Friday, 18 December 2009
Thursday, 3 December 2009
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Until midnight tonight (wherever you are in the world!) you will still recieve a free 6x4", 5x5" or 7x5" print of your choosing. Just tell me which print and what size!
Bye for now!
Saturday, 21 November 2009
Date: Saturday, Dec 5th
Time: 11am -5pm
Place: Chelsea Town Hall, King's Rd, London SW3 5EE
The hall itself is a beautiful building and is often the preferred civil wedding place of many a pop star or socialite! It's slap bang in the middle of the King's Rd (that is, it's equadistant between Sloane Square at one end and The World's End at the other - not that it's actually in the middle of the road! That would be stupid.) The position means that it's extremely accessible by bus or tube. Or do it properly and get in a London Black cab! There's no parking right outside the Town Hall, but there are public car parks near by.
I'll have my usual range of fine art images (printed as ever on highest quality archive-safe paper and guaranteed for 150 years +) in 6x4", 5x5", 7x5" and 10x8" sizes. I'll also be bringing some ready-framed prints and some brand new items, not yet available in either of my online shops!
Are you a follower of this blog? If so I'd love to meet you and say thanks in person! Just mention that you're a follower of my blog and you will recieve a special free gift on the day! (If you are planning on coming, do pop a note in the comments box below so I know to look out for you!)
Hope to see you there! In the meantime, click here to see my designer feature on the We Make blog!
Saturday, 14 November 2009
Some news for anyone in my local area. The fabulous West End Centre, in Aldershot are holding their annual open exhibition from the 16th of November to 12th December. The preview night is Monday (16th Nov) and I'll be there with my family as my Mum and I have both entered works into the exhibition!
I inherited my creative side from my Mum, so it seems fitting that we're exhibiting together, side by side. It's also very exciting for me, personally!
Like myself, my Mum has a long history of mental health problems but she was also diagnosed a couple of years ago with Multiple Sclerosis, which has meant she has to use a cane or wheelchair to get about. I've watched Mum struggle and suffer so much with MS that it's with great pride I'll see my pieces hanging alongside hers.
The two pieces I've selected are A Gentle Freak-Out and The Chapel Gate.
If you're in the neighbourhood from the 16th Nov to 12th Dec, do pop your head round the door of the Westy gallery. If you come along in the evening the bar will be open, so you can grab a drink (including tea and coffee) and a snack and settle into one of the big leather sofas!
Let me know if you're coming - wherever possible I'd love to meet you there for a drink and a chat! (I'll be at the Westy on Tuesday night anyway for a rehearsal for an upcoming Christmas show.)
Bye for now!
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
One thing I've heard raised a good few times in the forums is concerning item photos - and framed examples of prints in particular. So I've just been through my shop and posted the first of many photos of the framed examples I already have in my home. This is so you can get a better idea of what my pictures would actually look like hanging in your home; something which people have both directly and indirectly asked me for.
Another issue raised by the photo-buying handmade community was sizing options. Some people want each item in each size listed separately, while others simply want a list of the options in each listing without having to send a message to ask. Since opening my shops I intended to list every available print individually so I mean to go on the way I started. Basically, if it's listed, it's available. I always keep my listed prints in stock, so I can meet or beat my 'within 3 days' shipping deadline. I hope this will make shopping easy - like taking the items straight off the shelf in real-life! (Of course, I'm still as open as ever to special requests, such as larger/smaller sizes, adding text or a different finish - high gloss or matt - and will always welcome queries and strive to provide what you want.)
Please feel free to add in the comments any points or questions you have - I'm at your service!
Monday, 2 November 2009
(I've also won a months' free advertising on her blog, too, which is fabulous!!! Thank you 'Haptree'!)
I'm not too well at the moment and had started to feel a bit crappy about my photography, so this couldn't have come at a better time. I'm a great believer in the power of prayer and God never fails to amaze me..!
Saturday, 31 October 2009
I've also been able to knock a bit off the postage and packing rates, too! Woohoo!!!
...and my offer of a free 7x5" or 5x5" print of your choice with every single 10x8" until Dec 1st still stands so now is the perfect time to buy that print you've had an eye on for yourself - or someone else!
