Here are my new sweet little niece and nephew that I had the privilege to photograph in Canada back in November:

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Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Australia, award winning, baby, Doncaster, Melbourne, newborn, photo, Photographer, Photography, picture, twin, twins, Victoria

Love you sis and all your babies too!  :)

~Shanna

Barb Sherer posted the following on May 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm.

Just gorgeous Shanna!

Teri posted the following on May 21, 2015 at 2:37 pm.

Perfect! Just perfect. Amazing photos of those babies.

It’s that time of year.  Time for updated portraits of my girls.  I try to take a professional photo of each of my girls at least once a year.  They grow up soooooo fast and I don’t want to miss it!  Their legs are getting longer by the minute and sometimes I tell them to stop growing.  *sigh*  Time flies.  When is the last time you had a professional portrait done of your children?  Don’t wait too long.  They change so quickly.  Here are my gorgeous girls:

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Family, Photographer, photography, photo, picture, portrait, child, Doncaster, Templestowe, Award-winning

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Family, Photographer, photography, photo, picture, portrait, child, Doncaster, Templestowe, Award-winning

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Family, Photographer, photography, photo, picture, portrait, child, Doncaster, Templestowe, Award-winning

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Family, Photographer, photography, photo, picture, portrait, child, Doncaster, Templestowe, Award-winning

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Family, Photographer, photography, photo, picture, portrait, child, Doncaster, Templestowe, Award-winning

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Family, Photographer, photography, photo, picture, portrait, child, Doncaster, Templestowe, Award-winning

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Family, Photographer, photography, photo, picture, portrait, child, Doncaster, Templestowe, Award-winning

Love you my beautiful girls!  Thank-you for a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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I entered the state awards again this year after taking a year off when we moved to Melbourne.  I still get butterflies when my prints come up to be judged.  I hopped from room to room to see what the judges had to say when I saw my prints come up.  Unfortunately I only had one print that was discussed even though another one had an optional challenge that wasn’t taken.  I am pleased with my results though.  I received three silver awards out of the four prints I entered.  The fourth print was one point away from receiving a silver as well.  So close!  The most important print that I hoped would receive an award was one that I did of my friend and her son who had just had a heart transplant.  I wanted to create this image to help raise awareness for organ donation.  It wasn’t until my friend’s son was in need of a new heart that I even thought about the fact that if either of my children died, would I donate their organs?  I discussed it with my husband and we decided that we would.  I urge you to discuss this topic with your partner and come up with an answer to this question before it’s too late.  I have been on the organ transplant registry for many years.  Please consider putting yourself on the registry as well.

Here is the happy heart photo that won a silver award with a score of 82 out of 100.  One of the judges scored this image an 88 but elected not to challenge the final score.  Not sure why.

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Here is another photo that I entered that scored an 82.  This image was created to include a frame around the baby that was made from an image of a pregnant mother.  If you look really close you should be able to see her in the frame.  This image was challenged by one of the judges but unfortunately he couldn’t convince them to go higher.  Perhaps they didn’t see the mother in the frame?

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I also entered this birth story as I just love it and wanted to share it with everyone.  This photo scored an 84.  Very please with that!  One of the judges even scored it a silver distinction.

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Here is the photo that scored a 79.  There were two judges that scored it an 83 and an 81 but they weren’t far enough away from the final score to be able to challenge it.  The mum of this baby loved this photo and bought it so she could remember what life was REALLY like with a baby.  LOL!

 

For more information about organ donation, please click here.  For more information about HeartKids Australia, please click here.  To donate to Ronald McDonald House, please click here.

~Shanna

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Well, he wasn’t really a cry baby.  He just happened to cry once during his session and I snapped a picture of it.  I mean, what baby doesn’t cry, right?  The thing that I love the most about this image, is that mum bought it because she wanted to remember these moments!  Here is a peek of this session from back in Canberra before I had my surgery and was out of commission for a while!  P.S. – I had this little guy in my studio when he was a newborn as well.  He’s 8 months old here!

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Melbourne Baby Photographer

Melbourne Baby Photographer

Melbourne Baby Photographer

Thanks so much for coming back to me again for more photos Shannon!  I hope you enjoy your photos!

~Shanna

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This is my third year in a row entering the Australian Professional Photography Awards.  This was most definitely my best year yet.  I just wanted to share this exciting news with everyone, so here goes….

I won four out of four awards and ended up as a finalist in the Australian Family Photographer of the Year category.  That means I was in the top three in Australia considered for this high honour.  How awesome is that!?  I was pretty proud of my efforts this year. : )  I won a gold award, a silver distinction and two silvers for my entries.  My first time winning a gold at a national level.  So happy about that.  Here’s a look at my entries from this year:

This image scored a 91 (Gold Award).  There were two out of the five judges that actually scored it in the gold distinction rage as well.  The image tied for the highest scoring print in the Family category for the ACT entrants.  We have some awesome talent in the ACT.

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This image scored an 88 (Silver with Distinction).  I was quite pleased with this result as it only scored an 80 at the state awards.  I even had one of the judges score it a 91 (gold award).  How awesome is that?!

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This print scored an 84 (Silver Award).  Just missed out on a Silver Distinction by one point.  This image received a gold award at the state level back in May.

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This image was new to the awards and ended up scoring an 80 (silver award).  I was very happy about that as I had no idea how it would go.  I just love this image.  This was taken seconds after she gave birth to her second baby.  This is a long time client of mine.  Such a special experience photographing a birth.  I would do it every day if I could.  So beautiful.

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These are my awards.  Hanging on the wall in the studio entrance.  The middle one is the Australian Family Photographer of the Year Finalist certificate.  The others are the individual awards for the above images.

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Oh, and to top it all off, our State ended up winning a trophy this year for being the highest scoring state in all of Australia!  How awesome is that?!  I’m the President of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography here in the ACT, so I accepted the trophy on behalf of everyone that entered from the ACT.  It was an awesome night at the awards dinner in Melbourne last month.  I had several friends that received high honours.  So please for everyone!  Here’s a look at the trophy:

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Thanks so much for letting me share my success!  I take pride in my work and I’m glad others notice and award me for my efforts.  : )

~Shanna

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