Tag Archives: QLD Portrait Photographer of the Year 2013

Last year I started offering one on one mentoring sessions to photographers that were requesting a more specialised day as apposed to a group newborn posing class.

I absolutely love teaching one on ones – every session is completely different because they are tailored to each individual photographer.

We have covered everything from creating the perfect studio environment, working with babies safely, camera technique. posing to post production.  And of course anything relating to marketing and pricing for their business.

There is so much involved when working with babies; understanding them and how to pose them safely is something I can’t emphasise enough.  I have been a photographer for 10 years now and have been working with newborns solely for the past 4, and during this time have seen quite a few images of babies posed dangerously and that’s why I decided to start sharing what I have learnt.  During the last few years I have gained so much valuable information from medical professionals who work with newborns so I can better understand what these precious little lives are capable of.   And not forgetting that every baby is SO different and will not go into every single pose.

And we can forget the gorgeous models –  every time I put a call out for newborn models I’m blown away at how many responses I get!   I’m so grateful to all of the families who bring their brand new babies along to be photographed and posed.

This is little 10 day Ethan who came along to model for a mentoring session I had with two photographers last month in my Kenmore Hills studio in Brisbane…

Newborn photography one on one mentoring sessions

Newborn photography one on one mentoring sessions

Newborn photography one on one mentoring sessions

Newborn photography one on one mentoring sessions

Newborn photography one on one mentoring sessions

Newborn photography one on one mentoring sessions

Newborn photography one on one mentoring sessions

  • candice Wong - March 18, 2015 - 04:08

    Love you work Kelly, it really is stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Rosie Barton - January 22, 2015 - 18:28

    Hi Kelly
    Do you ever do sessions in Canberra ? please let me know if you do id love to attend

    Thanks RosieReplyCancel

  • Lori - February 21, 2014 - 17:16

    Hi Kelly,
    I have purchased your online course over at Creative Live and loved it. I am doing children’s photography at the moment but would love to break into newborns. I have four children myself and love babies! I am really interested in a one on one mentoring or workshop with you. I live in NZ, but happy to travel to Brisbane.

    Let me know when is a good time and what you charge? Any chance you could fit me in before March 24th as my mum is here in NZ (over from America) and could watch the children. I can work something out though if that doesn’t work for you!


  • Dave Packer - January 21, 2014 - 08:09

    You must have some very happy mums, taking baby shots like these on your site. lovely lighting too. Is it flash or LED lighting?


  • Carole Diamond - November 25, 2013 - 16:54

    Hi Kelly,

    I know you are going to have a very busy 2014, I am interested in a one on one mentoring session some time in 2014 whenever you are available could you please email me the details please, dates you hope to be available (month is fine if you are not sure yet) and pricing please.

    I just love your work

    Best Regards

    Carole DiamondReplyCancel

  • Helena - November 13, 2013 - 18:24

    Why oh why do you have to live on the other side of the planet? I’d LOVE to attend a workshop (ok I’d really love the 1 on 1) on posing and lighting with you. Do you have any upcoming stuff in europe?


  • Jurgita - November 13, 2013 - 17:01

    Love your work, Kelly! Very beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Kay - November 13, 2013 - 16:59

    Hi Kelly,
    When you come to NYC would you possibly have time for a one on one session? If so how much would it be? Thank you.ReplyCancel

Finally I have got around to blogging all of the gorgeous babies that came along to CreativeLIVE in May for my newborn posing class.  It’s so hard to believe looking back that I photographed 23 babies in those 4 days! I thought there was 22 but when I recounted there were 23!  Definitely a record.  And I wont lie, I could hardly walk on the Sunday and  slept the whole way home!  🙂

Thank you again to all of the amazing parents that brought their little ones along to be photographed.  And also again to the 8 photographers that joined me over the 3 days ~ I’m so glad we met x

I am still blown away each day by the emails that I recieve from people who have watched the class – from all over the world!   THANK YOU!  I loved being able to share what I know with you I would do it again 😉

And a special thank you to LOVE THAT PROP, BRAND NEW BABE, MONKEY MOO MOO, DROPS & PROPS, PICSIE PROPS & MR. & MRS. AND CO. For all of the beautiful props they sent along for me to use during the class.





  • LIsa Pelonzi - June 28, 2013 - 10:34

    Simply Beautiful Kelly~love love love!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - June 24, 2013 - 23:07

    You are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie winder - June 18, 2013 - 18:23

    Hi Kelly
    I LOVED yr workshop. Watched parts off it several times….. .. Thank u so much for doing it and helping us all on the way to creating beautiful images….

