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 How to feel beautiful and confident at any age Feeling beautiful and confident is something that we all want, regardless of our age. Unfortunately, many women feel like they have to conform to a certain standard of beauty in order to feel good about themselves. This isn’t true! In this blog post, we will discuss
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When you are ready to apply for a new job, you will need a professional headshot accordingly. Actually, a professional headshot acts like a personal brand logo. At the time of hiring a headshot photographer,  this professional branding will promote you and your information to employers to make the right decisions about hiring in the
Mabel is the most amazing inspirational woman, who is currently kicking cancer’s butt for a third time! I’d like to introduce you to one of my very inspiring clients, who will make you laugh, cry and want to hug her forever! She loves her work teaching homeless teenagers important life skills. To change a child’s
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How to Take a Killer Selfie: 6 Tips for an Eye-Catching Photo Selfies are all the rage these days and for good reason! They allow us to capture a moment in time and share it with our friends and followers. But not just any selfie will do. If you want to take a killer selfie

The 40 Over Forty Annual Project

I started my “40 over Forty Project” with the hope of gaining beautiful portraits and stories from all different women. I wanted to give them an unforgettable celebrity style magazine photo session experience, one that will change how they see themselves. Where do I start with the 40 over forty project? I turned 46 last
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I am so grateful to have been asked to do this, and for such a beautiful person, it was such a memorable photoshoot I’d like to introduce a very special client of mine – Karen. I asked Vanessa if she could do a photo shoot for me before I had my double mastectomy, due to
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I had the pleasure of having this inspirational woman come in to my studio for a makeover session. Something she had always wanted to do, but never felt like the time was right. I am so happy she finally came in, as we had such a fun time, I learnt so much about her and
A headshot is a great way to show off your professional persona and create a strong first impression. But if you’re looking to showcase your brand and what you’re all about, a personal branding session is the way to go. A branding session allows you to capture the essence of your business or brand. It’s
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It’s no secret that children grow up fast. In the blink of an eye, they go from being tiny babies to independent young adults. As a parent, it’s important to capture these precious moments and memories and get professional photos of your children. We all have cameras in our back pockets these days, but what
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As a professional photographer, I’ve been asked by clients if they can have the RAW files, once or twice in my career. While I understand this request is usually coming from someone who may just want digital images as a more affordable solution, I also know that it’s not in the best interest of the
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Vanessa Van Straaten is a professional photographer based on the beautiful northern Gold Coast, Australia. She has a passion for empowering women and celebrating their beauty through photography.  A photo shoot with Vanessa is not only a fun experience, but also an opportunity to feel empowered and beautiful. Vanessa will work with you and her
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7 Different ways to wear a simple piece of fabric. I’m sure you all have seen a piece of fabric used in a creative way before. It can be really fun to watch and even more fun to do! Today, I’m going to share with you seven different ways we use a simple piece of
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Themed photoshoot ideas

Have you ever seen a celebrity or movie star in a themed photoshoot and thought to yourself, “I want to do that!”? Well, themed photoshoots are not just for the rich and famous. Anyone can have one! A themed photoshoot is where we come together to create a specific setting or scenario and capture images
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Are you considering an intimate photoshoot? If so, you may be wondering how to choose the perfect photographer for this. There are so many photographers out there now, each with their style, amount of experience, price point and approach. How do you know which one is right for you? In this post, we will give
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Portraits are powerful

Portraits are powerful.. I remember, back in the early 90’s, when I was definitely a “selfie” addict… That was not the word we used though.. I’m not sure there was a word for it back then. It was just – “oh, here comes Ness with her camera, again!!” I was always going to parties/ nightclubs/
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Question of the day –  Do you need a professional photographer for headshots?  In terms of business expenses, professional photography is something that seems to be a low priority. Whether you’re a new business building your website for the first time or a well-established business revamping your online presence, the cost of professional photography could really make you wonder if
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Female, Fat, Fatigued, Fiery and Forty? Here’s an eye opening read from our wonderful guest blogging naturopath Leone Wilson from Harvesting Health Hub in Oxenford on the Gold Coast.. Follow her and her wealth of knowledge on all female issues on Facebook and Instagram Happy hormone reading 🙂 Stress, both emotional and physical, affect our
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Vintage girls dresses is what the wonderful mother and designer at Kayley Couture has based her business around. This amazing Gold Coast mum has built a thriving business full of what we all loved doing when we were younger – “dressing up!!” The dresses are all vintage inspired, and always so detailed and amazing. Kayley
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