Oldie Sunday

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byBarbUil (16)

Recently during a meet with a lovely group of creatives, we were discussing how our work  of old can get buried in our “portfolio graveyard” never to be seen again. And the importance of looking back at our old work, and what we use to do to understand who we are as creatives today.

Its been an amazingly wonderful 13 years for me. And I can say that there are some photographs that stick out to me as iconic in my journey and I guess, part of what makes me tick.

This photograph was one that really resonated with me, mostly because of your wonderful feedback (thank you!). So often I would get emails in saying “I love your unicorn photograph”.. ..

There was no need for the horn, or wings..and that is truly where childhood imagination sits. The ability to turn a stick into a sword.

A horse into a unicorn.

I love the idea of allowing children to interact with objects, toys, animals, nature and of course siblings and parents. And watching them create within that space. So often as a photographer I hear the word connection. Its a big word. However, its not often associated with objects and children do connect with objects in such a large way. A rock can become a mystical mountain in which tiny fire breathing frogs may live.

Who knows what a child will think of next. They are just simply the most imaginative, creative, heartfelt, wanderous souls on the planet. And this sweet, gorgeous girl took us away into this moment.

And whilst I am here… thank you, so much, for your wonderful feedback, I read every single comment, email and post – it means the world to me.    I always am reminded of how adults are like children too, we grow so much from feedback – and I think we often forget that.  Just a comment, here or there =) Every once in a while can really mean the world to someone.

Off to pay it forward.

xoxo Barb.



Im lucky enough to have met some amazingly talented photographers, designers, stylists, artist, actors, creatives, musicians….. silversmiths, mums, dads…! The list goes on.

Some of them I keep in touch with in a group on facebook for those who have attended a JinkyArt workshop. These folk are mostly photographers, and a small handful of us decided to share each others work a little. So please be sure to click on some of the links below, and check them out.

This photograph was taken in Sydney last year. This lovely mum is also a photographer, Catherine Burford and she has such a beautiful family.



• Alicias – Alicia Staley Johnson – http://www.alicias.com/blog/
• Angee L Photography – Angela Lautenschlager – http://angeelphotography.smugmug.com/Blog
• Aurelie Noyer Photography – Aurelie Noyer – htttp://Aurelienoyer.wordpress.com
• Aynat Designs – Tanya Cremin – http://www.aynatdesigns.com.au
• Belle Images – Angela Skerman – http://belleimages.com.au/blog/
• Belle Meinerz – Bell Meinerz – www.bellemeinerz.com/blog
• Bellini Portraits – Stephanie Edrich Piscitelli – http://www.bellinipics.com/blog
• Deus Photography – Jane Hogan – http://deusphotography.com/blog/
• Dragonfly Portraits – Karen Ashcroft – www.dragonflyportraits.com.au
• Elena K Photography – Elena Kloppenburg – http://www.elenakphotographyblog.com
• Emma Hutchinson Photography – Emma Hutchinson – http://www.emmahutchphotography.com.au
• Essence Images – Jessica Franklin Chia – www.essenceimages.com.au
• Glee and Bliss – Corey Bennett Williams – Www.gleeandblissblog.com
• In Photography – Michelle Pragt – http://www.inphotography.com.au/blog/
• Itty Bitty Love Photography – Kim Patel – http://ittybittylovephotography.com.au/blog
• Jemm Photography – Tamara Messina – www.jemmphotography.com.au
• Jennifer McHam Photography – Jennifer Breaux McHam – http://www.jennifermchamphotography.com/blog/
• Jenny Watts Photography – Jenny Watts – http://www.jennywattsphotography.com
• Jody Ryan Photography – Jody Ryan – http://www.jodyryanphotographyblog.com
• Judy Hohmann – Judy Hohmann – https://judyhohmann.wordpress.com/
• Karen Menyhart Photography – Karen Gardner Menyhart – http://blog.karenmenyhartphotography.com/?p=705
• Kate Lionis Photography – Kate Lionis – http://www.katelionis.com/blog/
• Kate Nagle Photography – Kate Boyle Nagle – http://katenaglephoto.com/
• Katie Tyler Photography – Katie Tyler – http://katietylerphotos.com/wordpress/category/blog/
• Leslie Meadow – Leslie Huckey Sarten – http://lesliemeadow.com/blog-3/
• Light and Shade Photography – Felicity Peterson – http://www.lightandshadephotography.com.au/blog
• Lisa Phillipson Photography – Lisa Washburn Phillipson – http://www.lisaphillipson.com
• Little Cherub Photography – Susan Fong – www.littlecherubphotography.com
• Maria Z Photography – Maria Sze – http://www.mariazphotography.com/blog/
• Maternal Moments Photography – Rachell Marie – http://www.maternalmomentsphotography.com.au
• Michelle Frances Photography – Michelle Frances Deacon – http://michellefrances.co.nz/news-recent-work/
• Michelle Ridland Photography – Michelle Ridland – http://www.michelleridlandphotography.com.au/welcome-to-my-blog
• Morgan Henderson Photography – Morgan Henderson – http://www.morganhendersonphotography.com
• Mrs Smart Photography – Bronwyn Smart – Www.mrssmartphotography.com.au/blog
• My Baby Book – Martyna Ball – http://mybabybook.it/blog/
• Nancy Vaz Photography – Nancy Milkovich Vaz – www.nancyvazphotography.com/blog
• Natasha Haire Photography – Natasha Haire – http://natashairephotography.com/portrait-session-emily/
• Nina Tantzen Photography – Nina Tantzen – http://www.ninatantzen.com/blog
• Orange Moon Photography – Melinda Savageau – http://orangemoonphotography.com/
• Peas & Carrots Photography – Nikki Joyner – http://www.peasandcarrots.com.au/blog/
• Photography by Serendipity – Susan Kempken Heckel – http://serendipityphotostudio.com/blog/
• Pixien Photography – Monika Pixien – http://blog.pixien.com/
• Rebecca Dunstall – Rebecca Dunstall – www.rebeccadunstall.com
• Simply Heaven Photography – Kara Webber – http://simplyheavenphotography.com/blog
• Sugarlight Photography – Gunilla Lindgren – http://www.sugarlightphotography.com/blog.php
• Sugarpuff Photography – Lianne Bacorro – http://www.sugarpuffphoto.com/
• Tales of Light – Ricardo Silva – http://www.ricardosilvafotografia.com/blog-2/
• Three Winks – Jill Tomb – http://www.three-winks.com/blog/?page_id=366
• Tiffany Walensky Photography – Tiffany Walensky – http://newborns.tiffanywalensky.com
• White Salt Photography – Janine Harris – http://www.white-salt.com.au/blog/
• Wildflower Studio – Michelle Conner Dransart – http://www.wildflowerstudiophoto.com/blog/
• Will Chao Photography – Will Chao – http://willchaophotography.com

