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Published July 27th 2017
Candid photos that capture the moment for a tiny price
As a writer and photographer I tend to find myself on the other end of the camera lens more often than not... after all, that's where I feel most comfortable, and to be honest I'd much rather be capturing images of my family's adventures to share with you all than actually being in them myself.
Though lately I've been looking back through some family photos and I just can't believe how quickly the kids have grown! One moment they're babies, and the next they look like they're nearly old enough to move out (well maybe in their eyes).
Whilst we've managed to capture most of the kids' milestones, the one thing we forgot to include was an important part of their lives ...ourselves!
So when an invite recently came through to have a photo shoot with Carmel Gara, I jumped at the opportunity. Why you may ask why when I dislike being on the other end of the lens so much? Good question.... but I felt at ease accepting the invite after I looked at Carmel's images online. There was no posing, portraits or cheesy set ups, just candid shots of real moments. And that is my family in a nutshell. Not perfect, not polished, but real, and that's just the way I want to look back on our memories together.
The day was bitterly cold, yet Carmel greeted us with such warmth that the children were immediately at ease with her, and quickly started to muck around as if she were just a friend meeting us for a run through the park.
Carmel followed the kids lead, they had her running up and down stairs, finding secret pathways, climbing logs and clicking away on the camera at the same time. Sometimes we could see Carmel in front of us, and other times she would just be a fly on the wall capturing images that even surprised us, despite being there.
Carmel is a freelance photographer based in Melbourne and Daylesford. She loves taking candid photos of anything from family photos to street art. "My style of photography is impromptu and honest" - Carmel
Session fee: Unlike many photographers who advertise 'free' or reasonably priced sitting fees only to charge an exorbitant price on prints and downloads, Carmel's session fees are AMAZING value.
Session fees are $125 for one hour ($100 hour thereafter) and includes:
Photo shoot at event or location of your choice (within reason)
Between 40 - 60 edited, high-resolution photos (per hour)
Online private gallery to share your photos with family and