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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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By Mike Constantinou

Mike Constantinou is a professional domestic photographer based in Melbourne, Australia.
Accredited member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) from 2006 – 2017 & National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP). He enjoys being a big kid at heart & when not spending time with his beautiful young family, he is meeting & capturing the precious life moments of others.