Merry (early) Christmas!
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
It's always nice to have a piece of work selected for any treasury, but this is a subject which many of you know is very close to my heart, so if you could just click on it and maybe leave a comment, we might get this issue on the frontpage of Etsy - and I'm all for promoting good mental health and raising awareness of mental health issues.
Sunday, 25 October 2009
which was a lovely surprise!
Saturday, 17 October 2009
If you buy three prints, you get three free - simple!
(And if you mention that you saw the offer in my blog, I may just throw in an extra freebie..!)
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
(So, for anyone who doesn't know about toy cameras, please read on...)
Yes, you heard right. I said 'toy'. Not that these are toys - no siree! They may be 'cheap' (relatively speaking) plastic cameras but they take some of the best photography I've seen. Check out this work from fellow fPOE team member, HolgaJen, who just happens to be one of my great toy camera inspirations: (Please click on the photos/titles.)
Coincedentally, World Camera Day 2009 is coming up on Staurday, 17th!
(P.S. More info about Holgas here)
Saturday, 3 October 2009
As both a Christian and a photographer (and the two aren't mutually exclusive!) I was only to happy to allow them to use my image today.
It's a great, uplifting website - a break from the constant barrage of bad news in the mainstream media.
Friday, 2 October 2009
Please, tell me what you think...
Sunday, 27 September 2009
From now until December 1st I'm giving away a FREE 7x5" print with every single 10x8" sold in my online shops!
After making your purchase, simply tell me which 7x5" you would like. It can be one of any from the 7x5" or 10x8" sizes in my shops.
As ever, they will both be printed on 'Fujifilm Crystal Archive' paper - guaranteed to last a lifetime...if not longer! Both prints will be signed, titled and dated upon purchase (unless you don't want that!)
Remember: EVERY single 10x8" gets a free print - even if you buy two or more!
Monday, 21 September 2009
You probably all know by know that I a deep and passionate love affair with black and white photography and Mark's work are superb examples of this type. Mark is a fellow brit, living in the beautiful west-country county of Devon (jealous...moi?!) and has been featured by that grand old British institution, the BBC and is scheduled to do a BBC Radio interview this week. Not bad, eh?
Mark's main site is HERE and he's also currently running a prize draw on his blog (here!) to win one of three prints, so I suggest you get over there pretty smartish, too!
Until next time!
Thursday, 17 September 2009
The original was taken on the spur of the moment, as we drove past a particular field in Normandy's wonderful farmlands. It was a great composition and but a low resolution image, therefore the quality was to low for quality prints larger than 6x4". This time I went prepared, with my favourite digital landscape equipment (Nikon D80, light tripod and all the filters I might need, all packed safely and neatly in my gorgeous new Lowepro 'Flipside 200' backpack!)
I went to Normandy on 2007 and did the D-Day beaches, the Bayeaux tapestry, revisited Mont St Michel and spent a couple of days in Caen and Rouen (where an uber-heroine of mine, St Joan of Ark, was burned at the stake.) I took a ridiculous amount of photos, swearing to come back and shoot properly - doing justice to the place this time! I've been to various parts of France but Normandy has stolen my heart - the people are wonderful, the scenery is stunning, the buildings are gorgeous and every town and village has a charm all of it's own. There's something for everyone - a rugged coastline or wide, sandy beaches, quaint little houses and farms, picturesque villages, large, bustling towns, peace and quiet or fun and excitement and of course, history seeping out of every blade of grass and cobbled stone!
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I couldn't spend as much time out and about with my camera as I'd have liked (having a husband and 3-year-old son in tow hinders things a little!) but I think there are definitely a few worthy shots which I'm about to start working on now, including some social documentary style portraits as well as the usual landscapes and architectural shots. I even managed to get in a self-portrait in a wonderful brasserie. The best should be ready for sale within the next two weeks...fingers crossed!
See you soon - à bientôt!
