Life is so busy ... What with a busy client schedule & my work in SCN sometimes I feel totally overwhelmed. But then there is Wednesday. My favourite day of the week. On Wednesday Layla comes to hang out with me & then I am forced to stop. I don't do anything but play with her, tell stories, snuggle & now that she is walking we might play a bit of chasey. This week I also took a few quick snaps. The giggles are infectious and watching her observe her world around her is just fascinating. I feel so lucky that I am able to take the time to just watch her grow.
What has happened to summer?! We have had a few days that showed the promise of summer, got us all excited for the warmer days and then suddenly we are back in the chills of winter!! Crazy weather ... but to be truthful that is one of the things I love about Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula... the weather is always interesting!
No matter what the weather the beach is a wonderful place for a family session and as a Mornington Peninsula local one of my favourite beaches for photography sessions is along the McCrae foreshore as there are so many little spots for snuggly close "moments" as well as a lovely expanse of gorgeous beach for those fabulous wide shots!
I thought that I would share some images form a winter beach session I did a number of weeks ago. It was a funny old day and we had decided that with the exception of rain we would shoot no matter how wild it was. I just love how the beach changes from season to season and in these images you can see she has her winter dress on with all of the seaweed washed up on the shoreline from the stormy seas we have been having. The sand was COLD and the wind was woolly but we were suitably rugged up and for just a brief moment the dark and heavy clouds parted and we got some beautiful sunshine.
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For many of you it may have gone unnoticed but this week we acknowledged "world gratitude day" on the 21st of September. The very first celebration of this day started in 1965 in Hawaii and every year since, its following has grown with the hope that by dedicating one day a year to this practise it will encourage more positivity, content, and a happier world.
I like to think that most of us practice gratitude daily, even if we are totally unaware that we are doing so - I know I try to. So my blog post today is about my gratitude with regard to my work and a very serious little boy named Harry.
I feel that photographs are a gift to our "future" family and the documentary style that I love not only tells future generations what we look like in the moment but also a little bit about us and the love that our family shares. I will be forever grateful and consider it such a privilege to be invited in to the every day lives of my clients and to capture that little glimpse of them as they are in that moment. Particularly when some of those moments are sometimes quite intimate. What makes my heart sing even louder is when I am invited back again and again to photograph them as their family grows and document them year after year.
Which brings me to Harry. This week I had an email from his mama to book in a family session to include Harrys new little brother, Tom. I am so excited to catch up with them all again and to meet little Tom. Seems like a perfect opportunity to share with you some of my favourite images from my previous session with Harry. And as you will see he was a VERY serious little man ...
I know I'm not alone when I say that sometimes I find it really difficult to maintain my "mojo" and stay fresh when much of the time my work requires me to be on my own in front of a computer screen. There are so many opportunities for negative thoughts and good old self doubt to creep in - but that is a blog post for another day!
To try and stay as fresh and motivated as I can, I allocate myself a few professional development days and activities each year. They can be a variety of things such as group workshops, seminars, online classes etc. Just recently I had a 1:1 mentor session with a photographer that I have admired for quite some time, not only because I like her work, but even though we had never met, I thought I liked the way she worked ... and I wasn't disappointed.
My mentor day with Amy Rushbrook from Lark + Bear was fabulous and exactly what I needed. We spent the whole morning drinking coffee and chatting extensively about EVERYTHING! If I was going to take just one thing away from our day together it would be the importance of finding the right clients and being able to identify who they are.
So I got thinking about just who they are ... They are every day regular people. They are totally in love with their life and the people they have built that life with. They are creative and adventurous and don't mind taking risks. They are generous, hard working and are looking for an experience that leaves them feeling GREAT! They want their images to reflect real life and who they are as people ... No matter how messy it might get. Because real life isn't perfect.
My day with Amy ended with a wonderful session at the beautiful family home of Steph. It couldn't have been more perfect. Even though it was a cold and grey old day, we had a balance of beautiful light and shadow and little Alice had chosen her outfit especially for our visit. She reminded me so much of one of my own children at a similar age - so much energy and independence and not to mention the CURLS! I was happy watching Amy work her magic but did manage to capture a little snapshot of our afternoon ..... Enjoy!