3 Cheeky Monkeys: Bentleigh

It's been a while since I blogged.  And a family to boot!

I really loved this session for it's simplicity.  Basically a mini, we had a timeslot of 30 minutes on the only afternoon
it could possibly be done before the little one was losing her front teeth to a childhood accident=infection=dental extraction
the following day. 

Believe it or not, we found the only pretty light on a dull cold day, down the local primary school while my own kids
played soccer nearby.  Nothing ideal, nothing precious.

Just a quick change of clothes "behind the shelter sheds" and a wipe of whatever was for afternoon tea at the
local daycare centre and/or afterschool care.

Troopers.  Brilliant.
That's how you do it!



Three More House Tours!

I've been busy with All!The!Things!

I find myself running around town mumbling this under my breath like a mantra:

Trying to remember all the places I have to be, all these things I need to do, all the promises I have to keep!

2015 certainly hit the ground running.

In the meantime I missed telling you about:
A Sweet Petite in Adelaide!

A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on

An Excellent Adventure in Melbourne Town:

A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on

and a Shining Jewel by the Beach:

A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on

There's also been another two tours, a trip to Japan and more kinders than I can blow raspberries at ..
plus corporate work and all.the.things.

( I started writing this blog post months ago and never finished it O_o ! )

I did mention on my Facebook Page that I am totes booked out this year and have been referring people
onto trusted colleagues, but i've been neglecting this space, so there it is.

I'm bone-tired and have my sights set on 2016. Because this year? Gone. Bye. Hasta.

One day .. hopefully soon ... everything will align and run smoothly and money will just magically appear
for minimal effort.

But, for now, just heavy slog with dubious re compensations :)


Happy New 2015!

Hello there!

Big changes this year for Leanne Bertram Photography.

Firstly - the name .. yes .. h&b foto.grafic has retired. 
It was time to move on to something more encompassing and allow me a clean break.
 ( And yes, it's a bit boring, but the google engines like it - it is what it is and 
i'll never have to change it again. )

I tried a few other cloaks on first though.  They were terrible.
Cliched, meaningless, indulgent, or completely 'really'?

I toyed in the background for more than a few years - it was clear I was never
going find something I love that I couldn't pick apart.

So I went safe.

I finally got a my new website up and running, and after a few years where I found myself saying YES to things I really should have said NO to .. it's time to make some changes. 

- "Sorry!  Can we try for a weeknight instead?!"

- affordable, easy, beautiful images that wont break the bank!

- Booming.  Don't think; book now.

- My love and joy.  If you have a funky / interesting home, i'd love to meet you

- Updated easy-to understand corporate packages for 2015

FOR YOU:  Simpler pricing, easier sessions, clearer outlines, everyone happy
FOR ME:    Simpler pricing, easier sessions, clearer outlines, everyone happy 

1.  In 2015, I will no longer be working weekends. 
I know, i'm sorry families, but there's still plenty of hours at the end of a working day, or after school,
especially in Daylight Savings.  My weekdays are so fully booked now, I cant do weekends as well and
forfeit my own family time.   I hope you can understand

2. 6yrs ago, I had a dream.. as a home-loving, garden-nurturing Taurean, I planned to turn our
empty backyard into a sort of Secret Garden, and capture children's portraits from my own garden studio.
It really is a big, beautiful space.

However, plants take time to grow.

This year, I am tentatively opening up reduced-price sessions to allow this to happen.
If you are a past client and you'd like an updated portrait of your little ones .. please contact me for a special offer.
If you are a new client, you too will be pleased at my regular prices, making beautiful classic childhood portraits
something everyone can enjoy.

3. Kinder Photography continues to grow strong and take up much of my time.
Little Big Adventures offers by far the best photography and packages in town.  I'm really not kidding.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more.

4.  Apartment Therapy is my love and my muse.  It's my happy work.
If you know of a funky arty interesting home that would look beautiful as a feature, again, let me know.

5. Headshots and Corporate.  I have also streamlined my pricing for 2015 to make it easier for everyone,
be it designers looking for a photographer for their clients, or direct bookings.

Previously quoting on a bespoke type arrangement after considering all alternatives, I have
grouped together 4 easy-to-understand packages.

6.  All my pricing is now up on the website and accessible via an easy link.
If you are signed up to my newsletter ( form below ), the passcodes will be sent out with
the next newsletter .. or if you'd rather - simply contact me for the link.

Here's to a happy and successful year - for all of us!



Thankyou & Goodnight ( 2014 )

Please excuse if any of the pics look funny .. everything's been sized and resized a 1000 times
and back again, and my computer died ( good timing, would have been disastrous earlier
in the year!
), so i'm just letting things be.

The main thing is that i'm thankful for this year - thankful for the work and the fun and
the laughs, and the opportunities.

I've cut back on family photography due to time restraints and ramped up small business
and kinders.

I got the job at Apartment Therapy, which is just the sunrise and sunset of my days
and my utter joy.

I work alongside a good friend and funny person ( who also thinks i'm funny and puts up
with my .. mm .. quirks
), and we get to photograph funny little people who tell us
funny little things. 

Like that we have bad hair.  Or tell bad jokes :/
Thanks kids, you keep us honest :)

This is but a small fraction of my work this year:

( edit:  technology is great, huh?  Except when it doesnt work...
You can view the slideshow on my facebook page, but in the meantime - here's a pic of my
boys to enjoy

I photographed a birth, and a cookbook, and even did some work for Woolies.
It was a very good year.

I'm looking forward to 2015.

Thank YOU for being part of it, and for hiring me and referring me on.
It's a tough line of work, and connections are King. 

Enjoy your break, wherever you are, and i'll see you in the New Year.



Amazing Adelaide Architecture: House Tour #3

Tour #3 is now up on Apartment Therapy.
Adelaide Architecture: House Tour #3

Architect designed in 1974, this house is both unique and fabulous.
Here's the LINK


Busy Days!


It's not you, it's me .. well, of course it's me, this is my blog right?

End of year shenanigans on top of us again and the fun never stops!

What have I been up to?

Lots of corporate work, new businesses, start-ups, excited, lovely fresh new shiny people to make
look pretty and help make their new websites shine.

Product Work
As above ( I will have to dedicate a new post to their pretties soon )

Kinder Photogaphy
Wow, what a year!  We've covered most of Melbourne with our good humour,
silly ways, and of course, excellent photos.  More than just kinder shots, we take portraiture
you'd be proud to frame and own.  You should check us out ( Little Big Adventures)

Community Cookbook
In conjunction with Bentleigh West Primary School and Karen Martini, a good chunk
of time was taken up in photographing, and helping on the design/layout for their latest,
and greatest successful fundraiser.  If you're a local or passing through, you really should
pop on into Benn's Books on Centre Rd Bentleigh and grab yourself a copy. 

At only $35 for over 250 full colour pages and beautiful recipes, it's bound to be a favourite
under the Christmas tree this year..
A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on

A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on


Last seen as a 5yr old, I just had a feeling i'd really love Adelaide.. not sure why, but a city that can put an "R"
in front of its name and simply become Rad by doing so, is pretty cool I think.  I hung out with some friends
and soaked up the sun and ambiance, and spent a day meeting a heap of lovely people to photograph their homes.

A photo posted by Leanne (@hbfotografic) on

I really love photographing the spaces where people live. 
The people I meet are fabulous and really inspire me. 

Also, a lot of them own cats, so it's free cuddle town for me.  Love.