Wilomark Music and Imagery: Blog https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Wilomark Music and Imagery info@wilomark.com (Wilomark Music and Imagery) Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:50:00 GMT Thu, 08 Oct 2015 05:50:00 GMT https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u215042687-o614760793-50.jpg Wilomark Music and Imagery: Blog https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 40 over 40 project - Kylie, 42yo Mother, Assistant Principal and Emerging Butterfly https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/40-over-40-project---kylie When asked why Kylie wanted to participate in the 40 over 40 project, she explained it was because at 42 she was just starting a new life.  She has become independent again after 20 years of marriage and has left her old unhappy life behind.  She has discovered she possesses huge strength and the ability to put her head down and just forge on, all with her incredible 16-year-old daughter right beside her. That being said, she still feels she needs to learn who she is and believe that she is worthy of good things.  Kylie said, “although participating in the project would be confronting, it would attack my serious lack of self esteem head on”.

Kylie is an assistant principle at a local primary school and works really hard to bring joy and success to her students and teacher colleagues.  When she isn’t shaping the minds of tomorrow, she enjoys spending time with friends, doing things with her daughter and walks everyday with her gorgeous little dog.

I love meeting new people and I’m often surprised that those that appear to come across as buttoned up and in control, often lack confidence in themselves.  Kylie cited “lack of confidence” as the thing she liked least about herself and from just looking at her you would not have thought this lady was anything other than strong and confident. 

When Kylie arrived for her session, you could see the panic on her face.  She was well out of her comfort zone BUT she was here, she had followed through regardless of how she was feeling.  She did it for herself and she did it for her daughter.  I’m going to let her tell you how she felt;

When I received the email saying that I had been given a place in the 40 over 40 project I immediately wanted to pull out and not participate....that is what I have always done when it comes to me. However, my daughter gave me a stern talking to (16 yrs going on 30!) and really encouraged me to take the leap and put myself first for once.

Right up until the morning of photoshoot I experienced a roller coaster of emotions - fear, guilt, anxiety, excitement, privileged, OMG I’m going to be sick! etc etc. But, with shaking knees and feeling sick to my stomach, I hardened my resolve and got out of the car at Wilomark Studios.

From the moment I walked in the door, Kylee and Caroline were so welcoming and made me feel at ease. Kylee was very encouraging and chatted away like we were old friends. I couldn't believe how professional and inviting they were and the studio itself was private and comfortable. Both Kylee and Caroline made me feel so important, accepted and very cherished - I don’t do pampered or anything like it... I always avoid anything to do with looking at myself.

Wow I couldn't believe the results and the tears threatened immediately. I looked like me still but a pretty, feminine and sexy version so tastefully done. I looked and felt completely transformed and dare I say it....beautiful. We used my limited wardrobe to great effect and spent a few wonderfully fun hours posing for various shots that Kylee carefully created according to her expert knowledge and my comfort levels.

I am so grateful for the experience I had and so glad I fought hard to battle the fear of doing this project. I can't wait for my reveal session and hope that every woman involved in this project can have the same experience as I did.

That's one more personal demon I have overcome!!! Thank you so much Kylee, Caroline and Wilomark Studios.”

Kylie absolutely shone during her session.  I am so proud of her for pushing herself through and not only meeting her lack of self esteem head on but smacking it in the nose on the way past!!  Hold your head up high Kylie, you are on an amazing new journey, looking fantastic and we wish you all the happiness in the world.

BTW – she loved her photos ;)

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40 over 40 project - Alison, 49 year old mother and survivor https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/40-over-40-project---alison Alison's first words to me when she came in for her session was "I don't know why I'm here, I'm not very glamorous". The thing is, my job is to photograph you as you are, your personality and your spirit.  Not to have you wear clothes that aren't "you" but to give you the best photos of who YOU are.

 

When Alison was younger, she would always have people commenting on her looks.  She never liked the way she looked but as can often happen, watching a video of herself in her twenties, she realized she was actually attractive.  Alison has always wanted nice photos of herself but has spent the last 10 years doing everything she could to avoid the camera.  She says, “I know that is a stupid thing to do, because I will want to look back on my time spent with the kids and have pictures that prove I was there”.

Alison suffers from anxiety, the result of childhood abuse and two abusive adult relationships and told me she has never felt beautiful.  She gained a lot of weight in her late 30’s, then lost it and then fell pregnant at 40 and then 44 years of age. Alison explained to me that now at age 49, she just feels hideous (her words) about her appearance but is so thankful to have found a lovely partner and to have lovely children….but she has never felt she was “worth” much.

As many of my clients will attest, my studio is a “negative self talk” free zone.  However, when you have been conditioned to not see yourself as worth anything, it becomes second nature to counter a compliment with a negative; turning a compliment into a criticism of yourself.  I think we all do this to one degree or another.  I know I do.  It was a huge reason for me embarking on this project in the first place.  The hardest thing to say when someone gives you a compliment is THANK YOU!  We need to practice it daily.  Smother the negative voice that wants to pipe up to extinguish any praise that you get.  I’m going to give you an example and I bet you we can all identify with this in some way.

Friend says – "Oh Kylee I love your shirt! It really suits you!!"

I say (looking down at said shirt) – "Oh this? It would look even better if I didn’t have more rolls than my local bakery!"

Ummmm….what?  I just had someone tell me they liked my shirt and that it suited me and I automatically resort to humour to squash the compliment?  All I needed to say was THANK YOU!! That’s it…2 simple words.  Granted, they are probably the hardest two words to say when receiving a compliment. So that is why you need to practice them.  Daily.

But I digress; Being a “negative self talk” free zone, it can be very challenging for some people to stop putting themselves down.  I understand this, so I give you a few passes but then I have to dish out some tough love. In a fun, non-judgy kind of way of course ;)

When Alison arrived for her session, she was a bundle of nervous energy.  Keeping Alison’s negative self talk at bay was certainly challenging but watching her become more relaxed and comfortable during the session was awesome.  I’ll let her tell you about her experience;

“After entering the Wilomark 40 women over 40 project, I didn't give it another thought. When Kylee rang to say I was one of the women chosen, that's when the anxiety kicked up a level. Especially when I was to be photographed in a week’s time. Aaahh! No time to do some exercise and tone down the chocolate consumption. I second-guessed myself and ummed and ahhed all week, “I should cancel, what am I thinking!” My partner set me straight and before I knew it, it was Saturday morning.

