Mondays Musings…

Go big or Go home..isn’t that what they say? So I jumped, sometimes you have to make a leap of faith that all your training, your planning and sheer determination will make an endeavor pay off; sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t. This weekend marked the launch of Pixel Sisters Studio, I wrote about this yesterday. We also had out Instagram, Website and Facebook all went live as well. Desley and I have been very busy behind the scenes, planning and arranging our very first workshop, which is already starting to fill up, so very exciting.

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I ran another of my own smaller workshops from the home studio on Saturday, Light and bright, cakes and candies; I dubbed it the Sweet Tooth Workshop. People commented it was the tastiest workshop they have ever done…lets hope I have not set a dangerous precedent 🙂

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Sunday was the last of the planning and editing I had left to do and just pottering around, even a bit of a tidy up in the studio.

Oh and did I mention I had another two images published in Living the Photo Artistic Life magazine (page 8) last week, yay me!

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I am hoping to work with another new model next weekend and getting everything arranged for the next Pixel Sisters Workshop.

I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead, safe travels and happy snapping…

~ Julz

Regular Random, Five Minutes with some Cupcakes

I was actually a little spoiled for choice after my Sweet tooth workshop yesterday, after everyone left I was playing with what remained, we originally started with 6 beautiful cupcakes…

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And yes I will admit to a little tampering, I did move them around, but hey I am creative like that LOL. I also was left with some macarons……..but that will be saved for next week.

For more info and to see Desley’s wonderful Pens she posted this week, visit her page

OH……….and no I did not eat any of them, aren’t I good?

~ Julz

Introducing – Pixel Sisters Studio

I have been hinting at something big being afoot again lately and now I can finally let you in it…..Drum Roll please;

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Desley (Desley Jane Pictures – https://musingsofafrequentflyingscientist.com/) and I have started a new business venture together, creating fun photography workshops for Melbourne based photographers. They say you should go big or go home, right? So we have been extremely busy of late, we have a brand new website – Pixelsistersstudio.com, a Facebook page and an Instagram Account. We are moving all this to a large professional photography studio in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs and the first workshop is set for 29th July, this has been a huge undertaking and a big adventure for both of us. Until then I am still running a couple of small workshops in my home studio, but it’s time to go big!

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Our first Workshop is a Floral Fantasy Still Life and Macro, (honestly did you really expect anything else from us two?), but we are planning more workshops with varied themes, including; Desley’s Planner stuff and my Conceptual Portraiture, with lots of other fun stuff thrown in too. We will be catering to all levels of photographer, with an aim to getting beginners off auto and exposing seasoned photographers to different genres.

So if you are in Melbourne, check out what we have on offer and perhaps join us, if you live elsewhere in the world, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, as we will be posting lots of fabulous images and BTS stuff as well.

~ The Pixel Sisters (aka,  Julz and Desley)

 

Weekly Photo Challenge – Focus

I must admit I am actually finding it difficult to focus on anything at the moment. You know when something BIG is about to happen, the suspense is building and you find that you can’t sit still? That is my plight at the moment, so much is just about to happen and I’m currently chained to my day job – frustrating and annoying.

Back to the main point of this Week’s Photo Challenge – Focus, So scrolling through my archives I had lots to choose from, but these two caught my eye. Both are intensely soft focused, with just enough detail in the subject to catch the eye. The Helmeted Honeyeater in the flowers has his eye and beak in sharp focus, the rest of his body soft and the background is intensely out of focus, the blossoms are just focused enough to tell what they are. (This piece is also digitally painted over the top adding to the soft feel)

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This second one is a really high F/stop possible F/2.8 – F/3.5 sorry, I do not have the Exif data on the image. I often work with a high F/Stop, giving a lovely dreamy background to my images.

~ Julz

 

In the Studio – Glamour shoot with Nikki…

I know I have already done a few posts with Nikki, but we did such a diverse range of styles in one shoot, I felt it only fair to split them up…… Snow White, Tarot and today’s Post is a glamour shoot, some of these shots almost look like they belong in a bridal magazine, not my normal forte at all; but I was really happy with them.

The ballgowns I was given a while back are getting quite the workout, and it was fun to drag the old smoke machine back out of it’s box again too

~ Julz

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Dishes & Silverware…

OK, so Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week really worked to my advantage with dishes and silverware, I was spoilt for choice. Love a dark and moody Still Life photo.

Honestly I could have selected so many different images, but didn’t want to broe everyone to tears 🙂 so just a select few.

Visit out Cee’s page for more info and check out her cool cutlery!

~ Julz

In the Studio – Boho Forest Fairies, with Desley

What makes a huge studio concept shoot even more fun? Sharing it with friends. I had Desley (Musings of a frequent flying scientist) join me in the studio for a Conceptual Boho Forest Fairies  Photo shoot, as opposed to our normal Still Life, which we normally do together. This was Desley’s first time shooting under lights in the studio with models, we had my favourite girls Jess and Mel come in, with dresses, makeup and wigs by Micaela (Glam to Perfection), we refuelled the Smoke Machine, we also got smoke emitters, Floral Crowns were specially made by Desflora. Oh what a day…….three hours in make-up and then three hours in the studio.

While the girls were getting ready Desley and I set up, checking lights and things, while also organising a few bits and pieces………I think I can spill the beans (a little) Desley and I have formed a business Partnership and will be teaching Workshops out of a big Photographic Studio…..Pixel Sisters Studiois about to be officially launched shortly, stay tuned.

