Monday, November 30, 2009

Monday Night Montage [elephant love]

Yvette Inufio - Gabrielle Kai

I am touched by the work and mood in Gabrielle Kai and Yvette Inufio's diptych this week. Perhaps its how my mother used to keep a jeweled elephant by my bedside every night, but I'm charmed by

the way the little trunks curl up to the sky
the symbolism of power, dignity, and strength,
the fun deliberate fairytale that can be found in the angle of these tiny statues

great work, ladies!!

till next week,

Mosaic Monday :: Beauty in Architecture

Left to right:

futurowoman . inmost_light . Helene Smith

likings of a girl . nan lawson . Anna Dykema

the lonely pixel . ourcitylights . myan photography

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Style Sunday - an Interview with Keri-Anne of Gingerlillytea

Today we take a quick trip into the wondrous world of Gingerlillytea as we interview photographer Kerri-Ann. A peek into her shop reveals the sweet world of innocent beauty and gorgeous daydreams. Her images breathe warmth and sunshine into your heart. So FPOE decided it was time to interview the lovely Keri-Anne and find out more about her romantic style of photography.
At 23, Keri-Anne balances being a wife and a mother with being a photographer and an entrepreneur. Having a daughter, she say, has greatly influenced her work.

"I have always been creative and spent a lot of my childhood reading books, " said Keri-Ann citing the Enid Blyton and Beatrix Potter books, as well as many fairy tales, as favorites. "These books have played a big part in my photography.I would say my work is nostalgic and fairytale based. I try in incorporate alot of my childhood memories into my photographs. Also, now that I have a daughter, I want to create photographs that she would love looking at as well."

When did you realized you were a photographer? Was it a gradual process or did it hit you at once?

When I started out taking photographs, I was not interested in taking photographs of people. I wanted to take photographs of thing that interested me: trees, carousels etc. I certainly didn't want to start self portraits or use myself in photos.
Just after I had my daughter, I became inspired by Tim Walker. His work spoke to me on so many levels and I realised that that was the style I wanted to do. I enjoyed looking at his work and I got so much inspiration from him. Also, a lot of my favourite photographers on flickr were using people as subject. So I took one self portrait and got a great response. Since then I have had so much great feedback on my work and I have defiantly become comfortable and confident in my own style.

How would you describe your style?

Nostalgic. I think a lot of people can relate to my photographs because everyone was once a child. I love using dolls houses, marionette puppets, bird cages and rocking horses as my main props.

What inspires you to pick up your camera?

Gosh, I would have to say a certain feeling inside. I can be sitting in the car and go past a field somewhere and get such a lovely feeling that I have to shoot there. I love going on walks through woods and fields with my mother and I always find amazing spots that I just wish I could do a shoot at. Sometimes I don't even have a photograph in mind, and I find a nice place and the photographic idea follows. I prefer shooting outside as there is so much beauty and you are not restricted by light and fixtures.

What camera(s) do you wield in your work?

I use a Canon SLR mainly but I love Polaroid cameras. I have around 7 film cameras also that I am trying to get to grips with.

You spoke of creating photographs that your daughter would love looking at. What subjects really speak to you?

I love using my own belongings in shoots. It makes them seem more magical: tea cups, tea sets and dolls houses. Anything that I dearly love, I include in my photographs. It makes the overall photograph more special and serves as a memory for me.

Tell me a little bit about your shooting and editing process.

I normally plan a shoot in advance. I have a scrap book where I draw poses or write how I want the shoot to go. But I always find that when I get to the location on the day and start the shoot, that my ideas change. I love slightly over exposing my photographs to give it a dreamy effect.
I am very very picky about my photographs and am very self critical of my work, so I have to take many photos to make sure I love everything about a particular shot. I am still learning so I try to take around 5 pictures of the same scene and pose but try to change the light that hits the camera or change the exposure. I try to do as much as I can in the camera instead of Photoshop.
I will then pick out a few photographs I like from the shoot and I put them through a program called Photoscape where I will either lighten them slightly or fade the tones slightly using a pastel filter. I hardly do any big effects in Photoshop. Occasionally I will add a texture.

How has being a mother deepened or expanded the themes of your work?

Having Elle has changed my work and has influenced it so much. As I said, I want to create photographs that she will love to look. I nearly always take her on my shoots with me and she watches in her pushchair. I love having her at my shoots, because I just draw so much from her and her energy. I want to make her proud.

What was the process that brought you to Etsy?

I had an Etsy account for around 2 years before I started selling my work on there. I was never confident enough and didn't think anyone would be interested. It was actually my husband who pushed me to do it. He is so supportive and gave me that confidence boost to start selling. I am planning on revamping my whole shop and start selling more that photographs. I want to start making things also to sell such as baby dresses, etc.