Well firstly let me say that Im sorry that I didn’t get to complete my 30 days of baby Art. I did in fact get to take photographs of him of course however, crazy life got the better of me, and then I didn’t find time to upload.

So just as a pop in and a “Hi”. This is another gorgeous baby, taken at our new studio recently – well in the garden.  And in fact this was the first client shoot ever in our “new space”. And yes, that is our cat Marley who loves all babies it seems and joined us outside for a small time. Till next time..much love xoox Barb



The last 30 days before my baby turns 1.

Every day.

A photograph. My baby boy, from a mothers perspective.



Day 19 : I need a little reminder of how I can find my way sometimes. This morning I rose to a beautiful morning and was reminded of our artful life and how we as a family strive to fill our hearts with joy, and creativity in our every day.  Ede helped to collect things on our walk and then together we took these photographs and crafted Arts name.

Art senior and Art junior, as a reminder to lead a more artful life.


Day 18 : Ok Ill admit, I had to miss posting a day, and this photograph is another frame of the shot posted on day 8. However, life got the better of me. So, back on track today I hope. And in a way, I am kind of glad I had to go through the old pics because I found this little gem – and am now wondering why on earth I went with the other pic! I LOVE this one..so much more. Infact, THIS is the one that will go in the family album. My two boys.


Day 17 : A quick one for today, as I just walked in and found Marley and Art like this. So sweet, how could I resist?!

Day 16 :  While you are a baby, I can never hold you too much or spoil you.
I can only love and adore you. Every day I stop and appreciate every tiny moment,
the smiles, the tears and the still snuggling midnight feeds.
Its these quiet moments that I will miss, however I can not wait to get to know the little boy
that is showing himself more and more every single day.


Day 15 : Half way and I am already sad that in 15 days I might stop. I hope I don’t. Capturing something every day of this little babe growing into a boy has been such a pleasure. So much so that I have even chatted to my girls about documenting 30 days in their lives. And they all said yes (amazing), of course, with some involvement. Talia would like to collaborate on a creative feel which made this photographer mummy’s heart swoon. Back to baby Art, he has started to explore. A lot. He stood independently for .15 of a second yesterday and as you can see, it wont be long till we get to hear his little pitter-pattering feet running up an down the hall way. Blocks by the way, are one of his favourite things…to throw.


