Challenges … ( 60 sec interview )

Looking back at 2018, it must have been one of the more challenging years in my lifetime. But that is not all bad. As some of you know I feel strongly about communities and contributing to a wholesome society, offering support, development and change where I can.

One of the Charities The Reason Why Foundation I have mentored for in the past, invited me along to a fundraising event, completing the #3peakchallenge in the Yorkshire dales in Summer of 2018.

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And what an experience it was; you could write a book about that day alone. LOL

But for now here are some pictures I took at the Event. To complete an insight in the day and cause, the Founder of the organisation offered some honest words in this 60 second interview, with me.

Enjoy … and embrace every challenge there may be, to grow from where you are to where you want to be.

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Who are you and what is your position within the Foundation !?

Roger, Founder.

As far as I understand the Foundation is a lot about listening and offering support in times of change for people with convictions. What do you see as the biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge for our service users is living with their childhood trauma and for us, it’s funding.

What was the most rewarding moment so far?

There have been so many over the last 6 years, most recently I met one of the people we supported about 4 years ago. They’re now in their 3rd year at college, working part time and have set up their own clothes label, selling online. They were just so happy and full of life, so good.

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How does a physical challenge (like the 3 peak challenge) relate to your foundations goals?

Our service users face challenges every day that many people never face in their lives and what is challenging for one person, may well be nothing at all for another. We also get to relate to others that we might not normally come into contact with in our usual daily lives, having shared a challenging experience/time. There were many parallels.

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Having completed the 3peakchallenge, what was the greatest revelation to you?

Physical attainment and Emotional regulation. Simply by being part of a group, we are encouraged to do and be more than we would normally, and we keep (or not) our emotions in check when in a group situation.

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And why do you think we should embrace challenges in our lives ?

Challenges help us to grow and learn. They show us what we’re capable of, that we can do more and be more than we might sometimes believe. They help us to consider what it’s like to face difficulties and overcome them, managing the feelings of failing and seeing the learning in not succeeding.

How important do you see empathy in your line of work?

Empathy is vital, so is concern for others. Empathy without concern for others is simply not enough to be an effective support for the people that come to us for help.

What is your milestone for the Foundation before the end of the year?

We would like to host a celebration for all our volunteers and service users to thank them and acknowledge their hard work, effort and achievement. Oh, and get enough funding to do more of the incredibly valuable work we’ve been doing for over 6 years with more than 500 people with less than 5% having returned to offending.

How can people support the Foundation?

People can support the Foundation by volunteering their time and/or by making one off/monthly donations of any size. We have a £3/month campaign at the moment, sort of like a reduce crime for the cost of a coffee.

To volunteer – https://www.therwf.org/mentor-with-us/

To donate – https://localgiving.org/charity/rwf/

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POOCH PHOTOGRAPHY

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Excuse the long lost silence, after time away from the screen and spend with people in the real world and plenty of face to face conversations, I would like to announce the next offer at #studiomansionhouse.

I am sharing the space with fellow photographer and good friend TracyHowl and we also share the passion for picturing the cute little fury faces.

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In order to share the space with all those people and pooches that are gravitating to the Park and Mansion, in this glorious summer of ours;

We are offering APPOINTMENTS to the first floor photographic studio

to cool down and get those fury friends of yours pictured!

Just like those two friends that I pictured last month, you will be surprised what good sitters they can be.

Make use of the offer and give us a call soon.

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PHOTOSURGERY

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With recent events at Beckenham Place Mansion and the thoroughly positive feedback and interest; it became more and more an ambition to open our doors and to share knowledge & insight in Photography catering for all sorts of needs and creative endeavours.

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So please join us for a FREE DROP IN SESSION to discuss your pictures & photography; for private use or on the worldwide web, improving skills on phone camera or SLR. Wishing to go fully manual, settling understanding and creative ambition, talking through camera choices or anything else. In this informal group set up on the 2nd floor, we are sure to find solutions and answers to your quest; in our cosy studio space in the Mansion.

Happy to discuss anything Photography, over a cup of tea. 🙂

EVERY THURSDAY AT 18:00-19:00

Please email to make sure we have enough biscuits and tea (spaces are limited and by appointment only) and to perhaps prepare (if need to be) for your queries and quest.

hello@danielafleckenstein.co.uk

Come on in and find out.

#studiomansionhouse – one year on !

I have signed the lease one year ago and it was around this time, that I was settling dust paint things white and wondered what to do with the space- as potential was plentyfold!

