The Creative

I listened to the last peep show zoom call this morning with Bec Griffiths and Yan Palmer.  I learnt so much over the last 6 weeks. Here’s a few things that stuck in my heart and have been tormenting my brain to write them out of my head.

There were hundreds of conversations, questions during the zoom calls. I can sum them up in a few words’ creatives are brave, they are thoughtful, kind, generous, and also willing to be the hard qualities as well, vulnerable and awkward. Yes, it looks as though the creative person just posts photos on Instagram or hits send on a client gallery, collects the money(sometimes) and the work is done. Hahahah. No. Deep in my bones and each and every creative that I listened to invests a little piece of their heart in every art work. The thoughts, time, energy, and emotion to get to that finished work is immense. Firstly, the photographer or creative who offers their service in a business has sat down and specifically targeted you. Sounds creepy hey! It’s not. It is thoughtful.

The creative person wants to serve you and serve their creativity. There is a digging up of the creative’s own fears, own limiting beliefs, they invest in looking into their own heart with empathy, there is vulnerability in sharing themselves. The creative is constantly doing their own internal work so they can work with clarity, knowledge and imagination to best serve their art and client.  The creative thinks and feels into who their ideal client is, they base their business around creating a business and offerings of their art that their ideal client will fall in love with.  Fall in love with because, there is a piece of heart and soul in each piece, there is a deep and potent energy that is infused in the art and you the client connects with that.  Because when the creative is producing this work and wants to grow and expand and create with more and more people, there level of enthusiasm and energy is high and at times is hard to remember that not everyone is on the same page, not every person wants to create or explore boundaries and there is immense amount of work in building trust with clients. When you just want to say for fuck sake, I am a nice person, I take awesome photos, you are looking at my social media or website for a reason, we will have a great time, just book in with me.

There is a deep level of vulnerability, of feeling awkward, of stretching boundaries and being willing to be laughed at or feel stupid. Because for a creative person the art needs to be made. The deep calling to release it into the world then makes space for more art to flow through.

Each time a creative has to market themselves to sell themselves, launch a new piece of art or a project, promote a new offering, the practice of this is so exciting and so terrifying. Each time you do this, again it is your heart and vision being put on display.  When you hit post or send or exhibit the work in person there are feelings of joy and anticipation, pleasure and pride at your own work. Also, terror. But knowing that, to that end point, that finished piece it is from your heart, it is the creation that you are most at peace with, the art that you feel like you can let go of. It is an overwhelming feeling going down the street being celebrated on an extravagant float everyone calling your name in celebration then looking down and you are completely naked. However, these intense feelings are the driver, the stretcher of boundaries, the creator of new art work.

It is a life of forever exploring, refining, being transparent, building relationships, being imperfect, forever being curious and knowing your value. And even if your art work doesn’t attract the accolades or dollars that you hoped, you just create more, you dig deeper into you and your heart and you create what needs to be released into the world through your heart and vision.

Artists documentary sessions

I love telling stories through pictures and words. My photography work is documentary style, my writing is essay style. My heart fancies a good story, one of my joys is to tell stories, hear stories, and share stories. My website is full of stories of mine, and wonderful women that I have interviewed.  My writing is honest and kind, I cover all the emotions that hearts beat to. Telling stories is a way for me to process. To see how far I have come, to realise goals have been met (or not), to be grateful. To know that I have survived 100% of any event good or bad. I write about ordinary, everyday occurrences. I write about the love, the hurt and the special events. Pen and paper, a keyboard and blank word document are where I lay down my words. I have always taken photos for my own family, and have decided to offer another way of telling stories, so I am adding a full frame DSLR camera to my work. My focus in photography is the small moments, the details, the emotion, the everyday ordinary. There is an immense amount of trust placed in me, my eye and camera to allow me to capture images within the flow of family life that is being experienced at that moment.  I am grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to show you through my eyes your precious life.

