Welcome to See Photography, the lifestyle and wedding photography blog of Brisbane based photographers Jen and Doug Paroz. We're lifelong Brisbanites with a penchant for collecting old film cameras, unloved instruments and retro finds. Our style is best described as casual lifestyle portraiture, with a traditional vintage undertone. We are parents to four rowdy kids so that keeps us pretty busy when we're not shooting or at our computers. We love nature and respect it, and we treasure the handmade and items crafted with love. We have interests in local history and aviation and describe ourselves as Brisbane Lifestyle Photographers.
We are born and bred Brisbane kids.
We create for people who are looking for natural, honest, documentary, yet artistic images.
We love shooting outdoors and enjoying this beautiful part of the world.
We embrace nature and tread gently.
We have an appreciation of local history, the telling of a family story, and the relationship between people and place.
We value tactile and tangible photography.
We create custom art work and we believe in preserving images and creating keepsakes of contemporary lifestyle portraiture.
We believe our modern family portraits are as meaningful today as they have been since the early days of family photography.
Armed with my trusty Nikon df and a squirrel's collection of lenses, I'm a bit of a hippy who shoots to tell a story. I realise that sounds cheesy but that's kind of it until i can think of something much cooler to put in here... I like to capture natural expressions of people in some of our awesome local places. I love looking through history books and losing myself in images that document a time before us. To create that feeling excites me still. Printed antique photographs featuring the steely looks of my ancestors with the most-important pencil scratched on the back hold a special place in my heart and home. Finding people who also share this wonder and being able to provide photographs for them is the best part of my day. When shooting for myself, I have a soft spot for architecture (the older the better), hand painted signage, quirky houses, big open landscapes, my kids dirty faces, and the tiny things found in nature.
In 2015, I was pretty chuffed to earn myself a Commendation award in the People category of the Brisbane Open House Photography Competition. A lovely surprise for my first competition entry :)
Doug joined the See Photography team in 2008 after moonlighting as second shooter at friend's wedding. Since then he has doubled as a trusty sidekick, technical support guy, time keeper, packhorse, professional driver, crowd controller, coffee runner, awesome dad and very patient husband. Doug has a long career in aviation and has experience in management and overseeing operations of large events. He is an experienced photographer in his own right with a particular interest in aerial photography and macro (all the details). He's also great at getting those lovely long exposures at a wedding. Doug is an awesome second shooter and is essential in the wedding toolkit.
The Full Story
At 17 I was gifted my first SLR, a little Pentax K1000 with a 50mm lens. I had studied film photography and played in a darkroom for a year but finally having my own camera with me on my travels was awesome. It was the 90s, I was fresh out of school and I started to see the world differently. My tips from waitressing were spent on film and processing and the anticipation the day my prints arrived was real. And so began my mild fixation with photography, and also with vintage cameras and "treasures", but that's another story...
I studied a Bachelor of Arts majoring in music in drama and thought I'd probably go into teaching. Photography, along with music and dance, was always there as a hobby and something that I just did. I had my son in 2001 and took all his baby photos on film. I've always valued tangible images and our home is bursting with boxes of prints to show for it. Our walls are full of old photos, of family past and present, and of iconic Brisbane buildings.
In 2004 I began working with families in a very busy studio, busting out family portraits and baby photos that still take pride of place in many Brisbane homes. In 2007 I left the studio and began shooting outdoor relaxed family portraits for friends and family. Initially I was reluctant to change over to digital format, but I now enjoy the freedom of digital images and I'm often up super late glued to the computer editing. I've dabbled in school and sports photography before shooting a friend's wedding in 2007. Ten years on and I honestly feel privileged to have so many couples ask me to do the same.
I love combining the storytelling of modern lifestyle photography with traditional, classic portraits to create contemporary, yet timeless photographs. I enjoy being able to artistically document history and create images that become keepsakes and family heirlooms. We are not just photographers, we're 'Makers of Arty Facts'.
When I'm not pointing my cameras at people, I love shooting landscapes, close ups of nature, my rowdy tribe and old buildings.
It's been our pleasure to photograph the lives and special events of Brisbane families as they grow and change.
See Photography has produced images for bands, websites, actors and mums to be. We've photographed birthday parties, baptisms, family reunions, conferences, fundraisers, engagements and of course weddings.
We look forward to making great images with our clients and take great satisfaction seeing a family display their art in their homes.