And a magical journey it has been, with many of surprises – as you would expect of a start up business with ethical, curious and creative ambitions and intentions.

It’s been magical to keep faith an open mind – well and an open door at times; hoping that things will pan out and people will appreciate the work that I do and can do. As the landscape of the  photography industry is changing, day by day, so is my business.

As I do not want to give up on creating a sustainable enterprise and freelancers lifestyle, as there were too many moments where people have benefited from special moments shared.

Should it be in a Photography session, a topical debate, in a workshops, a photosurgery session, volunteering on projects or just a visit to explore some project ideas. It has been full of adventures and amazing what people brought to me to make me see the need for creativity and a life a little less ordinary.

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It has been full of adventures (achhemm did I mean challenges !??)  and amazing to see what people brought to me on their visits to studiomansionhouse (besides assignments and work)  to make me see the need for creativity and a life a little less ordinary.

Growing as an artist (surrounded by plenty of other talented artist at the Mansion) I am seeing my work grow above and beyond just taking a picture, pressing a button…; but to offer the experience of realizing what was once just thought of.

Thinking outside the box and with no criticism or judgment to perhaps discover something different about ones identity or at least to create a memory to last forever thereafter.

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The creative process gotta be my favourite thing; to see things fall into place with the right intention. Happy to say that I can utilize that when I work in costumes/theatre or watch others get it right on film-sets, when on duty as supporting artist.

But all of this would not mean anything without *you* … 🙂

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Stay tuned for events, workshops or just book yourself in for a session and let’s see what we can realize for you.

Come and see me at the Photosurgery meet-up, every wednesday evening…just drop me an email to secure a space and biscuit. 😉

hello@danielafleckenstein.co.uk

Dare dreaming – but do not forget to realize it too!

 

 

#presspackage -Studio Photography

Sharing some of the experiences and shoots that took place at #studiomansionhouse (as there have been plenty of shoots already just this year), I would like to highlight the importance of a studio session:

It is the comfort and opportunity a good studio session offer: A most practical purpose for some of the pictures I take, is the official sharing of oneself for presspackage and media, online or website.

And as much as it may seem boring (to some) to just have a white box offered, with some fancy light (why should you pay for that !?) it is the comfort privacy of the place, the chilling or banging tunes, the focus and feedback,the views and vibes, the chat and tea in between, that allows to create a nice selection and versions of the natural you – in front of the lens.

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And in the selfie generation that we are in and with many people that may own a camera, I would like to think that my interpersonal skills, or just the presence of a professional photographer; gets you to project and let’s you shine at your best.

It is the feedback the collaboration and team work in these session that excites me the most. To eventually choose the one simple image to represent all that there is about you – with ease confidence and clean cut – but yet just naturally you.

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Let me help you make this statement with your own personal photography session, styling and tea included- at affordable prices. Available with studio access 7 days a week 😉

Love & Light …with heaps of patience.

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#fashion #lookbook #studiomansion

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Timed with the Fashion week in London this week, (well the last two days) I am pondering over fashion and last weeks #lookbook shoot with award winning:

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As much as I care about people and the person that they truly are; I find it more and more of an expression of that – looking at what we wear. Well just enhancing your natural *you* of course. 😉

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It was great making use of #studiomansionhouse and all it’s potential, that is to be found at  Beckenham Mansion, my current creative home. Here a little look behind the scenes.

Such a pleasure to be picturing all these suits, of a very talented up and coming bespoke designer.

Love a good suit or two 😉 …and we had 20 of them.

Am a very lucky and happy #photographer.

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Going through the current edit I will only give you a little sneak behind the scenes and stay tuned for #events #workshops #sessions.

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Available to meet with you to discuss all your picturing needs, for business personal and marketing or promotional use.

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Stay tuned and get in touch.

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The famous chair that had quite few visitors lately and many stories to tell. 😉 If you have any queries in regards to anything Photography related ; do come and see us!

Available to be visited on the second floor of the Mansion:

Every Wednesday night. #FREE #EventStudiomansionhouse

So far I had queries not just about cameras and lenses, but also questions and sneak peeks behind the scenes of a headshot and portrait session. Through talks and chats it is amazing what all parties (including me) discover and learn.

I love sharing my experience and insights as well as the space and set up. Email me as these free sessions are limited in spaces, and I would want to make sure I have enough cups of teas and biscuits.

Looking forward to meeting you at #studiomansionhouse

hello@danielafleckenstein.co.uk