Photoplay Studios Sports Team Photography

It’s been a productive couple of months preparing for another busy year ahead. This past year we have been approached by several junior sporting clubs to cover their annual team photos and player portraits. It’s been a natural progression adding to our services as we specialise in photographing children of all ages.
We are thrilled with the positive feedback from our clients, and in 2018 welcome any club looking for a business that along with ensuring everyone is looking their best, is skilled at getting 12 year old boys to smile (yes it can be hard sometimes, but we love a challenge).
We offer a SPEEDY turnaround and have your photo packs back to your club within a month as we know everyone is keen to get their photos back asap. We only use professional quality photographic paper to give you the best possible image, every time.
We offer a range of packages for families, and customise the packs to suit YOUR club – there is nothing we can’t do. We ensure your club logo, colours and branding, as well as sponsors are included on your custom designed artwork. We even help you fundraise for your club, without hard work by your committee – leave that up to us!
We offer a full service studio with professional equipment, a range of modern backdrops to choose from and photographers who have been working in the industry for well over a decade. We are accredited members of the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography).
If your sporting club would like to add a team photo day to their calendar, or perhaps is looking for a fresh approach to what has remained relatively unchanged for decades, please get in touch via the contact form (or pick up the phone if you want to speak to a real person). We can get to know each other a bit better and work on creating a long lasting partnership for your sporting club.


Photoplay Studios Kindy Graduation Photos

Well here we are on the very last day of year another year, and what a year it’s been!

In 2017 I’ve photographed thousands of childcare and Kindy kids for their annual photo day.  Some of these children were first photographed when they were in the Nursery room; they are now leaving to start school for the first time in 2018.  I have also had MANY school aged children attend photo days with their younger siblings – these school children I photographed as well when they attended childcare – boy they grow up fast!

I’m truly grateful to be able to wake up every day (even the super early starts…) and go to work each day.  My “job” is to play silly games, make 4 year old jokes and ultimately make kids smile!  All of this captured on camera, so as parents we can look back in 5, 10 or 20 years time in awe of how little, cute and innocent our gorgeous preschoolers were.    I won’t lie, it’s LOTS of hard work and there are many late nights on the computer and packing orders after photo day, but it’s ever so worth it when just one parent lets me know they adore their child photos.

Late this year, Kindy graduation photos were added to the Photoplay Studios service offering on a large scale.  It’s been a hit!  In 2018 I’ll be adding this service commencing July each year and running through until late November.  Hearing the children talk excitedly about attending school for the first time is something I love – their excitement and anticipation is infectious!  All current clients will have access to this service, and I’m sure there are going to be many new clients accessing our services for their Kindy families.  Exciting times ahead!  If you want to read a little more click here.

It’s never too early to book for graduation photos – our calendar gets VERY full towards the end of each year (my kids don’t see much of me late term 3 and most of term 4…).  Just this year, I had a centre contact me after Christmas – they saw a one of our graduating Kindy kids and booked.

Lastly, I’d like to say thank you….it really has been an incredible year.  Without each and every client (many of you have become friends along the journey) my life would look very different.  It really is a privilege to revisit centres every year to capture children as they grow.  I love the relationships I’ve made and the families I’ve met along the way.  May you all have a safe and Happy New Year, and enjoy what 2018 has to offer.  Tania x


Childcare Photography Adelaide TipsEvery week during the school year I visit childcare centres and kindergartens across Adelaide to photograph hundreds of children enjoying their preschool years.  I often get asked, what should I dress my child in for their photo day?  The whole idea of creating preschool photos is to show your child in those formative years prior to school and with  a little bit of wardrobe planning for your photo day,  you will end up with fantastic photos you want to put on your walls!

With well over a decade as a professional portrait photographer, I’ve put together a list of suggestions, to help you select your child’s wardrobe.  If you read no further, remember these two points: Stay true to your child’s personality and consider comfortable clothing for the day.

Staying Comfortable on Photo Day

During your child’s photo shoot it’s important they are comfortable in their clothing. Ensure buttons don’t pucker if selecting a shirt for photo day.  In most cases photos are generally “from the waist up”, meaning that children’s pants or skirts rarely feature in the photographs.  Don’t worry about sending your children to childcare in their newest shoes, they won’t be in the photos. Choose a hairstyle that will be comfortable for your child and will keep their hair out of their eyes.  Whilst we don’t groom children on photo day, if we feel a child hairstyle needs attention, we will always check with an educator prior to taking photographs to ensure they are looking their best.