 

Let’s document your journey. The processes of your work, the tools, your space, your hands, and your finished art work. The practice of each stage of the work. The growth and development of you, the person letting creativity, emotion, love flow through your heart into your hands and into the work of art. I understand and respect the sanctity of an artist’s studio. It is a personal space where you can be totally vulnerable and I will honour that in my work.

email me: meled79@gmail.com

DM @mrsmelindaedwards

Rural and farming family documentary session

I love telling stories through pictures and words. My photography work is documentary style, my writing is essay style. My heart fancies a good story, one of my joys is to tell stories, hear stories, and share stories. My website is full of stories of mine, and wonderful women that I have interviewed.  My writing is honest and kind, I cover all the emotions that hearts beat to. Telling stories is a way for me to process. To see how far I have come, to realise goals have been met (or not), to be grateful. To know that I have survived 100% of any event good or bad. I write about ordinary, everyday occurrences. I write about the love, the hurt and the special events. Pen and paper, a keyboard and blank word document are where I lay down my words. I have always taken photos for my own family, and have decided to offer another way of telling stories, so I am adding a full frame DSLR camera to my work. My focus in photography is the small moments, the details, the emotion, the everyday ordinary. There is an immense amount of trust placed in me, my eye and camera to allow me to capture images within the flow of family life that is being experienced at that moment.  I am grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to show you through my eyes your precious life.

Ordinary everyday moments are the thread that make up our lives, our work, relationships, the seasons, the process of an “ordinary day”. Rural/ farming families have a unique life and extreme circumstances, from the location, the distances and the weather. All factors that seem common place, “ordinary” to you. However a wide range of the population have no concept of your lifestyle. The grit, the resilience, the humor, the extremes that are only a few hours from their own front door.  I capture the moment, preserve it in a single click, one that you didn’t realise was so special. You are unique, brave, strong and spirited, you are connected to the land, environment, Mother Nature like no other.  I would be so humbled and honored

to work with you in a documentary session. It would be 2-3 hours of me spending time with your family doing whatever it is you are doing on the day. Hanging out at home, in the paddock, the yards with immediate and or extended family, working, cooking, eating, playing whatever the day brings, I will try my absolute best to blend into the background. I will capture the people, the animals, and the landscape. Mostly I will capture the family bonds, the connection, the memories, details of your life and loves. You will receive from me 20-30 high resolution images your life on that particular day.

email me: meled79@gmail.com

DM @mrsmelindaedwards

Family documentary session

Hi, my names is Melinda and I love telling stories through pictures and words. My photography work is documentary style, my writing is essay style. My heart fancies a good story, one of my joys is to tell stories, hear stories, and share stories. My website is full of stories of mine, and wonderful women that I have interviewed.  My writing is honest and kind, I cover all the emotions that hearts beat to. Telling stories is a way for me to process. To see how far I have come, to realise goals have been met (or not), to be grateful. To know that I have survived 100% of any event good or bad. I write about ordinary, everyday occurrences. I write about the love, the hurt and the special events. Pen and paper, a keyboard and blank word document are where I lay down my words. I have always taken photos for my own family, and have decided to offer another way of telling stories, so I am adding a full frame DSLR camera to my work. My focus in photography is the small moments, the details, the emotion, the everyday ordinary. There is an immense amount of trust placed in me, my eye and camera to allow me to capture images within the flow of family life that is being experienced at that moment.  I am grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to show you through my eyes your precious life.

Ordinary everyday moments are the thread that make up our lives, our work, relationships, the seasons, the process of an “ordinary day. All events that seem commonplace, minor moments that happen every day. I want to capture the moment preserve it in a single click, that moment, the one that you didn’t realise was so special. Life; people, health, wealth changes. Nothing stays the same, everyday ordinary images captured in that very moment stay the same. The smile, the hands, the details of the space, the connection, the love. Let’s seize those moments! So you will have the images that I capture of your life to look back on, the “ordinary, honest” moments that will start a conversation, leading you down memory lane, to times, people and places that have changed, grown, moved on, some forgotten but cherished.

 

A documentary session with me would be 1-2 hours of me spending time with your family doing whatever it is you are doing. Hanging out at home with immediate and or extended family, cooking, eating, playing. Spending time cocooned at home with a new born. Playing with toddlers, lounging like lizards with teenagers. A cup of tea with grandma. All stages of life babies to oldies. I want to capture images of the fresh new babies and the creased, wise and knowledgeable.  Any and all seasons of life. I will capture the people, the faces, the setting. Mostly I will capture the family bonds, the connection, the memories, details of your life and loves.

 

email me: meled79@gmail.com

DM: @mrsmelindaedwards