Inspiration and Questions

Today I feel like a real creative writer as I am writing this weeks blog from one of my favourite Gold Coast locations, The Beach Shack at Currumbin.  Coffee and cake are on the table, notepad and pen are in hand (yes I am writing in my journal – old school) and I’m looking out at the beautiful view of Currumbin Beach.

The end of January is a reality check for many people.  Holiday’s are over and the children have returned to school.  Everyone has mixed emotions at this time, are we happy or sad – are our children just starting their schooling years or are they embarking on their final year of school? Either way it can be a difficult time as we adjust to the new reality.

Now is the time to put dreams into action, check back at your resolutions or goals you set just 4 weeks ago – have you started? No? It is time to get moving and start the creative process.  Or perhaps you are already pushing ahead, now you are ready to continue the journey.

Each week I strive to inspire people through my blogs and photos and January has been a little quiet on the “home front”.  Finding something inspirational and thought provoking this week has been difficult.  As I drove around today looking for that inspiration I stopped and sat at a lookout and took in my surroundings.  Behind me, over the mountains the sky is gloomy and the weather is closing in quick, the wind is blowing and the beach is deserted.

Weather is Gloomy and the Beach is deserted

Weather is Gloomy and the Beach is deserted

The seagulls are just sitting on top of the cliff, they don’t seem to be bothered by the weather, they don’t seem to care, some just sit there, others stand and yet others soar.  Could the actions of the seagulls be a metaphor, suddenly it hits me and I start to ask myself some hard questions, what can I do better? What do I need to improve on? What direction am I heading in? Am I content to just sit around or do I want to soar!

Seagulls - Inspiration Strikes

Seagulls – Inspiration Strikes

Truthfully I am yet to find all the answers, but I know they lie within and will surface when the time is right.  All I know for sure is as long as I keep my camera in hand and pointed forward I’m heading in the right direction.  It is time to push ahead and get those shoots booked in and see what direction my creativity will take me in.

I look forward to sharing my creative journey with you all.

Until next week.

Kassy.

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You are Beautiful – Valentine’s Special

Valentine’s day, the day we associate with roses, chocolates, valentine cards, that long lost romantic message in a bottle… It is the day you declare your love and affection for that someone special in your life.

We here at Solo Images Photography know how to treat the girl/lady/partner/wife/mother/love of your life like a princess; pampering, styling and photographing her how SHE dreams to be photographed.   A Solo Images Photography Gift Voucher for a You are Beautiful experience, is the perfect gift this Valentine’s day.  Give her the gift that makes her feel as beautiful as you know she is.

Make this Valentine’s Day more than an exchange of chocolates, cards and flowers, show her how much you care, do something out of the box and book her in for a You are Beautiful glamour photography session.

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Photography Tips – Get Back that Creative Edge

Do you find yourself getting so excited about photography that you get to the location pull out your camera and start clicking away and then get home and wonder why your photos just look the same/similar to others?

During a recent photography outing, I admit I was guilty of doing just that – click and run.  What’s more embarrassing is my non-photographer partner was the one to burst my bubble and state the fact! I began to wonder where my creative edge had gone.

So on my photography outing, (aka location scouting trip) last weekend, I was determined to put this to the test and found a lighthouse to photograph, just a plain white, boring small lighthouse.  I took photos from a distance, photos up close, photos of interesting parts, photos from each side.

I thought I was done but I had again forgotten some key elements, look at the different perspectives and angles, look at the light and shadows, get down low, get up high (if you can) get up close and personal and shoot from afar.

The lessons I look away from my outing gave me the idea to put together some photography tips to get creative juices flowing

  • Look at the subject you want to photograph first, walk around it.
  • Think about how you want to capture it, what do you want the image to say? – spend some time first getting to know your subject – don’t just click and run.
  • Look at the light/shadows, are they creating interesting light and/or patterns.
  • Look at your surrounding elements – do you want them as well?
  • When you pick up your camera, now shoot each element, get down low/high and shoot it “until it’s dead”, you may be surprised at the outcome.
Different Angles & Elements make the Photos

Different Angles & Elements make the Photos

Near or Far, Different Elements or One Element make these photos interesting

Near or Far, Different Elements or One Element make these photos interesting

I hope some of my personal experience will help and inspire you to create something a little different the next time you are out with your camera.

Until next week.

Kassy.

2014 New Year, New Dreams

January 2014, New Year, new dreams, new resolutions – some never change – lose weight, get healthy, join that gym and actually go more than once ….

Perhaps it’s time for new resolutions, ones that allow us to turn our dreams into reality.  Perhaps it’s time to stop saying I’ll do that tomorrow and instead DO it today? Spend some time reflecting on what has passed, this will guide you in deciding where you want to go, what challenges you want to undertake, the projects you are willing to tackle or simply the person you desire to be.  Life is all about taking chances and of course being open and honest with yourself and others will help you be the best ‘you’, you can be – living for today.

In the business world it is also necessary to have new dreams, new resolutions, new plans or inspirations – some would even call it a business plan.

In the planning stages

In the planning stages

Getting ready for Action

Getting ready for Action

At Solo Images Photography I have new inspiration, a plan and some wonderful new services to offer which will compliment my current You are Beautiful photography sessions 😉

My resolutions for 2014 are to take more chances and continue to grown, learn, inspire and evolve.

If I can do anything today to inspire you I leave you with this – Cherish Yesterday, Dream Tomorrow and Live for Today.

Daily Inspiration

Daily Inspiration

I’d love to hear your dreams and resolutions for 2014 so feel free to comment and share below.

Until next week,

Kassy.

Introducing Colt

Colt arrived in my studio on Christmas Eve and this sweet little man was not just adorable, he was a dream model to work with 😉 He was not at all fazed about having his photo taken, in fact, he slept through the entire session!

He truly is a beautiful little boy and I’m proud to share some of my favourite images from our newborn photography session together.

Isn't he Cute

Isn’t he Cute

Such a sleepy boy

Such a sleepy boy

My personal Favourite

My personal Favourite

I look forward to watching him grow and we have already planned our next milestone photography session…

Until next week.

Kassy.