For us, it was a fun and easy day. Emma and Tim, self-professed “non-creative” types, were keen to follow our guidance and were happy to go with the flow. They were both keen to have some photos beforehand so as not to miss much of the party, and for the day to flow seamlessly for their guests from ceremony to reception. Due to their desire to keep things casual, there were very few formalities during the reception, so we were asked just to let them know when it would be a good time to duck out for some sunset shots. Such a dream brief for us. Oh, and didn’t we have some fun walking along the pier and playing with the perfect light! It was a great opportunity for us all to really take in the stunning sunset and spectacular city views.
Thank you so much Emma and Tim, for involving us in such a memorable day. I am sure it worked so well because you truly understood what was important to you and put your trust in people that could help achieve your vision. We appreciated the kind and heartfelt “thank you” during your speech; we were humbled to have been included.
Recently, I photographed Simone, an occupational therapist specialising in paediatric hand therapy. It was fascinating to hear about how she works with children to help them optimise the use of their hands when doing everyday things. Simone was very nervous about having her photograph taken initially but came to me after she realised that the son’s photos of her just weren’t going to be good enough for her new practice’s website. After some initial coaxing and lots of laughs Simone had some lovely things to say about the shoot.
“Despite my extreme level of self-consciousness, Lizzy encouraged and supported me with great kindness and patience throughout our shoot. I am very grateful for her care and skill.” – Simione West
We asked Simone to tell us a little more about what she does. Simone has a lovely gentle and friendly personality, so I have no doubt she would do wonderful work with the children she assists.
What do you do?
I work as an occupational therapist specialising in paediatric hand therapy. I assist children to recover from injury, or adapt to hand . I see children from birth to late teenage years. Sometimes a child has no injury or hand difference, however may struggle to learn useful ways to perform occupations related to childhood such as dressing themselves, handwriting or playing a musical instrument, I then work in partnership with families and other health professionals to assist a child or young person to learn these skills and perform them as independently as they are able. I am responsible for optimising a child’s participation in everyday activities.
Tell me about how you got into your field.
I chose this specialist field of child health after working alongside therapists, paediatricians and surgeons who inspired selfless care of young persons through their high-level skills and a drive for perpetual learning.
Tell me a bit about what you do and what makes you different than your competitors?
I strive to design creative programs that incorporate the individual and unique needs of each young person and their carers. Growth is what delineates children from adults. The changing shape and nature of bones and soft tissues, the developing brain and the steep learning curve associated with childhood guide my practice and defines the foci of paediatric hand therapy.
Why did you choose to hire Lizzy C Photography?
I chose to hire Lizzy after reading the many positive reviews. I was impressed by examples of her work and felt comfortable to embarrass myself in front of her!
We asked Kelly a few questions about her work as a graphic designer and her experience of a Lizzy C Photography photo session.
Client Spotlight: Kelly Reynolds
- A 45 minute studio session
- 4 digital images on DVD
- A secure web gallery of images to choose from (up to 30 images)
- All post production work/retouching of images
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About once a month we run special shoot days for business people who want a strong online profile and presence. Doing it this way means that we can fill a studio day, making it cost effective for people who are sole or small operators. I particularly love doing these sessions as I get to meet people from all kinds of businesses and entrepreneurial backgrounds.
We’ve photographed lawyers, consultants, graphic designers, authors, health practitioners and even a psychic! Even though our clients come from all kinds of industries, the one thing they all have in common is that they want to have a strong online presence, as their clients often find them this way. They want to stand out in an over saturated and busy online world.
They don’t want cheesy or stock-standard corporate head shots. They want relaxed, natural, personable and professional. They want photos that say “he/she looks friendly, professional and someone I want to work with, I’m going to pick up the phone and call them”.
Why should you get professional head shots done?
- It’s very likely that you will have an online presence and you may interact with many potential clients this way. How you look online is how people will perceive your brand, personality and what you do. People use images to make snap judgements. A poor quality headshot might give the impression that your work isn’t of high quality.
- In a saturated market does your profile stand out? A professional portrait is clear and sharp. It stands out compared with mobile phone selfies!
- A professional photographer will talk to you about your target market and what you’d like to represent. The use of backgrounds, body language, clothing and colors can help you send the right message to your potential clients about the type of creative professional you are.
What other people have had to say about a Lizzy C Photo Session.
facilitator, trainer and speaker
Lizzy is a fabulous portrait photographer. I got her to do some shots that I could use for my website – and I couldn’t have been happier with what she produced. The shoot itself was a breeze. I’d never met Lizzy before, but she connected quickly with me, made me feel at ease, took the time to understand my brief… and then the shoot was over in a flash! I’d have no hesitation in using Lizzy again next time.
Executive Coach , Facilitator, Author and Motivational Speaker
Lizzy is a highly creative photographer who did a super job creating great portrait shots that capture the look and essence of my business.
