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a family shoot

     

I did this shoot with my sister and her gorgeous family back in Toowoomba a while ago, but it is one of my favorites and I’ve been meaning to post it for a while now. We had so much fun, and made the most of a warm winter’s day. Check out the gallery if you’d like to see more from this shoot.

setting a game-plan and finding inspiration

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I’ve spent my day scattered, and in turn that’s how my mind feels. First I did the grocery shopping, then I edited a family shoot before meeting up with a potential furniture purchaser (we are selling LOTS of our things before we move), and then I rushed out to pick up the kids. Of course there was the vacuuming, meal making and washing in there too. Running a business from home is going to require a lot of discipline – that I’m figuring out very quickly! It’s easy to get side-tracked with other things that need to be done, especially at the moment. The kids are back at school this week for their last term of the year. Summer is just around the corner, and so is our move! We have so much going on right now that I felt the need to sit down and re-evaluate our schedules to figure out how best to manage this move amidst a new business and our daily lives. There are new schools to tour and house-hunting yet to be done. It will involve pulling them out of school for a day or two while we go down to do this, so we need to make sure they aren’t missing anything too important. Keeping the logistics in mind, I decided it’s time for a game-plan!

This is dangerous territory for me as I’m a ‘recovering’ over-thinker / over-planner. I was raised by a control freak what can I say! Over the years though I’ve eased up a bit. I’m getting better at picking my battles which has brought me a lot of peace. But…when I have to plan, it isn’t long before the OCD kicks in, and the lists begin to appear. In this instance though I feel justified in micro-managing things because we need it to be as smooth of a transition as possible, but  the difficulty is making sure that as I let the over-planner out to play that the over-thinker doesn’t escape too! The what-if’s are what kill the peace. So once the game-plan was set I decided to sit down with a magazine, quiet the OCD and get lost for an entire hour of ‘creative bliss’!

I don’t know about you, but I prefer holding the magazine to looking online. I feel a calm wash over me as I turn the pages. I can’t really explain how it’s different, it just is! I know some of you won’t get it, and that’s okay, but I know there are lots of you that will know exactly what I’m talking about – it’s amazing isn’t it?! It doesn’t take much for me to get inspired, there’s inspiration everywhere, in everything not just magazines, but after reading the latest WHITE bridal magazine I am super pumped to shoot a wedding!! Lucky for me I don’t have to wait long! Yay!

As for working from home…I am so incredibly blessed to be able to do this, and in time we will find our groove. For now, it will take some fine tuning, and that’s okay, I’m happy to take it one moment at a time knowing that it will evolve with time and experience. I can say this with ease because that pesky over-thinker is safely back where she belongs – for now :)

 

 

 

son in the sun

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I (re-) discovered this little place the other day as I made a small detour on my way home to catch the sunset. Have I told you yet how much I LOVE the sun?!!

I knew instantly the images I wanted to capture, and so set about finding my ‘models’. I don’t usually need to look very far, as was the case yesterday. These are just a couple of the handsome guys in my life – my husband Jason, and our youngest son Darcy.

I love the vintage feel of this shoot and fortunately, Jason’s outfit that we got him for an upcoming wedding was PERFECT!

One of the unexpected effects of knowing we are leaving this town soon is seeing it with fresh eyes. It really is beautiful. There will be things that I miss naturally, and so I hope to capture them in creative ways before we go.

holidays, weddings, and a sea-change

It’s Spring! One of my favorite times of the year. I love the feel of the air on my bare arms again. I love the earlier sunrises and the later sunsets. But one thing that I really enjoy is having my family home for the holidays! It’s only two weeks, but for some reason the third term is always the longest. Maybe it’s having to get them up because the mornings are cold and no one likes to get out of bed. Or maybe it’s because the dull weather makes us all crankier in general, I don’t know, but I do know that come September we are all ready for a break! So here’s to Spring breaks, and having fun, recharging and relaxing!

There are a lot of changes coming for us. In just over six weeks we are having a sea-change! We are moving our brood to the Gold Coast. It’s an incredibly exciting time and we are looking forward to this new adventure in our lives! Jason and I have lived there before, but it’s a first for our kids who have lived within the same 7 kilometer radius all their lives. There are a lot of details to take care of, and heaven knows where exactly we’ll be by Christmas, but for the first time in my life I’m really okay with that. I don’t feel like I have to have it all figured out. I’m not sure where this is coming from considering I normally like to have everything planned to the last millisecond, but it just isn’t fazing me this time. I know that it will all work out as it’s meant to, and me worrying about things that haven’t happened yet is a waste of energy. So I’m taking it all in stride, and therefore so is the rest of the family.

Before we leave, Jason and I have the privilege of shooting a wedding for friends. I’m really excited as it will be the first we’ve done with two cameras! We’ve been shooting weddings now for over 15 years, but this will be the first Pure Images wedding shoot, and the first that we have done for other ‘artists’. Dylan and Jodie are incredibly playful so I’m itching to get my creative on and collaborate with them and have some fun!! Naturally I’ll post the results in due course.

new beginnings

I’m so excited to be launching this little blog of mine, and what’s more fitting than to begin with a newborn shoot!

This little fellow – Rocco – was the most easy going, sweetest cherub, and made the entire afternoon an absolute delight. His momma is a dear friend (who I actually used to babysit many moons ago!) and I feel incredibly honored that she allowed me to share this special time with her.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoy xx