I spent last weekend and most of this week battling some horrid virus type thing that laid me flat and drained me of energy and enthusiasm but I was determined to be well again by Thursday. I’d entered a blog competition with one of my favourite bloggers ever, Fat Mum Slim, to go to a photography workshop and lunch with Chantelle, awesome photographer Rachel Devine (Sesame Ellis) and the lovely Alex from Olympus. Fifteen lucky winners got to bring one of their children along to the QT Hotel on the Gold Coast to learn how to take photos with their child, not just of their child.
Choosing which child I was taking along was easy! Bronte has been taking an interest in photography for a while now and although her pics are usually quite random (and some are sneak attacks on us when we’re not looking… thank goodness for the delete button as I don’t need extra chins, thanks kiddo!) she also manages a few quite good ones where you can see the thought behind the photo. And, besides, a little mother/daughter time never hurts!
After a great talk by Rachel and some tips we all got given (loaned! they counted them and wanted them back!) cameras from Olympus. The kids were given the Olympus Tough range and they’re fantastic… I can totally see Bronte wanting one of those for Christmas. It’s a little bigger than her current Olympus but they’re designed for kids or people who are very adventurous. I’d never used that one before but fortunately Alex, the marketing manager from Olympus, was on hand for when the kids dashed back to our workshop space with a few extra questions.
Bronte made a friend immediately and they buddied up together, sharing ideas and thoughts on where to put their props and how to get the best shot. All the kids were given a toy animal (Bronte got a dog, I saw a panda, a horse, a budgie and a deer as well as many others) to use and were encouraged to be creative.
One of the joys of the QT is how it has some awesome little quirks. We took the elevator and stopped on random floors. Near the elevator bank was a chair that had been painted and every floor had a different themed chair. The girls loved using them for their photo ideas and they got super snap-happy and turned their cameras on us – here I am taking a photo of my papparazzi pack. I am soooo not cut out to be a celebrity – I squealed like a girl when they started, turned and ran. *lol*
I loved seeing how Bronte absorbed some of the tips that Rachel gave us about shooting from different perspectives (I know I usually shoot from my eye level and I need to get higher or lower sometimes for different shots) and Bronte happily got low to the ground. She also used props around her and was aiming for something quite arty here, I think.
It’s all about positioning for the perfect shot and not being afraid to put yourself in an awkward spot to get it. The girls well and truly nailed it here! Well, the positioning bit, I need to go through the shots to find out how this one turned out.
Of course, they’re still at the age where they can happily play up to the camera. In this one they were showing off their toy props while pretending to be game show hostesses. This was probably the only time (apart from lunch!) that they put the cameras down.
Speaking of lunch, it was fabulous – gorgeous salads, quiches, rolls and wraps, a fruit platter and this awesome dessert. How awesome was it? Well, here’s Bronte being sprung eating her second one. *lol*
Part of the little goody bag that Bronte got included the kaledioscope camera she’s wearing around her neck in most of the photos. I couldn’t resist using it to take her photo… so much fun!
This is one of the few photos Bronte took without her toy dog prop in it. If you look carefully you can see me. Well, my reflection. We forgot to take a group photo and I didn’t remember to do a selfie, either so this is about all you’ll see of me.
And I couldn’t turn up empty handed, especially knowing we were getting a little goody bag or two. I got given the most amazing decorated biscuit from LoveBites that you can see in the top collage – it’s an Olympus camera with edible glitter and everything. It looked stunning and it tasted just as good. I can’t bake but fortunately I do have access to the best raw honey on the Gold Coast so Bronte and I took along a jar of fresh honey for Chantelle, Rachel and Alex to say thank you. It was such a fun day with lots of laughter, great food and interesting people to chat to. We were reluctant to leave as we were having so much fun but we left with big smiles on our faces.