Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Handmade Goodness: Maddison Scarlett Photography

In addition to our Crafty Corner Segment, where we get to know our stallholders a bit more, we now have a new segment: Handmade Goodness, where we will interview other fellow handmade crafters, makers, designers, photographers, storeholders that are trully passionate about their craft. If you love your craft, we'd love to hear from you. Email us and let us know a bit about youself.

Lovely Jacqui from Maddison Scarlett Photography took some AMAZING photos of our November market. Here are a few of her pics. Her passion and love for photography was really evident. Of course, we wanted to find out more about Jacqui and what makes her click (hehe!!)

Tell us a bit about yourself
First and foremost I am a mother to two amazing children Maddy and Blake who constantly spoil me with their smiles! I am currently studying my Diploma in Professional Photography and I am loving every minute of it! There is so much to learn about photography but its safe to assume that its all very interesting. I love working with mini people! Babies and kids are just so amazing with their innocence and adorable personalities. Even a 2 week old newborn has something unique about them and I love seeing that through the lens. I have lived in a lot of great places as my family is a part of the Royal Australian Navy so I have had the privilege of meeting so many great people along the way. We have been posted to Sydney since the beginning of 2010 and are happy to now call Castle Hill/Kellyville home. I hope to begin travelling as the kids get older. My dreams are to one day photograph the Eiffel Tower, The Northern Lights, The Grand Canyon, Great Wall of China, Tuscany, Abu Dhabi, Rome, and all the cultures and people along the way. Perhaps I will need to wait until the kids have moved out of home before living that dream! :)

What inspired you to start Maddison Scarlett Photography?
My daughter Maddison Scarlett is the main inspiration behind it all. My entire life I have loved photography and everything about it. I loved landscapes and I loved photographs of people in general. Interacting, just being natural. Max Dupain was always my favorite photographer since I was a child. It wasn't until Maddy was born that I saw how amazing a little person can be! That's when my love for photography really took off. Seeing how fast they change there was not a day that passed where I didn't take her photo. This year I was spoilt with a new camera, something worth sharing with the world. It gave me the confidence to begin showing people my photos. Once family and friends began asking me to photograph them and their children I saw the opportunity to turn my passion into my work! They say that if you have a job that you love, you'll never work a day in your life and I must agree with that! I love my job so much! I love meeting all the new clients, having cuddles with so many babies, and forming friendships through business. Making my kids proud of me is the best reward for all my efforts too!

What do you love about photography?
I love the way that it captures a memory. A moment in time that you can look back on for years to come. Our kids grow up so fast and memories fade with time so I love the idea of being able to revisit a memory, a feeling, a moment all just by looking at a photo.

What's the funniest thing that has happened to you whilst on a shoot?
One of the perks of the job is that I get to have cuddles with a lot of the bubs that I photograph. I love everyone to be relaxed during my sessions so much so that I had a sweet little princess pee on me at my very first session! Now I put their nappies back on before cuddle time!

What handmade goodies have you recently purchased?
I am a huge supporter of all the ladies who have stalls at Hide&Seek and from this I have made many friends there. I have a few stalls that I cant keep away from and they are Mulberry Road, Karimu, Kaboodle, IndigoElephant, Snow White Meets Belle, and Smallprint. The list could keep on going but there is one extra special handmade purchase that I have recently made and that was from Billy Mac Clothing. Together with Christina we designed some amazing shirts for my kids to wear when my partner returns from the Middle East in 2011. She showed such amazing attention to detail and the finished product literally brought me to tears when she gave them to me at the last Hide & Seek market. I was very touched and I know that when HMAS Melbourne returns from their tour of duty, Nathan will be also. Its reasons like this that supporting handmade is so important!

What do you like to do when you're not taking photos? Any hobbies etc?
Photography is my number one Hobby but apart from that I adore spending time with my kids! They are after all, the inspiration behind it all!

And here is one of my favourite pics taken by Jacqui

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What's on your craft to-do-list?

I've been wanting to tick something off my crafty list for a while now- Ceramics! I finally enrolled in a local class and I am loving it. It's our last week next week and I really don't know how I will cope, because it really is addictive. Thought I'd share some lovely ceramic work I'm loving at the moment:

The gals from Goldenink Collaborative in Melbourne- definitely on my Christmas wishlist

Take a look here for a recent interview

Here are a few more of my fav things:

Next on my crafty list is enamelling! Take a look at these gorgeous lovelies:

Enjoy and happy crafting!