I was reminded recently that some photographs are taken, and some are 'made'. A carefully constructed photograph that manages to convey real life and real emotion has always been my goal, so I think I sit somewhere in the middle of the two notions, but lately I've felt like the work I'm doing feels like I'm 'taking' photo more than making them. It's all good, I love it both ways, but I want to head in a direction where my photographs go beyond a moment in time, and become pieces of art that anyone would appreciate as a reflection of childhood. I'd love branch out and sell limited edition, fine art pieces that will be evocative of a carefree youth and exhibit them as a series. 

The photos I'm hoping to take will explore childhood and I'm picturing a little girl dancing past me with her hair flying, siblings knee deep in a creek looking for tadpoles, or a little new reader curled up on a bed enjoying the new world that reading opens up. We all know those moments and I think we all have a few in our own memory banks. I can remember the sheer joy of lying back in the seat of my swing, hair flying, feeling like I was going to swing right around the top bar. My goal with each piece is to create an image that doesn't identify the child, but gives the viewer that sense of joy and wonder that they're experiencing. 

This means that I need some families to put up their hands as subjects! I'm looking for children that have pastimes and pursuits that they're passionate about. Whether it's soccer, or ballet, or even just riding their bikes. What makes your child light up? In our house we have a film maker, an artist/actor, a netballer, a Pokemon fiend and a nature lover!

Fill in the form below to register your interest in being a part of this project and I'll contact you to go over what we might create together. Or give me a call on 0403224509. I'm always up for a chat on the phone!

All families that participate and book by Friday March 10, 2017 will receive a signed first edition 11x14 inch Art Print of the final piece.  

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Commissions are undertaken on the strict proviso that copyright is retained by the artist. In signing this agreement it is understood that the right to copy, scan, digitally capture or distribute photographs, or any other reproductions thereof, is not permissible without the appropriate permissions and licensing from the artist, her heirs, licensees or assigns.
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A model release is required for Simone Hanckel Photography to use any of the images of your children for promotional, awards and commercial use. We are very careful with the use of images of children, and you're welcome to discuss this with us, but we do appreciate being able to use the images we work hard to create for you to promote the business and submit to awards. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to call the studio on 0403224509. "I hereby give the photographer, her heirs, legal representatives and assigns, my unconditional and irrevocable permission to retain copyright and publish in any and all media for illustration, promotion, art, editorial, advertising, trade, or any other purpose, a photograph or photographs of me and/or my child/children". "I release Simone Hanckel Photography from all legal claims that may come about as a result of the use of my photo. I hereby state that I fully understand and comply with the way my photograph will be utilized." "I am at least 18 years of age and am legally, mentally and otherwise fully competent to enter into this contract in my own name. I have read this model release form and fully understand and agree to its contents. I have not been induced or coerced in any way into signing this agreement other than with the promises and representations made within."