|Posted on December 1, 2010 at 1:23 AM||comments (5)|
This week we chat with Portrait and Fine Art Photographer Belinda Thompson
How long have you been creating?
I have always enjoyed photography and always taking photos of friends and family, but I would say I started to take a special interest in fine art photography and portrait photography about 3 years ago. I did photography back in college many years ago. After many years of working in child care and bringing up my own children I found the time for myself to express me and what I enjoy .
What makes you and your creations unique?
This is a hard question to answer……..I guess im unique because I have a passionate eye for the world around me , and I like to capture it on digital film naturally without changing to much of the image…. everywhere you look people have cameras in their hands so its very hard to be unique in this field…… I try to capture the most natural image of the world around us . Although I took photography years back I would say im more a self taught photographer.
What is your biggest creative goal for the moment?
My biggest creative goal so far would have to be owning and running my own gallery /studio where I was able to exhibit my photography work . From this I have sold pieces and have completed photo shoots for portraits and weddings. Starting to make some money from what I love to do .
What has been your greatest creative achievement to date?
My latest and greatest creative achievement would be the last wedding I did…..the photos were very creative and everyone was very please with my work. I had the whole day planned and then it rained so I had to change the whole day of wedding photos which was very challenging.
Do you have any creative developments/big news that you would like to share?
My new web page
Available for pregnancy , portraits, weddings , newborns , children and special family times.
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment or complete disaster with any of your creative works?
When /how did you decide to pursue your creativity as a business?
I opened and ran a gallery/studio in my local rural town of Corowa . Studio 51 was opened for local and surrounding artist to exhibit their art works, photography , handmade jewellery , unique gifts and sculptures . I also registered my photography business “images by belinda “about 12 months ago. Where I was producing fine art photography , portraits and weddings. I believe I decided to pursue my creativity as a business after being inspired by a friend and local artist , who has been very supportive and very inspirational.
How do you produce an income from your creative work?
Producing an income from my photography is a time consuming thing , lots of hard work and lots of money spent to achieve an income from my creativity. I entered art shows and had exhibitions where I sold some pieces of my photography , also through my studio 51 . I have also made an income through portrait shoots and weddings which I enjoy doing and with word of mouth they are increasing.
What are the best things about having a creative small business for you?
I found the best things about having a small business was giving myself a space to be creative and to explore my field of photography. Also to share this experience with other artists through the studio/gallery and communicating and meeting so many amazing and talented people.
Is there a downside?
Unfortunately for myself the downside of running a studio/gallery and photography business along with a family , I found I was missing out on time to follow my photography shoots and look for new exciting images to work with. Although one day in the future I would look forward to reopening my studio/gallery .
What is a typical “work” day like for you? What you do for the day, are you very organised or do you just go with the flow?
I always tried to be organised and had a set plan of goals to follow through but as most people know days change and things happen , so I guess I started my day organised and then let it go with the flow .
What motivational advice can you give to other small creative business owners like yourself?
Follow your dreams , never give up . Sometimes our plans change or take different paths but always remember your goals and dreams. We are all very talented people so lets share it with others……..
|Posted on September 4, 2010 at 8:38 AM||comments (0)|
We have been a little slow this week as we couldn't decide which of our fabulous creative people to feature this time, and then, whilst trawling the www on a totally unrelated search we came across the lovely Faye of Angel Inspired Poetry . Faye has kindly allowed us to share one of her inspirational poems with you .
Follow Your Heart
Although it's been said many
It's a powerful message, so I'll
say it once more...
Follow your heart, go wherever
it may lead,
Follow your heart and you're
sure to succeed!
For when you follow your heart
and do what you love,
God gives you guidance and help
And things start to happen that
you never thought could,
And dreams come true...that you
never thought would!
For God's given each of us a
special part to play...
So follow your heart and you
won't be led astray!