I bowled up looking quite the mess, no make up and hair looking like a burnt birds nest. Amazingly, Mel transformed me as Kylee and I talked and my nerves settled. Both Kylee and Mel were lovely, great for my confidence and so friendly. The whole experience, although nerve wracking, turned out to be a positive and fun time. I'm glad I did it. So thank you to both Kylee and Mel for making me feel pretty.”

Alison said in her application that she would like to have some nice pictures of herself to hopefully be a little prop up, at least for a little while so she could say “Yeah, I can look good!”. 

Alison…I think you are amazing and definitely look good and so glad you feel pretty, you just need to see in yourself what others see in you.  I hope when you look at your beautiful images that they remind you that you ARE worthy.

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40 over 40 project - Renelle is a mother, avid runner and 2 time breast cancer survivor! https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/40-over-40-project---renelle Renelle is a really positive lady.  When she applied to be a part of the 40/40 project she said “I do feel beautiful a lot of the time so I probably don’t meet your criteria”.  

This project was about celebrating women; their lives, their loves and their passions.  It was about showing everyday women that their lives, good or bad, meant something. That no matter what they were going through or had been through, it all means something.  It all culminates to shape who we are and how we see ourselves. The ladies chosen for this project, were chosen not just because they had a “sad” story.  They were chosen because they had a story that I felt others could relate to.  Sometimes these stories were sad, because life isn’t always a picnic, but some of these stories were compelling to me because of how these ladies had the ability to go through a tough time and come out the other side stronger and wiser for the experience.  Renelle was one of those ladies.

Renelle first saw my images when a friend of hers had a session with me last year.  She explained that she thought they were stunning and had liked my facebook page thinking that one day she would organize to have professional photos done of herself, as she has never done anything like it before. When I announced the 40 over 40 project, she decided to apply because “your story is great and I like how you overcame it (health issues) and saw the positives in life.  I think that is important to loving life and yourself”.

Renelle is the mother of 2 gorgeous kids, a public servant, is an avid runner and is also a 2 time breast cancer survivor.  She explained that after having a double mastectomy, she is now living life to the fullest.  She exercises regularly because it helps her stay healthy, both physically and mentally.  She said, “I’m 41 years old and have a long life ahead of me.  I am not going to spend it thinking I am not beautiful…but you could make me more beautiful”.  I love her attitude and it was such a pleasure to photograph this lovely lady.

This is what Renelle had to say about after her session that day; 

“I can honestly say I was quite stressed about what clothes and shoes to wear and bring to the photo shoot. I realised once there I didn’t need to be stressed.  U made me feel so comfortable.  I had fun - being a model is obviously hard work, but I enjoyed every minute of my pamper. Thanks to Mel for her wonderful hair and make up.”

I hope your time with us reinforced for you how incredibly strong, energetic and beautiful you are!  Thank you for sharing your story, it was such a pleasure to meet you.

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40 over 40 project - Christina - 44yo Mother, Life Coach and Motivator https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/40-over-40-project---christina Christina - 44yo Mother, Life Coach and Motivator

When I first conceived of the 40 women over 40 project, I wanted to help empower and inspire women.  There were many reasons for this; a big one was to let women know that it is ok to be present.  By that I mean, exist in photographs.  Exist in them for your family, your kids, your partner, your friends and for yourself.  As women we often put everyone and everything before ourselves and often feel we don’t look good enough to be in those photographs.  Yet they will be come the most precious things in the world to someone should we no longer be around. Our family and friends love us for who we are, not what we look like.

So when Christina wrote to me, I knew I just had to tell her story.

There were lots of reasons Christina had avoided having photographs taken, but the biggest was that she had been overweight for most of her life.  At 5ft 3”, she weighed in at 110kgs at her heaviest and so avoiding photos was normal for her.  The biggest regret she had though was that there isn’t very many photos of her with her boys. Christina explains “this has led me to be very self conscious in the past and I still struggle seeing photos of myself and always pick up the faults I see”.

Following a steady path to self-improvement, Christina has lost in excess of 40kgs.  She also is working hard; starting her own Life Coaching business “Back Yourself Coaching” where she helps create life plans so people can live a more fulfilled life; a “life by design” as she explains it.  She also runs a regular women’s networking event called Business in Heels.  She describes her strengths as being determined and having perseverance in abundance, with the ability to problem solve and be creative.  With building her business, it hasn’t left much time for herself but she is following her passion and doing what she loves to do.  She also loves cooking and catching up with friends.

One thing she was not prepared for on her epic weight loss journey was for the loose skin that such a dramatic change would leave her with.  So several surgeries later, she is now comfortable with the skin she’s in.

Christina’s story is one of self improvement and self discovery.  She didn’t loose this weight overnight, it was a steady progression and her wanting to have her portraits done was a celebration of how far she has come.  I will let her explain how she felt:

“I was all ok about the photo shoot the night before I picked out some outfits. As usual I over packed, Kylee suggested 5, I think I took about 8!!!!  It was all going ok until I pulled up to the front door.  Then I started to get really nervous. I'm really not one for photos and there are very few photos of me around. I really don't consider myself to be very photogenic, so being in front of a camera is not my favorite place to be and let me tell you I have had plenty of practice at getting out of being in photos.  But there was no getting out of this one.  I mean sure, I could have just driven away, and yes, I did think of that, but I didn't want to let Kylee down.  So out I got with my eight outfits took a deep breath and into the studio I stepped.

I am very happy I did not listen to those voices in my head telling me to keep driving.  Spending the morning with Kylee and Mel in her studio was an amazing experience.  From the amazing make up by Mel to the last shot the experience was over whelming (in a good way) especially when I saw the first photos, I felt was going to cry but I was forbidden for fear of smudging the mascara.

I think the best thing about a Kylee experience is not that you come out looking like a supermodel but rather that you are looking like you, you know the you that you keep hidden deep down for fear that someone might laugh at her or tell her she is not all that after all, or laugh at her dreams."

You only need to meet Christina to be energised by her attitude and you can tell she loves what she does by the way she speaks about it.  If you are interested in talking to Christina about Life Coaching or you want more information on Business in Heels, you can email her on Canberra@businessinheels.com. You can also visit Business in Heels on the web or our local group Facebook page.

It was my pleasure to meet you and then photograph you Christina, your an inspiration to many people and I hope you continue to share your enthusiasm and that beautiful big smile with everyone you meet.

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40 over 40 project - Amie - Supermum, Superwoman https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/9/40-over-40-project---amie Amie is a Super mum and a Super woman!

Amie has to be one of the most selfless people I have had the pleasure to meet.  She is a single foster parent of 4 children and before having her gorgeous children, taught children with special needs. 

