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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What an amazing wedding day!  Holly & Matt celebrated with family and friends on their special day at the stunning Ayres House in Adelaide’s CBD.  The day was picture perfect and the ballroom set the scene for this celebration of love.  Thanks for allowing me to spend your wedding day with you both, it was a beautiful day.  Family and friends, you are welcome to download and enjoy the images from the day, you can access the password protected gallery here.  Enjoy!

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Engagement Party Photos AdelaideThe engagement party of 2014 – a fun night that went in to the early hours of the morning!  I can’t wait to catch up with everyone again in 2015 for the wedding of the year!  Its going to be amazing.  All the party photos can be found here.

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Engagement photo shoot   Pre wedding photos adelaideEngagement photo sessions are loads of fun – couples are keen to create images that are going to show their love for each other and have some fun, all without the pressure of a wedding day!  It’s the perfect opportunity to spend some one on one time with your professional photographer, getting to know each other and learning some trick and tips that will pay HUGE dividends on your big day.  I first met Adriana and Seth at another  family members wedding earlier this year – I’m thrilled you have chosen me to capture your big day – I already know its going to be amazing!

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With close to 20 years experience as a professional photographer there isn’t much I haven’t photographed.  Getting to photograph someones wedding day is an honor, and I can honestly say there isn’t a wedding in all my years I haven’t enjoyed (and there has been LOTS of weddings!!) being a part of and creating precious memories for a couple.

Family photography is just as rewarding.  I’ve photographed many families over the years – have seen the kids grow and change.  One year I can be jumping in muddy puddles and blowing raspberries to engage with the kids and then what seems like a blink of an eye I’m asking them what they want to do when they finish school.  There is no end of great places in Adelaide to have a family portrait session, we are really spoilt for choice.

Photographing a newborn baby is a great way to spend a morning.  Lots of snuggles and cuddles, and beautiful photos too of course.  More often than not, buy the end of a baby photography session the parents are wanting to take me home with them just to settle their new bundle.  Over the years I’ve learn’t lots of ways to calm a baby into a deep sleep – no two babies are ever the same so it’s always fun trying to work out what works for each baby.

Kids, kids, kids – I love photographing them and preschool photo days are always loads of fun.  It’s an early start to the day and its “action stations” from the minute you begin photographing the children.  I can see why people work in this industry (aside from all the challenges).  Kids never cease to amaze me with what they know, what they say and what will send them into hysterical laughter in an instant.  Over the years I’ve photographed a huge amount of kids and I love going back each year and catching up with them on photo day.  I miss the kids who have moved onto school  that I’ve got to know over the years – but I guess they all grow up, don’t they.

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Childcare photographers Adelaide

Throughout the year we service a large proportion of childcare centres throughout Adelaide, giving parents professional portraits of their childs pre school days.  Childcare photo days are a blast!  Its always an early start (my kids are my alarm clock so that’s never an issue) and by lunchtime we wrap up the photo day, allowing centres to “get back to normal”.

Our motto is simple – you bring the smile, we’ll do the rest….  and we have quite a few tricks up our sleeves for those little ones that relate better to an IPhone taking their photo, rather than a rather large black camera.  No two days are ever the same, and that’s half the fun – however our end goal never changes.  Provide parents and families quality photographs of their children that they will treasure for years to come.

Our childcare photo days fill fast in popular months – even though its only March now, if you are thinking about offering families a photo day, book now – the closer to Christmas we get, the busier we are with our centres.

Why choose us?

  • We are local to Adelaide, family owned and operated, servicing South Australia – not a national company
  • We offer a great range of packages starting at $20 and offer great family packs with savings
  • Innovative products families want including, digital files, magnets and key tags (and good old fashion prints as well!)
  • We believe in good old fashion customer service – we answer queries promptly and in person
  • We offer 100% satisfaction – if you don’t like your portraits, simply return them for a no questions asked refund

Photo day is fun, full of lots of giggles and silly play – we would love to add your centre to our family of happy clients. You can visit our testimonial page to see what some of our directors say about us!  See you on photo day. Tania


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Adelaide portrait photographyMeet the beautiful Isla – those golden curls and big blue eyes, not to mention the infectious personality.  Isla spent some time with me yesterday in Botanic Park for her family portrait session with mum and dad.  Photographing kids is always lots of fun, you never know where a session will take you.  Most children love running and exploring (code for finding muddy puddles), there are trees to climb, leaves to collect and as a photographer I love capturing the curiosity and excitement. Every child is different and each and every one will find something new, exciting and interesting to play with.  I love capturing the purity and innocence of a child.

Family portraits Botanic ParkSome of my favourite images from sessions are those where children are so engaged in what they are doing, they forget there is even a camera present. Collecting a large pile of Autumn leaves with your brother and throwing them at each other is much more fun than smiling for a camera – any day! Isla needed no warming up for her session, she was happy to chat with me about anything and everything, a gorgeous confident little lady.  Botanic park in Adelaide is always a favourite place for family photos, at the moment there is lots of lovely winter light shining through the trees that are ready to welcome spring and burst into life over the next few weeks. During our session yesterday there were patches of light that resembled portrait studio lighting.  I love creating family photographs with outdoor light without having the drag the studio along.

From now until November, its a great time to get the kids out in the park and update the family photos – they always prove popular for Christmas presents as well.  To see all the images from Isla’s session we would love you to visit our ever growing portrait gallery.
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