We’ve been thinking about the ways to have more of a peace-filled Christmas (aka survive December). Here are some of our ideas:
Plan a picnic with friends, get outdoors, and enjoy live music and Christmas carols at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, or in your local area. We’re looking forward to waving our candles or glo-sticks at the Banyule Carols in Greensborough.
Dip your toes in the world of online shopping, and avoid jam-packed shopping centres and car parks. We love the eco, ethical, hand crafted and unique options available. Some of our favourites are: hard to find., etsy, eco chic, eco co., polli. Or, consider a gift voucher for our Christmas mini session which can be redeemed throughout the year!
Often the most treasured gifts are those that are handmade. So, if you love cooking, why not bake a little gift or make some jam. If you’ve got kids, letting them loose on a blank canvases with bright paints could fill up an afternoon and unleash their creativity. We’re collecting ideas on Pinterest board DIY Christmas Gifts.
Suggest catch ups in January when everyone is more relaxed and in holiday mode, rather than adhering to the expected flurry of social bookings and urgency of catching up ‘before Christmas’.
Take time to breathe. I was recently encouraged to make a time to take a few hours to reflect in the lead up to Christmas. Concepts such as peace, hope, joy, love and faith, are all too often squeezed out of Christmas. In pausing and reflecting on these, we may find ways to recapture and reclaim the real meaning of this beautiful season.
Here is a small sneak peek from an engagement photography shoot with Leanne and Robbo. We had a great time at a few locations around Melbourne – Hosier Lane, Federation Square and the Botanical gardens. Congratulations !
Last month we enjoyed photographing Long and Xue Xue’s wedding reception, which was held at Happy Receptions in Ascot Vale. It was a great evening bringing together close friends and family, to celebrate this lovely couple and enjoy an amazing array of delicious food! Chinese traditions, speeches and multiple toasts made for a memorable night.
Recently we took a much needed break in Queensland. After visiting friends and family we journeyed to Rainbow Beach, on the Sunshine Coast. We stumbled across Rainbow Beach when surfing the web looking for a holiday house, and were so glad to escape the Melbourne winter and spend time here. There were so many interesting places to explore along the coastline, to relax and unwind.
Rainbow Beach is surrounded by National Park land with many walks and stunning white beaches. There are high sandstone cliffs edging the beach, and natural sandblow formations which are created strong onshore winds that push sand from the dunes into the foreshore. These are special places for Aboriginal Australians. Below are some of our photographs from our time away, we hope you enjoy them.
Buderim Falls, a beautiful and tranquil place (except for the myriad of running and yelling children!) which we visited on the way to Rainbow Beach.
Mid afternoon relaxing on a patrolled beach
Carlo sandblow with 360 degree views
Coloured Sands of Rainbow Beach
Coloured Sands at sunrise
Horse riding on Rainbow Beach
Still waters at Tin Can Bay
We are excited to announce our Christmas Mini Portrait Sessions, just in time for Christmas. 30 minute, fun photo shoots of for individuals, couples and families of up to five people. These are a great way to update your family album and make fantastic Christmas gifts. A limited number of mini sessions are available for booking on: – Saturday the 2nd of November between 6.30pm and 8.00pm – Saturday the 9th of November between 9.00am and 11.00am – Saturday the 23rd of November between 6.30pm and 8.00pm These will be held in the picturesque Westerfolds Park to maximise the beautiful spring weather. For your session fee of $100 you will receive full access to an online gallery of between 10 to 20 edited images and two complimentary 8×10” prints of your choice. Additional prints can be ordered from your online gallery which will be ready, two weeks after your session. Places are limited, so to secure your booking and obtain a full price list plus terms & conditions, contact us: Email: email@example.com Phone: 0479 025 639
Here are a few images from an afternoon at the Kinglake/Bowden Spur Mountain Bike Area. It’s a 2km long track with a rating of double black diamond. There is quite a nice view from the top of the track, overlooking Melbourne and the surrounding North-Eastern suburbs. For someone who doesn’t ride, the track was quite daunting in places, but my friends had no trouble navigating the rocks! ‘The trail, named Shepherds, is a diverse technical downhill trail to test the abilities of experienced riders. It has a number of dirt jumps, rock gardens, bomb holes, flowing earth berms and contains large sections of off-camber riding. The total drop along the length of the trail is 233 metres’. (Source: Parks Victoria)
For more information on the location, check out the Parks Victoria website
We first met Michael and Rosemary back in March this year, braving the cold weather in the Dandenongs for their engagement photography session (click on the link to see their photos). Four months on, we were honoured to photograph their wedding day. Don’t they look great!! Despite heavy rain in the week before, the sun was out for a perfect wintery day. Michael and Rosemary’s ceremony was held in their church, Oakleigh Anglican Church with a cosy afternoon tea following the service, and gingerbread house and cake enjoyed by friends and family. Bridal party photographs were taken around the beautiful old stone church and Malvern Valley Golf Course, where there were plenty of laughs and dodging the occasional golf ball. Michael and Rosemary’s wedding reception was held at Malvern Valley Receptions, with a beautifully warm crackling fire.
With Father’s Day less than a month away, here is a great gift idea for your father or husband!