She lives for her children.  Taking them to shows, on holidays, bush walking and bbqs; so of course she takes lots of photos to celebrate their lives.  People often ask why she isn't in them though and she tells them "I am the one taking them".  She explained to me what the truth is "I don't really like the way I look in photos.  I was born with a large portwine birthmark that covers the side of my face, I never feel beautiful".  She also mentioned that some people think she looks scary.

It's true that when you meet Amie, you see her birthmark. However, spend a minute with her and the birthmark fades as you listen to her speak of the love for the children she fosters, and of course for her own children.  During our session, you could see Amie visibly relax.  It was such an honour to give Amie some "me" time and to pamper her the way she pampers all those around her. 

I'll let her tell you her thoughts on her session;

"When I got the e-mail to say I had been chosen as one of the 40 women I was excited and started making plans, I should get my hair coloured/cut, maybe I should try and loose a bit of weight etc. Then the night before the photoshoot came around and I hadn't done any of the things I had planned. I was in a panic, what should I take to wear? I don't own 6 nice outfits, maybe I should cancel. In the end I grabbed the 2 tops and 1 dress I found I owned and went. Of course by the time I had got 2 children off to school and another 2 off to childcare (including a last minute outfit change for one) I was late. I expected to be met at the door by someone very annoyed and possibly have the whole thing cancelled. Instead I was met by the lovely Kylee who introduced me to Mel. Both Mel and Kylee chatted and made me feel comfortable straight away. Mel set to work on my hair and make-up. I never wear make-up, I don't even own any because I always think I look silly with it on. Mel must have some magical super power because when I got to see myself in the mirror I was internally giggling like a school girl. I actually thought to myself, wow I don't look too bad. Then it was time for photos with Kylee. She told me how to stand like a turtle doing yoga, in such a way that I looked at my best. She was calm and patient with me. After the photoshoot I had to go to the shops. Now every time I go to the shops people stare at me, when you have a large birthmark on your face it is just something you get used to. However on this day I was walking around smiling because on this day I thought, people are looking at me because I look good. For that I say Thankyou."

 

Amie, you are beautiful inside and out and I'm glad you got to see that through your experience that day.  Always hold your head high x

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40 over 40 project - Sharon is a 50+ yo mother, grandmother, wife, daughter and registered nurse https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/40-over-40-project---sharon She's a Mother, grandmother, wife, daughter and registered nurse.

 

Sharon gives….a lot! She is a mother, grandmother, wife, and daughter.  She also works fulltime as a registered nurse; rarely giving herself the time that SHE deserves.  As she explained it “everyone else comes first”. 

I think, as women, we tend to do this a lot.  We don’t always acknowledge that in order to be really there for others, we have to take care of ourselves, mentally as well as physically. Or perhaps we do acknowledge this but life gets in the way!

I remember as a dental hygienist, talking day in and day out could be exhausting.  Although totally rewarding, it was important to take time out for myself and is the reason I got into photography in the first place, so I could relate to Sharon when she mentioned that to relax she loves walking and getting lost in thought or listening to music on those walks and enjoying the beautiful memories prompted by the songs.  She adores the ocean, so loves to walk along the beach but also enjoys a good movie, yoga.  Reading is a passion that she says she can’t get enough of.  She is a bit of a dreamer too, loves architecture and looking at houses and buildings, decorating…often dreaming about what could be in retirement.  She explained, “My needs are simple, good food, good wine, good health and good company!”.

When I asked why Sharon wanted to be a part of this project, she explained, “I am very critical of photos of myself, who knows why, but I never think I look good enough, I’m far too picky it seems!”.  She continued, “I would love to feel good and look good and have some lovely photos to give my mum and also to share with my husband and daughter.  I would like to prioritise myself for a change and not feel guilty about it!”.

Sharon has been a nurse for 35 years and it is obvious from talking with her that she has a passion for helping people.  She mentioned to me that it seems she is always an impromptu counsellor for friends and family and can spend long hours having coffee or wine and just being a great listener and a good support person.  

When I asked Sharon what she liked most about herself, it was that she is empathetic towards people and wants to improve the lives of others.  I don’t know about you, but I would say she would not have been able to be a nurse for 35 years without having a big dose of this quality. 

This is what Sharon said about her experience;

“When you contacted me to say I was one of the 40 chosen women I felt very lucky and privileged and was hoping that I was up to the task of morphing into a beautiful swan.

I had a few moments of stress trying to go through my wardrobe and find some ‘treasure' that would look OK in photographs but once that was done I started to look forward to doing something I had never thought I would ever do.

Today when I arrived I was feeling a mix of nervousness, excitement and anticipation. I was made to feel instantly at ease and also reassured that I was a beautiful woman in my own right even before I had my magic makeover! 'No negativity' is a great mantra!

You made me feel very comfortable and at ease and gave great directions which contributed to some amazing photographs. I enjoyed every minute and in all seriousness I did not have any idea I could look so glamorous. You truly are a wonderful inspiring generous person and I am looking forward to seeing the finished photographs.

Thanks again for helping me to see my inner beauty and make me feel like a princess for a day.”

It was our pleasure to give you something that you don’t give yourself Sharon; Time!  Thank you for sharing your story with us and we hope that you remember to take time out for yourself so you can continue to be a bright light for others.

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40 over 40 Project - Carmel is a mother, health worker and beautiful https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/40-over-40-project---carmel Carmel - Mother, Health Worker and Beautiful!

When I first read Carmel’s submission into the 40 over 40 project,  2 things stood out.  The first was that she referred to herself as “fat” (I’d prefer to use the term curvy).  Secondly, she absolutely avoids being in photos because she doesn’t want to “spoil” them for others.

She went on to explain “I’ve had a few health issues but really I’ve been fat all my life.  I look back on photos of when I was told I was fat and OMG I was skinny…but I didn’t enjoy it.  Because of my weight I absolutely avoid being in photos and for things like Christmas and christenings etc, I feel sorry for being in the photo and spoiling it for others.  Recently, I realised that if I died, my young children would have very few photos of me in their life and certainly none that I am proud of.  Even my daughter is embarrassed to be photographed with me”

I think a lot of women can relate to looking back at photos of ourselves and thinking we were smaller back than and for some reason that relates to being better.  I think part of the beauty of getting older is that we can draw from a wealth of information and experience on any number of topics but when it comes to our own self esteem and sense of worth, all we see is what used to be or what our flaws are.  Funny thing is, if we had a friend that was as hard on themselves as we become, wouldn’t we be the first to prop that friend up and show them the beauty of who they are now? I’m not just talking outer beauty either; I’m talking about the beauty that comes from within too.

