This year I ran a fantastic Mother's Day Competition through Facebook - a whole new learning experience for me!
In conjunction with some wonderful local business, we managed to create a fabulous Major Prize worth $1275
I also offered 3 Runner Up Prizes valued at $350 each - these are my Portrait Experience including 1 Fine Art Print.
We had a fantastic response, and it was so lovely to be able to showcase some the the fabulous local businesses in the outer Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne.
The major Prize winner was Jaclyn Knoll, and the three runner up prizes went to Jodi Campbell, Rebecca Owen and Nadia Liu - Congratulations to you all, I am sure you will love your prizes.
The Major Prize included:
1 x Portrait Experience, including 1 Fine Art Print and $100 Credit towards future Art Work from Danielle Benson Photography
1 x Mid Week Night's Accommodation at Two Truffles Cottages B&B in the Yarra Glen
1 x Stunning Flower Arrangement from Christie at Effloresce Flowers
1 x Fabulous Facial with Shelley at Your Very Best in Heathmont
1 x Gorgeous Bath Time Box (Hamper) fromCatherine at The Parcel Project
1 x Deluxe Pedicure and Manicure from Amanda at Wonga Park Day Spa
1 x Voucher for The Mabel Cafe in Mitcham - served by the amazing Tim and his staff.
I also popped in a bottle of Sparkling Wine, just to top it off for the lucky winner.
What Size Should I Display My Portraits At?
Do you ever wonder "What size should I have my portraits printed?" Choosing the right size portraits is not just about choosing a pre-determined size you THINK you want, but looking at the space you will be displaying them in, then choosing a size that shows your portraits at their best.
When you choose a photographer, and you have been to your photo session, and now you are at your viewing session, the best bit of advice I can offer you is to come prepared. If you have chosen a good photographer, they should not just be trying to sell you the largest most expensive option they have! They should be working WITH you to help guide and select what is best for you, your home and your budget.
If you live somewhere with a small amount of wall space, and tiny rooms, it is not point getting a 30" x 40" Canvas or Frame and trying to fit it in - purchase what suits your home. However, if you have a larger home with more wall space and larger rooms, then a 10 " x 12" or even 16" x 24" will loose its impact in that room.
Before your viewing session, discuss with your partner where you would like to hang your portrait, and if you would like to have a statement piece, or a collection of portraits to tell your story.
Measure your wall spaces, look at the colours in the room/rooms you are going to display your portraits in - that way when it comes time to invest in your portraits, you will be doing so with an informed mind.
1 x Silver Distinction & 3 x Silver Awards At The Australian Professional Photography Awards 2017
I'm very happy to announce that at this years Australian Professional Photography Awards with AIPP, that I received 4 awards for the 4 prints entered. A Silver Distinction for a portrait of Peter, and 3 Silver Awards - 2 in the Family Portrait Category - thanks to the Campbell and Bourke families for the opportunity to photography their families, and one it the Travel Category for a shot taken whilst on holiday in the south Island of New Zealand earlier this year - this landscape was taken just outside of Queenstown. Thanks to all who helped me along the way, and congratulations to all the other talented photographers who entered the Awards - it is always a great way to challenge yourself further.
Shane Woolridge - Landscape Artist -Sculptor
Arrowtown New Zealand
Recently I had the chance to go back to Queenstown, Arrowtown and Wanaka in NZ – it was a long overdue holiday with my husband Phil who had not been there before. I had lived there from 1992 – 1999, and just never managed to make it back. It was so wonderful to get back to The Otago region and catch up with old friends, and experience the area again.
We caught up with friends Amanda and Shane. Shane is now a full-time Sculptor working mainly in Slate and Schist generally for large scale works placed in their environment. The work is stunning.
Shane takes commissions and has created works for collectors in New Zealand, Australia an Europe.
Silver At The Australian Professional Photography Awards 2016
Very happy to share that I have received a Silver Award at this years AIPP Australian Professional Print Awards with this Portrait of my Optometrist.
I thank him for his time during his portrait session to let me create this 'vision'.
AIPP WW 11 Veterans Reflections Project
AIPP Accredited Professional Photographers and the AIPP membership, supported by the RSL and Australian War Memorial “Reflections” aims to photograph the remaining Veterans of WWII to create a significant archive for the nation that reflects a sensitive portrayal of their elderly state and provide a cognisant comparison to the wartime images of young active men and women.
It has been wonderful to be a part of this voluntary project, and the enjoyment of meeting and photographing these Veterans has been so worth the time and effort. Each Veteran and their family members have been so wonderful inviting me into either their home, or at an RSL to take their photo. Often there are so many stories and sometimes lots of laughter.
