Ema and Steven 14th April 2018

Well the weather really put on a show for Ema and Steven’s big day with the wild winds and patchy rain sticking around for most of the day.

This did not stop Ema and Steven from having having the most gorgeous wedding at the ever stunning Paxton Wines. Ema was a picture of calm on the day and really just rolled with everything that came her way and Russ and I want to wish you the best future together!

The rain could not stop the love you have for each other (nor could it stop us taking photos!)

Location: Paxton Wines

Cars: Baileys Limousines

Videographer: Tab Media

Decorations: Family friend and Ema herself! (so talented)

Celebrant: Emma Broomell Civil Celebrant

DJ: Just Music Entertainment – Adrian Zac

Makeup: Jessica Bailey – Professional Makeup & Hair Artist

Dress: Jenny & Gerry’s Bridal Centre

Flowers: Made by the bride and her aunties

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Mad March

It’s been a while since I last did a blog post and for good reason! I have been really busy with Mad March truly in full swing!

Here is a summary of what’s been happening in March!

Kate + Jayden 3rd March 2018

Venue: St Francis Winery – Old Reynella

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Shaun’s 21st – 10th March 2018

Venue: Joiners Arms Hotel – Hindmarsh

 

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Shannon and Phillip – 17th March 2018

Venue: Central Districts Football Club

 

 

Laila and Thomas – 24th March 2018

Venue: Private Backyard + Surprise Wedding!

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So as you can see it truly was Mad March! Plus…we were able to still do our regular Sat nights at the Hwy as the Social photographer!

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Alana + Simon 17th Feb 2018

The day started off perfectly for these 2 lovebirds Alana and Simon with the day shining brightly and a cool breeze blowing. Alana was picture perfect and was such a calm bride! Alana had a beautiful fleet of luxury sport cars to travel in to the ever stunning Serafino winery where Alana and Simon exchanged beautiful vows under the tall gum trees to the sound of ducks and black cockatoos.

We ambled on down to the historic courthouse in Willunga where there were a few surprises and Simon got thrown in jail…where his ball and chain were securely attached!

Alana and Simon celebrated with family and Friends and maybe a pirate or 2…. in the beautiful barrel room at Serafino’s Winery in the stunning Mclaren Vale. 

*Venue: Serafino Wines

*Flowers: Clare’s Bloomers

*Celebrant: Martess Dowling Marriage Celebrant 

 

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Live FB Q & A Sessions coming up in 2018!

 

So an idea was put forward to me by a couple of clients. 

The idea was that I do some live FB videos explaining who I am as an artist, what my business is all about and answering FAQ’s and questions as a lot of the time, good proper answers to how a photographers works or how I work can not be transparently understood via email or what was on my website.

I agreed and to help educate my clients and have them gain a better understanding of who I am and what I can provide for them, I decided to do a test run on FB and did a live video of me editing a client’s photo.

The response was huge and I had over 25 people logged on and watching (well I thought that was huge for my little fb page) – including other photographers and after the live video finished, I had some great comments from people saying how much they learnt and could see how much effort I put into editing their photos and also had comments from other photographers saying that they had learnt little tips and tricks.

I am not a closed off person or business operator and will always help other photographers and believe truly in the power of networking so I have no problems sharing ideas with other photographers unless they try to blatantly copy my ideas or business model to a T, so again my series of videos that I am going to do is also going to be about creating some self worth for my fellow photographers aswell. 

Live video session dates

I will be doing a series of live videos where I will be answering questions that my clients have asked or would like to know every wednesday night. The first live video date will be on the 31st January at 7.30pm and then every consecutive wednesday after that and I will be answering 3 questions per night to get the ball rolling.

The first 3 questions will be:

1. Why photography and what do you love about it.
2. What made you start up your own photography business and do you think it’s been successful so far.
3. Where would you like to see your photography business in 5 and 10 years time.

If you did have a question you would like me to answer, then please pm me on my photography facebook page or email me at diana@dianamphotography.com.au

See you wednesday!

Wedding Expos

Well a successful day was had at the Adelaide Weddings Group Kuitpo Hall Wedding Fair!

