The year of dreams and adventure

We are into the second week of 2020 and I’m already SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO behind with writing… School holidays create it’s own cyclone of mayhem but add on a blossoming business and 3 energetic kics, 2 fur kids and a husband in transit… I’m exhausted thinking about it.

SO playing catch up a little, this young lady won her fantasy portrait session last August and it took until last week for us to photograph and create her piece. I’m SO in love with the final image and I know she is too. She even asked her mum “Was there a unicorn at Jules’s house?” I told her that there is but he likes to hide 😉

“Dreams are the playgrounds of Unicorns 🦄and children are the adventurers of those dreams” and im incredibly grateful I was able to put this together for this family.

I’m pleased with the colour of this one and how well it’s been received by those who have seen it. I LOVE hearing how excited and happy they make their little people and big people alike!

Copyright of Julie Clyde Creative

The makings of a Merry Christmas

Christmas time for kids can bring about a number of feelings, and it’s something that’s been on my mind lately as we draw closer to the big day. Having spent a few years as a photographic elf with Santa, I remember seeing so many little ones who were nervous around him and became so incredibly upset being placed near him or on his knee, my kids included. Yes, even having mum on the ‘inside’ doesn’t stop them from bursting into tears or keeping their safe 300m distance from him.

Creating the way I do, I was thinking how could a little person who is scared of the big man be able to have a yearly Christmas Portrait still, minus the tears and angst? I edit, I love making backdrops and placing Santa in after the fact seemed like an easy fit! So I have done exactly that.
Kids don’t like to look at the camera? That’s no problem either! I can cover all options.

If you have a little who you think might benefit from having their portrait photographed in a stress free environment, get in touch and I will help with your yearly Santa portraits!

The Adventure Series

This series began as a homework assignment for a fine art course I took part in some time ago. The tutor encouraged us to think further than a single image and think about how a series would look. So I explored a little bit and came up with the top three images. A little Alice in Wonderland mixed with darkness and magic.
Yesterday I was daydreaming, as I do when I have other things to be doing, and considered the series had become stuck and stagnated a little. I had an idea of the adventurer in the story becoming ‘held’ or paused and how that would look noting I had created two of the three images with trees. So I began to play and the idea of not being fully set into the landscape but evolving that way should I wish to free her later on. For now, she is slowly evolving into every other tree in the forest. I kind of love the idea that trees are people who have become so still and stagnated in their lives that they are now part of the landscape.

” She had stood still for so long, she had lost her way. She had grown roots and wasn’t’ able to move forward at the speed she once had. She was evolving quickly into every other tree in the forest “

– Julie Clyde –

Christmas Mini Sessions- Booking Now!

Christmas mini portraits are NOW BOOKING via this link.
Whether it is for your family, grandparents, fur family, cousins, friends or special people in your life, a mini session is a great way to capture that! A simple 20 minute session with two gift prints, and make sure you book yourselves brunch or dinner after your session to continue the fun!

The Adventures of Alex and Mo

I am so very thankful I had the opportunity come around to photograph this little family. The kids were such a joy to be around, so creative too which in turn set my imagination alight! I asked their mum to ask Mo this one question, “If you could be anything in the world, what would you be?” She was asked not to give her any ideas or prompts and Mo’s reply was “A baby Elephant”. It was an answer that rumbled around my sub conscious for a few days before our session, and when I met her I asked her a few more to make sure I really understood what she was imagining. Definitely watch this video below to the end where you’ll see their ideas and series of Fantasy Portraiture come alive!

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Leaping Blind

What a few months it has been. It has been like the past five years or so have been on loop in my mind and I’ve been sorting through old thoughts/memories and working out how I feel about them. Also, I suppose, working out if I’m going to carry them into the next decade or not also.
2019 to date has been a LOT. There has been a lot of endings, a lot of closure and also a lot of new, successful adventures. I am so grateful to those who have always supported me through all of it, and also to those who have parted ways with me too. Both carry change, support, lessons and education which are important to anyone going through growth and change.

Arriving back to the past few months… I have slowly been edging towards incorporating more video into my work… but was never brave enough to take the leap. FINALLY thanks to some self work and self butt kicking, here is the very first show reel for Julie Clyde Creative! It was a huge step professionally but I’m really proud of the results to date!
SO excited to present you with “Fantasy Portraiture | By Julie Clyde Creative”

Extinction is coming

I created this piece late last year. I was feeling mostly lost about our planet and climate problems, but felt strongly that our children would be the ones to create the change so many of us have been wanting to see. My own children were voicing their fears and anger over the issues at 3 and 4 years old from snippets they would hear on the radio or the continuos logging trucks they were seeing. I feel that now, more than ever we need to be speaking, creating and making noise about climate action.

Our local industry is dying, our farms are dying, we are in drought across our country and soon that issue will be on every single one of our front doorsteps. We ALL need to do something. 8 – 10 years is nothing. We literally have no time like the present to make the change.

So many of my friends, myself included, feel lost, powerless and upset by the media and our ‘systems’ who seem to continually fail us. They’re choosing profits and money over humanity. Then there are communities and organisations who have been working tirelessly for decades upon decades to share the science and ‘proof’ that something needed to be done. Kerry Obrian speaks of 1979 covering his first interview about greenhouse gas problems yet nothing was done. In 1991, he again speaks of the scientific proof of the same damaging ways yet our governments continued.

We all need to step up and take massive action together, or we all will have NO future.

Once Upon A Life…

Once upon a time, a little girl answered the question ‘what do you want to do when you grow up?’ with the answer of “An Artist”. Somewhere along the road of life’s great adventure, that little girls voice became lost and she forgot her dreams. The should’s and the musts took over. It’s a story so often untold, but it occurs so often. How many of us grow up in a world where we know what we want, but our influencing circle of parents, friends, special people place their expectations on us and we stop listening to ourselves.

Life has certainly always included being creative, but the artistry became muddied. Since realising my people pleasing ways about 10 months ago I’ve been doing my best to take a moment and think about what I want. It doesn’t always come quickly to me but I’m learning to lean in. More specifically, the past few months of returning to photography and painting have been some of my most favourite in recent years. I love to make, create and paint and I plan on doing this from here on out, as it is who I am at my core. No more doing what others think I should be doing.

How many times have you settled for something because outside influences told you what you should be doing? Or they expected you to do it their way?
Since realising my own journey and making the changes I needed, to live life on my terms, I’ll let you in on a little secret… When you release yourself from that scenario, it’s THE BEST feeling in the world. Definitely feels like there’s glitter back in my life now.

This past week, I left another business that I had successfully run for the past four years next to my creating. I joined that business because I wanted to stop someone annoying me to. When I realized six months in that I wanted to leave, I listened to that same person who didn’t see my value outside of her own paycheck. My creative business grew and I thrived in the balance. When we moved home to Aus and I had to rebuild my creative business again the balance was lost and the nagging began again. Fast forward four years, and finally releasing myself from that environment it’s total freedom. So many in the company can’t understand why I left, but it’s not their life to understand.

It was time.

I was ready.

So while I rebuild, recreate and relearn life, I will endeavour to write a little more, paint a lot more and stand in my own light for the first dam time in my life.