Her photographs are excellent and she has a rare talent for making the ‘shoot’ easy and painless!
I’ve been doing this photography thing for a long time now. It all started back in high school when I built a darkroom in my parents’ laundry. It was love from then on. I’m serious about photography. It’s what I do, all the time. It’s my career but, most importantly, it’s my passion. I’m a very sociable person and I love photographing people. I love the stories, the connection we can form and the trust people put in me to document who they really are.
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I just love this little story Simone shared about working with us. Gosh they are sweet!
Rob and I are both by far what some people might call PHOTOPHOBIC!! In our 14 years together we had only managed to have one photo which we both agreed was framable; as such we thought we would save money and count on family shots to capture the day! Ohhh Lord, then the parents found out and you can guess what happened next… yes, let’s just say they strongly felt we should seek professional services! So when we came to meet with Lizzy C Photography it was upon the high recommendations from our wedding venue, Emu Bottom Homestead. They love Lizzy C out there!! Our first meeting – EASY! Lizzy was relaxed, friendly, and was able to show us loads of examples of her work; this was by far a no-brainer for us – we booked Lizzy C on the spot and we were happy! Our initial engagement session was at Fitzroy Gardens upon our request. Amazingly Lizzy successfully shot an abundance of photos, all with Robs eyes open and no flashes making me look like Casper! On our wedding day, the girls whipped around snapping pics left, right and centre. Their easy-going approach was matched with professionalism; they were simply fantastic and all those they encountered on the day felt relaxed and happy in their presence… well done girls, we look forward to the finished product!! Wedding Location: Emu Bottom Homestead – Garden & Woolshed Reception
Ceremony Official: Jane Clifton – email@example.com
Bridal Gown: Raffaele Ciucia, 441-443 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC
Bridal Shoes: Forever New
Grooms Attire: Lidis Taylors, 208 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC – The Golden Ewe: Endurance: Ted Baker London 2PC Suit 25-Brown: Tie, Pocket Square & Shoes from Menzclub,158A Bridge Road, Richmond VIC
Groomsmen Attire: Bossini, Shop 97 Epping Plaza, Epping VIC – Chocolate Brown Suit with Ivory Shirt, Champagne Bow tie & Brown Leather Braces. Shoes by Bossini.
Bridesmaids Attire: Héra Couture, 511 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC – self-designed. A-line one shoulder floor length gown; Chiffon dress with ruffle flower sash, beaded over shoulder & flowing shoulder sash.
Bridesmaids Shoes: Betts
Flower Girl: Princess Boutique, 606 Sydney Road, Brunswick VIC – Dress design – Hayley, floor length with Rum Pink Bodice & Ivory Tulle Skirt (Note: Rum Pink is not “pink” it appears as soft champagne).
Hair: By Frances Cartatozzolo Makeup: By Bride
Flowers: Unstructured hand tied posy bouquets in earthy tones of beige, soft pink, white & cream with pops of dodda vine, gumnuts & foliage. Finished with hessian handle & lace overlay, complete with bow to finish. Flowers By First Impression Flowers, 407 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale VIC.
Cars: Limo Hire Craigieburn VIC by Davine – White Stretch Limousine to collect from home. Met by Cobb & Co Carriages, Melbourne. transported to venue in White Carriage with two black horses.
Music: Inka Marka playing pre/post ceremony & during cocktail hour – Entertain Oz Pty Ltd, Velvet Archers playing during reception
Bomboniere: Self-made using pre brought photo frames.
Invitations: By Ultimate Choice Printing & Design
Wedding Rings: From Michael Hill Jewellers
Kate and Ben, it was such a fun day and a pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful and happy occasion. Thank you for including us and for the lovely words you shared.
“Lizzy was extremely professional and she made us feel really comfortable throughout the day. We hardly noticed her presence during the ceremony or reception, which highlights how great she is as a photographer because she was not invasive and this made our day more relaxed. During our photo shoots Lizzy again displayed her creativity and ability to work with difficult lighting. We were very happy with Lizzy and would highly recommend her.”
