Monday, December 24, 2012

Archie sneak peak

Today set up the studio a bit differently as I gather more goodies to use to photograph theses gorgeous babies.

I was also reminded today that the BABY is in charge.

LIttle Archie is only a week old and sleeps all day (except today).....we got a couple of cute shots, but despite a lot of care and support from mum and dad, Archie decided that he had enough today and so we will finish these later in the week....Here is a sample of what we got though.....Very cute baby.

Sunday, December 16, 2012


One really effective way of displaying images that you took as a series is to make a triptych

A climbing series

A running series
They look great either in three frames all together along a wall, or in one frame as a single print.

It is a great way to capture the feeling in a photoshoot, as there is quite often a lot of fun, especially keeping young children amused and smiling and trying to get some fun shots.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Quick Update

Introducing some simple collage images such as this one.....I am working on a few variations and will keep you posted....

Monday, October 22, 2012

A gorgeous newborn

Babies have a mind of their own and none so much as Jess and Micks gorgeous little girl who right from the start has decided that she will do things her way..........Born several weeks early, telling the gyno that his ultrasound was wrong and "I won't be born bald thank you, she came into the world.

Arriving at my house today, I just couldn't get over how a little baby that small could have that much hair?

PS - after our little session today, I did find out that she also does;t like wearing hats much (doesn't want to mess up her hair!)

What a fun session, newborns just run the show (and steal the show), but all plans are gone and you can just shoot pics and be very patient...........

Here is the Sneak Peak......

(The secret was B&W works will with a purple bottom and red hairband...)

sleeping baby is a beautiful thing.

Don't really feel like sleeping

Cause I might miss something......what is happening over there????

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Backgrounds - Keep it simple

Where should you have your family photographed?

Well as far as backgrounds go, you can always find a nice background anywhere, and just either emphasise it or fade it out, depending on how well it works with the pics.

These pics were taken at the Historical Sale Powder House, just at the back of Lake Guthridge. It is quiet, has few interruptions and provides various types of scenery from brick walls, to bridges, to green grass and loads of trees.

See a brick wall, a bridge and grass......simple really
An old brick wall and some grass look great....... 
Two besties sit happily on the bridge
Just some grass and a comfy pose

Friday, July 6, 2012

Cute as a button, or a ladybird, or a monkey face!!


Three babies (that fit into a 000 size), to model these cute little outfits. Against a white or cream background these outfits will just look so cute.....You will receive one of the cutest pics around. I just received the suits yesterday which come with their own bag.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Kids just love being kids.

I had a great opportunity to photograph this young lady, she was more interested in playing with the cats than "posing"....This was a candid taken whilst trying to get her to pose and smile.

Black backgrounds

Babies and children can look great against a black background, but it does present a bigger challenge to light and adjust. Black is 'Black" and lighting adjustments can make it grey i no time at all. SO get the lighting right first time and you will have good images.

These are some of my first BLACK background shots.........Cute baby.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Packaging Prints

When arranging a photo shoot, it is not just about the images of your family, but having a solution to storing those valuable memories.

I have spent hours trying to source  storage solutions and now am happy to announce actionpactKIDZ (and actionpactpix), will not only just supply beautiful memories, but have now stocked some gorgeous packaging.

The Print boxes are in stock in three sizes and will be supplied free of charge with any order, and 
Albums and Portrait Folders (not pictured), are leather or linen look and can display your images for everyone to enjoy.

Finally, with children's prints, grandma's always want some images and the concertina albums are a huge hit with the grandmas as are the portrait albums.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Timing is everything

When you organise a photo shoot with children, there are a couple of things you need to make sure you remind the parents, and also you need to have a few things on hand:-

1. Try to have the child rested or time your session when the child is most active
2. Make sure the child is clean and has some spare clothes on hand (just in case)
3. Have with you baby wipes and a towel.

So looking at the child, before you even begin to pose them, make sure their eyes and eyelids are all clean of "sleep" and that the childs nostrils are clean.....Also check fingernails and hands in older children.

