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My parents bought me my first 35mm camera when I was about 13. One day I saw some Ilford black and white film in Boots, tried it and was hooked! Photography was always a passion and in 2006, after my son was born, I decided to study it formally. I’m now 35 so I was a fairly mature student!
What brought you to the business side of things?
I started college with ideas of becoming a commercial photographer, but to be honest it wasn’t where my heart lay and that was obvious from the outset. My work has always been conceptual and as I suffer from mental health problems I started to use it as therapy.
A year ago I put a portfolio of my best work together and people began offering to buy my prints. Encouraged by this I decided to start trying to sell my fine art work and, after hearing about Etsy through Flickr.com, I took a deep breath and went for it! Luckily there actually were people out there who liked my work and wanted to own it!
What's your favorite thing about Emma in Wonderland?
Sharing my work with an appreciative audience and finding other like-minded artists and crafters to sell alongside. (It’s also nice working your own hours without the pressures of deadlines and a boss breathing down your neck!)
How did you decide on that name? I love it!
Thank you! I’m a lover of great literature, including the children’s classics, but the name really came about when I first began sharing my work with others on Flickr.com. I fell down the metaphorical rabbit hole many years ago when I was formally diagnosed with clinical depression. Unlike Alice, however, I’m not so keen to climb back out again as I think a world of nonsense and wonder is a creative gift!
What is your creative process?
Sometimes I know exactly what I’m going to be shooting (such as a still life) and plan the set-up down to the last technical detail, other times I just happen to be out and about with my camera and a scene just presents itself! That’s why I don’t really have a specific niche, image-wise; my work is eclectic and deliberately so! Having said; that there are certain themes close to my heart which I often use and revisit, such as mental illness, Christianity and childhood. I hope it doesn’t sound trite, but the whole world is my inspiration!
If you had a super power what would it be?
Oh my goodness, I’m such a geek that I decided that years ago! It would definitely be the power of invisibility. I could take my camera anywhere, anytime… the possibilities are immense! I could also sneak into places and seriously indulge my people-watching and fly-on-the-wall tendencies! (I’d be very discrete though, and wouldn’t dream of humiliating or hurting anyone. I’m too nice for that and besides, my conscience would never let me sleep again! (I’d have an incredible stash of private shots though!)
Any extra tidbits?
I’m hoping to increase my range over the coming year, to include mounted prints, magnets and possibly even textiles. I’d love to see one of my digital artworks on a cushion cover! J
I’m also aiming to start giving a percentage of my profits from certain images to relevant charities, such as mental health, wildlife, Christian and children’s charities.
Can I also be cheeky and mention my newest venture, an arts and crafts supplies shop on Etsy under the name of Needs Must? Check it out HERE!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Dolls it is common knowledge that many of us, if not all, were raised upon a steady stream of fairytales. We were barraged with “Once Upon A Times” before we could even talk; force-fed “Happily Ever Afters” the moment we started toddling about the house garbed only in bulky diapers; and by the time we were old enough to play dress-up we had already been completely overwhelmed with the notion of being swept away by a Handsome Prince trotting along on a winter white Stallion.
It was not until adolescence, when we began navigating the playing field for ourselves, that we were coerced into coming to the realization that, like the perfect pair of shoes, the Handsome Prince was not so easily attainable. Nevertheless, for the fashion-forward fair maiden, giving up is not an option!
Like the princess on a quest for a paradisiacal pair of pumps, who must spend hours upon hours searching for sublimity; the damsel in distress must succumb to kissing loads of frogs before she is finally swept off her feet by Prince Charming. It is a commonality which goes to show that shopping for shoes and love is a daunting duo which works hand in hand with one another. Therefore, to accomplish full satisfaction in both departments, you must first fulfill the requirements for one, and the other will fall fashionably into place.
Darlings you’ve already unearthed a promising boy; now it’s time to find a favorable form of footwear to take your impending date from blasé to blissful, and ensure a second!
*photo compliments of We Heart It*
1) Destiny Wears Combat Boots – Kitty cats, before you undertake the task of shopping for a shoe that wows your Boy Wonder, it is of the utmost importance that you at least learn what activity your date will entail so as to ensure that you select a pair that is par for the course.
Now, unlike we of the fairer, genteel gender, who contemplate and plan for weeks upon weeks before an expected event; boys fly by the seat of their pants. Many are indecisive to an almost obnoxious point, waiting until the day-of to determine how they will be wining and dining you. For this reason alone, nailing down your plans may be synonymous with prying teeth; but for the sake of your sanity and fashionable finesse, do find out ahead of time. After all, you most certainly do not want to find yourself the wearer of stilettos when you should have been styled in combat boots!
*thanks Shannon Nicole Smith Photography*
2) It’s All About Me – Sue Grafton once said, “If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.” Nothing could be more true. Men are quite capable of admitting that they adore the way one’s hips sway and swivel when they’re accoutered in high heels; yet many, if not all, are unaware of the skill, and strength such shoes require of the wearer – not to mention the pain that we endure after long hours of having our tantalizing tootsies stuffed into such a style! Thus, only wear high heels if it’s what YOU want to do.
While shoes have the ability to create confidence, they are not the sole telltale factor in whether or not you will be overwhelmed by such a feeling. Confidence radiates from within, only being boosted ever so slightly by the inclusion of heels. Remember, my loves, there may be two of you on this particular date, but when selecting your shoe du jour, it’s all about you!
*Thanks Tumblr - allthatshoes*
3) A Compromise for Comfort – Let’s be honest here kittens, Alice in Wonderland pulled off her tumble down the rabbit hole with complete adorableness; and though we may say that, should we trip and fall, or merely stumble, in front of a cute boy, we have enough courage to shake it off and be on our merry way…once it actually happens to us, however, that fearlessness goes straight out the window!
Don’t deny it, first dates are nerve-wracking events. Though we may be loathe to admit it to ourselves or anyone else, we are plagued with jitters that leave us unsteady in our minds and on our feet; therefore, it is essential to take such notions into consideration to achieve complete success.
You may feel blissfully comfortable strutting around in your Rock & Republic Alayna Chain Pumps when shopping with the girls, but when out with a potential mate, an individual whom you are trying to make a lasting impression upon, you may find yourself tripping up, and overcome with embarrassment. Compromise your typical style by allocating the use of wedges or chunky heels in place of stilettos (designs that will not make you forsake height!) to guarantee both peace of mind, and complete comfort!
*photo compliments of Tumblr*
4) Walk the Talk – First dates are a prime time for individuals to rest on their laurels, and rely upon small talk, or menial observances to break the ice between both parties; thus, accomplish two things at once by selecting a style that doubles as a conversation starter.
Darlings, it’s a known fact that boys are oblivious to a handful of things – specifically the not-so-subtle hints we drop for them quite frequently much to no avail; but trust me when I say that even the most bewildered of boys is incapable of not noticing the influx of fringe adorning Joie’s Rock Steady Fringe Suede Booties, or the slightly ostentatious crystals speckling Ash’s Cult Studded Motorcycle Boots.
Just think of it this way, lovers…the boy may not stick around, but your fabulous choice of footwear chosen specifically for the occasion will forever stick by your side – or, rather, on your feet! Like Carrie Bradshaw once said, “The fact is, sometimes it’s really hard to walk in a single woman’s shoes. That’s why we need really special ones now and then to make the walk a little more fun.”
Happy dating and shopping, darlings!
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