Corinna Mann Photography

 

Bielefeld, Germany

 

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Sun

11

Jun

2017

Project Military Life: Jessica

This is Jessica who was so kind and answered 7 questions for me and send me some pictures of her. The photos have not been taken by me.

 

1. What is your greatest struggle?

"My greatest struggle is being separated from my husband 90% of the time and sacrificing my teaching career for his army career."

 

2. What was your worst experience with the army?

"My worst experience is when I miscarried in December 2015 and they wouldn't let my husband come and be with me despite him only being an hour away. That was particularly tough especially being on a foreign posting with no family support around."

 

3. What are you proud of?

"I am incredibly proud of how hard working my husband, his never give up attitude and all he has accomplished! I find his inspiring!"

 

4. What is your favourite part about army life?

"My favourite part of the army would be the support you get from your fellow army families."

 

5. What was your best experience with the army?

"I am still waiting for my best army experience."

 

6. What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time?

"This is a tough one to answer ... If I could give any advice to my younger self it would be to not be so naive when it comes to army life, to accept that my husband will be gone for every important moment despite what the army tell you! To be more passionate about my career and less Compromising when it came to putting it on the back burner and that it is okay being a little selfish sometimes ! That I don't have to give up who I am to support my husbands career."

 

7. Is there anything you would like to add?

"Army life is tough, not for the faint hearted! Not only do you have to deal with tough situations on your own but live with the stigmas associated with being an army wife ! The good times are amazing and make me appreciate my husband so much! However the bad times are rough and can make you feel incredibly lonely / isolated! Over the last few years I have watched many marriages fall apart and it has been heart breaking and scary! Reality checks are always around the corner ... I wouldn't change my husband or his passion for the army for anything in the world however I wish it didn't have to be so hard x"

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Sat

27

May

2017

Project Military Life: The Why

When I married my soldier many years ago I had no idea of life in the army and the countless challenges in front of me. 


Often when I talk to people about the life they say I knew what i was in for. Well, I really didn't. So I have decided I would like to start a project. I'm a photographer and I would like to raise awareness about life In the military.

 

Therefore I want to photograph military wives. I also would like to accompany my photos with a story (the good and the bad). Therefore I have asked all of them 7 questions and publish their honest and unedited answers here on my blog.

 

I hope this will help army wives feel less lonely by seeing that we all struggle with similar things and ideally help others understand what our lives can be like.

 

If you would like to be photographed by me and answer the questions for the project please send me an email or even a message on my Facebook page Corinna Mann Photography. I will send you all the details and you can decide if you're up for it.

 

Thanks Corinna

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Fri

26

May

2017

Project Military Life: Kelly

This is Kelly who was so kind and answered 7 questions for me and let me photograph her.

 

1. What is your greatest struggle?

Living away from my family, especially when my sister had her baby.”

 

2. What was your worst experience with the army?

Moving to Colchester and him going away to Afghan. I didn't know anyone or the area and felt lonely. Just me and the dog.”

 

3. What are you proud of?

Proud of my husband and what he has achieved.

But really proud of my seven year old and how well she adapts to moving around, and deals with friends that come and go and what fantastic little support she is to me when her dad goes away.”

 

4. What is your favourite part about army life?

Moving to Germany has given us so many opportunities to travel and go to place we know we wouldn't of gone had we stayed in uk.”

 

5. What was your best experience with the army?

Making friends along the way. We have made many friends, some we know the friendship will last forever.

Some will be good memories.”

 

6. What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time?

Not to be so shy, use the army life for opportunities you wouldn't normally get.”

 

7. Is there anything you would like to add?

 

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Tue

23

May

2017

3 Strategies for positivity and happiness

In times like these it's easy to focus on the negatives. The world seems to be a dangerous place and people concentrate on listening to scary news. I have decided to turn off the news and concentrate on the positive in my life.

 

So in this blog post I want to focus on the positives and share some strategies for positivity and happiness.

 

I watch a lot of motivational videos, listen to positive podcasts and read inspiring articles to constantly keep myself in a positive state.

 

What I have learned is this:

You are in total control of your feelings. If you want to be happy there are certain things you can do to feel happy.

 

Did you know that what you say and think is who you are? If you keep concentrating on happiness, gratefulness and positivity than that is who you are.

The problem is that most of us haven't learned how to do this. This is why we have to consciously change our mind.

 

 

Here are a few simple tips:

 

1. Be grateful – practice gratefulness every day:

I say practice gratefulness because it is important how you do this as well as that you do it every day.

 

  1. write down 3 things that you are grateful for

  2. write down why you are grateful for them

  3. read them out loud and create a feeling of gratefulness inside you

 

When I first starting doing this I didn't believe it would change anything but I was soon amazed at how much my life started to improve and great things started coming my way.

