Clarence Valley Small Business Collaboration 2017

Owning a small business, run from home can be lonely so I love chances to network with fellow small business owners.
An excuse to get out of my pyjamas and have a grown up chat 

Last year I had the pleasure of collaborating with a few local businesses to showcase what we offer within our business.

We chose everyday ladies to be our models and together we had fun coming up with new ideas and testing out ideas we have had for a while.

Businesses involved were:
Dresses Bliss Bridal & After 5
Hair All About Hair Yamba
Make Up There She Glows
Floral Arrangements Wildflower Wanderings
Photography Captured by Carley

All lovely ladies that run these business will be more than happy to chat with you about your needs and answer any questions you may have so be sure to say hi!


My Scar Creation

The uncertainty was almost overwhelming.
I had thought about this idea for so long, the fact that it was in the process of being created was hard to fathom.
My model was amazing. Having her trust in me to create something womderful from a part of her that she avoids was both inspiring and hard.
I transform woman with my work. They come in nervous and scared and slowly I coax them into reveally themselves and I capture this.
This new creation while still transforming my client it wasn’t the traditional ‘beautiful’ that my main body of work entails.
This has confused and excited me at the same time.
I have the RAW images and now it is time to put them together.
Will it look like I have always imagined?
I guess time will tell……


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Captured by Carley Instagram

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!