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Jonas Peterson

I am not one to attend tons of workshops and seminars or follow many photographers work. I find too much clouds my sight and I stop seeing how I see.

I do, however, at the beginning of each year, work out what I need in terms of inspiration and growth and plan for 1-3 workshops a year.

On Tuesday I attended Jonas Peterson’s workshop called ” A greater story ” . It was absolutely wonderful. Truly what I needed.  Jonas is a world class wedding photographer, in fact, voted in the top 10 in the world. I have adored his emotive, delicate, gentle, story telling style for several years and he has been on my list to go and see speak, was so excited when he decided to visit little ol’ Adelaide.

The workshop had very little to do with photography. Which pleased me. I don’t need to learn to pose or shoot. It was about the human spirit, about being your authentic self, being brave, taking chances, being real and honest and your story being a part of your uniqueness in business. And about rather than being a story teller when you shoot, but a good listener. Shoot what you see, not what you create.

All of which I believe in, and live by. It just reinforced and taught me new things, spoken by a man who although super confident, competitive, crazy successful and driven is quite shy, quietly spoken, down to earth and humble from what I perceived.

I loved sitting and listening to Jonas’s story. His vulnerability, his struggles. The balancing act and realization that as a photographer, a busy one, you become a spectator in people’s lives. The loneliness and solitude of that takes its toll. I have been doing that for years, 17 years in my business and 25 in the industry, dedicated my life to my business and other people’s stories that it rang very true to my heart. In the last few years I have taken stock and worked towards more life balance, trying to find tools to shut off before and after the adrenaline high and emotional roller coaster of massive all day shoots.

This was one of the best days I have had in ages :)

Below are a few or my favourite of Jonas’s wedding images as well as some shots taken of the workshop by Pete Thornton, one of Adelaide’s lovely and super talented photographers. Pete’s studio is on his country property just out of Gawler and it reminded me very much of what my life is about to become as I move out of the big smoke and build my studio in the Adelaide Hills.

It was a very inspiring day all round and I drove home feeling grounded and carrying a happy heart

Kerin xx

AIPP Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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Business Coaching

I have a business coach / mentor, Richard Verco of Rawson Verco Accountants, who I have been working with for about 18 months. It has been the best money I have ever spent on my business in 17 years of being self employed. Richard has been my financial advisor since I first started in business in 1997 and has watched my business grow and as it got busier and busier, watched me continually spin wheels and try keep a handle on it, he would help when he could. He then became a qualified business coach and so I jumped on board.  I was seeing him once every 3 weeks for the first year and now I see him once every 2 months.

I studied photography when I was 19 – 23 and got my Diploma in Commercial Photography. I worked for labs, newspapers and studios from 17 – 27years old and then went out on my own and have been in my own photography business trading under my name for 17 years. I have no formal business training, my business has been run on passion and heart and common sense. All I ever wanted to do was be a photographer and be my own boss from very young.

And so this has helped me out of this world. Things are still crazy busy.  I am also without my darling assistant at the moment and have been for months as she is expecting a little bubby ( very exciting !!! )  and she has been very ill :( but this will not be forever.  We love working together and I adore having her here and am excited for when things go back to normal for us both.

  My work is monitored, goals are measurable and actioned, workflow is better. I get incredibly exhausted as I work very long hours but things are on the improve in terms of life balance and health and will only get so much better over the next year.

Some massive goals have been ticked off in the last couple of months and this would not have been possible without the help, guidance, wisdom and care of my coach. He is the best thing since sliced bread and I am forever grateful that the universe presented him to me when I needed it.

Every successful athlete has a coach, they would be lost without one. I feel exactly the same. How can I be reach my potential in business without an external advisor, a mentor, a coach ?

In a month’s time I will move back to the Adelaide Hills, out of the big smoke and build my studio separate to my house which will help me shut off when I need to as working from inside my home has been a constant struggle for years. I am a workaholic and I need a door to shut :) I have lived in the city for 12 years as I built my business and reputation but now I am established and have a strong following, I can move back home to the Hills, be closer to my mum and family and have a country life xx ( and maybe marry a farmer with a land drover defender, swoon and a border collie, hee hee )

I have been a photographer for 25 years and I still am very passionate and in love with what I do.

