A successful artist talk and demo yesterday at Cradle of Hills winery as part of the Inkaparinga Shimmer photography festival.
Shooting live on location to show the methods and madness of the style of shooting for my series “L U C I D”
A question and answer session as we went. I hope everyone gained something, from a new techniques to just being inspired to create new things
Thank you to my lovely model Annika, who was a dream to work with! One thing about working with other artists, is that they have vision. (I can’t wait to check out your own work soon)
Here’s a few images that happened
Thanks everyone! ✌🏻️👽
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Story time- yesterday I started heading to the beach, boards packed, waves enticing…. Then I pulled in to a servo to fill up. Who do I see? My good mate and fellow photographer @lee_knowles_photographer whose beloved Kombi Van had broken down. Engine seized. Not good…. I asked if he needed a lift, turned out he was on his way to his Shimmer exhibition at Sellicks where he was demonstrating how he shoots his work. I took him to the winery and helped set up, then thought I'd stay for a while to watch him in action. It was very inspiring! His model Annika could play the piano beautifully so I took some footage of them working together and recorded her playing. Wow! No surf for me, I ended up staying the whole time! All the images are Lee's at the end of the video. Tap to listen to music!
So my exhibition for the Onkaparinga Shimmer Biennale 2016 launched with success yesterday! I love this festival of photography, and can safely say I believe its the most important date in the South Australian photography calendar! My series Lucid finally all came together in one place in print for eyes to see! My venue, Cradle of Hills winery at Sellicks hill is wonderful, such a lovely place with a beautiful vibe and scenic views.
Thank you to everyone who came along to support the opening, we all enjoyed some nibbles, wine tasting, good conversation and some of my art.
The exhibition is open for the whole of September and is by appointment and tasting with Cradle of hills winery (their details are here)
Go take a look and taste their boutiques wines, along with the other photographic exhibitions in the area.
Thanks to my un-official official photographers who captured some pics of the launch
Just a little reminder about the Gallery M 2016 Contemporary Art prize!
Opening night is on Friday 5th August
Im a finalist in the prize and would love your support… Id love you to come join me
For more details visit
See you there
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Fathers Day… Coming soon!
Each month in Adelaide, I see heaps of families and Ive come to observe the reactions of Dads across South Australia when seeing the photographs of their little pride and joys! Dads are totally stoked! Simple as, so for a perfect gift for Fathers day this year give him that huge smile he deserves…
A family portrait session!
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Lee Knowles Photographer Adelaide is an experienced family portrait and childrens photographer who has worked with thousands of families and children across South Australia catching big beautiful smiles and stories.
Tonight sees the launch of the Australian Refugee Association (ARA) exhibition ‘To tell another story’. Along with 12 other mixed media artists I’ll be exhibiting a piece of portraiture work in the exhibition.
Jahromi and Banoo Iran by Artist James DeanARA’s third annual portrait exhibition is a collection of work that portrays images and stories of people from refugee backgrounds. It honours the thousands of refugees they walk alongside each year as they face the challenges and joys of building a new life in South Australia.
The exhibition encapsulates themes of multiculturalism, human rights, cultural diversity and anti-racism.
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and the Australian Refugee Association
PLACE: Kerry Packer Civic gallery
So as some of you may know, I have recently enrolled into Adelaides CCP (Creative Centre for Photography) to to work towards some professional development, creative inspiration and to solidify the dedication to my passion with some ticks in boxes and a cert. Along the way so far Ive met some amazing new people, which is another reason for going into studies. With assessment last night, Ive just passed my first module in creative portfolio building. Now time for some reflection and breathe time before I start my next module. The next module I take will be darkroom specialisation and Im thoroughly looking forward to developing my skills here and going out to shoot more film!
Ive taken the time this morning to look through a recent shoot, (which Ive not had time to see properly until now) and have discovered some lovely new images towards ‘LUCID’. As with all images from Lucid, each image is from one single exposure, no photoshop. I love the results. So I thought I’d share.
I feel Im going to print this large as there is so much happening in the shot that needs to be seen. Continuing with the unearthly and spiritual notion of this series I think this image goes to a new level. The complexity of what happens in between frames is coming together and giving us a motion picture story within a single image. I hope you enjoy it for a few seconds (or minutes)
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Professional portrait photography, is a luxury… but why and how do we make our prices?
After chatting to a few photographer friends recently, Ive been thinking about pricing structures, it seems that right now some people in the industry are finding their feet, lack confidence and a little lost on how to price themselves. I hope these few words will help those build some confidence.
In Adelaide, I am viewed as someone who may be a little more expensive than others, I have a certain style of work that reflects that and resonates with my clients, I provide a reliable, quality and personable service. I know photographers who have higher prices than I do, I also know others who have lower prices than I do. It’s all about the type of product you’re looking for, the style, skill level and personality of your photographer.
For photographers, there is NO rule book that we have to follow when formulating pricing.
The sensible option and how I and most professional photographers work is to add up the costs of doing business. Taxes, cost of goods, professional memberships, marketing, overhead, equipment and maintenance, office/studio space- utilities, rent, dues, etc. After this comes what I would realistically like to earn as profit income, as well as any other costs that I would like my business to support. (retirement, healthcare, savings, etc) This is my profession after all, just like being a mechanic or plumber.
That number is our goal. Of course, no one makes an entire years salary from one client, that would be an unreasonable aim. So now I have to see how much of that number I want my clients to pitch into. I determine how many clients I would need to book on a day, week, month, year basis to meet those numbers.
The less I want to work, the more my clients will have to pay. The less I charge my clients, the more I’ll have to work (and the less dedication I’ll be able to give each client). This is where my self-worth and experience comes in and ‘I’ determine how much my “experience” is worth. I get some of this information from my past clients, happy clients are key!
I am in the creative photography industry to make people happy, work with new exciting clients and making repeat clients while making enough money to raise my family. I am not in the industry to earn as much as possible on one client and tell them goodbye on the way out of the door, I love building client relationships.
I love my work, and my clients, I embrace the relationships that I build with them, I love my lifestyle and those close to me, being able to help provide for them is an honour, making money and a career out of my passion is sacred to me.
What is appropriate to charge for creative photography and what isn’t has nothing to do with me for someone else’s business, but has everything to do with my own.
From all of the photographers out there none of their pricing is wrong. All businesses are allowed to price according to how much they feel they should make.
Photography, is a LUXURY and definitely worth the investment.
If you offer a sound product and service at a reasonable price, people will come back to you.
For me, that’s worth more than one sale.
Photographers, please value yourself. You’re only hurting the industry and yourself by charging so little that you cannot make a profit or legally run your business.
Clients. Thank you for understanding and respecting what I do and staying by my side, it means the world!
Just a quick blog post on a cold wet day while sitting in the studio wrapped up in a warm duffle coat! Adelaide winter is on us, but warm news came in the form of an email from Gallery M saying that I had been selected from 160 entries as a finalist for the 2016 Art Prize. Pretty stoked!
Come down south to Gallery M for the launch on Friday 5th August and see my piece on the walls along side the other finalists. From 5pm-8pm. Will be awesome to see you there. The exhibition will be on display from 5th August through to 28th August at Gallery M
Congratulations to the other finalists, I can’t wait to meet you all (some of you I already know)
Gallery M is one of Adelaide’s most innovative visual arts spaces. The gallery is operated by the Red House Group, an artist managed non-profit organisation that acts as a focus for art and cultural activities for all individuals and groups in the City of Marion council area and its surrounding region.