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Personal update

My little man, by Mike Constantinou

 

Personal update – as my closest family, friends & clients know, over the last two years I have reduced the number of both christening & portrait sessions I have accepted.
This was due to a few reasons I would like to share.

I came to some realisations over the last few years & especially with the birth of my second child Lukas. What I had come to realise & appreciate was that success; especially my personal success has many different facets.

As my renown grew, the number of portrait & christening sessions also grew – which is the natural progression of an artistic business but at that time I didn’t see the true cost – I began to see less & less of my own family, especially my children & wife.

How do you put a value on that?

My second realisation was also this was cyclic, my mum also worked very hard. I began to understand my relationship with her a lot better as it was being reflected in my relationship with my own children.

The simplest view was two fold, I didn’t want to miss out on my kids being kids & have to wait until they were all grown up before I could have a relationship with them.

My wife also noticed a slight shift in me as I was not expressing myself via my photography.

So what is the answer – how does one find the balance?

With Lukas coming up to his second birthday & Alysia starting four year old kindergarten (also my beautiful wife seeing how my personality shifts when I’m not crafting portraits) it’s time to open myself up a little once again.

Time to work towards my centre.

I have had a mountain of emails and phone calls regarding portrait & christening sessions, so to everyone – family, friends, clients both old & new – Thank you.

I will be publishing some dates for a personal project I am embarking on & would love for you to join me.

Best Wishes,

Mike

 

 

 

 

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National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP)

I was thinking of how I can better serve my clients and further my career as a Melbourne Child Photographer. So I plucked up the courage & submitted my work to The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) for review.

I am pretty pumped to say, I was accepted!!

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If you’ve never heard of the National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP), here is a little extract from their website:

NAPCP grants membership to photographers who are dedicated to exhibiting quality images of children on a consistent basis.

NAPCP members are expected to reflect exceptional skills in photography, originality and creativity, while promoting the honesty
and spirit of the children they capture. NAPCP members should uphold the highest ethics and integrity within their business practices.

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is a member-based association representing and promoting the community of professional child photographers. The NAPCP provides a valuable platform for seasoned veterans and rising professionals alike to share their experiences, hone their craft and raise their professional visibility.

NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers with its members by providing a comprehensive directory and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience.

Well, what does this all mean? I’ll be working even harder than ever to create and produce beautiful portraits for my clients!

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a little of what I like

As silly as it sounds, it’s taken me a while to figure out that I can just create the portraiture I like not what I think everyone else will like.

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The challenge of toddler and small fast moving people portraits while shooting on a tripod – aka challenging oneself

Todays post is all about challenges and Kama – First the challenges –

 

After listening to one of my favourite portrait photographer’s new pod casts – the fab Gina Milicia , I began considering my feeling towards my own personal & client work. Breaking it down what do I create?

I create family stories photographically. I look at my walls & around me are portraits of my family (both shot by me & also my lovely wife) & mixed with a few special events of our lives (namely my children’s christening portraits & those of my own god-daughter).

Looking at this moments, I personally know what it is like to have my memories close.

 

Listening to Gina’s interview, I started thinking about all of this again & how I can challenge myself to grow my own photographic skills with a view to be even better not just for my clients but for myself too.

My challenge today was to photograph my son Lukas – the very active 17 month old, who never sits still for more than a few moments – whilst shooting on a tripod. There were a lot of laughs today (most of them at me being the clown to get that shot I wanted or could visualise in my head!)

Now this doesn’t sound too much different to my normal effort (but for those friends & clients who’ve ever tried to photograph their young children or seen me working know how challenging it can be to just get that perfect characterful portrait).

Here are two of my fav portraits – There are heaps & I still haven’t worked my way through them all yet!

Mike Constantinou, child portrait, melbourne, christening photographer,

 

Even though I was working (well goofing around) with my own little lad, today just reaffirmed my love of working with little kids & especially creating fun children portraits.. now the hard part to go though all the ‘final’ portraits with Yel to work out which ones we’ll get printed, framed & join the other memories we keep so close.

Love & Light,

Mike

 

(Apologies for the long post title… its a throw back to my youth and one of my favourite Pearl Jam tracks!)

 

PS – if anyone is interested in checking out Gina’s work – check out the following links and pages & enjoy!

Gina Milica

 

 

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Looking forward to an awesome 2015!!

Welcome to 2015!

With 2014 being a very interesting mix I am really excited for 2015!

I am looking at getting back to basics this year and really focusing on what I truly love to create for my beautiful clients & re-aligning with my personality & ideals.

Now for something totally unrelated:

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Its funny how more difficult it is to simplify and streamline what I create that what it had organically grown into over the last few years. Please keep an eye on this space (my website Jelly Bean Photography) for my updates which are all designed with both my existing clients and new clients in mind.

 

Looking forward to meeting lots of new families this year,

Love & Light,

Mike