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I don’t often share my personal work or award photographs but recently I presented a class at The Portrait Masters in Palm Springs about finding my inspiration and bringing it to life. It was the first time I have presented on this topic and I absolutely loved it so thought I would share my opening video here.

Some of these images are very personal and have great meaning behind them. They will give you feelings of joy, sadness, confusion and uncomfortableness. For me my creativity has grown out of every day experiences, challenges, limitations and loss. I truly believe we need to embrace these for our creativity to flourish.

Most people know me as a newborn photographer, but since moving into my new Brisbane photography studio, I am branching into family photography more and more.

When you ask people what they would rescue from their burning house, the most common answer is “family photographs”. When people panic, they would rather grab photos than valuable jewellery or technology. This is a powerful force which tells us more about the role of family photography in our lives. We have a constant desire to distil our most precious moments into images.

Photography is a huge part of our history. For the past 200 years it has captured the history of the world and of families. It has given us a glimpse of the past, whilst preserving our family and cultural histories. People or events that photographed now will perhaps never be the same again, so taking advantage of any opportunities to take photos allows for the remembrance of things as they once were.

These photographs outlive us, they last for generations.  They matter because they freeze moments of our lives which pass unremarkably and which seem to have little importance to us at the time. The significance, however, may be for others who search for the person we once were or the places we once knew. Like jigsaw pieces that complete the larger picture of our lives, these photographs are what tell our stories long after we are gone.

Photographs can grab our attention and speak directly to our emotions. Our images can express joy and sorrow, wonder and sympathy. Every human emotion can find a place in photography. As a portrait photographer, this art form has given me a voice to express feelings when I cannot find words. It has allowed me to develop a visual language for some of the most difficult life situations and emotions.

Photography allows us to preserve these memories for the days we may not remember, or when we can no longer remember.

 

11 Years in the Making

Kelly Brown, Brisbane family photographer, photographs a beautiful family for the first time in 11 years.

The couple in the video below were last photographed together 11 years ago, on their wedding day. Their children will cherish these images for many years to come. Photographs manifest emotions that words cannot. These are so important to your loved ones, and especially when those moments are no longer fresh in our minds.

And, especially for portraits, these visual documents of a moment in time become ever more valuable as time goes by.

When was the last time you were photographed with your family? I am truly enjoying capturing the love of a family. I would love to hear from you if you are interested in having your family captured, just as the family below did. You can find out more about a portrait photography session on my website.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kelly

 

  • Lyly flash - October 13, 2017 - 07:00

    Cette photo de famille est juste magnifique. Bravo. Je ne pouvais passer devant sans dire un mot.ReplyCancel

  • Kathrin Schierl - September 8, 2017 - 00:11

    To have some family-memories, is so important! Thanks for the behind the scene movie. Pictures und videos could tell us more than thousands of words!

    Best regards
    kathiReplyCancel

  • Yvonne - August 22, 2017 - 06:31

    When I started my little photography business in Switzerland years ago, I would never have thought that so many people will ask for family shootings.

    Especially in these days where every smartphone has a not too bad camera, it’s very interesting. I completely agree, it is very important to everybody for us.

    OT: I wish I could do newborn photos like you do. Please please come to Switzerland for a workshop (yes I know, there’s one in Berlin Germany…).

    Thanks, kind regards from Switzerland

    YvonneReplyCancel

  • Amanda Dams - August 10, 2017 - 05:05

    Loved the Behind the Scenes video!!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie Manuel - June 9, 2017 - 09:04

    Absolutely gorgeous, and so true – we need to remind people all the time how important this is.ReplyCancel

I love seeing a beautiful image emerge through some simple processing in Photoshop!

If you want to either teach yourself the basics or learn some more advanced techniques, join my online membership to receive access to a library of tutorial videos. The most recent video is on using the Liquify tool, and there is more content being added regularly.
This month’s bonus material includes a handy quick reference guide on Photoshop shortcut keys.

Video made with Animoto

I’m back in Seattle  and ready to teach Baby Safety & Posing for Newborn Photographers tomorrow at CreativeLive!

And I’m excited to share that Stephanie Robin Photography – Newborn and Family Portraitist will be joining me as a special guest during tomorrows class I can’t wait!
Lets Make Safety A Priority And Put Clients At Ease!

