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Why Your Photos and Story Count

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Dear Folks,

There was a time in my life when I thought my story didn’t count. My life felt insignificant and I could never have imagined it any other way.

When I became a photographer and had my first images published in Marie Claire something moved inside of me. I realised I had a power. What I focused on or photographed I could shine a light on, like my first story on Naples a place at the time that was neglected by a wider audience but deeply loved by me.

When I had my first book published I decided to tell my story exactly as it was. I made it a ‘private’ mission at the time to tell the truth even though I felt incredibly vulnerable, I wanted to put a message out into the world that you have the power to change things and live life the way you want it to be.

I have secretly (cat’s out of the bag) woven my beliefs, values and experiences into everything I have done for the past 17 years hoping something in what I put out into the world would awaken something in others that too needed to get back on the path to what they truly believed in.

I know it seems like a big stretch when you have no voice but just for a second imagine if you did. What would you tell the world if you had a chance? What stories are important to you?

Everybody has a story and everybody’s story is valid, special and unique. For me sharing my story and photos has been a healing, nurturing and empowering experience I could recommend with all my heart.

Your story is worth telling, the world is waiting!

Sending love and hugs

 

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PS: If you want to learn all there is know about publishing your photos and story in books and magazines we have 2 PLACES ONLY LEFT for Get Published 2017. All details HERE

Blue Sunday Starts Today – 20% Discount On All Beaches

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Dear Summer Lovers,

Black Friday this year is starting early here and it’s been renamed to Blue Sunday. For 3 delirious crazy, hot, sweaty summer days you will receive 20% discount on all beach prints starting now and end Tuesday 21st at Midnight Paris time.

If you have had your eye on a favourite from Italy we will ship it to you anywhere in the world with love. All images are limited editions, signed and numbered and wrapped with love.

And even more deliriously beautiful in real life..

Discount code on check out is FLATOUT

Sending love and summer vibes and you can start vicariously swimming HERE

Carla x

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Are There Too Many Photographers In The World?

Dear Folks,

Have you ever thought, ‘there are just too many photographers, I might as well quit now.’

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It’s true, if you look around us everyone has a good camera these days and they are all madly snapping photos of almost anything.  Phone cameras have become so sophisticated that even they produce the most incredible images and even top end brands are paying ‘stars’ to create million dollar campaigns on their iPhone.

There are images everywhere you look, on buses, social media, television, billboards and giant screens around the cities and sometimes you might ask ‘is there room for one more photographer?’.

But a voice inside of me says ‘so what if there are too many photographers?’. I believe there is enough room for all of us.

I am sure people in other artistic fields feel the same way. A graphic artist, illustrator or even interior designer if they just kept looking at the numbers of people in their field would curl into a ball in the fetal position and throw the pen or fabric down.

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But my lovelies, I would ask you not to look to what everybody else is doing and look inside and listen to the voice of your inner photographer who has something to say. Maybe the voice is quiet right now, self-doubting, shy, scared but if you start to trust it and allow yourself to do what it wants, you will find an incredible vision of your own.

It’s your vision that is your Excalibur sword. It’s your vision that will slash its way through all the images out there and have someone saying ‘I have to have my photos taken by THAT photographer or whose photos are these?’

If you trust your vision, if you you listen to your inner voice instead of comparing yourself to everyone else, you will let the magic out!

So on the days you are doubting your greatness, listen to your inner photographer or creative, even if it is a soft whisper and then go create what it is whispering to you.

Sending love and whispers

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If this subject interests you and you would like to know more about creative vision and having your images published the LAST PLACES are going for Get Published 2017, you can read more HERE.

How This Photographer Turned A Dream Into Reality

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Inside Out photography by Jacqui Turk

Dear Photographers,

I am super excited to share this interview with beautiful photographer Jacqui Turk and what she has achieved with her unique eye, vision and photography.

Part of my journey has been to share my knowledge and what I have learnt at the ‘coal face’ and pass on my experience (good and bad)  to others so they can go carve out their dream in their own way.

I had the honour of meeting Jacqui Turk at Get Published in 2014 and she is one of many photographers who ran with the knowledge shared on the day and made it their own. I love what Jacqui has achieved creatively and I know what a thrill it is to be published in some of Australia’s best magazines and she is going to share her story of turning her dream into reality this December at our new edition of Get Published!

