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What’s Your Angle Boyup Brook Photography Competition Judging

I am honoured to have been invited to judge at the 'What's Your Angle' Boyup Brook Photography Competition and Exhibition hosted by the Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre to showcase the art of photography to our community. The Categories are: Agriculture - Flora - Animals - Landscapes - People Portraits Prizes will be awarded for each category, Most Outstanding Print, Under 18 prize and People’s Choice award. The images with the most People’s Choice votes will also be featured in...

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2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour – Boyup Brook

Our little town is busy preparing to bring Flemington Raceway to south west WA and our whole town will halt on 24th August to welcome the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour as one of 37 destinations visited around the world, including the UK, Ireland, Korea and New Zealand.    Boyup Brook is the only regional location in WA to be included in the tour, selected to highlight the contribution the Melbourne Cup 'race that stops a nation' has made...

3 Things to know about Black Background Equine Portraits

I've had a few inquiries recently about the set-up required for the black background equine portraiture that I create, so I thought I would write a post to describe the various options and process involved with each. There are three ways that these black backgrounds are made: completely in photoshop, with artificial light or with a combination of natural light, studio lights and environment. 1. Completely in Photoshop This is the option most event photographers will use for a...

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Farm Family Photography sessions – Fundraising project for Drought Relief

Last week I wrote about a special project that I will be undertaking to help fundraise for several of the registered rural charities assisting Australian farmers and livestock struggling to survive the crippling drought in the eastern states. No-one knows when this drought will break, but what we do know is that financial assistance is needed immediately and its also going to be needed long term.  To help both short and long term, this drought project has two parts...

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Memories Lie – Photographs Tell the Truth

The passing of time brings many things to our lives, some good, some bad.  Even those things you know are inevitable, still bring heartbreaking sadness. Long term readers of this blog may remember the many years we went through with very traumatic life threatening health issues my husband had, with Royal Flying Doctor trips to Perth, countless hospital admissions, including ICU and more times that he nearly didn't make it than I care to remember.  Four years ago he...

Outdoor Photography sessions in Rural and Regional Locations

On location, outdoor rural family and equine lifestyle photography sessions are for horse lovers and rural families of all ages.  Special sessions are also available for multi-generational farming families. Outdoor photography sessions on farms and rural properties is my passion.  Living in a rural area and having a small 43 acre farm ourselves, I understand how important the land is to you and your family.  I work exclusively on location, which means I travel to you at your farm,...

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Boyup Brook Lifestyle Family Photography | Michelle Wrighton

As a lifestyle family, children and pet portrait photographer, I find it is helpful to know a little about the people and pets I photograph, their personalities and unique traits.  This is why I have a questionnaire for my clients to fill in before their session - the answers also help me to plan and customise the experience to suit my clients individual needs. In preparation for their recent family photography session, mum, Estelle, told me that some of...

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Why Lifestyle Photography Is The Best Choice For Your Family

Memories of Family Photography I still shudder at childhood memories of the dreaded family portraits with the fake smiles and awkward formal posing in front of badly painted canvas backdrops in a stuffy, brightly lit studio.  Then came the disappointment of getting portraits that kind of looked like us – or at least a bland, uncomfortable, ‘do we really look like that?’ version of us. Those experiences didn’t dampen my enthusiasm or love of photography, but they certainly coloured my...

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2018 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay Bridgetown Western Australia

This morning the Queen's Baton Relay travelled through our neighbouring town on its travels around Australia before heading to Queensland for the  2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.  One of Boyup Brook's locals Jodi Nield was nominated for her achievements and contributions to our community and did our little town proud during her leg of the relay. Congratulations Jodi and all the baton bearers you are all legends and did our little corner of the world proud! The shire of...

2018 Boyup Brook Country Music Festival – Ute and Truck Muster

This weekend is the 33rd Annual Country Music Festival for our  sleepy little town of Boyup Brook in the south west region of Western Australia. The Country Music Festival and Ute and Truck Muster is the biggest annual event and is made possible with the support of local businesses and the endless ours put in by dedicated volunteers.  This year the line-up includes The McClymonts, Travis Collins, Allan Caswell, Benn Gunn, Billy Bridge & Rebecca Lee Nye, Codee-Lee, Craig Adams, Donna Lou &...