Category: Older Kids

From a recent session in Jindabyne, Australia.  Two years in the making – and I am so thankful….. so so thankful that they picked me as their family photographer.

Thank you Kate.

Together we dreamed up this wonderful winter wonderland shoot and it was just so fun. Of course, being winter we didn’t have long to shoot even though it was September here which really means it was Spring. Christmas has extra special meaning to this family, and I will definitely be sure to share some more from this session as the holidays draw near.

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She said “A broken princess?”.

“Not one that is perfect, one that is strong”.

And so, with that, she waved her magic wand,

And her mother, whom she calls “Mommy”,

Turned her idea into, well, a photo shoot.

But all with the guidance of “The Broken Princess” herself.

Her dream, her idea.

And you should see what she did next…keeping following, more to come from this shoot soon.

Hair & Makeup Artistry by the Wonderful Adi Bukman

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As a photographer I am not often questioning if I do or do not create art.  However, I know that as a creative I do question my own creativity and how the life in which I lead influences that. So often, my creative boundaries are pushed by those around me and that is not only in the form of photography. For example, when I look at pottery, I am caught up in the use of form to create seamless shapes that not only embrace simplicity but also on most occasions have a function.  Or a gardener who might grow his own extraordinarily meaningful food to not only cleans the soul but also inspire inner health. That is truly inspiring.  And in my mind, an artform.

Art truly is all around us, every day, in so many ways and I guess, a part of me wishes to embrace that side …just sometimes.

Its part of the reason why I am super excited to be bringing into the JinkyArt fold, the wonderfully talented and inspiring  silversmith Celia Davey  who actually inspired the above photograph of my daughter, Talia.  Cee is joining the team next week as a creative peer, and I have to say, her influence has already settled in on me.  I hope to explore my own work through the eyes of others more often, and I promise when I do, Ill share it, even if its not my norm.

So many exciting things around the corner.

And, Cee, welcome!

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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.