Valentine’s Day is upon us
Given that it’s a day dedicated to love I have decided to mark it by celebrating ALL love. Why just keep it to romantic love when the most important thing is to just be celebrating love in your life in whatever form it comes in. Love is love right? So I am honouring LOVE in all its glorious forms by offering a ♥♥ 10% discount ♥♥ on bookings made this coming week (until the 20th February 2016) for sessions held in March and April. That’s 7 days to grab your diaries and lock in a session with or for someone you love. It might be a partner, children, mum, dad, sibling, friend, great Aunt Bess. Heck it might be your dog.
Happy New Year!
2016 – So another year begins. I’m not really into new year resolutions (possibly because I can never keep them). I think every day is a fresh page onto which you get to write your story. Every good story has twists and turns so some days it will be down right crappy others you’ll soar. That’s life right? That said, there is something mentally clearing about seeing a number 1 on your calendar. Time to take stock of the journey behind you and on what’s ahead. Twenty fifteen rocketed past me and was such a mixed bag but I am so thankful for it. It has helped to define my path and I learnt a lot about me and a huge amount about what I want for myself and for my kids.
It’s about loving what you do
The images in this post represent two passions. One was mine, getting to photograph this session. The other was this young dancer following her ballet dreams. Maybe it’s because there is something infections about the boundless opportunities still ahead for kids but it’s a really special energy to be around, watching kids doing something they love.
We are smack bang in the middle of school holidays so today we ventured out to the Adelaide Central Markets (always awesome) and then to check out Disney Pixar’s newest offering Inside Out. Now I’d seen trailers for this movie months ago and was pretty excited about seeing it. I expected good things from it and I wasn’t disappointed. It really kicks you in the feels and delves into some pretty deep stuff which is right up my alley. In fact it was all about my last post on happiness (click here if you need to catch up on that one). All that good stuff about the ups and downs, not being happy all the time, emotions and dealing with change. It was all good. I struggled back some tears, stifled a sob during all the touchy feeling memory stuff, fought the need to hug my kids during the film. It was funny, relevant and clever. Bit over the heads of the under 7’s but great for older kids.
It’s a pretty big ask
A few weeks ago I asked the question on my Facebook page about what parents wanted most for their kids. I did this because when I asked myself the same question my immediate response was “happy”. As was the answer from the majority of others that responded. It’s a pretty natural answer because of course we want our kids to be happy. I want mine to be bouncing off the freaking walls with joy but it had me thinking about what happy was and whether it’s really what we should want for our kids. Stay with me we’re going deep.
It’s a freaking cyber jungle out there. Every generation has had their challenges but I will step forward and say that this generation of kids have it tough. I really believe that. I would not be a teenager in this day and age if you paid me. I don’t need to have some freaky Friday thing happen to get some perspective. When I did some youthful daft thing there were few witnesses and no permanent record. The lifespan of embarrassments and judgement from my generation rarely saw out the week and were pretty localised. Nothing is sacred for our kids. They are constantly connected – no respite from the bombardment of judgement and unachievable imagery, aspiring to fake people and fake images. A constant virtual mauling of their psyche.
I have felt a little rant coming on for a while. Is anyone else sick of reading about getting in shape? Headlines promoting “How to shape up for Summer”. These days we are bombarded with it. In the good old days it was just tv and magazines which was bad enough but now these getting in shape advocates are able to visit us via social media. No where is safe.
The whole body pressure thing is full on enough. Thigh gaps (yes – it’s a thing). People chasing the desire to be skinny (that’s just crazy talk and I can’t fathom why anyone would activity want to achieve skinny #nofun #bony). Getting fitter, stronger, healthier, that I get. But it’s the getting in shape buzz I find interesting.
Some more from my 2014/15 teen reps
I still can’t believe how lucky I was getting three of the coolest girls to be my teen reps last year. Rhoda here is so stunning and her incredibly bubbly personality shines through. She is an absolute dream to photograph and is so versatile. I find this age group so interesting how they can look like young girls one minute and like sophisticated women the next. Tall, elegant, beautiful and loads of fun too – Rhoda has a big future ahead of her, you can just sense she is going to take the world by storm. Here are more of her images from the session.