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A romantic session In the woods

A romantic session in the woods.

I wanted to plan a romantic session for a couple who have their wedding coming up very soon. How about a little pre-wedding portrait session in the woods of Mundaring? Yes, that’s right! It’s not all bush, there are some woods in Mundaring too. The perfect place for this romantic session to be held.

We found a nice little pine plantation tucked away in the Perth Hills. The plantation became the exact type of location for Neil and Courtneys pre-wedding photographs.



Our first meeting

Neil and I first met quite a few years ago. He and his brother and sister along with the family dog had photographs with our studio. Together they had some portraits taken along the swan river for as a surprise birthday gift for their mother. The 3 sibling got on so well, and their dog provided some extra fun and laughter. Needless to say, their Mum made compliments that the gift was very thoughtful and beautiful.

The engagement party

Fast forward a few years. Neil makes contact with me again with the news that he is engaged to the fabulous Courtney. He invites me to photograph their engagement party held at the Guildford Rose and Crown.

While at the party I noticed a few familiar faces. I meet Neil’s brother and sister once again. Other faces at the party also look very familiar to me. Courtney’s Father and Brother seem very recognisable too.

A few conversations later, a connection is made. Both of them work at our local swimming hole, Bilgoman swimming pool. Earlier in the week, in fact, my children had swimming lessons at the pool. After the swimming lesson, while the kids played, these were the two gentlemen who looked after them very well.

The engagement party of Neil and Courtney was a huge success. Quickly they continued to plan their upcoming Wedding day. My next job is photographing their pre-wedding portraits or love bird session. Time certainly flew.  A summer kayaking accident I had made a minor delay to their booking. Their pre-wedding portrait photo shoot was pushed back to late summer.

The perfect light

The light this afternoon for the romantic session was sensational. The little cosy spot tucked away in the woods was perfect for a romantic session.

Finding the right light is the key to making good portraits. Perth weather offers very little cloud filter from the sun’s powerful rays. Choosing a time when the light is less harsh will give the best results. Light for portrait sessions that is less harsh can be formed and shaped for the desired effect.

The colour scheme chosen by Neil and Courtney worked well with the mood of the pine forest. With the light delightful, our session continued until the sun had finally gone down on this magical day.

The Pre-Wedding portrait process

Pre-wedding portraits are such an important part of the wedding booking process. Bridal couples begin understanding what the Wedding day will feel like. This comes without the pressures of crowds and time constraints.

Each couple has an opportunity to spend some quality time together. For many couples, this is the first time they are photographed together professionally.

Our photographic journey together begins too. Our next booking together will be their wedding, followed by the first baby photographs and sooner or later a full family portrait is on the cards

Wedding day Looming

Keep an eye out for this coming Octobers wedding. Neil and Courtney have a beautiful wedding day planned in the Perth Hills.

kiss from a romantic session

Neil romantically kisses Courtneys hand

A romantic session on a perth hills trail

romantic stroll on the perth hills trail

Keep an eye on this wonderful couple and their soon to be Wedding.

Armitage portrait family album

A Portrait in the Hills and a gorgeous  family album

This is the story a family album, who joined me for a portrait in the Perth Hills. While in Melbourne photographing a Wedding recently, I took a little road trip through the countryside to a beautiful little place called Mount Gambier. Here I stayed with my good long standing friends in Brendon and Vanessa. Brendon or Ese as he is affectionally known as own a Telstra shop in town. He, Vanessa and their beautiful and athletic kids relocated there only a couple of years ago.

In the last visit as a family back to Perth, they booked me to do a family portrait for them. Time quickly slipped away from us as both during the busy month of January. However several days before making their return to their new home state of South Australia, we met for an early morning portrait session.

Ese and Vanessa, both originally from the Swan Hills region like the sound of having portraits in Mundaring close to where they are building their dream home. A few days earlier I scoped out the Mundaring weir to see if it would suit our requirements. Early on a Saturday morning we met at the gorgeous little setting under the big trees. The light was already coming through strong and bright which is typical for a Perth Summer morning. Our plan was to get the best of the light before the heat set in.

Their delightful kids came with plenty of laughs and smiles. That was until the ants turned up to. Picture this; the light is perfect, the big tree provides a magical backdrop, I’m about to click away a few snaps…. and ouch…there is ants crawling on the kids. Only little harmless ones mind you. Lucky they make the kids tough these days and shortly afterwards we had plenty of lovely pictures to complete a family album. Even if one particular older brother was not so super keen on giving his younger sister a nice hug.

