Day 110. Personal loss

 

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Its been awhile since my last post so I want to apologise for that. I lost a close family member and it’s been hard to think of anything else. This blog is suppose to be about my photography journey but like all of us what happens in our personal lives affects our professional lives.

Although I was heartbroken and surrounded by sadness I still photographed a 21st and did some family portraits during this difficult time.

I put on a brave face and a smile and did my job to the best of my ability. So you can imagine how surprised I was when I got 5 star ratings from  the all the clients.

There are exciting things coming up for me, I’ve got some ‘kute kid’ shoots and Xmas minis and Xmas photos so I’m going to be very busy in the next few weeks.

Above are some of my pics from the last few jobs I’ve done.

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Day 95. Parties

 

I’ve been really busy since returning from training in Melbourne. I had a 21st birthday party Friday night and they wanted their edited images by Monday afternoon. On Saturday I had my granddaughters 2nd birthday party. I feel like I haven’t caught my breathe yet. So on Sunday I spent some time with my son after leaving him to go to Melbourne , we’d missed each other. On Monday Mark and I worked on the images from the 21st all day. I drove down and delivered them early evening .

Today I had an enquiry about a cake smash and a party. When I spoke to the person and gave my quote they then added more things that they want done. They want an extra person to come and video ( which I didn’t add in my quote) so that can be pretty awkward if I have to ask her for more. There’s no guarantee I’ll get the job but I hope I do. Cake smashes and babies are so much fun , so much mess but so much fun!

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Day 91. A Day Of Firsts

Today was a big day for me. Firstly I travelled alone to Melbourne and flew for the first time. I was so nervous on the plane and take off was really scary , well it was for me . Once we were up in the air it was fine. I actually enjoyed the flight.

Once I was in Melbourne I had a few hours before my shuttle arrived so I just walked around and hung out at maccas and charged my phone. It was the longest day Ever.

On arrival at Jim’s head office we were directed to the dining room where dinner was ready for us. After dinner I went to check out my room. It’s really nice and my bed is massive

We’re here for a few days of training , which I’ve been looking forward to and dreading at the same time. But I think it’s going to be a good experience and I’ll learn all the things I need to know.

Day 86.New born shoot

Today I had the pleasure of photographing my granddaughter Sophie. She was only 8 days old.

For the first half of the shoot she was a bit unsettled. It was a very cold and dark day. So we stopped so she could be fed and changed and give the room a chance to warm up a bit.

Once she was fed she was fast asleep and I was able to get some nice shots of her. I don’t have a lot of props but we used what I had. It was a lot of fun and can’t wait to do more of these shoots. 3682FCA4-C1E7-49F1-A333-CE266A6217E4.jpegD23C27AA-3F50-443D-83AA-956EE1E9C86D

Day 85. Fun at the park

Today I did a photo shoot at a local park with a very cute 4 year old boy. It was so much fun and I got some nice shots.

While I was taking photos and interacting with the little boy Mark was taking video of me for a promotional video he’s putting together . I felt really self contious knowing I was being filmed. But I feel like it went really well.

Personally I’d much rather be behind than in front of the camera.

We also had a jims meeting with all the Jim’s people. We had pizza and coke and talked about what’s going on and we all had our headshots done with a quick tutorial on lighting .

It was such a good day. Here are some of the pics from today’s shoot.

Day 80. My first booking

Today I was sent a potential booking. It was up to me to call and seal the deal. So very nervous , i took a deep breath and called the potential client and spoke about the event , and her expectations and I told her what we could offer.

She seemed keen but said she wanted to see my work first before booking. So it’s always nerve racking to show people your work. What if they don’t like it. So I sent her through some of my recent work and waited.

There was no response for quite some time. I was feeling like I’ve messed this up, I’ve sent her the wrong photos or she just doesn’t like them. Then I got a message from Mark. She had called and booked , I was so relieved.

Im so looking forward to doing this job, and hopefully many others. I feel so blessed to be doing what I love.

Day 79. Coffee and cheesecake

Today I met with Mark and Matteo . We met at a very nice coffee shop to go over the details of my contract. We ordered cappuccino and a creamy cheesecake. The cheesecake was so fancy and delicious.

We talked over all the details and they put my mind at rest about all the things I was worried about.

So im almost officially a “jim” . I’m so happy and excited for the future . I’m also extremely grateful to them for giving me this opportunity.

Now I just have to make it work. I guess the more I put into it , the more I’ll get out of it and with people like Mark and Matteo behind me , I can’t lose.