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For those of you wanting a closer look at your little ones I’ve put up individual images. We had 90 children under 5 this year and 26 6-10 year olds. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Remember your online Galleries will go up tomorrow and you have until Tuesday 26th July to place your order. Images are at a special discount rate for this time only $25 per digital file and $180 for 10 files (10 files available per session only, not over multiple sessions).

Tess Godkin Photographer and Snowgum Studio will still be posting individual images to our Facebook Pages so make sure you stay tuned.

0-5 years

6-10 years


Well the time has come to show you just how cute our little Canberra Babies are. The rest is up to the gods now or should I say the Canberra Weekly Magazine. I don’t envy them trying to pick their cover when there are so many gorgeous kids! I hope you’ve all enjoyed being a part of Babies in Beanies for Lexie 2016 as much as we’ve enjoyed photographing you all – and all for a fantastic cause. We have two separate categories this year 0-5 years (The Canberra Weekly will select one of these for the front cover) and the 6-10 years.

We also can’t wait to see how much funding we’ve raised for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance ACT. We are still selling raffle tickets so if you’re interested please msg us on the Babies in Beanies Facebook Pages. The raffle will be drawn on the same day as the winner is announced.

Remember that you can see some of the other photos over the next couple of weeks on the Snowgum Studio Facebook Page and Tess Godkin Photographer Facebook Page

Good luck everyone!




Babies & Beanies for Lexie 2016 – Terms and Conditions

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Snowgum Studio and Tess Godkin Photographer are proud to bring you Babies in Beanies for Lexie 2016!

Babies in Beanies is a charity fundraiser for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The entire $50 entry fee will be donated to the CPA and each of the contestants will receive a high resolution digital file of their portrait.

The Canberra Weekly will choose one of our gorgeous Babies to feature on their front cover on 28 July 2016.

To find out more about the competition and to enter please LIKE our Babies in Beanies for Lexie 2016 Facebook Page.

Sessions will take place on Saturday 2nd and Thursday 7th July, 2016 @ Snowgum Studio.

Sessions will be limited so make sure you book today to avoid disappointment. To enter and book your session email babiesinbeaniesforlexie@hotmail.com.

For further enquiries email us at babiesinbeaniesforlexie@hotmail.com or call Melissa on 0407431143.

Competition Terms and Conditions: ¬

1. The entry fee is $50 (minimum – additional donations are welcome) and includes one 10 minute portrait session and a high resolution (8×12”) digital file emailed to you. The entire entry fee will be donated to Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Canberra. 2. You will need to bring your own beanie along – however we will have a range of beanies at Snowgum Studio that you may purchase. 3. As the legal guardian or parent of the entrant you are giving permission for these images to be available in a public forum online and for the images to be used for any post-competition publicity required and agrees for their baby’s image to be used by Snowgum Studio and Tess Godkin Photographer to publicise this competition, and any other promotional literature. 4. The closing date for the competition is Thursday 7th July 2016. 5. Each photographic session is 10 minutes, bookings are essential. A single booking of $50 entry represents one session. You are entitled to enter multiple children but they must appear in the same photo if only one session is booked and paid for. 6. Your ‘baby’ must be between 0-5 years old (inclusive) when their photograph is taken to qualify for the front cover of the Canberra Weekly. Older children up to 10 years old may be photographed but will not be eligible for the Canberra Weekly front cover. 7. All photos entered into the competition will be taken by Snowgum Studio and Tess Godkin Photography at Snowgum Studio located at 8239 Monaro Hwy Williamsdale, on the following dates: Saturday 2nd July 2016, between 10:00am and 12:00pm and Thursday 7th July 2016, between 10 am and 3pm. 8. To enter email – babiesinbeaniesforlexie@hotmail.com to book in your session time. 9. The $50 entry fee will be due at the time of session (cash only please). 10. The baby selected for the front cover of the Canberra Weekly will also receive a 16×20” framed print of their portrait – this will be the image used by the Canberra Weekly for the front cover. 11. You will be required to be ready for your photo shoot at the time of the booking. It is advisable to arrive at least 10-15 minutes before your booked time so that your child can become comfortable with their surroundings. 12. Entrants without a confirmed and paid booking will not be accepted on the day. 13. Copyright for all of the images remains the property of Snowgum Studio and Tess Godkin Photography. 14. No cameras or recording devices are permitted during the portrait session. 15. You must be the baby’s parent, or legal guardian, or have the written permission of the parent, or legal guardian to enter the competition. 16. The winner will be selected by The Canberra Weekly Magazine. 17. The decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 18. The winner will be announced in the Canberra Weekly Magazine on Thursday 28 July, 2016. 19. The winner will appear on the front cover of the Canberra Weekly Magazine on 28th July 2016 21. Your child’s behavior on the day will not be the responsibility of the photographer. 20. The image selected for submission to Canberra Weekly is at the discretion of the photographer and will be the high resolution digital file that is emailed to you by the 29th July, 2016. 21. You may purchase additional digital portraits of your child. Electronic files will be $25 each or 10 files for $180 (8×12”) sizing. These will be available for viewing online for one week only from Thursday 14th July until Friday 22nd July 2016. 22. Entry assumes acceptance of these terms & conditions.

