As a child, I grew up eating pasta — homemade gnocchi, fettuccine, bucatini amatriciana — you name it — my mum could just about make every type of pasta. One of my favorites of all her pasta dishes was her homemade Ciriole, with Napoli sauce. This dish was a traditional dish from my grandma’s home town in Terni, a city found in Umbria, Italy– and it didn’t matter what time of the day it was, pasta was always very comforting and even a snack!

When you have grown up your whole life eating pasta everyday for lunch there is no…

Meet My Sister! Wholesome Bellies Retreat Photoshoot

Meet Fiona: business owner, entrepreneur, food extraordinaire, veggie-lover, wife, mother, a do-er of all things, and the wearer of many hats! To me, she always has been and always will be my darling, darling sister.

Fiona is my younger sister and closest confidant. We went from sharing Barbies to sharing practically everything, from our greatest dreams to our business endeavours! She’s been a key ingredient to my own personal and professional development (especially the Kelani Photography journey!) and I’m so excited to share this special post with you about her greatest upcoming adventure…

Three Peas Marketing

For over twenty years, my husband and I owned our own business in the automotive industry. That business was our first baby, and the thing we loved most was the unique community vibe that I believe only comes with a local business. I have the same feeling about my current work with Kelani Photography — it’s scary, exciting, consuming, and rewarding — and every shoot, I fall in love with the people I meet and the relationships I capture.

When I first connected with the ladies from Three Peas Marketing, I knew that we were riding the…

If you’re asking, “What should we wear to the photoshoot?” — you’re not alone! It’s one of the most common questions I get. There are a lot of factors that come into play when choosing your wardrobe, like the shoot location, time of day, and the style of images you’re after. Here’s a handy list of tricks and tips on what to wear to your family photoshoot:

What to Wear

  • Neutral Colours: Remember this motto… “neutrals are everything”. Not only are earthy, neutrals the best colours to wear behind the camera, they’re also on-trend and versatile! White, beige, soft pastels, rust, greens —…

Cake, balloons, and rainbows… oh my! Talk about heaven for kids (and adults alike!) — this is it!

Last week I had a very special person come and visit the studio, one-year-old Sunday, and she quite literally lit up the room like the sun on a cloudy day! I’ve been wanting to shoot a cake smash since I first saw one on my Instagram feed. I think they capture the perfect balance between a stylized photoshoot and genuine emotion so perfectly. I only wish this shoot idea was around when my kids were babies! Instead, I have the very candid…

Location, Location, Location: How to Choose the Perfect Family Photoshoot Location

As the saying goes: location, location, location! If you’re thinking about a family photo shoot, it’s probably something that’s on your mind… where is the perfect location for our photoshoot?!

I count my blessings that I get to live somewhere as beautiful as the Gold Coast, and there are so many stunning spots for photoshoots. From the beach to the hinterland, to the studio, there are seriously endless options when it comes to shooting locations! …

There are a few new faces around here so I thought I’d re-introduce myself! I’m Paola, and I’m the owner and photographer behind Kelani Photography

A few years ago, my husband and I sold our automotive business of 25 years, and it was from there that my creative side really blossomed

Photography had always been a huge passion of mine, and when I found myself with more time and energy to pour into it, my humble little studio was born.

Kelani Photography is all about capturing connection; whether that’s between parents, children, partners, friends, colleagues, and more. The greatest connection…

As the saying goes: location, location, location! If you’re thinking about a family photo shoot, it’s probably something that’s on your mind… where is the perfect location for our photoshoot?!

I count my blessings that I get to live somewhere as beautiful as the Gold Coast, and there are so many stunning spots for photoshoots. From the beach to the hinterland, to the studio, there are seriously endless options when it comes to shooting locations! In this blog, I’ll talk you through some of my favourite photoshoot spots, and their pros and cons, for family photoshoots.

Beach

Beach photoshoots are…

Twin sisters are the perfect best friends! It’s double the giggles, double the grins, and double the trouble.

Meet Rose and Lily…

Preparing your kids for a photoshoot can feel like a bit of a daunting mission! And take it from me — the difference between a family that’s prepared and one that isn’t is definitely clear in the final product of the photos. Getting prepared doesn’t have to be a mammoth task. As a general rule of thumb, the most important thing to do is have an open conversation with them about what a photo shoot is, what they can expect, and why it’s important for you and your family.

I’ve worked with children for over three decades (and I have…

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