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find a moment for yourself today

girl sitting on rock having a quiet moment

the last couple of months has been tough…

If I put it into perspective…  at least I don’t live in Syria…  it’s nothing I can’t manage.  Health issues on many fronts, stretching myself too thin and, once again, not listening to my body has meant the time has come where something had to give.

Our bodies don’t coming with warning lights to let us know that something is about to break. But they do give us signals when they are running low.  And running on empty seems to be a modern epidemic.  Meet a friend down the street and ask them how they’ve been, and I’ll bet that part of their answer is “busy”.

busy.  that badge of honour worn with pride by so many

Life is busy.  There’s no denying that.  We’re all plugged in, with time flying by. Places to be. People to see. Things to do. Not enough time.

And then we stress about our lack of time.

How often, though, do you schedule time to yourself?  Time to unplug.  Decompress. Take a break.

no distractions, no people, no guilt, nothing but yourself and your thoughts

Solitude is a beautiful thing and can work wonders when you let it. It’s when you neglect that need for time alone that things come unstuck.

Stop forsaking solitude to keep up with the demands of life. Carve out moments, a brief as they may be. Because once you realise that time to yourself is as real a need as food or sleep, the rewards will be worth it.

So where will you find a moment for yourself today – a moment to feel. to think. to sit – and what will you do with it?

Me?  I’m eating cake and reading a new magazine.  Care to join me?

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what is documentary-style photography?

I’ve been reading up on documentary-style photography over the last couple of weeks.

What is documentary-style photography exactly?

Here’s (part of) the Wikipedia definition:

Documentary photography usually refers to a popular form of photography used to chronicle events or environments both significant and relevant to history and historical events and everyday life…

The detail that sets a documentary-style photography session apart from other sessions is that the photos are created with no photographer interaction.

From my perspective as a family photographer, documentary-style photos are the candid photos.  The ones where you’ve managed to capture a connection… a moment… a smile.  Photos that pack an emotional punch – not for everyone, but especially for those who are in them.

How is it different to a lifestyle shoot?

Lifestyle photos are photos that have been orchestrated to create a candid moment, where the photographer will direct the client to set up an unposed (in the traditional portrait sense) image – think mum cradling baby as they sit in a rocking chair and she reads a book.

Why am I doing my homework?

documentary-style photography is my dream vision for my business

Hence, me reading up.

Personally, the photos that bring a smile to my face are the photos that trigger strong memories or evoke a feeling deep inside; images that show my everyday life; my family interacting together; the stories and personalities of the ones I love…   And I know that I’m not alone in this, so it makes sense to me that a documentary-style session is going to be as equally powerful for a client – capturing images where they recognise their daily life;  the real moments, memories and stories.

We’re near the end of our Autumn school holidays, and Warren and Murdoc have been throwing the Vortex around.  They have this running tally-thing happening – catches equal points, drops equal lost points.  I’ve given up keeping of score of who’s winning because it’s been ever-changing, but it was in a moment when they both came in and collapsed on the couch out of breath, that I realised this was a documentary-style moment in our house.


this throw took a lot of effort

playing with the boy

oops, missed

waiting and catching his breath

“But I can capture these moments with my phone.  Why should I pay you to come take these photos for me?”

It’s a valid question (and a whole other discussion for another blog post!).

Know that prior to each session I will take the time to get to know you, develop a relationship with you and gain your trust.  I’ll ask you questions, like “What is your perfect day like?”. I’m going to get to the core of what is important to you and your family.  Yes, we will still plan your session, but as a photographer, I won’t be directing any movement.  I will simply be there, camera in hand, ready to photograph whatever unfolds in your moment.

Together, we will create a photography experience that allows you to return to your moments, as I document your reality in that instant, using light and time to reproduce a moment, as it is perceived by me.

And probably, most importantly of all, YOU will be in these photos.  Because be honest, how often are you in your photos?

Be a part of those authentic, imperfect and honest moments – moments that will spark conversations and help you to remember what otherwise might be forgotten, for years to come.

In the comments, I’d love to hear:

Have you considered booking a photography session recently?
What, if anything, has held you back?
And would you consider a documentary-style photo session?

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Taking Stock #002


smells good enough to eat

Only 3 months has passed since I posted my first ‘Taking Stock’ post.

some things have changed, but some things remain the same

Regardless, it’s good to take stock. To put the world as I see it into perspective.