Day 14 : Today, Art and Boo played in the sprinkler.  Of course, Art is obsessed with Boo, and Boo is a good girl and lets Art use her as a leaning post to stand and sit on. They are so very cute together.


Day 13 : Arty Bear is his name.  Infact, anyone who knows us well knows his theme song, which is in tune with the Spider Man soundtrack. Or if you ask my husband, Spider Pig from the Simpsons. To me SpiderMan sounds far more whimsical. So, heres the song (sing it with me!). “Arty Bear, Arty Bear, does whatever an Arty Bear does. Swings his hips side to side, all because here we go because, here comes the Arty Bear!”.. ox


Day 12 : A stolen moment. (And incase you are wondering, there is a B&W or Colour thread on facebook right asking which one should end up in the family album. At the time of updating the Boo and Art in the sprinkler pic, B&W was winning).


Day 11 : Another sleep shot. I couldn’t resist. He is so peaceful and beautiful.  This is the little face that I get to watch every day whilst he sleeps.



Day 10 :  Guess who’s fav food is watermelon?  And looking at the pics I’m now realizing he likes raising his arms in the air..like he just doesn’t care! =D


Day 9 : I promise, we go outside. Today was another miserable day however, so, it seems, outside play eludes us.   I took these at 7am this morning … it seems to me that he is happier in the morning and lets face it. So am I!  Peek-a-boo!


Day 8 : One of my favourite photographs of Ede of all time is with her daddy.. and this morning while Simon (Art senior) was trying to put Art to sleep, I was reminded of that moment all those years ago.   It seemed to me that this was the ideal moment  and asked Simon to put his arm around Arts head – just as he had done with Ede in “that photograph“.   Simon got a confused look and Art thought the whole idea was ridiculous.  Ahh the life of a photographers husband (and son). Still, I love this little shot of their quiet cuddling moment (albeit ruined by me with my camera).



Day 7:   Art and Ede. Art loves following her round and Ede loves making him craft. She has made him more hats than I can count and today she decided he needed to be a prince at her animal party.  She asked {with very innocent big brown eyes} if it is ok to have all the neighbours animals inside for the party so that she and Art could eat cake with them.

Cake, I decided, was probably not the best food for animals and on this occasion said no. “Maybe next time”, I said.

It didnt deter her from making party invitations for everyone and handing them out. I think, if I do make it through 30 days of Art – 30 days of Ede is next on the agenda. Fingers crossed.

Of course, I took the opportunity to take this. (see below).




And this (see above).



Day 6 : Woo, just in the nick of time.  Today, poor Arty Bear was a little under the weather. And so was the weather in fact. Miserable and rainy, so we spent a lot of time indoors.   We managed to do a whole lot of nothing – which is nice – and that equated to a whole lot of cuddling.!



Day 5 : Such a hot day today…with rain finally in the afternoon. Art watched it pour day from Ede’s bed. His little friend Marley, not too far away.  Of course, I am on the look out for anything cute to add to his 30 last days as a baby series.  (And let me add, Im quite proud of myself for even making it this far. I know, I just started! Lets see how long I “really” last!).


Day 4 : If there is one thing that Art isn’t  – its a morning person. He wakes up screaming just about every morning. Except on this occasion. Worth another sleepy pic for sure, who knows when he will wake up like this again.



Day 3 : Meet Marley. He is super cute and super new.  He is actually Ede & Penny’s new kitty, however Art has taken to him considerably. Art can not. stop. giggling at him.  Marley is hours of entertainment and so full of adventure. His favourite thing to do is chase the dog of course, and Art thinks that is pretty funny.  I hope these two will be come great friends.




Day 2 : Its these moments, the quiet times when I am feeding Art that I truly look down and reflect on what a joy he is.  I know, of course its not the method of feeding however, more the closeness that feeding brings and as a mum its something I wont ever do again.  I will miss this. So much.  Sigh. Sometimes, I can only truly show how I feel in photographs.




Day 1: His very favourite thing to do is play peek-a-boo. He even says it. “Boo” as he lifts up the scarf. It is super super cute!  I am so adoring him. My very last baby. Its been a while since I have done a 30 day project however, I just know I need to cherish every single moment of this baby boy. We all adore him. He has bought so much joy into the household. With his little smiles, his tiny sense of humor and his baby blue eyes. We are still surprised by those.