Carmel was a laugh a minute from the time she entered the studio.  Originally from Ireland, she moved here years ago, married and now has 2 young children.  When I asked what she liked most about herself, it was her sense of humour (which became more and more obvious as the session progressed) but that she liked her weight the least. 

One thing I’ve noticed about all the submissions I received; when asked what people liked most, it was a personality trait.  When asked what they liked least, it was a body part (most of the time).  Are we so programmed by society that we forbid ourselves to like something physical about ourselves? Does it make us seem “up our selves”, conceited or narcissistic? Or is it that we constantly measure ourselves against others and perceive ourselves to be lacking? Beauty is in the eye of the behold so it seems to me that we as a society need to get our eyes tested and re-evaluate our definition of beauty to what is more normal, not the “models” in magazines and on TV.  The paparazzi jump on any celebrity that dares to leave the house without their makeup and hair done…why? Are they not normal human beings?  How this is news worthy is beyond me BUT I do like that it shows us mere mortals that a lot of what we perceive as “beauty” is all smoke and mirrors.  Give me a good-hearted soul to a Barbie doll any day.
 

Carmel, she is in her 40’s, a health manager and enjoys throwing dinner parties with loads of laughter.  I can imagine that Carmel would throw a mean party and that you would leave with sore cheeks from all that smiling and sore bellies from the laughter.  She also enjoys sewing and craft activities.  With her daughter now 11 and in her words “that terrible time when parents are so embarrassing” , all she wanted was just one photo that she could love, so that she could remind her daughter that she is more that just a mum. 

Carmel, I hope that they remind YOU that you are more than just a mum.  You are a real pocket dynamo and I hope you can see the beautiful person you are when you look at your photos.
 

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40 over 40 project - Cristie is a Mother, Artist, Public Servant https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/40-over-40-project---cristie-mother-artist-public-servant I've felt like an old lady since my 20's

When I read Cristie's submission to be in the project, she immediately let me know that she wasn't going to be 40 until next year and that she probably wouldn't get in but thought she would tell her story anyway.  Cristie suffers from Crohn's disease and has suffered poor health since 2000.  Along with the Crohn's she also suffers from associated chronic arthritis. She explained "I do feel like I am well over 40 so I still want to enter on the off chance you accept my application".

I could relate to Cristie's chronic illness because of my own.  It's an illness that people can't see, so people don't tend to understand it.  She continues "I don't like to wear a badge labelling myself, so a lot of people don't know I have these issues, but I figure if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger...so why dwell on it and let it identify you".  I couldn't agree more.

So that was a good reason alone to include her in the project, but then I continued reading.  When Cristie was young, she got picked on by her brothers and kids at school because of her fair skin...name calling like freckle face, Casper the Ghost, moon tan were common.  As a result, she never had high self esteem and even now doesn't remember the last time she felt beautiful. 

As she got older, she felt her self esteem improved slightly because she was able to hide her flaws behind makeup and tanning creams but has always envied the naturally beautiful people who can go swimming without worrying that their cover will be blown or go to a day spa and not avoid the facial as they would have to remove their makeup.

When it comes to being in photos, she thinks her 3yo and 5yo boys are much more photogenic so she spends more time snapping pics of them rather than being in front of the camera herself.

When I met Cristie, I couldn't believe how naturally beautiful she is and that she just couldn't see it.  Then I realised she is like so many woman, finding flaws where other people wouldn't see them.  She confided in me that she had nearly cancelled her shoot a few times because she was so worried about having her photo taken without makeup but she showed her true courage by pushing through her fear and I'm so so glad she did.

As well as being a mum to her little boys she is also an artist.  Christie describes drawing as the only time she truly finds her Zen.  She's had people tell her she should exhibit and sell her drawings but she just likes doing them for herself.  She's had a few pieces commissioned but really likes to draw what she wants when she wants.

When I asked Cristie to explain to me how she felt about her makeover experience, this is what she had to say;

"I had spent the time since being notified that I was one of the lucky 40 quietly panicking. What had I gotten myself into?! I didn't really feel brave enough to get out of my comfort zone and be the centre of attention, I didn't think I needed or wanted photos of myself....my husband told me that he and the kids did!! I looked for and vocalised various excuses why I should pull out, my husband kept at me and ensured I did not. 

By Friday morning I was just a little beside myself. I wasn't at all confident I had the right outfits, and was certain I would look like an uncoordinated goose in front of the camera. I've never had my makeup professionally done, let alone posing for a photo shoot, I was really unsure of what to expect. 
 
When I arrived at the studio, Kylee opened the door to her studio with a big warm smile. She introduced me to Mel and then asked me to show the clothes I had brought along. After working out what they would have me wear, I was sat down for Mel to work her magic whilst dining on cheese, fresh strawberries and pink champagne. The more they talked, the more I felt like I was just hanging out with the girls, having fun.
 
Mel transformed me! When I got to look in the mirror, I had to look twice. She knew just what colours to use and how to do my hair to make me look and feel a million dollars. I was ready for my shoot!
 
As I awkwardly stood in front of Kylee with her camera for the light check, I felt a twinge of fear again. Then Kylee told me how she wanted me to stand, where to put my hands, how to hold my head, and how to look right into the camera. She took a few shots, then asked if I wanted to see.... When she showed me those very first shots, I cried! It was me, but I looked confident and dare I say it, beautiful! From that moment on, I just followed her instructions, I just allowed myself to let this be what is was...fun!
 
After several outfit changes, lots of laughs and many poses, we were done. I felt so happy I had come to do this, and based on the sneak peaks I saw on Kylee's  view finder, I am so excited to see the final photos. I had a great session with some very talented ladies, and thoroughly enjoyed myself.  Thank you Kylee and Mel, so very much,  for giving me this opportunity to sparkle!!  xx"
 
Cristie, you sparkle as soon as you walk into a room and I'm so glad you got to see that through my lens.  Say after me..."I am beautiful inside and out!"
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40 over 40 project - Valeska 57 year old mother, dental professional, artist and student https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/40-over-40-project---valeska I want to reflect on my own image and see it as someone who is confident AND beautiful!

Valeska is a 57 year old mother, dental professional, artist and student...and her life is changing.  Although she is unsure if it is for the better, she believes that most of the time it feels right.  Self confidence is something she feels she often lacks but like many women, we become very good at hiding it and come across as very confident.  That in itself is a skill.