Some of these little details are not so important for the 5x7 print, but on bigger prints they begin to stand out.

This little cutie was a little tired and although there were enough opportunities for those "cute pics" I must confess my repertoire of songs was pushed to the

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Bright sun and family shots

A sunny morning at a local park and a BIG family for the "four generation" photo shoot.

It was a big morning, lots of different arrangements, and it was all done very quickly too as there was a family celebration everyone had to get although the groups were perhaps posed without too much imagination, I did manage to get everyone to smile...even all in the same picture...!

Things I did do:-

- Wrote a list with all the ideas:-

- Everyone together
- All women
- All Men
- Youngest and Oldest
- Different Generations together as family units

Don't be scared to tick the list off and Don't forget to ask if there are any special requests from the family, after all it is THEIR photo shoot.....oh and remind them you just canno't fix everything in photoshop!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

My first secret to HAPPY shots!

Arranging to meet a family at the Botanical Gardens to capture some fun shots, I was originally asked about where to pose the child. I thought I would prefer him to happily to look around and I would see how it went from there.

- Happy Child
- Happy Shots

So he was on an adventure and I got some great shots of him looking at the camera, and these were typical of him just bopping around.

I would have loved to get some of the fantastic autumn shots of found child kicking leaves, or throwing leaves, and as much as his mum and I kicked leaves and threw leaves at each other, there were too many other exciting things to do at the park....and he just wandered off to explore.......

Getting those relaxed shots

Late afternoon light is fantastic. The sun can be your enemy (or your friend) Use reflectors and care with angles. A happy sunny person just glows in the light! (I did fill in flash here!)

Whilst we only had a minimal amount of light, having mum with me made it more relaxing in this case as the interaction between mum and daughter worked really well.

This was definitely a case of limited light meant quick "getting to know you"...then into it.......

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

actionpactKIDZ becomes real!

I was very lucky to get my first Newborn photoshoot a few weeks ago, when my stepdaughter had her baby. I was really excited about this as I know that photography is all about practice and trying new things and new lighting and new setting and new EVERYTHING. I took blankets and lights and baby wipes and thought I was ready......

All I can say is that it is going to be loads of fun......Oh and here are a couple of the pics...

The Cover for the Disk

What a charmer.....

One thing I did learn was that all plans can come to a crashing halt when the baby decides he is tired and grumpy and that the baby is "Da Boss"

The next shoot I did was a lesson in lighting (some good and some was bad.....but those shots were deleted..........)....Remember when you were at school camp and you put the torch under your chin to give yourself a scary face in the dark.....well they weren't that bad, but "be careful where you put the flash".......

Upcoming posts on lighting

Sunday, May 6, 2012

actionpactKIDS - The beginning

Welcome to actionpactKIDS photography.

My name is Judith Cahill and I have loved photography all of my life, I actually inherited my Great Grandfathers canon SLR camera when I was around 8 years old and would take pictures with that.

It wasn't a couple of years ago, that I thought about what I really wanted to do and what I was passionate about and I came up with a short list:-

- Something Creative
- Something that involved technology (I love computers)
- Something that would be really challenging and make me continue to aim higher

.....and it began, I completed a CertIV in Imaging at TAFE over 12 months and started taking photographs of my real passion - cycling events, and it ticked my short list.......I love sport and people pushing themselves and just enjoying being active. 

My next journey involved lots of weekends taking photographs of Surf Club children training and competing at Nippers to expand my sports photography and that is where the bug really hit hard...........I just loved getting those great kids pics which really show their true personalities.....and it was a lot of after thinking about it all and organising all of the important stuff that goes with running a business I am now happy to launch officially..........actionpactKIDS (which goes hand in hand with actionpactpix, where it all began).

Welcome aboard and I am looking forward to working with you to get some great moments.

This is the photographers learning curve and whatever line you look at, it looks to be one hell of a ride, so join me in my journey........
I am hoping to share with you the highs and lows learning experiences of my new journey.......the child and family photographer............