My Favourite Shot of 2011

So, 2011. That’s it. All over. Finished.

It’s been a fun year, if not a bit life changing. Having Saffron about has been lots of hard work, smelly and a heap of fun.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired or hit with so many trips to the doctor (we have a VIP card there now!).  Everything is looking clearer as the year ends, we have had some more sleep, even sleeping in to 7.30 on occasion!


The hardest but most rewarding aspect of 2011 has been doing a couple of Heartfelt sessions. It’s something that completely destroys me for a few days afterwards, my thought are always on the families. I have the knowledge that the service is priceless and it is something I can give that will be some of the most treasured photos I’ll ever take. If you aren’t aware of Heartfelt, please click the link at the bottom of the page.

2012 is looking pretty full on from Photobat’s view. We will still be taking some fantastic photography with some more shoot types in the works as well as everything we have been doing this year.
There are a heap of weddings that I’m looking forward to, some local and one not so local (look out Hawaii and Adelaide!). It’s been great getting to know the couples and helping them on their road to the big day.

New website will land in the first couple of months, we will have a bit of a launch party at the Top Shots 2011, which will be held sometime in February/March.

Special thanks to everyone for letting us into your lives either through letting us photograph you, by coming to one of our events or even just visiting us online at our blog and Facebook sites. Extra special thanks to all the families who have returned to us to update their photo stories, it truly Is the best part of the job watching families grow.

We love meeting you, hearing your stories, creating artworks and sharing our stories with you.

As for my favourite photo of the year. I thought about it for about a second and only one image came to mind. I just realised it didn’t even blog it and its never going to win awards. I peeked early with this shot being taken in the first week of 2011. This shot takes me back to a hot day, everyone exhausted and knowing  the little touch of a little hand makes everything alright.

Thanks again for being great, reading, looking, smiling, laughing with me this year. I can’t wait for next year (lucky it’s only a few hours away).


Ps. Photographers, I know you are out there. Post up a link in the comments to your favourite shot/blog post of the year. I’d love to see them.

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  • alyda
    Posted at 10:47h, 30 December Reply

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww i can see why it’s your favourite. so beautiful!

  • Matt
    Posted at 11:44h, 30 December Reply

    Love this shot. So much feeling!

  • Iain
    Posted at 11:48h, 30 December Reply

    Hi Alan, it’s been a similar year for us with a little addition to the family back in Feb. I can’t pick a favourite, so the link is to my blog post from last week with a few favourites in it. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts this year. Have a great 2012 and I look forward to seeing/reading more. Cheers, Iain (…and if you’re wondering who the hell that is, I’m a friend of Brad and Elisha Deegan and met you briefly at PMA this year)

  • Iain
    Posted at 11:49h, 30 December Reply

    Just noticed the link didn’t come through. Here ’tis:

  • Tony
    Posted at 13:27h, 30 December Reply

    Yes, I am one of the photogs that trawl your site, mainly looking for inspiration. I use you and Jonathan Wherrett as my yardsticks as you both have the three components that are of the upmost importance to me: shooting style, treatment and consistency…

    My favourite photo for the year is the first in this post. I wish someone captured me taking this shot as it was difficult, due to the fact that the bride was short and the window was too tall – she ended up standing on a chair to elevate. I too, was on a chair but crouching – I always end up with sore legs on a Sunday.

    I love your stuff.

    Regards – Tony

  • Ash
    Posted at 15:53h, 30 December Reply

    Beautiful shot Alan. Can’t wait to see what adventures are in store for you in 2012. Also, bring on October !

  • Joh
    Posted at 23:07h, 30 December Reply

    Love it!
    Looking forward to 2012!
    Happy New Year to you 3!
    P.S. We officially have a walker – a 3 toothed walker. 🙂

  • Jo
    Posted at 23:10h, 30 December Reply

    Love it!
    Looking forward to 2012!
    Happy New Year you 3!
    P.S. we officially have a walker – a 3 toothed walker

  • Stew
    Posted at 12:23h, 03 January Reply

    Beautiful words and beautiful image Al! Love it! 😀

  • Alan
    Posted at 21:00h, 03 January Reply

    Thanks Ash, looking forward to October!
    And Jo, we have a runner with 6 teeth and signs of more to come!

    Thanks Matt, Alyda and Stew, would love to see your top images from last year.

    Iain and Tony thanks for your comments, i’m on the way to your blogs now

  • Tori
    Posted at 21:15h, 03 January Reply

    That is beautiful and just what I needed. Love love love xxx

  • Chelsea Parsons
    Posted at 21:32h, 03 January Reply

    awww, such a beautiful little family. Well done on all the hard work for the last year Alan and V xx

  • Alan
    Posted at 09:31h, 04 January Reply

    Thanks Tori, glad to help your needs!

    Thanks Chelsea, more hard work is coming up this year!

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