Choosing Clothing

Before pulling out every dress your daughter owns (or getting online and finding that dream outfit you always wanted an excuse to purchase) consider your home decor.  It may sound like a strange place to start, but you may want to display your child’s portraits around your home. If you want a classic look to remember their preschool years – consider clothing with texture – knits and single colour patterns work wonderfully for boys and girls, block colours and collars draw your attention to your child’s face.

For a timeless look, it’s best to choose clothing without branding or logos, it’s just not going to stand the test of time on your lounge room wall.  Having said that, many of us have children who would spend their life in “dress ups” (my youngest included!) and if this is the personality of your child and you want to reminisce on how care free they were before heading to school, then their favourite superhero costume can bring out their spirited personality and make you smile every time you look back at their photos over the years..

Colour Selections

When guiding families regarding colours for group portrait sessions, my advice includes avoiding bright and bold colours when there are a group of people being photographed together.  These bold colours can be overpowering and the portrait session is about the people, not the clothes.  Childcare portraits are a little different,  it’s a portrait of your child and for many children bold colours look fantastic!  On photo day, I’m always considering what a child is wearing and what backgrounds will compliment the child’s attire to make the child the star of the portrait, it’s something I do instinctively after many years of photographing in kindergartens.  If you are a family with more than one child at childcare and you are choosing to have a sibling photo taken, lay the kids clothes out together on the bed in the days leading up to photo day.  Are they cohesive?  Does any one item of clothing jump out at you?  If so, change it for another item that blends with the mix.   Classic colours that work for both genders are cream & beige, both light and dark grey tones, blues, greys and dusty pinks.


Above all, don’t let choosing your child’s photo day outfit become overwhelming.  If you (or your child) have a particular outfit already chosen for their childcare photos, go with it – your child’s smile will win everyone’s heart –  Every. Single. Time.


SPLS 2017 Sports DaySchool Sports Day 2017 – well done Neumann!  Another fantastic school sports day with lots of colour, competition and most of all, team spirit.  The photo gallery is full again this year with lots of action shots from the day.  Parents are welcome to download their favourite photos from the day.  This gallery will be available until Friday 5th May 2017.  See you all again next year!

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Adelaide Childcare Photography

Cheese is delicious, not for the camera!


Where on earth did this expression “cheese” come from?  Really, it’s a wonderful edible delicacy that derives from dairy products – how did it end up as something we teach our children to say when they look at a camera?

Each and every year I photograph many hundreds of preschool children (I now tell people when they ask what I do “I’m a professional photographer and I specialise in photographing children under the age of 5”) it’s NOT for the feint hearted.  Working with young children is rewarding and keeps the child inside me alive.  My job requires me to get kids to relax in front of the camera and play instead of realising I’m there to photograph them, with some kids it’s easy, with others, not so much.

I’m after those genuine smiles, not the teeth grinding, stiff lipped, mum told me I HAVE to smile for the photographer today smile.  How do I achieve this?  It varies with every child, and as part of my daily workflow, I have about 1.6 seconds to work out.  Is little Jonny is excited, scared, shy or brimming with excitement to be my supermodel for a few minutes in front of my camera?  It has to be intuitive with each and every child I photograph.

My job is to capture YOUR child, give you a professional quality photograph and pay attention to the little details that can make or break a photo that is going to be with your family for many years to come. It is a momento from your child’s pre-school years, and as time goes by, these become increasingly more and more precious.  That’s something I take incredibly seriously.  Each and every child’s preschool photograph that makes the “grade” has the Mummy Test (the measure I use every time I photograph in childcare centres).  It’s one simple question:  Would I be happy receiving this photograph as a parent?  Each and every photo I prepare for parents HAS to meet this test.

After more than a decade of working with young children, I still love the daily challenge of creating great preschool portraits.  I don’t just want to record your child’s childcare and kindy photos, I want to create amazing photographs that make you smile every time you look back on this fleeting time in your families life.

I photograph in preschool centres from as far north in the Barossa, Noarlunga in the south and  Murray Bridge in the east.  Here is a little more info about Photoplay Studios Childcare Photography service.

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Photographing your 2 week old baby

This is the age photographers class your baby as a “newborn” and like to have photographed your baby before its 2 week old birthday.  Between one and two weeks of age, your baby spends quite a large portion of the day sleeping and tends to doze off if they are content.  Newborn up to this age are also still curly and as a photographer, I love to curl them up and show just how small they are, as they are not this small for very long at all!


