{photography} melbourne

We’re a week back from our week away in Melbourne, and I’m still in a post-holiday-funk…

you see, i’ve fallen in love melbourne

The coffee, the food, the culture, the people, the bustle – so much to see and do… your senses are engaged constantly, but it’s in a civilised, relaxed sort-of-way.

I really struggled with taking photos this trip.  The trip was a finishing-high-school-celebration for both Daughter and the family.  It’s been a big year and we all needed a breakaway, but I felt to take photos would have been to absent myself from the holiday.

But when a photo presents itself wherever you turn – a face that holds a story, the lines in the architecture, the movement of the street…

and because I’m not that confident with street photography

I was seriously afraid that someone was going to come and yell at me about taking their photo!

So these are my favourite images from our week.  The ones that I was confident in taking, and the ones that stretched my boundaries just enough to be uncomfortable…

PS. I’ve added commentary to each of the images because each of them is special for a different reason… Please feel free to add your own comments below.

boats at st kilda with melbourne background

The Melbourne skyline from St Kilda – I love the similarities between the tall masts and the skyscrapers – a world apart, and yet the same.


With each turn in the alleyways of Melbourne, you are taken into a different world. This alleyway just happened to be the home of our new favourite cafe!


Horrified or not, these little birds are everywhere in the city – even sitting above your head as you dine…

Mum, I want to be a rock climber

All my Little Man wanted to do was go rock climbing. Apparently he has the knack…

why are there homeless

Every day as we walked down Elizabeth Street, we passed this homeless camp (I don’t know how else to explain it) – a perfectly made bed on the street… regardless of their homeless status, they still had pride. And they prompted many a discussion about how people become homeless.

do drug dealers deal here

Shoes strung over ‘wires’ in the alleyways – my Little Man informs me that this is a sign that drug deals happen here… is he right?

Although I could see myself moving to Melbourne, I honestly think that this is my get-away city… for when I need a break from my little town, a dose of culture and bloody good food.

a counter balance to the quiet

Any recommendations of great cafes or places to visit in Melbourne will be duly noted and followed through upon.

until next time melbourne…

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{photography} in print

just a tiny bit chuffed this week

Last year I received an email from the Bureau of Meteorology, asking if I would be interested in submitting a photo for consideration for their annual Australian Weather Calendar.

Feeling just a little special to have been asked, I submitted my photo and received a letter to say that I’d been shortlisted for the 2015 calendar.  The “thank you, but sorry” letter arrived, and while I was disappointed, I was so pleased to have been shortlisted that the disappointment didn’t last long.

Then in early July this year, I received another letter from the Bureau saying that my image had made the 2016 calendar – lots of happy dancing in the kitchen, let me tell you!


I’ve just received my complimentary copies (more happy dancing!), and to see it hanging on my wall….  WOW.

This year the Bureau received over 800 entries, and the photos in the calendar are spectacular.  If I had to pick a favourite, it would be July with the fallstreak hole  – a weather phenomenon that I didn’t even know existed.

The calendar goes on sale today and is available for purchase at the Australian Weather Calendar page.

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taking the first step & following the trail of breadcrumbs

you know how sometimes when you need it most, the universe leaves you a trail of breadcrumbs

In mid-August, I took a week off from my paid job.

I was tired.
I wasn’t happy.

and I was really wondering what the hell to do with my life

following the trail

I hadn’t been entirely happy in my job for some time.  It had become an effort to get myself ready in the mornings, I was getting very short with the kids at work and then at the end of the day, coming home and drinking too much wine. Something had to give…

That something ended up being having my skill as a photographer questioned by people who know not-very-much about photography.  I was so severely pissed off at having my knowledge and ability questioned.  I’d reached breaking-point,

so, I walked into the Boss’s office and asked for the week off.  I looked like shit, so he told me to take as long as I needed

I took a week. A week of laying in the sun, reading my book and having conversations with the dog – who apart from wanting me to pat her all of the time, made for a great listener.