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Friday, 21 August 2009
A potted history:
The name was inspired by a Russian company; LOMO Plc in St Petersberg, although 'Lomography' is actually the commercial trademark of Lomographische AG, an Austrian company. LOMO Plc produced the now-legendary 35mm LOMO LC-A Kompakt Automat camera in the 1980s, which was rediscovered in 1991 by Lomographische. They bought the sole marketing and distribution rights and became the sole distributers for the LOMO LC-A outside of the then Soviet Union.
So what's so cool about a cheap, plastic camera, then?
Well, it's partly explained by what first attracted the Austrian Lomography founders to it. Apparently they were very taken with it's; "unique, colourful, and sometimes blurry" images. Lomo photographs are characterised by vignetting (the dark shadows around the edges of the image) and deep, over-saturated colours, which even make a wonderful difference to black and white photography. Because of its cheap, plastic build the original cameras were/are prone to light leaks which can also add an interesting depth to the images.
The cameras are compact, light and easy to use anywhere, anytime.
So how do you do your photos, then, Emma?
I use a digital SLR camera and add the lomography effect afterwards in post-processing. This way I can offer buyers the best of both worlds: an original image and/or one with the lomo effect. (I like to think of the second option as adding a little extra nostalgia!)
I personally adore the lomo effect - it gives a shot that classic, retro vintage-feel which is so popular these days and also adds a depth to my work which I really enjoy. I love the slight unpredictability of it, too. It's made photography fun for me again!
Thursday, 13 August 2009
Monday, 10 August 2009
Click HERE to check it out!
How cool is that?!!
(Just realised that I've just blogged about being blogged! LOL)
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
Read all about it here!
Free stuff, discounts, special offers...they're all coming, so watch this space!!!
Saturday, 1 August 2009
Friday, 31 July 2009
I'm also a member of the newest group (pending): Female Photographers of Etsy (FPOE)
...which all means I am now very well connected to some of the most talented independant photographers anywhere!
Make yourself a cup of tea or pour a glass of something stronger, click away - and enjoy...!
Thursday, 30 July 2009
I originally included him in a still life shoot (above) just for fun and practice, but was so pleased with the result that I have now subjected his image to the lomography effect and digital art. What do you think...?
Friday, 10 July 2009
Elle is a gorgeous person, with exceptioal taste. She's also pretty gorgeous in the looks department, too, for which I try not to hold a grudge ;-)
'Elle' is also a member of the FSPASG (Female Self-portrait Artists' Support Group) on Flickr. We're also in the pending 'Female Photographers on Etsy' group - watch this space!
As if that wasn't enough, we're also both in the FSPASG books - the first of which (She Took Her Own Picture) is available on Blurb.com and the second (In Her Own Image) will have its official public release soon! (Again, watch this space!)
I'll post some more info on the books and share some more inspirational people with you soon!
Celebrate by investing in something gorgeous and beautifully handmade! You could do worse than start with a nice print for your wall... well, it doesn't hurt to try! ;-)
Friday, 3 July 2009
(I'm a veritable chain!)
ArtFire is a great way to buy art and crafts on a 'proper' commercial online shop - and no need to sign up for an account first, either! Prices are also displayed in YOUR currency, too, which is cool!
The shop is in its infancy at the moment, so please bear with me for a few days while I add all my current prints.
See you there!
Friday, 19 June 2009
Ok, advert over. Why am I so excited? Well, this morning I recieved a pre-released version of this month's magazine - with my 'letter-of-the-month' in it, accompanied by one of my very first still life shots!
I knew it was happening as I'd already been told by GMC Publications' editor, Elizabeth Roberts and I was sent a copy of a lovely book for my troubles! It was still a wonderful surprise in the post, though!
I will scan and post the page here, in the meantime, here is a copy of my email as it appears:
LETTER OF THE MONTH - Creative Shot in the Arm
Liz has also expressed an interest in publishing the whole set when it's finished, too!
#Doing the happy dance!#
Monday, 15 June 2009
It's like a UK version of Etsy and it means I can sell in pounds rather than dollars and hopefully offer my fellow Brits a better deal on postage, etc! I will also be able to offer bulkier items, such as canvas prints to UK customers which would be difficult and very expensive to ship overseas.
