Life Begins

Life begins after my morning coffee and breakfast with my cat (better known to most of you as Missy, my live studio mascot) not to be confused with my other mascot in the studio which is my angry bird (that’s not a real bird, just a soft toy) anyway getting off track here back to my start to the day, I do a quick check of the daily news on my ipad then check in with the news of Facebook and photos on Instagram.  Once I have done this I am ready to face the world.

Life Begins after Coffee

Life Begins after Coffee

So you may ask what I do when not shooting, well to help afford the “toys” I have an office job as well as taking care of the business side of Solo Images and keeping up to date on processing, writing blogs, updating the website and of course getting out taking photos.   On top of all of this there is a creative urge that needs to be scratched and nurtured.  I am currently working on a plan for a huge personal project in the next 12 months which I am teaming up with a local artist in the hope that we can exhibit together once complete.  10 iconic people in iconic poses, of course there is a twist but that is all the hint I will give at this time, believe me, it will be worth it.

This of course involves lots of research, organisation and preparation.  I have been having a great time getting an inspiration mood board together on Pinterest and other forms of social media and google and bookmarking all the relevant information.  This can also be a curse as you can get so caught up and waste so much time.  Actually I had that happen today, instead of writing this blog and loading on the website, I was on Facebook and googling about instagram and apps for my new iphone (found some great ones, by the way).  I ended up wasting most of the day away.   I guess you can chalk it up to research, might come up in a future blog  😉 .  It is a timely reminder to get off the computer and get out into the fresh air.

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SoloImages_LifeBlog2

Within the next couple of months I will be doing casting calls, organising props and putting together a great team for this exciting personal project.  If you are interesting in working with me, keep a look out on Facebook or email me on ks@soloimages.com.au for further information.

Until next week.

Kassy

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A trip to Swell2014

It’s Spring time, it’s September and on the Gold Coast that can only mean one thing, it’s Swell Festival time.

Swell Sculpture Festival is held along the Currumbin Beach Broadwalk and displays over 50 sculptures built by local, national and international artists.  The festival is in it’s 12th year and is a free event held over 10 days each September (see Swell website) I have been going to Swell for 4 years now and each year the creativity and talent of the artists simply stuns me.  It is amazing.  This year I would have to say has been my favourite so far, with varied and imaginative creations.

Thursday morning last week was a typical Gold Coast day, the sky is blue, the sun is shining and the temperature is perfect.  I decided to take the morning off and pack the camera bag and head down to Currumbin to check out and photograph Swell2014.  2 1/2 hours later I was exhausted, my calf muscles crying out in protest but totally exhilarated from a productive yet relaxing morning, I came home with over 200 photos and as they downloaded I did a quick happy dance at how wonderful they looked.  They tell the story of this truly amazing and wonderful event.

I promise I will not show you the 100+ that I have chosen but I would like to share with you my favourites as I relive my blissful morning on Currumbin Beach.

One of the first sculptures I came across was the Instagram frames.  I love my Instagram, actually my daughter jokes that she knows what I have done that day without seeing me just be looking at my Instagram at times 🙂 .  What could I frame with a photo? Will it work on an angle? Will it work while not in focus? Or is it better to show a wide angle of all the frames?  I tried them all and came up with a great little collection.

Instagram Frames - My Collection

Instagram Frames – My Collection

Walking down the beach I came across “Clouds”.  Cool!  I wondered how many clouds are in the sculpture, 2 or 3? Clearly 3.  Again so many choices, how many different ways can I photograph this?  What do I frame in the cloud?  I had so much fun experimenting.

"Clouds" at Currumbin

“Clouds” at Currumbin

OMG! the “Sea Ball”, I stayed at this sculpture for close on half an hour.  I think I looked at every piece of steel (maybe photographed them too), I really wanted to climb all over and into this, as I felt like a child again in the playground, in the end I just sat back and enjoyed the moment.

"Sea Ball" A Playground Memory

“Sea Ball” A Playground Memory

Just a little further down the beach is the horse (Correct nane – “Erebus”).  What a spectacular display, it is not every day you see a horse on the beach, such detail and made in a way that you thought you saw and felt the movement of this horse.  It also seems to be a crowd favourite, so patience was required to ensure I got the photos I wanted, but well worth the wait and I walked away with a smile.

"Erebus"

“Erebus”

Many sculpture’s later I’ve made my way off the beach and onto the park next to the beach, I am struck by the steel leaves of “Paradise – Girt by Sea” The sun is glinting off the steel and enhancing this metal archway in the most beautiful way.  I could imagine a wedding on the beach with the bride and groom making their way beneath it.  Wow – just imagine it.