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Parents hire newborn photographers to document every detail of their babies at that brief instant at the start of their lives when they are tiny, bright and new to the world. Newborn photographers can feel a lot of pressure to fulfill parents’ wishes. In the rush to capture the perfect shot, it’s easy to forget that the subject of these photos are incredibly fragile little beings. Safety should always come first.

Join ee for tips on handling newborns safely, reading their moods and needs, and prepping your studio for a newborn shoot. You’ll learn:

  • Safe posing techniques
  • How to operate a safe environment in your studio and on external shoots
  • How to understand newborn behavior

You’ll discover how to sanitize your studio, choose cleaning products and plants with the newborn’s health in mind, and make sure that your furniture and equipment meets newborn safety standards. I will also focus on safely posing and handling a newborn during the shoot. I will teach you how to execute poses like the Potato Sack, the Froggy pose, and other advanced techniques used to create composite images. You will learn about newborn anatomy and the environment they come from to help you better understand what they are capable of doing in a shoot setting: how to avoid imbalance, overheating, and injury.

Finally feel capable of communicating about newborn safety. If parents feel that they can trust you around their child, they will be put at ease and remember the experience of the shoot more fondly.

You can find all the details here…
CREATIVELIVE

More fun filming in the studio today. I was lucky enough to photograph little Max a couple of years ago as a newborn so couldn’t wait to meet his baby sister today and see the beautiful boy he has grown into!
While I was editing this photo earlier I thought – Max is just two & half, he will never remember cuddling his brand new baby sister Amelia! And then I started to wonder where will photos like this be in around 60 years when these beautiful babies have families of their own and I’m pushing 100! If I’m lucky!!!

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2015.

Today I photographed my last newborn shoot for 2015 and what better way then to finish the year off then with these gorgeous twin boys 12 day old Noah and Ethan.

To say that 2015 has been a BIG year is a total understatement! So big I’m not even sure where to start!  It’s been filled with amazing opportunities, huge achievements both personally and professionally and a lot of life lessons.

It’s been another year of travel with me returning to CreativeLive in Seattle to teach my 3rd class – Newborn Photography Bootcamp and then onto teaching workshops and speaking at photography conferences in 8 other countries. We even stepped out on a massive limb and held our very own Photography Conference ‘The Baby Summit’ in August, which could not have been more amazing! It brought 300 beautiful photographers together to learn, be inspired and to make life long friends! Because of this we’re in the midst of making it all happen again next year in both Australia and the USA!

This year has also been filled with lots of beautiful babies in front of my camera – 86 of them!!! From client sessions, mentoring sessions and workshops. I’ve also had the privilege of judging 5 different photography competitions, and being awarded the AIPP QLD Family Photographer of the Year for the 4th year in a row and winning first place in the Newborn category at WPPI. But, my most prized trophy from 2015 is from coming 3rd overall in the AusMumpreneur of the year awards. Being nominated for this award and achieving this result still blows me away!

And then the craziest things happened! I became an AIPP Brand Ambassador and in November was announced a Canon Master, my biggest photographic achievement to date – in my eyes the absolute pinnacle!!!

I’ve received so many Blessings this past year that as I sit here looking back I still shake my head in amazement. So much gratitude!

2015 sadly also held a great loss. Loosing my Grandfather is something I will never get over. I know I will heal but never be the same. I miss our long conversations about anything and everything and will be eternally grateful for him passing on his passion for photography to me – the greatest gift of all.

So after all of this and achieving so many amazing things it’s crazy to think that 2016 is already shaping up to be an even bigger year for this little Newborn Photographer! I’ve spent the past week setting goals and making plans for the next 12 months and can’t wait to share them all with you soon! 🙂

Thank you to my ever loving, patient and supportive family & friends this year. None of this would have been possible without you and to my beautiful clients who trust me with your most precious gifts.

Wising you all a new year filled with happiness & joy and all the success you deserve.   Here’s to 2016 and making your dreams come true!

Kelly x

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  • Judy Thomas - August 4, 2017 - 19:01

    You take absolutely beautiful photography Kelly. I love coming back to your website and reading your blog. You are an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • anda yoel - July 24, 2016 - 06:18

    You are an inspiration for so many photographrs….ReplyCancel

  • Baby Photography Adelaide - May 25, 2016 - 21:56

    Hi.Nice work. Really amazing photo of a baby.