So the pictures were ordered and some nice sized portraits for their beautiful home in Mount Gambier. So what do you do with all the other pictures that you love? I designed this cute little family album for them. It not only has their favourite images that they put only their walls, but it has also all the cool moments in between. This is the story of the Armitage family. I hope you enjoy.

The album is a Jorgensen matted art album and the pictures are reproduced and printed on archival photographic paper. The images were photographed using natural light with a Canon 5Dmk3 and an assortment of pro series lenses.

Family album for the Armitage family

The armitage family album

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Bunbury Family Photography

Bunbury Family Photography – Incredible session prices

Bunbury family photography sessions are available for south west families. Do you live in the Bunbury region and are you looking at getting that next special family portrait on the wall?

Book your 2015 family portrait with one of Western Australia’s most prolific and evolving family portrait photography studios.

Dezire Studios is renowned for their high quality presentations and family photograph collections.Your family portraits are not just pictures; they are a story of life, love and laughter.

 South West home

For many years Dezire Studios was primarily based in Bunbury and serviced the South West region of Western Australia. Each year we offer a little something back to our old South West home.

Portrait photography sessions are normally an hour-and-a-half adventure. They are a very intimate and special experience. Your portrait will be candid and natural and will capture your lifestyle and personality.

Let Western Australia’s premier on location portrait specialist tell your story with a set of beautiful family photographs that you will treasure for your family heritage.

Big Promotion

As a special for Bunbury and surrounding areas, Dezire Studios will be running a special promotion in the beautiful month of April.

Family Portrait session fees will only be $50 (a huge saving from the standard $175 fee). Plus families will receive 30% of our wall print range. Your only commitment is the purchase of either a wall print or family lifestyle album

Book Now

The session fee includes an on location family portrait session and a same week viewing session to choose images for your wall.

Family portrait sessions will be held between the 15th – 17th April 2015. There are 5 sessions available only so book now to avoid disappointment.


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photography session

Booking a portrait photography session with us is really simple, fun and rewarding. Have a look at the kind of images we produce, if that is what you like then it simply a matter of requesting a booking form. A Photographer from our studio will contact you about a session time and discuss a location. This is also a great time to discuss what portrait requirements you have for your home, whether it be an wall portrait, or an lifestyle album. For general portrait information please read on.

Here are some of the facts that make us one of Australia’s thriving and evolving studios.

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On location portrait in the wheatbelt region


1. All our sessions are outdoors, using natural light and occasionally a bit of flash to brighten things up.

2. Location and timing are so important, and we provide our expert guidance to ensure that the results you are after can be produced. We will also give you a guide on what to wear to your portrait session.

3. After the photography session, a image viewing session will take place This can be done in the comfort of your home where we can find the perfect sized print for your wall. Your images are normally ready within 2 weeks time to preview, but we also like to give you a sneak preview on facebook before the full viewing. Our viewing session is totally interactive and non pushy. That means you can explore all the options to displaying your treasured images in total comfort.

4. Our main objective is to produce a stunning collection for you and present it in the most amazing way. Our quality products are reasonably priced and we also offer flexi-payment options to suit your budget. Because quality means a lot to us, we won’t be giving away cheap tacky CD’s of images. If that is what you are after, then we are probably not the right choice for you this time.

5. We do travel and more than you might think. Many of our bookings come outside of the Swan Valley region we are based. Why? because we offer a unique style of portrait photography, with flexibility and a range of stunning presentations. During the summer months the beach portrait session is very popular and later in the year when its a bit cooler, the rural and bush settings are more preferred . Each year we travel to our country regional zones which include Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Mandurah to list a few to offer our country friends the same opportunity as our city folk. We could be just around the corner from you soon, and if you would like us to come to your town, let us know as we are happy to explore.

6. Once you have placed your order, we place your images online for your family to share too. Although we only have it here for a short time, our archival system allows us to recall your images further down the track.

7. We offer several unique products and services that you will only find here.  Our unique products include personalized “Life Book” which is a documentary style photo book of your families life. These are custom designed to your tastes. This differs from the customized coffee table book or portrait album we do. Please CONTACT US  for a proper consultation. We also produce HD video presentations in a documentary style. Please see our NEW LIFE session below.


family photo shoot locations

Family photo shoot locations

A Safe Location:

If you are planning a family photo shoot at an outdoors location, it pays to pick a good location that is safe and suitable. It is also very important that the location is friendly to the family in the portraits and that right lighting can be achieved for you photo shoot.

Backdrops that compliment:

Our family photo shoots are held in an outdoor environment. One that has a natural and pleasant background – a backdrop that compliments you as the subject but does not dominate the portrait. One that creates a happy and fun environment. A good location is important to the way your portrait is lit and how it looks overall.

