Make up for a photo-shoot; the photographer’s perspective.

Good make-up can transform a portrait.

A good make up artist for a photo-shoot will know what to emphasise,  how to use colour and how to give a flawless finish. I gave a talk to the South West College students recently who were preparing make-up for a photo-shoot for their final exam.They all had created mood boards and developed some very creative ideas.

Here are just a few tips that I gave them on what I think makes for a perfect portrait, from a photographers view-

1.It’s all about the eyes! I almost always put the focus of my camera on the eyes, in a portrait the eyes are my subject. The eyes are where I find the catchlight which brings a portrait to life. The eyes are best when they are well defined  by eye liner.I also am a big fan of eyelashes and catching the delicacy of them, which is best when not overloaded with mascara.

2.Tidy Lines. In a close up portrait there is nowhere to hide uneven or untidy hipline or eyeliner lines. Take care to have all lines perfect and smooth to give a more glamourous look.

3.Go easy on the tan. One of the biggest mistakes I see when doing portraits is overloaded tan. Your tan will look darker in photographs than it does to the eye. It does help to give a nice glow but only when done in moderation. Most photographers will use editing software to tweak and correct colours but dark fake tan is one thing that is impossible to work with, especially when placed beside a groom at a wedding shoot.

4. Have a good strong theme. Make-up has now become an art, people are becoming more creative with make up. Always start with a good strong theme for your photo-shoot and create your make up in response to that. Keep a scrap book  or Pinterest  with themes and ideas that you like, keep mood boards and colour boards.

5.Find the right model. It’s important that you find a model that you are able to work with and who has the look that suits your photo-shoot. A good model is patient and relaxed, they make have to wait around for a long time so please make sure this is something that we will enjoy! It makes such a difference when the model is as excited as you about you work.

I wish all the girls who took part in SWC make-up course all the best in their future projects!

 

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Make the most of your photo-session.

Digital photography is totally amazing, it still overwhelms me how photographic technology is developing at such a fast rate. Even our camera phones have great quality today and in most homes have replaced the family camera.

I began as many using a film camera and I can still remember how excited I would be waiting to see my photos, however I would have to wait until my 36 film roll was finished (we weren’t as trigger  happy in film days) then I would leave in it the chemist where it would be collected to be developed. The much anticipated images usually took one week to be developed.

Roll on 15 years later, I can now see my images on the back of the camera the minute they are taken and even wi-fi them to my computer to view instantly. I can then simply click to print and Voilà jobs done!

Despite how much easier it is today to work with our photos, we are printing less. Most of my personal photographs from the past few years remain in folders on my computer, just like most people I know. We store hundreds in our phone, computers, hard-drives until we get to the stage we don’t know where to start!

When I used film cameras when I was younger, I used to love making family albums, collages, and frames for my room. As digital photography took over, I admit that I didn’t do as much photo creations as I used to.

Working as a photographer now, I see so much value in making these photo creations for people to showcase in their home. I love taking these small digital files and creating art pieces that a family can hang in pride of place in their home. During the design process I can give ideas and advice on the best way to display  your images. There are so many different ways of displaying your photos that it can be overwhelming . It can be more beneficial to let an expert guide you to find the perfect product display for you and your family.

Below are some photo display ideas to inspire!

Enjoy!

 

The starting of the design process, editing your photos on the computer.

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The box frame is a contemporary ‘frameless frame’ which will make a statement on any wall.

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The canvas frame gives a long-lasting way to display a special image, with added texture.

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The classic single image frame, choose a mount and a frame to make the image really stand out.

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Or choose a few of your favourite mounted individually and framed together in my ‘Clarity Frame’.

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And for those who find it hard to pick just one favourite image, put them all into a storybook to keep on your coffee table!

 

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Which thanks to digital technology are a lot more attractive than my old school stick-in photo albums!

 

 

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We Love Mums.

 

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‘Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever’. author unknown.

I am blessed with a job in which I get to watch and capture the bonds which exist between mothers and their children.  Being a mother does not require any special qualification, degrees, you don’t need to show that you have any experience, yet it is the most important job that you could possibly take on.Important and rewarding. It will require sleepless nights, endless worry, patience, selflessness and a lot more but there is nothing that a mother would not do for a child.

All mother and children relationships are totally unique, each has it’s own very important story. Above is a daughter holding the hand of her 99 year old mother in a small village in Indonesia. Their roles may have changed throughout the years but the bond has remained  the same. The daughter was guiding her elderly mother across the road, something her mother would have done for her many times before. When I talked with them there was no doubt of the admiration the daughter still held for her elderly mother.

In the past year I have been visited by new mothers besotted by their little bundles, mothers running around after their giddy toddlers and mothers with teenage children. None of these photo sessions are ever the same, every family has it’s own individual story.

Mother’s Day is a  day for each of us to celebrate these special bonds that exist, or reflect on those who are not here with us but will forever hold the special place in our hearts.

