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Art photography by Kira workshop in Mackay, Queensland

Art photography by Kira workshop in Mackay, Queensland   Lovely girls from Creative Shots Photo Club in Mackay created a lovely flyer for the upcoming workshop.   If you are in that area of the time of the workshop it is really worth checking it out. There are going to be 2 days, fully devoted to photography, posing, directing and practice, practice, practice on real women with curves, attitude, complicated characters and having no idea how to pose. Don’t miss it! Would love to see you there. I find it is the best outcome for students when we invite “real people” for a workshop instead of models so the students can learn how to pose real people (who have no idea, who needs a bit or, sometimes, a lot of help) instead of just simply watching a beautiful model in front of them who perfectly knows how to move already, where the light is and what to do. This happens a lot at workshops – that is my observation only. What are students left to do? What they are really doing is – fighting with each other over the best spot to take the photo that was already orchestrated for them by the tutor, his idea and the perfect model that the tutor hired – so they can get a shot for their portfolio. They don’t try to analyse why and how the image works and “what if”– they don’t have time. They need to grab a shot while they can and I can perfectly understand it – who wouldn’t want to take a shot of a beautiful, elegant girl in a perfect gown that actually suits her, standing in a gorgeous light with a veil blowing? The tutor is not a fool. He/she would pick a right girl, in a right gown and take her to a perfect location at the right time of day. Who wouldn’t want to take that shot and even fight for it? I would. But then… students go home with “portfolio of gorgeous images” (probably sincerely thinking that that was 100% their “creations”), they post those images on their website and facebook to attract clients and get bookings…..and clients book, assuming that what they see is what they get….so our ex-students start dealing with real people and those poor real people can’t understand why their photographer doesn’t deliver the same quality of beautiful images they show online and so it goes… Of course it is not always that black and white…But I hope it explains a bit why I am so passionate about teaching students to shoot real people, how important I think our role as teachers should be. It’s going to be fun! Hope to see you there. Kira     Some “Before and Afters” Here are some of  testimonials from people who attended my workshops: “I feel so lucky that I was able to spend two amazing days learning how you create “magic” photos. It was like no other course I have ever done, you have such attention to detail and the most wonderful ability to express so much emotion thro…ugh all of your photos. I have never come across another photographer who can capture moments quite like you can. I still cant believe that you are open and willing to share all your photography secrets to the rest of us. The lessons that you teach in your courses are exactly what every photographer needs to know. You so kindly shared priceless information and helped me with all the areas of photography that I needed guidance. I am forever grateful for giving me the opportunity to learn from you and for the kindest hospitality you offered me. Thanks again Kira I cant wait to do it all again one day hopefully soon. All my love…Laura xoxo” “I just wanted to say thank you so much Kira for sharing your amazing knowledge and passion with us at your workshop. I can’t tell you how much you inspire me make me want to strive to be a better photographer. I feel so empowered after your workshop. I feel I have I walked away from my days with you knowing how to work with ‘real people’. There was nothing contrived or ‘set up’ about your workshop, and I know that I now have the confidence I need to pose, light, communicate (and have fun with) with my own ‘real’ clients. This was such an amazing learning experience for someone new (or even someone not so new) to photography. You have an such a fabulous way of conveying the way you ‘see’ and create an image, and were able to have us leave your workshop with just a little bit of your magic. Again, Kira, thank you, thank you, so much.” – Erin “Thank you so much for devoting not only your time, but boundless energy and passion with us at … Workshop. You are unique, and you shared many tips about the ‘reality’ of guiding a bride to pose in a complimentary way. Of going beyond the obvious… What works, what does not work and why. Maybe its the woman in you, or just simply the Kira Factor! I love your character and your style, which is so reflective in your creations – you are inspirational and its encourages me too, to be me, who I am and continue on my path of developing my own style. Not just photographically but also how I like to engage myself within the whole experience. You are a gem Kira, and I feel so happy to have had the chance to meet you and your lovely husband David… He is a gem too! :)” – Karen “After attending a 2 day Intimate workshop with Kira I can honestly say that it was worth every dollar spent to attend. I went to the workshop with ideas of what I hoped to learn but my experience far exceeded my expectations. Kira is a brilliant teacher with a unique perspective and eye for detail matched by no other! The teaching is easy to understand and full of hands on experience which is great if you want more than just theory. Due to the intimate nature of the workshop the material covered will largely be directed by what you need to learn unlike larger workshops that are tailored to suit a variety of needs and skill levels. After the time I spent with Kira, I was armed with an invaluable amount of information and a new found sense of confidence to take my photography to new previously unimagined levels. The hospitality during my stay was sublime and I enjoyed every minute of my stay! I highly recommend this workshop to any photographer who may be considering attending. I guarantee, once you meet Kira you can’t help but love her and enjoy your time spent learning with her!” – Kirralee Wow! Amazing! And that is just the start of my experience with Kira. Having just spent 3 days with Kira, two days of workshops followed up with one day experiencing the other side of the camera I can honestly say that I left with a head full of new information. Kira certainly knows what her lens can do, how to work the light that is available and how to interact with her clients to get the very best out of them. Having done a number of workshops over the past few years, this experience really showed me what the difference a ‘master’of their trade can do and Kira is a master at her trade! This was again confirmed on the last day, when my companion at the workshop also had her photo taken, I will never forget the magic I saw when Kira instructed her to just move her head slightly and up a bit – she was transformed instantly – 20 years younger on the spot! My eyes have been opened and my passion for photography once again ignited. David and Kira where kind enough to invite us into their home and made us feel like part of the family instantly. Many many thanks, you guys are the best!   Cheryl Eagers.   Read more about workshops here: Workshops with Kira

