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Couples photography mini session

Adelaide Mini Session

Mini photography sessions for couples

 

Adelaide Mini Session

Just got engaged? Need save-the-date cards or just would love some photos to capture how mad for each other you are?

Grab a loved one and do a mini session. You’ll get a personal gallery to have a look at your pictures and 3 fully edited digital images included in the price.

For an additional cost I can put together your engagement or save-the-date cards, collages or customise something else for you.

Sessions available to book at this price until the end of February (session does not need to be completed by then). Gift Vouchers are available.

Call 0405120525 or email below for more information:


 

 

Bianca’s Moment [Adelaide Photography]

Bianca's Moment [Adelaide Photography,

Mum's Moment Adelaide PhotographyLast week I got to spend a fantastic, and eye opening, afternoon with an amazing family. As you have all been so avidly following my posts (right?) you will know that I decided to run a little project in the lead up to mother’s day and get people to nominate a mum who has it pretty tough and would be really deserving of winning a bit of a pamper and some photos. I had some amazing letters but Bianca Henderson was chosen as the recipient of the package. Bianca is mum to Declan who has a rare form of Epilepsy. It was so great to meet Bianca and then her husband and Declan. To do Bianca’s family justice I’ve split this story into two parts and will share the family photos in a second post so firstly I will focus just on Bianca’s Moment.

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Bianca’s afternoon started with some hair styling by the lovely Jacki Hann (Jacki’s Hairdressing) who was being very shy and hiding from the camera but did a lovely job of making Bianca’s hair a glossy mane. I am always in awe of the job hairdressers do with the straighteners as I can never ever achieve this with my own hair. I blame low dexterity and patience. Here is a bit of before and after action of Bianca’s locks.

 With her hair done we whizzed Bianca off for a makeup session with Collette (Endless Beauty by Collette) where Bianca had to sit patiently, unable to see the work in progress, until the big reveal at the end.  This has got to be a little disconcerting when you can hear a camera clicking away. I can’t thank Jacki and Collette enough for donating their time and expertise for this project and making Bianca look so beautiful. When I came up with the idea for this project I wanted to give a mum a break from the ordinary and felt like we achieved this.  As you will see below Bianca looked incredible and I think it’s safe to say that it was not how she usually spent a Sunday afternoon.

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Finding time and yourself

Autumn 2014-10Phew, it’s been a busy May. It has gone so fast and so packed with action but I can hardly remember what we did. Just an exhausted blur at the moment and that underlying nagging of all the things I still have to do and the list of things I had intended on starting but didn’t. Sometimes it all seem quite overwhelming.

Like most mum’s I struggle to get my work/home life balanced, mostly because I generally work from home unless I’m actually shooting. Being a work at home mum is a pretty tough gig. Yes, there is the huge advantage of flexible hours and I can do it in my trackies, but it requires a lot of discipline. Leaving the house to work gives you a sense of separation and purpose that I think working from home doesn’t give you. When I’m working from home, I think “Oh I’ll just throw a load of washing on” and then my brain enters the “Holy crap … I’ve got a hundred things on this week” zone. I’d better also do that grocery shopping, and iron that shirt, and Billie has a friend coming to play on Tuesday so I need to have healthy snacks, notes to go back to school, present for the party on the weekend, bills, vacuuming, cleaning, zzzzzzzz…….. Don’t get me wrong,Autumn 2014-12 I know everybody has these things to get done, and working mum’s run around madly doing them during lunch breaks and on weekends. I’m getting more at the mind-set of working from home that makes us (certainly me) feel like we still have to do the whole job of a stay-at-home mum as well as trying to work from home. It takes a lot of discipline and understanding from family and friends to support you working on your business through the day, especially when you are not yet bringing in the big bucks. Getting respect for trying to BUILD a business is a different thing. Money is the one currency that people understand. If you head off to work and receive a salary then you are contributing and receiving validation. When you are working from home, when the housework is falling behind because you are busy trying to build your business, but you’ve only made $200 this week, well, this comes with reservations about the value of it from others. They are not seeing the bigger picture – just the bills and the piles of unfolded laundry.