The sun shone bright and the temp soared as soon to be brides and their partners braved the heat to meet some fabulous wedding vendors ready to make their day great!

It was our first wedding expo so we were thrilled with the turn out of people and we chatted to quite a few lovely couples!

It was a great oppurtunity to test my setup of my stall aswell and from the feedback I got about it, it suited kuitpo hall perfectly!

With Kuitpo Hall expo now over, we turn our attention to our next wedding expo at the Beach Hotel at Seaford on the 25th February from 12pm till 3 pm.

There will be lots of wedding vendors to come down and speak to and see their lovely work so looking forward to seeing you there!

Come down and say hi at the Seaford Beach Hotel Wedding Open day!

 

 

Arielle and Joshua – 5th January 2018

The stars aligned for these 2 lovebirds when they met and together infront of family and friends, they declared their love for each other in the gorgeous surrounds of st francis winery. Arielle and Josh were true to themselves and put a little bit of their personality into everything that went into their wedding day including the meat cleaver for the cake cutter!

Thankyou Arielle and Josh for having us as your photographers and we wish you all the best in your future together!

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Skye and Jackson 30.12.17

A beautiful Secret garden awaited Skye and Jordan in the gorgeous surrounds of Marino Rocks in the Looking Glass Garden.

Who knows if the fairies were watching as Skye and Jordan announced to their friends and family that they had found the most wonderful love in each other and that their future looked bright as husband and wife and even their fur baby Wally was their to put his paw print on the proceedings!

Congratulations Skye and Jordan and we thankyou so much for having us as your photographers and we wish you the brightest, most spiritual journey together as husband and wife.

 

Stephanie + Luke – 11th November 2017

We had a wild time at the wedding of Stephanie and Luke on the weekend and the theme was a mix between the Zoo and Beauty and the Beast! Stephanie wowed guests with her beautiful long blue hair and gorgeous Fishtail dress and we even got to fit some light painting in under that vast starry sky! It was our absolute pleasure to witness the magical love you guys have for each other and we thought the Nerf guns were a “hit!”…. P.S please check out the Dictionary shot luke and steph and see if you can find the special link *hint*…it relates to your guest book xxx

 

 

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Naomi and Glen – 4th November 2017

Haines Memorial Park was the setting for the wedding of Naomi and Glen on Sat 4th November 2017. The sun shone bright and the bees and the birds celebrated with them in the lush garden of the memorial Park, surrounded by friends and family, Naomi and Glen had a relaxed but intimate ceremony. Congratulations Naomi and Glen and we wish you all the best for your little family! x

 

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Alissa + Ryan 28th Oct 2017

Alissa and Ryan and their beautiful little girl Sophia celebrated their love as a family with a gorgeous and Intimate Ceremony held within the lush gardens of the Mclaren Vale Visitor Centre.

Sophia was so excited to see her mum rock up in a Sunset Orange Torana and proudly held her hand as they walked down the aisle together to meet Ryan.

With some gorgeous locations around Mclaren Vale, we took the opportunity to create some happy and loved up memories for this beautiful little family.

 

 

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Candice + Reece 14.10.17

We celebrated in style with Candice and Reece at the Adelaide Zoo where they held an intimate and private Ceremony with lots of laughs had and many a tear shed as Cherie Strachan from Dream Love Celebrant Services shared the wonderful story of how these two lovebirds met and have since made their love for each other so strong.

Candice and Reece and their bridal party were so much fun and they were really up for anything! We took some amazing funny shots and here are just a few for some sneaky peeks!

Thankyou Candice and Reece and we had such a fun day. We are so glad we met you both and we hope your lives together are filled with fun, laughter and family xxx

 

 

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What’s been going on….

We haven’t posted for a while as we have been so busy this last month and with wedding season now finally here and in full force, we thought we better update before we don’t have time to!

Our latest wedding only last weekend was between Jodie and Adrian and was held on the stunning grounds of the Cruising Yacht Club of SA and what we thought was going to be a rainy day, turned out nice and bright and full of sunshine for us!

The day was full of love, laughter and the mention of Holden and footy multiple times as we had a gorgeous photo shoot on the Semaphore Jetty and on one of the spectacular yachts moored at the Cruising yacht club.