©Faye Kilday 2000
You'll be hearing much more of Faye when the first edition of Art 2 Zee magazine is published in November.
|Posted on August 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM||comments (1)|
This week's Featured Creator is the lovely Natalie Lappin. Life Coach, healer, Children's Author, candlemaker and mum to two gorgeous little boys.....this girl is living proof that you really can "have it all".
A2Z: What is your area of creativity? (Do you paint, sew, write or sculpt etc)
Natalie: I am a Children’s Book Author. I also make homemade Natural Soy Candles.
A2Z: How old are you? (Completely optional question)
Natalie: 38 years young.
A2Z: How long have you been creating?
Natalie: Only since last year, as I am also an Intuitive Life Coach & Healer for approximately 5 years, that is my main ‘job’. I started a children’s group called ‘Magic Kid’s’ last year and saw a gap in the market for children’s books about Archangels, so I decided the next natural step would be to create a series of my own. In the process that lead to another series being born, ‘Daisy the very busy Fairy’. The candles are about 6 months old, I have heaps in my Healing Room that I use all the time, so it was for need as well as to sell!
A2Z: What makes you and your creations unique? (What do you do that no one else does/what do you do better than anyone else etc)
Natalie: I have never seen nor heard of any other Archangel Children’s Book in the world!
A2Z: What is your biggest creative goal for the moment?
Natalie: To finish publishing both Children’s Book series and also a deck of Oracle cards I have created also.
A2Z: What has been your greatest creative achievement to date?
Natalie: Getting the first Archangel book published and for sale.
A2Z: Have you ever had an embarrassing moment or complete disaster with any of your creative works? (Optional question)
Natalie: No, I’m very, very careful, though there have been a couple of close calls!
A2Z: What would you like to get out of the Art 2 Zee Magazine and/or website? (Creative ideas, extra business, greater exposure, marketing advice, new creative connections or just a jolly good read.... etc)
Natalie: All of the above would be great!
A2Z: When /how did you decide to pursue your creativity as a business?
Natalie: I felt like I had no other choice, I was strongly ‘pushed’ by those on the other side to pursue my burning desire to ‘know more’.
A2Z: How do you produce an income from your creative work? (sell at markets/online/in shops etc)
Natalie: I’m at the Chiltern Market, sell online off my websites, from my Healing Room in Chiltern and am fortunate to have some of my Natural Soy Candles available in a local gallery/gift shop.
A2Z: What are the best things about having a creative small business for you?
Natalie: Once you’re in the mode of doing what you love, more and more and more and more ideas continually present themselves to you as viable business opportunities for growth and expansion! It’s fantastic feeling and very exciting!
A2Z: Is there a downside?
Natalie: Yes, it’s a lot of work and so many times you feel like your just treading water, but in reality you really are making big waves and when your work starts to get noticed, you realize its because of all your own blood, sweat and tears that made that happen. A great sense of accomplishment!
A2Z: What is a typical “work” day like for you? (What you do for the day, are you very organised or do you just go with the flow?)
Natalie: There are things I have to do, usually promotion stuff, returning emails and pretty much laying groundwork for upcoming events etc. Always something to do, but I love it!
A2Z: What piece of advice do you have for those starting out in a creative business?
Natalie: Follow your heart; it won’t lead you the wrong way!
A2Z: What motivational advice can you give to other small creative business owners like yourself?
Natalie: Eyes on the prize! Keep visualizing the end result and how good you feel in that moment! And always remember, you deserve to do what you love, no matter what anyone else thinks or feels about it, surround yourself with positive people who support you!
A2Z: Do you have any creative developments/big news that you would like to share? (New product/service launch, an upcoming event, new face book page/webpage, being published, getting an award)
Natalie: Yes, the launch for ‘Getting to know Archangel Michael’ will be at Lake View House, Chiltern on the 16th of October at 1pm till 3pm. Everyone is welcome! You can pre order ‘Getting to know Archangel Michael’ here and My Soy Candles are available here
If you would like to be one of our Featured Creatives and have your work featured here, or perhaps in the magazine, please contact us here at Art 2 Zee and we'll email you our questionaire. It's FREE