Mini shoots

M I N I S H O O T S

A D E L A I D E  B O T A N I C  PARK Saturday 5th DEC

P O R T  N O A R L U N G A  J E T T Y Sunday 6th DEC

Hey everyone. Here are 2 awesome pre-Christmas mini shoots that Im running in December! On Saturday 5th December join me at the Adelaide Botanic park under the shade of the beautiful trees, a truly inspirational and creative location for your pictures! Or on SUNDAY 6th December, come down to Port Noarlunga beach with your loved ones we’ll make some beautiful beachie pictures to tell your story!

Why not bring a picnic and make a day of it too, a perfect excuse!

I have 10 shoots available from 2pm through until 6:30pm both days

Give me a call on 0401608853
Or message me at info@leeknowlesphotographer.com to book your shoot and time.

$60 includes shoot
+ 5 6×4 prints
and some digis for social media sharing

payment is required to secure booking

I can’t wait to see you all soon!

Adelaide family portrait mini shoots Port Noarlunga Jetty and Adelaide Botanic park promotion

Creative People Mindset

 

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Something a little different in my blog today.  Taken from an article I read, I feel it rings true in many ways… So heres a little insight into how people with a creative mindset may work..

They work when the work comes to them…meaning that they only paint, draw, write, sew, dance, or write out business plans when they feel like it. Creative people know the mind performs best in small bursts of concentrated work.

They probably don’t have a “normal” job. The creative spirit feels dampened by a job in which it doesn’t get to roam free and do as it pleases. Many creative types turn to entrepreneurship to make money, because it fulfills their soul while still allowing them to get paid.

They see inspiration in everything. Creative spirits become inspired by anything and everything, from an unusual pattern on a leaf to the bright lights of a city at night. They see the world as their oyster, and have a knack for finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

They never stop questioning. The creative mind always wonders and always wanders; creative people have highly active imaginations, and ponder the big AND small questions in life. They want to know it all.

They aren’t afraid to fail. They don’t even see failure as a bad thing, because they know that the only way to grow in life is by putting yourself out there and making mistakes.

They are very independent people. They don’t like being told what to do or when to do things. They work best alone and feel totally confident walking their own path in life.

They are risk-takers. Creative people don’t just love doing new things, they actually seek out dangerous or uncomfortable opportunities because this makes them feel alive. It unlocks new doors of creativity, and might even give them insight into previously undiscovered talents.

They use their pain to fuel their passion. Creative people have likely been through very hellish and traumatic experiences, but these experiences give life to their work. They feel inspired by what they learned from their setbacks, and transmute the negative energy from the pain into something positive.

They practice self-development. Imaginative people know that a foggy, unproductive, negative brain will block their creativity and not allow them to express themselves fully.

They read self-help books, practice mindfulness, meditate, do yoga, and say positive affirmations. They know that a positive attitude is the cornerstone of achieving a high level of creative success.

They daydream. Creative people let their minds wander, and don’t ask any questions until later. They simply enjoy traveling to new lands and thinking up new concepts through their imaginations, and know that daydreaming can lead to the most profound, unparalleled ideas.

They enjoy spending time alone. Most creative people are seen as loners or misfits, and never really fit in to any stereotype or clique. While this may not always be the case, creative people usually feel most comfortable in solitude because they do their best work in their own company.

They aren’t afraid of being different. They know they’re different, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. They own their uniqueness, and feel honored to show it off.

They only want friends who uplift and inspire them. They don’t want to be around people who don’t have big dreams and visions – they seek out friendships with people who they can bounce ideas off of and who truly understand their soul.

They often act before they think. Despite the stereotype of creative people, most of them actually take huge leaps of faith without going through all the scenarios in their minds first. Why? Because they know that they must live it, not just think it, in order to reach their goals.

They do things most people aren’t willing to do. They don’t give up easily, they put themselves out there, they fail over and over again but see it as growth, and they put in hard work even when they’re tired. Creative people are troopers; they have a strong will and don’t let anything stand in their way.

They have a “yes” mentality. They say yes to life, because they know this will create more opportunities for them. They do things even when they’re scared or unsure – they realize that momentum coupled with a positive attitude create the perfect mixture for exciting things to happen.

They have a strong work ethic. They might work fifteen or more hours a day, depending on how they feel. They know that dreams don’t work unless they do.

They are complex people. They might feel that no one understands them, but they don’t care. They have an intricate web of personality traits and deep emotions, but they feel proud to have so many layers. They think this makes them a more interesting person!

They get bored with the same old routine. They thrive off of new experiences, and actually cringe and feel caged in by doing the same things at the same time, day in and day out.

They move around a lot. They don’t like staying in the same place too long, because their creative energy thrives off of new places, faces, and activities.

They are highly emotional, intuitive people. Most creative people identify with being an empath, or highly sensitive person. They feel things very deeply, and let out their emotions through their creative work.

They may have a hard time falling asleep. Because of their active brains, they might stay up into the early morning hours some nights, either working or just thinking.

They take care of themselves. They realize their creative energy can’t move through them if they don’t keep their mind, body, and soul healthy. They likely care about their diet, exercise often, and meditate daily.

Life means nothing to them if they don’t follow their heart. They don’t relate to people who see everything as a means to an end. To them, their passion is both the means AND the end.

They live life on the edge. They know that they must always feel excited and challenged in life in order to live to the fullest. They want to live a life that is anything but ordinary.

