2014 Classic London Photowalk

Come along if you feel … spring is in the air… nothing too complicated.. just easy walking and having a great time. This walk started at Trafalgar square and bloomed at Classic Car Boot Sale where we had an opportunity to feel the 50’s and 60’s spirit, vintage clothes, cars…loved it to bits. Great time spent with my daughters. The pictures were taken by my daughters and me.Thanks to the organizers of https://www.facebook.com/groups/londonphotowalk/

This one was taken by my 8-year-old daughter Auguste. We were lucky to catch the new weds 🙂 More photos are here.

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GJan’s Concert in London

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GJan is an 18 year old girl – Greta from Siauliai, Lithuania. She became the very first true Lithuanian YouTube sensation by uploading her track “Not Afraid” last year. It’s got over 3 mil views so far. AND I love it! I love her voice and when I heard she’d be here in London – I did my best to get to the concert. So..when you really want something – you get it. This time – two things at a time – I enjoyed her unique voice and I made some pics though it was tough.. The Garage was smaller then I imagined and it was full of fans.. luckily I had my Moo suitcase which served as a ladder 🙂 Meet this naturally admirable and talented girl..

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Tricky photo shoots in Central London

I never thought it can be so difficult to shoot in Central London where you see so many tourists with their cameras everyday. Our photo course team was asked to stop taking pics by the security guys several times.. just because.. we looked like professional photographers .. because.. we had reflectors with us! Lol! You can have a camera for thousands of pounds and you can shoot easily but when you take out a reflector for 10 quid – this is serious man.. You go to a different place, somewhere quiet and after a while a security guy pops out of nowhere and says the same story – it is not allowed …common! That was strange. However we had some nice pics taken. Thanks to our teacher Tomas Brazinskas, models Giedre and Estela and our team, that was a great Saturday afternoon 😉 The first model we got was a nice girl Giedre and these are some moments from her photo shoot.

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PHOTO BLITZ – World’s First, One-of-a-kind Event

300Today I had the most incredible opportunity to take part in this event. I will try to describe it from my point of view.  PHOTO BLITZ was a unique event for photographers, their assistants,  models, make-up artists and stylists to CREATE something that you cannot express with words. It was really mind blowing: you had to be quick, you had to challenge yourself in all ways. I was so unorganized that my assistant got lost on her way to the event, I got a last-minute nanny for my kids (oh, thank you Kathleen!), I thought I’d have a car but had to use public transport, so we were late.. all my fault.. but lucky for us we were not the only ones and started with everybody else. What happened after the first whistle – is a pure HISTORY now. I doubt that you would be able to experience more photography in one day. Ever. So, it took place in Hainault Forest, London (UK). It was organized by Brazzi Photostudio. A HUGE thanks to them 😉 I cannot imagine I could ever miss such an opportunity.  I believe it’s just the beginning.  Their ideas are awesome and I like the fact that they are open to everybody – not just a funky photographer with a stunning portfolio but also for someone like me – just dreaming about a professional photography and surely lacking a bit of a confidence (and practice of course!). AND for someone who’s maybe just started or is not sure about the start :). I appreciate smooth and benevolent communication from organizers’ side.  Ok. So, imagine, you stand in a line with other photographers, the models stand all in one line in front of you, you listen carefully for the instructions, 10 seconds to get ready, and – whistle – GO! You grab the model in front of you and run! Or go.. 😀 You pick a place, maybe a tree, a road, a creek, bushes – and start shooting. My assistant Auguste was sooo helpful. She helped me with light,  hair, other things. That was her second time as an assistant and she is getting everything already. I’m so glad she was there with me  . So you have ONLY 8 minutes before you hear the first whistle. Then you have a minute to finish your shoot and a minute to come back. Most of the time I was running back because I just couldn’t get enough of the ideas and it was a pity to leave them that way but I would get a penalty point if I was late. 10 minutes for one model. And you know? It’s amazing what you can do! It’s really like brainstorming. I had more ideas during all this event then I had in the past half a year, I think. Now I see visions for my other shoots. I know what I would do better, what else  I would use, where I would go, how I would interact with the model. It’s just amazing! There were around 20 models and I knew only one of them so it was really challenging. Firstly because you don’t have time to pre-communicate, to warm-up, to get ready.. you have to ACT here and now! Of course, the models were so helpful and most of them didn’t mind to kneel, to lay down or even grab a spiky branch, there were even falls..but ended up happily, thanks God. They dressed up as they wanted, so you didn’t have a say here – you had to take what you had and create something right away in 10 minutes time. Then you come back to where you started and get another model, and the whistle goes again.. During a 4 hour event there were only 30 minutes, divided into two breaks and a minute or so between every shoot. I had some things that I wanted to use in my shoots but I didn’t have a vision until I saw some models, they were just right for my ideas. I’m not afraid of a result – I know – I did my best and even more. I had to remember myself that it is the process that matters and it is really fun! I don’t care about the prizes. No prize will be worth what I brought home – memories, practice, some more confidence, new and future friends and I believe – a stack of awesome pics.  However, I really pushed myself out of my comfort zone, especially when I had to SAY what I wanted and how I wanted it to a person I’ve just met. I counted 14 different models who were there in front of my camera, 2 of them were men.  I admit, I have hard times with men model 😀 and why am I so small after all…? Most of the women where also much higher then me. I saw someone using the ladder – this is a great idea if you have the power to carry it along.  So after 4 hours I was exhausted,  sweaty, out of breath, with some bruises on my legs, arms, BUT HAPPY. I never dreamed about something like that and I encourage everybody – step out of your comfort zone, start doing something you would never do, something you were told you would never do or something you could never imagine you CAN do. This is CREATION, just like raising a child – you do your best and you never know the result, and if your Higher Power  gave you mind and soul not for this purpose -THEN WHAT FOR?