What has your experience selling been?

Really lovely. I have had such lovely feedback and messages from buyers. I would recommend Etsy to anyone. It is so friendly and the whole site is full of lovely creative people.

You mentioned plans to expand your shop a bit. Can you tell me more about that?

I have recently just moved and now have my own craft room. I am working on getting that organized and then my sewing machine will take a pride place set-up in there so I can get sewing and making.

Lastly, any advice to other photographers selling on Etsy?

If you are unsure of anything, then message others who are doing well selling the same product as you. Everyone started out somewhere. People are so lovely and helpful and I have had such amazing tips from fellow photographers. Join the forums and chat and you could make some wonderful friends, maybe even for life!

Check out Keri-Anne's dreamy work at Gingerlilly's little shop on Etsy or on her Flickr Photostream.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


Georgianna Lane is offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING until December 31st!

The Felicity Crew Store is offering free shipping on all food-related photographs and the sampler!!! No discount code needed, valid thru Nov 30.

MySaturnalia is having a Cyber Monday Sale! Buy any 8x10 and receive any 5x7 of your choice at 50% off!

Helene Smith is offereing FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on all my 5x7s and 4x6 (unmatted) prints. Nov. 27-Nov. 30!

Black Friday Sale at Moonflowers Photography. Until Midnight Friday, all prints 8x10 or smaller are $10.

Inmost Light is offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING throught the holiday season.

Mention "fPOE" at checkout and receive Free Shipping on your order at futurowomans Etsy shop! Offer lasts until November 30th.

At Leaca Young Photography Buy One Get One Free on any prints from 5x5 to 11x14. Sale starts Friday, November 27 and ends November 30.

Celtic Cat Photography is offering 15% off photos and 10% off cards from now until midnight November 30th.

Amy Longberry Fine Art is having a Buy One Get One Free Sale!

Melissa Lund Photography is offering 20% off her new 2010 Desktop Calendar and discounted 8x8 and 5x5 Print sets.

BLACK FRIDAY SALE at M.Fayre Photography.Buy One Get One Free(now through Dec 4) and free shipping if they mention fPOE!

BOGO and Holiday Sale at Jen Kiaba Photography.

Kenna Foster's shop "A Moment's Notice" is having a BOGO sale and is offering free shipping on select prints.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Many fPOE members are participating in Etsy Black Friday.  There are lots of really great deals and several shops are offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!  This list will be updated all day.

At Irene Suchocki receive 25% off (excluding shipping) untile Monday, November 30th.

BLACK FRIDAY SALE and Holiday Sale at Meganzii. Buy One Get One Free Specify in the 'message to seller' which other print (priced the same or less) you would like for FREE!

At Bloom Creatives. Buy any 8x10, receive any 5x7 50% off, and second print ships free. Through Sunday.

At Preetalina Photography, from Friday to Monday, receive 20% off your order (excluding shipping).

Alice B. Gardens is offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on prints 5x7 and smaller and postcard sets.  All items are 15-30% off.  Sale is going on now through Monday.

Shannonblue Photography is offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING on cards and prints up to 11x14.  Mention fPOE and receive a free pack of 6 postcards!

Jane Heller Photography is offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING!

At Jennifer Squires Productions : All 8x10 open edition prints are $24 (regularly $35)

Elle Moss Photography is offering FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING and 15-30% off all prints now through Monday.

At Amelia Kay Photography, Buy One Get One Free on any prints from 5x5 to 11x14.  Sale ends Monday night. 

Dolcechic is offering a free frameable photo notecard with the purchase of any 8.5x11 print. 

Shawna Cameron Photography is offering free shipping to Canada and the U.S. for the entire holiday season, starting Black Friday!  From November 27th to 30th enjoy an extra 10% off when more than one image is purchased (ceramic coasters excepted).

Buy One Get One Free Kimberly Rose Photography!

Joanna's Foto is offering Free Shipping and Buy One Get One Free on Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

November 27th and 28th Tina Crespo is offering One free 8x8 and one free 5x5 print when you purchase 2 8x8 prints.  She is also having a holiday discount of 15% off all prints and this still applies!

FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING at Riot Jane through Monday, November 30th!

Buy One Get One Free at Susannah Tucker.  Buy any 8x8 or 8x10 photograph, get one free.  Ends December 1st.

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE at 1000 Beautiful Things.  

At Alicia Bock, Buy Two Get One Free on 8x8, 8x10 and 8x12 prints.  Through December 4th.