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Couples photography mini session

Adelaide Mini Session

Mini photography sessions for couples

 

Adelaide Mini Session

Just got engaged? Need save-the-date cards or just would love some photos to capture how mad for each other you are?

Grab a loved one and do a mini session. You’ll get a personal gallery to have a look at your pictures and 3 fully edited digital images included in the price.

For an additional cost I can put together your engagement or save-the-date cards, collages or customise something else for you.

Sessions available to book at this price until the end of February (session does not need to be completed by then). Gift Vouchers are available.

Call 0405120525 or email below for more information:


 

 

A warm November wedding

What a great day to get married!

Adelaide WeddingVintage Wedding AdelaideAt the end of November last year I had the absolute pleasure of photographing a wedding in McLaren Vale for a great couple with the most chilled out bride ever (seriously she went shopping on the morning of the wedding for a camera to take on their honeymoon .. I kid you not). It was a hot day too and she still managed to stay cool and look stunning, even after getting onto the amazing (except I’ve been sitting in the summer sun type toasty) bus that was her ride to the ceremony at Parri Estate Wines.

Stacey had arranged some of the most gorgeous details in their vintage styled wedding (Jeff, I may be wrong but I’m going to throw it out there that Stacey was the stylist for the day). They had clearly gone to so much effort and yet seemed happy to go with the flow on the day, and it was truly touching to see a couple so well matched, fun and loving.

It seemed fitting with Valentine’s Day looming that I shared some photos. I have loads of images that I love but here are just a few to set the mood of the day. Prepare yourself for some super cute flower girl and page-boy action too. They were so so gorgeous.

Stacey and Jeff, I wish you every happiness for the road ahead. Thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing day. xoxo

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Briggs Family Fundraiser Movie Night

An amazing night at the Capri Theatre

 

Thank you to all that came along to the Capri Theater to see Dumb and Dumber and support this great event. You all came in such high spirits, with a sense of fun, and it was heartwarming to see Kerry enjoying herself and able to see how many lives she has touched.

It was a fantastic night and I really appreciate you contributing further to the Briggs Family Fundraiser with your generous donations for photos. Also, well done to the organisers who made it a huge success and put in so much time and effort.

If you would like to get your photo/s emailed to you please use the contact form below or email me directly at contact@kellidphotography.com.au.  When you click onto the thumbnail it will show an image number (Briggs Family Fundraiser – 1 for example), so make sure you let me know which images you require.  Thanks again.

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Starting school

New girls school shoesSo I am at day 5 of tears. From her and me. My youngest is heading off to school in two days time. She is a third child. Has been going up to the school in utero and beyond. She knows the school, the teachers, the kids. She has her best friends starting with her. I was heavily relying on her rocking this going to school thing and being the brave one, because I knew I wouldn’t be.

I’m sentimental at the best of times and would have been a hot mess regardless of how blasé she was but each of her tears are chipping away at my resolve. Her brother and sister both headed off tentatively but excited and without fuss. I ached for how quickly time had passed and missed their cheery faces at home however with each I still had a baby to keep me busy and to soak up my 9am-3pm time, affection and patience.

This. This time the starting school comes with a different level of sadness. She is my baby. My last. My companion. When this spirited little soul hits school it will be over 11 years since I was home alone so to speak. Don’t get me wrong I know I will relish having time to get things done and work on my business. I get that it’s a gift to watch them grow, and I know she will be absolutely fine. It doesn’t stop my heart from hurting. I’m trying to put a name to the feeling and grief is the closest I come. I’m not for one minute comparing it to losing a loved one (it’s not even on the edge of the same stratosphere as that emptiness) but I am grieving. Grieving time passing. Grieving all the things I will miss about having a baby. Grieving the excitement that comes with starting this parenting adventure. Terrified at how quickly they will all become tweens, teenagers, adults. Acknowledging that my role in her life is changing, and hoping like mad that the apron string doesn’t ping back and get me in the face.

I have loads of friends, a business, love going out and getting away, I have a life outside my kids. They can send me teetering on the very edge of my patience. I yell, rant and have to walk away taking a self-induced timeout for everyone’s safety, like the next mum. It’s not like my kids are my only focus, they’re just the main one and the best one.

