2017 and 2018 saw a lot of upheaval for our family. With relocating overseas, over the course of about 2 months and then coming home to storage containers filled with mold… it was very soon that half the year had disappeared and by Christmas, I was just coming up for air again.
Life doesn’t throw nice things at you very often and Christmas in our household was definitely a series of mac trucks being thrown and driven through our lives, that I’m glad that those who needed to be in our lives stuck around and those who obviously didn’t need to be are no longer.
Just before Christmas, I decided to invest and back myself for once; something I haven’t done for a while. I went back to Creative Live and browsed a few classes. I could do photographic classes again but I love my style of photography, I just felt I was never finishing my images, my way. I had a few clients over the years who were ok with me playing with their final images but it wasn’t until November 2018 when I had a special 3-year-old allowed let me shoot the images I needed for her specific request at the end of a shoot, and told me what she wanted to be created into. I was so excited I came home and compiled over 6 images and shot her little masterpiece to her mum. Apparently, it was very well received.
The feeling I got surrounding that one image from our entire session sat with my question of “Why would anyone shoot with me and not any other photographer”. It had been a long-standing question I was repeatedly asking myself and without reply, I would stop capturing people altogether or discount my packages to ‘suit’ what others wanted. That’s the single most fun way to kill your own soul let me tell you… Not.
So while I was browsing the Creative Live Library, I came across Brooke Shaden. Her work talked about “Fine Art Imagery” and how to create consecutive pieces to create a series, how to exhibit, how to do all the things I’ve always wondered about and felt completely stuck. Hmm, the class was nearly $200 so I left it for a few days. Low and behold a few days passed and I went back to purchase her course only to find there was a HUGE sale and it was now $99! So over the past month, I have been following along with her coursework and loving every minute. I’ve been unpacking some old memories from upstairs in my head and finally getting them out into an image. Sharing them has been absolutely terrifying BUT as Brooke says, it’s like you’ve created a series of your own Horocrux’s (yep, Harry Potter references!) and a piece of your soul is sent out in every image. Thankfully though, no one can actually destroy me if they don’t like the image.
So in the first few days I learned the fun art of planning and photographing every part of the final piece, and so I don’t spend a fortune on stock imagery, I get the control over the light, the angles, the everything to do when we bring all of those images in to composite.
So whilst I’m diving back into photography here in Australia, there will be many new creations coming out of JCC. Some you might like, some you might not, and some will make you feel all the things… that’s ok. That’s what Art does.
I have a backlog to catch up on as usual to blog about but my goal is to at least bring you a new piece a week so 2019 here we go! ❤