Facebook Giveaway Win a Free Photography Experience

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Ok friends. For the first time on Facebook we are giving away a free photography experience including digital files.

The whole kit! Winner will be selected 12 July 2015 completely at random.

We have been FAR too QUIET here at The Grad Lab.
This little business idea fizzled manizzled and I need your help in deciding,

Do I power on bringing portrait photography JUST for Brisbane teens or Let her go !?!?

The popularity of this giveaway will tell.

Would you like to help me with this decision for a chance to ‪#‎win‬ a sweet street photo shoot?

Simply follow the steps below to enter the competition:

Step 1) Like this page
Step 2) Like this post
Step 3) Comment what street in ‪#‎Brisbane‬ you’d like to be photographed on
Step 4) Share on your wall

The winner will be messaged via Facebook inbox message

Good Luck

xx Cat
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Teen bedroom decorating inspiration

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Oh sweet bedroom!


When I was thirteen years old, fourteen years old, fifteen years old.

All through those teen years actually, I spent hours upon hours in my bedroom.

It was my little sanctuary.

And I spent just as much time decorating, arranging and rearranging things in there.

Don’t ask me what else I did because that I don’t actually remember! Diary, drawing, art…

Hmm, especially since it was the time well before Facebook and media!! Gosh!! What a thought hey.

Ancient! Hahaha


Anyhow, my idea of a fabulous bedroom was a wall full of pin up boys and men I thought were cute, a drum kit, my photographs

pinned around and all kinds of nick nacky junk that I loved.


Some of these dream bedroom would have made me swoon, some not so much. But I’ve collected some inspiration

just for the fun. Which one do you like?

Me? I’m all into the Boho.


X Cat


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Pre formal party photographer Brisbane

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Was a buzz to photograph you ladies looking fabulous and feeling the excitement of your formal night.

A huge congratulations on your final year, waahooooo!

Hoping you all reach for the stars and get what you want out of life, no dream is silly the more outrageous the better I say. Go for it!





Senior portrait photographer Australia


Hey ya’ll,

so I’m using the term senior portrait photographer Australia in this post because I’m wondering if that’s even a search term Aussies use?

And Jamal is a 2013 Senior.

We did this session just at the end of year, so his now a free agent. Fin. Done. On his way.

Oh what a feeling huh!

I got pretty excited when Jamal’s mum Cherie told me about the cape, adds a bit of fun to the session and I love that Jamal took what was dished and owned it! Hah! (The Black Jesus came up in the classroom and it stuck.)

Jamal, you crack me up!

Without further gibberish from me, meet Jamal.

Senior portrait photographer Australia

Name: Jamal AKA Black Jesus

Age: 17

What high school do you go to:  Corinda State High School

Favourite subject:  Construction

What would you say to your 50 yr old self: What are you doing still wearing your Black Jesus Cape?

 What does being successful mean to you: Being Happy


Senior portrait photographer Australia

Biggest accomplishment: Finishing Year 12

 Biggest fear: When I have missed 5 calls from My Mum

My latest purchase: Dr Dre Beats Headphones

 My perfect day: Sitting around naked watching You Tube

Senior portrait photographer Australia

My life is: My Life be like OOH AAH

 My special powers: Walking on Water


 Senior portrait photographer Australia

Special gift/family heirloom that I have been given: St Christopher Medal for Graduating Grade 12

 Favourite person, and why: Mohamed Ali – Best Boxer of all time

 Favourite tv show: The Walking Dead and Blue Bloods


Senior portrait photographer Australia


Favourite movie: The Lion King

 Favourite colour: Purple


Senior portrait photographer Australia

Favourite place to hang out: Anywhere with Friends

 Favourite website: You Tube



Favourite drink: Pasito AKA The Bird Drink

 Favourite food: Steak


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Friends with Jamal? Want your own Lab session?

Give me a call to discuss how we can create some images of you.

Catherine P. 0402 023 241

Friday finds - Girl talk getting your dose of inspiration from other women

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I LOVE what this website offers.

Girl Talk

We aim to Inspire, Encourage, Entertain, Inform and Motivate young women to live their best life possible.
We scour the www to find stories of other global sisters who are doing amazing things in their world. Whether it be a celebrity passionate about a charity, a college graduate going into the heart of India to start a shelter for abused women, or simply the girl next door who spends her spare time sowing into the lives of others around her to help them in their time of need.

We believe true beauty is celebrated in all shapes and sizes and is formed by individuality and uniqueness.
Girl Talk HQ wants to break down the barriers and steretypes created by mass media, and show you that who you are is who you are meant to be, so make the most of your given journey in life.
Girl Talk HQ is your home, so please get comfortable, kick off your shoes, and be yourself!



Friday finds - Feature Shoot documentary photography inspiration website

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Hey yo,

Are you into photography. Particularly quirky, documentary of people ??

Well you might just like the content over at Feature Shoot.

Feature Shoot showcases all genres of work from both up-and-coming and established photographers. Since launching in 2008, the site has accumulated an archive of over 3,000+ international photographers and won’s 2011 Photo Blog Awards as “The Web’s 20 most compelling, most consistently insightful and surprising photography blogs.”




Features session - Gift ideas for boys

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Let’s hear it for the boys!

Another male feature session this month, it’s Matt.

This session was taken in Brisbane’s Fortitude valley, for yet another cruisy afternoon stroll looking for those perfect nooks to jump into.


If you’re searching for gift ideas for boys, why not consider a personal portrait session with The Grad Lab.

Liaising with your teen we can create some fresh images to celebrate their birthday, graduation or simply just coz.


Call the studio: 07 3041 4107

Or Cat: 0402 023 241

Or email: contact at


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Friday Finds - TEDx Teen

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About TED/TEDx


TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. “TED” stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design — three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. And in fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa” and “a four-day journey into the future.” The diverse audience — CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists — is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In 2001, Chris Anderson’s Sapling Foundation acquired TED from its founder, Richard Saul Wurman. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal; media initiatives, including TED Talks and; and the TED Prize.

Follow TED on Twitter (, or on Facebook, (

TED2014“The Next Chapter” will be held March 17 – 21, 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada, with TEDActive, a simulcast conference of TED2014 in Whistler, BC, Canada. TEDGlobal 2014, “South” will be held October 6 – 10, 2014, in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.

The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.*


*Subject to certain rules and regulations.



The We Are Family Foundation is hosting our BIG 5th annual TEDxTeen event on Saturday, March 1, 2014 in New York City! If you can’t be with us in person we’ll be live streaming to you wherever you are.

We’ll be announcing our host and our speakers in the weeks to come…stay tuned and follow us on Twitter and FB for updates. In the meantime, WATCH all of our amazing TEDxTeen Talks HERE.


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