The camera you have with you

I would love to say that I have my beautiful pro camera with me at all times to capture my view of life.  But it is simply not true.  I love my big DSLR, but practically, it is not the best every-day portable option.  It is big, heavy, and expensive.  Not something I want to leave behind at soccer or under a cafe chair or at the supermarket checkout.

That doesn’t mean I cant capture and record images on the go.  My phone does that.  And 99% of the time, that’s ok.  The best camera to use is the one you have with you.

We recently had a last minute weekend down at the beautiful Kangaroo Valley.  We played netball and basketball in the crazy wind just before the rain.  The light was gorgeous, my daughters clothes were bright, the ball was neon luminous and the wattle in beautiful bloom.  I couldn’t not record it.  Luckily my phone was in my pocket.  And with a little in-phone editing, on the walk home, I have a great image that reminds me of that wonderful weekend.

Your equipment means nothing, your vision is everything.

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Fifteen Years

Tomorrow I will have been married 15 years.

Pretty cool for a commitment -phobe.  Maybe i’m over that!

The journey is the point and I would not want to experience it with anyone else – loving the mid-story.

Twoo Wuv!

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Dream Kitchen

It is not every day you get to re-invent your kitchen.  In fact, it is probably a once in a life time thing.  We were lucky enough to have that opportunity.  The after is so much better than the before.

Gone are the days of checked carpet, bench tops at knee height, yellow flakey paint, no bench space and a fridge in the next room.

With the help of Dave at The Kitchen Maker, we created this gorgeous space.

Our favourite part is the custom glass photograph splash back.  It is an image I captured a few years ago while we were holidaying in our favourite spot in the Blue Mountains.  Mark wrote in sparkler while the kids directed and I shot.

It makes me smile every time I see it and reminds me of family and good times.

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Something to celebrate

This week I had the absolute honour of photographing my wonderful niece in the moments before she left with her besties for her school formal. It was one very excited household full of family admiring the oldest cousin on the cusp of adulthood. My girls were in awe of their playmate and sometime babysitter. Over the yeas I have watched this lovely girl blossom into a beautiful, confident, generous, warm, funny and loyal young woman. I am so happy with these images that I took for her and her mum, capturing these special moments.
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A little bit of horsey magic

My big girl recently had a birthday and as she gets older it is proving to be tricky to find that “perfect” gift.  Her interests are narrowing as is the gift choice.  Horses are IT at the moment and there seems to be a complete gap in the market for young horse lovers.  Who knew it would be so hard to find horse movies, clothing, stationery, posters, craft, furnishings, ornaments, etc.

So I decided to get crafty and make some things. She has done a bit of riding and I have taken a few photos, but no great daughter and horse portraits.  So I chose the best of the most recent snaps and harnessed the power of Photoshop to transform an average snap into something frame-able and gift-able.

A few people who saw the final product (right)asked to see the before shot, so here it is.

Before and afterShe was thrilled with the framed enlargement which now hangs proudly in her bedroom.  She is already wearing her favourite colour, so thank goodness I didn’t have to change that.   Whew!!!

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The space to be yourself

It seems that when we are away from home, out of the city, relaxing, my girls naturally embrace the sense of freedom and energy of our surroundings.  The environment gives them the space to be themselves, fully self expressed, living full-out in wild abandon.

I love it!

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Street wise

I have been doing a lot of thinking lately – and looking at how to take these thoughts into actions, to make them real, in the real world, outside of myself.

I have two daughters and I have been wondering about the kind of future they will have and the opportunities that will exist.  They are entering an age (nearly 9 and 6) where they are starting to encounter bullying and meanness and particularly the older one, questioning how she fits in with the world around her.  She is starting to compare.  From what I read, this is the common age for this sort of break from parents to occur.  The break is not altogether harmonious, but that is for another post.

I read an article doing the rounds on facebook about Sarah Millican, who was recently nominated for a BAFTA.  Like many I was saddened by the personal attack she received, based on her looks and clothing.  Even today, achievement is not enough.  The negative comments came from individuals, who clearly did not have a parent that taught them, “if you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing”.

So, my girls will grow up in a world where a woman’s appearance will be noticed and commented upon.  We have the power to choose how we react to such commentary, but it still exists and it can really hurt.  I find myself struggling with how to empower my girls, or perhaps, how to educate them to understand how (sadly) things seem to work.  We will do our best as parents to equip them with the tools and resilience to cope in this environment, and to stand for something different.

In all of this I found myself being uncomfortable and icky about my thoughts that at least my girls are built slim.  At least that will be one less thing they might have to be criticised for.  But there is always something.  I suspect they will both be very tall, as I was (and am) growing up, and that will possibly bring with it a raft of commentary.

I think this is my most important role as a parent, to have them grow up to be themselves in a world that wants them to conform.  As the wonderful Ricky Martin said on 60 Minutes last night, “it is none of my business what people think of me.”  Perhaps that is part of the armour we need to just live and let live.Untitled-1

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