Monday, 31 May 2010

a photograph that means a lot to me

Quick posting today about a photo I shot two years ago after a very nice Fish and Chips takeaway from Southwold.  We were out for what was a bit of a stress relieving mid summers blat in the Caterham for me and a bit of sideways fun for Matt, my son.  We parked by the side of the road to tuck into our food when we noticed a large congregation of gulls on the grass.  
Some enthusiastic chips throwing by Matt followed and about a hundred shots later, I captured this image...



I so love Matt's delighted expression as the gulls descend on the bit of chip he's chucked.  The Caterham looked pretty poised for fun, even though it was stationary.

Why am I posting this today?  Because this photo's ended as one of twelve selected last December for Kate Day's Daily Telegraph Charity Calendar competition, after a gruelling session of voting online, and my image, perhaps unknowingly to whoever prepared the calendar design, was placed in the month in which it was really shot, so on the 1st of June, a motoring rendition of Hitchcock's Birds appears on the new page :)


So a very happy June to you all, especially for all you Caterham owners enjoying the nice weather out there!! x

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Surprise Him!!!

I bet Dad is fed up of the socks, the Top Gear videos and that latest gadget that was so cool, like for an hour or so!  I bet he sometimes feels a bit jealous of Mum and all that thought that goes into her gifts,  but he's too nice to let anybody know...

Now that Father's day is coming up, why don't you surprise him by giving him something nice that he'll really want to keep, and that really means something to him?

I'm offering big discounts on my portrait sessions for the Father's day period.  £40 instead of £75 which gives you an hour's location shoot with myself and a 10x8 mounted print.  This will give you lots of images to choose from and lots of time to give you the relaxed, fun images which really show the best in people.  

You may want to give him images of the family that he will want to treasure, but you may also want to let him have a portrait of himself with his favourite toy...

Is he in love with his car or his bike?  Do you think he would treasure professional photos taken of his other babies?  The possibilities are endless... just give me a call and we can take an idea forward.

But hurry up... I only have a limited number of spaces available and Father's day is soon with us
Give him that surprise he'll love you more for.... 
Email me on contact@antonellamuscatphotography.co.uk or call on 07748 197522  




Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Ethereal

e·the·re·al

1.
light, airy, or tenuous: an ethereal world created through the poetic imagination.
2.
extremely delicate or refined: ethereal beauty.
3.
heavenly or celestial: gone to his ethereal home.
Not a word that is commonly used in the English language, but commonly used in Italian to describe someone who is strikingly beautiful - bellezza eterea 



If you are interested in my work, why not give me a call to discuss a photo shoot?
A portrait session is a wonderful gift for a loved one, or maybe even, a treat to oneself.   All my packages include a free consultation so that all details of the photoshoot are discussed and the details planned.  It also gives me the opportunity to get to know my client so that I can really get the best out of them during their shoot. 

Gift vouchers are also available.  
Contact me for further information - 
contact@antonellamuscatphotography.co.uk
07748 197522

Look forward to hearing from you!


Saturday, 22 May 2010

Me!!

forty something [tick]
female                 [tick]
dark hair             [tick]
funny accent       [tick]
not very tall        [tick]

if you had to meet me... look at me....that is what you would notice!

Does it tell you much about me?  The real me?  I don't think so! :)
One thing I've learnt in life is not to pigeonhole anybody just by appearances; I'm reallyl careful not to do that.  I look at people in the eye, searching for their inner self...

However much you look at a person you really can't see what their way of thinking, what sort of person they really are, unless you try to get to know them...

I've started this blog nearly a year as a photo blog... to document my voyage in the world of images I live in, images of things that impress me...love, colour, nature, life...

I've always thought photo blogs should consists of, erm ... photos, thinking viewers would connect to the person who fired up those images and made them look interesting.  Sometimes that happens... I have had some amazing comments about people telling me how different my work looks and that they are impressed by what they see.

My work looks different because my life has been a rich one, and I consider it to be a tapestry of colour and passion that drives my photography.  My past experiences have affected my outlook on life, my Mediterranean origin also makes me seek colour and light in a different way, my personal self affects the way I interpret things...

A long time ago, I must have been a teenager still, I made a promise to myself not to follow the crowd but to do my own thing.  It's been a difficult choice in life, because you find so much resistance in trying to be different, being the odd one out and all that....but it's also been a fruitful one, because to be different you really have to invest in yourself and your knowledge and attitude to things, and it's developed me as a person... and also as a photographer.

I've been reticent about speaking about myself in the past.  I'm an intensely private person and I don't like people who always speak about themselves as if they are so very important.  I think a degree of humility is vital, as it gives respect to all those around us, and I like to think of myself as on a long, long path towards attaining greater knowledge, but nowhere near knowing it all....

I've had a very tough month, which has led to a lot of introspective thought, well more than usual :) !.... I've realised that too many people base themselves on appearances and make judgements without knowing who they're dealing with really, and that is not good.  The optimist that believed in people had a right bashing these last few weeks...
I think I may be neglecting the richness of the tapestry which has made Antonella who she is by not connecting with the readers in my blog.  So I will make the effort to write a bit more about myself, about what goes through my head, but keep the bias towards the images, as I believe these best express the intensity of the person that I am.

I would like to hear more from you... this blog needs to become more interactive.  I would really like to get to know what you think when you visit this blog... I keep looking at the feedback my stats give me but it's only numbers, not people I see...  I'm acutely aware a large number of visits are from photographers, let me know what you think too.  Please post your comments or drop me an email.... I appreciate your contact! :)
I leave you today, with a photo I shot last year... a flower as a little thank you to all of you who visit my blog

Thank you! Merci, Grazie and Grazzi!  xxx

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