Photographing your 4 week old baby (1 month old)

Your little baby is growing at a rapid rate, they are starting to get those gorgeous squishy rolls.  With most one month old babies, I don’t expect they will sleep for their entire session, some babies choose not to sleep at all – they are becoming more interested in their surroundings by the day.  I still like to wrap them up, it makes them feel secure and in many cases it helps get them off to sleep a little easier for a few sleeping photos.  Babies are not nearly as flexible at this age, it’s never a problem, but parents need to be aware that some of the “newborn” poses they like, simply won’t work on a 4 week old.  That being said, your 4 week old will still fit in many “newborn” props and in the studio I’ve got plenty of beautiful outfits to fit these “older newborns”.


Photographing your 6 week old baby

By 6 weeks of age, I personally classify your baby as a baby, not newborn.  Their personality is starting to shine and you can get some great facial expressions during your session.  It’s also a week where some babies chose to have a “wonder week”, they can be unsettled for no obvious reason and at times can take a bit more comforting to settle.  It’s never an issue, I always work with each individual baby and go with the flow, ensuring baby is happy and settled throughout the session, sometimes this means having a little extra cuddle time with mum or dad before we start photographing again.  It’s a great age and if you haven’t had newborn photos as yet, make sure you book now before they grow up too much more and loose that “little” baby look.


Photographing your 8 week old baby (2 months old)

Look out world, here I come!  Your baby at 2 months is great at giving eye contact, in most cases can handle small amounts of tummy time (not all babies like this at this age), and will be awake for their session.  Very few babies at this age will spend any time sleeping during their session – there are too many interesting things going on!  It make for gorgeous images of parents and baby interacting.  We still break as needed throughout the session as bubs will work up an appetite with all the interaction and changing poses etc.


Photographing your 10 week old baby

Your baby is starting to explore the world and in most cases has discovered their hands and feet.  They have better muscle control and can spend a few extra minutes with tummy time.  They are wide eyed and love having a chat whilst we create some beautiful portraits.  A beautiful age.


Photographing your 12 week old baby (3 months old)

Smiles are becoming more and more frequent and at 3 months of age, it’s a lovely age to capture.  Still a couple of months from sitting up, we spend time alternating from poses on the back to tummy, as well as photos with mum and dad.  I tend not to wrap babies at this age, they are far to strong to be held with a wrap, instead I’ve got a large range of both boys and girls rompers to use throughout the session.  Some families like to dress their babies in a special outfit for the photo session at this age.  Choosing clothes that have stretch, fit snugly and are comfortable for baby is extremely important.  Babies that are lying down during their session look uncomfortable in clothing like cotton shirts or denim jeans etc as it restricts their movement, and inevitably we get a great expression, but a shirt is not sitting right (they tend to scrunch up or gape constantly – and bub gets annoyed quickly when we are constantly adjusting a shirt instead of having fun).  The studio has a great range of appropriate clothing for your session, we have a chat prior to your visit to discuss your style and preferences to ensure you will love your baby portraits!

Baby Photography 4 months old

Photographing your 4 month old baby

The world becomes hilarious – well for this little one it was!  Very similar to the 3 month old in terms of the variety we can include in your photography session, however at this age, you can sit some babies up with support for a brief time to capture just how clever they are!

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What to wear to a family portrait session

Preparing the family for your portrait photography session

One of the most time consuming tasks in preparing for a family portrait session is getting the families clothes ready, it’s not a decision you want to be leaving until the 11th hour.  With careful planning and consideration, you will be setting your family portraits up to be timeless, something you will admire for years to come.

Creating your family portraits is important – lets face it, you finally got your hubby/partner to agree to being photographed, a little bit of planning for your portrait day will go a long way.  I’ve put together a list of suggestions, to help you select your family wardrobe.  The most important thing to remember is to stay true to your families personality as your photos will hang in your home for many years to come.

Before pulling out every dress your daughter owns (or getting online and finding that dream outfit you always wanted an excuse to purchase) consider your family decor.  It may sound like a strange place to start, but you are going to display your family portraits around your home, a cohesive look and feel in your portraits will stand the test of time in the living areas of your home.  You want a classic look and not a “moment in time” to remember that your son was a mad keen ninja turtle fan.

