Family Portraits are really my idea of hell. I love the idea and the resulting photos, but ultimately the ordeal of keeping Mr Tink in check and smiling, Master 6 looking at the camera, and keeping Miss 1 entertained is enough to drive me to the wine cabinet!
I had erased all thoughts from my mind of ever having a family photo shoot, until I had the opportunity to shoot with the fabulous and incredibly talented Paula Brennan. Paula is the queen of photography and making people feel at ease. But as talented as she is, I knew she would have her work cut out for her photographing the crazy Tink family. Before I knew it, I was standing with my family on the gorgeous beach at Point Cartwright about to have a photoshoot!
Now before I go any further, let me paint you a picture of how the shoot began. I had just finished a life changing photoshoot with Paula and was filled with beans, so excited and ready to keep shooting. Mr Tink was home with two screaming horrors, as we like to call them, our children. It was a tense Friday afternoon, Mr Tink arrived to the photoshoot unable to find a park and fighting through peak hour traffic with the two horrors in the back seat, sorry, children. By the time he was face to face with carefree and happy me (aka wifey), he was strung out, cranky and in no mood for a shoot.
Paula must have sensed this in advance, or she’s dealt with cranky non-smiley hubbies before, because like some sort of superwoman she reached into her bag and presented Mr Tink with some gold bullion… A beer. Yes, like champagne, beer solves it all and instantly my cranky husband became a lovely, smiley, let’s-take-my-picture husband.
Now one very important detail I’ve left out is that in a bid to perk up Master 6, Mr Tink bought him a red Slurpee on the drive in. Yes, a red Slurpee. I can feel your eyebrows rising. Just as Mr Tink’s beer kicked in so did Master 6’s Slurpee, and like a crazed kid on spring break he went mental. And just when I thought things couldn’t get any worse, Miss 1 decided she was a one-man band and only mummy would do – not daddy, just mummy. Complete with tears adding to the effect should anyone try to change her mind.
So here I was, standing on a beach with Cheery Beer Man, Mental Master 6 and I-Want-My-Mummy Miss one. Life was good. As I sweated from the commotion I suddenly felt a calm energy come over me… Paula. Paula gently grabbed the reins and did the impossible, she turned the circus into a photoshoot. Paula captured all of our moments – that’s right, moments not poses.
She caught the moment Master 6 put his superhero mask on upside down in a sugar induced state of crazy. She captured Mr Tink throwing Master 6 up in the air trying to shake out the Slurpee. She captured all of Miss 1’s tears and her ripping off her nappy.
Paula captured us all just as we are, complete with our flaws, and she made it beautiful. Paula made it an experience that is cemented in my memories forever and gave me a gift I will never forget, our first ever family photoshoot – one that we all survived. She is a true professional in every sense of the word and she’s amazing with kids, she even managed to turn around Miss 1. Paula has an incredible way of making you feel completely at ease and comfortable in front of the camera, even on a beach in the afternoon we were so entranced we actually forgot where we were.
The photos were so amazing I cried like a baby when I saw them, she captured us beautifully and the photos are ones I will treasure forever. Truly a magical gift.
For Mother’s Day, Paula Brennan is giving one lucky reader the ultimate gift: a special goodie bag filled with champagne, lipstick, gift voucher, and fine art print valued at over $400.
This is a gift you will cherish forever. To enter, simply share with me why you would like to win and I will choose my favourite answer and announce a winner on Monday the 9th of May at 10pm.
Good luck xTogether we can create beautiful images of you and your family that you will treasure for all time. I help women to become more self confident by providing a makeover and professional photography session both in my boutique studio in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast and on location both locally and interstate.