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    Sometimes, you just have to STOP FOLLOWING….

      In our photography industry, there are thousands and thousands of talented artists, and if you are anything like myself… I love to follow as many as I find on Facebook.  Talented, inspiring, awe inducing and creative artists that makes my heart skip a beat… then I want to see ALL they have to offer! […]

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    Moffatt Photography – Celebrity Photography FEATURE!

    1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us? www.Instagram.com/MoffattPhotography http://www.moffattphotography.com/ https://www.facebook.com/MoffattPhotography 2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? Plus, where are you located? Springfield Lakes Qld. 4300 3) And we […]

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    Pure Pose Photography – Celebrity Interview!

    1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us? Main site – www.purepose.com.au/welcome Blog – www.purepose.com.au Facebook – www.facebook.com/pureposephotography Insta – https://instagram.com/pureposephotography/ 2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? When I […]

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    Anna Pawleta – Featured Photographer

    1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us? Main site: http://annapawleta.com/ blog: http://annapawleta.blogspot.co.uk/ Facebook1: https://www.facebook.com/ania.pawleta.fotografia?ref=bookmarks Facebook2: https://www.facebook.com/photographylovelymemories?ref=bookmarks 2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? Plus, where are you located? Isleworth, London, […]

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  • Prop Theme – Image Inspiration… have you submitted?

    We’ve been doing this a while… but in sane you haven’t seen the fun, come join our next PROP THEME & IMAGE INSPIRATION. Where do we share? Daily on our FACEBOOK page, and here on the blog! How to SUBMIT?  Simply come to our FACEBOOK page, and grab the link in our feed. Here are […]

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Sometimes, you just have to STOP FOLLOWING….

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In our photography industry, there are thousands and thousands of talented artists, and if you are anything like myself… I love to follow as many as I find on Facebook.  Talented, inspiring, awe inducing and creative artists that makes my heart skip a beat… then I want to see ALL they have to offer!  Photographers & Vendors alike.

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However… I have found one thing, through my years at Prop Insanity, and as a professional photographer myself… some of those artists and pages I follow, have also turned something “sour” in me.  Maybe it was a photographer whose work I admire, but whose kindness to others is less than admirable.  Possibly a vendor who I saw tease another vendor because they found their pattern to be unappealing.   Bully togs, big egos, pompous attitudes, and artists who focus more on popularity then the true art they are striving to create.   They can leave us with a feeling of  “ugliness” vs. the beauty they may capture in their art.

The art they create is still awe inspiring, and makes my heart flutter… but the thing that has changed (or maybe I have just noticed) is that attitudes don’t always match the beauty they create.

For instance, I used to follow a “celebrity” photographer for many MANY years.  She had over 100,000 Facebook fans… and her work was (and still is) so stunningly beautiful it leaves me in awe. After a while, I found myself obsessed with checking it (and my feed) NOT for the art, but for the negativity she would post.  An attitude of self worth that was to the point of true self center, & abusive to others she found not as “worthy” as herself.   I found that I was not following her art as much as I was following her hostility and self infatuation.

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So, I STOPPED FOLLOWING HER.  I felt guilty… I felt mean… pushing that “unlike page” button made me feel cruel.  HOWEVER, I did it for me, for my own sanity. I needed to exit that page, and remove myself from the negativity… even though her work was truly stunning.  In addition, I highly doubt she even knew that 1 fan dropped out.  I still was able to go check in her page and see her work (just not in my feed).  After a few weeks, I found there was no more interest in checking her negativity, and I felt a wee bit of weight lifted off my shoulders.  I will now check it once every few months or so.  Simply for the ART.

By removing this from my newsfeed and unfollowing, I put in more positivity to my life.

There are thousands and thousands of amazing artists out there… so choose them wisely, and select those who make you happy ALL OVER – INSIDE & OUT.

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I have seen different aspects of this… whether its a bully tog, or someone who that may focus on their celebrity and their need to be “top” vs. being kind to others and respecting a newbie artist… maybe it’s an artist that I compare myself to so much, that I start to self doubt myself or feel inferior.  Either way it is, there is a way to fix this. STOP FOLLOWING THEM.

If the page has become anything but pure positivity, if it gives you any “blahs”… simply unfollow the page.  Fill you life with positives, and nothing that gives you any pessimistic or unfavorable feelings.

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And with all that said… make sure to follow us on FACEBOOK.
We are a happy place… always & forever!

BE KIND, BE HAPPY, BE POSITIVE, and don’t feel guilty if you need to unfollow a page because it makes you feel any less that HAPPY <3

 

Moffatt Photography – Celebrity Photography FEATURE!

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1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?

www.Instagram.com/MoffattPhotography
http://www.moffattphotography.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MoffattPhotography

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2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients?