By the end of the week, things still weren’t any clearer.  I wanted to take a leap of faith and start a photography business… something I’ve been dreaming about for a little while now, but the uncertainty about income (especially when there always seems to be something popping up to drain the bank balance) had me torn.

enter the breadcrumbs

Part of my unsettlement (if that is even a word!) this year has been that it is my Beautiful Girl’s final year at school.  It’s been a big year for her, and for all of us in the family as well.  And even though I knew the time was coming for her to fly from the nest and make her own way in life, I wasn’t sure I ready for that.

It was a conversation with my Naturopath that was the catalyst for my first step.  I can’t remember the exact words, but it was the proverbial  lightbulb moment when I realised that it was time for me to put what I wanted first. And I wanted to start this business.

The longest journey, or project, begins with the first step.
When it is too hard to picture the whole journey, break it down into smaller ones.

~from Now Is the Time by Patrick Lindsay

A couple of days later I came across The 100 Day Goal – 100 days of actions towards a goal that you really want.  I’d made the initial decision and discussed it with the family, but now I had to start the journey to making it actually happen. This program was how I was going to break down the setting up of my business into smaller, manageable chunks.

A bundle of other advice was appearing in my inbox and feeds as well.  And instead of giving these things a cursory glance, I took the time to read them and to really mull them over.

I was following my trail of breadcrumbs.

Today is Day 50 of the 100.  I’m half way there, with still a bit to do.

By December 8, I will well and truly have this business up and running.  And I’m excited about it.

because life is short, too short to be unhappy and wondering ‘what if’

Anything is possible if you want it hard enough.  You’ve just to got to eat your elephant one bite at a time.

If you are thinking about starting your own photography business, visit my photography:business board on Pinterest.

Image credit: Sander Weeteling

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taking stock #006


i can’t believe I missed taking stock last month

Okay, I can believe I missed it because my mind has been anywhere else but on my blog.

It’s been a big couple of months, so I made choices about where I would spend my energy.  The blog was sidelined there for a little bit, but I’m happy to say that things are getting back to normal – whatever your definition of normal may be…

Making: time for yoga every morning
Cooking: only when necessary
Drinking: ginger tea with honey – the perfect afternoon pick-me-up
Reading: Chasing Odysseus by Sulari Gentill
Wanting: to be less tired
Looking: forward to Melbourne
Playing: quiet meditation music when I need to calm my mind
Deciding: what photography packages I will offer in my business
Wishing: I could get more done in the time I have – it seems that my to-do list keeps getting longer
Enjoying: the beautiful weather we’ve had lately
Waiting: (impatiently) for our trip to Melbourne
Liking: the sound of birdsong in the morning
Wondering: where we will be for Christmas this year
Loving: an extra day at home
Pondering: …
Considering: having a nap this afternoon
Watching:  The Witches of East End – a great no-real-need-to-think-about-it show
Hoping: my Beautiful Girl does well with the HSC
Marvelling: at how calm my mind is after a yoga session
Needing: a coffee
Smelling: Spring
Wearing: my new glasses – I can see!
Following: lots of new blogs at the moment
Noticing: a shift in people’s thinking – slow is better than busy
Knowing: that before too soon it will be 2016
Thinking: about all things business related
Feeling: tired with the start of daylight savings
Admiring: the wisteria flowers on my back deck
Sorting: out the store-room
Buying: a standing desk – it should arrive this week!
Getting: excited for our Melbourne trip (are you seeing the theme yet!!)
Bookmarking: …
Disliking: the pain my Little Man’s knees are giving him
Opening: letters
Giggling: at my Little Man’s puns – please stop!
Snacking: on ginger and carrots
Coveting: a new lens for the camera… still
Wishing: for all the best for all of the Year 12’s – I will miss those kids
Helping: out at Walcha Handmade when needed
Hearing: birdsong in the backyard

until next time…

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