Workshop Road Trip

Workshop Road Trip

This week has been some thing new, a week like none other I have had, a week to treasure.

This week I attended a workshop hosted by the super talented Chris & Sarah Rhoads from Seattle. Yep, they came all the way down under to impart some of their amazingness to a small bunch of us very lucky photographers.

Bright and early on Tuesday morning I took to the highway, with my Canon in the boot and a truck load of excitement to sustain me for the 8 hr drive.

When I drove back home on Thursday, I was still excited. I still had my Canon with me, but I had also acquired some new things to carry with me, not just for the drive, but for my life as a photographer.

We photographers are a special bunch and I believe we each have magic powers. Magic powers that allow us into other peoples lives, to record moments, share, create and inspire.

I came home with a windscreen full of bugs and a strong note to self : Follow the things that make you come alive in your life.

Here are some rather random photos I took during my drive between Melbourne & Canberra

A special thanks to the wonderful Christine Pobke for organising the event and to Samm Blake for making a heartfelt guest appearance.

Also a big hello goes out to all my fellow workshoppee’s, it was great to meet you all and I look forward to seeing your photo creations to come.

Photogs Who Blog – SURVEY

Photogs Who Blog – SURVEY

Hello guys and gals,

this blog post is especially for all those photographers of all abilities out there (hello, is anyone there?)

As photographers, many of us are undertaking much more than the task of just taking photos, we are also online marketers. And, I want to find out how it’s working out, in the real world for real photographers, just like you. Today I want to look at the other side of this new blogging world of mine and yours. Come with me as I ponder my inner belly button to figure out what this blogging stuff for photographers is all about.

I have compiled a short survey which touches on a few items that are prevalent within todays photography industry and I would LOVE your participation. Just click on the pretty link directly below to get started. It took me about 2 hours to figure out how to set up a picture link, but look, I did it! (excited) Don’t even ask me how long the survey took! Once I have a swag of results I will bring them together and share with you.

Blogging is a new part of my life, my photography business and my online presence. It’s a creative avenue I have never had before. In a nutshell – I’m excited!

How Blogging began for me:

In late 2009 I stumbled across a link to a fellow photographer’s blog. Truth be told, I didn’t even really know what a blog was at the time (and it was not that long ago). The photos were amazing, and better yet, the accompanying behind the secenes story line drew me straight in. I realized pretty quickly that a blog was a very effective (+cool) way for photographers to show off their latest works and open a dialogue with clients and the photographic community. I wanted in!

In January 2010 I set myself a goal – I will have a blog in 2010

Fast forward to present day and tah-dah, I have a blog. There was lots of installing of programs, late nights, nagging friends for advice and delving into all sorts of hideous domain name thingies (Thanks Dave). But we got here.

More recenty I attended a seminar especially for bloggers where I was surrounded with the cream of Australia’s blogging crop – WOW! So many super talented people, all in one room, sharing ideas and filling my brain with blogging tips until I nearly popped. It was here that I realized just how loud our voices can be heard, how influential we each are and really that behind every out-of-this-world super blog is someone just like me and you.

This is my 13th post now. I am still finding my way in the blogosphere, learning how to use the software, finding my audience. Yet, none of this would have come about if I was not so inspired by others, then and now. To all you photographers who blog, thank you.

A special mention must go out to a few bloggers, not just of the photography variety, who always keep coming up with the goods. Check them out, they’re all fantastic for different reasons (and there are SO many others, my list could have gone on and on and on)

Bobbie & Mike – One of the 1st blogs I ever came across. Brilliant husband & wife team (USA)

Samm Blake – Wedding Photographer Extraordinaire (AUS)

Kristen Marie - This gal is as good with her words as she is with her camera, amazing (USA)

Darren Rowse - The Pro Blogger Himself who is also the brains behind Digital Photography School (AUS)

Carly Bishop – regularly has me in stitches as she describes her life as a photographer (USA)

Christine Pobke - A fellow Aussie photographer, her love for people and photography shines through the www (AUS)

The Blog Stylist – smart, generous and full of amazing blogging advice (AUS)

Kristen Cook – has a magical camera, no doubt about it (AUS)

Green Wedding Shoes – non stop, up to date images of weddings around the globe (USA)

Design Aglow – ooozing with creative photo ideas (USA)

Natasja Kremers - I always get excited to see Natasjas latest posts, full of photo goodness everytime (AUS)

Gavin Blue – Head of the ACMP and full of industry updates (AUS)

Sarah Rhoads – WOW, just wow (USA)

Anna Rose Photography - Jen Regan is a mum and a photo superstar. I like that a lot (AUS)

Michelle Moore – this Seattle gal is one seriously driven photographer, not only bound for greatness but already living it (USA)

As I said, there are lots lots more. (Can you see what I mean by inspiration overload?)

