Beachside memories and coastal beauty celebrated in photobook

It was an afternoon of celebration on Sunday, February 11 as local photographer Kerry Mulgrew who goes by the name ‘kezign’ officially launched her photobook, ‘Greetings From Paradise’. Surrounded by family, contributors and admirers, the photobook was launched at none other than the Coolum Surf Club where a view of the star attraction, gorgeous Coolum Beach was always visible and took centre stage. Kerry’s book is a celebration of the beach and features memories and photos from long-time locals and many stunning pictures that Kerry has taken across her years living in the area. The stunning retro feel photobook is a love letter to the region and will be a stunning addition to any home and Kerry was so happy to be able to share her love of the beach and its history with the community. Kerry (far left front) is pictured with her contributors Jan Williamson, Lorraine Nolan, and (back row) John Ellingsen, Peter McIntyre, Colin Verrall and Janine Keating. Photo: Vanessa Hall  

IT IS absolutely no secret that Coolum-based photographer Kerry Mulgrew loves the beach and the beauty it contains. Every day, that’s 365 days of the year, Kerry is up before dawn and down at the beach ready and waiting to capture the first rays of the day with her camera. From this daily ritual and reflecting on her own time by the beach as a youngster on the Gold Coast at Kirra, Kerry decided to get together a book that would celebrate beachside holiday memories and the natural coastal landscape around Coolum and up towards Noosa.  

“I realised that there was no memento for holidaymakers to take home so I thought I could do a book that would bring the holiday into the home and heart,” Kerry said.  

“It’s been nine months in the making and it celebrates the four years of my photography here and also the photography of six Coolum locals who have contributed their holiday memories.” 

“There’s the early years of Coolum in there and it really is perfect for Airbnb’s or anyone wanting to re-live their childhood holidays by the beach or just trip down memory lane in Coolum.”   

Greetings From Paradise is available in both hard and soft cover and is available online via and locally at Owen’s Studio 53, Annie’s Bookstore at Peregian and The Shop. The Advertiser has a signed copy to give away to one lucky reader. To be in the running to win the book please email by 5pm Wednesday, February 21 with your name, address and phone number with the subject heading ‘paradise’. A winner will be randomly chosen and notified by phone.  

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