Thursday, November 18, 2010

Giggle Pets

Lens Pets, Lens friends are other names of these products.

What are they?

Well Giggle Pets go on your lens. They help little ones look directly at the camera. So you can capture those moments and put a smile on their dial.

Giggle Croc or maybe Giggle Frog

Giggle Octopus

Giggle Bunny (my fav)

Giggle Moo

These will go up in my made it store. Some will be limited editions. Will sell for $8, postage extra

Everybody's Free (to wear sunscreen)

This is the song that is playing in my itunes at the moment.

This song is special to me because I first heard it the year I graduated from High School.

The lyrics are extremely powerful and thought I would share them with you.

Everybody's Free 
(to wear sunscreen)
Mary Schmich
Chicago Tribune

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of '97... wear sunscreen.
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be IT.
The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.
I will dispense this advice now.
Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.
You are NOT as fat as you imagine.
Don't worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.
Do one thing every day that scares you.
Don't be reckless with other people's hearts, don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.
Don't waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long, and in the end, it's only with yourself.
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how.
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.
Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.
Get plenty of calcium.
Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.
Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't, maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't, maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself, either. Your choices are half chance, so are everybody else's. Enjoy your body, use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.
Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.
Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.
Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.
Get to know your parents, you never know when they'll be gone for good.
Be nice to your siblings; they are your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.
Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography in lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.
Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard; live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.
Accept certain inalienable truths, prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old, and when you do you'll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.
Respect your elders.
Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.
Don't mess too much with your hair, or by the time you're 40, it will look 85.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.
But trust me on the sunscreen. 

from William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 
music from the House of Iona, Something For Everybody

I can't find the version i have on itunes, but you can get this version Sun Tan just not to the music of Everybody's free of Quindon Tarver/Lee Perry

On Made It

As of 1st Jan 2011, I will list all my MaMiKa products on my Made it Store.

You can visit my store here

I'm doing this so I can track my products easier. And also to have them located all in one spot. There will also be a small price increase to my range from 50c to $1. This is to cover increases in postage, handling and paypal fees.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


My camera accessory line MaMiKa now has their own page!

To view go here

Monday, November 15, 2010

Project 365 - Days 273-303 - October 2010

Click the image to view it bigger.  It wont make the individual images bigger however.

Things I have learnt about doing project 365.
1. I have learnt a lot about my camera and the lens.
2. a lot of my images are fluff images (for example the baby shot),
3. it's very handy to carry around your camera everywhere, but sometimes it's not so handy
4. i wont be doing a 365 project next year.

That's right in 2011 i wont be doing a project 365. There are many reasons behind this, one of which is that 25% of my shots are crap shots, shots where i have just taken a shot for the sake of taking a shot, and really they are crap. And also I have missed approx 4 days in this project, days where I have been so consumed in my everyday life, or have had no inspiration.
So in 2011 I will be focusing on a 52 week project.  I will still shoot, just not every day.  My best image will go into the a photo a week project.
This will be more doable for me, and i will produce much better images.
I also plan to do themes.
Week 1 - Miles
Week 2 - Kayla
Week 3 - Myself (self portrait)
Week 4 - Macro
Week 5 - Misc

Why these themes why this order.
Well Miles was born on the 3rd. So if I take a photo of him at the beginning of the week I will essential have 12 photo's of him in a year. And I can see how much he has grown. Same applies for Kayla, she was born on the 7th. Same applies to me (13th).
I figured Macro would be good to get the creative juices flowing and to also learn more about macro.
And well there are not going to be a lot of months that have 5 weeks in there, but the weeks that do have 5 I will do something miscellaneous, something along the lines of around the house, buildings, etc.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


I started making my camera inserts for handbags because I could not find any Epiphanie camera bags in Australia.

Well today a fellow photographer of mine posted about a giveaway!

Yes a giveaway! But best of all, it's for an Epiphanie Camera Bag!

OMG I'm in love!  So i'm entering.  If I don't win, I don't win, but to be in the chance to get one of these bags would be fantastic!

To see about the giveaway go here Colorinc Epiphanie Giveaway

Friday, November 12, 2010

Image Updating

I've been updating images on my website.

Thank you to all those who signed releases so I was able to do so.

More changes will be coming. Will be updating my gallery with new images.

In other news, I did a family portrait sitting for the T Family. Three Generations. Out on a farm!  I love farms. I was blessed with weather.  Shoot was at 11am.  I don't usually like shooting during the middle of the day, but it was overcast and the light was just perfect.

Here is a sneak peak storyboard of the T Family, Baby L being the focus. He was 14 months, and very cute.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

More Cheeki

Well my little miss was happy to be a model for me for more Cheeki Babi wear.

The angle of this shot doesn't show the details of the flower, but if you go to Cheeki Babi's made it page you'll be able to see it in better detail there.

I must admit this one looks much better on than it does on the cardboard or even in your hand. I just love it!

Subtle but very cute, would look really cute on a baby girl with little to no hair, now to get a baby girl to model this one again for me.

Cheeki Babi

I purchased some wonderful hair accessories from Renee at Cheeki Babi (on made it and on facebook).

Well here is my daughter Kayla modelling one of her wonderful headbands.

I have some other hair accessories to do product shoots on, but it also depends on my daughter if she wants to be a willing participant. 
But I think she looks super cute with her headband, and they were such a good price and very well made. So go check out Cheeki Babi, Links above. 

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Miss G & Miss J

I have been meaning to post these images for a while, but I have been flat out! Which has been great, but I miss doing my blogging.
Also I had no net for a while, as I was changing over providers. (I'm now with iinet if you are wonder, and let me tell you so far excellent customer service).

The Twins were wonderful and here is a storyboard I made up for you to enjoy.