Perth Portrait Photography - It Doesn't Matter... Until It Matters

Today, I received my second request in 2 weeks to create a professional slideshow to music for a funeral.  In both cases, the person died suddenly and I never had the chance to photograph either of them.

Each family sent me through scanned images of their loved one and some music of meaning to accompany them.  As I did quick colour and exposure corrections on each image, I thought of how these photos are all the families have left of their loved ones.  Yes, they have the memories but there is nothing quite like a photo to instantly reconnect you to someone you love.

As portrait Photographers, we don't just take photos - we are the captors of memories.  To us, it's never just an image on paper or canvas but something that will one day be priceless to someone.

Hands up all those that own a beautiful family portrait.  Are you and your immediate family in it and have there been new additions since?  Are all your family photos on your iPhone or iPad and not on your wall for everyone to enjoy.    The truth is, it doesn't matter until it matters.

With the permission of Peter Byrne's partner, I am sharing you his slideshow.  I never met Peter but I feel I've connected with him through his photographs.  I can see he was a kind and caring soul who loved his partner, family, friends and his fur-babies.  

How long has it been since you've had a family portrait taken?

Contact Perth Portrait Photographer, Jane Earle on 0434549372 to discuss how you would all loved to be photographed, your pets included.

Portrait Photographer Perth - Do you exist in photographs?

As the Portrait Photographer in the family, I am always the one taking the photos.  I actually don't exist in many family portrait photographs.  I skipped the last 15 years somehow.  Is this you too?  It's got me thinking.  

We may not think it's important that we are in the family portrait photos. You may not even want to be in photographs at all so you grab the camera or the iPhone before anyone else does - great excuse isn't it?  Sadly, it's our loved ones who miss out.   Last year my mother-in-law passed away.  No one in the family had a good portrait photograph of her to display at her send-off.  They came to me for one - I actually didn't have one either as I hadn't been doing portrait photography for my own family.  Then the awful realisation hit home.  It was too late - she's gone and no one captured a great portrait photograph of her.  Yes, there were lots of photos of Mary but they were just snaps which were often blurred or distant - nothing engaging that did her justice.  Nothing that was timeless.

Anyone who knows me or has read my "About Jane" page on my website will know that I love researching Family Trees.  I delved into mine and I've got back beyond the year 1066.  Researching where your family comes from and who they were is a game of intrigue and suspense.  You will find secrets so well hidden that you may just be opening Pandora's Box.  

When researching my family history, I solved a family mystery too.  When my Grandfather was just 5 years old, he was given to his cousin and her husband.  Yes, folks, that's right - he was given away!  He never saw his brother or parents again.  Grandad spent the rest of his life wondering what happened to his brother.  To cut a long story short, I found Grandad's brother's death certificate, his daughter's name, who she married, where she lived and her phone number (just call me Sherlock).  

The father and the son he gave away.

The father and the son he gave away.

One night I decided to phone her from Australia and told her who I was.  This 86 year old lady started to weep as she relayed how she had tried all her life to find her Uncle - my Grandfather - and never knew what happened to him until we spoke.  We stayed in touch until she passed away.  One of the most important things she sent me were copies of old family portrait  photographs - a photograph of my Grandfather's brother as an adult.  Something my Grandfather never got to see.  Dad and I stared hard into the image of a man so closely related but whom we would never meet.  Finally, we got to see what he looked like. 

My Great Uncle's Portrait - now we know what he looked like.

My Great Uncle's Portrait - now we know what he looked like.

One of my most treasured possessions is an old family photograph album.  It's neatly inscribed in the front in faded ink, signed by my Great Great Uncle and dated 1884.  Many of the images were taken long before then.  The expressions are often bland or distant. The people well dressed and posing as best they could for the labourious amount of time it took to take just one exposure. As I carefully turn each page, I see images of ancestors only recogniseable to me by their names as most had died before I was born.  

The heirlom photographic album - Victorian style and inside is my Grandfather with his cousin and husband who brought him up.  They look stern in this image but  apparently they weren't like that at all.

The heirlom photographic album - Victorian style and inside is my Grandfather with his cousin and husband who brought him up.  They look stern in this image but  apparently they weren't like that at all.

