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How to take an Amazing Selfie with Your iPhone

How to take an Amazing Selfie with Your iPhone

Selfies are big right now. Not only are they are fun to take, they’re also an exciting way to mark memorable moments. To get the most out of your selfie, use these tips to take great shots and capture each moment exactly how you want it to be seen. Try switching up your photographing techniques on your iPhone with these tips and see what amazing selfies you can come up with.

#1 Let Lighting Do All the Work

One of the most important elements of a good selfie is lighting. Lighting allows your face to look amazing no matter where you are. Good light sources such as lamps or even sunlight are a big part of creating professional looking photos without special effects.

#2 Choose an Exciting Background

Backgrounds enhance the imagery of your selfie. Are you on vacation and want to show off the scenery and what you’re up to? Include your surroundings in the background of your selfie to communicate more – let the selfie tell the story.

#3 Show a Smile

Everyone loves to see a selfie with a smile. Smiles brighten up a selfie. They set the mood and set the tone, so flash your pearly whites!

#4 Let Filters and Effects Enhance Your Photos

Filters can dramatically change the mood of your photo, so have fun experimenting with the filters that come on your iPhone. Filters alter the colour of your image, the contrast, and add cool overall effects that will make your selfie stand out.

#5 Tell a Story

While a selfie might seem limited, it really isn’t. You’d be surprised how much a visual image communicates to viewers. You can artfully express where you are, who you are with, and what you are doing. Take time to plan out and frame the picture properly. Let your creative juices flow…don’t be afraid to try several “scenarios” so you can choose your favourite to share.

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#6 Avoid Photo Bombers

Photo bombers can be annoying, or funny. A photo bomber sneaks into the shot, inserting themselves into your selfie. Though the results can be funny, sometimes it’s just not what you’re trying to achieve. Take a minute to check the background to be sure the image bomber-free.

Use these Tips Wisely

These tips are an overall guide to taking great selfies, but they do not by any means need to be followed all the time. Find ways to have fun taking selfies and enjoy the process. If you’re having fun, your photos will reflect that excitement to your viewers. There’s nothing like a great selfie!


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An interview with Ann Caddey – Unlock Your Inner Artist

An interview with Ann Caddey – Unlock Your Inner Artist

Having coffee and a chat about creativity with Ann Caddey, artist and art teacher from ‘The Drawing Room.’

Are you ready to let your creative side out?

I recently met with Ann Caddey, an amazing artist from Newcastle, NSW, to discuss creativity and,as an art teacher, how we could all access our creative side. I actually first met Ann 3 years ago in a little diner in Chelsea, New York. We were in a group of fellow Aussies drinking cheap wine and eating burgers…and we laughed all night. Since then, I have admired Ann’s beautiful, vibrant nature, her love of art, her positivity and joyful vibe.

Ann was an art teacher for 30 years, and now continues to teach in her own business – a relaxed drawing boudoir called – ‘The Drawing Room’.

The thing I really love about Ann is her take on creativity and art – she believes it is for everyone. Not just to be intellectualised and admired by academia or explored by those with Fine Arts degrees. It is a form of self-expression for EVERYONE! As such, ‘The Drawing Room’ attracts a broad group of participants from art students honing their skills to mums and dads that just want to get out of the house and have fun over a glass of wine and a sketchpad!

When we met recently, Ann spoke of creativity and shared her ideas and insights into embracing the process of creating as an outlet for self-expression. 

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LEAVING NEPAL: THERE REALLY IS NO PLACE LIKE HOME!

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I would really like to thank all those people who have taken the time to show support for the 3 Angels Nepal project and trip that I participated in recently. After travelling to Nepal and learning more about the terrible issue of sex-trafficking of women and girls, it is just so heartening to know that so many people care about this issue, want to know more and how they can help!

I returned from Nepal about three weeks ago now and I’ve tried many times to write about the journey; but I keep struggling to process my thoughts and feelings about the whole experience.

When I arrived home, I was so happy to see my husband, Craig, and our kids. I also felt a bit disconnected. My head was still back in Nepal with the boys and girls from the childrens’ homes, the rescued girls at the Safe Haven home and the dedicated 3 Angels Nepal staff and volunteers.

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I went to Nepal with fellow Novocastrians Belinda Bow (3 Angels Nepal Ambassador/Green Chilli Marketing), Robyn Raymond (3 Angels Nepal Ambassador) and Daniel Bracken (Native Media). My job was to do the still photography for a documentary they are making about the sex-trafficking of Nepali women to India and the amazing work of 3 Angels Nepal.