In Valeska's case, the reality is quite the opposite so in order to improve her lack of self confidence she is embarking on a project to follow her dreams. She is making changes in her career path to follow those dreams and as with any change, she is finding she is making some mistakes along the way.  Its your ability to pick yourself up and dust yourself off that will define how your journey progresses; and so far, after giving herself a "stern talking to" she is figuring out what the next step is in the pursuit of feeling happier within herself and her life. She says "I want to reflect on my own image and see it as someone who is confident AND beautiful...I'm sure it would help me summon the courage and energy I need to continue on the path to my dreams".

Valeska's passion is art.  Making it, viewing it, discussing it and hopefully selling it.  She has returned to uni where she is enrolled in a painting degree at ANU part-time, something she has wanted to do for more than 20 years.  As well as being an artist, Valeska is a dental therapist/hygienist, Arbonne consultant and also volunteers giving hand massages to residents in aged care facilities. She explains "they love it and I get to hear some amazing stories".

When I asked Valeska to share with me how she was feeling leading up to her session and when she was done, she sent me an email.  This is what she wrote;

"Last Friday morning whilst driving to the Wilomark Studio I was reflecting upon the reason why I was up so early. It was my day off and I was feeling partially naked because I wasn’t wearing any makeup and my hair had not been done that morning. For me to be in this state was very unusual indeed. As I am aging I am finding it more and more necessary to ` make the most’ of what I have, so to speak, so I am diligent in presenting the best version of me whenever I can.

Never the less, the instructions I had been given by Kylee were clear and I tried to imagine what was about to unfold on this cold but bright Friday morning in Canberra. Kylee, the Professional Photographer I was about meet is actually an old friend, from a lifetime ago. I was feeling excited to see her again and nervous about what might lie ahead, but most of all I noticed I was becoming quite emotional. Tears started to well in my eyes and I told myself stop being silly. This was going to be FUN. Why was I crying?

I was about to embark on a new experience. I had never had a professional makeup artist do my makeup or my hair especially for a professional photographic session. I couldn’t imagine how I would look after the process not to mention what images would eventuate. This was going to be a special event and I felt so privileged and honoured that Kylee had chosen me as one of the 40 women over 40 to partake in her very special project.

I arrived at the Fyshwick Studio a little early, excitement mounting. I had my 5 outfits ready to go and Kylee met me at the door with open arms and a big warm smile. I was soon introduced to Mel the Make up artist and the three of us proceeded to talk through the activity for the session. Kylee directed every step with the professionalism and courtesy you would expect from a dedicated talented Photographer. The only rule...no negative self talk!

The morning was amazing. I felt so special, being fussed over and observed. I didn’t have a mirror to watch my transformation unfold as Kylee had purposefully planned and orchestrated the `reveal’. I was overwhelmed when I was encouraged to look at my image in the mirror. I was speechless and Kylee needed to ask me what I was thinking and how I was feeling, most unusual for me as I am never stuck for words! I could never have imagined how I looked. I instantly felt different. It sounds shallow to say that when you look great you feel great, but its true. Being the best you possible and feeling as though you look your best changes the way you think about yourself. My confidence grew, a smile came over my face and I felt wonderful! My emotional response had changed from being a little scared and tentative to one of elation and delight.

I feel, women in general, do not appreciate how wonderful, beautiful and special we are. We are intelligent beings and yet we often don’t let ourselves feel good about whom we are or the way we look. We know our self worth is not linked to how we look and how we feel but often this disassociation serves no purpose in boosting our confidence. It is actually OK to be beautiful for the sake of it because we ARE all beautiful. Kylee and Mel are brilliant in bringing out the `beautiful’ in people.

The morning on Wilomark Studio was exhilarating and amazing. I am still reflecting on the events and the conversation and the outcome. It was such a positive event for me I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience it all.

Thanks so much to Kylee (the owner of Wilomark Studio) and Mel the wonderful makeup and Hair artist who were both instrumental in transforming the way I looked and providing a magical morning of fun, laughter and positive experience.

We all need more of that in our lives."

I hope you continue to follow your dreams Valeska.  You are amazing!  

Anyone wanting to see Valeska's art work can view it on her website

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40 over 40 Project - Jane 52yo Public Servant and single mother of 4 https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/40-over-40-project---jane-52yo-public-servant-and-single-mother-of-4 Jane, 52yo Public Servant and Mother

Technically Jane isn't one of the official 40 over 40 women.  She had booked her portrait session long before the birth of this project but when she found out about it, she asked if she could be involved and of course I wasn't going to say no!

When I asked Jane why she wanted to exist in photographs, she simple explained that after raising her 4 children on her own and recently coming out of a difficult relationship, she was now free.  Free to be Jane.

Jane has been a public servant for 9 years and is also a trained florist.  She explained that she has had many varied jobs in her life and always tells young people to try new things to broaden their horizons.  She enjoys going out with girlfriends, spending time with family, volunteer work and taking her young grandson to the park.  She also enjoys photography, travel and making henna designs. She has a very patient nature but sometimes thinks that she is not assertive enough.

I have asked all the ladies involved in the 40 over 40 project to tell me how they felt in the lead up to their session and also during their experience. This is what Jane had to say;

"Not many people get the opportunity to have their hair and makeup done, choose their nicest clothes and have beautiful photos taken, so I was pretty excited before the shoot.  I took so many clothes with me and Kylee made great choices.  Kylee is an amazing photographer.  She made me feel so welcome and at ease.  She is very friendly and fun.  She explains herself so well, that it is very easy to quickly get into the right pose for the shot.  I LOVED the shots she was taking and I can't wait to see the finished results."

It was a pleasure to photograph you Jane and I hope you see in these images the new "free" Jane and continue to bloom and grow! 

 

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40 women over 40 Project - This is me - I am enough! https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/8/40-women-over-40-project---this-is-me---i-am-enough This is me and I'm enough!

I am Kylee Sharples, 44 year old Photographer, Partner, Mother, Daughter, Sister, Aunt and Friend.  And I am enough.

Hi and welcome to the first of the 40 women over 40 project blogs.  When I set this challenge, my goal was to highlight to women that no matter where we are in life and no matter how we feel about ourselves, the truth is often far from our own inner beliefs.  So many women (including myself) feel we are not good enough, not pretty enough, not giving enough and certainly not worthy enough of any praise or accolades.  This could be in your home life, your work life or just a deep down feeling that subconsciously we are lacking.