The night was finished with an intimate Father/Daughter dance that brought a tear to your eye and some pretty groovy dance floor moves had by everyone!

Congratulations Jodie and Adrian and we wish you all the best in your future together!

Coming up for us at DianaM Photography, we have our regular gig at the HWY Hotel with our social snaps, our Frocktober Event at the Hwy where they are raising Money for the Ovarian Cancer Council, we also have Engagement Parties, Birthdays and some more weddings  to be captured and from here until the end of December, we are going to be busy little bunnies!

If you have a special event or a wedding which you need our services for, then please contact us to secure your date as they are filling fast!

-Diana and Russ

 

Nicole + Alex 19.08.17

What a beautiful day it turned out to be for Nicole and Alex’s Day!

Turning up in her dad’s vintage car (the one he arrived in when he got married), Nicole walked up the aisle to meet her soulmate in the surrounds of the ever lovely Gardens of St Francis Winery in Old Reynella SA.

Entering their reception to the Star Wars theme song, the scene was set for an unforgettable night with a beautiful lamington cake and some more theme songs from DJ Thomas McNally getting everyone in the mood to light up the dance floor.

Congratulations Nicole and Alex and we wish you all the best for your wonderful future together!

-Diana and Russ

What a Busy Month! + Some Headshots!

The month of July has been mega busy!

I have finished off a heap of wedding clients photos and been able to present them with their beautiful album!

These albums are made to the finest quality with the binding of the book being stitched and not glued together.

A classy crystal cover finishes this exquisite album off and gives it that touch of elegance!

The look on my clients face when I handed them their wrapped album and they opened it was just divine and it totally makes it worth it. Every single time I do a wedding and my client receives their photos and tells me how happy they are with them, it makes it all worth it!

We also captured some corporate headshots in July for Money Quest in Mclaren Vale!

Annette Tothill and her talented staff were on hand to give us some cracker smiles and Alfie the Team mascot even came for his photo to be taken!

If you did need a Mortgage broker then I would highly recommend Annette and her team!

Contact her today!

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We have also been steadily booking weddings for 2018 and are really excited to be a part of Love on the lawn Wedding Expo at Morphettville this Oct!

We will be showcasing some of the beautiful weddings we have captured in 2016-2017 and will also have our signature Stainless Steel, Mounted and Acrylic prints on show for you to touch and feel and see the quality for yourselves!

Come down and say hi to the team and you might even get to meet Katie who is doing work experience with us for the last half of 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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We will continue to keep you updated with what is happening within DianaM Photography and we look forward to sharing a coffee with you soon!

 

 

Backup, Backup, Backup!

How to backup your photos properly and to safe keep them for future generations

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I always supply my clients, both in the wedding and lifestyle shoots I do, with a USB with all their precious photos on them. I only buy my USB’s from respectable suppliers who individually test them before I use them and transfer the photos over. I want to talk about how you can backup your photos when your receive them and how printing your photos and not just storing them on your computer is essential.

When you receive your USB from me, plug into your computer and COPY the files into a separate folder in your computer. I want to stress to you NOT to cut and and paste your photos from the USB, only COPY them. The reason behind this is, if something goes wrong with the file transfer and you have cut and paste, the files are no longer on your USB and you can lose them entirely if it malfunctions through the transfer process and we don’t want that at all.

Once you have copied a set of the photos onto your computer, make sure you make another copy on an EXTERNAL Hard drive. Why External you say? Well, if your computer was to ever blow up or get stolen and all you had were all your photos on that computer, then they would all be lost. So make sure, you have an external copy of your photos aswell.

When you unplug your device from your computer (whether it be USB or an external Hard drive) always right click on your device on your computer and click EJECT. If you do not eject your device properly and you disconnect your device from your computer, the device can malfunction and you can also lose all of your photos. Please always press EJECT before disconnecting.

So, you now have a copy of your photos on your computer and a copy of your photos on an external hard drive. You are now covered if your computer blows up and your covered  if you lose your USB as they are now safely stored on your computer. So what happens if your house burns down? (not a nice situation, but it can happen!)