This child rearing job is the most consuming, exhausting, relentless, beautiful and rewarding thing I will ever do. This job constantly changes without your go-ahead. There is no review process. You can’t over ride decisions or stop to check the instruction manual. This is life. You have to be brave and hold on through the turns. You have to believe that when you are forced to take a big leap you will land on both feet and in a better spot than before. I will tell her that as soon as I stop crying.

So I’m holding her, telling her that I will miss her too but how much fun she will have. I’m spin selling this school caper and assuring her it will be good with all her friends and her lovely teacher. But, my little miss is laying in her bed with those eyes, those big wet eyes, telling me that she wants to stay 5. Her little arms wrapped around me with her face buried in my chest telling me that she doesn’t want to go to school, she wants to stay with me forever. I’m struggling to not sob “me too baby girl, me too”.

Next week will be a dark glasses kind of week. I shall put on my brightest smile. Take a bucket load of photographs and send her off on her next big adventure. I just hope that there is not too much crying, clawing at the door and general separation anxiety – your mum having to be forcefully removed from the classroom … that shit scars a kid!

2015 Photography – New Year, here we are

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2015

Here we are. It has been a slow start to my working year (and in all honesty it’s not really going to fire up until the kids are back at school) but I did feel compelled to write a post and start the year off right. The last 6 months of 2014 were incredibly busy so writing, along with exercise, healthy eating and numerous other things, got prioritised down the to-do-list ….… right under “start 2015”!The Lagoon, Cairns

Dragon Fly, Cairns, QueenslandI have just come back from a fantastic 3 week holiday with family and friends in Cairns, Far North Queensland. It was hot. Really, really, hot and humid. The type of weather where there is no thought needed about what you are going to wear (as little as possible or bathers is the answer for those who have not done the tropics) and makeup is a ridiculous concept (you are either perspiring or swimming). Weather that by the time you have finished l yourself off after a shower you have worked up a sweat. For me, this sweaty, fragrant, beautiful, environment brings a certain relaxation that you can’t find anywhere else. A defined lowering of my care factor about fashion, hair … time, and a necessity to just go with what the day brings.Green Island, Queensland - snorkelling It’s too damn hot – just bring me a cold beer or an icy wine, happy swimming kids and I’m all good. A cheese platter doesn’t go astray either.

I also got to hang with my brother who has lived in Cairns now longer than he didn’t . He’s an ex chef that given a kitchen and some ingredients can seem to make wine out of water. Let’s just say we ate well and we were grateful for the shared job of providing for the large tribe that was there most days and his expertise with catering for numbers. Being a local he also provided us with some truly memorable experiences and places we would never have found on our own. My kids fished in the Daintree, we resorted it in Port Douglas, played with butterflies in Kuranda and swam in a crater lake. We snorkelled with turtles and played at some of the most beautiful waterfalls.Kuranda, Butterfly House, Far North Queensland

At risk of sounding like an ad for FNQ tourism it is an absolute jewel of a place. If you have not been get ye there ASAP.

Now that I have returned and washed away the frizzy hair, layers of sunscreen and perspiration I feel quite refreshed and ready to hit 2015. I am feeling very excited about what this year will bring. My youngest is starting school (don’t ask me about that: I warn you, I will cry). I’m not ready to face that reality and I will miss her at home more than I can say but I also know that it opens up opportunities to explore my photography and do more of what I love. I would really like to hear about theFishing, Queensland types of sessions you would like so Facebook me, comment below, email me. I’m so looking forward to getting creative with this year’s sessions.

I hope you have all had a good Xmas and managed to find some pockets of relaxation, and quality time with family and friends. I have a very good feeling about this year so let get into it.

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Adelaide Teen Portrait Photography- Alexandra

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Adelaide Teen Portrait Photography – Model Reps 2014

Here is my next feature model Alexandra. She has such an amazing quality about her. One minute she looks 25 and then she brings out her gorgeous smile and is a playful teen. In my eldest daughter’s words “she is so pretty”.

I just can’t tell you how much I loved photographing these girls. Obviously they are all stunning on the outside but such lovely fun beautiful girls through to their core. I tell you it gives me hope for our future, and makes me so grateful that I get to do this and meet such great people.

