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Top 10 photography Tips for using your mobile phone

People often ask me if I bring my “big camera” everywhere I go.

While I probably should, I don’t.

Like most of you, I’ve come to rely on my smartphone camera. While my DSLR and pro lenses can do a lot of things that my smartphone can’t, my phone’s camera is just so convenient. It’s always in my pocket or bag and I don’t have to think about keeping an eye on expensive equipment when I’m out and about with my friends and family.

Plus, my smartphone does a pretty darn good job of capturing the everyday moments of my life.

I’ve put together some of my favorite tips and tricks for making the most out of your smartphone camera.

The link below will take you to APP its FREE and will open and run on your smart phone

I hope you enjoy them!

TIPS FOR USING YOUR MOBILE PHONE APP

Gunners Barracks -Wedding Venue

Gunners Barracks

My favourite Wedding Venue Gunners Barracks an  exclusive  setting of historic elegance with uniquely captivating views of Sydney Harbour, great food , friendly staff offering the perfect backdrop for those post ceremony photos.If your planning your  wedding here call us for details on our special photography – Video packages for this venue.

  • central coast wedding photographer- tea house mosman

 

 

SEEKING PORTRAITS OF OUR LIVING HEROES – all 14,000 of them

There are over 14,000 World War II Veterans estimated to be living  in Australia and they are invited to be photographed as part of one of the most ambitious photographic projects ever undertaken in Australia – to commemorate our unsung heroes of World War II in print.

On completion, the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) project entitled Reflections: Honouring our World War II Veterans will provide a compelling pictorial record of returned servicemen and women living in Australia for the Australian War Memorial archives.

Reinforcing the ANZAC tradition, “We will remember them”, professional photographers across the country, accredited by the AIPP  like myself , are donating their time and talent in a unique community project. Any profit from the resale of photographs will be donated to Legacy and the RSL Foundation.

Letters and printed photographs meant absolutely everything to them back then, telling the story of their lives in their youth. It’s only fitting to contrast this with their senior years in the same way, in a timeless gift to them, their families and the nation.

AIPP have partnered with the Australian War Memorial and the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) and all portraits will be gifted to the Australian War Memorial’s collection.

Each veteran will receive a complimentary Kodak printed portrait in a presentation folder to commemorate their service given some 75 years ago. Anyone who served in World War II is encouraged to register for their free portrait at www.aippveterans.com . If your local on the central cost call me of course 0n – 0413001777. I will be at the dawn service at Terrigal surf club this Saturday 25th April and then following at the Terrigal Breakers club – ( RSL Sub branch )

For more information on the AIPP Reflections project visit www.aipp.com.au/about/the-aipp-reflections-project or call AIPP on (03) 9888 4111

 

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JESS & MITCH WEDDING MUSIC SLIDESHOW

Music- Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud

VIDEO – WEDDING SAMPLE

Wedding Highlights Video – Roger and Kaitlin

This is a highlights sample of a recent wedding — “ Roger and Kaitlin “ where I worked with Paul Godden as the photographer. Paul has over 20 years of experience shooting weddings  and corporate video. Having worked with Paul several times now and seen the great work he does I am confident about combining his talent with mine and offering a complete package including Photography and Video at a very special price. Details available soon.

ROGER & KAITLIN WEDDING

Roger and Kaitlin wedding – February 28th 2015

A very special day for a very special couple – While many of there photos are still being finalised i wanted to show a few sample images along with the sample wedding Video from their wedding  posted above.

JESS & MITCH WEDDING

Jess & Mitch wedding – February 6th 2015 -Gunners Barracks.

On Friday 6th February this year I had the pleasure of photographing Jess and Mitch’s wedding – It was a very special day made more special by the fact that all their family and closest friends were there many flying in from England and Canada to be there. The backdrop of the harbour at   Gunners Barracks Mosman made it even more spectacular – Below is a list of suppliers who made this day truly special for Jess and Mitch along with 60 or so photos in order of how the day unfolded.

  • Venue – Gunners Barracks. www.gunnersbarracks.com.au
  • Civil Celebrant – Jill Anita Bush jillabush@hotmail.com    
  •  Flowers -Petal & Pod -www.petalandpod.com.au
  •  Makeup -MAE YOU BE -www.maeyoube.com.au
  •  Cake -Petite Gateaux.    
  •  Transport -HF Limousines-www.hfweddingcars.com.au      
  •  Dress-Rhonda Hemmingway Couture -www.rhondahemmingway.com.au
  •  Suits -Ron Bennett Mens wear – www.ronbennett.com.au    
  •  Entertainment -Impressions DJs -www.impressiondjs.com.au

 

2014 PHOTO REVIEW

Another year gone with some personal lowes the loss of my little Cat ” Monkey ” and my Dad most recently but filled also with many great moments. My Princess Deborah our wedding and honeymoon along with lots of great times with people I love. I was fortunate to share many wedding moments and special times through my photography in 2014 and wish to thanks those who choose me to do this with. 2014 was my first full year focusing on weddings and many thanks to those who supported me with 15 or so pre booked for 2015 looking forwarding to sharing special moments with many more couples and people.

Your First Dance

Your First Dance Co. & Belstar Photography

In conjunction with one of our ” First class Partners ” your first dance company , who is also one of Linton gardens preferred partners , we are offering a free introductory private dance package up to 5 lessons for couples who book any of our wedding packages through now until the end of  September 2014 on  all 2014/ 2015 weddings.  Anne -Marie from Your First Dance co will draw the winner from all those who have confirmed bookings via desposit during the period till end September. We will both announce  the winner on our Facebook Fan page   https://www.facebook.com/belstarphotography very early in October . With  that couples approval, we hope to share their experience via posts right up to and including  the big day.

www.yourfirstdanceco.com.au/

Your First Dance Co. provide choreographed wedding first dance routines and lessons including the bridal waltz for couples and wedding parties on the Central Coast, Hunter Valley and Newcastle. Dance instruction, private tuition and coaching by a qualified dance instructor.

Second photographer option for wedding

 

Do I really need a second shooter.

Its a question we are often asked and given we specialize in 2 shooter weddings Central Coast Sydney and beyond and  have an exceptional second shooter , I  am always keen to suggest the benefits.

The obvious one is the ability to capture both the groom and bride getting ready at separate locations, after all you cannot be in 2 places at once, but its a lot more than that . In a church one of us can be overhead at the back the other in close. It also allows for you to be well ahead of the brides arrival while the other captures every detail , such as  being able to see the brides car leave knowing the second shooter is at the church or other venue waiting.

From experience , having a second shooter with you for a 12 hour day or more as many photographers do minimises missing a key shot  . Many photographers employ someone just for a few hours and second shooters are often in training and although I appreciate everyone has to learn “its your wedding “and it only happens once.

My second shooter Sonny ( he is on my home page dressed as ” Captain Jack ”  a event we were both working at)   is one of my best assets. In addition to knowing one another well we both use very  similar Nikon gear,  share equipment,  even know each others camera settings .

The shots above are from a wedding we shot in March at Port Macquarie this year with Liz and Mark a really fun and chilled couple. Although I had briefed Sonny on the event and we had both arrived the night before (it was a noon wedding and with lots happening that morning including rain and with me off with the bride) I left the Groom and his best men with Sonny with little direction other than they all had a connection with the water / surf and “Harry” a much loved past local and Port Macquarie legend.

So the moral of this story is if you need a second shooter make sure its a ” Sonny”  !