How are you with finding inspiration? I find it in other artists work, music and pretty much anything positive around me. Everyone has their own devices in discovering what works for them. I am inspired by photographers who travel and photograph the beauties of the world. From the amazing glaciers to the less fortunate faces of the poor. I haven’t been able to travel overseas due to illness and so for the past 2 years 6 months I have been seeing the world via the eyes of other photographers. And it’s been just as satisfying.
I have made great connections with other photographers via social media and what a blessing it has been building relationships without even meeting them in person, but through their images, I feel as if I know a whole lot about each of them. I have yet to meet up with a few photographers in my own hometown Gold Coast and Brisbane. I’m always being invited to group catch ups for morning or evening photo shoots, but something always pops up. I will make it to a meet and greet soon.
However, I have been busy with other photography work, retouching and editing for overseas companies, that at least keeps my editing skills in tact and up to date. I have also committed myself to keeping my website updated, which I did neglect for about 6 months. I have noticed most photography websites concentrate on solely sharing their own work but I have steered away from that and have begun sharing other photographers works. Adding either their personal websites or their URL’s via their accounts on Bēhance or Fine Art America. I know! You’re probably asking “Why are you promoting other photographers?”.
It’s simple really, I want to share the beauty and talent of others to anyone and everyone who visits my website. Being kind, giving and sharing is my personality, ask anyone who knows me. It makes me happy to not only help myself but others. Caring is Sharing! shouldn’t only be a saying slash quote, but an action! We need to not only say and speak but to follow through with what we do about it. Actions speak louder than words. So lately I have been jotting down other lists of pages I want to add to my website, if you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to take note of your suggestions in the comments section.
I have also built and designed my own website from scratch, so I’m really chuffed with myself. I had used altogether 3 hosting sites but have now found a great one that I have been with for a year now and have had no problems with and it’s affordable. It’s been a while since I last posted here on my Blog but I finally remembered my username and password hahaha!!… So many accounts, usernames and passwords can get very confusing. So before I sign off I would love for you to visit my website. Please share and like it on your other social media sites and keep in mind that you won’t be only helping me but other photographers on my page as well.
As a parent, I’m always looking out for my daughters best interest. And as an Aunty I’m continuously supportive of my nieces and nephews interests. On Sunday 20th July, we attended my nephew Tré modelling competition to be the Face of Radio Metro, a popular modern day radio station here on the Gold Coast. We were all excited that he had made it through to the finals amongst countless others who had applied. It came down to the final twelve contestants, six female and six male. And to also mention that it was his very first modelling competition EVER!
Tré was also the youngest (16 years) while the other models were mature and experienced. We were all so nervous for him, but I could tell that he was just as nervous. I’ve been photographing Tré since he was knee high and last year I spoke to his mother, my sister-in-law about encouraging him to enter modelling competitions, more so for a confidence booster as well as his charming good looks. So I started up again taking portrait photos of him 2 years ago and I would post his photos on my Facebook page for family and friends to view. It was so nice to receive the support from everyone else, including his peers at school, as I would tag him.
The crowd at the finals were such a cheerful bunch, supporting and cheering not only for their own but for all twelve finalist, it was a great atmosphere. I sat to the side taking photos of each model and took some awesome ones. Tré was so nervous that he pretty much ran on and off the stage for the first strut on the catwalk, I must say that it was funny. There were three heats, the first being “Presentation”, “Swim Wear” and “Casual Wear”. I noticed that he slowed his pace down and enjoyed the second and third round. He also looked over my way a lot, giving me a good range of photos to add to his portfolio. And not that I told him too, but that he’s so comfortable now with a camera in his face.
We were all so proud of him for sending in his own application, passing GO at the interview and gathering up the courage to walk the runway in front of a crowd of 80+ people. Tré did not win the male model “Face of Radio Metro”, however I think he won the most important and that was the “Listeners Choice” award. He gained the most votes online from the radio stations listeners. So if you see this face on the front cover of magazines, posters etc. remember that you read about his very first modelling experience here on Hina DT Photography’s blog.