If you have done my survey already – THANK YOU! If not, what are you waiting for? Please spread around to your photography buddies so I can drown in photo statistics.

Recently I wrote my first guest post on the Digital Photography School blogsite, it’s all about online media for photographers you can check it out HERE.

I blog so to share my work, I blog to share my exerpiences, but mostly I blog to show a little more of my personalty.

Why do you blog? What makes it all worth your while? I’d love to hear from you.


The search is over – it's Album time

The search is over – it's Album time

For as long as I have been a photographer, I have been searching high and low for a display album supplier that was the perfect fit for my photography.

In 2010, I am happy to report, we found each other. Yep, it’s love.

*Introducing* my funky NEW display albums from Gemma Carr on Vimeo.

These are my new display albums and they are exactly what I have been looking for. Check out the video above to get a glimpse of them.

In the past my criteria for selecting an album company has been influenced by the gazillion customizing options offered by the album companies.

At the start of 2010, I decided it was time to pair up with suppliers that meet MY criteria. From this new viewpoint, things started to fall into place. I basically narrowed my selection process down to the follow 3 key requirements:

  1. Classic designs with freedom to implement my style.
  2. Quality – ZERO room to skimp here. Only the best for my clients.
  3. Would this be THE album that I would want for my own photos?

Something that surprised me was that my priorities had shifted, it no longer came down to price, nor did it come down to having 600 front cover combination possibilities.

At every step of my research, I imagined I was the client. For my clients I wanted the following:

  1. Easy to understand ordering options
  2. A small selection of top quality products
  3. Room to customize number of pages and album size
  4. An album that makes the photos look nothing short of fabulous!

Taking photos is the fun part of my job. Displaying them in a beautiful way is rewarding. However, creating lasting memories is the powerful significance of my job.

I imagine my clients opening their wedding album in 30 years time, showing it to future generations, proudly. It’s been looked at over the years with warmth. Sometimes people have cried, wished they had been there, or remembered someone special.

So, when I take your photos and put them in an album, I do so with love.

Do you have a photo album that means something special to you? I’d love to hear about it.

Albums features:
A delicious genuine leather cover, in a selection of colours.
Sizes available are 8″X8″, 10″X10″ and 12″X12″ + mini size 4″X4″
Real actual photographic prints, using traditional photographic print processing. The photos appreciate this (and you will too)
All albums are come in a black & white sleeve (as pictured) for protection, plus they are super stylish.

Friday Faves 01

Friday Faves 01

It seems time to get some wedding goodness on this blog of mine, so here we go. I did not plan to become a wedding photographer, it kind of just found me, well we found each other and the everything seemed to fit just right. Let me take you back….

In 2003 I accepted the job of being Manager of Photography for Hamilton Island Weddings in the beeeeeautiful Whitsundays. This was a job like no other. Hamilton Island was a wedding machine and I was in love. I LOVED my job, the amazing couples, warm weather ALL year, photo locations straight from the Gods and best yet I was shooting 7 days a week (yikes – I think now). I shot and I shot and I shot, I couldn’t get enough (I’m taking 400+ weddings in 1 year people!!!).

However, almost two years in, I begun to burn out. This was not part of my plan. My body was telling me to slow down, my mind had 5 weddings to process – tonight! It was at the passing of my beloved Nanna that I came to accept that my time of being immersed in this photographer’s island paradise have an expiry date after all.

Now I am back in the big smoke of Melbourne and shooting weddings again, lets say it’s in my blood now. I look back on my time at Hamilton Island with extremely warm & fuzzy feelings. I learnt so much about photography, the wedding industry, my strengths & weaknesses – myself. For this I cannot be happier.

Today the Island still does 400+ weddings a year, which now to me sounds astronomical. The supremely talented and lovely Paul Cincotta is at the helm of the photography department now and he is doing marvelously well.

These days I prefer to shoot  a very select number of weddings in conjunction with my commercial photography. It’s a great fit. The fire is back in my belly!

Now since this is Friday Faves, I wanted to share my ALL TIME FAVORITE wedding photo with you. I took on Hamilton Island’s Catseye Beach (my backyard at the time). I was setting up for this shot when two kids ran through. I clicked on instinct and got ‘em.

Why is it my favorite?

1) I love the movement

2) it’s not like any of my other images

3) that perfect blue water, I just want to dive in. Catseye beach at high tide, love it.

4) other favorites come and go, this one has stood the test of time.

Perhaps what makes this shot a little sweeter is the fact that the video guy next to me was cursing under his breath at the kids who ruined his video. Isn’t it funny how one moment can be perceived so extremely differently.

I did not plan to photograph a gazillion weddings on a tropical island, but I am sure glad that I did. Sometimes the best things in life are the ones you don’t plan.