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Existing in Photos | Brisbane Photographer

Existing in Photos

When Nonie approached me to do some family photo’s for her, she shared with me that as a photographer herself, she has “thousands” of photo’s of her kids but very few of the family together as a family that actually include her. This family session was all about changing that so that when they look back on this special time as a family they can see that mum is existing in photos as well.

As a mum, we are always behind the camera taking pictures of our kids, documenting the lives of our children. And this is fantastic but in years to come we also want our kids to remember that we are there as well. We want our kids to look back on their photo’s and see the special bond that they shared with not only Dad but Mum as well.

We put up barriers. We see ourselves as imperfect. We make excuses… when I loose that little bit of extra weight, when I find that perfect outfit… But, our kids don’t see the flaws that we often find in ourselves, that don’t look at their Mum and Dad and wish that they would loose that little bit of extra weight so that they look better in photo’s. NO they see us as PERFECT. They see us as love and so unbelievable special. And we are perfect just they way we are. So push the fear aside, tell that ego to go away and celebrate the wonderful people we are TODAY.

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I look at these photo’s and they speak so strongly to me about this wonderful family. The love and the special bond that they all share touches my heart.

Nonie, thank you for trusting me to create some amazing images so that you to can exist in photos with your family. I know that these images will bring you and your family much joy for years to come.

 

 

 

2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

Wow, I can’t believe the year has past. It’s a wonderful time to sit back and reflect on what an amazing year it has been this year.

A little over 12 month’s ago, I made a huge leap from working as a Senior Associate in a busy accounting firm, to following my heart and focusing on my photography business and my family. I can honestly say I would not change it for anything. Working on your own business instead of for someone else has definitely been a huge learning experience and every day there is something new to learn. But even so, I have loved every minute.

This year has been full of some big personal achievements for me including

  • My first Silver award at the Australian Professional Photography Awards in the Birth Category. This was the first time that birth photography had it’s own category at the awards and it was such an honour to have one of my images recognised as being exceeding professional practice in this exciting area of photography. I have to say, that being present and documenting the birth of a new baby into the world, would have to be one of the most rewarding experiences and I can’t wait to document more births in 2015.
  • Becoming a fully accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). While I have been an emerging member of the AIPP for a few years now, I have spent time this year being mentored by a member of the AIPP and applied for my full membership and received confirmation in December that I was now fully accredited. This has been a dream of mine for a while now and I feel so proud that all of my hard work has paid off. What does this mean for my clients, that they know that the photographer they have chosen is trained, educated and skilled as a professional photographer. I am very much committed to continuing my education and training going forward and providing each and everyone of you the highest level of service that I can.
  • In November this year, my husband and I signed the lease on a commercial premises to operate Mary Wheatley Photography from. This is still a work in progress as we are working hard to creating a beautiful space that will be used for all my newborn photography work, to meet with beautiful clients to get to know each other and discuss their wedding plans or their birth plans, to show all my wonderful clients their gorgeous images and work with them to create some beautiful wall and display art pieces for them to enjoy in years to come.

None of this would have been possible without the love and support of all the wonderful people that I have meet over the last 12 months. I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your lives and create some wonderful photographic memories for you all. Each and everyone of you have enriched my life so much and for that I am so thankful.

So here it is my 2014 Year in Review, all the wonderful people I have had the pleasure of meeting and photographing this year.

2014 Year in Review

I am so excited for 2015. I know it will bring so many more new people into my life and some returning ones as well. From welcome a new baby into the world, celebrating the joining of 2 people in love at their wedding, and having fun hanging out with some wonderful families, I can’t wait to meet you and get to know you and to create some beautiful photographs to remember these special times.

If you are looking for a photographer for 2015 or beyond, bookings are now open and I would love to hear from you.

Phone: 0412 630 702

Email: mary@marywheatley.com.au

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Skerman Family ~ Brisbane Family Photographer

I met Angela a few years back doing an online photography workshop, and from there a lovely friendship developed.

