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Helen BarnettAlmost two years ago, as part of the preparation for Orange based Opera singer Helen Barnett’s debut album, I drove out to the property south west of Dubbo that Helen grew up on, for a photo shoot.

At the time, the album title was still undecided, but Helen knew it would have something to do with travelling home and visiting one’s roots.

My assignment was not to “over light” the images with tons of obvious studio lighting, but to capture something of the unusual juxtaposition of a dressed-for-the-stage opera singer, in a cow paddock, in front of her favourite tree, in the ruins of her grandparent’s house, etc.

“Homeward Road” is now available from many good music stores.

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When Heather McNair phoned about wanting some photos of her kids, I (Graham) kicked off into my usual spiel about preferring to shoot children the ages of hers, at their home (or a park, or a farm, etc) rather than in our studio.

So when Heather said her house would be fine, I took her at her word. What I didn’t expect was a stunning, two story, blue stone house, that would be a dream to shoot in & around.

Add three beautiful children, and how could I go wrong!

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Baby Lily After two of the other mum’s in Francie’s mother’s group had shown her their Renaissance family portraits, Francie decided to dive in, with a shoot at home.

Thank you Carl for being so accommodating. Carl took the morning off, and I felt like I’d brought an assistant- my camera and lighting gear magically appeared wherever I needed it.

Near the end, Carl’s sister dropped by, and helped keep Amber animated. Now it was impossible to take a bad photo! It’s days like this that help compensate for the times a three year old tries to bite off the buttons on my camera. (Psst, I need those buttons just where they are.)

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After receiving their wedding photos , Kim and Michael Cunial informed me that I’d now become their family photographer. Sounds good to me! It’s very rewarding being a part of people’s lives over time.

Two years on, having now discharged his primary responsibilities as an Italian boy- that of getting married (to a beautiful girl at that), and producing a grandchild, it was time for Michael to send all those previously nagging rels some photos, and put a little family history up on the wall.

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