Thursday, April 29, 2010

simon + sally + hamish + fraser + dougal + campbell

There was a time when I thought I may never photograph this family.

We rescheduled 4 times due to heavy rain but finally we were blessed with a fantastic afternoon at a great location that Sally had chosen.


Simon, Sally and their beautiful boys, Hamish, Fraser, Dougal and Campbell were such a lovely family. The boys were so much fun and had some seriously good manners. To top it off, they were styled perfectly even down to the one clothing change we had towards the end of the session - gorgeous, red monogrammed t-shirts that Santa had given them at Christmas time.


Take a look at some of my favourite photos from the session.















This is my favourite - the boys look like they're straight out of a magazine!
Love their cool moves.







Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Frankie - sneak peek

I couldn't wait any longer to share this photo of 4 month old Frankie.
He's a gorgeous baby.
It's quite common after a session for parents to feel like their children
didn't 'perform' their best on the day - I'm sure Frankie's parents felt like that
but seriously there are so many sweet photos of him and big brother, Phillip that I can't wait to share some more over the next few days.
Thanks for having me over to photograph your beautiful family!

Monday, April 19, 2010

harry + jess ... Part two

It was so difficult to pick which photos to show from harry + jess' session.
There were so many to choose from and I wanted to keep some a surprise
when they received their disc of images.
Here are a handful of my favourites.


How gorgeous is Jess?

And these anklets are just the sweetest thing.

These 3 pics make me smile so much - I love laughing photos.



We all got wet here - me included!


And maybe my absolute favourite ...

Thanks for asking me to photograph you - I think you both are pretty cool.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

lights, camera, action!


I finally got around to taking a look at some of the photos that I took while I attended WPPI in March last month - it's an annual event held in Las Vegas for photographers from around the world to attend. Approximately 15 000 photographers flew in for this one week event and had the opportunity to hear some of the best speakers in the industry talk about the business and also share their talent with the rest of us.


There were 2 huge rooms full of exhibitors and I'm so pleased to be able to source some beautiful albums and other bits and pieces from them.


This is a view of one of the exhibition halls.




I spotted Bobbi and Mike speaking on the floor - these 2 photographers are well known for their super cool engagement and wedding shoots. Go take a look at their site if you haven't already.



One of my favourite speakers was a fellow called Jesh de Rox.

He is a true artist and was fantastic to listen to - inspiring is simply not a big enough word to describe this photographer. The couple in the background are fellow photographers and friends all the way from Australia, Matt and Katie, who were chosen to be clients for a pretend shoot that Jesh did.



I crowded into a room with 1200 capacity to see this talented child photographer.
Audrey Woulard is superb with children and was a gorgeous and entertaining speaker.



And for 2 whole days from 8.30am - 5.30pm I was fortunate to get into a small class of just 25 students with Yervant.
Yervant is a Melbourne photographer and won the title of

'Best Wedding Photographer of the Year' for 2009.


I loved every minute of his class and he shared so much about his talent and his skill with us.

We got to photograph some models in and around the MGM Hotel where the classes were held.


Here are some of my photos.














And what never ceases to amaze me is how small the world really is.
A friend of mine found this photo on Caroline Tran's photography blog and sent me the link straight away asking me if it was me .... mmm ... yes it is.

That's me with the stripey bag looking at one of Caroline's gorgeous albums at the Cypress Albums stand. Out of 15 000 photographers and I'm in this pic - small world.



Now that I'm home and I'm almost settled back into a normal routine again,
I'm looking forward to lots of sessions coming up over the next feew months.

I am almost booked out until the end of August with maybe just one session still available, so drop me an email if you'd like to make a time for me to capture some memories for you
whether they be with your children, or just a cool 'the two of you' session
or a wedding celebration!

leannestamatellos@hotmail.com









Tuesday, April 13, 2010

jess + harry

Some of you may remember Harry from a session
that I did with his brother and Mum not that long ago - take a look here.
I was so pleased when I was asked to photograph Harry and his gorgeous girl, Jess.
Harry and Jess both go to different schools and share a common interest in Basketball - that's how they met. Not only do they have amazing good looks and are beautifully tall but they were a real lot of fun to photograph and they were up for anything I suggested - we all got pretty wet!
I promised them a photo before the week was out and there are plenty more to come that I can't wait to share. Don't you think they both belong in a fashion mag?
Congratulations on you both celebrating your 1st year together!