 

Taken from  Power of Positivity

Southern Sounds

What an amazing fun packed weekend it as!  Beautiful family portraits made and then the southern Sounds  gig for the Port Noarlunga Arts Centre FUN FUN FUN!

 

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Open Shutter Night July 2nd 2015

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So hey everyone!
Ive spoken to a few of you via email… but heres a heads up on July Open Shutter Night session.

Venue: Port Noarlunga Arts Centre, South Australia

Date: Thursday 2nd July

Time: 7pm-10pm (for photographers)
Bookings are on first come first served basis, I have to limit the session to a minimum of 10 photographers to run the session. I hope you understand.. one to cover cost and two, its all a part of the vibe and networking experience..
I have a model and makeup and hair stylist confirmed so looking for one more model for sure. Models start makeup at 5pm (models $20 each)
Shooting session begins at 7pm so photographers please feel free to come a little before to start the networking. Shooting goes through until 10pm so plenty of time to make some awesome pictures. (photographers $40 each)
Its not a workshop, its a creative working network to bounce thoughts and ideas around.. Learn from each other.  Of course, I will start the night with a setup, but I do encourage people to play and change things as we go, experimentation is the key to life and art!
Bring any camera equipment you need for the eve, Lighting is already provided and flash triggers (if you shoot Sony/Minolta, if you can, please bring a hotshot adapter for the trigger, as you may need this as my triggers are for Nikon and Canon… or give me a shout and I’ll see if I can help.  Plus I do have sync cables too)

I hope to confirm the session by next Sunday 21 June. If you want to book a space, please get in touch and I will forward payment details to you. Payment is confirmation of you space and is fully refundable if the session does not go ahead due to low numbers or other issues. However it is not refundable in the case of a forgotten or missed session
Any questions please email me at openshutternight@lkfoto.com.au  or call 0401608853 and I’ll help.
keep an eye out in the group for updates!

Check out the Facebook group here!

I feel it’s an amazing opportunity if you are an Adelaide photographer! Cant wait to see and start creating with you!
Lee

 

Personal Branding Headshots

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. 

Don’t take yourself too seriously. Relax and show your personality.

Your business and personal brand promotion is not the place for a selfie or a party candid,  if you want to be perceived as professional, you should look professional, no matter how great you think you look, any headshot that has other people’s body parts cropped out around your head will bring you down.  Yes, selfie’s are fun.. and fine for memories and friends, but a quality headshot really should be used in your personal branding.

Lighting is important.  If you use natural light, never shoot at midday…its a strong source and creates harsh shadows. If you’re indoors, window light can be amazing, try a combination of natural and artificial light, it often works very well.

Try losing the suit and wear something that promotes what you do and your style.

Framing plays a big part in the image, make sure horizons are straight, move the clutter and anything in the background, distractions like this can be overwhelming and take focus away from you.  Keep it clean and simple.

Work with a few angles, we do have good and bad sides and angles,once you have taken a few look through and make sure that you have chosen the best angle.

Clothing is very important and depending on what you do will make a big impact on results!  Wearing anything with words, may just confuse the image and again take that focus from you.  You might want to steer clear of complicated patterns, stay with solid block colour or subtle patterns. 

Regular updates are important, once every 8 months to a year is a good rule of thumb. Any changes in your personal branding that you make or a career change may also create a need for an update too.

A professional photographer with an eye for detail and quality, both in studio or on location will provide a professional photo session and high quality edited images.  For anyone taking his or her career seriously or that may be self-employed, this is a very small financial investment to be able to have a professional headshot that can be used for personal branding.

It’s up to you on how to proceed and whether or not it is time to update your headshot. Maybe you already have an awesome set of personal branding images, thats great news!  but maybe a friend or colleague may not have?  Make a difference for someone else and please share this article.

Lee Knowles Photographer.  LKFOTO

 

A Port Noarlunga Photographer making quality professional portraits South Australia wide

Summer of something more arty

Merry Christmas everyone! I wish you an amazing summer with lots of mellow days in the sun. So far this summer is beginning to be a little creative for me, my photography is moving into all directions. Though still mostly within creative portraiture (people are what I’m drawn to), decided for no boundaries restricting my self as a photographer. Here are a couple of examples of some recent work. Both pictures made in camera without photoshop using traditional photographic techniques.

Well I think Adelaide is going to bring me so much photographic joy this year!

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2014 Shimmer Biennale “HUMAN”

So how was the Onkaparinga arts councils 2014 Shimmer Biennale experience for me?

I loved every moment! For a photographer, pushing out large format prints into the world is a truly great experience. To be able to showcase a collection of work that really shows where an artist is creatively is such a learning and proud moment. My exhibition “HUMAN” covered my work with people, both in controlled and as found environments. I really do hope that those of you that managed to get along to see the work, enjoyed looking and seeing things through my eyes for a while. I love so much working with people and watching people, we are amazing beings!

I look forward to my next exhibition (that is being photographed right now), but in the mean time, please enjoy some pictures of how the Shimmer looked for me. Thanks to Molly Dooker wines for being an awesome host, creating a cool retro setting for my work.

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Flowers

A little something I’ve been planning for a while, waiting for the right time, flowers and model. I wanted to create something simple yet effective with more of an art approach than my usual work. I’d never done any work with flower studies before, so this is a first for me… of course, being me, I have to have people involved too. I’d love to hear what you think, maybe you’d like something similar as an art piece on your wall?

Theres plenty more to come from this new series, I cant wait to shoot more and finish them.

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