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Free Photo Sessions - How To Avoid Being Tricked Into Spending Thousands

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Luring people in with free portrait sessions has been around forever, the language has just changed. Now you will see "Families Wanted" or "Photographer Wants To Expand Portfolio" or "Looking for Mothers and Daughters" or "Kids and Pets shoot for charity". It's all just the same thing.

Your Free Session Just Cost You $3,000
You have your free photo session. A week later you go in to the studio to view your photos and cannot resist your gorgeous children on the screen so you spend $3,000 to get 2 framed pics and a 5x7" for your mum.

You walk away with an ache in the pit of your stomach. You finally get the framed photos hung onto your wall but every time you look at them you are reminded of the thousands you you racked up on your credit card to pay for them.  

Buyers Remorse and Anxiety
What you are feeling is feel buyers remorse. Not just because of the guilt you are feeling about the money spent but because you were tricked into spending it…

On the Couch with Naomi Reiter Photography

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I am really not very comfortable in front of the camera. I get quite nervous so this was great practice and as you can see ended up being a lot of fun. 


We only did one practice prior to this video and this is a straight take, no editing (other than text and transitions). We used natural window lighting plus the lamp in the background for ambience because we wanted the living room affect.


I definitely think this will be an ongoing event. Who would you like to see interviewed next?


About the author/photographer...
Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at www.ninabeilby.com.au
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Why women aren't clicking on your profile - How to have a better quality online dating experience!

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So I haven't been single in 33 years so this is all a brilliantly eye opening experience. My recent encounters with the online dating world have been a complete revelation and I'm hoping the suggestions I make, based on my personal experiences, will help you attract quality dates and improve your overall online dating experience.

Profile Basics
A fabulous woman is not going to glance twice at a poorly setup profile. Whether you are on eharmony, rsvp, elite singles, zoosk or any other dating site, take the time to setup your profile completely answering all questions and inserting photos. 

Profile Pic
Seriously, you need to get this one right. It is the first point of contact with the future love of your life. Make an effort.



As well as the obvious like making sure the photo is in-focus and in good lighting, there a few additional elements that will ensure a click to your profile.
USE a photo
Please don't bother creating a profile without a photo. Your future date is never going t…

New Plymouth, New Zealand - Just Like Oregon, USA

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As I approach my upcoming New Zealand trip, I find myself reminiscing about our last little adventure. Our travels led us from Cambridge on the North Island, South West to New Plymouth by way of Lake Taupo.
The imposing Mount Taranaki volcano and the quaintness of the seaside buildings, reminded us immediately of Oregon, USA



It was like having Mt Hoodand Cannon Beach all in one place. Of course, just add the super friendly New Zealander's and you have the perfect little get away.

The State Hotel, an absolutely gorgeous quaint boutique hotel on Devon Street right in the heart of New Plymouth was our home for the next two nights.




 We found the perfect little Vegan/Vegetarian restaurant for dinner, Loving Hut, just down the street from the hotel. The food was not only fabulous but extremely reasonably priced which is my favourite kind!


Breakfast at Elixir Cafe was good but expensive. Yes, eating and drinking was somewhat a theme this trip!


Walking off our breakfast, we headed up the hill…

Location Headshots Give A Consistent Professional Look To Company Website

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CONSISTENT IMAGES COMMUNICATE PROFESSINALISM...
As well as getting images of the entire available staff at once, what I love about location shoots is that the client gets a consistent look across all of their images. This in turn gives their website a uniformity that communicates professionalism. When the "ABOUT" page on a website hosts a number of images which are inconsistent, it makes that company look in incohesive, or even disjointed.

TRY MAKING THE SHOOT AT THE SAME TIME AS THE BOARD MEETING...
The gear and the photographer also make a difference. We had another photographer shoot in another State with my instructions and the images were completely different. So I guess the only real way to get true consistency is to use the same photographer as best as the budget allows. Sometimes this means waiting for the next board meeting and doing the photo session then!

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer and photography educator based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can…

Rustic Australian Countryside - The small town of Rylstone

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It happened. A rare weekend when I wasn't shooting for a client! So I threw the camera in the car and headed three hours out of Sydney to the Central Tablelands. 
I visited a friend's property, Lindoway, in Rylstone, a small town with a population of 615 people and at least 10 times that in sheep!


There are 65 sheep on Lindoway and this is as close as I could get as they are quite skittish. The leader sheep lets out a massive Baa (he tried to sound scary but Baa still sounds cute to me) then they all take off. 




Today is particularly warm 30 degrees celsius but it did cool considerably in the evening. 

There don't seem to be any mosquitos but the flies certainly make up for it. The great Aussie salute probably originated here! So many flies...

There are always jobs to do on a property and today one of them was to install the letterbox. A little reward to ourselves for our hard work was a little nature walk.

Behind The Scenes - Ronan Keating, Mirusia, Danielle Spencer and more donate time to ACMF

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When the producers at Hixon Films asked me to be a part of this project, I accepted without hesitation. 

Firstly, being able to work with seriously talented, award winning producers Alex and Catherine was extremely appealing. 

Then, being able to support Australian Children's Music Fund (ACMF) was an easy one for me. Such an  incredible organisation providing music to children that might not normally have access to it. 

For me, it was personal. I couldn't imagine life without music. Music saved me. Through my brothers schizophrenic beatings, my mother's attempted suicide and the other childhood stresses, I was safe because I was able to channel my emotions into piano, singing and violin. I was one of the lucky ones.
Shooting at Key Studio in North Sydney, the line up of support was pretty incredible and made for an amazingly fun day! I met Peter Northcote in the hall whilst we waited for the studio to open. What a fun and happy person. You can see it in the pic above. An all a…