I was overwhelmed by the response to my last blog, with more than 100 people submitting the online questionnaire to be involved and everyone had a story to tell, good or bad, and it was heart wrenching for me to not be able to pick all of you.  Everyone was so deserving so I will be contacting those that didn't make my initial 40 ladies, in the hopes that they will come on board and share their stories with everyone.  My hope is that through all of us sharing our stories, we can not only help ourselves to grow past those blocks that hold us back but to help other ladies to identify with your stories and in doing so, make them see that they aren't alone and that a mind shift can make all the difference to our feeling of self worth.

I'm Kylee Sharples and I am enoughBefore and after of my makeover & photoshoot

This has been quite a cathartic journey for me already.  As I spoke about in my last blog, I have not been feeling very good about myself for years.  I've been battling crippling migraines that saw me forced to leave my job as a dental hygienist and not be able to work for nearly 2 years.  At the height of my migraines, I was getting 25+ per month and I can honestly say there was not a day that went by that I didn't have either a full blown migraine or a severe headache.  Through trial and error with medications, dietary changes, botox injections, physio and all sorts of "magic" potions, I've been managing my migraines pretty well to the point I'm now down to around 1 a fortnight.  So that is awesome!!!! BUT...I'm left with a body that lets me down all the time.  The weight gain is hard to adjust to and so is the lack of physical activity that I used to enjoy, but I can function on most days so on the whole, life is good.

Why did I call this post "This is me and I'm enough"?  I, like a lot of women that I have visit me do so much for so many people and I am as guilty as anyone of feeling that I have failed someone in some way.  I'm a 44 year old mum, a partner, a photographer, I work in my business full time, I volunteer for the Dental Hygiene Association  of Australia (even though I no longer practice as a hygienist), I volunteer as the official photographer for Business in Heels, I volunteer as a photographer for TranzAustralia (a group that help people of feminine, masculine, gender non-conforming live the life they should be living), I'm a volunteer for the AIPP WWII Reflections project, I try and be a good mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend.  At the end of the day I still don't feel like I'm enough, isn't that just crazy? 

Over the last few months though, I've had a real shift in my thinking.  Yes, I do a lot for other people, and I really enjoy that but instead of feeling like a failure because I can't do more, I am filled with pride at what I do manage to achieve and slowly but surely my negative self talk is being silenced.

I am Kylee Sharples and I am enough!

Will I be better tomorrow...absolutely, but for today...I am still enough.

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40 over 40 - Celebrating you!!! https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/7/40-over-40---celebrating-you

I'm searching for 40 woman over 40!!!!

True beauty comes from within.  Our intelligence, strength, courage, vulnerability and determination are what makes us beautiful.  Like a fine wine, woman get better with age. Most of us know this, but we often forget how important it is to appreciate that inner beauty.  Sometimes, we may not feel as beautiful on the outside as we do on the inside.  We get busy with our lives, raising families, working on our careers...or both.  

Life can take us in so many directions and everyone has a story to tell, good or bad, if you just take the time to listen.  I want to tell your stories.  I want to help you look and feel your best but most of all I want to empower you.  I know from experience what body issues and negative self-talk can do to your feeling of self-worth and I want to help you. 

My story is a complicated one but when I hit 30 years old I was at a cross-road.  I had not achieved what I thought I should have done at that age and I felt lost and lonely.  I had a marriage breakup and 2 young children and even though I was happy with how I looked, I felt empty & ugly on the inside. A failure.  Instead of being grateful for what I had, I started questioning why I didn't have more.  So in that moment, I decided to do something about it.  I applied and was accepted to dental hygiene school in Adelaide, something I had wanted to do for some time but because of other things going on in my life, I didn't pursue.  At the time I told myself it was because the kids were so young or that I financially couldn't afford to re-locate.  Truth is, I think I was scared of failing...or change...or both.  

So fast forward to when I hit 40 and wow, my life changed so much in 10yrs!  I studied and graduated from Uni and was working as a dental hygienist in a beautiful practice in Wanniassa. I had met a wonderful man, saw my beautiful boys grow up to be wonderful young men, volunteered with several organisations and the list goes on. I still felt good about my outward appearance but now I felt love for myself where before only hate and resentment resided. I had hit my stride and life was good!

Then I got sick.  The migraines started with one a month, then 2 a month and before long I was crippled by them, being forced to leave the job I loved so much and the people I used to treat everyday.  By 42 I had put on 10kgs and now at 44, I'm carrying 30kgs more than I want to be.  All because I got sick.  Migraines = inactivity = medications = weight gain.  I know I'm the same person on the inside, the one that picked herself up and dusted her selfoff numerous times to achieve what she wanted.  I know I am supposed to still feel accomplished and courageous, intelligent and determined, but my total disgust with my body image makes it so hard to see my inner beauty rationally.  My man is always telling me how beautiful I am but I never believe him, because I don't love myself. Or I didn't.

When deciding what my next 10yrs would look like, I decided to take the hand I was dealt and delve into my photography full time. I stopped photographing landscapes and babies & started photographing something that is so near and dear to my heart.

Women.  

Women of all ages, sizes, races, sexuality.  I can honestly say, it makes my heart sing to get up in the morning knowing I'm going to change someones perception of themselves today.  Every day I hear the negative self talk a woman berates herself with and it makes me sad.  Not only for those woman but for myself.  I do it ALL the time to myself!  I have beautiful woman coming in to see me every day and I can't think of a single one that hasn't said something to put themselves down before we start shooting....do we do that to ourselves before others have the chance to say that to us? Maybe.  I know that little by little, I am trying to stop my negative self talk and starting to love myself again.  Its hard...but baby steps right. I'm a good person, a great mother, a great friend, a mentor, a confidant.  Someone that can be relied upon when you need her. I'm starting to find myself again and all the woman I have photographed in the last 12 months have contributed in getting me there.

So now it's payback time.  I'm looking for 40 woman over the age of 40 to photograph over the months of July and August. Each lady will be pampered with professional hair and makeup, some bubbles and a photoshoot with AIPP professional photographer Kylee from Wilomark Imagery...all free of charge.  You also receive a matted print with the option to purchase more. I want to celebrate you...your life, your loves, your passions.  Help you find something you thought you'd lost or celebrate you hitting your stride.  Help me to tell your story.

Follow this link to an online questionnaire that will ask you questions about yourself, be as honest and as thorough as you can.  Submissions will be accepted until Friday 17th July 2015.  You will be contacted to have a chat with me and to organise your session if you are one of the lucky 40.

I am so excited to embark on this project.  You can nominate yourself or a friend/mother/sister/aunt.  Feel free to share this post with your networks.

I look forward to hearing from you. 

