Camera Craft Guest Contributors

With less than a week until we begin I wanted to introduce all the amazing creatrix and photographers contributing to Camera Craft. Take a moment to sit back and drink in all the beauty they create. EnJoy...

Misty Mawn Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop


If you haven't already fallen in love with her and her work as I have, then start with this video and then head over to her website: http://www.mistymawnart.com/
Studying photography many years ago, she has dedicated her life to growing as an artist, leading her to play in many mediums, like me that's means they all call to her to express her soul through them. Photography is one that allows her to hold the beauty of her family, her travels and her days, honouring both her love and life through her lens and heart's eye.
Everything she touches is steeped in soulful beauty, I can't wait to take her lesson myself where she will be sharing on portraiture.

Danielle Cohen Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop

Danielle Cohen has a sweet and gentle way about her yet her images hold depth and power. In her own words,"Mostly, I help people fall in love with themselves and their lives." Her work is all about helping people be seen and fall in love with themselves.
To learn more about her and see some more of her work visit here http://www.danielle-cohen.com/

Danielle will be sharing some of her lighting  techniques.

Ashley Fincham Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop

"I want to make images that resonate deep within...I know this life is like a lightening bolt; beautiful, electric and dancing. However it is fast and fleeting. I believe wholeheartedly it is worth every bit of documenting." Ashley takes beautiful images, but beyond that she is a creative through and through. When I look at her images I see soulful interpretation, I see the world as if through her eyes, I see her vision. She also is the curator of a wonderful series of creative INterviews over at her on line home A Global Walk, where you can read interviews on many inspiring creatives, exploring idea’s about sacred living, what helps with mending and what rhythm looks like, including other contributors like Danielle Cohen , Erin Faith Allen and myself.


Erin Faith Allen Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop
Erin and I first met many years ago when we were both active in Female Photographers of Etsy (fPOE) . I was particularly drawn to the intersection of her photography and her mixed media work. Over the years it has been my great pleasure to watch her work blossom and her creative practice become richer and deeper. I love her work and her soul that shines through it. If you are not familiar with it make your self a cup of tea and settle down with this video here http://www.erinfaithallen.com/about-erin/ and then explore some of her wonderful short films on inspiring creatrix, Soul Shakers, such as Orly Avineri and Jennette Nielsen. Its all good stuff, juicy stuff, inspiring stuff.

Stacy de la Rosa Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop STACY DE LA ROSA

Stacy's work is all about rising women up in their power and how they see themselves, working with story and archetypes. In her own words "I'm a photographer, advocate and instigator for creative women. I am a woman awakening her Queen within. I take photos, write words, and offer courses designed to reflect back to women their unique brand of beauty, magic, and joy. My greatest passion is to bear witness to women who rise into their power and create the life of their dreams."

She shoots like a girl... 
Ivy Newport Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop 

Ivy is a mixed media artist who is doing amazing work on the intersection of photography and painting in pixels. And she is such a generous soul that she has put together two gorgeous lessons for you, one on post production (making your images beautiful after shooting them) and another on encaustics and photography ( I love love love encaustics and it adds such a wonderful and tactile effect to photos). You can find her and all her wonderful work over here: http://ivynewport.com/

Eileen West Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop EILEEN WEST
Eileen is a photographer and a life coach, she use photography to explore her everyday world and she helps others to develop their own intuitive photography to express their inner creativity. You can find out more about her and her photo a day challenge here: http://www.westofwhimsy.com/

Believer in the universe…
Jeannette Le Blanc Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop

Jeanette LeBlanc is a writer, photographer and inspirationalist. She believes in chocolate and the ocean. She also believes in the artist in EVERYONE and the beauty in EVERYONE. She will be sharing a piece on the intersection of photography and words and will be doing so with a surprise guest. To find out more about Jeannette visit her here: www.peacelovefree.com & www.jeanetteleblanc.com/blog/ 


Liz Morgan Lamoreux Camera Craft Contributors- online photography workshop
"Self-portraits are one way I invite myself to feel deeply seen. How I give myself the gift of knowing that I’m not alone. How I remind myself that I’m not disappearing into the roles I play.
Through my lens I capture joy, grief, silliness, quiet, fear, exhaustion, stillness. I capture all the pieces that make up me. This is how I practice self-care and how I reach toward an understanding of who I am..." Liz, excerpt from Camera Craft
 Liz shows up fiercely vulnerable and true to herself and strives to give other women permission to do the same.
Have a listen to her talk about her own work. Be warned though, she may just make you tear up like she did me.
You can find her here

To find out more about Camera Craft visit here or  to try a sample lesson visit here. And, of course, to sign up, you can do that below :


Method Press- Issue 02

 Method Press-Issue 02 is now available from magcloud. This issue has an article by me on the wonderful Gabrielle Jones and her art (see images below or visit her website) as well as features on Sophie Blackall & Frankie Norstad. This gorgeous read is 76 pages jam packed with art, intellect & humor. Issue 02 is the perfect way to rock out the end of summer (or winter if you're in my hemisphere), low-fi style.

Galia Alena Photography, Gabrielle Jones acrylic painter
 One thing leads to another
Galia Alena Photography, Gabrielle Jones acrylic painter

Galia Alena Photography, Gabrielle Jones acrylic painter

Galia Alena Photography, Gabrielle Jones acrylic painter

Galia Alena Photography, Gabrielle Jones acrylic painter

Miss Match: Abstract

This week I played Miss Match with Anika Toro (her photo is the beautiful green/gold image on the right). I had a lot of fun playing with images in a more "abstract" way than I normally do and manipulating them digitally opens so many possibilities. Playing with images in this way lead to new images out of old and new ways of seeing. I guess this is the joy of collaborating and working on things that are not normally in your repertoire. Here's to eyes open further.

Shine- Miss Match Week 11 with Lorraine Veronica

It was my turn to pick the themes for this week and I picked Shine, Voice & Still.
When I paired up the teams I was an odd number so I chose not to play but shot my shine photo anyway which appeared here. Then Lorraine lost her partner and magically her delicious image worked beautifully with mine: serendipity. It has been fabulous watching how everyone interpreted the themes I chose- go and check them out here, there are some simply gorgeous ones.

Miss Match- Week Three: Reflect

 This weeks Miss Match with Canadian Carey Shaw. So odd to be working with people on the otherside of the world, in another time of day and another season. Whilst she was half expecting snow, I was only dreaming of it whilst dipping toes in the autumn waters. Here are the runner ups, light reflections and water reflections, which often visit in my work (hence the name).

 Next week I am paired with Erin Faith Allen whose work I have been stalking on her blog. The theme is white, my favorite colour, not that you can really call it a colour: its all colours...

Miss Match- Week Two: Joy

Here are the results of this weeks pairing. I was teamed up with the lovely Mandy Byrant  from the Light Fantastic, who inspired me out of my dark week of migraines with her glorious joy image  of the red ball. Our diptych celebrates young and innocent exuberance- joy with abandon.
Thanks Mandy.

This was the first image I shot for this project, brother and sister holding hands- the joy of love. But I fell in love with the simple joy of the above one, and how well it worked with Mandy's. Next week I am paired with Carey Shaw on the theme of "reflect".

Miss Match- Week One: Domestic

"Housework is a mistake" Quentin Crisp
I have been playing along with  a group of female photographers from Etsy and we have started a diptych project called Miss Match. This week's theme was domestic and I was paired with Katie from A Sense of Place Photography. Both us of giggled when we saw our theme as neither of can claim to be domestic goddesses, maybe goddesses but certainly not domestic ones. So our take on domestic was a bit of reality: a messy kitchen sink and burnt cookies, none on this Martha Stewart stuff for us. Below is my other sink photo:
Who ever said that the camera doesn't lie obviously doesn't know what he was talking about (and hadn't met photoshop- but that's another story). Here is the proof of the pudding that the camera does lie. My daughter got all Nigella on me and here is the results shot as runner ups for the Domestic Project:

Next week I am paired up with Mandy Byrant on the theme of Joy. So many options, check back to see what we come up with.