I know, I know. More photos of the cat. #sorrynotsorry
Late last year I upgraded my camera to the Canon 5DMKIII - I still have the 6D, and will be using both regularly in future; they're both brilliant cameras. I'd planned to buy a MKIII later this year (and would have loved to have gone with the MKIV but that will have to wait for another time), then came across one at an incredibly good price, so I figured it was a sign from the universe. And you shouldn't ignore signs from the universe, it's bad luck. The other gear purchase I'd planned to make later this year was the Sigma Art 35mm F1.4 lens. However, an opportunity came up to buy one early this year at an incredibly good price and I figured that was also a sign from the universe. Ignoring one sign from the universe is bad luck, so I figured ignoring TWO signs from the universe would be VERY bad luck. So I grabbed it while I could! Basically, if you hear of me buying anything else gear-related this year (other than batteries or memory cards), you might need to stage an intervention. Feel free to give me a stern talking-to if it comes to it.
All that to say, I've spent the last couple of months playing around with the new camera and getting to know it a little bit, and this morning I had some time to test out the Sigma ON the Canon - and I'm really happy with the results. Jenkins set herself up in the nicest part of the house for natural light; this is her favourite window to do her watching from. She got to spend some time spying on the neighbours and I got to put my camera in her face for a bit. Win-win. Also: PAWS (just saying.)
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So, there are a couple of new things happening around Look See lately and if you've been following my social media (Facebook and Instagram), you'll already know about them. But if not, here's a bit of info you might be interested in!
Firstly, I'm trialling a new program called Look See Ambassadors. You can read more about it here and if you think that sounds like something you'd like to be part of, you can join the private Facebook group here and register your interest here. Essentially, there will be a different focus each year (families, couples, personal or business branding), where three people will receive a photography session (among other awesome things) in return for them sharing their photos online and spreading the Look See love a little bit! Ambassadors don't have to have tonnes of followers or get hundreds of likes on their photos, but they do need to fairly regularly post to social media and participate in genuine and positive interactions online. You can read more about it, including the full inclusion, terms and conditions by joining the Facebook group linked above. The focus for 2018 is families, and I'll be announcing the focus for 2019 a little closer to the end of this year. The deadline for registrations of interest to be in is by midnight 28/02/18 and I'm really pleased to say I've already had some lovely support for this idea - a huge thank you to those who've already joined the group and filled in the form (also linked above).
Secondly, I decided to make a major change to my wedding packages and will now include a complimentary engagement or pre-wedding session for each one - that's right, free (they're valued normally at $399). I'm doing this because, not only does it add value to what I offer my wedding couples, but it also has a huge impact to the quality of photography on the wedding day. It allows both photographer and couple to get to know each other better, to be able to work together more effectively - and more importantly, more comfortably! - and it allows me to learn how you prefer to be photographed. I'm not one for posing people, I much prefer to guide couples in a way that makes them feel comfortable and hopefully relatively confident in front of the camera. If you, or someone you know has recently gotten engaged, get in touch - I'm currently still booking weddings for 2018 (I have only a couple of spots available left for this year) and bookings are now open for 2019 weddings. Packages and pricing information is available here.
Finally, my logo has had a smidgen of an update as well. I feel like I'm constantly changing it, which is probably not a good thing. In fact, I'm 100% certain marketing experts would use me as a case study for what NOT to do in terms of branding because of the sheer frequency of changes my logo has gone through! Oh well! The above is the current version and I like it quite a bit if I do say so myself!
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Sarah and Daniel did things a bit differently when they got married late last year. They eloped, heading overseas to the Isle of Skye in Scotland. If that wasn't exciting enough (and a tricky secret to keep!), a week before they were due to travel they discovered Sarah was pregnant! I can't even begin to imagine how extra special that would have made their wedding day. Well, actually, I can and it makes me tear up a little bit (I'm not crying, YOU'RE crying!)
This is probably the part where I admit to their friends and family that I had prior knowledge about the elopement as Sarah had asked me if I was free to take some photos at the "Sorry we eloped" party they were planning to hold back home. Ohmygosh, I can't tell you how hard it was to not let the cat out of the bag!
There was one other surprise on the night itself when Daniel announced their decision to take a different family name together - what a brilliant way to deal with the whole name-changing aspect of getting married! It's so lovely that it's something meaningful for them.
So to Daniel and Sarah, congrats upon congrats and super big blessings to you both! xx
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