walcha family portrait session – the beaumont family

Lou wanted Tim’s 70th birthday was going to be remembered in a special way…

It was the Thursday evening before, when the phone rang. Lou, full of apologies for leaving the booking so late, explained that Keel was home for the weekend to surprise Tim for his birthday.

would I be able to take photos for them?

absolutely!

Tim was keen to have his photo taken with his dogs – Penny and Mutley. Dogs can be a bit difficult sometimes, but these two pooches were a dream to work with! Of course, the doggy treats Lou was holding up behind me worked a treat too!!

Lou’s request was for photos at the old Anglican Church, as they were the last couple be married there.

And then it was off to the park, where Lou used to swing Keel when he was a little tacker.

I can honestly say I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time.  It was so much fun photographing this couple who are still so much in love.

Tim has a wicked sense of humour. Lou is always smiling.  And Keel has such a generous and kind spirit.

Thanks for the awesome morning.  Looking forward to doing this again!

Photography by Tasha Chawner - Tim B and his best friends

The Walcha branch of the Beaumont family - Photography by Tasha Chawner

Tim and Lou were the last couple to be married at the old Anglican Church in Walcha - Photography by Tasha Chawner

Such a happy couple - Tim and Lou - Photography by Tasha Chawner

The love just shines from this gorgeous couple - Photography by Tasha Chawner

Keel, Lou and Tim - Photography by Tasha Chawner

Moments to remember on Tim's 70th - Photography by Tasha Chawner

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{photography} golden hour in grandma’s garden

We’ve just had a couple of days on the North Coast, visiting with Grandma and Grandpa and enjoying the warmer (than where we live) weather.

it’s always wonderful to see the coastal colours of winter too

…especially compared to the stark, brown, dry and dead that seems to dominate our local scenery.

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The garden was teeming with all of these little garden spiders.  Spinning their webs, catching dinners and rebuilding as required.  Kind of feels like my life at the moment… tackling the to-do list, dinners, more tackling, more dinners.  It seems like I’m stuck in my own web of never-ending-ness and not-achieving-much-fast.

makes me wonder if spiders ever get sick of doing the same thing over and over and over

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Ever get stuck in your own web of life?  What do you do to keep yourself sane when you do?

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20 winter photos to take this australian winter

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With suggestions that we might get snow this weekend, I thought I’d put together a winter photo checklist specific to an Australian winter.

There are plenty of Northern Hemisphere-based winter photo checklists, but they all include fun snowy things like snowball fights and snow angels.  We’re not lucky enough to get that much snow here in Australia, but we are lucky enough to get the much-cooler-than-summer weather.  Cool enough (especially for we mountain-dwellers) that there are days when we don’t see the sun and don’t stick our heads outside unless absolutely necessary!

It doesn’t mean that we should put our cameras down for the season, though.  There are still plenty of memory-worthy photos to be taken.

I’m going to aim to take a few of these myself, and post them over on my Photography by Tasha Chawner Facebook page.

want to join in the fun with me?

You can download and print the 20 photos to take this Australian winter photo checklist photos here.

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photographing death and decay

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death and decay

I’ve been watching this lone, tenacious apple for a few weeks now.  It has held on, slowly shrivelling, while all the other apples on the tree let go to begin their return to the earth.

Death and decay have been hovering in my field of vision for the last couple of weeks. Some near and dear to me have lost ones near and dear to them. And it makes me think, perhaps a little morbidly, that the time is drawing closer to my losing loved ones as well…

As an avid fan of the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell, the subjects of death and decay have fascinated and intrigued me for years.  It’s not a subject I’ve ever been afraid of, but not one I’d thought to photograph myself.  There is a certain taboo and shocking-ness around images portraying death.  Or so I thought until I came across the works of Sally Mann and her Body Farm series.  And when you start Googling the phrase ‘death and decay’, it’s surprising what comes up in results.  It doesn’t mean that I’m going to give up photographing gorgeous families, but it does mean that I’m not going to be quite so afraid of photographing nature and her equilibrium.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Einstein to ponder…

The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Is death and decay a taboo topic for you?  Or is this part of the cycle of life openly discussed?

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