Best Shots 2012

What a year… Met more people in one year than I could afford to print business cards for! 😉  But all happy.

Everyone reflects on 2012, so why not – it’s a great chance to get all the archives together and clean up my desktop yay!

Enjoy the story & I look forward to working with you in 2013!

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My first wedding of 2012 season at Port Melbourne ‘She’s the boss’
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Bridal Party enjoying the moment
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My Japanese exchange student helping me to photograph the best shots from the wedding book
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My second January 2012 wedding with a lovely local couple Jo & Hamish. This location shot was published Australia wide in a glossy Volkswagen Magazine on two page spread later in July (below) thanks guys!
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And More Happy Days to follow…
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My third love ceremony a couple of weeks later on a Valentine’s Day – stunning rustic shots of the one and only Amy & Julio
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…with some secret shots of lovely guests & MC Nathan Curnow
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And then was The Harmony Fest in Camp Street where I was announced as one of nine new Multicultural Ambassadors of Ballarat. I took this shot shortly after of another fellow ambassador, Ghulam from Afghanistan.
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And then was St Patrick’s Day when Brigid & Pat got married and the Queen was there too
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I was lucky to photograph so many beautiful locations
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finishing in style at the newly renovated Minerva Space upstairs at The Mechanics Institute. What a pleasure to photograph it!
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I designed a pretty slick modern feel coffee wedding book, which I was very proud of
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And then had a pleasure of jetting off to Europe to photograph my lovely little sis Marta getting married to Damian in May
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And their wedding book looked fabulous showing all the important and funny moments they will never forget
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On the way back from Europe I photographed my feet in Guangzhou, Canton. It all made sense so I gave it a title ‘The world at your feet’
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In between of it all I managed to make more friends and teach interesting portrait workshops in Beaufort, Avoca and Ballarat with Lead On Ballarat. Props for the winter but they loved them!!!
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Then I started my portraiture project 100 Faces and had my first serious sitter!
Nathan Curnow is a poet, playwright and performer who has featured widely on ABC, JJJ and Radio New Zealand. He has written three books of poetry including The Ghost Poetry Project (Puncher and Wattmann), a collection based upon his stays at ten haunted sites around the country, and is the recipient of an ASA mentorship program and two Australia Council grants. His prizes include the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, Woorilla Poetry Prize, the Bauhinia Literary Awards and the UMPA Prize for Poetry (University of Melbourne). (Aldona Kmiec../Aldona Kmiec Photographer)
Then followed with a portrait of Nathan Curnow, talented Australian poet now living in Ballarat (Google him!)
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I liked the project so much more, so really got onto it photographing characters – my Japanese student was one of them after winning a gold medal at the Victorian Kendo Championships in Melbourne.
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In May we had the fab Art Sparks event organised by the Ballarat Arts Alive ( I was late as couldn’t find the address, so I used my extreme low light lens that captured three billions of colours. These shots now feature on the background of the Central Highland Arts Atlas – new website for all artists creators and people alike –
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And then in August, my art residency with Uniting Care Ballarat has started, called ‘Under the Floorboards’. it was and still is a very humbling experience meeting so many fantastic volunteers in our community
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I worked with beautiful models trying locally made organic products (http://www.Rub a
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And met Steve & Marion from Salty Dog Blues when they needed new images of their band
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And of course cannot forget the EMPTY SPACES Behind the scenes shots with Brendan Connor for the 2012 Public Art Mentor Project later projected on the Town Hall
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Had fun with images from the Apex Australia Teenage Fashion Awards at the Whitehouse, Melbourne
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I was amazed with this great creation, the dance the music – it did take my breath away! You never knew but I cry like a baby when I hear good film music, so had to really try & stop myself being where I was photographing the stage where they had a live transmission with a New York based judge Henry Roth
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Then I met Luke and was telling him all about the Multicultural Program, my cameras and the Polish Food he must try next
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The food at the Chinese Mooncake Festival was simply fabulous! I wish more people came to experience it!
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Managed to produced some cool product shots for a local client, wasn’t always easy!!
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Next photographed an event with Kylie impersonator @TheGeorge using manual focus lens in low light.. Lucky my eyesight is still good ;_)
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And the my parents arrived to Australia, which was their first overseas holidays ever. So we showed them what Australia was

Then my Mum made  me knead some Polish makaron dough so I don’t forget my roots

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And finally, end of year and we are still young & free!!! New Year new beginning, Happy Happy New Year 2013 to you All – Aldona x