    Baby Photography AdelaideReplyCancel

  • Linda - March 15, 2016 - 22:05

    Congrats on your achievements. Your work is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Shawna - February 13, 2016 - 06:20

    Truly inspirational. Looking forward to seeing more blog posts!ReplyCancel

  • Jennie Lennon - January 11, 2016 - 09:54

    Congratulations on all the well deserved success and thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with so many of us around the world!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Van Den Berghe - January 7, 2016 - 10:31

    Wow! I’m totally jelly of your gorgeous set up Kelly. The lighting and the poses these gorgeous babies are in = perfection! What a piece of art for these parents they will be thrilled xReplyCancel

  • vikki kourbelis - December 31, 2015 - 09:42

    You are truly amazing Kelly, the most inspirational person I know.
    Your heart is so giving and you truly deserve all the happiness in the world.
    Thank you for being such an incredible teacher and wanting to make a difference in the newborn photography world. I don’t know how you will top 2016 after having such an amazing 2015 but I know you will. Stay true to yourself and never change what your heart wants. xoxoReplyCancel

  • Judith Conning - December 31, 2015 - 08:50

    I cannot believe I only discovered you this year – maybe I just hadn’t been looking in the right place. Love your Creative Live videos, the Baby Summit and your beautiful images. So looking forward to the workshop in Sydney. Just getting my business up and running.
    Congratulations on all that you achieved this year – you have worked hard for it.
    Best wishes
    JudithReplyCancel

  • Mollie Meagher - December 31, 2015 - 07:59

    You are an amazing photographer Kelly, and you deserve every bit of success that you have had this year. I hope that 2016 is even more amazing for you and exceeds your wildest dreams. I am grateful to know you and learn from you my friend. xxxReplyCancel

Little Pieces Photography ~ Newborn Photography by Kelly Brown

When clients come into my home studio the majority of the time they have no idea what is involved in a newborn photography session.  And I just love seeing their expressions while I’m posing and taking photos of their baby.  So I wanted to share with you a short video of some behind the scenes footage from a recent session.  You will see the attention to detail and the care that I take throughout every session.

 

Little Pieces Photography.  International award winning photography by Kelly Brown. located in Brisbane, Australia.  Kelly specialises in baby portraiture and travels worldwide teaching newborn photography posing classes and workshops to photographers.

Video made with Animoto and Music provided by Triple Scoop Music

 

  • Pursey - December 4, 2015 - 04:27

    bundle of joy – always a pleasure to see a newborn.

    JooloReplyCancel

  • Malou Peters - November 13, 2015 - 04:55

    Love your work!ReplyCancel

  • Liana Alarcon - November 10, 2015 - 12:34

    Hi there, could you please provide your quote for a new born shoot for my baby boy who we are expecting in January next year.
    Love the video clip!ReplyCancel

  • Alina - November 6, 2015 - 14:49

    Love your photographs…ReplyCancel

  • Shaina Forde - November 1, 2015 - 18:22

    Hi, I was wondering if could please have a quote for a new born photo shoot for twin girls towards the end of February. Thanks – Shaina 0431305088 email – Shaina.forde@my.jcu.edu.auReplyCancel

  • Michelle Fulcher - October 23, 2015 - 11:39

    What beautiful hand placement, angelic!ReplyCancel

  • Anda Yoel - October 23, 2015 - 08:26

    Adore your work and wish to attend to one of your workshops.
    AndaReplyCancel

  • Anda Yoel - October 23, 2015 - 08:25

    Adore your work and wish to attend to one of your workshops.ReplyCancel

  • Carole - August 7, 2015 - 06:56

    Hi Kelly,

    Thank you for everything! you inspire me everyday 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Kennedy - July 22, 2015 - 09:42

    Hi Kelly,

    Im just inquiring how much a newborn session with you would cost?ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen - July 12, 2015 - 22:33

    I just love your work Kelly. I have been a fan for several years now and I am always amazed and completely in love with your style. I hope to attend a workshop in the US. I wanted to attend the Heide Hope collaboration but unfortunately didn’t have the funds. Please plan a trip back! Would be honored to learn from you!ReplyCancel