 

 

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Girls Day Out https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/girls-day-out To me, nothing is more fun than getting together with a bunch of girlfriends to have a few bubbles, laughs and some much needed girly time.  Couple that with a bit of pampering (and shopping) and I'm completely happy.

I love it when a woman comes in for portrait session, but even better is when she brings her friends!  I recently had a group of 3 friends come in to celebrate Susie's hens night.  They came in and had there hair and makeup done, some cheese and wine and then some laughs while getting their portraits done.  At the end of the day, they got to all go out for dinner and have some beautiful portraits to remember this special time.

You don't have to be getting married though.  Anytime is a good time to celebrate being a woman, but even better to share that with you girlfriends or sisters.

 

Wilomark Girls Day Out Book your girls day out today and do something a little different to the norm... call 62804220 for more information.

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info@wilomark.com (Wilomark Music and Imagery) AIPP Accredited professional photographer AIPP accredited photographer AIPP accredited professional photographer AIPP award winning photographer Be true to yourself Beautiful Before & After photos Believe in yourself Canberra contemporary portrait photographer Canberra portrait photographer Dreams Elegant portraits Faith Female photographer Fyshwick photography studio Girls day out Kylee Sharples Passion Wilomark Music & Imagery beautiful images canberra glamour photographer canberra portrait photographer contemporary glamour portrait contemporary portrait contemporary portraits couples couples portraits female photographer female photography makeover and photoshoot mother and daughter photography pamper session photography portrait studio photographer willowmark wilomark imagery wilomark music and imagery wilowmark woman https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/4/girls-day-out Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:05:41 GMT
Compassion with Fashion https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/2/compassion-with-fashion I was honoured to be involved as one of the offical photographers for the first Compassion with Fashion event. It was a fantastic night with fashion parades, dance pieces and musicians. So many creative people in one place...it was amazing to see the community come together for a common cause. Supporting Beyond Blue and raising awareness of anxiety and depression, which is more common than you think, particularly in the creative community.

I wanted to be involved as I have battled depression in the past following the birth of of my first child, but also, as a creative person, every image I produces has a piece of me in it and it can sometimes be hard to hear criticism without taking it personally. Learning to understand that just because someone may not like my art doesn't mean its a personal attack on me is a lesson that is a hard one to learn but is quiet liberating when you "get it"!

​Here are some of the images I took on the night. More will be posted by the organisers Erika & Paris Zorzit soon.  They should be congratulated on the mammoth effort it must have been to put such a fantastic event together.

The parade started off with gorgeous garments from Rock Stars and Royalty.  If you haven't seen their beautiful gowns, you need to!!

Compassion for Fashion Parade 1The parade started off with gorgeous garments from Rock Stars and Royalty. If you haven't seen their beautiful gowns, you need it!!

We were then treated to some amazingly talented dancers, singer and musician!

Lots of beautiful clothes and models strutted their stuff!

Lots of the contributors had tables showing their products and everyone had a wonderful time!

Finally, the models celebrated such a wonderful event.  It was so great to see so many people come together for such a great cause and I hope this is the first of many Compassion with Fashion events.

You can find more information about Beyond Blue and the fabulous work they do within the community here.   If you are feeling anxious or depressed, please seek help.  You are not alone.

Compassion with Fashion official website for more information can be found here 

 

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Story Book Garden Competition Winner https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/story-book-garden-competition-winner I often get asked if I would be able to donate my skills as a photographer to events/causes. As you can imagine, I can't do all of them but I do try and do what I can, when I can.  Recently I was asked if I would be able to donate a prize to the ACT Story Book Garden Competition http://www.actstorybook.blogspot.com/

The competition is in support of Boundless Canberra.  Boundless Canberra will be the ACT's first all abilities playground where there will be no barrier to play.  http://www.boundlesscanberra.org.au/ A worthy cause to donate to if your in the position to do so.

So I donated a portrait prize to the competition, People's choice award (Family entries) and it was won by Evan aged 2 and his mum, his garden was titled "Spot visits Evans Garden"

"Spot visits Evan's garden"Made by Evan (2) and his mum Amanda Photo from www.facebook.com/actstorybook

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting young Evan and his parents Amanda & Sean.  He was such a happy fellow and probably wondered what all the fuss was about but we had fun with bubbles and coloured balls.  Lots of fun was had and I have a little sample of some of the images we got from the day.

If you would like to get some family portraits done, please call me on 62804220 to discuss your requirements.

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Stunning Bowral Wedding https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/1/stunning-bowral-wedding I had the pleasure of being asked to capture the wedding day of Natalie Warner to Matthew Guy on the weekend of the 17th January 2015.  It was such a beautiful day, brilliant blue sky and sunshine, such a change from the week leading up to their big day when you couldn't see the sky for the clouds and rain!

They were married at the Gibraltar Hotel in Bowral and what a stunning wedding it was.  There were doves and bubbles, chocolate and laughs...and that was just the ceremony!  I've got so many beautiful images to go through but I promised I'd pop a few sneak peeks up for them to view while they a re on their honeymoon.  So here we are...Meet Mr & Mrs Guy.

The blushing bride

The handsome groom

May they live happily ever after.

I can't wait to show them the rest of their images on their return!

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Rhys Coles sings "I see fire" by Ed Sheeran https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/rhys-coles-sings-i-see-fire-by-ed-sheeran We have some very talented people in Canberra, a small population but a huge talent pool!  We have been honoured to have this young man in the studio with us recently, recording some original songs but we just love his version of "I see fire" by Ed Sheeran.  This is a quick iPhone video taken just before he was heading back into the studio to continue recording his originals.  We can't wait to share those with you.  But for now, please met 17 year old Rhys Coles.

