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It has come to that time, where I realise that you don’t make a lot of money photographing cycling.  It has been good, but it isn’t enough to make a living on, so it is time to use my artistic talents to expand.  I am attempting to get a portrait business off the ground.  Not something new, have tried before, but I didn’t really push it enough, and let’s face it, I really didn’t know what I was doing.  I knew what type of photos I wanted to take and the premise I had was a good one, taking photos of kids in their natural environment, but I didn’t have the skills to really do it properly.

So what’s different now?

Well I’ve studied photography more intensely, did one year of Diploma in photography before going on to study Fine Arts.  I have also had a lot more experience with the theatre.  I think that has helped tremendously.  I believe that to do the type of photography that I want to do, then I have to understand light and how it works, and how I can use it to do what I want.  I think I have those skills now and it is time to put it to the test and just get out there to take photos.

Fortunately I have the business name, the domain name and ABN, the photography business is all set up, so I don’t have to go out and do anything extra to get myself sorted.

To help advertise my business I needed a logo or something to use on my business cards and website.  I’m very lucky to have become friends with Thomay and she designed the above for me.  I love it, simple, and elegant.

I also need a website, unfortunately I don’t think my current website can really do what I want, though I can still use it for my business to put up the portraits, and with the added bonus of being able to put a access code on it so only the family involved can see the images.  I decided that I would start with a blog and then work on my own website.

I started a new WordPress blog called Leanne Cole Photography.  I went through all the themes and decided on one that I thought looked elegant and one similar to what I would design myself if I was doing it.  I found what I was looking for and through some frustrating moments I am slowing getting it together.  A screen shot.  Doesn’t show everything, but it is getting there.  Take a look yourself.

Leanne Cole Photography

Don’t forget to let me know what think.  I am still working on it, and it will all come together.  The way I’ve worded stuff isn’t fantastic and once I get the look I want that will be the next step.

I have decided that I am going to charge quite a bit for the session fee, which will include a package or selection of free photos.  It always drove me nuts when my children were little and you went to find a photographer, only to discover there were so many hidden costs and what they charge for the actual photographs was huge, and so overpriced.  I hated that, so I always wanted my business to be more upfront.  Perhaps with the original session fee, and the photos that you get for it you can get everything you need.  Also, the prices of the photos, if people want extra, will be the same as what I charge now for prints with the sports photography.

Fingers crossed that people will some portrait photos from me.

Is Painting Like Reading a Book?

This morning I was trying to work out what it is that stops me from painting, I have talked about it before, but I realised that I do the same thing with books.  I think a book will be interesting, but I am always hesitant to start.  I delay it, what if I don’t like it and am totally disappointed with the story.  That happens, it happens a lot.  I also know, that once I make a start and force myself to begin, that it will be hard going and that I have to keep going until I reach that point where the book is interesting enough that I can’t put it down and I want to continue reading till the end.  There are those books that it doesn’t matter how many times I pick it up to read I just can’t get into it, until eventually I just stop picking it up.

So I suppose I think painting is the same.  It takes me ages to start and then I have trouble going back to painting until it reaches a point where I just can’t stop painting until it finished.  So to start I need canvas’s to be made up and prepared.

The the planning starts, what am I going to paint.  I showed some ideas in my last post.  I went through lots of things before I settle on what to paint.

I narrowed it down, and whilst I haven’t used any of these, doesn’t mean I won’t one day.  I really like some of the ideas behind some of these.

The first coat of paint has been applied, so I don’t have to start on a blank white canvas.  I thought I would give them all a brown coat.  Once the paint was dry and decided on what images I am going to use, they were put on to the canvas’s.  

Then it is time to actually start painting.  I just need to fill it in so that I can do some more to the background.

They don’t look great at this stage, but a start is a start and I have to keep picking up the brush until I get hooked and need to keep painting.

I am glad I have started and am looking forward to the paint drying and adding more.

Some of the Collection and Things to Come

It has been a busy week and I’m starting to panic over how soon my exhibition is.  Just under 2 months away.  I have decided that instead of the whole exhibition being about cycling that I would also make it about coffee or tea.  I have been taking photos of coffee at home and hopefully will be going to a cafe this coming week to get some more.  I got some of the images I’ve been working on printed.

I am thinking that 3 will be good as paintings and might do more depending on time.  Thought I might try some watercolours as well.

I also wanted to show you some of my collection of ceramics.  I showed some of it the other week with a photo of the shelves in my studio, but I have so much more.  A lot is tucked away in cupboards, but when you come into my lounge room you see some book shelves.  The bookshelves are overflowing with books, but in front of the books I have, as ornaments, jugs, teapots, sugar bowls etc.  Take a look.

The ducks, that is what I think of when I see these.

The ballerina’s, they come in sorts of shapes and sizes.

The teapot has been used before in a painting, oh and the milk jug.

A little look at my collection.  To crazy, too much stuff, so my husband thinks.  I would like to do artwork with it all.  One day.