Plus, where are you located?
Springfield Lakes Qld. 4300

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3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
I shoot with a Canon 5D mk3 my favorite lens for shooting newborns would have to be the 50mm unless I’m doing one of my art pieces, in which case it’s the 24-70mm

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4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)
My obsession has always been art, I love to draw and paint and I began learning Photoshop on Version 1.0 when it was first released on several floppy discs. I was 13 at the time. I have owned every version since! I did photography at High School but thought there was no money in it so I after school I became a Graphic designer and worked for several high end studios before deciding photography was were I really wanted to be.

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5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share (and include url)… in no order:

This sounds terrible but I don’t have one. I just see something I like and buy it. It could be vintage, new or something from a another photograher’s destash. I buy local and overseas as long as it fits in with my style I have to have it. (…There was one vendor I really liked but they shut down about a year ago.) I still have every hat, wrap and major prop I’ve ever bought …. Yes we are running out of room! LOL

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6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I have a custom built studio.

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7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.
I build my own actions. My main one includes a levels adjustment, sharpening and skin smoothing.

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8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio…
My “Baby Mad Hatter” image, I hope you like it! <3

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9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
I sure do! There is something amazing happening later this year. But unfortunately it’s all hush, hush at the moment. I promise to update you as soon as I can!

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10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
Find your passion. Be original. Don’t follow what everyone else is doing, it’s been done. Try something new, experiment with textures, colour and lighting. Be a voice, not and echo!

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Pure Pose Photography – Celebrity Interview!

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1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?

Main site – www.purepose.com.au/welcome
Blog – www.purepose.com.au
Facebook – www.facebook.com/pureposephotography
Insta – https://instagram.com/pureposephotography/

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2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients?
When I had my son in 2010, I was feeling nostalgic (as you do when you have a baby) and was looking back at photos of my daughter (born in 2008). I was horrified at the lack of quality photos I had of her! The majority of my photos were blurry, under or over exposed, poorly lit, or my baby was pulling the most unattractive and unflattering face. And worse yet, because I had no quality memories (and my own memory is shocking) I started to forget the beautiful little features that made her! I vowed I wouldn’t tolerate it any further, and my hubby bought me my first SLR for Christmas. Bless him. He had no idea what he had started!

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My good friends asked if I could take some photos of their new baby girl and they popped them on Facebook. Then another friend asked, and another. I was so happy to oblige because I instantly fell in love my with my camera and everything photography. After studying, reading and practicing/shooting every waking hour of my life, I officially opened my business 1 year later.

I am located on the Sunny Gold Coast in Qld, Australia where we are 20 minutes from the most stunning beaches and just a short drive to the hinterland. My Husband and I own a beautiful small acreage property where we are currently building our dream home (and studio)!

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3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?
I’m not a complicated girl. And I don’t use much fancy equipment! I love my Canon 5D mkiii and I tend to stick with my favorite lenses. I mostly use my 24-70mm for newborns for the variety it can give me, but occasionally I pick up my 50mm 1.4 just for kicks. I always always use my 70-200 for outdoor shoots, and my 100mm macro comes out at every newborn session.

I shoot with a combination of natural light and studio light. I mostly use my strobes for newborn photography because I ADORE the consistency it gives! But I do love shooting natural light for maternity sessions!

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4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)
My kids think I’m pretty cool because I cut their school sandwiches into fun shapes… does that count? Haha.

I’m pretty sure my legacy will be my crazy hair! Its long and insanely thick and curly. I have it permanently straightened every few months… which I then need to straighten again… so I can curl it…

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5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share (and include url)… in no order:

Being an Aussie… and a fairly impatient one at that, I love to use Aussie vendors.

Miches Knits and Crotchet – http://michesknitsandcrochet.com/
Wintertwine – http://www.wintertwine.com/
Princess and the Pea Props – http://www.princessandthepeaprops.com/
Emme Collection – https://www.etsy.com/shop/EmmeCollectionProps
Lush Newborn Photography Props – https://www.facebook.com/lushphotographyprops
Divine Miss Ruby Designs – http://www.divinemissrubydesigns.com/

And of course JD Vintage Props where I got my wooden bowl (which I’m sure I use for every second session) and my beautiful scroll bed! – jdvintageprops.com

Very occasionally I get my sew on, and whip up something myself, but mostly I leave it to the professionals.

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6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?
I have a studio that is currently under construction and I am positively DYING to get in there! Its going to be beautiful once we’ve finished it – it will be a place of calm and relaxation and most importantly it will be a place where amazing memories are made. It will be full of colour and I’ll finally be able to have all my props on display so I can reach them easily when I need them!

Right now, I’m ‘in between’. We had to sell my old stunning studio to build the new one. ‘In-between’ is a room at the front of my house. It works for everything I need it to work for, but ‘move in day’ can’t come soon enough!

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7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.
I have my own action that I run on Every. Single. Newborn. Image! Its my perfect little combo of edits that I know I will do on pretty much every photo.