Father’s Day Portrait Sessions
We’re pleased to share this beautiful portrait photography session, which was held at Westerfolds Park, along the Yarra River in Templestowe, known for it’s wide open parkland and the occasional mob of kangaroos. It reminds us a little of Cornwall Park in Aukland, a pocket of rural peacefulness complete with rolling hills and sheep, tucked away in the the middle of a bustling city.
It certainly made for a great location for photography, as we began the shoot chatting and kicking around the footy with the boys who were full of energy and smiles. Adding a game, sport, or favourite toy into a session can help kids feel much relaxed and forget about the camera! We also brought along a big bunch of red balloons which provided laughs and entertainment, as there were a few escapees as these got swept around in the wind.
Have you thought about giving your Dad a gift of a beautiful family portrait and lasting memories of your family this year? Kids grow so quickly, it’s great to be able to capture these special moments through photography. Contact us to inquire about personalising your gift vouchers on firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a sneak peak of the wedding we shot last weekend at Malvern Valley Receptions and Oakleigh Anglican Church in Melbourne.
Congratulations Michael and Rose !
We love seeing families grow together over the years and being entrusted with capturing special memories. We first photographed the Elith family when Chase was around one year of age! So it was special to be able to photograph him as a proud big brother with little Lucas. For this winter portrait photography session, Alex and Monica and the boys rugged up and headed out to a local park for the session. The colorful leaves on the ground proved too hard to resist for Chase who had lots of fun playing and tossing them into the air. The trees in Wingrove Park in Eltham made a pretty backdrop to the latter part of the shoot.
Here is our latest blog update with a family portrait session held at Malvern Gardens, in Toorak. We had a fun session with lots of laughter and smiles, capturing a special moment for their mother’s 60th birthday.
We recently had a wonderful time shooting the engagement session of Michael and Rosemary at the RJ Hamer Arboretum in the Dandenongs. With some great views and lovely autumn colours, together with a couple very much in love, you couldn’t ask for a better combination. Michael and Rosemary will be getting married in July and we are really looking forward to shooting their wedding!
Even though it may look cold and chilly outside, Autumn is one of the best times to have a photography session, so keep this in mind for next year!
A year just flies by! It doesn’t seem that long ago that we headed out on the windy roads out to the beautiful Yarra Valley to photograph Jo & Myles’ beautiful wedding at Mandala Wines.
Just wanted to wish you a Happy First Year Anniversary from Kelly Anthony Photography.
Bec and Angus’ wedding was held at the National Rhododendron gardens, in the Dandenongs. Bec got ready at her family home in Mooroolbark and we wound our way up the mountains to the ceremony. The gardens and mountains made a spectacular backdrop for the intimate ceremony which gathered family and close friends together. We loved the fun reading from the Dr. Seuss book, Oh the Places You’ll Go. Our favourite section: “Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to great places! You’re off and away”. A super relaxed couple, Bec and Angus managed to squeeze in photographs around the gardens, as well as a fun game of frisbee with the bridal party. Their reception was held at Mist at Olinda, a beautiful venue nestled among the tall gumtrees in the gardens. We enjoyed being part of your special day and hope you have many years of adventure, laughter and happiness together.
As the season turns, and the leaves become golden it really is the perfect time for an outdoor family portrait session. The colors are beautiful and it’s not too chilly. Our latest family shoot took place in Malvern at a local park with cute little Harrison and his parents. He loved being able to sit and play in the grass, and had a fabulous smile for the camera!
If you’re interested in a portrait session, we would love to hear from you! Kelly Anthony Photography – family portrait photographers.
This was a fun family photo-shoot set against the colours of autumn in Canterbury. The four brothers and sisters organised a shoot as a gift for their mum for Mother’s Day. What a great idea !
Don’t forget that we also have gift vouchers for portrait shoots available!
We were so excited to meet little Priya, who was welcomed into the world by Andy and Martine just in time for Easter! On the long weekend, we headed across town to Preston, Melbourne to hang out with Andy and Martine and their new little bub for a lifestyle newborn shoot, officially the most smitten parents we have ever met! We arrived in the early morning to the smell of delicious coffee and sat down for a good long catch up, and the news that freshly made hot cross bun mixture was rising. At only nine days old, Priya was super sleepy and perfectly beautiful. She barely opened her cute little eyes for the entire shoot. It was fantastic getting out and about and enjoying such the sunshine! We really enjoyed being able to photograph just a glimpse of the joy + love + hope for the future in this lovely little family!
It’s that time of year again! If you’re keen to break with the usual traditions of chocolates and flowers, remember that Mum’s also love photos! So we’ve put together a great offer just for Mothers Day.
The package details are:
- A 20 minute mini portrait session.
- Includes up to 5 people.
- We’re including a free 11×14″ archival quality enlargement print, and it’s accompanying high resolution digital file.
- Additional prints can be purchased which come with high resolution digital files.
- Portrait sessions are held on location – in the comfort of your own home, park or beach.
To book your Mother’s Day session or to find out more, contact us on email@example.com
We also want to thanks our Facebook fans with an additional 10% off print orders. Click here to visit our facebook page.
Offer is valid until 19 May 2013.
Additional people can be added for $25/person. Travel with metropolitan Melbourne.
Here are 3 images from the wedding of Bec & Angus. They had their wedding at the National Rhododendren Gardens and their reception at Mist at Olinda – such a beautiful location.