I over commit myself because I want to be it all. I feel like I need to have the perfectly kept house because I am at home but I also want to build my beautiful business and grow as a photographer, as that makes me happy and I feel has been waiting in the wings for far too long. I want to be the absolutely best mum out there and volunteer at school, go on excursions, cook wholesome meals, let them experience the sports/ventures that might fill there souls down the track. I want to feel like I am contributing to the household income and being a great wife, but in doing so I always feel like I am doing a half job of everything. It appears (despite what my pants tell you) there is just not enough of me to go around. Certainly not enough hours in the day for me to get all my ideas off the ground.

Feeling so short on time made me conscious of how I was spending my time and what was bringing me down. I guess also with my youngest heading to school next year it feels like a natural progression to start thinking about what I want my future to look like. So in the last 12 months I have tried to concentrate more on where I need to be and felt I had a lot more direction, and have spent less time accommodating everybody outside my family. It has come at a cost as not everybody likes change. Some people’s roles in my life have reduced and some awesome people have entered it. It’s all about being myself and being allowed to change and welcoming all that comes with it.Autumn 2014-3

I have no regrets. In fact I feel stronger and braver because of it. The people who fill me up are with me and I feel like I am on the right track. I feel like I am starting to find out where I am headed. This does make me scoff a little at having to pick subjects at school for my future .. in year 10 … at what.. 14 years old? #noidea. It’s taken me another 26 years to work out what I want to be when I grow up! And even then I’m pretty sure that’s going to continue to evolve. In the mean time I am doing the best I can, loving my children, enjoying my business, trying to be the best version of me.

Autumn 2014-9So I am working on surrounding myself with positive people who support the journey and are on one themselves. Nothing better than sharing a ride with someone else right? But I still haven’t found those extra hours in the day so now I’m working on my ‘no’ muscle. Someone posted about this recently and it hit a chord with me, the concept of using this muscle more often. Only accepting work and commitments that I feel connected with and excited about.

I’m also working on time blocking my diary. This is not a new concept but not something I have exercised at home.  I live by my calendar but I only have been putting in work/school/kindy/sports/social commitments. For this day forth (sounds official right?) I am putting exercise and kids time in my calendar. I am time blocking those suckers in so they are not the things that gives way to everything else. It’s in the diary as a commitment. So by blocking in some “official” time I get a bit for me, work and a big chunk for my kids and hopefully a bit more balance all around. Time to stop putting myself last – it’s exhausting and not really any good for my family either. Grumpy, tired mummies are bad news.

My husband has been studying so I recently blocked out some time to take the kids to Mount Lofty Botanical Gardens. It’s become one of my favourite places and absolutely in its element in Autumn. This weather recently has been incredible and it seems amazing that we were up there in May … in t-shirts, but I’m not complaining. We had so much fun playing in the leaves and the extra sunshine does wonders for the soul. It reminds me how awesome the journey is and how lucky I am to have all the incredible things I have in my life.signature-with-red2

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Mother’s Day: Time to celebrate all the mums and a little bit of Autumn colour thrown in [2014 Adelaide Photography Session]

Young girl and tulle in the autumn vines-1-2Sharing something a little personal tonight on the blog and raising a glass to pay tribute to all the generations of mums

I have a number of things on the go, namely a mother’s day offer and my very special Mum’s Moment Project. If you haven’t checked them out, then I’d love you to follow the links at the bottom to find out more and share. There is a definite theme going and it’s about celebrating mum’s. My Mum’s Moment Project felt like something that had been brewing for such a long time. Too many mum’s, sisters, daughters, aunts having a tough time. I’m not a doctor, accountant or therapist. I can’t offer any medical or financial solutions but what I can do is give them some memories to hold onto which is why I decided to launch this project. And I know how mum’s generally hate to be in front of the camera  so I organised some truly awesome women to help spruce them up before the session. Namely Sheridan Gordon, Jacki Hann and Collette Afar. If you need some sprucing up yourself I firmly suggest you get in touch with these ladies ’cause they are not only amazing at what they do but pretty damn cool in their own right.

