taking stock #010


This taking stock snuck up on me, so when I looked at my editorial calendar and realised it was time for another taking stock post, I was really pleased.

I find these posts make me stop and think, give thanks and be grateful for all that has been happening in my world.

and all really is good in my world at the moment

Making: simple, pretty and affordable earrings to pop in at Walcha Handmade
Cooking: rice for dinner tonight.  Just not sure what is going to go with it
Drinking: water, water and more water
Reading: Richard Fidler’s Ghost Empire.  It was recommended and loaned to me by a work colleague, and he really knows his books
Wanting: that weekend away still…
Looking: at all of the new blooms in the garden
Playing: Michael Buble in the CD player.  Boy, that man can sing
Deciding: 24-70 lens?  50mm f/1.4?  35mm f/2? I. Don’t. Know.
Wishing: someone would give me a definitive answer to the above
Enjoying: having the bed to myself lately
Waiting: for the next season of Walking Dead.  Only a week to go!
Liking: avocado and vegemite on toast
Wondering: why I didn’t start doing daily yoga much sooner
Loving: sitting outside in the sun at lunchtime and getting my dose of Vitamin D
Pondering: the future
WatchingTiny Luxury on Sunday nights.  I love the concept of tiny houses, and hope to one day live in one myself
Hoping: for a quiet weekend.  Last weekend was busy, and it’s heading into that stupid-crazy-busy time of year
Marvelling: at how good I feel for my daily morning yoga practice
Needing: a weekend away from the mountain (there’s a theme happening here…)
Smelling: the neroli and patchouli candle that is currently burning (thanks, Vela girls!)
Wearing: jeans to work, and having the kids notice
Following: the Daughter’s travels on Instagram
Noticing: the little things
Knowing: that tomorrow will be another day, and what didn’t get done from the to-do list will still be waiting
Thinking: about dinner
Feeling: tired a lot lately
Admiring: dark and moody photos on Instagram
Sorting: through e-books and putting the printed versions away in folders
Buying: a sit-stand stool for my standing desk.  Although I love standing while I work, it really does put a lot of stress on your legs
Getting: ready for the Walcha Central School Art Fete and Fair.  I’m having a stall there and will be marking down lots of old jewellery stock, so drop by and have a look!
Bookmarking: where I am up to in my book…
Disliking: that someone snapped off at ground level the newly planted trees in Middle Street.  Why?
Opening: …
Giggling: with a friend who emptied her water bottle while checking her watch – haven’t had such a good laugh in a long time, and it still makes me smile to think of it
Snacking: on caramel slice from Cafe Graze – thanks, girls!
Coveting: a weekend away somewhere.  Anywhere…
Wishing: on a star
Helping: out whenever I can
Hearing: the birds twittering in the bush at the back window

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

What is good and grand in your world right now?

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preparation and process: why I will ask you to sign a photo release form

why i will ask you to sign a model release form when you have a photography session with me

what is a photo release form?

A photo release form is the term I use for a model release form.

How are they different?  And, what is a model release form?

In it’s simplest terms, a model release (or photo release in my case), is a written and signed agreement between you (the client) and me (the photographer).  The purpose of this contract is to protect– release– me from liability in future lawsuits which previous clients might file against me for legal claims like invasion of privacy, defamation of character, etc. Simply put, the document stipulates the terms under which one party may use photos taken of another party.

Why do I ask you to sign one?

Effectively, I’m asking your permission to take your photo.  Particularly if I’m photographing your children.  According to Legal Vision Australia, no precise rules that spell out when a model release is required.  But because I wish to use images taken at your session for promotional purposes for my business, I ask you to sign the photo release.

Can you refuse to sign it?

Yes, you can.  In signing it you are giving me, as the photographer, all publication rights to all images, which is effective from the date of signature to the end of time. There is no right after signature to ask me, as the photographer, to destroy particular images.

Am I going to publish your photos if you don’t sign?

No, I won’t.  I will respect your right to not sign the document.

Will I publish less-than-perfect images of you?

Absolutely not.  I’m running a business that I want to thrive and grow, so it’s in nobodies best interest to publish photos like that.

