Stop and Breathe

Haha how many times have you been told to breathe when you are stressed!?! Does it really irk you? Oh my goodness, you have no idea how much it frustrates me when people tell me to focus on my breathing and slow down. LOL, for those who know me I’m either flat out or flat out.

But you know what, I was helping photograph an event the other night (yeay for events back in QLD!), and things were just not working. You know those moments… Anyway, I’m like,

“Kate. Stop. Breathe. Slow Down. Take a breath. You know what you are doing.”

Holy dooly, it worked. You could’ve knocked me down with a feather duster. Hahahaha.

It’s not a stop, it’s a pause, like buffering, wait for whatever it is to catch up with whatever you are trying to do, then go again.

Mind blown.

I just need to learn to be patient with myself, let the brain/hands buffer, then go again.


Thoughts for the day…

I’ve been doing a bit of thinking lately, (I know – scary right?!) and I’ve been pondering on the age old question of what makes me, well, me? ๐Ÿค”

It’s interesting to think about isn’t it…

I mean, that is the reason I designed Desire Images in the first place.

Too often we get so caught up in everyday life, that we forget who we are. Am I right? As parents our identities become compromised. We are no longer ourselves, we become “someones mum” “someones dad”, the worker, the provider, the cleaner, the taxi driver (seriously, how many after school activities do we need to do?!!!)

I am working with an extraordinary lady at the moment, and I love her vibrancy and energy. She asked me some questions, and although they seem surface level easy to answer… when you actually stop and think its quite tricky.

I know I have a fire in my gut to do the impossible – to be challenged. I know I love creating and making artworks. I know I am exceptional at getting the kids that are challenging to co-operate/ work with their energy to create magic for their parents. I know that everyone is accepted – for who they are. I know that I want to give the world to everyone.

As I have grown, Desire Images has grown too. It has emerged as a place where you can be yourself, you don’t have to just fit into one neat little box. There is often a great deal of laughter in our sessions. Family, kids, baby, styled, corporate, schools, each have their own personalities and styles – but one thing remains consistent, and that is that anything is possible. We just have to have hope.

Soโ€ฆ what do you cost?

One million dollars!โ€ย  (lol jks!) ๐Ÿ˜‚

I was asked the other day as to what I charge, and why. Now, besides that being a little weird to ask someone to justify their cost of doing business, it got me thinkingโ€ฆ Maybe I should write a quick note, and help educate some more people ๐Ÿ™‚ 

The creative fee for your session formally covers all the amazing value below. Just as a plumber has a seperate fee for call out and parts, I have a seperate fee for the session, and the photographs you choose.ย  For each session you are not only paying for the time spent with me/ my team, but so much more.

This fee depends on your session type. Fab family is currently $100 and Newborn is $150.

We spend time before your session in design and planning, making everything perfect for your time here.  Running a shot list, to maximise the productiveness for you. 

Then we have an awesome time together making great photographs and memories. Over the past 11 years, I have learnt exactly the photos to take, you are benefitting from my expertise and artistic experience. 

So, you know that you are paying for a photography session and that obviously means someone to take the photos, but have you thought about all the other bits of the business?

A professional camera (and back up cameras)

Professional lights and flashes

Computers capable of processing your high qual files

Computer programs to edit your amazing images (and the ability to know how to do that and make the magic happen!) 

Storage of your files (and off-site backups)

Business and Public Liability insurance

Marketing and website costs

Props and clothes – how awesome are they?!

Studio running costs (Phone and internet, electricity ect)

Countless hours of training, workshops, education, learning how to be the best – just for you. 

After your session is finished and you have chosen your photographs, the studio is then cleaned (again!) and washing done. 

Your files are uploaded and backed up onto the server. Then I sit down and edit your photos – to make them the best they can be. If you have a styled session, or a newborn session, the editing of these are quite a lot more intense.  

Does this help give you an idea of the value of a professional photographer?ย 

xx Let me know if you have any more questions ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

For a full price list, send me a message with what you are after โค๏ธ

Colouring in Time!๐Ÿ˜

I thought We could do something fun for Ekka show week here in QLD.

Download the below file and let your kids have a colour ๐Ÿ˜

Post a pic of your kids completed picture on my FB page, and lets have a bit of fun! I’d love to see what they come up with!!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

What sort of fun things are you doing this week?

Fundraising Photos!

Sunnybank Kindy hosted a Fantastic Photo Fundraising Fiesta!
We are helped them out with $10 from every session, plus an additional 15% from each sale going towards their Kindy.
We had lots of laughs on Sunday as we captured heaps of memories. ๐Ÿ™‚
How awesome is it to freeze time where you family is right now?!?

We got heaps of variety during the shoots. Kids are kids – and there is never a dull moment haha!

Each shoot took about 20 minutes, during which we captured between 60-100 images, depending on the number in the family, and the children’s co-operation (lol, it’s all good – I have 3 kids, and have seen it all! Haha seriously, I am magic with kids and can generally coax them out of their shell!)

Interested in fundraising for your School or Community group? Send me a message and we’ll have a chat.

Personalised School Photos

Here at Desire Images, we pride ourselves in the personalised service we offer to each kid in your school. We will take 48 shots if we need to, to make sure you have the best photo of your student. We believe everyone deserves a great school photo.

We are safe and secure. And want to help you feel that way too. Our staff are blue carded and have experience working with kids.

We work at streamlining our processes with you to make taking photos at your school easy. Happy kids= happy parents = happy staff. ๐Ÿ™‚

As a small business, we are able to be more flexible with your individual school requirements, and give you, your staff and kids more personal attention.

Give me a call, or send me an email, and we can start the discussion about how Desire Images can service your school to make your job easier.



Girls just want to have fun !

Happiness is in connecting people. It is enjoying the moment and celebrating your daughter as she is, giving her a chance to play princesses as well as relaxing in fav pair of jeans!

Putting yourself out there.

It’s tricky in this day and age isn’t it. We are constantly having to display ourselves to everyone else. We have to show ourselves on our social profiles, we have to portray a version of ourselves to school, work our families. Does your ‘picture’ that you have online, match who you are?

I know it is nerve racking – the thought of being in front of the camera freaks me out too. lol. But, here I am. (About 2 mins before we were inundated with children) No excuses. I can work with your time frames. ๐Ÿ™‚

As a general indication, $95/digital headshot. Your office or ours. Group bookings most welcome. Contact me, and we can work something out. 0421288003.


Making time for memories

Its hard to make time to get the kids photos taken isn’t it. I get it. Life is so super crazy sometimes. Can you believe we are already mid March!?! Yikes!

My beautiful friend has brought her two youngest to me to photograph every year now since he was born. We have been getting a ‘growing older’ photo. It is so cool. Each year, he holds the photo of him holding the photos. It’s pretty incredible to watch this young man grow over the last six years!!

I am blessed to have this family as friends.

Genetics Dance Photos

Sunday was a fantastic afternoon with Genetics Dance.

We got some fantastic shots of the kids practicing their solos, and having fun together in a great family atmosphere. Everyone is welcome at this new little dance school. The Principal dance teacher Britta is fantastic with the kids, and really has a report that is lovely to watch. (Their Facebook link is below (be sure to pop over and say hello)