Creativity wormhole

Where does your creativity come from?

Do we control our creativity or is it a mythical wormhole that opens up at random and feeds our mind with thoughts and ideas for us to work on?

As a professional creative, can we really afford to rely on the random sequence of events that we have built as a base for our creativity? Is it possible to force our minds into this space so we can draw on it at any time and if so how can we do this?

One question I would be inclined to ask is how often are we being creative, are we letting ourselves create bad or ok work along with the great work? Our pride and ego can often get in the way and the fear of creating something that is not our best can stop us creating anything at all! It’s a fact, every photograph we take, passage that we write, or picture that we paint, is not going to be groundbreaking. Like anything, creativity requires dedication, practice and hard work every day. As soon as we get out of the mindset that creativity comes only from a romantic vision and the Goldilocks headspace the sooner we will create groundbreaking work more often!

Rainbow warrior

So Friday, it was awesome to have my super colourful friend into the studio for a long overdue catch up and creative session. With Kristen behind the styling and body paint wheel, I set up the lighting to create some isolation giving the pictures room to breathe some fresh air and give that stunning dash of colour a subtle glow.  Using a slight take on the evanescence lighting style, cranking up the volume, the flash heads boomed with each shot, filling the studio with more white light than the pearly gates!  I love to shoot creative headshots for actors, it puts me in a place where my juices can flow and fills my sou!  More shoots like these please, bring me your wildest dreams and I’ll make them into life.

With your heart full of colour you will always be a Rainbow warrior

Find Kristens casting page at AAA Talent

Oisin & Malachy live @ The Jade Monkey, Adelaide

So last week I was out walking the streets with a camera, shooting without an agenda watching Adelaide start to build atmosphere before the Fringe.  Rundle street was filled with Fringe acts practicing and getting a feel for what was to come.  Those of you who know me personally will know that more often than not I love my music, raw and dirty with a blue undertone.  Having been a fan of people like Newton Faulkner and John Butler for many years, when I hear the sound of someone  (excuse the description, I only mean this semi literally) bashing the crap out of a guitar… Im going to stop and listen!

With a large crowd surrounding him, captivated by the sounds and honest rapport, Oisin & Malachy sits among an impressive street setup, filling the street with bluesy drum guitar tones.  I took a few snaps and stayed until the end of the set and made sure I bought a cd (even though the only cd player  with quality sound I have is in the Kombi which is still off road).

Hearing Malachy was playing the Jade Monkey the following Friday, I cruised by after a friend and fellow studio cohabitants Art exhibition opening at BMG. (which you should also go check out)

The support act was just finishing at this point and during the 15 minutes interval  Malachy was on the side chatting to the crowd prepping to go make some music.  We had a bit of a chat and was introduced to a couple of photographers who were there to shoot the performance.

I got a beer and the show started.  I wasn’t there to shoot, but to just check out some tunes…  However, I know myself too well and cannot resist temptation and always have some kind of camera on me, I was carrying my Fuji with a fixed 50mm prime lens.  I love this camera for its small size, silent operation and super fast 1.4 aperture, sweet for low light shooting like this.  I hear many people say that if you are too busy trying to take a picture, you are missing the moment and are not present.  Where this is the case sometimes, for me music and picture making comes hand in hand and making photographs is as much part of the moment as anything else.  To make great pictures, you have to feel the music which personally brings me closer, you listen to every beat and tone, and watch every gesture with so much more detail.  If you are not in the music, how can you photograph it?

The night of music was awesome!  Malachy has a great sense of honesty and passion in his delivery, he has an ability to bring his crowd in close and build a relationship with them with stories  about his journey via music and speech.  You come away with a feeling that you have met someone new and I think this is so important for any artist and he nails it!

So I really hope the pictures express how the evening was for you, if you were not there I hope they make you want to go to another time, you really should, if you love great music with a personable down to earth guy, get yourself along!  Music is always best when the artist plays from one place only, not a show, just an expression of self.  I caught up with Malachy after the gig for a few beers and can guarantee that what you see and hear on stage, is what you get in person and thats the key!

Cheers, Lee

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If you are a performance artist or event organiser and require quality journalism photography, contact me for rates and services or click the link to see more:

https://leeknowlesphotographer.com/commercial/dance-performance/

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Sell a lifestyle not a product, create your vision

“People don’t buy products anymore, they buy a lifestyle!”

If you really want to reach out and connect with your clients, you need to bring them closer let them feel why you do what you do and see your vision.

Taken from 2012 editorial shoot for Eternal Image Studios, hair studio, Henley Beach.