Make another copy of your photos (and not the photos just from me) on ANOTHER EXTERNAL hard drive that you can store at your parents house, a friends house or someone you can trust to safe keep your photos. This ensures that if your house does ever burn down, that you have a copy of all of your precious memories that remain undamaged.

As a photographer, it is my duty of care, to have an offsite backup of all of the photos that I supply my clients incase my own house burns down! (knock on wood)

Printing of Photos

We all love having digital images and with the introduction of USB’s and hard drives we think that life is great and our photos are always secure in these tiny pieces of glorious electronic hardware.

That is completely untrue!

USB’s Fail and so do External hard drives. They don’t and will not last forever but a printed photo does (if secured and kept properly)

Always print your photos! Even if it’s a tiny 6×4 inch copy of all of them. At least you will have a hard copy memory of that day that you can hold in your hand and show your children or grandchildren, long after your USB or hard drive has failed and been destroyed.

This is the beauty of prints and this is why I always offer prints with all my packages because at least I am doing a small part in ensuring that my client always has a hard copy memory kept alive on luxe paper.

When storing your printed photos (larger ones over 8 x10) and your storing them in a frame, always ensure that your frame has glass in it. There is a fad going around where you can get glassless frames and really it’s a bad idea because there are 2 things that can go wrong with your photo if it is not behind glass.

  1. Dust can sit on the photo and discolour the ink and will eventually destroy that photo over time
  2. If in direct sunlight during different times of the day, either with light coming in through a window or placed outside, the sunlight will fade and damage the photo a lot quicker than it does when stored safely behind glass.

When receiving your canvas print from me, make sure that again, it is not in direct sunlight and that you always wipe over the canvas with a clean dry cloth once every 2 months, to makee sure that no dust collects on top of the canvas or on the front itself, as we know that dust can damage inks.

Please DO NOT spray your canvas with Hair spray thinking that it will protect the colours and longevity of your print. IT WILL NOT and the chemicals in the hairspray WILL damage your canvas.

I hope that I have helped you in some way with understanding the best way to backup your photos when you receive them from me or any photographer and in worse case scenario, your photographer should keep your photos for a period of up to 5 years both internally and externally so if all else fails, they can resupply your photos for you usually at a cost of just supplying another USB and the time it takes them to find the photos and recopy them.

In real life, we all say we don’t have time to do this or that, but photos are memories and they are your past self. Don’t destruct your past and let those memories vanish.

Backup, Backup, Backup!!

 

 

 

 

Kelly + Simon 04.07.17

We were so honoured to be a part of this beautiful elopement between these 2 gorgeous souls yesterday! The setting was in the beautiful Jacobs Creek Retreat and the rain could not keep away the love this couple had for each other. It was special and romantic and the funny yet wonderful Martess Dowling Marriage Celebrant was there to officiate this intimate union.
Congratulations Kelly and Simon and we are so thankful that you had us as witnesses. We wish you all the very best for your bright future together! x

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David + Monica’s engagement party

A celebration between these 2 loved up people was held at the Holdy (Holdfast Hotel) and family and friends joined them to celebrate their engagement party!

Thankyou for having me as your photographer guys!

 

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Matt + Alli’s Engagement Party

A vintage glamour theme set the scene for Matt and Alli’s engagement party at the Seaford Beach Hotel on sat night!

Cute little hessian wrapped jars, a donut board made by her talented dad, a beautifully written welcome board and flowers galore adorned the room and a hand made photo booth topped it all off!

We had so much fun setting up some funny shots and your girls were the best!

Thankyou so much for having me as your photographer Alli and Matt and I wish you all the best for your future together!

– Diana x

 

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Hwy’s new Native Creative Launch

I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of the Native Creative menu that the Highway Hotel was promoting for the next 2 weeks only.

Some great food bloggers joined me including representation from Glamm Adelaide, Adelaidian and Feed Me Adelaide.

I was asked to take some photos so the Hwy could use some for their social media and for a taste of this wonderful menu, I was more than happy to oblige!

When I saw the menu, my first reaction was “oh dear, it’s got 2 seafood dishes”….because I don’t eat seafood but I thought I’d be brave and taste them anyway. The highway is renowned for it’s great food, so it couldn’t be that bad!