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Adelaide Teen Portrait Photography – Olivia

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Model Reps 2014

Had such a great afternoon with my model reps a couple of weeks ago shooting for my current campaign. The girls were an absolute dream to work with and it was a lot of fun. The weather was very very windy and warm when we arrived for the session but mother nature was kind and everything quietened down perfectly and I could not have ordered better circumstances.

We stated with my makeup artist Collette (Endless Beauty by Collette) setting herself up at the location and getting my lovely model reps camera ready. The girls are all stunning so I think Collette had a great base to start with but she did an amazing job.

So this week here is my first feature model – the gorgeous Olivia. An absolute dream to photograph and gorgeous inside and out.

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Looming teen years

Adelaide portrait photographerAdmittedly I’m not the parent of a teenager .. yet!  I feel it looming though. Like a little black cloud of reality ready to rain hormonal acid rain over our cosy existence.

I’m the proud parent of a beautiful blossoming tween. She is on a pendulum between sensationally sweet and god damn awful. Along with her, my emotions are swinging too. There are times I feel so proud and filled to the brim with excitement over what lies ahead for her. She is bright, creative and affectionate. I can’t wait to see where her life leads her.

There are other times (when I think about it too much) where I already mourn her childhood. The independence that is to come and the bit where I become the most embarrassing person ever put on this earth. In her eyes I’m sure I am already doing all the things that I, as a teenager, swore that I would never do to my own kids.

Mourning her childhood may sound a bit dramatic but for me there is something profoundly sad about the thought that one day, very soon, she will stop seeking me out to tell me about her day and any issues with her girlfriends. Instead she will go to those said girlfriends and whinge about me .. or probably instagram, Facebook or whatever other means the next generation adopt to bond over the inadequacies of their parents. She won’t want to cuddle with me on the couch and ask me to sit on her bed. She will rather stab herself in the hand than hang out with me and would be mortified with herself if she even considered borrowing any of my clothes (don’t forget that I am now the most heinous creature to walk the earth and my taste in everything will be excruciating in the extreme).

It’s hard to imagine when you first have your little babies and they are so needy and beautiful than one day they will stretch their wings … and not doubt try to whack you in the face while they do it. Cause, seriously, parents can be so annoying. I also didn’t think that much about what their world will be like when they take this flight. When you haven’t slept for 4 months and you have spew down your front you’re not really in the headset of worrying about the impact of social media.

I am there now. Not the spew bit .. the social media bit. Back in my day there was pressure to look a certain way. Magazines, films and video clips formed my ideals of what I should look like. That was frankly crap in itself but wholly heck the stuff these kids get bombarded with these days. I know I’m going to sound really ancient here but the racy film clips of the 80’s look like a Wiggles matinee by comparison to current clips. My weekend favourite of putting on the morning music channels has become a no-no in our house (I feel like I might as well subscribe the kids up to a porn channel and be done with it). Models that survive on little more than kale and fresh air but spruk about their healthy balanced diets (no mention of the twice daily workouts either)

And parents, who hasn’t had that morning after, when you remember that you are too old for being out past midnight and have vague recollections of the night before. You recall when you used to do this often and thank frick that no-one had mobile phones and instant access to video back in your day. The good old days when you could make a knob of yourself, and save it being at a wedding reception, chances are there was no video footage and even if there was it certainly wouldn’t ever make the internet. These days you can have a social following like a Kardashin before Adelaide portrait photographyyour bestie has got around to holding your hair.

I really do think today’s teenagers have got it pretty tough. So much pressure and it coming at so many angles. There really is no escape from negative messages that the world tries to hardwire them with. How can there be when the world is in our lounge, our bedrooms, our entire lives. Don’t get me wrong I have a deep and passionate relationship with my phone but I’m old enough to have a good snort when I see photoshopped images and ridiculous magazine covers. My sweet little tween is soon going to launch herself into all this ugliness and there is not a damn thing I can do to stop it. I can only sit back and hope that we as parents have given her enough common sense, confidence and self respect to navigate the teenage years and survive. I’ll also be making sure that she knows that while I’m going about my day, being the most embarrassing mum on earth, that I will be there every step of the way when she needs me and that our nest will always be her nest too.