I wonder how many of you tell yourself to have a good day. My brother dropped off my two nieces yesterday evening for the weekend and this morning my 6 year old niece said to me “Did you know Aunty, that when you tell yourself that you’re going to have a good day, then YOU WILL have a good day!”. I had a little giggle to myself and replied “Oh Darling, how did you get so clever!?”. Out of the mouths of babes. We adults can also learn a lot from the simple minds of children.
Both my nieces went on, to informing me that they are doing a “Negative Fast”. Only speaking good and positive things about everything in general. Not that I hear them say anything bad or nasty but it will teach them how to look at a negative and turn it into a positive. I remember growing up with my siblings and singing a song and the punch line was J.O.Y…Jesus first and Yourself last and Others in between. How true is it? That when you place God first in all things, then everything else will fall into place, giving you absolute JOY in your life.
After telling my 6 year old niece that we are hitting the beach she replied “Wow! My positive thinking is working Aunty, I told myself that I was going to have a good day and it’s just getting better”. She is so adorable and loves to talk all the time, even in her sleep ha! So we headed out to the beach and we had such a great day, making sand castles, climbing trees, playing on the playground then finishing off with a walk. I also managed to squeeze in a quick portrait photo shoot with the girls. My daughter loves her cousins, she said to me that today was the first time that she didn’t need to interrupt a disagreement ha!
Give it a go! Tell yourself each morning that you’re going to have a good day and whenever a negative gets in the way, walk away, breathe and turn it into a positive. I know! Easier said than done, but then again Practice makes perfect to eliminate the negative and extenuate the positive.
I’ve always enjoyed photographing people. There’s nothing better than seeing the smiles on peoples faces, the love between two people and their children, it NEVER gets boring. Some tend to walk through life missing the little things that matter the most. Is it because we tire from repeating everyday activities such as work? Or worrying about financial commitments etc.?
I’m forever taking photos of my family, immediate and extended and I don’t just leave them filed away on my computer or on my hard drive. But instead I print the ones that holds great significance in the happiest memories and put them into an album that’s left on my coffee table to look through. I also create hard cover books to look at whenever I want too.
It’s also great to frame photos and collages that you create and either hang them on the wall or have a specific place e.g. foyer table to place on top for display. My husband without a miss, will always notice new photos within our house and I love how it puts a lovely smile on his face. When our daughter turned 10 years old, I put together a “This is Your Life” timeline book for her with photos of when she was a new born to Kindergarten to her first day at primary school etc. She absolutely loves it and when her friends come over, she proudly shows them her book.
If you haven’t tried doing this or you’ve been planning to print some of your family photos but continue to procrastinate, well I have news for you. Tomorrow is a new day! Start with going through your thousands of digital photos and copy and paste into an album labelled “HAPPY LIFE PRINTS”. Meaning that, every 6 months you’re going to revisit that album and print a few for either a photo album, a book or to put on the wall. And when you’ve picked and printed your chosen photos, then you can delete it. Not to worry, your original copy is still in it’s original file/album that you copied it from.
Seeing photos of your family is a great calming mechanism after a hard days work. It reminds you of why you do what you do, each day you walk out that door and back in again. Everyone wishes to have a happy life, but to really live happily is to surround yourself with what makes you happy.
The best things in life are free is such a true quote. Most people are looking for exquisite locations to take great photos, but when you look at the most prominent photographs that are taken for magazines such as Geographic, are in third world countries, of it’s landscape and people. In my opinion, most great photographs taken are right outside your doorstep. I’m originally from New Zealand, where the landscape is amazing! whether you’re in the North or South Island. You get the absolute crisp mornings, giving a mist like sunrise and the sunsets are just as beautiful.
I now live on the sunny Gold Coast and the astonishing sunrises and sunsets I’ve captured are truly mind blowing. Most times I think the crème de la crème shots have been missed when I stop shooting just to gaze in wonderment. I love sitting with my husband and daughter to watch nightfall/sunsets. It’s the closing of a day and knowing that the best things in Life are free.