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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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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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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