January 10, 2014

A New Year | Flourish

A new year is upon us. A fresh start, another chance.

What goals do you have pertaining your photography business? Putting the business aspect aside, what about your passion for what you do — how will you allow that to flourish in the coming year?

Many new photographers are surprised to learn just how much business know-how they must possess . . . that no matter how good a photographer you may be, talent is not enough. You need to know how to to get yourself in front of your potential client and run profitably among the “$50 session with free disc” sorts.

But, a few years down the line something may happen . . . some begin to notice how they’ve neglected something. The love of photography that first drew them into the wondrous web of capturing memories. When this is allowed to flounder and burn-out draws near — how can one survive in a craft that depends so much on the heart-connection between a photographer and a fleeting moment?

There will always be another client, another deadline. But there will never be another you. No other photographer can see nor interpret the world quite as you do.

This year, remember your first love.

Remember the thrill of the shutter’s release and the flirtatious dance of light and shadow.

May photography always leave you breathless and wanting for more.

Let this year be the year to flourish.

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By the way, the fabulous lace teepee was made by FAAS Design + the ribbon backdrop was made by yours truly.

Until next time!

- Skye, xoxo

 

| Credits |

Skye Hardwick of Work of Heart Photography 
Love what I do? Learn from me | The Workshop Workbook &
Sweetlight Collective Workshop in SoCal

Images © 2012 Skye Hardwick Edmonds
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Do not use without explicit permission

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Into the Woods | Pt. Two

Ah, now for part two of my Red Riding Hood shoot.

Just a re-cap  . . . I was heading to Oregon to teach a Workshop and wanted to do a theme shoot, but was struggling on what to choose.

I knew I had to do something woods-related . . .  we simply don’t have those gorgeous thick treescapes where I now live in Southern California.

First, I thought perhaps a “Woodland Fairy” type shoot, but I just didn’t feel excited about it. When Red Riding Hood came to mind, I ran with it.

The first shoot (which you can view by clicking here), I was a bit spastic because of a huge lighting issue (it simply left), plus I was 30 minutes away from teaching a shooting segment in a Workshop (I had to finish setting up and get 10 kids dressed, etc. Good times.)

I did a second Red Riding Hood shoot once the Workshop was over and had more time (and much better light).

Here are the images from that second shoot. My son plays the role of the “dis-interested wolf”.

As for the inspiration behind this shoot — before heading to the Workshop I hit up Pinterest for some creative ideas. By clicking here + here + here and here you can view some of the images that inspired my shoot.

In the end, I’m convinced that Red Riding Hood is one of those things that can be done a million different ways. Believe it or not, I look forward to creating another vision for another future RR-Hood shoot.

Until next time!

- Skye, xoxo

 

| Credits |

Skye Hardwick of Work of Heart Photography 
Love what I do? Learn from me | The Workshop Workbook &
Sweetlight Collective Workshop in SoCal

Images © 2012 Skye Hardwick Edmonds
All images registered at U.S. Copyright Office
Do not use without explicit permission

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October 1, 2013

Showcase | Renee Hindman | Pumpkins

Meet Renee Hindman of sunny Carlsbad, California. She has two Halloween-inspired showcases to share  . . .

Read Renee’s words about the her shoot featured below:

“The pumpkin stand was inspired by Skye Hardwick’s lemonade stand while assisting her on a commercial project. When I saw her lemonade stand it brought back such fond childhood memories. I used to sell lemonade every summer with my little buddy down the street. I sometimes credit my successful lemonade stand to my rewarding photography business. 

I took that lemonade idea and tweaked it a bit to make my own vision of childhood for my daughters. I always love taking their pictures at a pumpkin patch, but you can never get a good image without several people in your background. I knew I needed to make my own pumpkin patch. By making the scene interactive I have also found that I get more genuine expressions and they enjoy the shoot getting to “play” something. “

Visit Renee Hindman’s website.

Much thanks to Renee for sharing these images with the Reverie Blog!

Until next time!

- Skye, xoxo

Showcase | The Maypole

Nothing says springtime quite like a maypole.

I have dreamed of doing a maypole shoot for like, hmmm, years now. Living in southern California makes it tough to get super green environment (as we speak it is mid-May and it’s already been brown here for a few weeks), but there is usually a two month window where we have both green + warmer temps.

I knew my Sweetlight Collective Workshop this past April in SoCal would be the perfect time + place to pull off what I envisioned and the workshop attendees were thrilled. We ended the two day workshop with the maypole at sunset . . . so it didn’t have the completely fully green look, but anything bathed in sunflare is my heart goes after.

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For more information on joining me for a workshop, please click here. My workshops focus on styling sets and each one has five or more themed shoots for attendees to shoot (plus a few other surprises).

Thanks to Sweet Emilia Jane for the amazing flower-wreath on the maypole — the flowers were perfection!

And once again, a huge thank you to my wonderful husband for all his help + for building the maypole (by listening to my ideas and then adding in his own). Thanks babe!

Until next time!

- Skye, xoxo

 

| Credits |

Skye Hardwick of Work of Heart Photography 
Love what I do? Learn from me | The Workshop Workbook &
Sweetlight Collective Workshop in SoCal

Hair by Allison Tartari
Styled by Sweet Emilia Jane

Some of the beautiful dresses above by Snazziedrawers

Images © 2013 Skye Hardwick Edmonds
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Showcase | Workshop Wonderland

Two weeks ago I held my Sweetlight Collective Workshop here in Southern California.

It. was. amazing. Seriously.

One of the focuses of this workshop is creating themed shoots and “Wonderland” was on the top of my list. Of course, the wonderland theme has been done before. Not to mention, there are a variety of ways to pull of a wonderland look — did I want to be using bright + funky colors or pastels? Will the models be more natural looking, or add makeup? How many of the characters will you include? The list goes on. There are so many ways to interpret this beloved story.

After making my vision board for this theme, I knew I wanted a “livingroom goes outdoors” type of looking with the colors more on the flat side.

The vintage Alice dress I purchased on Etsy (sized x-small women’s, but happened to fit her). My Mad Hatter is wear a shirt + vest from Zara.

Aside from the table, the props are all yours truly (years of collecting, with a few pieces being purchased just for this shoot).

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For more information on joining me for a workshop, please click here.

Thanks to Sweet Emilia Jane for bringing my vision to life. I told her what look + mood I was going for + gave her a box of props to work with and she put together this magical wonderland. My favorite are the hanging frames with antique keys dangling inside each one.

A special thanks to my wonderful husband for all his help + building me my mushrooms. ♥

Until next time!

- Skye, xoxo

 

| Credits |

Skye Hardwick of Work of Heart Photography 
Love what I do? Learn from me | The Workshop Workbook &
Sweetlight Collective Workshop in SoCal

Hair by Allison Tartari
Styled by Sweet Emilia Jane

Images © 2013 Skye Hardwick Edmonds
All images registered at U.S. Copyright Office
Do not use without explicit permission

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