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THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: NEWCASTLE TO NEPAL

THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED: NEWCASTLE TO NEPAL

About a year ago, I was in a goal setting/planning workshop with business coach, Heidi Alexandra Pollard and other Leading Ladies, when I stated that one of my dreams was, “to go to a third-world country to do a photography project that will have a positive impact in the world and help other people in some way.”

About four weeks ago, the universe answered and that dream of mine began to come to life. Belinda Bow, from Green Chilli Marketing and Ambassador for 3 Angels Nepal, called and asked me if I wanted to come to Nepal to do the still photography for a documentary she was organising to be filmed there.

The documentary is being made for a non-profit organisation called 3 Angels Nepal. It aims to bring awareness to the world of the horrendous sex-trafficking of women and children from remote Nepalese villages to across the border to India.

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Captured love!

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Let me capture 

Your love for you…

 

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us once again and this time I’m offering a great gift alternative to roses and chocolates. I’m a hopeless romatic and I love photographing people, especially women to make them feel beautiful and shine!

So in honour of Valentine’s Day and sharing the love, I’ve created two special loved-up photo packages for you to choose from that will give you beautiful, bespoke photographs for your loved one.

 

1. YOUR LOVEBIRD’S PHOTO SHOOT

Create a memento of your love on Valentine’s Day with the Lovebirds’ photo shoot.

Bring along your special someone for a fun and flirty photo shoot at my studio. You will get two beautiful, mounted photographs of you both that you can gift to each other! 

The package includes:

  • A photo shoot with Melissa Histon at her studio
  • Two 8″ x 10″ mounted fine art photographic prints

Special Valentine’s Price $259 (save $199)

*An alternative location or hair and makeup services can be quoted upon request.

 

2. YOUR LOVELY LADY PHOTO SHOOT

Show your special lady how beautiful she really is with an indulgent, bespoke photo shoot.

Your sweetheart will arrive at my studio where she will relax and enjoy champagne and strawberries before the serious pampering begins. A full hair and makeup session is up next and will have your lady looking picture-perfect for my camera.

 From here, I’ll work with your beloved to create a beautiful piece of artwork that you can cherish forever.

 The package includes:

  • A Bespoke photo shoot with Melissa Histon at her studio
  • Champagne and strawberries for your special lady while she is pampered
  • Hair and makeup for your sweetheart
  • Three 8″ x 10″ mounted bespoke fine art portraits

 Special Valentines Price $559 (save $299)

*An alternative location can be quoted upon request.

Hurry, these special Valentine’s Day packages are only available until 14th February 2014.

Email fabphotos@melissahiston.com to purchse your photo shoot gift-voucher, which you will receive via email.

Photo shoots must take place before 31st March 2014. To book your photo shoot, call 0405 405 245 or email fabphotos@melissahiston.com


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Five tips to help you get amazing professional portraits!

So you’re a smart, confident businessperson making your mark on the world. Do the photos that you use for social media, website and marketing material reflect that? I have noticed a broad variation in the quality of profile pictures that people are using for their social media; some look stylish, modern and professional, others not so much.

 I recently posted on Facebook a selection of corporate portraits that I took of Heidi Alexandra Pollard, CEO of UQPower. The reaction was really positive and so it got me analysing what is was about Heidi’s shoot (and other shoots I have done) that worked well to produce the great shots.

 

CEO UQ Power, Heidi Alexandra Pollard Heidi Alexandra Pollard, CEO of UQPower

Heidi needed to update her professional portraits as the ones she had been using were a few years old. As a person who values authenticity, Heidi wanted to make sure that her professional images reflect who she really is and what she really looks like. So it was time for us to hit the studio again to produce a suite of images she could use professionally as needed.

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Let’s get more creative!

This New Year, I want to be more creative! I’m not alone either. I have noticed on social media, in the last week or so, other people either making New Year’s resolutions to spend more time exploring their own creativity or just having a bit of ‘me’ time with a paint brush.

And that is just AWESOME! I say go for it!

I love being creative and want to strengthen my own ‘creative muscle’ …because, well, it makes my heart sing! It can make your heart sing too!

I personally am striving to be more creative with my fine art photography collections and portraiture. How would you like to be more creative?

Creating something is a very personal experience; a journey. To see something you have imagined in your mind come to life can be very rewarding and joyful.

My lovely friend and Naturopath extraordinaire, Tammy Guest, has been getting creative… here she is with her own painting that now adorns a wall at her clinic, Inspirational Health!

If you have taken a creative ‘journey’, you will know that creating can also bring up ‘stuff’. Whether you have painted, photographed, scrapbooked, written, or even cooked a beautiful meal for someone – when you present your final ‘masterpiece’ you can feel a range of emotions – pride, joy, uncertainty or fear of ‘what if they don’t like it’ or ‘it didn’t turn out how I thought it would.’

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