Telling stories through pictures

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.

Families: A documentary session with me 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 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. You will receive from me 20-30 high resolution images of your life on that day.

Rural families: 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 humour, 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 honoured 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.

If this sounds of interest to you and you would like to share your important story, please email or call to let me know where you are and work out when I am able to travel to you.  I will be in South West Queensland – over the Christmas school holidays.

Creatives: 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.   Documentary session would be 2-3 hours of me capturing you working, creating. You will receive 20-30 high resolution images that show you in your element. These can be used for promotional work, website or social media.

Small Schools/ Home schoolers: I am a photographer and writer, but, more importantly a parent who chose a school for my boys, because of the emotion I felt when I researched the school. As part of this, I looked at images of the space, the materials, and the people that made up the school. I researched these qualities as much as the philosophies: I required a school that offered a holistic education. It had to be thoughtful and kind, a school that was visually appealing to me with a strong community. The images were part of what made me want to have my children as part of that school and its community.

Ordinary everyday moments are the thread that make up our lives, our work, relationships, the seasons, the process of an “ordinary day”. Events that seem commonplace, minor moments that happen every day. Learning spaces, pedagogy, literacy, parent engagement, nature play, great teachers … whatever defines a school day and tells your story. We would discuss prior; what you want? What images do you they think are important?

I want to capture the moment. Preserve it in a single click. What capturing school images would involve: Me coming to the school for a morning or afternoon (2-3 hours) and having access to be able to capture images that show – whole child learning.

You would get 10 high-resolution digital images with image consent of course. These images are not only a selling point for the school, but, a visual history of the growth and change of the school.

Investment of $99.00 for the capture of priceless images.   IF YOU BOOK AND PAY FOR A SESSION BEFORE 31ST December 2019.

If you do book and pay by 31st December, this will be your lifetime price. Book a session every year and you will only pay $99.00 FOREVER.

(Limited sessions available).

As of 1st January the price will go up considerably.

GREAT CHRISTMAS PRESENT

PLEASE BOOK VIA:

meled79@gmail.com

OR

DM @mrsmelindaedwards