It is important however to stick with this for a minimum of 28 days so you can see how your life changes.

 

2. Exercise

You might already be rolling your eyes and thinking “Yes, I know, I should go to the gym”. That's not what I mean. I was very inactive over the winter months and chose to cuddle up on the comfortable couch way too often and became very unfit.

When spring arrived a friend of mine offered for me to join her on her daily walks. At first it was hard to get up and go, but after a week or two I hardly go a day without a minimum of a half an hours walk.

Now is the time to get up and go, the weather is great and the whole world is green and blooming. Don't aim for going to the gym every day and delay it till tomorrow. In fact get up right now, take your dog and/or your kids and go for a walk in your neighbourhood and explore new routes.

When you come home call or text a friend and meet every day to go together or even find someone on facebook.

 

3. When something upsets you write it down, then let it go

When something bad happens to us we keep thinking it through what we said what the other person said what they meant and so on. This raises bad feelings in us and makes us unhappy.

Usually letting it go is your only option and makes you feel so much better for it. I write everything that upsets me down and even go back once or twice to add something, but once I finished I don't read it again. Now go and do something you enjoy to take your mind off it.

 

I hope this will help you be more positive in your life. I”d be very grateful if you leave comments and questions below.

Thanks for reading

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Sat

20

May

2017

Project Army Life: Katie

This is Katie who was so kind and answered 7 questions for me and let me photograph her.

 

1. What is your greatest struggle?

My greatest struggle about being part of army life is how suppressed I feel as a "dependant." That word in itself makes me feel like I have no say, opinion or control on my life and the decisions made within it, despite my husband being the one employed by the MOD, not myself. Every decision I wish to make has to work around his life, not my own and it's easy to feel like my personal goals and aspirations are limited or have a time pressure against them. I have to act a certain way to not 'show him up' or rein in my opinions of how people around me make me feel. My voice has made me who I am today and to feel like it now has to be monitored and filtered to a degree I don't wish it to be, is an everyday struggle for me. It's a very old fashioned lifestyle.”

 

2. What was your worst experience with the army?

It's hard to say what my worst experience with the army has been as I initially want to say certain events that have been missed, the poor organisation and last minute calls that have lead for us to cancel things or put things on hold but to pinpoint something down I would say my worst experience has overall been the feeling of loneliness. Everyone around you claims we're all in the same 'boat' but truth be told, we're not. We deal with things so differently but we're all forced to have this one thing in common and you all have to have the same emotions as each other, heaven forbid you were to even say you felt differently. Instant outcast points awarded in the form of next days gossip because you appear to not be 'coping.' Sometimes it's ok to not be ok with the fact that this life can be an utter nightmare! Someone is always lonelier than you or someone is always having a worse time apparently, like it's some kind of sad competition. When a room is full of people it's still so easy to feel lonely, you're always careful of what you're saying, how much you want people to know about you etc because these friendships are not always natural, they're not the friendships you have back at home, it's just because they're there. The army has such a control on my husbands life that even when he is home, he's not really here sometimes. His mind is always elsewhere because he can't switch off. It truly is the worse experience of the army, and it always will be over all the day to day dramas. I can cope with a cancelled holiday or two, but not feeling alone.”

 

3. What are you proud of?

I am proud of how much change I have actually dealt with. My husband joined later on, which was a shock to the system and after living a "civvie" life for a few years. Both of us have managed to keep very real about what will happen after the army and keep in touch with what life is like outside of the army. Something that I think a few around us don't comprehend or understand. When we say goodbye to the discounted housing, the schemes to help you, the opportunity to travel I feel like we will be more than ok. Keeping real so to say in such a supported system is something I feel really proud of.”

 

4. What is your favourite part about army life?

I think my favourite part of army life is feeling involved in something recognised as being brave, great and dare I say, powerful. It always makes me smile when I get that little compliment off someone when I explain that we're part of the forces. That one person every now and again that shows their appreciation with a thank you, or something silly like 10% off my shopping. It's such a lovely feeling to know people appreciate the things you do and put up with!”

 

5. What was your best experience with the army?

My best experience has been to enjoy Germany in its final years of being open. My husband spent his childhood here and always spoke of it so fondly. Don't get me wrong, I miss being with wonderful family and friends, perfect job and my brilliant hometown, however I get to explore Europe and travel. Something that we both sacrificed as a teenagers by heading straight in to full time work. We really seize the opportunities we have out here as we know they're not going to be the same when we go back. To experience another culture has been something special.”

 

6. What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time?

Stay more private. Privacy is KEY. People fight to be better than one another, they will bring you down if you have an element of something they want because you have made different decisions to them. I've never known anything like it. Where I'm from people are happy for you, ask about you, care for you and want to see you succeed and do well. I find army life so selfish and competitive, some people struggle to just be happy within what they've achieved and will blame anything wrong on the army. In this lifestyle people run out of things to talk about so they talk about each other, if I was to go back I would be far less trusting of people because it's not returned. It's been a huge shock to my system but a great learning curve.”

