Words of wisdom...

From my photo session with the artist Caroline Coon.... pls read her beautiful words of wisdom:

“On 5th August 2016, a white male Der Spiegle journalist aged 45 asked me this, a question fixed in status quo prejudice of independent women: “And your life now, how do you feel about it? You are not married. You have not had children. Do you feel any bitterness?”*

Since I understand journalism and the limitations of print, here is a full answer to this man’s question:

“My life has been blessed. Looking back at both the splendours and miseries I can only be profoundly thankful.

I have benefited from the political and social revolutionary struggles that have provided me with many enlightened, human, civil and legal rights.

I have been free to choose whether or not to get married.

I have been free to choose whether or not to have children.

I have been free to choose whether or not to have abortions.

I have been free to choose my sexual orientations.

I have been free to choose whether or not to have lovers.

Free speech and feminism have given me the freedom to be an artist.

For women in the West there has never been a better time, my lifetime, to live.

My life has been of my own volition.

My life has been everything I wanted it to be, and more.

My life is the antonym of bitterness!

To live my life truly and effectively I gave up the idea that I could, considering my limited talent, trying with hope to better my skills, also be financially wealthy.

To live my own life according to my own independent vision was, and is, richesse a plenty – to which I owe my happiness.

And, as far as I can, for the rest of my life, I intend to support all those who are steadfastly holding on to and improving and furthering this happy, liberationist and humanist agenda.””— Caroline Coon, artist

*Verbitterung?

Caroline Coon, artist

Caroline Coon, artist

A few things I look for...

👋... here are a few things I look for when taking photos: the in between moments, beauty in the ordinary, the pauses, the spaces...

What do you look for in a photographer?

1 – Image quality/style? The quality of a photographer's portfolio should be the first thing that captures your attention. ...

2 – Personality? You put a lot of trust and faith in a photographer. ...

3 – Value for money/cost? ...

4 – Experience? ...

5 – Recommendations/Word of Mouth?.

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The Silent Revolution

“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help people anyway

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.”

Kent M Keith, The Paradoxical Commandments (The Silent Revolution)

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Performance

Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach
— Brian Eno

“Photo sessions with me // Whether you are an artist, a musician, a dancer, an entrepreneur, or you need a photo for your 'about me' page on your website, or simply a new Linkedin photo, I would love to hear from you.

From a session with local fitness trainer Rob Solly

I create bespoke imagery full of heart that reflects your unique needs and personality // please call me to start the conversation...

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Those brief moments...

“Because it is occasionally possible, just for brief moments, to find the words that will unlock the doors of all those many mansions inside the head and express something - perhaps not much, just something {...}
Something of the inaudible music that moves us along in our bodies from moment to moment like water in a river.
Something of the spirit of the snowflake in the water of the river.
Something of the duplicity and the relativity and the merely fleeting quality of all this.
Something of the almighty importance of it and something of the utter meaninglessness.
And when words can manage something of this, and manage it in a moment, of time, and in that same moment, make out of it all the vital signature of a human being - not of an atom, or of a geometrical diagram, or of a heap of lenses - but a human being, we call it poetry.” Ted Hughes

Brief moments and human love // portrait sessions from £250

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Fleeting moments...

“To love someone fiercely, to believe in something with your whole heart, to celebrate a fleeting moment in time, to fully engage in a life that doesn’t come with guarantees – these are risks that involve vulnerability and often pain. But, I’m learning that recognizing and leaning into the discomfort of vulnerability teaches us how to live with joy, gratitude and grace.” — Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Capturing those fleeting moments from £250 with alexandradao.com

I would love to hear from you…. 07875 195876 or hello@alexandradao.com

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Summer photo sessions...

“Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music - the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” // Henry Miller

Capturing your moments this summer: birthdays, parties, anniversaries, holidays, any occasion // summer sessions starting at £250

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Portrait sessions

“All human beings are also dream beings. Dreaming ties all mankind together.’ — Jack Kerouac

Seeing you // portrait photography with me... High Tribe Records // Callum

Whether you are an artist, a musician, a dancer, an entrepreneur, or you need a photo for your 'about me' page on your website, or simply a new Linkedin photo. I would love to hear from you.

Sessions start at £250

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Here they come the beautiful ones...

“When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.” ― Margaret AtwoodThe Handmaid's Tale

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My favourite flowers are in season and so I am running floral portrait sessions to capture your favourite flowers in bloom - either in your garden or here in my studio. Your flower is giclée printed on hahnemuhle paper giving it a painterly timeless feel ♡ Please DM to find out more ♡

A portrait session with Fayann Smith of October Collective

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels” — Tennessee Williams 

Fayann is one of the three female artists who call themselves October! Collective who are spearheading the launch of the first permanent art quarter in Venice launched during the biennale titled Giudecca Art District. Fayann has composed the soundtrack for the district’s flagship installation titled Body As Home that is a timely exploration of self-discovery, identity, migration and search for the meaning of home.

Fayann is one of the three female artists who call themselves October! Collective who are spearheading the launch of the first permanent art quarter in Venice launched during the biennale titled Giudecca Art District. Fayann has composed the soundtrack for the district’s flagship installation titled Body As Home that is a timely exploration of self-discovery, identity, migration and search for the meaning of home.

Body as Home

A portrait session with Fayann Smith

Fayann is one of the three female artists who call themselves October! Collective who are spearheading the launch of the first permanent art quarter in Venice launched during the biennale titled Giudecca Art District. Fayann has composed the soundtrack for the district’s flagship installation titled Body As Home that is a timely exploration of self-discovery, identity, migration and search for the meaning of home. Body as Home was shot in four countries, and explores the concept of home in “regard of geographical location and how our identities are formed by our own understanding of home.”

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If you go down to the woods today...

Each season has a colour, a smell, a sound, a feeling. The end of April and into the first week of May is typically bluebell season. I was in Emmetts Garden in Kent running mini photos sessions in their bluebell woods this last weekend. Perfect and affordable gifts - the sessions were for a maximum of 3 siblings and cost £97 for 30 minutes giving you 6 fully edited high resolution images. I am running a similar set up in the lavender fields of Kent this July - please email me to register interest.

Magic hour

With the magic hour of summer evenings drawing near I am starting after school kids portrait sessions in and around Blackheath and Greenwich or a nearby location you love. Sessions are £250 all inclusive which give a relaxed and fun hour of photography with me and then 30 high resolution edited digital files of the session. Perfect to save and print as and when you wish ♡
Please DM to lodge your interest and for available sessions. Sessions typically will start 5pm, 6.30pm, 8pm over May, June and July