Category: Older Kids

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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!

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January 1 of 2014 and I am so somber,  - no,  just quiet and patiently awaiting the future.  I feel grateful, and like a child wide eyed with hope for what is to come.

A new baby coming to complete our family of already beautiful babies.

Simpler times ahead and …did I mention a little baby!

We are all very excited.

This is my daughter, Talia.   I am her mummy so of course I cant help but think she is just so beautiful (as I do Penny & Ede) however I just love how she can hauntingly stare down the camera.

I have used this photograph in the Natural Retouching Video in the upcoming post processing videos that are being released on the 15th of January.

So today, this 1st day of 2014, I just want you to know that you are beautiful. Yes you!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oofSnsGkops

HAPPY NEW YEAR.

 

 

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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…..like 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?

 

 

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This was taken during a workshop that I taught over the weekend at the AIPP Nikon Event in Hobart. What fun!

I promised that I would blog a pic from one of the two shoots.. so here it is.

Special thanks to our models, Jen Rayner for all your help, and of course the AIPP Nikon Event for asking me to come along and teach. It was also so great to catch up with old friends, and meet new ones.  I saw so many familiar faces, and not enough time to catch up with everyone but what a blast! I have to say, the AIPP sure know how to throw a party!

xo