Now the Boho Forest Fairies did not come without it’s share of issues, the original outfits (ratty tutus and corsets) were not used as A) Jess had a fabulous outfit she brought with her, B) Jess also fell in love with another dress she wore for part of the shoot and C) none of the corsets and most of the dresses would NOT fit Meellisa and her ample bosom…in fact I only have one dress that fits this girl, and she didn’t bring any backups…oops! We also could not find any fairies wings I particularly liked (they were all covered in feathers……fairies have dragonfly wings, not angel wings!),  so I resorted to shooting without and adding them in Photoshop on a few.

This was also my first time working with smoke emitters (AKA Smoke bombs – but we are no longer allowed to use that word)…oh dear, lucky for me Desley and her cool hand luke persona were there. We tried one in the studio (with ALL doors open), there was a LOT of smoke, but what we didn’t count on was it falling apart, poor Mel got a slight burn on her arm (nothing major) and a big chunk of it fell on Jess’s wig, which Desley quickly snatched away; getting her own minor burn 😦  before Jess’s wig went up in flames, a few minor scorch marks, but Jess was all OK. And it stinks! I mean really stinks. Luckily the weather was good, so we ended up going to the local park to play with some more smoke, the late winter afternoon sunlight hit the smoke in the most beautiful shafts of light……….so dreamy.

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Not much else to say, so I will just post a few pics………I took SO MANY!!!

And here is a few behind the scenes shots……..I really must remember to take more!

~ Julz, xo

Share Your World – 13th June, 2017

It has been a huge weekend on so many levels, so I will try and keep this brief today, but I didn’t want to miss Cee’s Share Your World. I feel like I am juggling a lot lately and it is only going to get busier…but more on that later

What do you do when you’re not working? If you are retired, what do you that is not part of your regular daytime routine? I do have a 9-5 job, but when I am not there I am working, either shooting, creating, Still Life or product photography in the Studio, working on new concepts, doing more training (whether pulling apart a fabulous piece of art to see how it’s done, YouTube videos etc), or creating art. I rarely stop, but when I do it will be to spend time with family and friends, or to travel. Occasionally, just occasionally I might veg on the couch with a book or a movie.

What would you do if you won the lottery? Quit my 9-5 and do all of the above full time, really ramp it up 😛

What makes you laugh the most? So many things, I laugh all the time, usually at myself

What is your biggest pet peeve with modern technology? When it doesn’t work………seriously do not get me started on this, that and people on their phones while trying to order coffee, food etc……….so rude.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful I survived the weekend, I am still tired, but excited with so many possibilities. There has been so much going on behind the scenes, that I still can’t tell you yet, but soon, very soon. I spent a wonderful day with Desley on Saturday with two wonderful models;  Jess and Mel. Introducing Desley to my world of Studio Concept shoots………oh dear I think I have her hooked……..seriously we had such fun, just wait til you see her pics too; gorgeous!

Saturday night I spent with friends in an abandoned warehouse for some more Light Painting action, then up again Sunday for another Photo Shoot. Monday I spent all day working on images and collaborating on new endeavours, can’t wait.

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This week, wow I have so much editing to do, more planning for upcoming projects, as well as another Workshop on Saturday to arrange and then run…see? I never stop 🙂

Well that’s it from me, til next time have a great week…

~ Julz

 

In the Studio – Tarot with Nikki…

Pretty much any model who graces my studio gets a request to shoot a Tarot Card or two, newbies no exception 🙂 some of the darker cards are now all done, and I am working on some of the lighter ones.

The Star

Loss, Theft, privation, abandonment, also possibly hope and bright prospects.

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Temperance

Economy, moderation, frugality, management, accommodation

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The World

Assured success, recompense, voyage route, emigration, flight, change of place

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Justice

Equity, rightness, probity, executive triumph of the deserving side in law

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I am beginning to get quite a collection now, it is exciting to see it all coming together, but still so many more to go.

~ Julz

Monday’s Musings…

As Victoria (Australia) celebrates the Queen’s Birthday (funnily enough not our current Queen, but one from our past – figure that, weird Commonwealth traditions) we have a public holiday today, so I am probably off hunting toadstools and mushroom (I kids you not), this is a scheduled post. Perhaps I am still snug in my bed; it has been a huge weekend after all.

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Jess & Mel – Forest Fairies

So Saturday, was a super huge massive day, Jess and Mel came at 10am for 3 hours of Hair and Makeup with the talented Micaela (from the Alice shoot), and I was joined in the studio by Desley (the not so frequently flying scientist 😛 ) for a Boho Forest fairies studio shoot, we also shot a nearby park. Lots of fun, laughter and hi-jinks, a few oops moments (I’ll explain that one later) and a brilliant day with some amazing shots, I am still to edit them all. I then literally kicked them all out, to head off to the next shoot – Light Painting! In a new old abandoned building, not much time for exploring before set up, but it was a fun night, with a fun group of people.

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Then an early wake up to clean up the studio after the dump and run, from the day before, as I had yet another model shoot, another lovely lady, Ally Xu;

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Such a wonderful and creative shoot……but as per usual, more on that later.

I hope you have an amazing week, I have so much editing to do from three very different photos shoots, plus getting ready for another workshop on the weekend.

~ Julz