I caught up recently for a chat with Linzie Russo, Sunshine coast wedding & newborn photographer. Linzie has a unique way of image taking and her pictures have a way of telling a story to the viewer without words.
Timeless, elegant and creative storytelling
Your studio work and your outdoor/lifestyle work are equally awesome…which do you think you prefer?
Thank you! I love both and I chop and change my mind often. Newborns and younger babies are easier in the studio. But children and families I prefer the outdoors. It gives everyone a chance to relax and be themselves and it doesn’t feel so intrusive when photographing outside. I have a newborn outdoor session coming up soon, which I am excited about and hoping it will be a new love for me.
With regards to your more natural lifestyle work, what inspires you?
Capturing memories. I always think a photograph takes us back to a time that we might have forgotten about. But photographs will often remind you of those times. So when I am with families or children I try to keep it as real as possible because these are the days and moments we want to remember and treasure forever. It is always the little things we love; the chubby arm rolls, their curls that will eventually be cut out, the thumb sucker, the teeth coming in, the missing front teeth…so many things. I love to capture it all.
Are you a light chaser?
OMG yes…I am a bit obsessed with the golden hour. Luckily for me I live in Australia in a place called the Sunshine Coast, the light is incredible. I am totally spoilt on a daily basis!
For studio work what is your can’t live without item?
Oh I don’t know to be honest. Camera is obvious. But I can sometimes just do a shoot with a baby, a cute outfit (Wild Thistle’s of course) and I am good to go.
What’s in your camera bag?
Two Canon 5d Mark iv’s, Canon 50mm 1.2, Canon 2.8 70 – 200mm, Canon 2.8 100mm macro, Sigma 1.4 35mm Art lens, a load of compact flash cards, extra batteries, lens cloths, paracetamol, light diffuser, and a Gorrilla Grip, water and chewing gum are wedding essentials for a long hot day!
What was the last image you edited?
It was a shoot I did last night, I have started a cute, creative session idea called Wild & Free. I came up with idea after I did a shoot with your head bands and my daughter I called it Wild & Daisy. Then I thought it would be awesome to give other families the opportunity to have creative sessions for their child. Last night I used your flower crown and I am in love with it!
I love that you found us and love our props so much!…Of course as a prop maker I’m interested to know, what do you look for in a prop?
I love pretty things. But I also like things a bit different. Since finding your work I have been so in love with it all. Your work is perfect for me and my style. Simple, yet creative and unique.
Thanks so much Linzie! What advice would your now self give your just starting out self?
Everything I have done now I would do again. But I wish I hadn’t waited till I had my daughter before getting into it. I studied photography straight from school and then travelled after college. So I never had the money to buy the equipment. I then got stuck in a job which I loved but knew it wasn’t forever and wish I had taken the plunge and been braver to get into back then. But maybe if I had I wouldn’t have been as good as I have had my children to practice on and they have inspired me daily to always be better than yesterday.
Favourite image you’ve taken?
There are so many and probably of my children. Can I tell you my top five? One is too hard! My children’s first time at the movies, Oscar in the street in April in the snow, Daisy in Portugal, both children walking over a dune as the sun is setting…I have lots of wedding ones and newborn images I love, but favourites are the personal ones for me!
The set of images you took.. using our Labour of love headpiece with the wild fires in the background.. can you tell us about the idea behind them?
So I had come back from working in Scotland for 2 weeks. I did one wedding, 2 newborn workshops and about 30 portrait sessions. I was drained. I had just finished all my editing and wanted to be creative. So my daughter was willing to be my model. We loved the Labour of Love headpiece and wanted to bring it into the session. I also had seen this amazing location when out running most days and as the sun set across the bushes I knew it would be awesome for a shoot. I brought along a maternity dress and one of Daisy’s own dresses and headed out to this location for the golden hour. We just played around and it was only about 30 minutes of shooting but was so perfect for what I had wanted to get.
Best thing about living in Scotland? ….and Australia?
Scotland – My family are all there. I do miss them although over time you get used to not having any help or support with your own family. I guess not having any support has made me even more independent and I just get on with it all now. But going home and seeing all my family (I have 4 siblings and 13 nieces and nephews) it is such a laugh. I also love the shopping in Scotland and Glasgow for eating and going out! Australia – where do I begin? I just love it here.
Linzie, thank so much for taking the time to answer these questions, I know how precious your time is, being a busy working Mum. You blew me away with these styled session images using our Labour of Love headpiece. I look forward to working with you again in the future!
Linzie’s work can be found on her beautiful website