 

7. Is there anything you would like to add?

 

Every day is something new, living an army lifestyle is fast paced. Sometimes this is a good thing but sometimes it can be the worst. I'm constantly on edge for when my husband walks through the door, wincing when he comes in saying "do you want the good news or the bad news" waiting for him to tell me again how he's going away for another what seem likes pointless occasion for various amounts of time but I can't complain about what we have managed to do in the three years he has served. We're focusing on getting on the property ladder, all with the forces help. We own things we never thought we would, have seen some amazing parts of the world. We have a lovely time together when he is here because we never know when he's going away again, being part of the army makes us appreciate every last minute of time. I look back to where we were before the army, we were struggling. When we leave the army I'm sure we will miss it, but there's also a lot I'm sure we won't miss!”

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Fri

20

May

2016

How to make a light dome

Hi everyone,

 

I run a photography club in Kinloss (Scotland) and I'm always trying to come up with new, exciting things to do. This time we did some diy and build a light dome tool. 

 

We managed to find most of the parts at the recycling centre and spent a total of a £1 on the lights. It also only took about 20 minutes to build.

 

So here is the video of how we did it. Have fun building it and post your results in the comments.

 

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Sat

23

Apr

2016

Water Splash Photography Tutorial

Today I tested the setup for photo club (Tuesdays in Kinloss Church Annex, 7 - 9pm).

 

We will be playing with water this time. Jimmy and me put our heads together and came up with this setup.

 

First I filled the blue box with water. Then we used a tripod  to hold the water bag. I got the tripod from a car boot sale fo£2, so nothing fancy. At the back of the tripod I rested a piece of styrofoam as a reflector for my flash.

 

Next you setup the tripod and your camera.

 

I used the Canon 7d with an 18 - 200mm lens zoomed in all the way.

Camera settings: Manual, shutter speed: 1/100, aperture: f8 - f11, ISO: 100. Remember camera settings can be different depending on your camera so try different settings.

 

I used an off camera flash pointed at the styrofoam board. If you don't have off camera flash you can also use your cameras flash. The result is slightly different but they're both great photos.

 

Now I pierced the plastic bag so the water starts dripping out slowly. I focused on where the drops fall into the water and then turned the focus to manual.

 

So now it's your turn. Give it a go, play with the settings and if you like, post your results in the comment section. Also if you have questions please comment below.

 

 

 

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Sun

17

Apr

2016

Youtube Videos and Adobe Camera Raw Tutorials

Hi everyone,

 

for the longest time of my photography I have been shooting jpg. Not because I did't want to use raw but simply because most of my cameras raws wouldn't open in my old version of photoshop.

 

A couple of weeks ago I downloaded Adobe Photoshop CC and started shooting in raw. I was totally blown away by the editing options I had now. So I started creating some very simple little tricks and short tutorials (because who has the time, right?) for Adobe Camera Raw.

 

In the future I hope to record many more Photoshop and Photography tutorials for you. If you have anything you'd like me to talk about please comment here or under the youtube tutorials.

 

Please subscribe if you enjoy my youtube videos.

 

 

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Sat

21

Nov

2015

The Makeover

A lot of women tell me they're not photogenic and that they don't like having their picture taken. 


If you are worried about these things come and meet me for a chat.


Photography is my passion and I believe that every woman deserves to feel beautiful regardless of age and dress size.


Would you like to have beautiful photographs of yourself, to share with the person who loves you and feel gorgeous, empowered and pampered?


Book your complementary consultation now!

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Mon

28

Sep

2015

Cenia's Beauty/Fashion Photo Session

I really enjoy getting to know people better. So here is my first little story about Cenia's photo session. 

 


What do you struggle with right now?


Being away from family.


I miss their support, company and having someone to talk to.


On Sunday my uncle would always cook for us and after dinner we would walk up the Ohrberg Park with Leica and Charlie (our dogs).


What are you proud of?


I`m proud of my son because he`s been through so much and he`s still happy and sees the good in every person.



What was your favourite Christmas?


On Christmas Eve, when I was 6, I was waiting outside the living room door and I saw the Christkind delivering my presents through the stained glass windows.

It was the best Christmas ever.

 

A little side note for all of you who don't know who the Christkind is:

 

The Christkind tradiotionally delivers the presents on christmas eve in some parts of Germany. The Christkind is portrayed as an angel looking like a child with blonde hair.

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Fri

25

Sep

2015

How to prepare for your Beauty Portrait Session

Preparing your face:


Start with cleaning your face. Afterwards moisturize your face and lips.