I was over the moon when Angela approached me to do a Beloved Family Session for her and her family at their favourite location – the beach. I didn’t realise it at the time, but the weekend they choose was also Angela’s 40th Birthday and what a beautiful way to celebrate your birthday.

We had such a fun afternoon on the beach, playing lots of games together and hanging out together taking photo’s.

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You can check out some of Angela’s beautiful work that she does for families up in Toowoomba at Belle Images.

Family Celebrations ~ Brisbane Family Photographer

There is something so special when a family comes to get to celebrate who they are with a special photo session. I met Sam and her gorgeous family through our daughter’s dance school and over the year a lovely friendship was formed. Late last year we travelled together on a special trip to America to see our daughters dance at Downtown Disney. So when Sam approached me to take some extended family photo’s for her Mother-in-law, I was so excited. I love the gorgeous location that we choose and we were blessed with gorgeous light for this special family.

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Looking to have your own family photo’s taken. Contact Mary on 0412 630 702 to start planning your session. And don’t forget 10% of all sales until 30 June will be donated to a special organisation Mummy’s Wish

 

Celebrating Life ~ Hervey Bay Family Photographer

For me photography is more than taking a nice photo. For me its about being able to connect to people. To create images that I know they will treasure for years to come. Images that celebrate who that are, at this moment in time. Sometimes a session isn’t just about taking some photo’s, it’s about sitting together and sharing and connecting. The result, truly special amazing images that I know will be treasured and enjoyed for many many years to come.

Until late last year when I embarked on doing photography full time, I had worked with Ange for over 5 years. Over this time we have become great friends. I did some maternity photo’s for her, I took her son Jagger’s baby photo’s. We share a love of photography and Ange has even assisted me on some newborn sessions for some of her friends.

A couple of month’s ago we caught up over lunch and I found out that Ange’s mum, Margaret, had recently been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I was speachless, my heart went out to my gorgeous friend and her family. I couldn’t begin to image what they were all going through but I knew I wanted to do something to help, but I didn’t know were to begin. I woke up one morning and I just knew what I wanted to give them. A family session to create some special images that celebrate the now.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and Ange brought her family out to me at a gorgeous little location right near my home for a family session. Although I hadn’t met Margaret before, I felt as though she was like she was an old friend. I loved sitting and just chatting with her and Ange and sharing messages full of positive thoughts. Ange’s son Jagger is such a gorgeous character and he had so much fun, blowing bubbles, throwing sticks into the water, running and playing, and finally jumping in some little puddles we found on the way back to the car.

I know Margaret’s journey ahead will be tough. But I see in her an amazing love of life, love of family and a hope for what the future will bring.

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Sometimes we wait until life throws us a curve ball to have family photo’s taken. We think, I’ll just wait until I’ve lost a little weight, or I’ll just wait until my child is a little older. Stop waiting and celebrate the now. You never know what is around the next corner. I would love to speak to you today about organising a special session for your family and for the month’s of May and June, 10% of all sales will be donated to a wonderful foundation that supports family’s who are fighting cancer – Mummy’s Wish

 

Trotter Family | Family Portraits

For Mothers Day this year, I had the privilege of spending a wonderful afternoon exploring the botanical gardens here in Brisbane with the gorgeous Trotter Family taking some wonderful family portraits for them to enjoy for years to come. It was a little touch and go with the weather but I’m so glad we braved it as it was such a lovely afternoon and everyone had so much fun.

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Interested in booking a family session to celebrate the wonderful family you have? What are you waiting for, book your session today.

 

 

Freddy | Children Photography Wynnum Brisbane

While his baby sister was off having a feed with Mum, Freddy and I ventured out on the back deck so that we could go fishing. Freddy is such a wonderful fisherman, he has his own little boat and an awesome fishing line and most of all a wonderful imagination.

Welcome aboard Fearless Freddy’s Fishing Charter

 

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