Over Australia so far there have been around 5000 portraits taken by various accredited members of the AIPP. It is an amazing effort by all those involved, and much credit needs to go to those within the AIPP who have organised and orchestrated the project.
This is a photo of the gorgeous Margaret (Heggie) McFarlane aged 95. Margaret served in the 58th AA Searchlight Battery in Western Australia. Up until 2015 Margaret used to march in the Anzac Day March in Adelaide with the other ‘girls’ she served with.
It is with much sadness that I write, Margaret passed away only one week after this photo was taken. This also demonstrates the importance and urgency with which these photos needed to be completed, not only for history's sake, but for the Families and Veterans themselves.
Gold At The Australian Professional Photography Awards 2015
I am very happy to announce that I received a Gold Award at this years Canon Australian Professional Print Awards in the portrait
section. This portrait is taken of Artist Kevin Parratt in his part time studio in Warrandyte Victoria, Australia.
I have known Kevin for over 30 years. We first met when he was an Artist in Residence at my school, during which time he painted a portrait of me. We have kept in contact since then no matter where in the world either of us may be. It was wonderful to finally have the opportunity to repay Kevin the favour in my medium - photography.
To celebrate the launch of our new website
we offering customers the following two specials -
1. Portrait Special - $125.00 (Valued up to $395.00)*
Book and pay for your portrait sitting special before 30th September 2015 & receive:
A portrait consultation
A one hour portrait session
Make-up for one on the day
Portrait viewing session
Two 5” x 7.5” mated portraits ready to place into frames.
Not available for Corporate Portraits
2. Wedding Special - (Valued up to $300.00)
Book your Wedding with Danielle before September 30th 2015 and receive either:
An Engagement Portrait and Save the Date Cards for your upcoming Wedding*
An extra 2 pages (4 sides) added to your album collection order.
Looking for a truly personal gift for someone special? Family or friends getting married, and you are not sure what to get them?
Danielle Benson Photography offers you the ability to purchase Gift Vouchers for these special occasions.
Gift Vouchers range from $50.00, $100.00, $150.00 $200.00
Or you can purchase a specific package:
Danielle Benson Portrait Collection - $200.00 – includes a personalized portrait session on location, viewing, selection and purchase session, and $150.00 credit towards artwork of your choice.
Click here to order your personalized gift certificate.
Upcoming Jerry Ghionis Melbourne Workshop
I am really looking forward to the upcoming week long hands on Jerry Ghionis Photography Workshop I am about to participate in from the 20th April - 24th April 2015..
The award winning Photographer not only has his own extremely successful photography business, he also spends much of his time educating other photographers.
This will be a fantastic learning curve, and great experience to once again be surrounded with other like minded people for a whole week, learning and sharing.
This is part of the ongoing training we choose to do as accredited members of the AIPP.
The Australian Professional Photography Awards 2014
I am very happy to say that I achieved a "Silver with Distinction" Award in the Family Category , and a "Silver" Award in the Travel Category at this years Australian Professional Photography Awards.
For the Family Category I chose this gorgeous image of Gabby the Weimaraner, the 5th member of the Martyn Family - Gabby is so much a part of the Martyn Family that she has her very own Facebook site!
The Silver Award was for the Travel Category and taken from my time in Bali this year. So lovely to bring something back with me from my time out!
The Victorian Professional Photography Awards 2014
As a lead up to the annual Australian National Professional Photography Awards, there are the State Awards. This year I was grateful to receive two Silver Awards. One in the Portrait Category for the lovely Jacinta in the Kitchen, and the second in the Family Section for Gabby The Weimaraner (see the Australian Awards for more details).
Tips: Choosing Your Wedding Celebrant
So you're planning your Wedding Day, there is so much to think about - Venue, Dress, Flowers, Hair, Make-up, Jewellery, Cake and more - they are the exciting things! But then there is your Celebrant. If you do not have a family Minister Priest or religious leader to marry you, then you need to find a Celebrant. How do you do this if you don't know one personally?
Firstly - ask your friends and family - they may know of someone they can recommend.
If you have been to or are going to Weddings in the future, take note of the Celebrant and if you like them or not. Be particular about noticing their style - are they friendly, do they fit with your style of Wedding?
Take notice of where and how they stand when they are conducting the service - the last thing you want is your Celebrant to be in every Wedding ceremony photo you have! You especially want to make sure that they move out of the way when it come to THE KISS!
See if they show great skills in helping the couple to do all the formalities on the day, so that the couple can relax and enjoy their Wedding.
The main thing is, that they fit with you and your partner, and you feel comfortable with them, and they give you a personalised service.
Check out my "I Recommend" page, where I have a list of suppliers I have worked with and know them to be excellent at their job.