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It’s 2016 – A new year, big leaps and brave new territory

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Niimi benfotiamine 150 mg 120 capsules 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. Continue Reading

Adelaide kids shining – Portrait Photography

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It’s about loving what you do

connexion netbet 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. Continue Reading

Why happy is not what you want for your kids

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It’s a pretty big ask

jugar poker gratis 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.

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Build a strong tribe (kids self esteem)

Maputo site de poker en ligne gratuit Growing strong girls-1It’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. Continue Reading

Adelaide Teen Photography Session – Rhoda

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.

Adelaide Teen Portrait Photography- Alexandra


Adelaide Teen Portrait Photography – Model Reps 2014

Here is my next feature model Alexandra. She has such an amazing quality about her. One minute she looks 25 and then she brings out her gorgeous smile and is a playful teen. In my eldest daughter’s words “she is so pretty”.

I just can’t tell you how much I loved photographing these girls. Obviously they are all stunning on the outside but such lovely fun beautiful girls through to their core. I tell you it gives me hope for our future, and makes me so grateful that I get to do this and meet such great people.

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Adelaide Teen Portrait Photography – Olivia

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Model Reps 2014

Had such a great afternoon with my model reps a couple of weeks ago shooting for my current campaign. The girls were an absolute dream to work with and it was a lot of fun. The weather was very very windy and warm when we arrived for the session but mother nature was kind and everything quietened down perfectly and I could not have ordered better circumstances.

We stated with my makeup artist Collette (Endless Beauty by Collette) setting herself up at the location and getting my lovely model reps camera ready. The girls are all stunning so I think Collette had a great base to start with but she did an amazing job.

So this week here is my first feature model – the gorgeous Olivia. An absolute dream to photograph and gorgeous inside and out.

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Looming teen years

Adelaide portrait photographerAdmittedly I’m not the parent of a teenager .. yet!  I feel it looming though. Like a little black cloud of reality ready to rain hormonal acid rain over our cosy existence.

I’m the proud parent of a beautiful blossoming tween. She is on a pendulum between sensationally sweet and god damn awful. Along with her, my emotions are swinging too. There are times I feel so proud and filled to the brim with excitement over what lies ahead for her. She is bright, creative and affectionate. I can’t wait to see where her life leads her.

There are other times (when I think about it too much) where I already mourn her childhood. The independence that is to come and the bit where I become the most embarrassing person ever put on this earth. In her eyes I’m sure I am already doing all the things that I, as a teenager, swore that I would never do to my own kids.

Mourning her childhood may sound a bit dramatic but for me there is something profoundly sad about the thought that one day, very soon, she will stop seeking me out to tell me about her day and any issues with her girlfriends. Instead she will go to those said girlfriends and whinge about me .. or probably instagram, Facebook or whatever other means the next generation adopt to bond over the inadequacies of their parents. She won’t want to cuddle with me on the couch and ask me to sit on her bed. She will rather stab herself in the hand than hang out with me and would be mortified with herself if she even considered borrowing any of my clothes (don’t forget that I am now the most heinous creature to walk the earth and my taste in everything will be excruciating in the extreme).

It’s hard to imagine when you first have your little babies and they are so needy and beautiful than one day they will stretch their wings … and not doubt try to whack you in the face while they do it. Cause, seriously, parents can be so annoying. I also didn’t think that much about what their world will be like when they take this flight. When you haven’t slept for 4 months and you have spew down your front you’re not really in the headset of worrying about the impact of social media.

I am there now. Not the spew bit .. the social media bit. Back in my day there was pressure to look a certain way. Magazines, films and video clips formed my ideals of what I should look like. That was frankly crap in itself but wholly heck the stuff these kids get bombarded with these days. I know I’m going to sound really ancient here but the racy film clips of the 80’s look like a Wiggles matinee by comparison to current clips. My weekend favourite of putting on the morning music channels has become a no-no in our house (I feel like I might as well subscribe the kids up to a porn channel and be done with it). Models that survive on little more than kale and fresh air but spruk about their healthy balanced diets (no mention of the twice daily workouts either)

And parents, who hasn’t had that morning after, when you remember that you are too old for being out past midnight and have vague recollections of the night before. You recall when you used to do this often and thank frick that no-one had mobile phones and instant access to video back in your day. The good old days when you could make a knob of yourself, and save it being at a wedding reception, chances are there was no video footage and even if there was it certainly wouldn’t ever make the internet. These days you can have a social following like a Kardashin before Adelaide portrait photographyyour bestie has got around to holding your hair.

I really do think today’s teenagers have got it pretty tough. So much pressure and it coming at so many angles. There really is no escape from negative messages that the world tries to hardwire them with. How can there be when the world is in our lounge, our bedrooms, our entire lives. Don’t get me wrong I have a deep and passionate relationship with my phone but I’m old enough to have a good snort when I see photoshopped images and ridiculous magazine covers. My sweet little tween is soon going to launch herself into all this ugliness and there is not a damn thing I can do to stop it. I can only sit back and hope that we as parents have given her enough common sense, confidence and self respect to navigate the teenage years and survive. I’ll also be making sure that she knows that while I’m going about my day, being the most embarrassing mum on earth, that I will be there every step of the way when she needs me and that our nest will always be her nest too.