An honour to be involved as the SE QLD AIPP Reflections Project Co-Ordinator

August 15, 2017  •  1 Comment

Megan Rizzo is a Professional Portrait Photographer and the SE QLD AIPP Reflections Project Co-Ordinator

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UPDATE August 2017

I was very proudly the SE QLD co-ordinator for this amazing project back in 2015 and I had an amazing team of photographers who willingly volunteered many many hours, kilometres and photographic skills to assist. The largest undertaking to photograph every living WWII Veteran in Australia. 

It was unveiled today in Canberra, but unfortunately i was unable to attend. 

A gift to the people of Australia that will sit in the Australian War Memorial for everyone to honour our servicemen and women. 

I will always be grateful and forever changed by the people I met and that were involved in the AIPP Reflections Project. Megan xx #lestweforget

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"Thousands of surviving World War II veterans have been immortalised in the largest photographic project ever undertaken in Australia.

The 6,500 portraits, shot over two years by 450 photographers were unveiled at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra on Tuesday.

The Reflections project documents the veterans in their now-elderly state, but their resilience, dedication, and in many cases larrikinism still shines through." ABC News

 

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Spending the day with my sprightly and cheeky new friends.

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Studio Fascino is a full service Photographic Studio located in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Australia and is owned and run by Megan Rizzo APP AIPP, an Award Winning AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer.

 

Megan specialises in Professional Portrait Photography, photographing every day people, like you, creating high-end imagery to ensure you capture your individuality & the most precious people in your life. Megan shoots for both her Glamour Photography & Boudoir Photography clients, to studio Portrait sessions shot in classic Black & White to Fashion Photography, Corporate Branding Head-shots, & Commercial Photography.

 

 

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Megan Rizzo is a Professional Portrait Photographer and the SE QLD AIPP Reflections Project Co-Ordinator

 

I am very fortunate to be a Professional Portrait Photographer and part of the AIPP Reflections project and am the Co-ordinator for South East Queensland. Together with a marvellous bunch of Professional AIPP Photographer Volunteers, we have photographed over 500 Veterans from World War II in the past 4 months. 

 

Robyn Hills Photographing the last living World War II Australian VeteransRobyn Hills Photographing the last living World War II Australian VeteransRobyn Hills Photographing the last living World War II Australian Veterans

 

Click here to see the Photographers in action https://vimeo.com/134189634

 

Professional Portrait PhotographerMegan Rizzo Photographing the last living World War II Australian Veterans. This is JeanMegan Rizzo Photography

This is Jean. Jean is 53 years older than i am..... Jean is a very sprightly 95 year old Veteran who is currently visiting the Gold Coast to escape the cold Sydney winter. She was working on her laptop when we arrived for the portrait.

 

Thanks to my assistant Wendy Maley who came along to see how it was done and to help out. Jean was just the most gorgeous woman. I asked her if she would like to smile in the photograph.

 

She started moving over towards the mirror on the wall, and i wondered what was happening, then she says, "hang on, i'll just have a look", as she proceeded to smile at her self, looking at her expression, she then announces, "Do i have to smile?"


I replied "You can do whatever you like Jean" 


"Then i won't smile, if thats ok"

 

Just the sweetest moment of my day.

 

 

 

You can register your loved ones and find out more information here: https://aippveterans.com

 

 

 

 

This is my new friend Alexander. I met Alex this week as I continue my volunteer work photographing the last remaining World War II Veterans for the AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography)

 

Alexander proudly wore his medals he earnt as a signalman when he was attached to the 5th Artillery Regiment as part of the defence in Darwin. He was in Townsville when it was bombed by the Japanese and was 20 years old at the time.

Mr Alexander burrows being photographed by Megan Rizzo Photography for the AIPP veterans Relections projectMr Alexander BurrowsMr Alexander burrows being photographed by Megan Rizzo Photography for the AIPP veterans Relections project

On the right hand side he wore the two medals earnt by his late father, who was there when the Red Barron was shot down in France in 1918. He spoke of the mystery surrounding where the bullet came from that shot the Red Barron. It was originally thought to have come from another fighter pilot in the air, but all that were there that day knew it came from the forces on the ground.

 

Alexander spoke of the times he was in the defence force he should have been enjoying his early years, so when he returned to Australia, he ‘wooped it up’ as much as he could for a few years before settling down and marrying his now late wife.

Professional Portrait PhotographerMr Alexander burrows being photographed by Megan Rizzo Photography for the AIPP veterans Relections projectMr Alexander burrows being photographed by Megan Rizzo Photography for the AIPP veterans Relections project

Before I leave each of these Veterans I always make an effort to pause, put down my camera, hold out my hand, look deep into these people’s eyes and say ‘Thankyou”. Tears started to fall from his old eyes, They are always so very grateful that I have taken the time to come and meet with them and make their portrait, but it is the least I can do for these hero’s of our country.

 

Thankyou Alexander, it was my absolute pleasure.

 

If you would like more information on how you can get involved, please visit https://aippveterans.com

 

 


Comments

Greg Larchin(non-registered)
Megan, your work is truly beautiful and you have skillfully captured the essence of these men and women in these wonderful portraits.
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