The 2021 Highlights Awards presented by Find A Photographer Australia was such an exciting time! People from around the country voted for their favourite photographs and some absolutely gorgeous images were awarded. Today we speak with the 2021 Highlights Awards Winner – Jenny Parrish of Sol Shooter Photography in Beenleigh Queensland.
Ive allways been interested in design and being creative. When I had my daughter, I could never find any clothing in the shops that I liked for her to wear, so I put together a handmade vintage inspired outfit. Little did I know I’d be soon starting up my own online children’s boutique and designing and manufacturing my very own exclusive kids fashion label. I soon noticed that beautiful clothing needed commercial photography. I taught myself how to take quality photos using my own little model and re-cruiting most of my friends and family’s children.
My newborn/maternity niche became clear when I required a newborn for a product shoot for my online accessories range. I was in love from the first image. No chasing little ones around parks and gardens like a crazy woman- this newly hatched little girl was made for posing. No more aiming for that perfect cheesy million dollar smile, my teeny tiny subject was perfection on her own rolled into a ball of pink bliss. I closed my online store so I could focus more on what I believe I was born to do, now I am able to push my love of design further then I ever could of imagined. I have never looked back.
My sessions are ‘family budget friendly’ I believe everyone should have access to beautiful photos no matter what their financial status is. Its a labour of love for me, just to be able to be apart of preserving a family’s heritage in digital form- for my images to be passed on to future generations to cherish is just an awesome feeling. I offer all shoots around baby, so maternity, gender reveal, milk bath, fresh 48 hospital, newborn, sitter, cake smash, and family sessions.
What She Loves
As I work through my diploma in photography, I’m grateful for all the beautiful mummy-to-be’s and my newborn babes who have helped me discover so much on my journey. Ive enjoyed the hands on learning. To be pooed on, spewed on and peed on are all part n parcel of this job. But the best part? Soothing a new little baby off to sleep and creating little pieces of art in each image. I absolutely love styling each setup with use of colours, props, flowers and outfits, having creative control over the photos is a passion of mine.
Her Reaction When She Won
I am honestly blown away by the love and support of my clients, friends, family and the local community. I knew going into the competition with all the amazing photographers and beautiful images I was up against it was going to be a fun challenge but I never imagined I would be so blessed to have taken out 1st place. I am still in shock that my image flashed up as the Winner. Its incredible to be recognised in the industry for my work that I’m so proud of.
Jenny’s 2021 Plans
I would love to venture into more digital photo composition, and expanding my knowledge learning more about fine art editing and lighting. I would also love to enter more photo competitions.
Sol Shooter Photography
Beenleigh Logan Queensland