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“Sweep Your Sweetheart off Their Feet: Top 5 Romantic Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day is a special time to celebrate the love and affection you have for your significant other.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here are some great ideas for romantic gifts this Valentine’s Day, and reasons why you should take the time to celebrate even if you're in a long-term relationship. Share this with your significant other, but don’t forget to organise your special gift also.

Valentine's Day is an important holiday in any relationship as it provides an opportunity to celebrate the love and affection you have for your partner. In a fast-paced world where life can be busy and stressful, taking time to celebrate the bond between you and your significant other can help strengthen your relationship and bring you both closer together.

Valentine's Day allows you to express your love and appreciation in a tangible way, whether that be through thoughtful gestures, romantic gestures, or simply spending quality time together. This can help to reinforce the feelings of love and affection between you and your partner and create a deeper sense of connection.

Valentine's Day can also help to reignite the spark in a relationship that may have lost some of its intensity over time. A special date night, a thoughtful gift, or simply a day spent doing something you both enjoy can help bring back the excitement and butterflies of when you first started dating.

Celebrating Valentine's Day can also help to create lasting memories and strengthen your relationship by allowing you to look back on the special moments and memories that you have shared together. It's a day to cherish your love and celebrate the bond between you and your partner, and this can be a wonderful way to strengthen and grow your relationship over time.

Gift your Valentine a Couples Photo Shoot to Capture Memories of Your Love.

Capture the love and affection you have for each other. Either at a location that has special meaning to both of you or in the studio for a more personal photoshoot, have a professional photographer capture the essence of your relationship. In addition to the personalisation, a couples photoshoot also offers the opportunity to spend quality time together and create lasting memories. Whether you’re snuggling up close for a romantic portrait, or laughing and having fun during a playful shot, the experience will be one that you both will remember for years to come. And of course, there’s nothing more romantic than capturing a moment in time and being able to relive it over and over again through beautiful images. Plus, you’ll have beautiful photos to display in your home or share with your family and friends. Whether you’re looking for a unique and meaningful way to express your love, or simply want to capture the memories of this special time in your life, a couples photo shoot is the perfect way to do it.

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Treat your sweetheart to a day of pampering and relaxation this Valentine’s Day.

Book a couples spa day or a relaxing massage for two at a local spa or wellness centre. Imagine spending quality time together in a peaceful and calming environment, unwinding and de-stressing. This is a perfect opportunity to reconnect and rejuvenate your relationship. With a romantic couple’s massage, you can enjoy massages side-by-side with your significant other. It’s a wonderful way to show your love and affection while indulging in some much-needed rest and rejuvenation.

A Surprise Weekend Getaway to a Romantic Destination with your Valentine.

Take your Valentine on a romantic getaway that they will never forget! Surprise them with a weekend trip to a beautiful, romantic destination, whether it’s a charming small town, a scenic mountain retreat, a luxurious beach resort, camping or glamping. The possibilities are endless, and the choice of destination is up to you. Imagine spending quality time together, exploring new places, trying new activities and dining on delicious cuisine. It’s the perfect way to escape the hustle and bustle of busy, everyday life and focus on each other for a while.

A Personalised and Intimate Dinner, cooked at home for your Valentine.

Cook your sweetheart a special and intimate dinner at home this Valentine’s Day. Put together a menu of their favourite dishes and create a romantic ambience with soft lighting, candles, and music. Show your love and affection by putting time and effort into creating a delicious and memorable meal for them. It’s a unique and thoughtful way to express your feelings and spend quality time together in a cozy and comfortable setting.

A Scenic Hot Air Balloon Ride or a Helicopter Tour with your Valentine.

For thrill seekers take your sweetheart on an unforgettable adventure this Valentine’s Day! Treat them to a scenic hot air balloon ride or a helicopter tour over your city or local area. Imagine soaring high above the clouds and taking in breathtaking views of the landscape below. It’s a thrilling and romantic experience that will create memories to last a lifetime. You could even hire a photographer to document this amazing experience for you.

Acknowledging Valentine’s Day is an important aspect of any relationship, as it provides an opportunity to show your love and appreciation for your partner, strengthen your bond, and create lasting memories. So, make sure to make the most of this special holiday and show your love in a meaningful and memorable way.

Have a fantastic Valentine’s Day no matter how you choose to celebrate it.

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The Power of a portrait

One of my favorite quotes by Dr Seuss often plays in my mind, “Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory”. Dr Seuss.
A portrait session allows us to create these moments, to record memories. To be able to create memories is what I love the most as a photographer. I have created quite a few portraits over the years that have been a families or a persons last photograph. It is an honour to be able to provide this service.

This is Paula & Noel and their whippets. Noel passed away only 3 weeks after I had the experience of capturing some of his personality. We did an in home portrait session and this was one of my favorites.

At the studio we often get request for donations of money or goods. While we happily donate goods/services where possible to worthy causes, sometimes a cause comes along that makes me wish I could do more.
The most recent for a young man in his early 20s, who only has a short time left to live. As a parent I couldn’t imagine the horror, as a person I couldn’t imagine the ways I’d want to live the time I’d have left, as a photographer I’d want to document it.
While donating a family session and wall portrait to an auction fundraiser for the young man and his family, I felt like it wasn’t enough. So I have also donated the same gift to the family and the young man and sincerely hope they make contact and allow me the honour to create a family portrait for them.

Times like this make you realise life is short, don’t take tomorrow for granted, record your family portrait you never know when it might be your last.

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Reminisce Photography 2017 Wrap Up

Hi All

It’s hard to believe its 2018 already, it seemed like only yesterday it was the beginning of 2017. After a busy end to 2017 including 8 days of photographing our Night Before Christmas portraits in the Myer Centre in Adelaide, I’m now relaxing with family.

We had a long drive to return my Nans ashes to NSW, after she passed away last year. The kids coped well and I was expecting a lot of “are we there yet” thankfully there were only a few “how many kms” or “how many hours left”. However they did require more toilet stops along the way then I would allow myself when travelling to Sydney for our Enchanted Forest Portraits. After a sleepless night in a Wagga Wagga motel we booked into an Airbnb in Black Head, although only a few hours from Sydney the drive felt a fair bit longer. The kids promptly discovered the beach only 100m down the road, and went for a swim as the sun dropped below the horizon.

My Nan had lived most of her life in Taree, NSW so we didn’t see much of her except the odd road trip as kids or at special life events. Nan hated to have her photograph taken, but I’m glad that on one of her trips a few years ago Mum bought her up to the studio in Gawler and I convinced her to have a portrait with Mum and myself. While she probably only gave me a couple of frames we captured something we can never create again, 3 generations. I wish I had of gotten around to updating this portrait before she passed to include my daughters. I guess we think there is always time, until there’s not.

At least I am lucky to have a portrait with two of the strongest women I know. I often get requests from clients to have backgrounds changed or photographs copied to use for funerals and the photos they say are the best they can find are so poor quality that all the Photoshop in the world can’t make miracles happen.

I am hoping to get back to the pool soon and capture some more underwater sessions this summer. Underwater portraits have me captivated with the ethereal quality; time to start storyboarding.

We will be back on the road to Sydney in April for the next Sydney Enchanted Forest Portraits so it’s shaping up to be a busy year indeed.

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