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Creative Children's Portraiture

Monday, August 3, 2015   |   Portraits
Anyone who has come to my website over the last decade will be wondering recently where have I gone, what have I been doing and where is Crackle Photography going. 
 
Well after twelve years of loving every minute of what I get to call my work, I have needed to redirect. No more half ass attempts, but total embracement - a total leaping into the void of not knowing how this will play out. But I believe if it excites me, if it gives me the jitters, if it lights me up and my closest family, friends and clients see it - then I have to be stepping (NO leaping!!) the right way. 
 
So I am pursuing imagery that is more from where my heart has moved to. Images that are different, ones that come from deep inside my soul. I want to create images that capture children in their thoughtful moments, maybe that includes some sense of imagining - like this session I did with my muse Lillie who I have photographed since she was 6 months old. But its a creative process that grows as a session progresses. 

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Too often the photographic industry in recent years has became stale and repetitive. Things are all starting to look the same. Things start to feel the same. As a creative person, who wants to believe that I am creating art for peoples homes that just happens to be of them and their children - I need to find a way to be more original, more creative, more just me, and use more ways to bring nature into images. Yet still showing my clients and their families. 
 
True 90% of the population is just looking for the shoot and grab shots. Not everyone is going to be jumping onto this band wagon and that is fine. I just have to hold the faith and not fill with self doubt, but hold courage with both hands and keep following my own dream.  
 
What I want to create is an experience - for both my clients and myself. A collaborative journey where we plan together the session, the focus of the images, the mood, the magic. And then they step back and all the elements can be pulled together in the moment of the session, I know it is happening when I lose track of time, I feel ignited, guided by a higher source and so excited - and I know then that magic is happening and that this is the experience and moment my clients have waited for.  
 
This gives me the important link I need in my work and connection with my clients - emotional connections - we become more than just people in a transaction, we are co-creators, experimenters and most importantly we have fun and develop a relationship. A relationship that continues beyond our photography session. We share a joy and a trust built by images. We respect one another and honor each others time and process. We value family, we value art, we value living a full and joyful life and we share the connectedness that nature brings. 

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To achieve this new direction it will be a more personal, more time involved process. Artwork will be commissioned and the final piece presented will be finished ready to hang artwork, with archival mats and framing. The value of my time, expertise and artisanship will be reflected in the price clients are willing to pay for the commissioned works. Clients are happy to pay for the this and express gratitude for the experience, artwork and our friendship that develops. 
 
In return I am professional in my conduct. I only accept a limited number of commissions per year so that I can have time to serve each and every client and create original work for them. I am not judgmental and I am punctual and efficient at all our appointments. I help guide my clients to provide for them artwork that will fit them best and their lifestyle. I offer services and products to make their lives easier. I will assist my clients in any way I can to ensure that this is the best experience possible. 
 
This has not been an easy path to take, in fact I have resisted, hid my head in the sand and just blatantly ignored myself for a lot of the past two years. But finally the mists are clearing and with the help of my business coach and by being fortunate to have some great mentors and gone to some wonderful workshops where all the attendees have helped pushed me. I feel like the puzzle pieces at least now have an edge! My coach has encouraged me to bring a sense of myself to my business - Disruptive - is the new Norm... well I am disrupting something that has worked well for a long time. But I need to do this to empower and ignite my soul and it is truly my hope that working with each client I will ignite something in them that empowers them, that leads them to believe in themselves. Lets them commit to their dreams and helps them feel the fear but leap anyway.  
 
I want each and every client and their child to walk away from our time together feeling special, validated and empowered.

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Thank you for reading through all this!! For me this change and the fear - is summed up brilliantly by Marianne Williamson

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