July 2014

This is the tale of a finger hurting couple of days from back in August 2013…

When the P52 assignment “Red Balloon” was posted I already knew I was clean out of stock of these entertaining little rubber bladders! I immediately searched the Internet for some supplies and found a whole host of balloons including those clowning favourites “modelling balloons”. With an idea forming in my head, I ordered a range of colours and sizes, making sure that red was the most numerous.

YouTube, being the great visual resource that it is, has a multitude of tutorials on creating basic balloon flowers.  Oh yes, a balloon vase filled with balloon flowers seemed like the perfect idea.  I soon found that even the most simple of the instructional videos was beyond me. With much sweating, cussing and many misshapen and exploding balloons later, I conceded. One thing was for sure, following the strict instructions of balloon twisting is not for me.  Well, not all was lost, I had learned some basic moves so maybe it was time to go freestyle and forget the rules.

Starting with a backbone and ribs, Balloon Man started to take shape. Arms, legs and joints soon followed!  Sure, there was some popping and a little deflation but something was forming; and hey, this was going to be big, super-size even.

Here’s the elements that were used in the finished image.

The elements of Balloon Man

Today, I can see what I would do differently but this was a great experience that I am unlikely to repeat. However, one should never say “Never” and the lessons learned are simple; you should play to your strengths, bolster your weaknesses and realise there are often alternative routes to your goal.

Balloon Man - the final image

This week, I had the good fortune to work with Mari…

…the owner of a fabulous showroom of unique, high-quality, restored furniture. You may have noticed I said “with” and that’s exactly how I like small business photography to be; I was working with the client to a common goal. We worked together on the ideas, we worked together to dress the sets and we discussed the future… together. A partnership is motivating for both parties and the results are far more likely to meet the customer’s expectations. Mari is a wonderful creative and restores all of the furniture on-site in the attached workshop. Small Business Photography Here are some of the behind the scene images. working with the client - BTS for Customer Photo Session working with the client - BTS for Customer Photo Session working with the client - BTS for Customer Photo Session working with the client - BTS for Customer Photo Session Other than furniture, there are plenty of other interesting items that proved very useful for dressing the set. working with the client - Customer Session For our next shoot, we are looking forward to introducing some models to create more lifestyle images. Not only will this add some scale, it will add fire to the buyers imagination. working with the client - Customer Session

Small business photography is about working with you within your budget and often at your location.

It’s a partnership, where we meet in advance of the session. This provides me an understanding of your business and your values and gives us time to sketch out ideas and set our expectations before the day of the shoot.