Once upon a time two beautiful mermaids bathed in a French Chateaux,
…and I happened to be there to capture it!
Dreaming up this shoot was …can I say.. a dream.
Special thanks to Aurore Guillot for making sense of the sketches and making the most divine mermaid tails known to man kind. Truly, an artist you are!
If you had asked me 10 years ago, if I believed I would be photographing in the South of France, I would simply not have believed you. This year, I have been deep in country Australia, photographing families on their farms, in the beautiful beach side homes, and in places far beyond such as France. Such diversity. I will sure to share some more of those once I get a moment – in the meantime, France. Dreams really do come true. This sweet girl – Aix-En-Provence, France.
Hair and Make up by the wonderful Adi Bukman
The funniest shoot. Ever.
In so many ways.
A personal project in France – a bit of fun amongst all the chaos.
Our team entered this 11th Century kitchen with fun and games on our minds, to find we had about 5 seconds to complete the shoot. We were all set up, ready to shoot, and in trotts the owners wife who clearly had not been advised of our, let me say, creativity. Not impressed, she decided we ‘possibly’ could not do the shoot after all. With that, she scurried off to find her husband who had rented us the venue. Luckily for us this kitchen was well hidden in the bottom floor of a sprawling Chateau with many levels above it.
And we were like stealth ninja’s. Completing our shoot in what was record time. And with a puff of flour, we cleaned up and *whispering* – it was like we were never. even. there.
In that 5 minutes I will say, I had one of the most memoriable shoots ever.
In fact, I would say if you were to ask, this didnt happen. And actually, come to think of it, we were so fast we didnt find out the conclusion of their disagreement about us being in the kitchen.
And we certainly did not smuggle in an animal, set up lights or any of it…. and for that reason there was no way we had someone stand guard at the door just in case the unassuming patrons would find us throwing our flour party. And Vera, our lovely model, as absolutely amazing through it all.
It simply did not happen.
(another pic to come).
The above : A collaboration – By myself and my husband.
Musings below :
Lately my voice has been screaming for space.
For the imperfections, for grace and the un-affected. Pure of heart.
Recently I taught a workshop where one of the attendees asked me where I downloaded my animal “composites”.
Now, before I launch into this you KNOW, if you have followed me (and have heard this before) that I love digital artistry. And its amazing skill and admire those of you who are just outstanding at it.
But, most, if not 90% of the time – in my shots – the animals are not a composites from two different shoots. And that’s just a voice thing. I prefer the children to experience the joy of the relationship that they have with the animal, safely. To have wander and understand just how valuable animals are on this planet, and experience their beauty. To have the stars floating around them, to be holding the cake or to be actually there on the boat.
Its their imaginations and experience after all.
But again that’s not to say that the art of making a story around a child, digitally, is any lesser. Its not. Its another skill…altogether. A form of artwork that is entirely different.
So for teaching, such as my editing videos, I often will add things, or sometimes, I might add a moon or some fluffy clouds or another star..for example. I LOVE doing that. I do, and I love teaching. I was after all a child care worker prior to all of this and its my retirement plan to go back there. Making fuzzy felt animals and reading on the reading rug with preschoolers. Be still my heart!
Let me get back on topic…(if there really is one)…
Back to photography. I really in my heart of hearts, feel so much more joy, for myself and the children in the photograph… if I can provide them with an experience that is based around their own imaginations and capture that on the day for them.
And that’s where my voice is screaming. My photographic voice.
I jump up and down when I capture something in camera… as is..and it captures just THAT. Then in edit… its about enhancing the colours, the feel, in such a huge way that it brings more to the imagination of the work. Like a paint brush.
My husband Simon asked me why don’t I just shoot film. Well, I said.. “I love digital photography”. AND I love having the option of moving a star – from side A to side B for example. And painting. Which he rightly proclaimed, I could still do, shooting film. But its not for me.
And I don’t feel like I need to really explain (although I have) myself. (So why am I? I am just now asking myself this). I prefer to just shoot, make things with my hands, and experience and really quite honestly, offer my clients this moment in time that is just for them. Nobody else.
I feel – like – my time – our time is short.
And every day, more and more, I am immersing myself in my own day to day – offline.
I am enjoying craft, making props, drawing up ideas, sharing in this with my family. Making craft that is entirely different to photography and something we will share soon. I feel so fortunate that we lead this amazing life where art and craft are our every day. Where there isn’t a day that goes by where one of us isn’t involved in an art project..
So this long winded post is about a change that you will slowly see happening here on JinkyArt. Its already started.
Its SO longed for.
But let me just say to you – its such a slow gradual thing you will wonder what on earth I am talking about…. Really, Im still going to photography. My heart for photography and capturing childhood memories and moments is still as pure as it was the first day it started. And I am so so so grateful for every single moment of this journey.
So…We have something in the wood works that we will be sharing with you…and my flow of work coming to you shall be truly, from the heart. As always. But my aim, is more and more hands on…in person. And sharing in that delightful side of it.
But now, I must go and grow some carrots.
Dont worry, Ill be sure to photograph us doing it and bring you along for the ride…
Good night cyber land – my old friend.