There has been SO MUCH going on lately, I don’t think I have ever been this busy (good busy, not crazy ass busy). I was just thinking today how when I worked full time I just never had, or made, time for certain things. I was always chasing my own tail, I didn’t bother with to-do lists (I actually hate them so that’s the real reason) as they made me feel inundated with tasks. I was just plain busy in a not-so-fun kinda way.
But these days it’s a different kind of busy. You may or may not know that I am a freelance photographer. I started off focusing mostly on food photography, as you can see in this very space. However recently I have started to dabble in portraiture. And I am liking it. I have had a couple of requests to photograph weddings, and recent portrait sessions have led to other requests and so on. You can see my photography website here, it’s still very much a working progress. The photography business has evolved quite rapidly after deciding that on January 1st this year that I was going to really start working on it. And I do, every single day. It’s no longer just a hobby. I spend a lot of time at shoots and preparing for shoots and editing, but I spend equal amounts of time working on the business end. And I am really loving it. It’s a kind of busy I thoroughly enjoy.
Something that has stemmed off from my photography recently is a Pozible project that I launched a couple of days ago called The Leap Project. I have very excitedly already hit 63% of my goal (squeeee) and I have 60 days to reach it. If you are interested in some food prints, or you live in Perth and would love a portrait sitting, have an event you’d like photographed, or even if you are a small business owner and need some photos of your delightful product, this may interest you. Pozible is essentially crowd funding whereby creatives put out a goal and with the support of their community they hopefully reach that goal to be able to progress further with a project or their new business. It’s a very interesting concept, and although at first I was a little nervous about the idea, I realised quite quickly that I don’t have much to lose by giving it a go. The old ‘leap’ concept certainly keeps me moving.
I also recently found out that one of my photos was shortlisted in the annual Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition. My photo will feature in a commended gallery next month, I’ll be sure to link it up here so you can take a look at the calibre of food photography out there these days. I am always inspired. If you are interested in seeing some of my food prints you can check out my newly opened etsy shop, another recently launched project of mine.
One other exciting thing going on at the moment is a fabulous giveaway on my photography Facebook page. The prize is a vintage high tea for 10 people with the vintage china and accessories provided for the day by The Vintage Table, delectable macarons, meringues, cake and mini cupcakes made lovingly by Made by Marnee, and fresh blooms to grace the table by the seriously creative Anna of Botanica Naturalis. Furthermore, I will be there to photograph the high tea and the winner and friends receive the images! I seriously can’t wait to draw the winner, I just know some lucky person is going to be very happy with this prize. It’s worth over $1200, and you must be in Perth to enter. Please tell your friends too, so if they win you’ll still get to enjoy the decadence as their guest.
Lastly, have you ever tried a bronut? The kind folks at Detail Marketing Communications in Fremantle dropped off some bronuts and hot cross buns from Wild Bakery yesterday right to my front door. You have to know I am partial to home deliveries of food, and when it’s locally baked bread or pastry (or anything containing dough), you pretty quickly gain a friend for life. If you are in the Perth area please get yourself to Fremantle and check out Wild Bakery. I am ashamed to say I am yet to get there myself but with this home delivery stuff I am one moment closer to making that trip. They do a mean sour dough loaf too.
Disclosure: Hot cross buns and bronuts gifted by Detail Marketing Communications courtesy of Wild Bakery.