Sydney portrait and glamour photographer. A shoot in Peninsula Hot Springs

Amazing Photo shoot in Peninsula Hot Springs Sydney portrait, wedding and glamour photographer – Art photography by Kira shooting in Peninsula Hot Springs in Mornington Peninsula   We are back in Sydney and I must tell you – our time in Melbourne was just great! First day in Melbourne and we are in Peninsula in Peninsula Hot Springs! What a place! A fairy-tale! Or, as I came up with a new word, – a “mimsical” place  (my combination of two words – mystical and whimsical 🙂 ) This is a “must to visit” place, in my opinion for relaxation, romance and indulgence! And, of course, a heaven for an obsessed photographer like me J Beautiful Beccy was my inspiration – a real trooper who, despite being cold and wet, had a smile on her face all the time! Thank you lovely girl! Enjoy these teasers! Love such much. Kira    

Two Queensland Seminars

Some may know that I was invited to speak in Queensland, recently. Twice. Firstly as a contributor to AE2012, run by Shirl & Rob Heyman, then a couple of weeks later by the PPAQ via Yohti Jenkins. I think it was a Success! I was worried for nothing 🙂 I am still overwhelmed with all the beautiful comments, messages, amazing, warm words that were sent to me. I feel Blessed. Here are a few of those: Here is a link to find out more about our “Intimate” workshop :  Workshops

