Category: Musings

Soul Searching

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The above : A collaboration – By myself and my husband.

Musings below :

Lately my voice has been screaming for space.

For the imperfections, for grace and the un-affected. Pure of heart.

Recently I taught a workshop where one of the attendees asked me where I downloaded my animal “composites”.

Now, before I launch into this you KNOW, if you have followed me (and have heard this before) that I love digital artistry. And its amazing skill and admire those of you who are just outstanding at it.

But, most, if not 90% of the time – in my shots – the animals are not a composites from two different shoots. And that’s just a voice thing. I prefer the children to experience the joy of the relationship that they have with the animal, safely.  To have wander and understand just how valuable animals are on this planet, and experience their beauty. To have the stars floating around them, to be holding the cake or to be actually there on the boat.

Its their imaginations and experience after all.

But again that’s not to say that the art of making a story around a child, digitally, is any lesser. Its not. Its another skill…altogether. A form of artwork that is entirely different.

So for teaching, such as my editing videos, I often will add things, or sometimes, I might add a moon or some fluffy clouds or another star..for example. I LOVE doing that. I do, and I love teaching. I was after all a child care worker prior to all of this and its my retirement plan to go back there.  Making fuzzy felt animals and reading on the reading rug with preschoolers.  Be still my heart!

Let me get back on topic…(if there really is one)…

Back to photography. I really in my heart of hearts, feel so much more joy, for myself and the children in the photograph… if I can provide them with an experience that is based around their own imaginations and capture that on the day for them.

And that’s where my voice is screaming. My photographic voice.

I jump up and down when I capture something in camera… as is..and it captures just THAT.  Then in edit… its about enhancing the colours, the feel, in  such a huge way that it brings more to the imagination of the work.  Like a paint brush.

My husband Simon asked me why don’t I just shoot film. Well, I said.. “I love digital photography”. AND I love having the option of moving a star – from side A  to side B for example. And painting. Which he rightly proclaimed, I could still do, shooting film. But its not for me.

And I don’t feel like I need to really explain (although I have) myself. (So why am I? I am just now asking myself this).  I prefer to just shoot, make things with my hands, and experience and really quite honestly, offer my clients this moment in time that is just for them. Nobody else.

I feel – like – my time – our time is short.

And every day, more and more, I am immersing myself in my own day to day – offline.

I am enjoying craft, making props, drawing up ideas, sharing in this with my family. Making craft that is entirely different to photography and something we will share soon. I feel so fortunate that we lead this amazing life where art and craft are our every day.  Where there isn’t a day that goes by where one of us isn’t involved in an art project..

So this long winded post is about a change that you will slowly see happening here on JinkyArt. Its already started.

Its SO longed for.

But let me just say to you – its such a slow gradual thing you will wonder what on earth I am talking about…. Really, Im still going to photography. My heart for photography and capturing childhood memories and moments is still as pure as it was the first day it started. And I am so so so grateful for every single moment of this journey.

So…We have something in the wood works that we will be sharing with you…and my flow of work coming to you shall be truly, from the heart. As always. But my aim, is more and more hands on…in person. And sharing in that delightful side of it.

But now, I must go and grow some carrots.

Dont worry, Ill be sure to photograph us doing it and bring you along for the ride…

Good night cyber land – my old friend.





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 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 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.



Having time to go back through photographs of past and actually pull out work that I have always wanted to however have never had the time – is BLISS.

Who could resist?

It truly isn’t often that I get work with such lovely animals and children.  For me, this is one of my highlights – something I will always look back on and think – who gets to do that? How lucky am I?

Taken in Round Top, Texas  – one of my favourite places to photograph because of its natural diversity and the lovely people of course.

So, Lori, this one goes out to you. For assisting me in Texas for all those wonderful workshops, I finally got round to editing another of your gorgeous boys with the Zebra. I will send it your way.







I’m often asked if I still document my children “as they are” anymore.  And I have to say in all honesty – yes, however – not as often as I would like.   Its not to say that I don’t want to. I just get distracted with work, life and well living. As a photographer I often find I am like a plumber with bad plumbing.

