What do you do when you have a post all lined up for the first one of the year and then your first book arrives on your doorstep? You ditch that post, snap a Polaroid with the only colour film you have (expired beyond expired) and do a happy dance.
Friends, yesterday, Susannah, Jen and I got the most lovely surprise in the mail- for our baby of the last year and half arrived in actual book form. Our lovely editor Bridget sent us the first copies of our Polaroid book and I can’t even express how many emotions ran through my body as I flipped through its pages. We have been dreaming of this day for a long time now and to finally have it here is rather surreal.
From the moment you start hatching ideas to the day you get to hold it in your hands is such a journey of; emotions, hard work, long nights, excitement, freak outs, re writes, fun, editing (and editing again and again), bonding and looking to the future. It’s hard to even put into words the feelings I’m now having to see my writing and photography in published form. Up until this moment, it never really seemed real.
I want to thank our editor Bridget and Chronicle Books for believing in us, our designer Brooke for making it all look so beautiful, but mostly I want to thank my co-authors Jenifer and Susannah, my pola sisters who I love so dearly.
Instant Love will be bursting from the shelves in bookstores from May/June or you can pre order it now on Amazon.
Here’s a sneak peek!
Back in the summer, when friends came to town…when the sun was shining and high overhead. I shot them with my Holga and Kodak Portra medium format film.
Speaking of film, this week, the lovely Daniella interviewed me for her ‘For The Love of Film’ series on her blog. You can read it here. Thanks for having me, Daniella!
And in some super special news, I’m honoured to have my work published in the third issue of 16Hours magazine. The current issue is on the theme of Urban. There are some amazing artists included and I’m thrilled to be among them. The magazine has just been released and you can purchase a print or digital copy here.
I am so excited to share a little of our Pretty Polaroid Notes with you today. It’s been such a joy to work with Chronicle Books on the production of our note cards and our book, Instant Love. The past year and half of shooting and writing the book and compiling our images for the note cards has been such a blissful time in my life and I am so gracious that I have been given the opportunity to present my photography and writing with the world. I still find it hard to believe that I have a book coming out and feel very humbled when I see my Polaroids staring back at me from a shelf in a book store.
To say thank you for all your support and love on this journey, I am giving away a pack of Pretty Polaroid Notes to one lovely reader. Just leave a comment below to enter the give away. I will draw the winner next week.
And if you would like to pick up a box yourself, you can find them here and here. They’d make great stocking stuffers!
p.s. If you spot our Pretty Polaroid Notes in stores, I would love to hear about where they are in the world! I’ve spotted them in one store here in Vancouver so far. =D
This give away is now closed. Check back on Thursday for the winner announcement.
The lovely Alessandra of Gypsy Girl’s Guide asked me to contribute some of my images to an article she was writing for the magazine, Somerset Life. Her article discussed The Art of Collaboration as seen on her blog Gypsy Girl’s Guide.
I am thrilled to see my work alongside many of my peers and inspirations and it was such an honour to be included in such a beautiful article. You can see work by Alessandra Cave, Fernanda Montoro, Jeanine Caron, Jena Ardell, Deb Schwedhelm and Leonie Wise.
Thank you to Alex and the editors at Stampington for including my work. You can find the current issue in bookstores.
I’m so excited to announce that the first installment of our Instant Love project is available for pre-order on Amazon. Amazon!
20 note cards with 20 different Polaroid images taken by Jen Altman, Susannah Conway and myself. Each card comes with a cute little Polaroid style envelope and they are encased in a hard box. That’s my tulip Polaroid on the cover!
Jen and Susannah have both received their artist copies of the note cards but I’m still waiting for mine because of the Canadian postal strike! I know they are sitting in a closed up post office somewhere, so if I ever get my hands on them, I’ll take some photos then.
I must say it’s pretty thrilling to see my photograph and name on Amazon. I can’t wait to share more with you!
Go here or here if you’re Canadian to pre-order your Polaroid Notes!
For the last couple of years, the Canadian and I have mused over a term that we created to describe my photography. Without any seriousness at all, we started saying that I was “Big in Korea”. Of all the photo publications that I have had, for some reason a few of them have been in Korea. So when a lovely editor from Elle Girl Korea asked to feature some of my photos in an upcoming Spring issue, I was thrilled to be featured, but also because I had another chance to say, “I’m big in Korea!” Maybe I should have some pins and t shirts made up. ;)
Seriously though, I’m very honoured to be in featured in the magazine along with some amazing photographers including Ye Rin Mok, Whitney Johnson, Azuree Wiitala and Elle Moss. I can’t read the article as it’s in Korean but I know it’s called Days of Blossom and about photographing flowers, which is one of my favourite things to do! It’s such a lovely treat. The magazine itself has got some great articles and some beautiful photography. Thank you to Joohee for kindly sending me a copy.
Thanks so much for the lovely feature Elle Girl Korea!
Some time ago, a publisher in Korea contacted me about including some of my Polaroids in a book called Polaroid Day. The book has been released in Korea and I was lucky enough to receive an artist copy from the publishers. I was so thrilled to see my Polaroids in the book, especially as one of them was placed opposite Deborah Rodrigo’s gorgeous coffee shot. She and I used to live very close to one another back in Sydney, so it was kind of funny that out of 42 photographers, they placed our photos next to each other. And her Polaroid is gorgeous! That’s my teacup shot up the top also.
I wanted to share a few other shots from the book as it’s filled with some beautiful photography by some amazing photographers including Debbie Martin, Patrick Ng, Claire Dollan, Brecht Cuppens, Marika Ryu and Irina Mashurova.
Communicating with Korea was a little tricky and I’m not sure if the book is going to be available in Australia, Europe or North America. However it looks like you can purchase from the publisher website here.
Yes, I’ve already talked about being published in Artful Blogging, but I wanted to share some pictures I took of my article in the magazine. I didn’t actually have a copy of my own when I shared the news, so it’s pretty awesome to actually have it in my hands.
There are some gorgeous other blogs in this season’s issue and I am honoured to be amongst them. Check out these creative blogs.
Two and Six
A Creative Mint
Christine Mason Miller
An Artful Life
I am thrilled to have been published in a magazine and loved working with Jennifer and Christen.