Brisbane Botanical Gardens Portrait Experience

Brisbane Botanical Gardens Portrait Experience

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The Gardens are centrally located adjacent to the Brisbane CBD on Alice Street. It is a fantastic location for sunset photo shoots because of the great options that it offers. There is so much colour and lush green foliage to be found in the palms, and exotic sub-tropical plants scattered throughout the garden.

There is a section containing formal garden beds and manicured lawns which is a great setting for families with young babies and toddlers. I recently photographed a couple with their young son using this formal setting as the backdrop. Aunty and Uncle were also involved in the photo shoot. I love photographing extended families, which clients will typically organise for anniversaries and special events, but you needn’t wait for a special occasion. Next time you have a family photo shoot, consider involving other family members if they are available.

For families with older children and for those who prefer a less formal setting, there are well made paths and board walks which weave their through the shady mangroves adjacent to the river. There is also the canopy of large weeping fig trees – these both make a spectacular setting.

If you are looking for something a little different, the nearby Old Government House is an attractive historical setting and so is the Caretaker’s Cottage. Both are a short stroll from the Gardens. There is also wonderful views of the Story Bridge from the Garden’s riverside position.

There are lots of options at the City Botanic Gardens, from intimate sub-tropical settings to large open grassed spaces bordered by beautiful annuals. Check them out next time you are in the city, you will see why it is one of my favourite locations.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Why do Photographers edit their photos

Why do Photographers edit their photos

So you’ve just had your family photo session with Kristy Ressel Photography in Brisbane.  Kristy has arranged to see you in a week after editing. What takes place in that week of ‘post production’?

Photography is essentially about light. Whether it sets the mood, creates depth, or highlights a subject, the light that surrounds you and how a photographer responds to it can make the difference between an average and great photo. During the editing process the photographer examines and may alter the contrast, the shadows and highlights, where details are often hidden.

Depth of focus and colour can really make an image “pop”. A great photographer will look at the best elements in a photo and aim to enhance, and highlight these areas.

Buildings, wires, shadows, cranes, aeroplanes, a stray bird – if they’re not the prime focus of your photo, they are an unwanted distraction and need to be removed! They’re some of the reasons why photographers will crop or spot correct during the editing process. A busy background can detract from the subject, whereas a clean background draws attention to the focal point.

Let’s not forget that photographers are artists, so they bring through their own personal style and expression into an image. They will edit to create the vision they have for your photographs.

A great photograph not only requires thought and preparation, but an understanding of the photographic process, and how light and composition affect a photo. There is a lot more to a professional photograph than the everyday images we all capture on smart phones, and much of this difference takes place in the editing process. An edited photograph is a professionally finished product, and one which you’ll be proud to display in your home.

To book your photography session contact Kristy on the studio number on 0415 640 607.

Styled Shoots Kristy Ressel Photography

Styled Shoots Kristy Ressel Photography

Who doesn’t want precious photos of their own child? We all do. They are the cutest model you could ask for and available any time you want to shoot.

I’ve been taking pictures of my sons since they were born. They are not always my easiest subjects and it can sometimes take a lot to make them laugh or smile 🙂 But I do love doing photo shoots for my little ones knowing that one day it will be a very special gift that I will be giving them once they’re old enough to appreciate all my work and effort.

During the months of March and April I am adding F-U-N to my sessions!
Think styled shoots for kids and families.
It’s great to capture you and your family in our regular style of sessions, but we are thinking with CREATIVITY! Lets capture the creative side of you and your children!

Every young child has a performative side which only needs a little encouragement to surface! My styled shoots will be playful and fun and allow kids to be kids! Kids love to dress up, and with a little help from carefully chosen clothes and props, along with some great locations, your children will have an exciting afternoon helping to create their very own styled images.

Its a great way to document your child’s life journey and their playful younger years.
Wearing the right type of clothing for your session can have such an impact of how your photographs look. Styled sessions are a great way to capture timeless images for wall art and remain memories for years to come.

Think outside the box – colourful gumboots, hats, bowties, balloons, props, fairies! These are just some ideas and we have many more that we would like to shoot so if this sounds like you and your fun family please get in touch!

Capture them before they leave home

Capture them before they leave home

Kristy Ressel Photography is currently running a Tweens and Teens portrait session promotion for  families to update their portraits.  These in between years are the last stage before your kids grow up, learn to drive, finish school, and then move out! Capture them before they leave home.
Contact Kristy on 0415 640 607 to schedule your complimentary portrait session.

We found this great article about 7 things you should never say to your Tween or Teen so we thought we would share it.

By Michele Borba, Ed.D.

Talking with an adolescent can be like walking through a minefield; at any moment, you could be asking what you thought was a simple, sincere question, only to find it triggering an explosive response. You know that communication keeps you connected to your child, but it often seems to backfire because of the type of questions asked.
Research proves our instincts: The number one antidote to risky kid behaviour is a strong relationship with a parent. Believe it or not, our kids even like us and want us in their lives! (Really!) A recent Girl Scouts survey found that tween girls wish their moms were even more involved in their lives.
The trick is how to stay involved in the right way so we don’t inadvertently push them away. Our tween daughters do want to come to us and we can be a sounding board to help them wade through tough issues. Just watch how you pose your questions.
Here are seven things you should avoid asking an adolescent because they are guaranteed to be big turn-offs.Learn how to pose those trickier questions another way so you’re more likely to get a better response from your kid (or at least keep her standing in the same room with you).