If it is possible, build it into your routine, every day for a week before your photo session.


If your lips are chapped and dry, try using a peeling before moisturising them.


Also clean and moisturize your face and lips 30 minutes before your session.


Preparing your hair:


Wash your hair the night before your session, NOT on the day of your session because freshly washed hair is impossible to style.


Don't change your hair (cut, perm, colour, etc.) two to three weeks before your session, because you have to get used to your new hair first.


Don't spray tan a few days before the session.


Other preparations:


Get a magazine you like, look for poses you like and practise them in front of the mirror.


Go through your cupboard and decide which outfits you would like to wear, make sure not to pick pattern heavy pieces.

Patterns distract. Choose single coloured clothing.



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Wed

23

Sep

2015

Do you need a Wedding Photographer?

 

Weddings are expensive, right?


 

 

Do you really need a Wedding Photographer or could you save money there? 


Think about it this way:


£2000 for the wedding dress and shoes:

Last one day before they disappear in your closet and won`t be worn again!


£500 for the wedding cake:

Probably won`t last longer than 2 hours!


£3000 for the venue and the food:

This is just so the guests feel comfortable. You probably won`t remember what food was served.

£1500 for your wedding photographer TOO EXPENSIVE


Time for post processing and other work load after the wedding: approx. 60 hours.


The photos are the only thing the married couple has, to remember their special day by!

So what do you think?


Do you need a great Wedding Photographer?

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Mon

21

Sep

2015

7 Tips to create your dream wedding

  1. Make sure everything is ready and fits.

    I have been to a wedding where the groom hadn´t tried on his shoes and only realized they didn´t fit on the day of his wedding.

    Try the dress and your shoes a few days before and make sure everything is in its place so you don´t have to look for it on the day.

  1. Have breakfast.

    Your day will be long and take it out of you, make sure you eat enough so you won´t faint.

  1. Get a great photographer.

             Get a photographer, whose style you like and who you connect with.


             I have heard an endless array of stories of bad photographers. A friend of

             mine got married and chose a wedding photographer, who ended up

             insulting her guests and only took pictures he wanted to take.

  1. Make the time for your photographer.

     

On your wedding day preparations (hair, makeup, getting dressed, etc.) will take longer than you think.

 

Make sure you give your photographer lots of time, so even if you are late you still have enough time for your photos. The more time the photographer has the better.

 

Remember,  the photographs and the wedding video are all you`ll have left when the day is over.

        Price isn`t everything, in the end you get what you pay for.


  1. Only invite the people YOU want to have at your wedding.

    We know that everyone in our family has something to say about who we schould invite, but keep in mind that this is supposed to be one of the best days of your life. So only invite those people, you want to spend this special day with.

     


  1. Don`t do everything yourself.

    Doing things yourself means stress for you. Planning and execution will take you a lot of time you probably dont have. So deligate if you can and enjoy the day.


  1. Remember your wedding should be about you.

    Think about what you really want and don´t do things to please others. This is your day. Make it special.


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Mon

21

Sep

2015

How to look great in pictures


Take a minute to relax:

  • go through every muscle in your face, relax your impression, shoulder etc.


Be confident:

  • walk and stand tall

  • smile


Make sure the light is right:

  • your face is evenly lit

  • the light doesn't throw any shadows under your eyes

Practice your impression infront of a mirror.


Contour and highlight with your makeup.


Practice a nice soft smile.


Put colour on your lips so they don't blend in with your face.



And remember: The camera doesn't add ten pounds, bad posing does!

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Fri

18

Sep

2015

"I´m not photogenic!"


This is the sentence i hear most often when i tell women that I´m a photographer. Heres the thing: You don´t have to be!


I´m your photographer. My job is making sure you see yourself as beautiful as you really are.


You´re not a model, you don´t need to know how to move and look in front of the camera. Thats what i´m there for. To guide you. To make sure you get magnificent imagery and incredible products (not just your box standard print or CD).

 

Don´t worry about the one spot on your face, that you probably got because you were nervous about your photo shoot. It will be gone when I present you with your final beautiful pictures.

 

 

Just trust that you will love your portraits!

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Tue

15

Sep

2015

Who am I?

I`m a wife!


I`m married to the greatest guy ever. He loves and supports me in everything I do and is always there for me.

Well he`s just incredible.


I`m a mother!


No I don`t have any children, but I´m a mother to the cutest chocolate lab you have ever seen. He`s eight and still looks like a pup.


I´m a photographic artist!


I first picked up a camera at age 7 and was hooked. Through the years I have learnt how to use a film camera and later a digital SLR.


When women think they aren`t photogenic they come to me and I show them how beautiful they really are.


I`m a Photography Teacher!


Do you want to know how to improve your camera skills, the secrets of beautiful imagery and how to create stunning photographs? Then I´m your girl!

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