The aim of these posts is to help you understand the preparation and processes that go into your photo shoot.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below.

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why photography is important to me

boy and his dog laying on the mat in companionable silence

Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.
That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.

the decisive moment

A phrase coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson to describe that creative fraction of a second that captures the essence of a person or moment in time.
And to me, being able to capture that decisive moment is such a powerful thing.
Being able to create images that show who someone is.  Real life images that capture a slice of what was going on in that one split second.

decisive moments with my boy and his dog

I remember a time when my Little Man was terrified of all animals, big and small. And now, it is not uncommon to find him laying on the mat next to the dog, communing in silence through scratches under the ear and huffs and puffs of breath.

It’s these moments that I love to capture. Moments that may seem trivial and meaningless, but that are packed full of emotion and memory.

Though I am on the other side of the lens, the act of looking through the viewfinder and seeing those moments, slow me down and connect me with the present.
And the experience of noticing what is happening around me, and the love the images invoke in me, is my greatest inspiration for photography of all.

In the comments, I’d love if you would:

Tell me why photography is important to you.

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a few things you might not know about me

I'm not one to share a lot of myself online, but inspired by a photographer I admire, I've let my guard down to share a few things you might not know about me.

i’ve never been one to share too much of myself online

No duck-face selfies.  No excessive photos of what I had for lunch.  And no moaning about how so-and-so is pissing me off and I wish they would just stop.

Those types of shares don’t interest me.  They’re too shallow and don’t show me.  The real me.  The one who is shit-scared of frogs, won’t tolerate energy-vampires in her life and believes in ghosts.

So instead, inspired by a photographer I really admire, I’m sharing bits of me that matter.

a glimpse into what makes my life tick

How do you take care of yourself so that you’re physically and mentally prepared to be your best self every day?
My morning yoga session helps me to start my day in a positive way.  And if the day has been particularly taxing, and I’m having trouble turning my brain off, a guided meditation to fall asleep to sets me up for a good nights rest.

What’s your favourite beauty secret?
Charcoal soap, water and my home-blended-essential-oil Dew Drops moisturiser. Plus a good nights sleep and plenty of water throughout the day.

What’s your favourite outfit?
I’m a jeans girl, through-and-through. Paired with my Birkenstock Gizehs and my current favourite zombie t-shirt in summer; or hiking boots with wool socks, a men’s woollen jumper and a beanie for winter.  Comfort is key, and not giving a shit if you don’t like my t-shirt comes a close second.

What’s your favourite quick-prep dinner?
Cinnamon-roasted vegetables with couscous and grilled halloumi. Yum!

What routine is important to you?
Routines have been a part of my life since the kids were little. It was the only way to get through a day unscathed when they were growing through their terrible twos, truly terrible threes and fucking awful fours.  And it’s a habit that’s stuck.  Helps me to get shit done.

What’s in your purse?
Money, cards and my Husband’s business card. The one time I really needed his mobile phone number (in the ambulance on the way to have the Little Man’s broken arm surgically reducted) I drew a blank.  Not cool.

Where do you find your inspiration?
Books. I read. A lot.

How do you balance all of your work responsibilities along with your home life?
I’m lucky that all of my family knows how to pull their weight around the house. If there’s something pressing I need to get done, they give me space and time to do it.
The most important practice for balancing work and home that I’ve found has honestly been switching off devices (for all of us) and dancing around the kitchen singing at the top of our lungs or hanging on the couch dissing a movie. As long as we’re all together, then the world is in balance.

What’s your favourite place to be on a Saturday night?
On the couch with my Little Man, watching whatever chick flick is on the television. We love those couple of hours together.  And he’ll be pissed at me that I’ve told the world he enjoys chick flicks….

What’s the best thing you’ve learned from your children?
To appreciate modern music. Music is such a big part of our every day, and while I’ve introduced the kids to everything from Nina Simone and Billy Holiday, to Cold Chisel and ’80’s music, Mozart and movie soundtracks, it’s their turn now.  And I’m having fun with it.

If I could change one thing it would be….
Religious intolerance.  We don’t need to think alike to love alike.

In the comments, I’d love it if…

You answered one of the above questions about yourself!  Let me get to know you xo

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