Over to Jacqui….

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Inside Out photography by Jacqui Turk

How long had you been doing photography prior to attending the Get Published workshop?

I’d studied an Associate Diploma in Photography after I had graduated high school in the 90’s after that life and work took me in a different direction, still in photo studio’s but on the styling side with a magazine. It had probably been about 18 months before the workshop that I picked up a camera again.

How This Photographer Turned A Dream Into Reality

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Photography by Jacqui Turk

When your first article was published after the workshop how did you feel when you saw your first pages?

I was absolutely thrilled! I couldn’t really believe it.  There is definitely something special about seeing your images in print.

Did you have a favourite magazine you loved and dreamed of being published in? Have you achieved that?

I love all magazines! Especially the interior ones. I dreamt of having a Home published in Inside Out and have achieved that.

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Elle Magazine photography by Jacqui Turk

We are so excited to have you speak this year and share with the audience your experience and how you took the material and made it yours but what was one of the key pieces of information you learned that allowed you to achieve what you have in such a short time?

The one key piece of information that you shared, Carla, and even having come from a magazine background it was so obvious but I didn’t see it, is to know the magazine you are pitching to. Know the sections, know the style, know what kind of content they publish, know what angles they love. This is can be a big advantage to pitching the right story to the right magazine and therefore gives you better chance at getting published. The Gourmet Traveler waiter is the example you gave us Carla! This piece of info is still with me everyday on almost every shoot.

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photography by Jacqui Turk

Anything else you would like to share about your journey?

I am still pinching myself! It has been such an amazing journey and I feel so privileged to work and collaborate with so many wonderful and talented people.  Getting together and collaborating with other creatives has taught me the most. The perfect chance to experiment and try new things. It’s the greatest preparation for your next job!

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Inside Out photography by Jacqui Turk

A huge thanks to the beautiful Jacqui and if you would like to come and meet her, hear her story, tips on how she achieved this, she will be speaking along with Creative Director of Vogue Living, Julie Gibbs Founder of the Lantern Imprint at Penguin, Photographer Luisa Brimble and myself.

If you would like to make your dream of being published in magazines or books a reality  we have LIMITED PLACES ONLY for Get published 2017.

All details HERE and please check out Jacqui’s beautiful work HERE

Love and Light

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How I took a 20 Year Detour..

Dear Folks,

Before I became a photographer and moved to Italy circa the year 2000, this time of the year I would go into a sort of agitated anxious state. I would start calling all my single girlfriends and see what they were doing for Christmas because there was nothing like Christmas that made me feel isolated, lonely and not shaping up.

Often we would book a trip to Bali on Christmas Day after we had spent the day with our families so we could jet away from our lives and leave the season ‘to be jolly’  (cause there was nothing jolly about it for us) behind us just like it never happened.

I have had a lot of time lately to reflect on why it took me so long to get back on a path that was authentic to me. I was looking for the answers in the wrong places, for almost 20 years I looked for the answers outside of me.

I looked to ‘Mr Right’ to love me and when he wasn’t around I felt unloved. I looked to others to nurture me and I spent so much time running around doing things that had no purpose to fill up my time that I never had time to sit, reflect and look inwards.

I searched madly for it all outside of me but always came up empty handed and disappointed. So folks, this is about where in the story you put on the Whitney Houston track the ‘The Greatest Love Of All’ and stand up and sing with your biggest voice because that’s actually what happened to me. My 20 Year detour started when I stopped searching outside me and that’s when life feel into place (or you know what I mean).

Well, you are probably thinking easier said than done!

How do you get to that place where you actually believe it?

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Shannon Fricke and I are using our stories to show there is a way to live your life that is authentic to you with joy, happiness and personal reward.

Although our stories are vastly different we have used the same framework to overcome our personal and creative challenges and continue to find our paths to our authentic selves, our new found creativity and joy.

If you would like to join us for an open discussion with like-minded souls and explore the possibilities we are having a one day workshop in Sydney December 17th and you can read all the details HERE.

There is only ONE PLACE  left.

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