1. “So, how was your day?”
Trite, generic, remarks like “Did you have fun last night?” and “How was school?” don’t go over well with tweens. They see them as “insincere” and “so-o-o predictable.”
“Watch — My Mom is going to ask, ‘How was your day?’ She always does.”
Tweens put those comments at the top of their annoying list. Besides, you’ll get nothing more than a “FINE” response from your kid.

Better: “What are your friends saying about Madonna’s 13-year-old daughter starting a fashion line?”
Asking open-ended questions that require more than a yes/no response makes it appear that you really do want to listen. If you ask questions about their world and interests, you’re getting bonus points. (“Can you tell me how to download music to my iPod?”)
PS: Be sure to stop multi-tasking (tweens hate it!) because you won’t look like you’re really interested.

2. “Why didn’t you tell the kid to leave you alone?”
Bullying peaks during the tween years and is escalating and far more vicious. According to Stomp Out Bullying, 1 in 4 tweens are involved in bullying, either as a victim or bully. Tactics include: social exclusion; racial, verbal, sexual or emotional abuse; relational aggression; and electronic bullying (cell phones, websites, pagers or email). Research shows tweens often don’t tell their parents that they are being victimized for fear of retaliation and humiliation, or that you’ll say, “Tell the kid to leave you alone!” A tween often cannot fend for herself and needs help in figuring out safety options and strategies to defend herself. Bullies do not go away and generally continue to target victims, which can lead to severe emotional ramifications.

Better: “Where did this happen?”
Get specifics so you can help your tween create a safety plan. The question often signals to your tween or teen that you believe her and you’re ready to offer advice. Also, bullying usually happens at the same time and place, so ask: “Who was involved?” “Where do you feel least safe?” You can then provide specific advice to help your son or daughter create a safety plan.

3. “What was she wearing?”
Materialism is huge with the tween set and only rising in popularity. Marketers are tailoring their messages to the tween-aged kid. This is also a time when tweens are forming identities and are most impressionable. Tween-aged kids are most likely to believe that their clothes and brands describe who they are and define their peer status and it also impacts their professional goals (75 percent of 8- to 12-year-olds desire to be rich). More U.S. kids than anywhere in the world believe that their clothes and brands describe who they are and define their social status. Preteens with lower self-esteem value possessions significantly more than children with higher self-esteem.

Better: “What do you enjoy about her?”
Halt the comments about clothing and appearance. They can backfire and make your kid feel that’s what you care more about. It also keeps your conversation at the surface level. Instead, emphasize those traits that grow from the inside out like talent, loyalty, character, friendship or fun! Let your adolescent know that you value her and her friends as people and not for their appearances or popularity.

4. “Why are you sooooo sensitive?”
Puberty is a period of intense hormonal changes. In fact, more changes are going on in your tween’s body than at any other time in their life and those changes are now occurring at younger ages! New research shows that the area of the brain that regulates emotions is still developing in tweens and teens. So, expect those mood swings and extremes. But also expect your tween to be “very touchy” and sensitive. Hint: Don’t tease — they will take it personally. And never tease or discipline your kid in front of a peer. You’re guaranteed to get big-time resistance and a turn-off.

Better: “You seem upset. Had a tough day? Need a hug?”
Tune in to your child’s emotions. Respect where your child is coming from. Refrain from sarcasm and taunts. Watch your non-verbal cues, such as smirks or raised eyebrows. Teens are overly sensitive to these expressions and may read more into them than you think.

5. “Why did you do that?” (Even worse: “What were you thinking?”)
Expect your tween to be a bit impulsive. Neuro-imaging confirms that their pre-frontal cortex is still developing — the exact place where decision-making and impulse regulations are forming. Tweens may not always know the reasons behind their actions. And that’s one reason they may have that blank look when you ask, “Why did you do that?”

Better: “What did you hope would happen? What will you do next time?”
It’s best not to use “why” with a tween (“Why did you do that?”) Chances are they won’t know. Instead, use “what” to get them thinking. Doing so will not stop their “I don’t know” response, but it might get them to think before they act. And it might even help them learn what to do the next time. (Such a concept, eh?)

6. “Why didn’t you just say no?”
The need to “fit in” is huge and peer pressure can be overwhelming. It’s tough to stand up to your peers, but even more so during these years. According to a 2006 Boys and Girls Club of America survey of over 46,000 13- to 18-year-olds, tweens say the worst advice their parents give is to “Just say no!”. Tweens say what the want from their parents are actual strategies to counter the pressure.

Better: “It’s tough to say no to a friend. Have you tried…?”
Tweens especially say what they need are specific peer pressure techniques. So, offer strategies by brainstorming together during a relaxed time: “Let’s think of things you could say the next time your friend pushes you to do something you don’t feel comfortable doing. You could make an excuse like: ‘I have to get home and do my homework or my parents will ground me,’ or give a reason like ‘My grandpa was a smoker and died of cancer. I promised him I wouldn’t.’ What else could you say?

