I had a triple shoot yesterday and I put Tina Turner on Pandora in the studio. Stopped shooting to sing at least 16 times AWESOME genre and crazy collection around Tina and for shooting. The whole shoot was just a bit of a boogie and shake try it, great energy easy to sing tunes up beat and fun. I get SO sick of music at work. In the NZ studio I had a rotating CD deck with 6 CDs we made compilations but within a month it would do my head in. Pandora is pretty cool if you’re struggling for work tunes.
Last week on creativeLIVE I shot this image.
We decided to keep the fun and creativity going so we put this image in dropbox so you can download it, retouch it and enter it in our little competition. You have three weeks to Create the Incredible with it cut off date for entires is November 13th. We look forward to how many amazing different creative ideas you can come up with on one image. You may enter more than one image but it must be THIS image with your creative spin.
Download the Terms and Conditions and the Image here and have fun playing CREATE PLAY
Email your finished entry to email@example.com before Nov 13th
Include your name and your website link to the email
Final entry date is November 13th 2013 5pm PST all entires will be loaded on Sue Bryce Business Facebook page and judged by SUe Bryce & Lara Jade. The winner will receive a one hour mentoring session on Skype with Sue or Lara
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I didnt edit this blog I wrote it late last night on my ipad. I read it once but it doesnt need editing or correcting it came from my heart.
In my late twenties and into my Thirties I had a bad patch. I put on 110 pounds or 50 kilos. I do not exist in photos during this period around 8 years. In fact my brothers wedding and a family portrait was all I could find from this period.
Through out this time I was a Glamour/Beauty Photographer that specialises in making Woman look fabulous. I was in love with my craft and the gift I gave Woman. I learned a lot about my self during these years. How to make women feel beautiful, how to make women feel comfortable and mostly how to make women feel safe. I was undeniably active in building my career during this time I share the love of a great family and the joy of friendships that I’ve had for life times that span continents and withstand absence. So I am loved and felt loved no matter what my body was portraying. But I wasn’t loving my self. About 35 years old I lost about 40 pounds/20 kilos at this time and just settled in an in between and there I stayed for another 5 years.
Hiding in Black trying hard not to be seen wanting desperately to be seen
I have photographed thousands of women in 24 years and had thousands of conversations about body image and loving your self. What I didn’t get/understand was self acceptance. But rather a deep painful wound that I buried deep that was a belief set in stone that I was broken and simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH. I played this story out for many years as ‘my victim story’ I’m not going to lie it helped immensely with my career being bigger, I was raw and vulnerable in my own fight for self love and women could identify with my struggle and my journey regardless of their age or size. I could make any woman feel good about what she had and where she was at but . . . What I wasn’t doing though was the WORK. I was speaking it, teaching it and preaching it but I was not living it.
I have watched the barrier that women of all ages and sizes put up between me and the camera. Everything they hate about themselves all their fears and vulnerabilities comes to the surface and there it is palpable and raw the fog I have to fight through and clear before you allow me to see your true beauty (the light inside you) and take a portrait of you to show you back to yourself. Since being on the creativeLIVE stage the comments and emails have been consistent where are your photos Sue? When the suggestion first came to do a shoot live on creativeLIVE I thought it was a great idea within an hour every fear fog and drama came instantly to the surface and there I was in all my dramatic, pathetic neurotic glory. How could I possibly trust someone enough to do for me what I have done for so many for so many years.
I am not a brilliant photographer my skills lays in the control I have, the years of experience of making ordinary bodies longer and slimmer the assertiveness in which I can take away your fear long enough to let me take control of you and the space which I can hold for long enough for you to relinquish that fear in order for me to bring out the incredible light that’s inside every human being.
It may sound nebulous and even superficial but that fog, that barrier you throw up is so real and there I was wrapped in it could I let mine down long enough to be seen. Why did I choose Lara Jade to photograph me? Lara is 24 and looks like the models she photographs she is a fashion photographer that photographs young tall slim professional models. What does she know about curvy 42 year olds that carry these stupid fears. The answer is simple she sees beauty and I trust her. That is enough.
I thought like everyone else that I would drop another 10 pounds before my shoot but of course I ended up eating everything in sight for three weeks to cover the level of anxiety I felt (as if another 10 pounds would magically give me confidence ha ) I wished I had better clothes dreamed of being younger and berated my self for not having done this years ago. On the day I resisted every part of it threw up my breakfast cried a bit in private and generally behaved badly.
About a year ago after filming Jill’s documentary in Paris I really started to do the work, self care self love and the most important self acceptance and gratitude. Weight has been leaving me but not because I am holding to a number but because I no longer care what I weigh. There is no identity in my weight ‘Problem’ anymore just my acceptance of who I am and how I live. How could I meet this girl being ravaged by cancer having her body cut away and not HONOUR the body I have the perfectly healthy body I have and cannot give to her. How can I “quote – Change the conversation we are having about our bodies if I do not change mine” So it was with LOVE not resistance that I set out to change mine. I tell photographers all the time to sell your shoots do one yourself, market what you do with your own images and experience and honour your craft by experiencing it and paying for it.