Asha Nepal Photography Project 2014

This was the second year that we ran our photography project in conjunction with the Asha Nepal ,a human rights organisation working towards the social and economic empowerment of women and children who have been affected by sex trafficking in Nepal . It was even bigger this year with a group of 13 girls in the beginners group and 9 returning from last year for the advanced class. I was lucky enough to have some fantastic Aussie helpers assist me with the project – my cousin Helen, Fiona (our rock), her daughter Abbey and the lovely Maddie.

It was so good to see the girls from last year I was surprised at how much they’d blossomed in a year. I’m so blown away by the girls’ strength, courage and resilience after going through such horrific circumstances – they’re truly inspirational and humbling. If I’m totally honest I’m sure we get much more out of the project than the girls do. It’s such a credit to the staff at Asha Nepal to see all the hard work and kindness that they give to these girls paying off.

Our new group as expected we’re fairly shy at first but it didn’t take them long to embrace the course and start taking photos. One of my favourite parts of the course is when we hand over the Camera’s. Thanks to Canon Australia we were able to give the girls a camera each and my fantastic mother-in-law Peg made them all Camera Bags. The looks on their faces when they were handed their own cameras were priceless.

Most of the mornings were spent in the class room learning about photography and composition – we’d then head outside so the girls could practice their new knowledge. On one of the days we did a jewellery photography workshop and on day 5 we took the groups to The Garden of Dreams – a beautiful oasis in the middle of crazy Kathmandu – most of the girls had never been there before (apart from the ones we took last year). It’s such a beautiful, calming place. Here the girls took portraits of each other (and they all loved posing for the camera!) and then each read out a piece I’d asked them to write about their hopes and dreams for the future. They are all so passionate about what they want to do with their lives from becoming beauty queens to teachers, doctors, designers and social workers. It was inspiring to see how many of them wanted to work in jobs that helped others – just as they had been helped. The day was finished off with a beautiful lunch at the gardens.

In conjunction with the photography course we also ran a jewellery workshop, teaching the girls to make polymer clay jewellery with the intent of giving them a skill that they can use to generate an income. Catherine, Jane, Rachel & Sarah did fantastic job teaching the girls how to make the beads – it was quite amazing how far they came in such a short time.

Our final day culminated in our party/presentation which we combined with the jewellery girls. We handed out certificates and albums to each of the girls and were entertained with their singing and dancing. Our attempt at singing Waltzing Matilda was no match for their beautiful sweet tones. It was such a lovely morning but as all things go it had to come to an end. There were lots of smiles, hugs and a few tears as we said our goodbyes for another year.

I would just like to finish by saying a few thank you’s – to Peter Bashford, Smriti and the Staff at Asha Nepal for having us back again, to everyone in the Aussie contingent, Sarah, Catherine, Helen, Rachel, Maddie, Jane, Abbey, Ben, Greg and finally the fabulous Fiona (our go to fix it gal). To everyone who was so kind and generous to donate either money or supplies and finally to Canon Australia who have been so supportive.

If you would like some more information about Asha Nepal or would like to make a donation please click HERE

Here are a few images from the workshops (for obvious reasons we can’t show the girls’ faces). Most of the images are taken by the girls – enjoy!

A GORGEOUS LITTLE MAN – Canberra Child Photographer

Thought I’d share a few images from a shoot I did yesterday. This little man was so much fun to work with and it is so nice to see beautiful green grass around at the moment. Spring is such a great time for portraits – I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them. xo Leonie
Canberra Child Photographer - Snowgum Studio

Canberra Child Photography - Snowgum Studio

Canberra Kids Photographer - Snowgum Studio

Canberra Kids Photography - Snowgum Studio

Canberra Portrait Photographer - toddlers - Snowgum Studio

Canberra Family Photographer - Snowgum Studio