"Paradise - Girt by Sea"

“Paradise – Girt by Sea”

I could go on and on about my morning and turn this into a guinness world record blog 🙂 but I promise I won’t.  Do yourself a favour if you are on the Gold Coast during September go down to Currumbin and experience Swell for yourself, it is open 24 hours a day.

Swell2014

Swell2014

Swell2014

Swell2014

Until next week.

Kassy

R U OK – A Personal Post

Thank you for your understanding as I recently missed a week on the blog and really just need some time out.
Because it was so out of the ordinary some of my regular followers took time out of their day to enquire if everything was ok with me. I was humbled and overwhelmed by the gesture, to think that my weekly blog does in fact hold great meaning and even some inspiration to some of you.

To me photography has always been a consolatory influence in my daily life.  Whether I am taking photos or finding inspiration and joy from others, it has been a way for me to escape or express myself, dream or imagine, draw emotion and be creative.  If I can only pass some or all of those feelings onto one other person during my lifetime through my photography that would make what I do totally worthwhile.

Wednesday of this week (10 Sept) was World Suicide Prevention Day.  During the last week I was saddened and speechless to read about a fellow photographer (I didn’t personally know them but I know people who did) who tragically took their own life.  Depression and anxiety are very real and it can be a long hard struggle.  That feeling of hopelessness can paralyse you and keep you from your day to day life.  If you are a person who has or may now feel this way I can’t stress enough how important it is to share how you are feeling with someone you trust, seek some help, there will always be someone to talk to and give you support.  If you are a friend that believes someone is in trouble, reach out, ask them directly if they need to talk, let them know that you care.

Thursday of this week (11 Sept) was R U Ok day in Australia and as some of you took the time for me recently, I want to ask you, my faithful followers, R U Ok?  How are YOU doing? I am here to listen.

I know this weeks blog is a little on the heavy side but I believe that just pretending these issues don’t exist is not the right approach or the right answer.  We need to try to understand what people go through with this illness, be compassionate, helpful and be there for those in our life during the good and the bad, you never know just reaching out to someone with a simple “Hello, how are you?” could change someone’s life for the better.

Until next week.

Kassy.

Top 5 favourite Gold Coast Locations to shoot

Whether I am out photographing family portraits, women or just for fun I have some favourite and special places that I love to visit, with this in my I thought it would be a great idea to share with you my top 5 locations around the Gold Coast to photograph, besides my studio that is 🙂

Number 5 – The Spit

Just north of Main Beach, The Spit is a great location for all types of photography.  It has a huge rock wall, sandy dunes, open beach with surf, sandpumping jetty and is close to the Surfers skyline, making it a great location for sunrise or family photo shoots.

Some of my favourite photos taken at The Spit

Some of my favourite photos taken at The Spit

Number 4 – Benowa Botanical Gardens (Rossier Park)

Timber broadwalks, flourishing gardens, tall bamboo, masses of flowers, large lake, ducks, I could go on about all the exciting things at the Benowa Gardens.  There is something here for everyone, a fantastic location for those special family photographs or an afternoon of photography fun in the sun.

Showing off some of the beauty at Benowa Gardens

Showing off some of the beauty at Benowa Gardens

Number 3 – Currumbin Beach

My favourite of all the Gold Coast beaches and another great location for all types of photography.  Sunrise over the ocean, sunset over the rocks, great surfing, family photos high on the dunes and of course during September every year you have the Swell Festival, which is a photographer’s paradise in my opinion.

Currumbin Beach, pure beauty

Currumbin Beach, pure beauty

Number 2 – Emerald Lakes

A beautiful location where the central village has been inspired by the timeless buildings of Paris and architecturally evocative of Portofino in Italy, this combination makes for interesting architectural photo opportunities as well as the perfect location for fashion or portrait shoots, especially from the massive sandstone staircase.

Emerald Lakes

Emerald Lakes

Number 1 – Couran Cove Island Resort

Just a short ferry ride from Hope Island (for those of us that don’t own a boat), Couran Cove Island Resort is an amazing, fun and relaxing place for a quick getaway.   This location also boasts a vast variety of photographic opportunities, you have the sand dunes down at the beach, Heritage listed forests including a rainforest walk along the timber deck, the broadwater, the native Australian animals and lots more that you will find to satisfy your photography eye and creative side.

My Number 1 fav location Couran Cove

My Number 1 fav location
Couran Cove

So there you have it my personal top 5 favourite places, did any of your favourites make my list?  Please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me about your favourite place on the Gold Coast.

Until next week.

Kassy.