In todays consumer market, your clients need more than a safe shot to commit. Bring people closer to your brand, show them more of the story thats sits behind and help them to see your vision and connect to you. I aim to not only sell your product, but to sell your story behind it.  To book a full personal & business branding session, get in touch so we can start to create your vision!

info@leeknowlesphotographer.com

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Portrait mini shoot tour, South Australia

adelaide portrait shoot tour, south australia locations, family photographySoon time for the Summer location Mini shoots. Each week a different and beautiful South Australian location. From the Adelaide Botanic park, Port Noarlunga Jetty to Port Willunga beach and Second Valley! Perfect for those natural photojournalistic portraits we love.
These shoots are available for everyone, Families, Kids, Actors/models/performers through to professionals in business!
$100 per session which includes your 30 minutes shoot on location + 1 A4 fine art rag print of your favourite image accompanied by the high res digital image.
First session Saturday 31st December @ Port Noarlunga Jetty
I’d also love some feedback from you guys

Which South Australian beauty spots would you like to see added to the mini shoot tour? Go to my facebook page and just add a location you’d like to shoot in the comments here…

https://www.facebook.com/leeknowlesphotographer/posts/1539884672692485
See you soon, Lee
Spaces will be limited to availability and so book in quick!
To book, contact @ info@leeknowlesphotographer.com

Close of exhibition ‘LUCID’

A couple of snaps from yesterdays Artist talk & Demo at the Cradle of Hills Winery in Sellicks! As part of the Shimmer photography festival arranged by the Onkaparinga arts council.
 
The exhibition is now closed, I hope those of you that managed to get down to see, enjoyed.  
 
Thanks to everyone who was involved and helped out 🙂
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Adelaide photography portrait promotion: Refer a friend

Hey everyone, it’s time I did an offer!

REFER A FRIEND

$25 cash (or money of services or products with me) for anyone who refers me to a new client who makes a booking for a portrait shoot!

It doesn’t matter how you do it I love word of mouth, but I’d also love you to share this blog post to all of your friends. Remember to tell them to quote your name and contact details on their booking. Heres the shoot:

PORTRAIT SHOOT: $300

2 hours shoot (up to)
Private online proof gallery
5 6×4 prints
1 A4 fine art rag print enlargements
5 HI RES digital images
33% off other prints and images

I have other packages available that may suit different people, so please take a look here…

https://leeknowlesphotographer.com/portrait/the-family-portrait-south-australia-photography-that-tells-your-story/

All of my shoots are personalised to you and can be anywhere within the Adelaide region South Australia. I always encourage you to have your pictures made at one of your favourite places, somewhere that means something to you and your family and loved ones.

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Adelaide Headshots: Quality personal branding photography Adelaide

ADELAIDE HEADSHOTS PHOTOGRAPHER PERSONAL BRANDING OFFER

Why a professional headshot?
A carefully chosen personal profile image is a key part of publicly representing yourself, your brand and your business. As humans we are visual, the first thing someone will see is your image, it’s your chance to make a great first impression. You owe it to yourself and your career or business, you work hard on everything else right? Like all first impressions, your headshot should instantly give a feel for who you are and what you represent, its a little bit like a handshake. It needs to look and feel like you, genuine, and more relaxed headshots are the way forward.

Save time and money getting your fresh new professional headshot, I’ll come to you with my professional equipment, experience and knowledge and provide you with 100% quality. Its a smart option in so many ways.

Whats included:

1 HOUR PROFESSIONAL PHOTO SHOOT
Let me come to you and save logistics and time keeping up your businesses productivity.

+ 1 HI RES DIGITAL IMAGE
For high quality print use for all of your publications

+ 1 WEB OPTIMISED DIGITAL IMAGE
To give you the best quality for all of your businesses online media publications

+ PRIVATE ONLINE PROOF GALLERY
Need more images from the session for different media or maybe for a press release?

Need your headshots right now? I can turn around your images and have them ready as soon as possible!
To book your shoot, just give a call or drop an email and I’ll get back to you straight away.

Do you have more employees? I can arrange a full office shoot too!

Lee Knowles Photographer is a small professional portrait and commercial photography business based in Adelaide CBD. I aim to provide quality images with a personal approach. I can’t wait to meet you and make those standout images for you!

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Vee Dub road tripping: Lee Knowles Photographer on the road

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When Im not out photographing in Adelaide… Im out road tripping in my 1976 VW Kombi photographing around Australia, camping and surfing! My last big trip saw us covering 5500km’s up to Noosa for New Year, then down the East Coast to winding around to Sydney, then back home to Adelaide via the Blue Mountains! What a trip, will be sharing some of the pictures from along the way soon

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Being an Adelaide wedding photographer again next season…Exciting!

So over the last few weeks, after some time away from weddings due to other commitments, Ive made the difinitive decision to get back into shooting wedding photography…and Im so excited about it! I love the challenge and creativity that comes with this very personal style of photojournalism, as a photographer it really gets the mind moving and working into different directions. I love taking an organic approach to catch natural moments as they happen with all the real feelings that flow.

I’d love to chat with all of you about the small details of how I can help save your special day and turn it into pictures, I feel getting to know you is the only way to work.

Im going to be offering one service only, one thats dedicated to you. We’ll start with a personal meet up where we can make some lasting pre wedding pictures before the big day. These will look lovely added to you story. For your special day, I’ll be with you all day for all of those key moments from getting ready and the build up, the amazing moments you exchange through to when the sun sets in the sky.

After the day, I’ll offer you a stress free process finished with the whole story of beautiful pictures printed and presented on highest quality archival fine art prints.

I can’t wait to meet you.

If you’d like to plan your wedding photography and you’re keen for organic, natural pictures, give me a call

Thanks guys

Lee

Take a look through some of the last weddings that I photographed previously..

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