Overcoming fear of directing

                                                  Overcoming your fear of directing   Last time you have read my tips on posing voluptuous women. Let’s continue with a few tips on “Overcoming your fear of directing” 🙂 Many times I hear photographers saying – ” I am a photo-journalist, I won’t intrude on your day – I will record you day as it is; I am not going to make you pose and so on and so forth… And then – I check their photos and those are just…. let’s say – ordinary…to say the least”. Don’t take me wrong – I know plenty of “photo-journalist photographers with a great eye and a beautiful imaginary. If you look at majority of my Awards – those are photo-journalistic images. So I am all for being able to observe and see. But there is huge difference between Being a Photo-Journalist and calling yourself one due to inability to direct and pose people. Therefore hiding behind the “Title” – “A Photo-journalist” I will try to help you with some tips. You don’t have to do it the way I suggest. But even if you find that you are hating the way I suggest you do it – it is still a great result as thinking and analysing what you do and don’t like; how to do things that you are comfortable doing will help you on your way to be a great photographer. Tell me – how many of you don’t feel comfortable directing people? Do you think – I just can’t tell people what to do, or I don’t want to appear too bossy or that will be too rude or I am much better at just being a fly on the wall… or that is not for me, I am just not that type of person… How many? A lot…Maybe you just don’t know how to start.. That is all… The answer is simple actually, but requires some work and preparation. And that is – planning, planning and more planning. Planning ahead, planning in advance. Scout the location that you will be shooting at, think of poses in advance, think of situations that would lead to particular poses. Think of poses in that location. Notice the light that will be at the time of your shoot, which way the sun will be, what sorts of background are there, if there are different levels of the ground nearby to take advantage of…research the poses that you like and think it through how to make it happen. But to imagine it right – you need to know how the couple looks, what sort of clothes they will be wearing, what style of hair, if the bride will have a veil, high-heel shoes? If she is taller than her fiancée; if she is very little, if she is a voluptuous girl, if she is being vain about being a voluptuous girl or she is down to earth, easy-going person who is proud of her curves? But what if the couple booked you online or on the phone and you don’t get to see them before the wedding? Ask them to email you their photos, individual and together if they have some – that will give you a better idea of how they will look together, of their heights and body shapes in comparing to each other. Ask of the photos of her dress so you can see the challenges or opportunities that dress will present on a day. You will see, for example that there is no way bride could sit in that dress without looking much bigger than she is or without looking too stiff and posed. You would know that as soon as voluptuous woman who has been brutally pushed into her corset try to sit in her bare-shoulders dress –demonstrate. Suddenly she will have a double-chin, folders of skin above the dress, breast looking much bigger that in reality and so on…. Looking at their photos will also help you decide if you need to bring some props – like a veil or scarf to cover her arms if she is not having it. Ask her about her shoes – she might have high heels that probably will make her very uncomfortable when they start digging into the ground of your magical location. Advise her to take alternatives with her that will also help her feet relax. Trust me – bride in pain and they often are as the shoes are new, tight and they have been on their feet for the whole day – is not a cooperative bride. Prevent a Bridezilla moment from happening. It is in your power. Have water, have a fan, warm clothes, umbrellas – anything and everything you can think of that will help avoid an irritated, tired, hot or freezing to death woman. That includes her bridesmaids. Planning, planning, planning. Ask them how do they feel being in front of the camera, of their previous experiences – being it bad or good. Note it all. Ask about what they like doing – knowledge of their favourite playtime will help you on the day creating much more relaxed poses. Ask them what they like doing separately and together. If they love to dance… because if you know that guess what… yes, right – you will ask them to dance J, if they like music, of they can sing, if they like walking along the beach barefoot together because guess what are you going to suggest for a location if you know that? Ask if they love kids, know about if they have kids in bridal party or as guests? Playing with kids relax some people and distract them from being focused on being in front of a camera. You need to know about him loving to play rough with his mates, playing a soccer or a guitar. As one of the things you might suggest to the boys is to kick a ball a bit. So know as much as you can about them and visualise, visualise. Do the homework. Ask them if they would like to see themselves in a particular location, pose or mood. If they can bring or email you images where they like the pose, the light, the location. Talk to them about the ways of achieving this in advance… Make them invest emotionally in creating the look and feel they want, spend time researching… when people invest – they will be more cooperative in achieving those results on a day. Plan to use lens with a very shallow depth of field – will help you create a more intimate look, hide some imperfections of a background. Another way of overcoming fear of directing – show them. Be playful, grab your assistant and demonstrate the pose. That is also why I wouldn’t do without an assistant. Not only because your assistant can drive, light, calculate, feed you, massage you and even shoot sometimes. Mine is a bride’s best bridesmaid on the day who runs to fix her dress, carries stuff, helps bride up and helps her down and who also is being a victim of my demonstration skills. That is why I married my David. I needed to keep a good assistant all the time. Plus it was cheaper to marry him than to pay him. But that is beyond the scope of this post 😉 Enjoy these tips. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions and Happy Shooting everyone! P.S. Ask about our workshops if you are interested to learn more and practice 🙂 Otherwise wait for more tips on this blog Love Kira