Good light and no distractions:

Dezire Studios brings many years experience photographing in outdoor locations for family photo shoots. Our team will guide you to a suitable location for your family portrait. Beautiful locations are not always suitable for a family photo shoot or portrait session. Distractions such as crowds, bad light and working distance may impact the look and feel of you family photo shoot.

Follow these guideline when choosing a location for a family photo shoot.

  • Beachscape: A beach,lake or river location that usually offers a bank and water in the vicinity. Perfect for natural, playful portraits. Best time is late afternoons just before sunset or twilight sessions.
  • Bushscape: A location with natural rocks, logs, trees and scrubs. Great all-round location for playful, natural, and traditional portraits. Suitable for morning and afternoon sessions
  • Parkscape: Similar to Bushscape but generally has manicured grass, gardens and trees. As long as there is lots of shade, this can be good for early morning and late afternoon sessions. Preferably not with swings or playground equipment
  • Ruralscape: On a property that has old barns, sheds, horse stables,tractors, vineyards or long fields. For farming families its ideal to have it on your own property. The best times for these sessions are early morning, late afternoon or twilight.
  • Urbanscape: This location usually has  architecturally strong buildings or structures, Can be modern or vintage and could include stairways, arches, graffiti walls or alleyways. For more creative, expressive and abstract portraits. Great for late afternoon and twilight sessions.


Click here to see some examples of these location types





presentation collections

Products and Presentation collections from your family portrait session

There are many options and presentation collections available from our product range. When booking a family portrait with Dezire Studios, please take into consideration how you wish to have your finished images presented.

Not just a disc

Our specialty is producing beautiful wall portraiture and “one of a kind” fine art collections. We suggest you measure up wall spaces for where you would like your images mounted and consider gifts for family members before coming to our viewing session, as this is the time for you to place your order and decide on the Presentation & collections. Our presentation collections includes the following:




We offer a range of specially crafted images on archival papers. Our wall display prints begin from 14×11 inches up to 60×40 inches. Images can be printed on Matte, Glossy or Metallic papers. Also available in custom collages with full framing options available. Our wall prints are a more traditional method of presentation, colour accuracy is of the finest standard and will maintain fade free for 75+ years.

Wall Canvases 

Our canvases provide that artistic and yet still classical look. Our canvases are printed on Gallery quality canvas with the archival Giclee inks and coated with a protective UV coating to protect them while they hang.

Acrylics & Aluminum’s

For that WOW factor have us print your favourite images directly onto Aluminum. These images are printed right to the edge and come ready to hang. For that modern contemporary look, nothing can beat the aurora of a metallic print mounted in between high glossy acrylic.

Coffee table books

These are perfect for the coffee table or even as a gift for that special someone. Printed on press quality paper and with a variety of album covers, our coffee table collection includes custom design and personalization when you have more than a few favourite images.

Handcrafted albums

Our Handcrafted albums are perfect for displaying your cherished images.The quality of the albums and prints will be unsurpassed.Your album can be personalized with our huge range of other cover materials, e.g. leather, metal, wood, acrylic etc.Your favourite images are printed on archival photographic paper and mounted in an classy presentation album. Our stunning and elegant a designs will capture your imagination.All albums can include personalized design layouts, panoramic pages and full page spreads. Our professional and sleek designs will capture your imagination.

Our specialty is producing beautiful wall portraiture and “one of a kind” fine art presentation collections




Portrait style guide

Family portrait style guide – What to wear?

Many people booking a portrait session ask the very same question – What do we wear? These handy hints for a better portrait session should give you some ideas on how to get your portrait style guide right for your family portrait.

Rule Number 1 – The unbroken rule

The number 1 rule when preparing for a portrait is to ensure everyone is comfortable in what they are wearing, or they will not enjoy the session. Here are some handy hints on what to wear are below. (This portrait style guide has been prepared by a professional photographer who has photographed over 1000 portraits in a 15+year career behind the camera.)

Hint number 1. When choosing appropriate clothing for your portraits consider that clothing should compliment and not dominate the portrait. To prevent overpowering the people in the portrait bold patterns, stripes and distinctive logos should be avoided. Solid colours, subtle prints and classic casual clothing are always complimentary.

Hint number 2. For a visual balance for a family portrait it is better to have everyone dressed in the same tones or colour themes. For example having everyone dressed in light or all in dark or all neutral tones.This does not necessarily mean that everyone must have matching outfits, rather dressed in clothing that has similar tonal range. Following this as a guideline will provide more pleasing and visually balanced portrait, where no individual family member will stand out.