It only contains one action that I purchased, which is Son Kissed Photography’s Purple Hand and Foot Action. The Action is so quick and simple, and gets the exact results that I want, so instead of painstakingly doing my own purple/red removal, I mentally thank Kristen each time I hit the ‘play’ button.

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8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio
My own Josie is by far my all time favourite! Is it possible its because I’m biased? Noooo, I really do love this photo! It depicts so much about how I felt to be having her (Magic!!) My Josie was the WORST newborn model you could have asked for! She was a little terror in the studio, and I didn’t get any of the photos I had planned for my entire pregnancy, so to have created this with her, was really something marvelous for me.

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9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!
The new studio is consuming me right now! I’ve spent hours designing it and dreaming about what it will be when I move in! Until then, I’m busy stocking up on props to fill it with!

And of course, coming into Summer in Australia, I’m dying to photograph some more outdoor newborns! The weather is ideal for it here in Qld and parents tend to love it!

I have people ask me often if I will mentor, but I actually have no intention of mentoring (at least, for now). I think I am the worst teacher EV-ER, and I feel that I learn something new from each session I have, so for now, I’m content just shooting for my clients.

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10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !
Value yourself!!!

Spend the time building up your skills and learning your craft and don’t sell yourself for peanuts! I’ve spent more time reading, researching, practicing and making mistakes in my photography career than I ever spent at university (woops). We all must start our journey somewhere, but in the beginning I missed lots of my family because I was burning myself out by shooting every man and his dog, for next to nothing.

Understand your worth and believe in yourself and your talent!

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Anna Pawleta – Featured Photographer

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1) What is your photography site, blog url , and any other sites you own that you’d like to share with us?

Main site: http://annapawleta.com/
blog: http://annapawleta.blogspot.co.uk/
Facebook1: https://www.facebook.com/ania.pawleta.fotografia?ref=bookmarks
Facebook2: https://www.facebook.com/photographylovelymemories?ref=bookmarks

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2) What sparked your interest in the photography world, and when did you start first professionally shooting clients? Plus, where are you located?

Isleworth, London, UK (just moved from Poland)

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3) And we have to ask, our typical question…… WHAT DO YOU SHOT WITH, and what is your favorite lens?

I use Nikon d700, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f1.8 and 14-24 f2.8 lens
My favorite lens is 50mm

4) Let’s have fun… any extraordinary talent, or obsession, that you’d like to share with us? IE: can you touch your tongue to your nose, or do you snowboard, maybe run marathons or like to mow the lawn in your bikini ? :)

I dind’t run marathon but I’ve run two half marathones :) I’m a kettlebells instructor – Strong First Level 1

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5) Now this will be fun, seeing that you have worked with so many amazing vendors that we love & adore as well… it will be a hard one for you, but do you think you can give us a TOP 5 list of prop shops that you love “GO TO”? Please share (and include url)… in no order:

1. https://www.facebook.com/VictoriaRekodzielo
2. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Koronkowo
3. https://www.facebook.com/Lemonperl
4. https://www.facebook.com/UllaCoutureArt
5. https://www.facebook.com/princesstylephotoprops

6) Do you shoot on location, or do you have a studio that you work out of?

I have my mini studio and home and I shoot on location.

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7) Do you use actions (have a favorite?), or do you process on your own? We’d love to hear about your #1 processing technique that you seem to use on every edit.

The mostly I process on my my own but I have a fe presets and actions for examples Marta’s Poroczek Prestes and Actions or PTM :)

8) Share with us your ALL TIME #1 FAVORITE image in your portfolio (make sure to label this photo FAVORITE)?

Ohhh this so hard!!!

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9) Do you have any other photography based adventures planned for the near future? For instance, your mentoring.. w’ed LOVE to hear more!

I’d love to do a session of beautiful bride and groom on Santorini

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10) Any fabulous formative info you can “share” with fellow photographers ? Just starting out or seasoned professionals… we could always use inspiration… so we’d love a “pep talk” !

I shoot for 9 years. But I moved to London a month ago so I start my photographic adventure from the beginning. It is not easy but I believe in myself!

Prop Theme – Image Inspiration… have you submitted?

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We’ve been doing this a while… but in sane you haven’t seen the fun, come join our next PROP THEME & IMAGE INSPIRATION.

Where do we share?
Daily on our FACEBOOK page, and here on the blog!

How to SUBMIT? 
Simply come to our FACEBOOK page, and grab the link in our feed.

Here are a few of my favorite images that inspired me, from this last weeks BASKET theme.

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Next weeks theme… PETS & ANIMALS!!!

Get ready for cuteness overload on this weeks PROP THEME…
Pets & Animals… submit here: http://bit.ly/1J7geKM
*above link is not ready until Sunday, 9am*

Artist: Sarah Anne Photography

Prop Junkies… show us your animals!!!! (try to include a prop in the image).
xo Prop Insanity

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