Dish 1: Moreton Bay Bug Tails with Pickled Riberry, White Carrot and Karkalla

Review

For a non seafood eater, this was tasty!! Loved the texture and it didn’t taste fishy at all! The Karkalla added a nice flavour hit and the sauce was just devine! The white carrots were subtle but cooked to perfection and the Riberries added that nice tartness to balance out the sauce. Overall a score of 10/10 (for a seafood dish)

Dish 2: Seared paroo Kangaroo fillet with Muntries, Beetroot, Barilla Leaves and Puffed Grains.

Review

Again…as I am a boring eater, I haven’t been exposed to kangaroo a lot either and my first thought was… yum..meat..I’ll eat it!

The texture and flavour in that kangaroo was just devine. The chef has cooked it very nicely and there was no toughness in it at all. The smoky flavour hit the tongue like a warm hug and then the beetroot came along and put the cherry on top. It was beautiful and sweet and not tart at all and worked really well with the puffed grains and the slight saltiness of them. The muntries I had never tasted before but they were another nice flavour boost. Lot’s of unique flavours in the one dish! Score 9/10 – Simply because the raw onion was a bit much. Maybe 1 would have been enough.

Dish 3: 500g Thornby Lamb Rump with creamed warrigal greens, saltbush and potato crisp salad

Review

The lamb was cooked perfectly and had little fat. I understand that meat needs some fat to increase the flavour, but this was nice not having too much fat either and allowed your palate to focus on the meat itself more. The Jus was amazing and full of flavour, it was nice and full bodied and worked well with the asparagus. The potato crisps were little morsels of heaven and were nice and crunchy and not overcooked. Now…the saltbush! I could have eaten that all day! My first taste of saltbush ever and it was the most tastiest plant I have ever consumed. I am going to go down to Bunnings and grab myself a pot this week, just so I can grow some so I can eat it! Overall a lovely and well put together dish 10/10 – could not fault one single element in this dish

Dish 4: Robarra Baby Barramundi with native Ficinia Nodosa Bushes, Lemon Myrtle, Samphire and Native Thyme Butter

 

Review

Unfortunately there was not enough to go around on this dish, so I missed out, which was more than fine as not being a seafood eater, I was more than happy to sit this one out although would have loved to have tasted a potato! The dish itself looked amazing and was so colourful. Very good value for money too as the meat that was coming off the fish looked full and fat with nice white fillets being served. The potatoes and the Thyme butter smelt so good. 8 – 10 – only because I couldn’t taste it so can’t comment fully

Dish 5 – Rosella Sorbet with Poached Quandong, Wattle seed tuile and violet sugar

Review

I love desserts! I have to say…when I saw the sorbet on the menu I knew this was going to be my favourite dish of them all. I could literally live in a dessert cafe somewhere and so this just tempted my tastebuds to no degree! When the dish got served, the first thing I noticed was the colour. It didn’t look like a dish that would be served up in the colder months and reminded me of summer and spring and really looked rather beautiful in all it’s colourful glory. The sorbet was amazing! It was tart, fresh, flavoursome and sweet all at the same time and went off with a big bang! I have never tasted quandongs before and so was a bit hesitant to try them but after a few coaxing words from a friend, I ate one and it tasted to me like a tarty version of an apricot and was not unpleasant at all and rather nice. The wattle seed tuile was to die for and I could have eaten a whole box if given the chance. It was war,, it was wholesome and full of flavour and not gritty at all. Spot On! The violet sugar was another experience I have never had before either and although small was really yummy and wasn’t as sweet as normal sugar, which I thought was rather nice and worked well with the tart of the sorbet. A very nice end to the tasting and left my palate nice and fresh. Score: 10 /10

 

Overall the 5 dishes were very creative and beautiful and were almost works of art on the plate with the colours and textures displayed.

I can’t believe they are only going to be around for 2 weeks!

Make sure that you get in to taste these wonderful dishes.

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Gumeracha Medieval Fair

I went and attended the Gumeracha Medieval Fair, South Australia, on the weekend (6.05.17) as it’s always a great event with so many colourful characters to see and meet!

Get behind this great event! The organisers put in so much hard work and everyone really gets into the spirit!

Here are but a few!

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