Helga Motley
  • Female
  • Ashland, OR
  • United States
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1 ~ INSTRUCTIONS: Please answer the following five questions to inform the community about yourself and enhance your experience at the Ashland Source Center. Answers are NOT REQUIRED to join, and you can always fill them out later on your MYPORTAL page.
In Ashland, within walking distance to downtown
2 ~ What brought you to Ashland & Southern Oregon area? Let us know what’s been inspiring you these days!
I moved here in 1980. Ashland had been talked about enthusiastically by someone who visited in Boston. So I stopped by after a cross country adventure trip. Got stuck and increasingly entangled through multilayered connections and long personal history here.
3 ~ What would you love to offer to and share with our community? What do you envision could be a few of the most beneficial things that could happen from actively using this site? Feel free to be outrageous!
I am mainly known as a photographer, working in the photojournalistic style. Many have seen me at events while I'm photographing. These days I've switched to working digitally, though I honed my skills working in film, doing my own darkroom work.
I maintain a very simple photo studio in my home, suitable for portraits, headshots for websites, and product shots.
Another aspect of my life is being a teacher to kids, with a focus on art and craft skills. During summer vacations I hold 3 different week-long camps for kids (ages 5 - 13) at my "Helga's Playhouse" on Gresham Street.

The most popular is the doll camp, where girls learn to sew doll clothes on real sewing machines, make doll foods, and engage in open-ended play in a doll sized world I set up.

Another camp is called "miniature worlds" where we make small scenes out of plasticene and other materials. The third camp is a Lego camp, where we build and play with legos.
All my summer camps and after school programs offer stimulus for the imagination through the vast miniature Playmobil filled room to make up scenes and stories in.

I also work as an artisan myself in creating miniatures. I make a series of doll foods, which I market through eBay. I also make small sculptures out of the same polymer clay. Many of my sculptures are scenes of social commentary.
4 ~ Please describe any projects or businesses you'd like to develop, if any? What is your "JOB" (aka "Joy of Being")? What especially delights you?
I want to photograph many social events, so I can fully contribute my photojournalistic skills. Think of me when planning events, whether public events, political events, parties, weddings, community get-togethers. My rates are very reasonable, and my skills will give you quality digital photos to use.
Since I really enjoy teaching, especially teaching kids, I want to continue to offer summer camps to kids. Re-skilling is important to me, and I want to transmit my craft skills to kids. I value knowing how to make and do things for oneself. My past is full of textile skills, including 10 years as a weaver.
5 ~ Which intriguing concepts, local endeavors, links, music, art, websites, books, films, inventions have you been exploring?
I have a lot of political and social analysis books that I read.

Developed an interest in children's books, especially since I'm exposed to them while I volunteer to shelve books at the Ashland Library. It's an inspiring outlet for fine artwork, and clear moral life-lessons. I've made a data base of my favorite children's books.
What is your primary Website or Blog link?

my $15 headshot/portrait offer described & photo examples

Often on social networking sites, I see photos up where I can barely recognize the person. I offer special short and inexpensive sessions that can remedy that. Here's a description:

Put Your Best Face Forward on Ashland Resource Center, & other Social Networks.

Improve the way you look on the Web.

$15.00 short photo session

20-30 minute sessions by appointment
in professional studio
with digital high quality camera,
and a variety of backdrops

Flexible hours: days & evenings, weekends

Special offer from now till end of May
See my page for the Album with sample photo from sessions I've done.
My other rates for portrait session are $35 for a full hour, $55 for a two hour session.

Description: Immediately after our session, we look at the results together and you pick the 4 favorites. After I do photoshop on them, you get these 4 photos e-mailed to you. I send them twice. Once in small size for use on the internet , attaching to an email, and websites. And again in full size for making quality prints, with a local lab link included.

What: $15 for 4 digital studio photos
When: Now through end of May 2009
Where: at my in-home studio, on Gresham St, Ashland
Contact: for appointment call Helga Motley 488-0155
[email protected]
Ashland's local events photographer for the last 28 years.

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