The reveal was filmed live on the show ‘Create incredible experimental Portraits’ with Sue Bryce and Lara Jade you can watch the shoot too. I was overwhelmed with tears not because of what I saw but because of the incredible vulnerability I felt and complete sadness I had in my body that I have wasted to many years rejecting what I am and that I never felt good enough to do this earlier. I deserved more from myself and will remember this experience for the rest of my days. I will teach this over and over again so that many others can be free of their own barriers and I will value the gift I have been given of knowing this lesson and the opportunity I have to share it.
This year I will launch an international campaign to ‘Exist in Photographs’ for your family, to see yourself and to accept all you are. All ages all weights and all barriers aside. I have always believed I do not photograph the outside I photograph the inside of people. I don’t know why we are made this way but we are and it’s just a perception, a perception we can change at any time.
You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return. You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often. You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering. But unconditional love? Stop telling that story. Love, in truth, doesn’t need ANY other adjectives. It doesn’t require modifiers. It doesn’t require the condition of perfection. It only asks that you show up. And do your best. That you stay present and feel fully. That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU. It’s enough. It’s Plenty.”
- Courtney A. Walsh.
creativeLIVE is hosting PHOTOWEEK their biggest event of the year. Starting tomorrow at 9am PST Its an online expo with over 50 Photo Instructors. They asked me to do a Power Keynote on Monday at 2.45pm I said Oh HELL YES. I have been a Portrait Photographer for over half my life I have spent most of that time learning struggling growing evolving learning struggling changing but I never quit. Oh I got so close, but I realised I could always regenerate because the truth is I never wanted to be anything else. So I learned, I learned that sometimes you’re close to the answer you need and the career you always dreamed of but until you really identify that dream you can’t step towards it. I learned to value my self and my work to start earning money. I learned to stop comparing myself to others and just be good enough for my clients. I discovered there’s nothing I cannot create when I put my mind to it and anything is possible when your heart is willing.
Do you know your purpose your goal your true path? Have you set that out and are you powering towards it. Have you identified that sometimes the biggest hurdle in your way is actually you. Join me Monday at 2.45pm and lets work it out together #itstimetodothework
Also check out Two of my favourite people and incredible Wedding Photographers and top notch educators Susan Stripling 9am Monday and Cliff Mautner 9am Tuesday in the house Monday and Tuesday. Then on Wednesday at 2.45pm check out my amazing friends Tiffany and Marc Angeles and how they went from corporate jobs to a fully booked at home commercial real estate business. These two people will not only blow you away with their start up story but their ability to build a lucrative and fast turn around business model and business from nothing to incredible is so motivating. I have big respect for all of these people and I know you will love what they teach. Enjoy this week I know I am lucky enough to be in Seattle with all of these great people and audience see you online
Lara Jade is a Fashion Photographer that shoots international Campaigns luckily she is also an incredible young woman and a friend of mine. I am a Portrait Photographer that specialising in Glamour and Beauty for the every day Woman. Lara started her career on Flickr shooting experimental self portraiture and then book covers. I started my business in my garage and started to get noticed in my industry by creating illustrative images and entering them into NZIPP AIPP and WPPI international awards. SO we are teaming up to teach a creativeLIVE workshop together to teach you how we started out.
This course is about
Illustrative Portraits / Conceptualising / Composite Imagery / Photoshop / Book Covers / Fine art / Getting noticed / Boosting your folio but mostly its about PLAY shoots staying inspired as an artist stretching your limits learning and experimenting with the creative part of your job when the Marketing and Business and Tax and time management ‘THE HUSTLE’ takes over and you forget you are a creative.
I come from Blue collar parents and so does Lara thats what I love about her. I like people that worked their guts out to be where they are and bloody well deserve every success that comes their way. I met Lara about 18 months ago at a 3 day event we were both teaching at. When everyone was gone for the day and dinner was done there were TWO people sitting at the table with their laptops and chatting while they worked till midnight. You see she loves what she does as much as I do. We come from different Photography worlds but together we will show you the Professional Fashion side of styling and the domestic side, where we both came from and how we started with NOTHING and how we created with what we had. Lara will show you how she started and how she now works with amazing Professional Fashion stylists and I will work with locals and make as many of the outfits as I can on a budget.
I know Lara will say the same the education we got from this style of experimental portraiture not only invigorated our careers and our creative selves it made our career paths. I was working from my garage in the beginning I couldn’t afford to pay a stylist but then I found out of course they all wanted to play and finding models was the easy part. I couldn’t even afford sets or locations so I would make them on photoshop (see below) You don’t need a lot of money to do this. This about getting creative with whats available to you.
First I had to find a girl and get her to do the pose I wanted. I don’t ask people to pose without underwear as I feel it is easier to get them to move and feel comfortable my personal choice nude models are always available for a price. I stacked her up on boxes and took 12 shots 3 different hand positions.
I needed to find a backdrop so I went walking the city and started shooting walls / textures tress etc I had no idea what I wanted. This I found on a big concrete wall.
I then found this antique chaise in a shop and asked the owner if I could take a pic she said yes. BTW it’s a mini little girls doll chaise. It didn’t have nice feet so I shot it like this at a few higher and lower perspectives.
I then flipped it, copied the arm sides as legs and changed the colour and my room was made
When I put her in the image I still didn’t know what I was going to put in her hand I originally thought a pipe. I then went back through my images at the same antique shop They had stuffed birds Dove’s crows and peacocks. I settled on a bird. The irony was her lower hand didn’t fit on the couch and looked like it was floating so I found a cage and put that in.
This Image was then called letting go. It was never my intention at the time but what became was a reflection of where I was in my life at the time. Lots of letting go. It won Gold in Three international awards and contributed to me being named Portrait Photographer of the Year 2011 at the Australian APPA awards this was the most prestigious award I had ever won. The beauty of illustrative imagery is some people will love it and some people will hate it (none of that matters) sometimes it wins and sometimes it doesn’t that doesn’t matter either. But when you create it from your soul you can look at every day because to create art and work through you like this is the greatest gift of all.
Shamwow and creativeLIVE had a baby and his name is PhotoPhrank with a PH this is actually one of the most amazing producers at creativeLIVE Aaron Anderson he is just dynamite this is so funny see you at Photoweek I’m very excited about this coming week. Great video so clever Mike Folden, Aaron Anderson and Mike Oncley.
HOW TO MAKE A photoshoot Frock. Fast cheap and hand stitched. Yes a mannequin is good but a friend is just as fun. Make them coffee or pour them a wine and laugh and create together. I cannot afford the gowns I want to photograph so I create my own, also I get bored so I want to make new things. Often I will go and buy a large bolt of tulle. Tulle is easy to stitch and makes large gowns really quickly NB: you will need 10 – 20 yards tulle is priced from $4 – $10 a yard or metre in most places (always look for fashion districts or fabric wholesalers) This Frock Fabric $28 Ribbon $6 lots of fun. Looking at my stitching now I wish I had been a little more particular but I was going for fast ha ha. Okay I can hear My beautiful Mum who tried to teach me dress making say “You’re so impatient, slow down do it properly”
Hand stitch. I have gathered the tulle enough so no lining is necessary. yes tulle is see through and scratchy thats why you need lots of it however a girl in one of my dresses HAS NEVER COMPLAINED thats its uncomfortable.
I needed to make this fast and easy to make but also size adjustable this is a size 8 U.S mannequin Size 12/14 NZ AUS she is a curvy lass not a zero. so I paid $6 for ribbon and tied it on to the tulle end at the back so it can be adjusted similar to a corset.
You could sew in a zip, or a band with islets like a corset or Velcro. There is not many times I photograph anyone walking away the purpose of this gown is for a Glamour shoot. So I wasn’t to worried about seeing the back.
Take the rest of the fabric double its width to make it about skirt length and gather and pin and stitch – gather and pin and stitch all the way round. It doesnt matter if it is larger than a waist line because it will be stitched onto a ribbon that will make the skirt wrap around style and therefore size adjustable. No lining necessary just make sure you gather as much fabric as you can. Of course when you shoot you add as many other tulle skirts underneath to boost volume. The ribbon around the waist band I stitch on last mostly to hide my bad hand stitching but also to tie the dress on.
I asked my own hair stylist to make a Hair piece for this shoot on her day off. She purchased all this synthetic hair for under $50. Join Me and Lara Jade world fashion Photographer on creativeLIVE Oct 10 11 and 12 and we’ll show you more of this fantasy shoot and how to make / design / shoot and create your own.
Makeup Christine Carbone
Hair Rose Park
Enrol here for this free course learn to shoot Illustrative Fantasy Experimental Portraiture
They are Twin Sisters Beautiful Woman talented makeup artists and Hosts on their own radio show Beauty Talk. They interviewed me for Phame Expo and I got to return the favour my style. I have always had a fascination with Twins I think it’s the live component of what I like about photography seeing yourself from an others perspective except the other person is a mirror of you.
Janice and Denise Tunnell are the hosts of Beauty talk, an Atlanta based radio show. Tens of thousands of listeners tune in to hear the girls give tips and advice about all things hair and makeup. They also include interviews of beauty professionals from around the world Check out their show here Great connection for Beauty & Glam photographers and truly beautiful Women.