It has been a LONG time coming but has taken me until a month ago to realise where my passions in life lie. Whilst visiting a local legend Ben Kopilow from Fusion Photography, he asked me THE question; “Are you a Portrait Photographer or are you a Wedding Photographer?”
It needed to be asked, it needed to be put out into the world, It needed an answer…
I had been thinking this question over in my mind for the longest of time and I was secretly pleased that now I was given an opportunity to answer it. In my heart of hearts, I AM a Portrait Photographer. Don’t get me wrong, I adore my weddings, but portraits is really my thing. I revel in them. I love them. I miss them.
So, the big announcement is out and weddings have been taken down from my website! eek! As Sue Bryce said in her webinair the other day… Put out to the universe what you want, set goals and then in a months time, six months time, come back and ask yourself, “did I reach my potential?”
This little beauty has to be my favourite edit this week. I’ve been putting a lot of effort into my texture techniques and I’m finding the deeper darker edits are my thing.
I’d love to know your feedback!
Love is never stationary. In the end love doesn’t just ‘Keep thinking about it’ or ‘Keep planning for it’
I have been recommended a few books lately ( not that I have that much time on my hands to be able to read) and “Love Does” was one that caught my attention. It wasn’t shades of anything or a fictional book. It was described to me as a novel about what love can be.
I am one of the lucky few with an amazing husband and little daughter. We are the three amigos and for us Love is most definitely not stationary… Ever…
So far I’m 1/2 way through the book and I am struggling to put it down. It does have reference to the christian faith but from the author perspective. It’s not a ‘you must live this way’ its a ‘this happened to me’ sort of way. I appreciate that and I’ve honestly not noticed them too much.
So far there are some HILARIOUS moments and I can’t wait to keep reading.
I have decided that love is like a skill, you have to keep learning in love like you do in life or you will become stuck.
I have spent a great deal of today watching online webinairs of my ULTIMATE photographer. A woman who I hold of the highest esteem. Her work is natural, beautiful and elegant. She keeps her work simplistic in nature but in my eyes technically perfect.
I feel like I have spent today sitting one on one with this woman and my brains are currently in the mush stage from all the information I have absorbed.
Her approach and personality was beautifully captured by Abraham and his team but it was her words which resonated most with me. I am a bear of words and lyrics, they drive me. Inspire me. Heal me. Develop me.
The first words captivated me: “All Women. ALL women have a very distorted idea of how they look. Very distorted… and I think we get very lost in what’s on the outside.. it’s what they project from the inside that makes them so beautiful.”
And then I watched that beautiful video and watched her work. I believe I’ve seen that video now over 100 times and anytime I am feeling a little flat or in need of a boost I return to that page and watch it again and again.
It was this video that took me back to my roots. Where Capturing Essence began… on location utilising natural light. My style had become a little muddled over the years and the past six months had really kicked me in the behind to look and thing about what I was doing well and why that was.
So with the makeup expertise of Bindi Kelly and gorgeous Jemma, see the post here, I embarked on a game changing shoot. It was all natural make up, a rustic setting and the concept was to keep Jemma as naturally beautiful as possible. I wanted to bring out her inner beauty and capture a relaxed, gorgeous teenager I had met months before.
I loved the outcome so much I have purchased an enlargement for my lounge to constantly remind me what I strive for. Her cheeky eyes seem to capture everyone walking into my lounge and stop them in their tracks. That’s the greatest feeling.
Anyway… Back to today…
With a little help from Sue, a little help from Beyoncé, A little Taylor Swift, David Gray and The Cinematic Orchestra I have been looking hard at my business. Really… Really… Hard.
This blog is to be continued… There are some huge changes, exciting adventures and a fresher Capturing Essence Photography afoot.
In the words from the webinair this morning:
YOU are someone to be valued and are AS beautiful as the next person.
It has been a long time coming, but I’m finally starting to feel a really strong shift in my home life and work life. I finally feel worthy of making something of myself and not have external negatives put me down anymore.
Music has been and still is a massive contributor to my world and I’ve started listening to “My music” again. The sort that soothes my heart and ignites my soul. Some of it admittedly is purely for the grooving around the office with, however most of it keeps me sane and focused.
I met the gorgeous Hope Copeland a few months ago and I believe she was made to cross my path to kick me in the butt and also to show me how to be me again. She has changed my perspective on my relationships, my friendships and most of all my business.
After redesigning my website over the past month or so, I have been critically looking at all of my work but for once really really looking. Yeah I can take a nice picture, but technically is it right? Is it in focus to my standard? Is the colour right? Are there things sticking out of people’s heads? (You’d laugh how many objects I found coming out of people’s noses and ears!)
The new site is about to be launched… Ok scary as this sounds I just got an email to say WE ARE LIVE! WOO!!!! So….. New site IS launched and I can’t wait for people’s feedback!
I am going to aim more towards portraits and family-ness and lean a little more away from weddings. I ADORE both but I feel I get more out of my portraits. My heart is ALWAYS there and they thrill me. I love the spirit of the human race at all times, not just on a wedding day.
After getting a few besties to check out my site and give me feedback, one stuck and resonated with me. He has always sat well in my world, always gave me the truth and often when I didn’t want to hear it. He is an old-fashioned romantic, pen to paper, quiet sort of guy who through meeting him three or four times we have become incredibly close.
His words were in regards to the ABOUT JULIE section of the new site. He said:
“I like it, it’s a little marketingy but it’s good…
I don’t know… Talk like it’s you… You are fun and infectious, sexy and goofy…write like you talk”
According to my dad that is the international language of mumble and stumble, but I understood what he meant and loved that he somehow could see that’s where I wanted to go but thought I should follow the bell curve and be professional. I can be both right? Did I mention he’s an amazing writer? Go check him out here.
So… Thank you to everyone who put their time aside for me to tell me what needed tweaked and taken out. It means SO much to have such close and honourable people in my life. Thank you especially to my clients who put their trust in me to capture their moments.
I can’t wait to work with more of you and other of you again and again. XXX