7. “Why don’t you just get over it and move on?”
Peer relationships are critical and play a big part in an adolescent’s self-esteem. Tweens are discovering the “opposite sex” and have their first “crushes.” When there’s a friendship tiff or breakup with a “first love,” ah, the anguish! Though the anguish may seem juvenile, don’t dismiss your kid’s hurt and tell her to “get over it.” Their hurt is intense and real. It may take a while for them to bounce back, especially during these years when one of their top concerns is “peer humiliation.” Not only are tweens concerned about their own pain, but what “all the other kids are saying.” And don’t dismiss boys! (Says the mom of three). Research shows they often have a tougher time bouncing back than girls.
Better: “I’m so sorry. Want to get an ice cream?”
Show a little empathy! Breakups at this age are crushing. Be available, understanding, supportive and fill your kid’s social calendar with something to do (especially on those weekends) if they’re left alone. Don’t ask “What happened?” or “What went wrong?” and don’t push for details. They’ll give those when they feel comfortable. Right now, just be there!

Those are my top seven. What question did I miss? Pass them on so we keep our relationship open and strong with our kids.

Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

Location, Location, Location!

You’ve made the important decision to update your portraits with Brisbane Family Photographer Kristy Ressel, but which location should your choose for your portrait session?
When choosing a location, there are many options to choose from, but make sure you choose somewhere that suits your family’s personality and where they feel at home, be it the beach, the park or an historic backdrop.

Some of Kristy’s favourite spots:
Powerhouse/New Farm
About 10 mins from Brisbane City, and positioned close to the Brisbane River, the industrial red brick facade of the old Brisbane power station covered with the lush foliage of creeping ivy is a great backdrop for family portraits. Nearby is New Farm Park which features a beautiful rose garden which is in full bloom during the warmer months.

Wellington Point
This wonderful waterside location South East of our City has some of the best sunsets in Brisbane! You also have variety because there’s beautiful parkland nearby and the jetty, looking out to Moreton Bay.

Botanical Gardens in the City
This heritage-listed botanic garden in Alice Street was the original gardens planted by the Colony’s convicts in 1825. It features some immese weeping fig trees and rare palms, plus undulating grounds, a lake and formal lawns and gardens. A truly beautiful backdrop.

Botanical gardens Mt Cootha
Tropical plants abound in the Botanical gardens at the foot of Mt Cootha. There is also the beautiful simplicity of the Japanese Garden featuring key elements of stone, water, paths and vegetation.

Boondall Wetlands
The Wetlands are located 15 kilometres north of Brisbane’s CBD and life on the edge of Moreton Bay near Nudgee Beach. It includes hectres of tidal flats, mangroves, saltmarshes and open forest. This is a tranquil location with beautiful boardwalks and greenery which is particularly beautful at sunset. The Wetlands supports an enormous amount of birdlife which can be heard during your photo session!

Moora Park, Shorncliffe
Another waterside location, this park is a popular destiation with lovely manicured gardens. There is also historic Shorncliffe Pier and the nearby beach.

Captain Burke Park under Story Bridge
This inner city riverfront park is located below Brisbane’s Story Bridge, with city and river views. The park also features an amazing display of purple Jacarandas during the months of October – November.

Old Petrie Town
Old Petrie Town is a charming restored historic village, located about 24 kms north of Brisbane. The colonial timber buildings and farming scenery make a lovely backdrop for family photographs.

Your Own Home
By choosing to have your photos taken at home you are able to get a more “lifestyle” type feel to your images. For practical reasons for new parents, it is the best place to photograph babies from 0-6 months, but also because Kristy can get more close-up shots of your little one in the home.

Newborn Photos with a difference

Newborn Photos with a difference

Our in home Lifestyle Sessions in Brisbane are the perfect way to take the stress out of organising a photo shoot after your new baby is born.  Let us come to you in the comfort of your home.  With the use of natural light and documenting real life in a series photographs our sessions are relaxed and stress free.

The demands of a new baby in the family can be overwhelming, and in the amazing but tiring first few weeks of life when baby needs around the clock care, it can be easy to overlook the importance of recording this special time.

Rather than trying to schedule a time for formal photos with baby, it can be easier and more spontaneous to capture the everyday moments with your little one.

As parents, that is how we connect with young infants; the love we communicate through eye contact and touch when we are bathing, feeding or changing. These routine tasks present an opportunity to bond, and also present themselves as great photo opportunities.

It is wonderful if older siblings can participate in baby’s routine so their importance in the family unit is recognised, helping them through this time of great change.

I recently connected with a family in the south of Brisbane who welcomed their second child a few weeks ago. Their delightful 2 year old son loved helping mum bath his younger sibiling. We also recorded baby’s first week in his cot – he looked so happy, peaceful yet tiny in his new surrounds!

As new parents, we delight in seeing our new baby grow and develop. Realising that the tiny little bundle you bought home from hospital has grown in such a short space of time can make us wistful but it also makes us proud knowing they are reaching each developmental milestone.