At present the images offered are exactly the same as my Etsy shop, but I should be expanding the range very soon, so watch this space! :-)
Bye for now,
Thursday, 11 June 2009
...saying that, some of the colours I use just look so much better in high gloss - and I mean HIGH gloss! The paper still has the same high quality (I use Fujifilm Crystal archive paper for all my 10x8" and A4 prints) but the colour images are given an extra richness and depth. Beautiful!
So - the ball really is in your court. I often print colour-only and colour versions of my images in both matte and high gloss, so if you don't see the alternative in my Etsy shop, just ask! The price is currently exactly the same for both.
(BTW; I always use a well-established and trusted professional lab for all my printing. Rest assured!)
My Etsy shop
Thursday, 4 June 2009
The showcases and blog are a great Etsy community-building exercise and potential customers can find fabulous products and great sellers they otherwise might never come across by browsing alone.
Today I'm in the art (general) showcase. You can find it via the link on Etsy's frontpage, or simply go to http://www.etsy.com/showcase.php?ref=fp_banner_showcase_main and click through the categories using the arrows and menu at the top.
Tip: Clicking on an image opens a more detailed pop-up. Clicking the image closes it again, or you can go straight to the seller's shop.
Enjoy all the loveliness that is Etsy!!!
Bye for now,
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
I got a couple of good shots and there's one in particular that I'm very pleased with. I've added a little bit of texture in post-processing to soften the image and slightly mute the pretty yellows and greens. I can't wait to print an 8x10" version to see how it comes out!
As I walked back from the field I had to congratulate God for such a lovely day and such beautiful buttercups. I also thanked him for sharing it with us. Awesome to think He created each and every petal!
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
I've found myself shopping around and foraging about for interesting objects to photograph recently and I've started seeing the world in small, sepia-toned snippets!
One of my most recent image is, in my own personal humble opinion, my best so far. I was really chuffed with the final results and I've had some really positive feedback from various quarters. I think I've definitely found my niche...for now, anyway!
The image in question is called 'Thel's Motto.' The title comes from a prophetic poem by William Blake called The Book of Thel. One of the verses reads:
I uploaded three versions of Thel's Motto - one in colour, one in sepia and one in sepia 'on canvas' to Flickr to guage reactions and the canvas version seems to have won, hands-down, so I'll be releasing a canvas version of this and other images in due course. I want to use the highest archive quality canvas and printing so will do a bit of research first!
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Today I'm featuring in The Storque showcase (slap bang in the middle of the page!) I'll be rotating different images from my shop throughout the day.
Monday, 18 May 2009
I'm very passionate about people using their creative gifts for worship, prayer, praise and ministry. Some people sing and dance, others draw and paint - I take photographs. It's a wonderful to spend some time with God, especially doing still life or being out in the landscape, and the resulting images can be used to share the gospel. A winning combination!
FACT: Everyone has a creative gift - even if they haven't discovered what it is yet!
Sunday, 17 May 2009
Until then, I'm selling off mounted and unmounted versions in my Etsy shop on high quality matt and/or gloss photographic paper at $10/$20 respectively. (Approx. £6.50/£13.20)
I will also be selling these at upcoming exhibitions and sales but once they're gone, they're gone and there's only one or two of each print left.
If you'd like to purchase a giclee printed version - watch this space!
By the way, a massive thank you to my recent customers! You're fabulous!!!
Friday, 15 May 2009
"What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup."Boris Pasternak (Russian novelist, poet and translator, 1890-1960)
As important as an early education is, there's nothing like life experience and whether you like it or not, it will get in the way!
This image is deliberately soft, in the tradition of early sepia photography. I love the vintage feel of it and it looks fantastic mounted or framed at 10x8" plus!
Extra info: The mug is made of bone, based on a traditional horn jug. The berries came out of a Christmas pot pourri! Who needs expensive props?!
Currently available in my Etsy shop as a mounted 10x8" print at the bargain price of $20! Also available unmounted for $10 - just ask!
A more expensive giclee edition will replace this one so I'm selling off this version at a bargain price. Get it while stocks last (as they say)!!!