Moving along, tonight’s post is very personal and is linked with mums. At the start of this year I lost my beautiful Grandmother. Last grandparent standing on both sides of my family and intrinsic in my life and later on that of my children. I wish they had been old enough to really remember grandparents on both sides of the family but as it stands my maternal Grandmother was the most involved in their lives. Grandma was tiny and quietly feisty, never one to make a fuss or put anyone else out, but somehow still able to hold her ground. Growing up it was my Grandfather who instilled the discipline and yet it is the memory of my grandmother getting cross with me for not finishing my peas that stands out in my mind, maybe because her manner was usually so un-confrontational that this sticks with me (I now do eat peas… just saying).

Due to my parents unwavering care of my grandmother and her undeniable spirit, she was a fixture in all our lives over the years and she lived out over 100 of them.

Hell yes, ONE frick’n HUNDRED!

We are talking letter from the Queen, Prime Minister, Governor, type birthday.

When she finally was taken down after a brave battle following a stroke she was 6 days short of celebrating her 101st birthday. Despite the inevitability of her departure (when you hit 100 you’ve gotta figure you’re on borrowed time right?), it was still such a loss and a sudden conclusion to having four generations often together. Upon her passing, as it happens, there is the unavoidable cleaning up of apartments and personal belongings. This in itself has been a journey for my mother and her siblings. A woman who was born into war, and enduring rationing, an army wife, and a changing world becomes adept at cautious, measured behaviour and fear at showing too much, but in her death her sentimentality has been unveiled with findings that we never knew existed. A saved wedding dress, diaries and letter. Moments into a world we will never experience.

It is these things that make me want to provide a memory box for my children and their children. Things that they are too young to value now but will mean so much down the track. I feel like photos give me one of those outlets to not only show them through my eyes how I see them but having something they can also pass on to their children. The photos taken below are of my 10-year-old daughter. She is so spirited and original and full to the brim of ideas. She is symbolic of all the enthusiasm and idealism of youth. So these photos mean so much to me. They are of my first-born, having experienced a decade here, teenage hormones starting to bubble to the surface, but still so innocent and loving …. and taken at a place that my grandmother would have quietly marvelled over, and some are taken on a quilt that was crafted by my Grandmother, from materials preceding my creation: my mothers old outfits, some of her school uniform, bits from around the old house. Tiny pieces of memory beautifully sewn together and now enjoyed 4 generations later. It is a special thing.

Time passes quickly so take the time to enjoy those around you. They will not always be here. Enjoy what you have. It can be taken away. Love those who deserve your love. They will grow from it. Love those that don’t. They too will be all the better for it and so will you. Be grateful, be kind … you may never know people’s full story. LOOK AFTER YOURSELF. We all have a tale to be told… make sure it’s a good one and worthy of passing on. Live well.

Mother’s Day is more than just celebrating your mum, it’s about celebrating all mums’ so if you have not nominated a really deserving mum for my full photography session plus image, and hair, makeup, nails, I would love it if you could do so below or share the link. Also my Mother’s Day special details are below.

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Mother’s Day 2014 Photography Sessions [Adelaide]

Mother’s Day is coming up. If you would like to have a session or perhaps give a session as a present now is your chance. I’m offering a special price for bookings made before 11th May 2014 (actual session can be done at a later date). Gift vouchers are also available for those wanting to give the session as a gift.Mother's-Day-2014-large

 

Christmas Gift Vouchers [Adelaide Photography]

Adelaide Photography Gift VouchersIf you are still racking your brain trying to come up with the perfect Christmas gift a Photography Gift Certificate would be just the ticket.  Someone with a baby on the way? Family getting together for the holiday season? You decide the value and they are valid for 12 months. Remember it’s not too late to get some photos done to give as special gifts for your special people.signature-with-red2