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The Only Blonde One

On May 29, 2015
By Connie
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This week we collaborated with Instagram lifestyle blogger The Only Blonde One to shoot a fun blog-style editorial.  Blogitorial.  Hmm, not really sure if that’s the correct word to use here.  New, made-up words are tricky like that.  The idea behind these types of shoots is that our subject is less than supermodel but more everyday fabulous woman.  Because aspirations should be attainable too.

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I’ve started a blog

On October 5, 2013
By Connie
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Hello World.  I’ve started a blog.  Because I’m awesome and therefore people want to know what I’m up to.

At least, I hope so.

I’ve magically timed the beginning of this blog with the launch of my new website.  I invite you take a look around and view my latest work.  This new site has been several months in the making and I am pleased that all that hard work has finally paid off.  I’m really stoked about the fresh new look and the fancy arrow key functions for viewing my portfolio.  I’m a photographer, not a web developer, so all these new functions have got me pretty excited.  Simple minds, I know.  Look!  I’ve just learned how to upload photos to my blog posts:

Behind the scenes shot of me on a recent Macadamia Oil product shoot.

 

As I’m learning, there is an art to creating your own website, and I’m not talking about the art of web design.  I’m talking about the difficulty of choosing what to display and what to hold back.  I spent countless hours pouring over my photographs trying to decipher the puzzle of that perfect portfolio.  And I mean ‘perfect’ for me.  What are my strongest photos?  What images best represent my style?  What does this portfolio say about me as a photographer?  It can cause a bit of an existential crisis.

How does one answer these questions objectively?  There’s never a right answer, which is both liberating and infuriating at the same time.  There are many different methods of pulling together your portfolio.  You can take classes and workshops on the subject.  There are even consultants you can hire to guide you through the process.  And no matter what method you use, the process is never really over.  No portfolio is ever perfect, at least, not in the mind of its creator.  There is always that constant drive to capture a more breath-taking image.  The making of a portfolio, the hours of reflecting over your life’s work, is just a part of a journey with no clear destination.

I’ll keep you posted on my journey and we’ll see where I end up.

 

 

About Connie

I was that geeky camera chick who spent her high school lunch breaks in the darkroom.  I still miss the smell of those stinky developer chemicals.  Sort of.

Born in Canada, I graduated with top honours in Applied Photography at Sheridan College before spending several years assisting and producing for  some of the best commercial shooters in Toronto.  After gathering a wealth of valuable skills and getting my first DSLR, I bought a plane ticket to Asia.

It was my first backpacking adventure, but I managed to survive nine months from Seoul to Singapore with only some shoddy mandarin and a lot of luck.  I had the time of my life. So I did it again.  Seven months of zig-zagging around India and Nepal taught me ingenuity with limited resources, clarity when surrounded in chaos, and how to eat with just my right hand.

Sydney became my new home in 2008, and I’ve been enjoying the sunny weather and great coffee ever since.

Today, I’m a fashion and product photographer extraordinaire.  Based at Studio 8 in the northern beaches of Sydney, I relish the challenge and precision of studio lighting.  My clients are drawn to my clean, stripped back approach to every project.  My simplistic yet direct style is refreshing and elegant in a market full of heavily Photoshopped images.

When I’m not in the studio you can find me hand folding dumplings or scaling walls at the rock climbing gym.  I’m also really good at winning board games (or my friends are just really good at losing).

 

Accolades

Finalist – Shoot The Chef 2013
Top 5 – Australia’s Emerging Travel Photographers of 2010 – Capture Magazine
Winner – Best Marketing Imagery Award 2010 – New Mardi Gras
Semi-finalist – Shutterbug Awards 2010 – Shutterbug
Short-listed – Travel Photographer of the Year 2009 – TPOTY
Finalist – Cultural Explorers 2009 – STA Travel
Winner – World in Focus 2007 – Photo District News
Top Emerging Photographers of 2007 – Photo Life Magazine

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