Staying Comfortable

During your photo shoot you are going to having fun as a family, snuggling and giggling with your kids.  Make sure your clothing choices for the whole family are comfortable.  I’m not suggesting you wear your yoga pants but please ensure you and the kids can move comfortably in your clothes.  Ensure your buttons don’t pucker, it’s just not flattering and if you are a little self conscience about your weight, wear sleeves that at least come to your elbow.  Your arms take up more skin area than your face, drawing attention to them.  Keep your jewellery simple so it does not detract from your face, wear a “normal” amount of makeup and if you are planning on having a haircut, arrange to have it done 2 weeks prior to your photo shoot.  On the day, choose a hairstyle suitable for the conditions on the day.  You don’t want to be constantly fighting the wind with stray hairs over your face for your beach family portrait session.  If you plan on a spray tan, please don’t overdo it as you will end up looking too orange.  If you have very young children, I would suggest forgoing the spray tan altogether, children have very fair skin and its quite noticeable if mum decided on a tan for the photo shoot…not a good look.

Choosing Clothing

Lets start with shoes.  You can put the most adorable outfit on the kids but if you don’t give consideration to their shoes and throw their everyday sneakers (which didn’t get cleaned after a trip to the river last weekend) on as you are walking out the door it can spoil the outfit.  You don’t need to purchase new shoes, however please ensure they are clean and neat prior to your session.  If you are having a photo session in the studio – forget the shoes altogether – we use flokati rugs etc and the kids look great in bare feet.  Please choose clothing without branding or logos, it’s just not going to stand the test of time on your lounge room wall.  If you have little girls (under 2) in your family and you plan on putting them in a dress, consider how the dress sits on them when they sit on the ground.  In most cases it’s best to put a cute little nappy cover on them as inevitably we end up with the most beautiful smile, but they have not yet learn’t “how to be a lady” and we end up with them flashing their nappy – spoiling the shot.

Colour Selections

Clothing colour choices make the portrait and you want them to be a non issue.  Avoid bright reds oranges, neons and hot pink (any bright colours really).  These can overpower and the portrait session is about the people, not the clothes.  Choosing solid colours, muted tones and similar tones for both tops and bottoms works great, it’s easier to see all your faces and no individual person stands out. If you chose a white top and dark pants, it will make your top look bigger, the reverse will make your butt look bigger.  It helps to choose a base colour and then build one or two accent colours from there for your group portrait – you want clothes that go well together but don’t exactly match.  Knits photograph well and collars frame the face.  Its a great idea to “google” family portrait photos and scroll through the hundreds of photos  – you will soon see what images you are draw to and which images don’t suit your family style.  It also helps to show you a visual of which colours and tone work well together.  Classic colours that work for both genders are cream & beige, both light and dark grey tones, blues and greys.

I hope this info has helped narrow down your family clothing choices for your upcoming portrait session.  So long as no-one turns up in a neon spacesuit or paisley “onesie” you will look great!

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Kids photos AdelaideSchool holidays have been and gone – its been quite a while since I’ve taken time out to photograph my own kids.  I fixed that last week!  My eldest boy is loosing teeth at a rate of knots and growing up in so many ways.  My baby boy – as a kindy kid makes me smile with his fascination and enthusiasm for his world.  To top it all off, they are both enjoying each others company and for the most part playing harmoniously together. It’s a beautiful age and I’m soaking it up!  This photo was a result of dragging a toy wagon a good distance through the park on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in the hope of getting a photo of my 2 boys having some fun.  A small slope, fallen Autumn leaves and a desire to crash in to the bushes at the bottom of the “hill” resulted in portraits of my boys that will make it to my walls!  These photos are not just pictures to me – they are a beautiful memory of a wonderful outing with my boys – carefree spirits – and a time in their lives where life is wonderful, without pressure.  I really am living the dream – I get to enjoy my kids by taking time out during the school holidays, and have a career that I love – not too many people can say that, and I’m grateful.  Life is good. x

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Toddler PortraitsBotanic Park family photography Child Photography in Adelaide Family Photography 2015 Welcome to 2015!  Its been a busy start to the year with lots of family portraits in and around Adelaide – and plenty more to follow in the coming weeks.  This was an extra special session, we had family visit from interstate, its been 12+ months since photographing my brothers family, so it was time to head down to the park and update their family album!  I can’t wait to catch up lots of my clients in the next 12 months to add to their family photo collections.

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Childrens portrait photgoraphyMy first family portrait session today was bright and early.  I love photographing early in the day – the light is fantastic for portraits and always seems to look just that little bit better – well worth getting out of bed for! The weather was a bit wild but instead of fighting it, we went with the flow.  These 3 were so much fun I could hardly call it work.  The full portrait gallery from this session can be found here.