 

 

 

Teen Photo Rep Instagram Competition

Adelaide Photographer

Adelaide PhotographerSo once upon a time there was a lovely High School Senior who dreamed of being a superstar. She imagined a time when she could get her hair and makeup done, throw on some uber fashionable outfits and have a photo session where she looked and felt amazing. She pictured how her friends would ooooohhh and aaahhhh and be suitably jealous at how incredible her photos were. They would look sadly at their smart phone selfies and then they too would dream of being featured on a website and on social media…….

This could be your reality. There are 3 spots up for grabs to be my next Teen Representatives. This means you get a full 2 hour makeup and photo shoot. A pre-shoot catch up to talk through clothing, accessories and overall look and feel for the session. A get together afterwards to pick out your favourites and 3-5 digital images to share (low res and watermarked). All this is free, zilch, zero, a big fat “no cost” to you. All you need to do is enter the Teen Photo Rep Instagram competition, be picked as the winner, then bring all that personality to a really fun photo shoot.

Make sure though that Mum, Dad, Great Uncle Pete … whoever it is that calls the shots at your place is okay with you potentially being a superstar. It may help to push the fact that a parent/guardian should come along to all our catchups and the session so you and I can share the experience with them.

So if you are an Adelaide High School/Graduating Senior (16-19 years) jump onto your Instagram account, upload an original image of you. Make sure you follow @kellidphotobox and #rockyourempire. Share the comp with your friends and keep checking the hashtag #rockyourempire to check out your competition and for winners names. If you want to keep up with all the news from Kelli D Photography you can head over and like my Facebook page

For more information on the role as Teen Rep click here

Good luck!

 

Living with Epilepsy [Adelaide Photographer]

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My Mum’s Moment photography session was something I dreamt up to give something back to a someone who has had a rough ride. When I came up with the idea it was in the lead up to Mother’s Day and decided it was the perfect opportunity to treat a deserving mum. The one special thing I can offer someone is the chance to have some nice family photos and I particularly wanted to offer this to a mum that wasn’t really in the position to treat themselves. With the help of Collette ( Endless Beauty by Collette) and Jacki (Jacki’s Hairdressing), both mum’s who work hard also running their own businesses from home, I was able to offer this opportunity to Bianca Henderson who has an amazing family but one who has also has to endure ongoing hardship. This post is about Bianca and her husband Adam but also about Declan.  I hope you stick with me here as I attempt to do justice to their situation and hopefully bring some light to Declan’s rare condition.

After gaining some glossy straight locks and superstar makeup and frankly, looking very glam Bianca and myself (me looking not so glam) headed to the Henderson household for photos and to meet husband Adam and young Declan. During these hours we spent together my mind was frankly blown by the extent of Declan’s condition and the complications and battles that come with it.

EpilepsyDeclan’s condition first came to light around the age of 3.5 years when inexplicably he was suddenly unconscious at childcare. And so a nightmare began. More seizures followed however his test came back clear. It took a heartbreaking 18 months until Declan’s condition was diagnosed as an extremely rare and severe form of Epilepsy known as F.I.R.E.S. Unlike other forms that affect one area of the brain, with F.I.R.E.S there are multiple parts of the brain being affected. Not only does this mean that there are so many physical repercussions it also means that the condition is inoperable. Where would you start when so many areas of the brain are firing during one of his seizures?

Declan was now having multiple seizures daily and including the many different types. Simple Partial Seizures (I’m not being flippant- that’s what they are called) though to Tonic-Colic seizures resulting in loss of body control and consciousness, vomiting, just to name a few symptoms. Apart from being terrifying for family to see, the resulting fall often causes terrible injuries and can be fatal in themselves.

For Declan his seizures were so frequent and so debilitating he and his family where pretty much living in hospital and at one point they were advise that pallative care was the next step.Epilepsy

F.I.R.E.S is so rare just 3 people in Australia have this form of Epilepsy. Little is know about it and there is also little support for the sufferer’s specific needs. Declan and his family spent long period of time interstate to have tests and eventually Declan was given the opportunity to have an implant known as a VNS (Vagal Nerve Stimulator). Think a bit of circuitry implanted to trip the misfiring of Declan’s brain. This procedure itself took 12 month to be fully up and running as each bit of the circuit board (so to speak) had to be turned on individually.