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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( I need to get a pic of me and my coach :) )

Tamra + George ~ 21.2.15 ~ First Look

Tamra + George ~ 21.2.15 ~ First Look Album

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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Carly and Keith

Carly and Keith’s ” Antique Vintage ”  wedding day on the 13th December 2015 at Howard’s Winery in the Adelaide Hills was breathtaking. Colours of ivory and nude, wild posies, mason jars and at one of my favourite venues, right near my home town where I grew up.

Carly and Keith and their wonderful bridal party laughed, supported and joked together all day. I had a great time photographing them all.

Carly and Keith met at work in 2010 and clicked instantly. They love travelling, wining and dining and Keith proposed on a little remote beach in Borneo in 2013. They live in Adelaide with their 2 dogs and cat, Max, Ruby and Eva :)

I loved capturing this part of their love story

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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Heidi and Darius

                           On the 7th December last year, 2014 I photographed the gorgeous wedding day of Heidi and Darius at Glen Ewin Estate, Haughton, South Australia.  I posted a first look and now this is a ” BIG ” blog post.

With a ” Whimsical Romantic ” feel this wedding, or magical summer day as Heidi described her vision was so pretty with the colours of pink, mint and gold, gyp flowers, wooden rustic touches and fresh posies in mason jars. I love the unique look of the long floral maxi dresses and the relaxed grey suits with no jackets, just vests.

Heidi and Darius met working in a supermarket about 9 years ago and clicked instantly. Darius proposed in Rome in front of the Trevi fountain !

I don’t normally shoot two weddings in a row, only one a weekend as they are very exhausting but occasionally I get an enquiry for one I can’t refuse and this was one of them.

Thank you Heidi and Darius for asking me to capture your love story

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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Teegan and Leon

I recently did a ” First Look ” Blog post of Teegan and Leon’s wedding day on 6.12.14. This is a extensive big blog :)

” An enchanted Forest ” was the inspiration behind their beautiful wedding. With gold and white as the colour scheme, nude blush dresses, tuxedos and lotus flowers it was a very elegant event. It was big, it was loud, it was fun.

Married up on a hill in a valley of trees at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens and then the reception at the National Wine Centre.

I loved the day, it was full of laughter and love.

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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Kim and Jude ~ 7.2.15 ~ First Look

Kim and Jude

Married 7.2.15 ~ Stangate House, Aldgate and Press Club, Adelaide

First Look

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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I have finally found my house

I’ve been looking for over a year and have FINALLY bought this humble, magical 150 year old house on a huge block with big sweeping gums.

Has a beautiful presence, a warm rustic charm, a rambling perfect floorplan, lovely garden and the most amazing place to build my studio nestled in the trees and birds. A lifetime goal and dream come true

It’s in Strathalbyn, South Australia … a sweet little town I have always loved in the Adelaide hills and not far from the beaches and the lakes.

It’s not been easy to decide to leave Largs Bay area, Adelaide where I live but my heart has worked through it and it is only 20 minutes from the nearest beach and I am excited about a tree change.

Back to my roots of being a country girl at heart and closer to my Mum, sisters and family. And lots of room for a doggy or two !!! And an easy 50 minute drive from the big smoke.

Feels very VERY right and I am over the moon flipping happy

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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Chris, Melinda, Leila and Luke :)

A couple of weeks ago I photographed this lovely family … Chris, Melinda, Leila and Luke. I shot Chris and Melinda’s wedding in 2010, then Leila at about 18 months with Shona Henderson under our Two Little Birdies Banner and then now.

My favourite part of my job and business is meeting couples and watching their families grow with my camera :)

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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Bec and Brett …

22nd November 2014 ~ a rainy forecast which ended up being a cracking day for Bec and Brett’s very sweet wedding day at Waverley Estate, Port Elliot. Such a pretty day with the colours of mint, pink, peach and cream and a French Provincial Vintage styling theme. A church wedding in Victor was followed by a relaxed and fun cocktail party around the pool with their nearest and dearest.

Bec and Brett … totally smitten. It was such a treat to hang out with them for the day and capture their divine love story

Kerin xx

Master Photographer

Kerin Burford Photography

http://www.kerinburford.com

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