Wedding location: Ceremony: The Werribee Mansion Reception: Shadowfax Winery
Ceremony Official: Bernadeen Hoogendoorn
Bridal gown: Maggie Sottero
Grooms attire: Peter Jackson
Groomsmen: Peter Jackson
Shoes: Wittner and Nine West
Makeup/hair: Ebony Walgers (weekend business) Sarah Porter (weekend business)
Flowers: Charlie and Co Flowers
Jewellery: Bride’s own jewellery
Cars: Horse Drawn Cab Co
Cake: French Lettuce
Music: Baker Boys Band
Bonboniere: Chocolette Patisserie
Invitations: Santiago Sunbird
Wedding Rings: Phillip Totton (P.T. Jewellery)
Bridal accessories: Bride’s jewellery
First night: The Mansion Hotel
Simon had some lovely things to say about his experience,
“Lizzy is a fabulous portrait photographer. I got her to do some shots that I could use for my website – and I couldn’t have been happier with what she produced. The shoot itself was a breeze. I’d never met Lizzy before, but she connected quickly with me, made me feel at ease, took the time to understand my brief… and then the shoot was over in a flash! I’d have no hesitation in using Lizzy again next time.” – Simon
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It was a gorgeous day in which Nicole and Rodolfo including lots of laughs with their 8 people strong bridal party. Two of which had also flown in from the states and were lucky enough to attend both weddings! We had a fantastic time with them all capturing photos around Mordialloc and Brighton. It was important for Nicole and Rodolfo to capture the Australian beach and lifestyle as this was something they hadn’t had at their St Louis Wedding!
Nicole and Rodolfo said some lovely things to say about us too ” Lizzy is a joy to work with, she is dedicated and professional and also very flexible which is what you hope for in a photographer. The wedding day went very smoothly because of working with wonderful people like Lizzy.”
The Wedding details:
Wedding location: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church Brighton
Ceremony Official: Father Martin Dixon
Bridal gown: BHLDN
Grooms attire: Shoreditch purchased from Andre J. Menswear
Groomsmen: Shoreditch purchased from Andre J. Menswear
Shoes: Betsy Johnson (Bride)
Jewellery: BHLDN (Earrings)
Cars: Hot Rod Heaven
Cake: Fantasy Cakes Cake Artists in Doncaster
Music: Rosie Kalber with Sensation Entertainment
Wedding Rings: Arman Jewellery
Bridal accessories: Twigs and Honey (hair piece)
Catherine and David are a lovely couple who’s laid back attitude and go with the flow attitude made the day an absolutely pleasure to be a part of. Catherine and David had these lovely words to say about working with us too.
“Lizzy made the bridal party feel so comfortable & relaxed on the day. They were happy to assist us in anyway we needed & knew the exact locations at the venue to take the most perfect shots. They worked wonderfully with our 3 year old son to take some timeless shots which we will cherish forever.”
The wedding details:
Wedding location: Emu Bottom Homestead
Ceremony Official: Melissa Jacobs
Bridal Gown: Brides of Melbourne
Grooms & Groomsmen attire: Black Tie Classic
Bridesmaids: Bridesmaids Dressing Room
Shoes: Shoes of Prey
Make up/ Hair: All things girlie
Flowers: Thrive Flowers & Events
Jewellery / Wedding Rings: Larsen Jewellery
Cars: A touch of silver & Dr Rod Hotrods
Cake & macarons: Coco cakes
Music: Cam Kettle
Honeymoon: Grand Hyatt, Kaua’i
It’s always lovely to be referred by past clients. I figure this means that they think we did an awesome job! That’s how I came to photograph Chris Chan. Chris tells me that he had really good feedback from colleague and friend Bernd Schiffer. He also thought that our style really made our clients look warm and friendly, which was the impression he wanted to project of himself.
Chris is an Enterprise Lean & Agile Coach, consultant and trainer who focuses on facilitating organisational change and the transformation to a more agile workplace.
Chris is very passionate about what he does. His naturally curious personality means he is constantly learning and striving to get better at things. He lives by the moto “you can never stop learning” and is spurred on by the excitement of learning something new no matter how small it may be. While striving to find better ways of doing things himself, he discovered an appetite for helping others get better at working. He loves mentoring and coaching people in agile ways of working, and gets a lot of satisfaction from seeing people succeed. He tells me that his fresh, outside perspective and pragmatic attitude are things clients really value.
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It’s no secret that I am a massive fan of travel, so I was thrilled to recently work with Jill Blunsom of Gourmet South America and learn more about what she does. Jill creates personalised private travel arrangements to South America, organising everything from flights, hotels and touring, to winery stays and fine dining experiences to complement the journey. With a 12 year career in the South Amercian travel industry she really knows her stuff. She is passionate about all things South America and tells me that there are so many places that people don’t know about, so she’s made it her mission to design itineraries based on her own experience travelling in the region, which are tailored to each individual. Some of her travel highlights have taken her well away from the tourist crowds; to Estancias with its jaw dropping views, to world class wine lodges, jungle retreats, and fine dining experiences to rival the world’s best.
Jill was looking online for a professional photographer who could create a more relaxed professional profile and our folio appealed. Jill had some really lovely things to say about her experience working with us: “I found Lizzy very professional and able to create an environment in which I could relax, enjoy the shoot and even have a bit of a laugh. The end result was some great shots which I am now using on all of my professional pages, i have had many compliments on them. Thank you Lizzy!”
Aww, thanks Jill!