The photos of my Dad as a child and my Grandparents, however, are the most important.  They have all passed away and this is what I have left of them.  Of course I have the usual things such as watches and rings that belonged to them but it's the portrait photos that are the most prized as the connection is there for the heart to feel and the eyes to see.  I love having them displayed in an album as it seems more tangible than a digital image.  It's special to be able to take the photographic album off it's display shelf, feel it's luxury and then sit down and slowly turn the pages.  There is something peaceful, private, almost meditative about that.  They actually owned it and now it's passed down to me.

If you really do want to capture yourself and your family in portraits for all time, I offer a 6, 12 and 18 image package presented in an exquisite made-to-order Folio Box to keep your matted images in until you decide to display them.  This is an heirloom that deserves to be handed down to your children and the ones you love to be treasured.  There are other options also such as 9 images matted and displayed in a beautiful frame for your home for all to enjoy.

I encourage you to exist in portrait photographs for your children, friends and family.  One day, your images will be priceless to them.

Love and Light

Jane Earle, Portrait Photographer - Northern Beaches, Perth.

 

 

Perth Photographer - Perth's Northern Beaches

My name is Jane Earle and I am a contemporary Portrait Photographer from Sydney.  Having said that, I have spent most of my adult life in the UK and Western Australia.  Six years ago, I was living a very ordinary life in Perth when, late one afternoon, my ex-husband asked for a divorce.  My life changed dramatically in a heartbeat - it was time to come home. So, here I am, writing this from my home office and studio near Manly, on the beautiful Northern Beaches of Sydney.  Every cloud has its silver lining.

Incredibly huge waves on Sydney's Northern Beaches - I almost lost my camera in the sea that day.

Incredibly huge waves on Sydney's Northern Beaches - I almost lost my camera in the sea that day.

My fascination with Photography started when I purchased my first camera at 15 and built my own Darkroom at 16 (yes, I still have all the equipment).  My genres were many: sea and landscapes, animals, textures – anything that I found beauty in, even if others never saw it.  I actually took my first photo at 6 years old.  It was of my parents standing outside of the Assembly Rooms in Bath, England.  Funnily, it was the only picture in focus from our entire holiday.

The first photo Jane Earle,  Photographer, ever took.  I was 6 years old and on holiday with my parents in Bath, England.

The first photo Jane Earle,  Photographer, ever took.  I was 6 years old and on holiday with my parents in Bath, England.

The last 6 months have been a big learning curve for me as a Photographer. I’ve trained under the direction of Sue Bryce, Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year (2011 and 2012).  I have been asked to photograph Northern Beaches Weddings, Lower Northshore Weddings, Events for Manly Entrepreneurs at Manly Emporium, Fine Art and Glamour Portraits.  I have built a beautiful Portfolio – and I continue to build it at every opportunity.  

I photographed this Mosman Wedding a few weeks ago - the bride and groom were so happy with their images. The Bride's sister even telephoned me twice to say how much the family loved the photos.  I created an heirloom that day.

I photographed this Mosman Wedding a few weeks ago - the bride and groom were so happy with their images. The Bride's sister even telephoned me twice to say how much the family loved the photos.  I created an heirloom that day.

I am evolving and constantly learning new editing, marketing, posing, styling and lighting tips pretty much every week. In this industry, you never stop learning. I will share here some of what I learn and how I incorporate it into my business.  Knowing the correct way to pose someone is an essential component of a beautiful portrait.  It takes time and practice to learn this skill but once you have mastered it, you will never look back. This is where a Photographer really can weave her magic.  Capturing the light that shines from within has to be the most rewarding element of portrait photography for me.  It's emotional for both client and photographer.  It's the reason why I do this.

In my blog, you may find something of yourself in what I write, particularly if you are a Photographer on a similar path as myself or a client who is curious about the behind the scenes process and the type of images I produce. Feel free to email me or give me feedback in the comment box below. It would be nice to hear from you and to find out what makes you tick. 

If you are looking for a Wedding, Event, Glamour or Fine Art Portrait Photographer then contact me by phone: 0434 549 372, email: jane@janeearlephotography.com.  You can view my images at www.janeearlephotography.com

Love and Light,

Jane Earle, Portrait Photographer

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