Weekend Photographers Retreat

At the end of July I arranged a weekend away with a group of fellow photographers staying at The Mountain View Retreat.

It was the chance to try new things, make mistakes and understand more clearly what our clients feel when they are in front of our camera as we took turns being models as well.

In the next week or 2 I will share images of myself and my experience of being in front of the camera.

Many thanks to my wonderful team There She Glows and Pull My Hair – HAIR Design for helping the weekend run so smoothly 

Here are my images from the weekend.

Introducing Chris from Kastarra Images Showing that you can be in your 60s and still have fun playing dress ups!
Introducing Malinda from Signature Style Photography – Brisbane photographer Enjoying time out and being a part of others creative processes
Introducing the beautiful Sharon from Sharon Adams Photography She flew over from NZ and showed us how fabulous life is in your 50s 😀
Introducing Sumiko from Sumico Photography One of the kindest, bubbliest person I have met. She had so many wonderful creations we got to use and dress up with. I learnt a lot of new ideas for future sessions of my own.
Introducing Tina from Coolum Fine Images Photography Another fabulous lady in her 60’s showing us that you are never to old to feel beautiful ❤
Introducing Victoria from Lifetimestoriesphotography Once she tried on the sequin number she had no hope of not being photographed in this sexy number!
Introducing Zelulah. Her mum is a photographer with Drasilah Enchanted Photography and at 16 loved having a vast range of beautiful outfits to try on!

Creating Impact in my Work

I love my work but had reached a stage of wondering what else I can do to make it even better.
Listening to the speakers of Lindsay Adler and Kelly Brown recently, I realised I need to create impact and follow my intuition with emotion.
I am the type of person that loves that 1 **BAM** image. I love the idea of a photo-shoot created just for me that will result in an image that blows me away.

Since coming home my brain has been working overtime and have managed to finalise an idea I have been working on for years.
I have a lot of fear and trepidation as this creative work will be a lot of my soul in it as well as the lady involved. There will be tears and lots of laughter and in the end no matter the outcome I can rest knowing I did something for her and myself.

Be sure to check in (Facebook and Instagram)over the next week to see the progress of my idea becoming reality.

‘ 90% Therapist, 10% Photographer’
– Peter Hurley


Facing and Beating my Anxiety

A week ago I was winging my way across the ocean back to normal life.
I missed my family, but at the same time enjoyed time for myself.
I got to be Carley for a week and learn more about myself than I ever thought I could.
For a few days I wasn’t someones Mum or wife or daughter. I was me. Free to explore the world without having to check in or organise others.
Since returning home I have found I appreciate my other roles better thanks to this experience.

There are no words to describe what I have gained from The Portrait Masters Conference. Living in a small town it is easy to feel isolated and tend to stick to my comfort zone. Doing this trip to Los Angeles/Palm Springs/Indian Wells it made me step outside my comfort level. I had to face my anxieties head on to grow to the next level I want to reach and face them I did!
I feel refreshed and full to the brim with ideas and enthusiasm for a job that I truly love.

“What you vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass”
– Paul J. Meyer

Click link to see a clip from the event. I am the red head that has her 2 seconds of fame 😀
The Portrait Masters Promo Video


The amazing speakers that helped fuel my fire. L to R
Lindsay Adler
Peter Hurley
Joel Grimes
Michele Celentano
Kelly Brown
Sue Bryce
Susan Stripling 

I’m here!
The excitement while waiting to sign in was electric!
The beautiful Miramonte Resort
Dry heat so felt similar to home
Some of the amazing people I met
My crew. We are going to take on the world!