Hint number 3. The next steps are deciding on a colour theme either lights, darks or neutrals and whether everyone will dress formally, semi-formal or casually. Remembering again that everyone needs to feel comfortable.

Once you have booked a portrait session,  we will send you out a comprehensive guide (or you can download it here) on  what to wear including appropriate colour themes, styles, makeup, glasses and props.

portrait style guide

Dressed to impress at the beach



Perth & regional family portrait locations

A Guide for the best Portrait locations

Mothers day love is devotion

Mothers day love is devotion

What is a Good family portrait location

One of the most common questions our professional family photography studio gets asked is  “What are some good family portrait locations?”

As a family portrait photographer, offering family portrait sessions not only in Perth but in country regions of Western Australia, I spend many hours trying to find out what people would like their printed portraits to look like on their walls.

Natural Light

Apart from a discussion family portrait locations, our family portrait clients usually ask about clothing to wear during family photos, and how we can achieve the best natural light to give the best results for their family photographs.

Of course, lighting and timing for your family portrait session are ultimately important. In Western Australia, we have beautiful quality natural light. Choosing the right family portrait locations to become one of the key choices for successful family portraits.

Family portrait locations that are comfortable

The right family portrait locations will engage any couple, family or children being photographed during the portrait session. Good family portrait locations will help them feel natural and comfortable in the environment.

Here is a quick visual guide to finding the right family portrait locations for your next photographic session.

Another guide would be to make a Pinboard on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/  and look for family portrait location ideas and share it with your professional photographer.

Brook Desmond the lead Family photographer at Perth based Dezire Studios, has been shooting professional outdoor location family portraits for over 15 years. The following visual portrait gallery has been mastered during that time as is a wonderful resource for families looking for professional outdoor family photographs.

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The Journey Part 1 – Photographing India

photographing India

The Journey Part 1 –  Photographing India

The image I share today is from 2010 while I was photographing India. I was travelling with family back to my mother’s homeland on a family heritage trip. During our stay there we were exposed to the hardships so many from that country experience. I would walk the streets daily absorbing the culture and challenges the local people faced. My heart was full of compassion for the many wonderful people I saw that had far less than I’d ever had to make do with. As I walked, I saw children in age similar to mine walking the streets, begging so that they could survive. I saw industrious hard working people looking for any opportunity to make ends meet. It made me appreciate the wonderful circumstances that I lived in and the great opportunities I could provide for my children. For me personally photographing India was a great joy and a massive challenge. There were many cultural barriers to overcome and the weather was just so hot and muggy too, which is so wonderful for photography.

A Beggar woman in Chennai

This particular image I captured of a local Chennai woman who was waiting outside one of the very few Christian churches, begging. I photographed her as she approached us. I noticed that she sat at the steps of the small cathedral and that many people had passed her by. I noticed her partially deformed and swollen leg, her frail arms outstretched, her body slouched over. Her sad, wrinkled face told me a story of harsh life and sorrow. I could not communicate with her in her language, but I gave her a small offering to help her and in the most beautiful way she smiled and showed her appreciation. My heart beamed in delight, that I could help in a small way another of God’s children. In that instant I forgot the long strenuous drive we were on and the humid sticky weather that I was finding almost unbearable. I began feeling peace and joy for loving someone else. I never saw her again, but this image and my emotions from our encounter remind forever how grateful I need to be for what I have.

My heart became so fond of this experience and the others that I had on this journey photographing India. I have become attracted to this country and its spiritual power, its amazing cultural diversity and the beautiful buildings and monuments along the way. I have teamed up with my good friends and fellow award winning professional landscape photographer Paul Dowe from Paul Dowe Galleries to take others seeking these experiences and adventures, helping other photographers to use the power of their camera to document the journey of life. Our Wild Light Photographic tours are more than just the average photographic tours, they are a journey – an exploration a life experience not to miss. One that we will be advertising and promoting soon will be a wonderful tour photographing India.


Photography journey


Travel Photography

Travelling the long road in African on an amazing Journey

Let me take you on a Photography journey. I have promised on my facebook page  that I will showcase some powerful images I have documented from my photography journey. This is part one of an ongoing series of images and stories that I will publish.

How can photography be so powerful? How can photographs take us on a journey? Why do images make us feel and do certain things? Professional Photographers and advertising companies have been studying this for so long and tried many techniques to portray a message to us, the viewer. For many years now I have worked as a Professional Photographer, capturing and creating images that illustrate stories and promote a message.

I have photographed the candid events of the bride and groom’s wedding day; the love and laughter from a family portrait session; followed the brief of the art designer for a magazine. Image-making with my camera has played many different roles and taken me on a wonderful journey. In my travels I have witnessed and captured many profound and amazing stories. Today I would like to start by sharing some of the things that my eye has beheld and my camera captured.