Here is where life stands at the moment:

Making: coffee coconut body scrub for the Daughter – smells good enough to eat, though I think we’ll need to tweak the quantities
Cooking: recipes from The Whole Pantry and Epicurious
Drinking: more water
Reading: Written in my own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
Wanting: a sunshine
Looking: at mirrorless cameras (still)
Playing: with my new iPad mini
Deciding: on nothing significant at the moment
Wishing: for the end of term (again!)
Enjoying: the sunshine
Waiting: for holidays and sleep ins
Liking: having no plans for the upcoming holidays
Wondering: if Husband will make Daughter drive on the freeway when they go to Sydney next week
Loving: playing with textured layers in my photography
Pondering: the direction my jewellery business should take (still…)
Considering: whether to have a glass of wine tonight
Watching: La Horde – and indulging my love of the zombie genre
Hoping: that Year 12 will be a little less stressful than Year 11 was for Daughter
Marvelling: at how some parents simply don’t seem to care about their children’s education
Needing: space
Smelling: the calming scents currently in the oil burner
Wearing: my favourite Threadless t-shirt and slippers
Following: world events and wondering what is happening to humanity
Noticing: how much my Little Man is growing
Knowing: that I can make a difference
Thinking: about what things I want to put in the new Walcha Handmade shop
Feeling: old – a least that is what the body aches and pains are telling me
Admiring: innocence
Sorting: paperwork – there’s always paperwork
Buying: new towels soon
Getting: excited about the new Walcha Handmade shop opening at the end of the month
Bookmarking: ways to display jewellery in a b&m shop
Disliking: people’s fascination with celebrity
Opening: interesting emails of late
Giggling: at the things little kids say
Snacking: on carrots
Coveting: a new camera (same as last time I know… and I still don’t want to spent the money!)
Wishing: the holidays would hurry up
Helping: kids to learn life-skills and loving that I’m able to be a part of this in their lives
Hearing: the sound of birds whistling outside the window

what’s been happening in your world?

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The Weekend Photo Project: ‘composition – perspective’


1. the art of representing three-dimensional objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other.

Depending on which author you read, perspective can be interpreted in many ways – to the point where it all gets a bit overwhelming and confusing.  Honestly, I’m not even going to try and list them all – too many different terms and opinions.  Have a look at this article – Types of Perspective in Photography – to see what I mean.

Personally, I believe that perspective is another one of the photographic techniques that becomes intuitive the more we practice our craft – you learn to recognize how you best need to shoot the frame in order to get a strong image.

Here’s some reading to inspire you to explore perspective in different ways:

  1. Get Some Perspective – National Geographic
  2. Perspective in Photography – Picture Correct
  3. Perspective in Photography: Don’t just stand there, move your feet! – Digital Photography School
  4. 17 Forced Perspective Techniques – Digital Photography School
  5. 30 Inspiring Examples of Perspective in Photography – psdfan

want to share your ‘perspective’ photos? 

Here’s where you can:

Facebook:  Create an album (title suggestion – My Weekend Photo Project) and upload your photos (and don’t forget to add the hashtag #twpp now that FB does hashtags).  You can make your album public so that anyone can have a look at your photos or you can share your photos with me over on my biz page.

Your blog:  Upload your photos to your blog and share them with the wide world.  Leave a link here so that others can follow the snail-trail.

Flickr:  Share your photos at The Weekend Photo Project.

Pinterest:  If you’re on Pinterest create a board for your weekend photos.  Don’t forget to add the tag #twpp so that others can search for them.  I have a The Weekend Photo Project Pinterest board that I’m going to invite people to pin on.  If you’d love to be involved, follow the board and I’ll send you an invite!

Instagram: Snap a photo with you phone or i-device and upload your photo to Instagram.  You’ll find me here on Instagram.  Don’t forget to add #twpp to your caption.  Proceed to share!

Twitter: Use Instagram, link to your Pinterest board or your blog.  And remember to add #twpp as your hashtag.

Anywhere else you like: I’m sure I’ve left out others ways of sharing, so leave a comment below and let everyone know where your photos will be!

Be sure and leave a comment below to let me (and everyone else) know where you’ll be sharing your photos.  Visit other peoples photos.  Like them.  Comment.

and please, share The Weekend Photo Project – the more people we can get involved, the more fun it will be

Don’t forget that the prompts are open to interpretation – there is no right or wrong photo – just the photo you make of your world as you see it.

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Monday Motivation

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Just a little something to put our Monday mornings in to perspective…

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