A few years ago whilst traveling I took lots of photographs of the family.  Like the one above. This is Penny holding a sword that we had picked out for a shoot of the girls in an English garden – Robin Hood style.

The girls had dreamed up the shoot when they found a stick with a feather in it, all carved into the shape of an arrow. It was obvious another child had stayed in the same house, which by the way use to be the holiday house of the Queen (apparently). A gorgeous English estate in West Sussex with the most extraordinary gardens.

The girls loved the gardens. So the Robin Hood shoot was dreamed up and off we went to shop for it.  A few bits of leather, old skirts and of course a sword. The one Penny is holding in the above pic.

And below are the results (which I posted a year ago).  Which photograph are more real?

My answer is truly both because I just love to explore and expand on the imagination of children – whilst also documenting what they are doing with their “right now” imaginations.

To me neither is less real. Just two different styles I guess. xoxo

PS this post makes me want to go through all the family pics for overseas and share some. If only I had more time!





From a recent family session.

At a recent workshop, an attendee asked me if I follow other photographers and who my inspirations are.

My inspirations are many. In fact, if I were to follow those who inspire me, I would spend all day on the computer doing, not much!

I tend not to.

I stay in the dark a little in regards to the photographic industry and who’s doing what. I don’t like competition – entering them, or comparing myself and in fact find that to be awfully demotivating.

My list of amazing photographers… I said, would be ENDLESS. But I guess to me its like looking at a Pinterest board full of crafty children’s activities, and those gorgeous pinterest birthday cakes. I think, “Oh dear, my children really didn’t get the crafty super mum.”

What I do love is happily stumbling across someone who inspires me outside the photographic industry.  Usually illustrators or artists and maybe even musicians.   Music and photography go hand in hand if you think about it.

One of my goals this year was to do some work that is unexpected.

And what I have found is that my style seems to come through no matter how unexpected I feel something may be. I just am, who I am.

So my unexpected goal turned into, less digital artistry, to getting that perfect feel out of camera as much as I can. Thats what inspires me.  To conceptualize the unexpected in a way that captures the dreamscape perfectly, in camera.

A work in progress! I guess.

What is your unexpected inspiration?



expectingYou may have already heard through the grapevine the most exciting news…we are expecting a baby very early next year.

We are all very excited, and beyond thrilled.  Especially the girls – they have already named the baby “Wombat”. Im hoping that name doesn’t stick – however it is a great name for now.

Ede (shown in this photograph, however now 4), has decided she too is pregnant, and her baby is called “Kangaroo”.

Whats that mean for JA? Well, it means my poor assistant Shelley is now chasing her tail trying to  reschedule everything around this little addition to our family. So there will be some new workshop announcements as we move the New Zealand workshop to a new date and offer some others as replacements.

More on that later.

Tummy rubs all round.

(very excited, and a little pukey)







From a shoot that I did earlier in the year.  I love the mix of fluffier than fluffy dresses (that their mum made – how crafty is she!) and the rough cane fields of Cairns.  A gorgeous family.

Speaking of which – I have been meaning to speak to the photographers who follow this blog as I had a comment recently that had me wanting to say more.  The comment was that I don’t really talk about the children in the JinkyArt photographs much.  And that is correct.  I don’t!

And I guess the photographer who posted it was wondering why.  I really don’t think its my place to talk about other peoples children much – other then to say none specific things.  Privacy on the internet is such a huge, huge deal. Especially when it comes to children.  I might say something I didn’t realize might be inadvertently dangerous, or might even be inappropriate.  I guess, I now take the stance that when it comes to kids, the best thing to do is not say much at all. However, this has developed more and more over the years.  I was more inclined to say more 8 years ago – however really, this thing called the internet is just such a different beast isn’t it?

So on that note, if you are a photographer reading this, I’m sure you already take this into consideration.. and take a bit of care to ensure that the children are the most important aspect – and their privacy is right up there on the top of the list.

BTW, I linked this on my facebook page, but thought it appropriate here too.

Anyway, I hope to post some personal blog posts soon – Its been awhile and so much has happened with my own little family.. xoox.