I am proud and EXCITED to let you know I’ve been accepted to join 107projects at the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre. I’m really excited to be practising my photography in such an amazing building and I’m looking forward to meeting all the other creatives that are part of this collective.Read More
This Boxing Day you can take advantage of some great deals on offer. Book a session and be rewarded! Bonuses that are sure to sweeten the deal.
#1: Book a Bespoke Solo Session and receive 2 complimentary 8×12 matted prints + corresponding digital files. That’s an added value of $350! (Total value = $599)
Choose any date in 2020 (subject to availability) when you are ready. No need to select your session date now. You’ll be notified via email to select your date. You can choose now or wait until you are ready to decide when your session will take place.
#2: Book a BITE-SIZED session in February or March (subject to availability) and receive an additional $100 in print credit.
That equals a complimentary 8×12 matted print + corresponding digital file PLUS hair and makeup styling and the photo session ALL for $175.
CHOOSE FROM 4 FABULOUS CONCEPTS!
As always there is no experience necessary for either of these sessions. Click on the links above for all the details for each session!
Afterpay is now available for all photoshoot bookings as well as gift certificates and prints. This means you can stretch the payments over 8 weeks. I’m a fan of Afterpay so I’m pretty excited to be able to offer this to you.
For those that don’t know. Afterpay is an interest-free payment plan that allows you to make purchases up to $1000 and spread that total over 4 x fortnightly payments.
With Afterpay fully integrated on melissakatherinephotography.com all you need to do is select that payment option at checkout.
If you would like to book a creative portrait photoshoot, whether it be retro boudoir, modern pinup or just a very special and bespoke portrait session, please get in touch!
In July you may have noticed both Facebook and Instagram glitching out and acting weird, well so did I. My Facebook page was incorrectly flagged and my URL was blocked from both platforms.
I’m still unsure as to what exactly went down, but needless to say, it has meant that it is now even harder for creatives, particularly those in the niche industries such as photographers, burlesque performers, models, designers of burlesque costumes, event promoters….the list goes on. I’m not even mentioning all those that have ditched these platforms months ago because of extreme censorship. It makes me angry that at the end of the day it is the female body that is policed, censored and removed from the two biggest social media networks.
My photography business was born out of social media. Before I started charging money I returned to photography via a self-portrait project. It was fun, inspiring and conducive to creativity to be able to share directly with anyone around the globe that liked your work. I got recognition. I was interviewed and I won prizes. It spurred me to do what I am doing now and I finally felt like all the things I had done in the past to make money from my creativity led to this. It was a true culmination of my diverse skill set. That’s what I love about what I do and how I work. I can wear different hats yet still have focus and achieve a result or end goal.
I will be forever grateful for these platforms allowing me to creatively grow and build a following, but I am also angry. I’m angry that creatives are being silenced, censored and deleted. As if we are the enemy. I’m angry that wom*n’s bodies are censored to the point of being invisible. If we don’t conform to their rules, we will be deleted. Hashtags will be frozen or blocked, photos will be deleted, accounts will be temporarily or even permanently disabled. Rather than diverse body shapes and beauty being normalised, everything I stand for is being pushed to the fringes.
Now I’m not usually someone that has a problem with dwelling on the fringes, but the fringes or sub-cultures are what fuels the mainstream. It’s where new ideas are born, creativity blooms and rich thought spawns. I’m under no illusions that social media companies have a task on their hands to clamp down on the negative aspects of counter cultures, especially those that bred hatred and violence. Yet blanket censorship kills the very lifeblood of a thriving society. Artists and creatives are the backbone of our societal evolution. New ideas, visions, colour palettes, fresh ways of seeing and doing things are all crucial to a healthy, vibrant and forward-thinking population.
In the past few years, I have been guilty of self-censoring my work because I refuse to blur our nipples. Thinking like that as an artist is already not ideal and in these last few months, I have become extremely tired with having to even think about all this stuff. I not here to spend my days trying to figure out how to beat the algorithm, what time is the best time to post, wondering whether or not there is too much cleavage showing in a portrait. I’m here to create art. I’m here to show wom*n, to empower them to be visible and to take up space. I’m here to do all that on our terms. The only people that should have a say about how much is too much when it comes to bare skin, cleavage and nipples is the person in front of my camera and me.
Because of all this, I have finally set up a Patreon account. I yearn to create freely and without compromise. If you are not familiar with how Patreon works, I’ll be writing a details explanation in my new post, but the general idea is that there are different tiers and each tier comes loaded with rewards. My first tier is only $1 per month and you can opt-out whenever you like. For $1 a month you will get access to project updates, model call and castings, behind the scenes posts, photoshoot sneak peeks, early shoot tour travel updates and a personal thank you message.
I’m happy to announce my Forest Femmes Road Trip Group Photoshoot has a new date. I had to postpone the event due to a family issue. The event will take place on Sunday the 13th of October. I’d love, love, love if you would join me. It’s going to be really magical.
Not only will we be creating a collaborative art piece together, but you’ll also get a very special HARDCOVER art book featuring all the photos as well as behind the scenes snippets and notes. It’s the ultimate memento of the day! All photographs included will be professionally edited and the book will be designed to perfection.
We will also be starting off the event with a very special ritual embracing nature, the full moon (15th) and feminine energies.
Each participant will experience an epic group shoot session directed by me as well as a mini solo shoot session.
Each and every shot will be visually stunning and theatrical. There will be TWO concepts. Each concept will feature the use of props and special effects.
I truly cannot wait for this amazing shoot day! As always I’m putting my heart and soul into this project and all that attend will not be disappointed.
This day is all about inclusiveness, empowerment and a connection to nature. As you may know, these three things are really important to me and are central to the work I do as a portrait photographer. I’m all about body positivity, empowerment and diversity as well as having a strong connection to nature and communicating its importance in my photographs. Living in cities has made in sometimes challenging to get our dose of Mother Nature and feel grounded in her energies.
Forest Femmes Road Trip is a celebration of all these things!
You can find all the details for this event here