the lidster family … [portrait]

I have SO many photos to blog, I’m not sure where to start.

So I’ll start with Deb, Scott and their 3 beautiful girls. Remember Asha? The one who was a baby at their wedding? Yeah, well she’s all grown up now 🙂

Here are my favourites from their family session at Blackbutt. Enjoy!

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4 May 2010 - 4.16pm

cecily - These are gorgeous Luke!

30 April 2010 - 6.04pm

Bernadette - Oh my goodness how little Asha has grown. Such a wonderful family. They look very happy. Well done Luke.

photography course registrations now open

I’m pleased to report that your next opportunity to learn photography with us starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday 18 May!

For the benefit of any non-night-owls who might be attending, we’ll be keeping the break short and trying to finish up by 9pm each evening, so you’ll need to bring your dinner with you, or eat beforehand. I’ll remain available for further discussion until 9.30pm 😉

Click here for full details. Please note that the course structure has changed slightly; we’ve allocated less time to off-camera flash, and more time to portraiture.

We’ve already received strong interest in this second incarnation of our photography course, so register soon to avoid disappointment!

UPDATE: I don’t have any reviews from current students to share yet, but I’m hoping some of them will leave some love in the comments!

28 April 2010 - 12.34pm

Tricia - I just registerd…Yay! I cannot wait. Thank you 🙂

27 April 2010 - 9.50am

Alex Krause - This course will appeal to amateurs and professionals alike. It has a solid grounding in theory and provides opportunities to practise new-found knowledge. My favourite parts of the course have been the fieldwork and the support/feedback gained on the Forum. Luke is both a talented photographer and patient teacher – he provides clear instructions and makes lessons engaging. This course will spur you on to read further and explore new forms of photography. It is also a great way to meet other people in Newcastle who are passionate about photography. I would be interested in any future advanced courses Luke decides to run, having thoroughly enjoyed the last 8 weeks.

21 April 2010 - 8.44am

Jessica Smith - “Say no to Cheese- the course” has now been renamed to “Maybe move the cow”
Until i started this cause i had basically no knowledge about photography what so ever, i could pick up a camera and point and shoot. My camera was always on auto mode and im sad to say that i even struggled to get a nice photo with this.
I can now confidently take photos using only manual mode, which for me in its self is an achievement just to be able to get a photo thats in focus!
this course has taught me more than i could have hoped for, from the basics, to being able to get a photo that is worth framing!
for me i knew that i had improved and the course was worth it, while i was looking through photos after week 4 and my husband said to me “wow luke photo is great!!” and with a smile i was able to say that’s my photo!!

the only thing i can say that is wrong with the course is that it does not go long enough!! 🙂 , i dont want it to end! arhahaha
Luke i think your going to be a busy man, cause im putting my name down for the intermediate course!! so you need to start writing it!!
i can honestly recommend this course to anyone, it perfect for beginners and you will come out after the 8 weeks and be proud of your photos and you wont want to put your camera down!

20 April 2010 - 6.04pm

wanda ulrich - Hi, my name is Wanda, my husband bought me a SLR Digital camera for my birthday last year and I had no idea how to use it. I have only ever used the digital camera that came from k-mart or somewhere like that, so I thought I should learn to use the SLR properly so I could take better pictures of my growing family. In the last 6 weeks I have learnt a lot about how to use a flash, how to bounce the flash of different things (e.g. walls ceilings) I also learnt about ISO, shutter speed and aperture. With this knowledge, I have since taken a lot of photo with the new view and knowledge of the way to use my camera. If I hadn’t done the course I would still be struggling or using the auto function that is on the camera. At this moment, I would just like to say thank you Luke for all your patients and understand while teaching the course I have learnt a lot about my camera, and how to use it properly also I have the confident that I did not have before I did the course so again I say thank you
Comment posted Wanda

meet dainere

Dainere is 12 years old.

Just over a year ago, she was diagnosed with a malignant and aggressive brain tumour.

Since then, nothing has been the same for Dainere, her parents Yvonne and Stephen, and her siblings Nalani and Jarrett.

You can read all about it in her book, “You have to go through a storm to get to a rainbow”, which launches this week. It’s an adaptation of Dainere’s blog, where she continues to write with extraordinary maturity and candour about her journey with cancer.

I was able to spend a couple of hours with Dainere and her family while I was in Canberra last weekend, and I feel so blessed to have met them! It’s rare to see this much love, courage and humour in one family, and seeing it in the face of such adversity leaves a lasting impression.

Anyway, enough words. Here are some photos, all taken in or near Dainere’s home. Also starring Tinkerbell and Theodore. Enjoy 🙂

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Thanks so much to the Anthoney family for welcoming me into your lives to have these photos taken! I feel richer for having met you. Dainere, I’m sorry I can’t make it to your book launch, but I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic, and I can’t wait to read all about it on your blog!

Thanks also to Carol Duncan from 1233 ABC Newcastle and Tess from the Starlight Children’s Foundation for making this very special portrait session happen. Twitter helped, too 😉

In the lead-up to Dainere’s book launch, her story was featured on Stateline recently. Click here to check it out.

To buy Dainere’s book, click here. Proceeds will be donated to brain tumour research. I’m off to pre-order mine now 🙂

13 May 2010 - 11.09am

Anna - Luke, you are a brilliant photographer with a kind and generous heart – congratulations!

22 April 2010 - 6.05pm

Leanne - Luke, Dainere’s spirit is beautiful and so are these photos.

21 April 2010 - 1.48pm

Ian and Ellen Newhouse - Dear Luke
We are Dainere’s grandparents and want to compliment you on the beautiful photos you have taken of our family, especially those of our beautiful Dainere.

20 April 2010 - 8.03am

melanie - as always fantastic

19 April 2010 - 11.11am

Denise - Such a beautiful girl and a lovely family, the photos are just way above special.

19 April 2010 - 9.31am

Deb - beautiful…as always

19 April 2010 - 8.28am

Bernadette - What a beautiful family! What a strong, amazing, beautiful young girl with a cheeky grin. You have done a great job Luke, such a special gift for Dainere and her family.

19 April 2010 - 8.15am

steph - wow… i love these photos and i don’t know them… can only dimly imagine how wonderful they will be for dainere’s family and friends… and for dainere herself! that brave young girl is already a star, but it looks like you probably made her feel like one too 🙂

19 April 2010 - 8.02am

Carol Duncan - Oh Luke, they are so very beautiful … I’m crying just going through them!

Thank you so much for offering to help Dainere and her family, and for truly understanding how significant your gift will become to them.

I wish we could do this for EVERY sick child … and it pains me that we can’t … but here’s one amazing girl whose dream is coming true.

Thank you!


greetings from sydney airport

I’m writing this from Gate 35 at Sydney Airport’s domestic terminal.

Hayley and Fitz are getting married tomorrow, and I’m off to Canberra to shoot it. Can’t wait!

I’ll also be photographing a very special family in Canberra on Sunday morning. More on that later.

Meanwhile, an update on our photography course!

It’s been dubbed “say no to cheese (the course)” and we’re more than halfway through the first one. I’ve been really pleased with how much everyone has been improving, and I’m pretty sure all 8 students have been enjoying themselves! I’ll share some of their photos in a future post (if they let me) 😉

We’re in the process of finalising dates for the next course, but it looks like we’ll be going for Tuesday nights, 6.30pm to 9.00pm, from 18 May to 6 July. Registrations will open soon, but if you’d like to get a 24-hour head start on everyone else, email ASAP!

And because a post with no photo is hardly a post at all, here’s a recent one of Josiah in his new pram 🙂

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