To be a Father Again


Just 7 weeks till child 2 arrives!

… and it only seems like yesterday that child 1 was born!

Maybe there will be a photo or two this time…

For now, here are a bunch of my own photographs that express the change that fatherhood has been on my life…

Finally a Father!

BIG NEWS: I am the proud father of a little boy who arrived in the world at 8.45pm on 9th June 2012, weighing 3955g and 51cm long.

Wooooooo hoooooo! CIGARS ALL ROUND… get your own.

PS: The nurses, doctors, midwives and other specialists at the WCH are very nice, they did an excellent job, were so nice to all off us … and let me shoot about 400 photographs AFTER baby arrived.

Sorry, no photographs will be displayed on Redbubble, at least no yet. Not until the boss (read: the wife) goes through the hundreds of photographs we captured of her and her son.

Wow, our son. We have a son.

I am a Dad. Daddy. Dada. Father.

Still feels surreal, yet I am over-the-moon!

**I am STILL Making Custom Shirts!**

Need or want a customized shirt that tells the world you are professional photographer?
Does it have to include your name, your business name, your contact details, your social media links?
Follow the link on the image below to discover how easy it is to have ALL that and more…

~ Check out this tshirt created for a professional photographer who loves the result so much he comes back for more each year!

This is an easy and effective way to advertise and promote yourself whilst on a photo-job!

Adelaide is TOO Small

What a great day!

The wife and I went for a photo-walk around Elder Park , through the Adelaide Botanic Gardens , finishing our day by walking up Rundle Street and Mall . All very exciting, but it’s always about who you meet!

In the Botanic Gardens I was spotted by Bill ONeil , AndyGii and Wendi Donaldson . They were shooting bats at the time, so we stopped to introduce each other properly.

In Rundle Mall I spotted some photographs I recognised and a name that looked very familiar. The photographs I recognised not just because of the artist, but also because I know what Redbubble Canvas and Cards look like!

Yes, I found Elana Bailey was attempting to sell artwork from her gallery. I’ll let her expand on that issue if she wants.

It was grand to Meetup with these amazing artists and friends

The Function of Tagging Artwork #2

Firstly, there needs to be a simpler method for artists to get to their portfolio .
The current way is…
~ Top right corner is MyBubble . Hover over it to reveal a dropmenu:
~ This menu displays option to go to Your Public Profile .
~ Now you are at your main profile page. Below or nearby your Top-6 images is View all Art . Through that link, you’ll find a window similar to this….…

This is a great idea for viewing artwork, yet not necessarily what every artist wants to see. Yeah, my image above suggests what I would love to see.

What I do like is that I can order my artwork by ‘All Time Popular’, ‘Top Sellers’ and ‘Recent’. It’s fascinating for the artist to see this … yet why would any buyer need to know my ‘Top Sellers’?
I’d rather they had the option to see ‘Reverse Order’, ‘Alphabetical

The Function of Tagging Artwork #1

Redbubble, I still like you, but where are your senses? Did you think your artists, groupies, fanatics and buyers would not notice?
Let me explain…

When I put tags on my work, I am enabling two things to happen:
~ My viewers to find similar works from my gallery.
~ Making it easier to group and classify my OWN artwork. This means I can send clients a ONE-word link to find artwork upon my gallery.

Yet it appears the tags beneath each artwork within my gallery enable visitors to search the ENTIRE site. They are meant to ONLY allow searches upon MY work!


is tagged with
cloud , crease , ferris wheel , layering , paper , photoshop , ras2010 , royal show , sky and stain

You have them linked with your EXPLORE link:
ras2010 ….

Whereas when I first joi

Coping with Limited Tagging

Written in response to Philip Johnson’s article*: How Does Reducing Tags on your Art Increase the chance of Finding Your Art ?*…

As someone who went to the effort (around 50hours of work!!) to amend all the tags, I totally understand your pain. My only hope is that the next feature to roll-out on Redbubble is a more complex categorisation field that is also available for groups to utilize (whereby group owners can asign what category their group covers ~ with obvious restrictions!)

My only suggestion for users, and I am still testing if this is effective: Write a very descriptive story in your sidebar about the work ~ that include all the words you had to remove.

I still love Redbubble, so rather than whining: I am upping my marketing campaigns, selling my work further around the internet

Now with Limited Tagging

Six days ago my traffic count was approximately 152,000 hits on 500 images.
Considering that my photo-gallery has been culled several times over the last few years, it is still amazing to watch the traffic on each image jump sporadically!…

Now that we have been forced to reduce our tags to only ten, I have spent many late nights (after working long days) to ensure the tags are what I want them to be and not what Redbubble would have them be if I left the job in their hands. This is not to say they would do a bad-job, but that they might not meet my requirements.

So, in the process of culling , I have also removed about 80 photographs and hidden another 30. Consequently, my traffic count now reads around 145,000. Still quite impressive for three years with

The job completed (m

My Thoughts on Limited Tagging

I have mentioned in the new article regarding the limited tagging that I am opposed to this decision by Redbubble.…

Whilst I still disagree and believe this is very limiting for those of use who utilise tags to enable search-engines to find our work for the whole wwworld, there is an upside to all of us, particularly for me:

I’m cleaning out all those tags that are totally unnecessary. Currently all my photographs (except the first 5 pages that I have currently cleaned up) contain these tags:
photographer, ecreate, stephen mitchell, stephentrepreneur, stephen, mitchell, portfolio, gallery.

It made sense, when I first joined Redbubble, just over three years ago, for me to put these into the tag box on every photograph. I know how search engines work, I have been putting META-tags into HTML s

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait
desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait