Blog - Portraiture Photographic Sessions

You may have heard me talking about Scar Stories over the last couple of years.  Scar Stories uses creative projects to raise awareness about young adult cancer; funds for specialty care for this age group; and help these young people see their scars in a new light – one that is empowering and beautiful.

I met Scar Stories founder, Jasmine Gailer at a Cancer Survivors Day Fundraiser that I organised for the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2012. Jasmine proposed that I take some photographs of some very brave breast cancer survivors – the TBC’s (Tough Beautiful Chicks).

This year, I had the honour of photographing Paralympic Athletes, ChrisBond and Bridie Kean.

With a rare cancer taking four limbs at just 19, Chris could have buckled in defeat.  He did the opposite, pushing his way to victory and love. Chris sees his scars as a badge of strength, character and courage.  The experience  has given him purpose and drive resulting in amazing achievements.

It took him just two years before he was representing Australia at the 2012 Paralympic Games where he and his team won gold medals in wheelchair rugby. It was through this triumph that Chris met Bridie, a Paralympic silver medalist, who has dealt with body image issue her whole life.  Bridie contracted meningococcal as a two year old, which resulted in the loss of both her feet and scarring on her leg.

Chris says ‘ I wanted Bridie to be a part of  Scar Stories  with me to change her perception of her body and embrace the beauty’

On Monday night, I attended the launch of the Scar Stories Book of Portraits.  To say that I am incredibly proud to be a part of this organisation would be an understatement. Very blessed is me.

Order the Scar Stories Book of Portraits now online at

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Meet Dominique and James.  I just have to look at the two of them and I get a bit cheesy grin on my face.  Domi’s smile lights up any room and when James looks at Domi, his face lights up too.  I spent the day with Domi and James for their winter wedding at Walkabout Creek – The Gap, Brisbane.  It was a daytime affair, so after the Rainforest Ceremony, we trekked off to find some locations where the light was good.  Heels and all, Domi managed down the steep dirt track and we swanned about at the lake until it was time to party. Just a delightful day.  Thank you so much for the honour x

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Winter wedding make upPINIMAGE mobile phone sweet nothings PINIMAGE Best friend proud father. Brisbane city. getting readyPINIMAGE Getting ready mother and daughterPINIMAGE Veil final details getting ready, flower girlPINIMAGE Bridesmaid flowers, bouquetPINIMAGE Bridesmaid giggles, rainforest wedding PINIMAGE beautiful winter bride in rainforestPINIMAGE
Walkabout Creek - The Gap Brisbane Rainforest CeremonyPINIMAGE Mother of the groom placing buttonholePINIMAGE Beaming groom eagerly awaiting his bridePINIMAGE The lads - Walkabout creek, The Gap BrisbanePINIMAGE Groom up close and personal. Cufflinks and tiePINIMAGE Nearly time nervous little glancePINIMAGE The very proud and jovial parents of the groomPINIMAGE First eyes on his bridePINIMAGE

The bridal procession Walkabout Creek The Gap BrisbanePINIMAGE

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Like I said – happiest bride EVER!

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The very first kissPINIMAGE Celebrations all aroundPINIMAGE Hugs and kisses congratulationsPINIMAGE Man and wifePINIMAGE

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At  SOUL Photographic Design, we specialise in photographing generation after generation of life’s special/celebrated moments.   We are with you right from the moment when you fall in love, we capture your emotion and expressions when you exchange vows, we take amazing photographs of your first born smiles, and we continue to bring you treasured memories as additional family members arrive.  When those little people grow up we are with you starting the life journey  all over again. At SOUL Photographic Design, we are about preserving your life’s memories so they can be enjoyed by your future family generations. It’s a way of life for us – that ‘s why we offer you SOUL ‘Life’ Membership.

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Life Membership

Life Membership simply means FREE photographic prints of your celebrated life event!  Book any 3 sessions with us  and receive 5 complementary 8×12 inch photographic prints per session and what’s better is that you choose the photographs that you want.

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