make sure you have a bag packed the night before so you’re not rushed for the photoshoot and you’re calm and ready for the day. We always suggest that you play music on your shoot to help you relax, get into the motion of posing and enjoy the experience. We will guide you with posing, positioning your body in the best way possible to make you look your best.


Now all you need to do is relax and enjoy the experience! If you’ve been thinking about a fitness photoshoot in the Brisbane or Gold Coast area, we’d love to hear from you. Life Portraits specialises in portraiture, weddings and commercial but has a sub brand LP Fitness where we work with fitness competitors, weight loss transformations and capture people in a state of celebration of their health and wellness.

We’d love to hear from you! Email us at info@lifeportraits.photography to book your shoot. Or contact us on our website.

From Embracing the Beach to Urban Colour Pop: Brisbane Fitness Photography

Sometimes a client has enough trust in your expertise and your style of photography that they leave the concepts of the shoot up to you. I LOVE THIS! I just need a location that they like and the style of outfits they want to wear and I create a vision in my mind of the outcome.

This was the case with the beautiful Emma. She told me her locations she liked and we discussed outfits, but the rest was up to me. I wanted to create something nature driven, candid and beautiful that really featured her kind spirited personality and her love for this particular beach (without going full beach raunchy in the sand haha).

We began our session at Burleigh in the Gold Coast for some beach photography by the water, followed by some active wear imagery then we drove to Brisbane to finish with some outrageous colour concepts!

Check out the result below! :)

Em

Brisbane Fitness Photography
www.lifeportraits.photography/fitness

Empowering woman to love their bodies! BTS Vlog on tips & tricks for your first fitness photoshoot...

I am so lucky in my job that I get to work with unbelievable women that are inspirational, driven and have undergone emotional journeys to reach their goals. I get to be a big part of this journey, helping them plan their photoshoot, creating a vision to capture this moment in their life, documenting it for a lifetime, bringing their ideas to reality while also becoming a friend!  

One of the most common things I hear is "Is that me?". So many women have no idea how beautiful they are and how unbelievable they look in the skin their in. Yes I photograph males and females at the peak of their conditioning for competitions, but I also photography body transformations, weight loss journeys and boudoir photography, embracing the body in its everyday state. Everyone is on their own journey.... and we pride ourselves on creating a fun and personalised experience, offering very specific styling, posing and planning guidance easing the nerves and stresses of planning a photoshoot. 

A photoshoot is not always about looking lean and 'shredded', it's about capturing your beauty and creating an end result that you're proud of! 

I recently got to work with the stunning Sophie, guiding her through the process of how to plan and prepare for a photoshoot including supplying location galleries, Pinterest boards for styling, outfit planning and creating a visual of what her end result would be. 

This was Sophie's first photoshoot and to capture this experience, we created a behind the scenes vlog of what is involved in a fitness/boudoir photoshoot. We give you an insight into a 'day in the life of Life Portraits' showcasing our gold package (1-2 hour portrait package) with Sophie and what happens on a fitness photoshoot. 

See some of our favourite images from the shoot below as well as the vlog. Sophie is such a beautiful woman who priorities a healthy lifestyle (not competing) and embraces her everyday gorgeous body! 

Em x

Brisbane Fitness & Fashion Photography
www.lifeportraits.photography/fitness
info@lifeportraits.photography

Dapper Man to Tattooed Edgy Individual: Brisbane Fitness & Fashion Photography

Last weekend I worked with Matthew to create a range of fitness and portrait imagery for a portfolio and as a celebration of his weight loss goal. In our 2 hour gold package photoshoot, we achieved such a diverse range of looks including more formal, edgy, fitness and casual looks. 

Matt was a natural in front of the camera! We situated ourselves in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley with a range of backdrops within walking distance of each other. See some of our awesome captures below!

Em x 

Brisbane Fitness & Fashion Photography
www.lifeportraits.photography/fitness
info@lifeportraits.photography