I recently presented a portfolio of images that I documented all over the world to a group of my peers and fellow professional photographers. I shared with them a group of powerful and personal images that have helped me put my life’s challenges into perspective. These images have helped me remain grateful for the wonderful blessings that I have in my life. I will be shortly sharing the first image from that series.

Family portrait album – Please watch & share

Love at Home

I have just finished off working on this portrait album design for a wonderful families portrait album. Please watch & share. I can’t wait to present it to them. I have loved the time I have had sitting down working on this portrait album design. The day of the Photo shoot, we spent the morning at their home preparing for the Photographic portrait session, and then we wondered down to Hyde Park to take some lovely family portraits. I cannot wait to share the entire blog and the story, miracle and journey of this beautiful family. You will be amazed at their courage, strength and love for each other, and the amazing friends around them who support them in their journey and challenges.

portrait album design

It is a joy working with wonderful families like this. A Mum and Dad that love each other and together work hard to give their kids the very best. I just love seeing families enjoy being together and it is the privilege of my job as a professional photographer to be with them and Photograph them celebrating the simple joys of life. This work sums up my style as a photographer, and to finish it up with a lovely portrait album design just completes it perfectly.

This amazing family has endured some serious pain and suffering and need your support and Love especially during this hard time. I made this album for them and presented it to them today, on what will be a day in their life that they will never forget.

Please Watch this clip it will break your heart – Such an amazing family. Biggest love and prayers to them now.

Happy Mothers day

Mothers Day a time to celebrate:

This Mothers day we ran a photography competition , and asked you all to pick an image that best resembles motherhood. We also asked you to share in your own words your personal feelings about your mother or about motherhood, and what is special about mothers day. Well firstly, happy mothers day to all the others out there, and thank you for your wonderful and amazing contribution to life. Also thank you  for touching our hearts with you kind, uplifting and inspiring words about mothers, we really have felt the spirit of this mothers day.

Mothers day love is devotion

Mothers day giving what you have

Mothers day love is devotion

Mothers day love is devotion

This mothers day, I am thankful to my mother, she is so wonderful and special and has given everything so that we can be who we are.  She still continues to be this amazing person

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Engagement portrait

Engagement Portrait or family Portrait:

A family portrait and an engagement portrait in the same session. That’s right, the lovely couple preparing for their upcoming wedding, had us out with them on a lovely morning to get some pre wedding photographs or an engagement portrait.


engagement portrait & family portrait

engagement portrait & family portrait

The cool bit was having them bring their beautiful baby twins for the portrait session. Call it a engagement portrait or a family portrait, either way it was fantastic.

Bobby & Tash are getting married later this year and I am lucky enough to be given the job of being their photographer on their wedding day.

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Beach Portraits

Beach Portraits in the school holidays:

School holidays is a fantastic time to catch up with your family and spend some time together. For me school holidays is an extremely busy time. Kids and parents are often on holiday together and many families take the opportunity to get some family portraits done. For sister Kim and Samantha, this was an ideal time to catch up with each other and have there  precious daughters spend some time together. Samantha was on a break from Melbourne and arranged with her sister to get some prints for their parent Christmas gift – we have such thoughtful clients. We decided on a session at the iconic Cottesloe beach, a favourite for Beach portraits

The afternoon session was planned with the light in mind. This is a crucial part of being a photographer and choosing to shoot on location portraits without a full entourage of lighting assistants. The best way to prepare for a Beach portraits session is to get the timing right. Because there is no shade and only the clouds (not that there is any in Perth) provide some relief from the burning sun.

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Precious family portrait

Last night I had the honor of taking some precious family portraits on the Beach at Ocean reef. As the sun began to go down and the light became glorious and perfect for portraits, A couple of little princess’s got to run around and have some fun with the wind blowing back their hair and their grins from ear to ear. They had a magic little experience and of course Mum and dad were right there to enjoy the moment. Shooting family photographs down on the beach is a a wonderful thing, but the timing is the key. Come too early and the light is harsh and bright, making it hard for the family to look around without being blinded. Location and timing are super important to getting the right look and level of comfort during the experience. On our blog there is information to help you decide what is the best time and location for you, and a couple of samples to help you decide. Here is the link to that post. This little sneek preview from the portrait session, is just a little taste of some of the stunning and amazing natural portraits taken on the night. With the beautiful summer light coming into action, now is the time to book your own portrait. The best way to do that with us is to see where we are shooting and be first in best dressed with the dates, times and locations available. Here is the Link to our booking page.