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info@wilomark.com (Wilomark Music and Imagery) Bands Canberra Canberra Musicians Canberra Recording Studio Music Music Studio Musicians Recording Studio Rhys Coles Solo Artists willowmark wilowmark https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/rhys-coles-sings-i-see-fire-by-ed-sheeran Fri, 12 Dec 2014 01:23:31 GMT
Mother & Daughter Shoot - The beautiful Natalie & her mum Sue https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/mother-daughter-shoot---the-beautiful-natalie-her-mum-sue I had the pleasure of photographing Natalie & Sue a few weeks ago.  Natalie is engaged to Matt and I will be shooting their wedding in January.  It is shaping up to be a beautiful day for these wonderful people.  Here is a little look at the shoot I did for them.   Makeup and Hair was done by the talented Samantha Palmer from Cloud 9 - MUA https://www.facebook.com/cloud9makeup

Natalie & Sue

Sue & Natalie

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info@wilomark.com (Wilomark Music and Imagery) AIPP award winning photographer AIPP emerging member Beautiful Before & After photos Canberra contemporary portrait photographer Canberra portrait photographer Elegant portraits Female photographer Fyshwick photography studio Kylee Sharples beautiful images canberra glamour photographer canberra portrait photographer contemporary glamour portrait contemporary portrait contemporary portraits couples couples portraits engagement portraits makeover and photoshoot mother and daughter photography pamper session photography portrait studio photographer willowmark wilomark imagery wilomark music and imagery wilowmark woman https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/mother-daughter-shoot---the-beautiful-natalie-her-mum-sue Wed, 29 Oct 2014 03:14:35 GMT
Exist in Photographs https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/exist-in-photographs I'm about to share something with you that isn't all sunshine and rainbows.  Some may find it confronting, others may feel compelled to remedy the situation.  People will take out of this story what they like, I just hope that it starts people thinking and talking about existing in photographs.

I've put on weight...35kgs to be exact. I've always been slim, even became a gym junkie and fitness freak for awhile there, so this past 18 months has seen me become more and more withdrawn, all because I'm embarrassed about how I look.  I've resorted to wearing "comfortable" clothing because anything that is fitted makes me want to curl up in the foetal position and hope that the world can't see just how unhappy I am with how I look and feel.  The fact that I keep getting reassured that "its the medications you take for your migraines" doesn't change the fact that I cringe whenever anyone wants to take a photo of me, to the point that I will always be the one behind the camera rather than in front of it!  Subsequently I have avoided having my photo taken quite successfully BUT; what if I never get to my goal weight?? What if something tragic and unforseen was to happen to me tomorrow, what if I got sick or was in an accident??

Recently, I've been touched by several stories of this exact thing happening.  Out of respect I won't go into details, but a young person close to us lost his life suddenly, another has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, yet another 3 people have passed away after long illnesses.  Another was someone that had enquired about having portraits but was waiting for the "right time" to have their family photos done, sadly, a child in that family passed away suddenly before the photos were taken.

We all wait for the "right time" to have our portraits taken professionally. When things are perfect, when we have lost weight, when our hair is longer, when our teeth are straight, when we look perfect, when we have spare money in the bank and can "afford" to splash out on photography. But what if that perfect time never comes?  What happens if we die and our children had no photos of us to remember us by, or if the only photos they had were Facebook selfie snapshots or groups photos that are blurry? What happens to your photos if your phone stops working, your computer fails or gets stolen, or Facebook ceases to exist?

I've now realised; there is no such thing as perfect. The "right time" to exist in photographs is now, whilst you still can, because right now you are already perfect in every way, you are amazing right now. Right now you have your health to celebrate and you have a beautiful story to tell and share with the world. How do you know it will be the same in a few years time? A few years time might be too late. Sadly this happens far too often. We see people regret not having a nice recent picture taken of their loved ones before they passed away, or how they wish they had their portrait taken before they got ill and their lives got turned upside down, but they held off because they were waiting for the perfect time or because they couldn't justify spending money on professional photography.

I'm going to get my portraits done soon.  I need to know that my kids will remember me as I am now, this size, this quirky, funny, cheeky, sarcastic, loving and caring women that loves them so deeply. They love me for who I am now, they deserve to have the most recent version of me as a memory should the unexpected happen, not the "me" in the photos I had taken years ago that they were too young to remember, but me, here and now. I honestly don't have a decent photo of myself that I can see being used at my memorial....isn't that just sad.

I understand that professional photography is an investment; a discretionary spend.  Choosing a professional photographer can be difficult and certainly not a decision that should be considered lightly. That is why I'm offering payment plans, so that the unique and valuable services I offer can be available to more people. So that I can make more women feel sexy and empowered with confidence and self-esteem, so they can celebrate their lives right now and not plan to do it in a few years time.
Exist in photographsMake sure your children have something to remember you by
What photos will you leave behind to define your life? The drunk pictures taken in a mirror of a pub toilet, the old formal and school photos you had taken 20 years ago that make you cringe, or gorgeous portraits that represent who you really are, and make you look and feel like the very best version of yourself, which make you proud to show off who you are at this very moment in time? None of us are getting any younger and none of us can guarantee that we will still be here in a couple of years, or that we will be in the same good health. Whether you are turning 30 this year or 80, you deserve to celebrate your life and exist in stunning pictures. If it is something you really want for yourself, money shouldn't have to be a barrier. We all find money for the things we value. Aren't you valuable?  Life is not a dress rehearsal, you don't get a second chance and you will never get those years back.

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info@wilomark.com (Wilomark Music and Imagery) AIPP award winning photographer AIPP emerging member Beautiful Canberra contemporary portrait photographer Canberra portrait photographer Elegant portraits Female photographer Fyshwick photography studio Kylee Sharples beautiful images canberra glamour photographer canberra portrait photographer contemporary glamour portrait contemporary portrait contemporary portraits couples couples portraits engagement portraits female photographer female photography makeover and photoshoot mother and daughter photography pamper session photography portrait studio photographer willowmark wilomark imagery wilomark music and imagery wilowmark woman https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/exist-in-photographs Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:30:00 GMT
Elegantly beautiful - Roberta https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/elegantly-beautiful---roberta I have known Roberta for probably close to 9yrs.  I'm sure she won't mind me saying, but I used to be her hygienist.  The one thing I miss terribly since "giving away the day job" is the people - my past patients and the staff I worked with over the years.  I've kept in touch with Roberta since leaving the dental world, so when she contacted me asking if I would do a photoshoot for her, I was thrilled.  She is honestly one of the most genuine people I know and I was honoured that she wanted me to do her photoshoot for her. 

We had lots of fun, there was a lot of laughing going on and of course wine and cheese to snack on.

I think she enjoyed herself as she booked in again the following week, but this time with her 2 children.  Those images to follow.

 

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info@wilomark.com (Wilomark Music and Imagery) AIPP award winning photographer AIPP emerging member Beautiful Canberra contemporary portrait photographer Canberra portrait photographer Elegant portraits Female photographer Fyshwick photography studio Kylee Sharples beautiful images canberra glamour photographer canberra portrait photographer contemporary glamour portrait contemporary portrait contemporary portraits female photographer female photography makeover and photoshoot mother and daughter photography pamper session photography portrait studio photographer willowmark wilomark imagery wilomark music and imagery wilowmark woman https://wilomark.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/10/elegantly-beautiful---roberta Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:30:00 GMT