Thank you to all the mums who trust me to let me capture their special story.xxx

 

 

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The Kerlin Family

At home with the Kerlin family!



Exploring Bali and Lone travelling

 

For the second part of my Bali trip I took advantage of my freedom and did a bit of exploring the island. I have travelled before but this was my first time on my own so was very different than any other trips. Also being a mummy, I was so nervous about how I would cope without my wee man for so long but I also knew I really needed to do this for myself. One thing I discovered when lone-travelling you are very rarely on your own, I met so many more people than maybe I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I started with a trip up the East Coast of Bali to a beautiful quiet fishing village just outside Candi dasia. I had got a recommendation from someone I had met to stay in Lumbug Damuh, which is a cute little commune for travellers on the beach. My room was a little wooden hut on legs and we shared a really cosy communal area, where there was food and music in the evening. It was my first chance to really meet the natives, as they would join us in the evening   and usually one of them had a suspicious looking bottle of home brew spirits which were passed around. The Balinese are the warmest, happiest people and they would become an immediate friend. It was here that I saw the real Bali and also the real poverty. Despite the brochures showing the top class hotels and paradise settings, Bali is a third world county and it’s very evident in the rural areas. They are hard working and enjoy life and find joy in the little things.

I then travelled to Ubud (where Eat Pray Love is based). This was a totally different experience as the area is big with tourists and I was a bit taken back by the pace and how much the locals would hassle me to get a taxi/buy a kite/ rent a scooter/ buy a hand fan or just give them money. Thankfully my room was away from the centre and was down a little path and situated in the middle of a rice field. From here I did trips out and around the island, seeing temples, the volcano, palaces and the gorgeous terraced rice fields.

I finished the trip with a stay in a hostel in Legian, just beside the famous Kuta. I hadn’t stayed in a hostel since my around the world trip six years ago (before I had Joseph) so I wasn’t sure how I would cope in a hostel but I was very pleasantly surprised. The Island was so much better than the hostels we used in Australia during our backpacking. It was very stylish with a really nice pool and  lounging area. And it’s so easy to meet people, I met people from London, Berlin and Switzerland (loads of Europeans in Bali!) and we would share a beer in the evening and tips about what to do and what to see.

My last two days were spent lying on Seminyak beach on a lounger, with my little Balinese buddy bringing me Bintang beer, relaxing and people watching. And being interrupted every five minutes by the  Balinese beach ladies wearing five layers of coats, two hats covered in scarfs offering their wide variety of skills to me, ‘you want massage ‘(while groping me on my lounger)/ ‘oh your feet are hard you need scrub’/ ‘you like bracelet?’/ ‘you like a bow and arrow? I make it myself ‘/ ‘you like pedicure, manicure?’. So yes I did leave the beach having a foot scrub, manicure and with a bunch of not so pretty bracelets to take home.

The sunsets on Seminyak beach are totally amazing, and it feels like everyone comes out on the beach to watch it, it really is spectacular.

For me, the biggest attraction in Bali is the people and their culture. Their culture is so strong and they are so dedicated to keeping their traditions. Most Balinese will start their day with their offerings and you will bump into ceremonies throughout the day in all the villages.

 

I have definitely left this magical land with a hope that I will be back again soon.x

 

 

 

 



Deb Rouse Schwedhelm Workshop, Bali

Underwater Photography with Deb Rouse Schwedhelm

I don’t know how I first discovered Deb’s work, but thanks to some online serendipity I found this amazing artist a few months back and have been a fan ever since.

In an online community that is completely saturated with images, Deb’s art stood out to me for it’s honesty, depth and meaning. I am also a big water fan so that heightened my appeal to her work.

I noticed her post about doing a workshop in Bali and once I read it I thought it just seemed soooo perfect but somehow didn’t think I could do it. So I found myself reading it over and over, many times a day and dreaming about it, still not thinking that it was possible. I tortured myself over it for a long time until I finally decided I would ‘feel the fear’ and just book it!

I can’t even explain how valuable this course has been to me and is to me, as part of my photographic journey. It was everything I had hoped for AND so much more! Deb is the kindest, most generous, modest  soul and is a fountain of knowledge for any budding photographer. She is testament of how hard work, commitment and focus is essential to produce work to be proud of.

On top of everything I learned from Deb, I also had the added bonus of sharing the workshop with the BEST group of girls EVER! I couldn’t have imagined that we would have bonded so much in just 5 days but I now feel like I have the loveliest network of photographer friends from all parts of the world! Deb provided us with a safe place for us all to open up about our hopes, dreams, fears and aspirations in our photography journey.

Thank you, thank you, thank you Deb for your inspiration, your generosity, your knowledge and for bringing me to Bali!xxxxxx

 

 

Below are just a few of the water images taken in the beautiful land of Bali during the workshop.