Memories of pre-school

My little one is at pre-school and starts Kindy (primary school) next year.  She is at a fabulous Montessori pre-school that has given her and her sister a wonderful foundation.  It is such an extraordinary education philiosophy which I think/hope/know will make a difference long term.

As you know from an earlier post, I recently took some images of all the pre-school kids for a school fundraiser.  While I couldn’t blog the images of other kids, I realised I could blog those of my own gorgeous pre-schooler and give you a taster!

I loved being a fly on the wall in her classroom, and having these images as a record of her time there.

 

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52 Portraits Project – 8/52

Welcome to week eight of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

I took a short but unplanned break from blogging to deal with end of winter sickness – all of us – but I am back!  Yayyy!

Catching up on my 52 Portraits Project which I shot but remained unedited and unposted for a few days.  Worth the wait I hope.

8/52.  Glasses.  You so want to be like your big sister. I caught you in bed reading and you said the glasses made it better to see (even without lenses). Rachel looks so beautiful in her glasses, even if she has a love/hate relationship with them. Your mum looks beautiful in hers too, and she loves them now. One day you may really need them, and you will look so gorgeous too. But in the meantime, remember glasses are only one way of seeing more clearly.

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52 Portraits Project – 7/52

Welcome to week seven of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

I am finding it a bit of a challenge to plan and get my shots for this project in the week, so I leave it to the weekend and sometimes it’s a rush and I “make do”.  But that’s ok, I am letting go and learning and being ok with less than perfect (eek).

I had the fabulous opportunity this week to take photos of all the kids (aged 2 – 6) at my daughter’s pre-school for our Auction fundraiser.  Not something I usually do, but it was such fun (and tiring)  I now know how to deal with green snot in post-processing!  It was a real learning experience – so many kids with so many personalities, skin tones, eye colours, expressions and lighting conditions.  There were some real supermodels who loved the camera and others who needed a little coaxing.  I have to go back next week to capture those that were away, but unfortunately I can’t share these images.

But I can share a little bit about the Montessori education with you via this weeks portrait.

7/52.  Calm.  It is such a gift to be able to take yourself to a calm space.  A still place, away from the noise and busyness and stress of the day.  A place you can go to, inside yourself, at any time when you want to.  Somewhere you can centre yourself and emerge refreshed and re-energised and ready to be yourself again.  Your Montessori preschool introduced you to this lesson and to meditation.  It will be with you for life.

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My new business cards arrived!

Yes they did, and I love them.

On the front are a few different images I have taken, from maternity to newborns to kids and families – my favourites for many reasons.

The reverse is the same on each card – clean and simple.

Finally I have something to give out that has my updated details.  My old ones have served me well, but time for something new.

And, no typos!

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52 Portraits Project – 6/52

Welcome to week six of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

 

What a wild and crazy weekend we have enjoyed.  We had to get out of the house yesterday to get some fresh air and a change of scene.  So despite the cold, wind and rain we headed down to the beach to look at the waves.  My poor little one was nearly blown away.  Fun though!  And a reminder that while there are so many things in life we can control, the weather isn’t one of them.

6/52. Control. It’s not always easy to hold on, to keep things as they are. Sometimes the wind will blow so hard you have to let go. But don’t worry, once you do, you’ll see an opportunity you never imagined. So choose to let go sometimes and see where the breeze takes you.

Have a great week everyone.

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I Love the Olympics

I really do.  Love it.

Although not enough to stay up all night when the Games happen to be in a very inconvenient time zone.  And yes there is drug controversy, and yes the countries with people and /or money or drugs win, and yes there is the silly commentary about coming second (in the world) being a failure, and yes I would love Australia to get all gold medals… but…

I love the Olympics still, despite this.  I become so proud of my country.  Not in a “we’re better that you” way, but in a “we’re part of something bigger” way.

These Games, my girls have been old enough to be interested and we have let them watch a little in the evening before bed.  It has been a fabulous opportunity to:

  • Introduce my girls to new sports, even if I can’t answer their questions about (or spell) tae kwon do
  • talk to my girls about how we fit into the bigger picture
  • explain to them about other cultures and running in burqas
  • have them understand how lucky they are to be born here, in this country where they want for little
  • hear them talk about what sport they want to be part of in future Olympics – anything without a ball for my 7 year old
  • remember my heritage – and shout just as hard for the Ukrainians and the Scots
  • explain and keep alive that heritage for my girls and plan a trip to those countries
  • talk about doing your best and being proud of that
  • love my country and be grateful for all it has given me

So I will be sad when the flame is extinguished.  Just as I am every Olympics and just as I was when I saw the fighter jet take the Olympic flame up, up into the sky in Sydney, twelve years ago.  I even cried a little – ok, a lot, I sobbed.

 

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End of Winter Photography Mini-Sessions

A mini-session is the perfect opportunity to obtain some gorgeous images without investing the time or expense of a full session.  Whether you have not yet experienced a professional shoot, or if you simply want some updated custom portrait images for your collection, a mini-session is fun, fast and fabulous!The end of winter mini-sessions include the following:

  • One hour outdoor shoot at location local to Manly
  • Gallery of 20 individually edited and crafted images to select from
  • Your choice of 10 images as 5 x 7 loose prints
  • Same 10 images as high-resolution (for print) and web-size digital files (for online use and sharing)
  • One 12 x 8 wall print of your choice
  • Choose additional images from the shoot (5 x 7 and digital files) at $50 each
  • 10 % off the a la carte price list

Some conditions apply:

  • Full payment is due at time of booking.  This may be transferred in case of bad weather or illness.  In the case of cancellation the full amount minus a $100 fee will be refunded
  • All clients are required to sign a model release, copyright and digital file agreement prior to the shoot
  • The shoot is for up to 5 people.  Additional people will be charged at $20 each.
  • Please refer to the Products and Pricing page under Information for our complete product and price list.

I look forward to hearing from you to arrange your session.

You can email me at louisefletcherphotography@mail.com.

 

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52 Portraits Project – 5/52

Week five of my 52 Portraits Project.  If you have missed the earlier weeks start at week 1 here, which includes more information about the project.

I am loving this project and am so inspired.  The more I shoot, the more ideas come to me about things I would love to try and capture.  The advice is true – Just start!

5/52. Help.  As brilliant as you are, sometimes you may need someone’s help. You may not be able to do it all on your own. Mostly, all you might need is a little push. Mum and dad will always be here to help you, just ask, but remember, help might not always look like you expect it to.

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Love at the beach

I love my job so much!  To capture the connection and love between a mum and her son.  Such a privilege to be able to record these moments for people.

I had the wonderful opportunity to capture some images of Najla Ammouri and her gorgeous son at the beach last week.  You may recognise them from an earlier post.  Najla is an inspiration and to be in her presence is to be uplifted, energised and loved.  She is a yoga instructor, success coach and NLP practitioner as well as being a mum and world adventurer.  She leaves a lasting impression on everyone she meets and I cherish our friendship.

Is he not the most gorgeous little model – next Armani Junior campaign for sure.

Such gorgeous friends.

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