  • July Marrero - June 16, 2013 - 11:34

    Muy bueno. Excelente. Continuo aprendiendo con toda su capacidad de enseñar y el Amor que demuestra a estos Baby’s y familia.ReplyCancel

  • Peggy - June 14, 2013 - 21:54

    Absolutely stunning, adorable images. I must tell you again that your workshop was so, so great and it helped me so much. I had a few newborn sessions since I watched it and I feel much more confident in what I´m doing now and my images have become much better than before. Thank you again for everything you shared with us!ReplyCancel

  • Mollie Meagher - June 14, 2013 - 15:05

    I love these Kelly! You did an amazing job, and inspire me more with every image I see from you. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the workshop and for your friendship. Our last newborn session went sooo well and you had everything to do with that. You are wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 14, 2013 - 13:00

    Superb Kellly!!! Superb!!ReplyCancel

  • Deb - June 14, 2013 - 10:05

    Amazing…what a joy it was to watch you photograph these babies on Creative Live. Forever Changed!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ashly - June 14, 2013 - 09:48

    Wow Kelly, just wow!!!ReplyCancel

  • Hanna - June 14, 2013 - 09:36

    This is amazing!! You are amazing!!! I watched your workshop from creativeLIVE multiple times!!! You are definitely a huge inspiration to all the photographers!! I wish I lived in Brisbane now!!!! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Renee - June 14, 2013 - 09:35

    You are amazing !!!!ReplyCancel

  • Fabiane - Studio Mavie - June 14, 2013 - 09:26

    Uaau! Ficaram maravilhosas! Esses três dias foram muito produtivos, aprendi muito e continuo revendo os vídeos. Obrigado por repassar tanto conhecimento, seu trabalho é incrível!ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine Bailey - June 14, 2013 - 09:13

    Your work is more and more inspiring with every capture! Loved creative live!! Cannot wait to see u there again!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Gould - June 14, 2013 - 09:10

    It was so amazing to watch you work. We have had a newborn session since your CL, and it was so much better. I don’t know if we were more confident, or just had the best baby ever, but what a difference it made know just what to do. I know that my business partner and best friend, Mollie (who was part of your audience) was just giddy over our recent session. We hope to achieve your level of excellence in every part of our business. Thank you for giving us the tools to do so!ReplyCancel

Putting my excitement into words is NOT easy!!!

Last weekend was the annual judging of the AIPP QLD Professional Photography Awards for 2013 here in Brisbane, with the Awards dinner held on Monday night.

Sunday I went to watch the judging of both the Family and Portrait categories along with many other hopeful photographers eager to see their images come up and be judged by 5 Master Photographers.  Each judge gives the image a score out of 100 and the average score is given to your print.   It’s exciting and nerve racking all at the same time and I love it!!!

So this year my main goal is to achieve my Master of Photography status with the AIPP in September at the National Awards, to gain your Masters you have to earn 15 points within 5 years of becoming an accredited member of the AIPP.  Each Silver award is worth one point and each Gold award is worth two and you can only enter 4 images.   I need two points!!!   and these points can only be achieved at the National Awards not State.

At our State Awards we’re allowed to enter a maximum of 12 images but only 4 images into each category.  So I entered 4 into Family and 4 into Portrait in hope to find my 4 strongest images to send off to APPA’s in September.  I was ecstatic that my 8 entries were awarded 1 Gold, 2 Silver with Distinction and 4 Silvers.   Never in my wildest dreams did I expect at the awards dinner that my awarded images would win both categories and then I would be announced the AIPP QLD Professional Photographer of the Year for 2013!!!!!!

WOW is all I say every time I look at the trophy sitting in my office!   I just can’t describe how it feels, I had absolutely know idea that I would ever come close to winning something like this!!  And I’m only the 4th women to have their name on this trophy!!!!

I left my finished digital images with Foto Frenzy for printing and Matting and then the delivery of my print case, as I had to be in Seattle before the entry deadline.  Darren did such an amazing job  – I can’t thank him enough!

I also want to thank all of the judges and volunteers who put in countless hours of their valuable time to help us on our quest in becoming better photographers by entering these awards.  If it wasn’t for them these events wouldn’t be possible.  I also want to congratulate all of the other Category winners and finalists – their entries were AMAZING!  Queensland is full of so many talented to photographers.


You can see all of the category winners here…. GALLERY OF WINNERS




  • Alysia - May 26, 2013 - 12:31

    You are off to an amazing year! I hope that you will be able to achieve your 15 stars, you definitely deserve it. You are such an inspiration and I wish you the best.ReplyCancel

  • Stew - May 23, 2013 - 16:11

    Congratulations Kelly! Beautiful images.ReplyCancel

  • Ashly - May 23, 2013 - 13:32

    Congrats Kelly. I do fully believe you deserve it, great things come to incredibly great people. You are an inspiration!ReplyCancel