Alivia and Brooklyn, our budding photographers from Southport SLES, recently worked their magic at a special photo shoot for the Miami Community Centre clients. Hosted at a local photography studio with professional equipment and lighting, our SLES trainees captured the community centre clients getting their vogue on and posing for the camera.

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“Both Alivia and Brooklyn enjoy photography so I thought this would be a great way to show them how you can turn interests into employment with an open mindset. They helped me plan the event which was also a positive experience for them,” said SLES Vocational Trainer, Mark Harriss.

Alivia has had some experience taking photographs with her father and uncle. Brooklyn particularly enjoys landscape photography, however, they had never posed subjects or worked with backgrounds before.

“Another major takeaway from this event was building their confidence in trying something new and communicating with clients through delivering instructions,” continued Mark.

Mark coordinated the significant logistics of the event and ensured Larice from the photography studio in Australia Fair would be there on the day to offer professional guidance. Mark also supplied his camera and tripod for the trainees to use in conjunction with studio equipment.

“Mark has done an amazing job organising this as an industry visit and work experience day for Southport SLES,” said National Employment Supports Manager, Symone Marjanovic.

The Miami clients enjoyed being in the spotlight and felt comfortable letting their personalities shine.

“The clients enjoyed themselves and liked that they could bring props like hats and puppets with them. They were relaxed, laughing and enjoyed themselves while posing for both individual and group photos,” said Team Leader, Kalo Patuki.

It is great to see our SLES team and Community Centres collaborating on unique events like this where trainees and clients can grow.

Our SLES trainers always go above and beyond to ensure that trainees are given real-world experience to help them further their studies or break into the workforce.

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