This implant has improved life for Declan and his family immensely and has enabled him to spend more time at home and out of hospital. Unfortunately this is as far as technology can go to help him. The VNS is not life saving and Declan survives on a multitude of medications which come with their own side effects.

EpilepsyDeclan’s rare Epilepsy has effectively seen him suspended in time mentally, so despite him heading towards his 10th birthday he remains in many ways a 3.5 year old boy. Added to this he has compulsive disorders, autistic traits, and many, many, seizures daily. He easily tires and needs to spend much of his time in a wheel chair. He is not able to swallow well and he and his parents are also facing a new battle trying to keep weight on his small frame. If this can’t be achieved he will need to have a feeding tube (or button) to deliver food via the abdomen.

Today I met Declan on “a good day”. A good day is just two seizures and a happy Declan. He was charming, and gorgeously smiley and so very patient with the strange lady that came to take pictures. He was affectionate with his lovely parents and I think he may well have stolen a bit of my heart.

EpilepsyI met Declan on a good day and I was still blown away by the level of dedication and care that he requires. It is impossible to comprehend how exhausting his care must be on a financial, mental and most importantly emotional level. Declan’s frequent seizures, means he sleeps fitfully and cannot be left alone. Not to sleep, not to hang out washing or do simple chores around the house. He needs to be assisted with eating, toileting and dressing. All the things you take for granted when your toddler moves past this stage. As with any child, Declan has his favourite activity. In his case it is playing the Wii and generally does not go anywhere without the Wii hand piece. Declan does not have the motor skill to actually play but his young mind, teamed with his compulsive and autistic traits means, somebody must be playing the Wii so he believes that he is playing. You will notice that the remote features in many of the photos. Watching Declan watching the activity on the Wii you can see the joy and excitement it brings him and on simple observation this activity seems endearing but is also a stark reminder of his level of understanding. It is also makes for a repetitive day for carers.Epilepsy

Declan attends a disability school a couple of days a week where he has fantastic care and dedicated Grandmother Heather is a big support but Adam travels with work and apart from that Bianca gets just 4 hours a fortnight of respite care. Declan requires a special wheelchair which reclines to support him during seizures and when he is too exhausted to stand anymore. The chair requires a fairly lengthy process of dismantling it to enable it to be put in the car. I would say it probably requires some sort of engineering degree also but that was just my take on it. I’m pretty confident that Bianca and Adam have the process down to a fine art. But regardless, Declan is heading towards 10 years old and lifting his dead weight during a seizure would be a mammoth task for Bianca. They are currently fundraising so that they can purchase the specialised vehicle required to be able to fit Declan’s wheelchair in without disassembling.

You can visit and support their facebook page here to find out more.

The future for Declan is precarious and a life long dedication for his parents and family. He will never be able to have a traditional education as we know it, hold down a job or live by himself. The damage to his brain at this point means that his current state is permanent and could worsen at any time.

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Despite the battles they face there is such huge love between Bianca, Adam and Declan and I felt so lucky to be witness to it and to be able to get some photos of them all. Bianca looked beautiful and I only wish she was in a position to have been swept off for a lovely night out while she looked so amazing and more importantly felt amazing. Declan was exhausted by the end and could barely stand and had to seek refuge in his wheelchair but I can’t thank him enough for being so lovely.

My fear with these photos is that I have done these as a lovely memento for Bianca, Adam and Declan so for the most part they are the pick of the shots and in two dimensions don’t truly capture Declan’s condition. They show a gorgeous boy (which he is) but down play the severity of his disabilities. I’m also acutely aware that I got to meet Declan when he was having a relatively positive day and that this is not what life for the Henderson’s look like very often. I hope that if nothing else I can help the Henderson’s shed some light on this rare and devastating condition, and provide them with some photos to remember Declan’s good days on those that aren’t quite so shiny.

You can check all the photos from the session in the slide show below