Stay tuned for any updates and photos from this tournament. 

Sincerely yours, Ausra Marcinkus Photography.

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Fashion Night in London

Yesterday (Friday night) I had the pleasure to challenge myself and come to a gathering of photographers, make-up artists and models, all in one place in London @ Club MM. This Fashion Night was organised by Brazzi Photostudio and Be Famous Team, great job guys! There was a full house of stylish people, a presentation of a fashion collection, created by Kristina Valanciute, house music and many more. The dress code was – “dress to impress” 🙂 unfortunately my wardrobe is far away from “impress” 😀 ha ha! But, anyways, that was not the most important thing for me, bearing in mind that I almost never shoot inside, and definitely NEVER in a club! I used a flashlight 2 years ago when I practiced during my photo course in Vilnius (LT).  So, I took this, mhm.. flashlight – it’s sooo out of date, lets call it antique 😀 , went there alone, dressed as a black widow would say, holding my lovely black suitcase which was brought to life for the second time by me (maybe I’ll put some photos of the process someday), and thought to myself – what the heck am I doing here alone?.. But..curiosity won and after the  first fail (flash for 2 quid:)) came the second one – I was late! 😀 I didn’t get any pics from a fashion collection, now that’s really funny 🙂 but I wasn’t upset. Anyway, I’m always more interested in watching others watching something and when it comes to a new experience – I’ll never push myself into the first row 🙂 So, I spent there couple of hours, met some nice people, felt quite comfortable, got the chance to practice  and to expose my suitcase 🙂 Thought, this time, I would match my photos with my overall “antique” look and, by the way, I was a bit surprised by the results ’cause they were not so bad as I expected. 

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Upcoming event – PHOTO BLITZ

I found this exciting opportunity on Facebook the other day.

When? May 18 (Saturday), 2013, 12.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.

Where? London, Hainault Forest

Why? Because there will be photographers, models, make-up artists, and this will be time challenging, mind blowing opportunity for such newbie like me! Hopefully not only me 😉 Anyway they say that this is one-of-a-kind photo event not only in London but also in the whole wide world! 

I’m already in! Want to be part of it? There you can find some more information or write them a PM message for English info 😉

Event hosted by Brazzi Photostudio.

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