I usually take photographs in the outdoors, at peoples homes, at their place of business or on location befitting their individual needs, but occasionally it’s nice to do some home studio shots where I can control the lighting more easily. This was no fancy setup though. Just a large white linen sheet as a backdrop with filtered light coming through one of the windows which reflected off a mirror on the other side of the room. A nice gentle effect that highlights her naturally striking emerald green eyes. The Gold Coast is my home for most of the year, but you’ll often find me traveling up and down the east coast of Australia as well. This country is beautiful.
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This woman showed up in my home town for a spontaneous photo shoot one day. The golden and green autumn leaves in Pearl Park in Foster would have clashed horribly with the pink top she was wearing, so I threw over my green jacket and easily achieved a more subtle, blended image for her to add to her portfolio.
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Hello … I’ve mastered the art of taking self portraits. You can sometimes see a glimpse of a remote shutter switch tucked into one of my hands.
Yes, this is me … Elizabeth Richardson owner of Lifegames Photography. Feel free to sign up for our occasional email updates while you’re here.
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A fabulous closeup photo of one of my grandsons taken with a long lens to blur out the background. I’m delighted with the quality of Luxury Lenses I own. This was taken with the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II. I’ve even used it to take professional shots indoors at a brightly lit party in a large river front home in Hawthorn Melbourne. The bokeh is lovely too.
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Carol is a natural beauty and standing her next to this lovely floral display of hyacinth helped to bring out the pastel blues and lilacs of the pool area that’s blurred into the background of this photo. Pallazo Versace is a fabulous venue for a photo shoot. The manager was kind enough to let us roam around providing we kept out of the way of the guests. Much appreciated and the pictures were terrific.
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Photograph of a mum with her two daughters sitting happily on a park table. I like the way the path behind them circles around their heads and draws your eye towards their smiling faces. I asked them to look at each other for this pose … and it made them laugh. Terrific result.
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Photo of two attractive girls and a fluffy black dog at a local park in Melbourne. It’s funny how some people can find a facial pose and stick to it … often called the FaceBook pose. I’m glad they do it though. It adds a new dimension to the regular “smiling into the camera” pictures that most of us use.
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It’s so nice to get clients who will play with me during a photo shoot. This woman in blue jeans took a little while to loosen up, but once I encouraged her to splash me with water from the creek at Pearl Park in Foster, she relaxed from then on. The picture was post processed in PhotoShop to draw out the blue tones which removed the distracting background colours. The bridge adds structural integrity to the image and the water splashes, draw your eye up towards her happy face.
You don’t have to be a stunning model to take a good picture – natural happiness from the inside-out does it every time.
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The steps of Sydney Opera House set the scene for this Asian couple as they kissed and let their hair blow in the breeze. What a lovely place for wedding photographs. The harbour bridge in the background gives a structural quality to their images.
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This young girl was having a fabulous time running through the shallow waters of the safe swimming hole in front of Charis Seafoods in Labrador on the Gold Coast. The whole family built sandcastles and chased each other along the banks. I enjoy getting photos of people when they don’t know I’m there. Natural pictures show life how it really is – not how we think it should be.
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This started out as a holiday snap of two boys playing on a jetty at Pacific Palms on the N.S.W. coast, but their parents came over and asked me to send them an email with the results … and I was so happy, it’s turned out to be one of my favourite photo albums of all.
So nice to capture the naturalness of children, not posing, not caring, just so innately beautiful.
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It was lovely to see how close these two sisters were during the photo shoot. Here they are perched up on a table just to give the image sequence a different perspective. They enjoyed their time in the park and we have a gorgeous portfolio to prove it.
When taking family albums, I prefer to get them to dress in similar colours and tones. The easiest tends to be blue jeans and white shirts and I got them to take their shoes off to show their nicely pained toenails as well. We ended up with about 5 different looks in a one hour shoot. Really happy with these.
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Photo of a fabulous hairdresser on the Gold Coast who often does our hair. This particular salon was quite cramped for space so I used my favourite Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens which does a perfect job blurring what was a messy background and works a treat in low light conditions too. If I only had the choice of one lens – this would definitely be it. Post processing was done in PhotoShop to highlight the bright blues and gentle pinks in the picture. I adore the effect.
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This picture of a boy pulling a face as he just scroed a goal playing table hockey, makes me smile every time. Kids do the funniest things.
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When I’m looking for some different poses for portraits, I like to find props in the persons homes to personalize their style. This woman is a massage therapist who general wears a sarong and has flowers and scented candles burning in the room … so we draped the garland around her neck and made it a feature to soften the image. The pink really suits her style and is the same colour as her business cards too.
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This well muscled man wanted a photo shoot while he was in peak condition. I remember giving him a gentle hug as we met … his body felt like a rock.
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Caught a glimpse of this girl smiling as she looked up into the camera. Nice.
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I made this poster for a friends daughter called Amy. It’s a take on what her favourite singer “Pink” used as an album cover. We loved the black and white background effect and the simple lettering with her name on it in the foreground.
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Pretty girl all dressed in red.
I did an interesting photo shoot for a massage therapist in Melbourne. She is much older in years than she looks in this photo. Her appearance when I arrived was quite old fashioned (to suit here chronological age), so I decided to tease her hair up a bit and get her in a more unusual position to lengthen her facial structure. The results were fabulous.
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I love the look teenage girls sometimes get when they’re feeling moody … that sullen, honest, not-going-to-smile-for-anyone face. I post processed this picture to remove the distraction of the coloured background and make it black and white. Her face really stands out in a crowd.
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I met this weathered-faced man during a trip to China. He was sitting outside a temple that was heavily populated with tourists, playing an old type of flute. I took a series of random shots with my travel camera and was so delighted with the results that it was used as a magazine cover after some HDR post processing.
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This lovely girl was having a ball hanging off the horse on the merry-go-round at the theme park. I deliberately enhanced the photo to bring out the orange and yellow tones … or else the multitude of other colours would have been too distracting. I really like the result.
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I did a really fun photo shoot for a female author. The top picture was ideal for her childrens book as it was all about “the seasons”. Perfect capture for this purpose.
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