Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Thoughts on photography.

I've been thinking about whether I'll continue over on The Documented. I've obviously taken a break. Although there is much more to learn, I'm feeling confident where I'm at with my manual photography, should I keep going and delve even further? Should I do a course? Should I figure out how to edit my photos? Should The Documented become a 365 project? So many decisions to make!

I'm a little torn. I enjoy love photos. I'm drawn to all things visual. Always. But I'm not a natural talent (is there such a thing? I'm pretty sure most good photographers are born from hard work). I also become very overwhelmed by just how many photographers there are out there. Everyone with a camera (and a blog) is a photographer. This isn't a bad thing, it is just the way it is. Myself included, right? To be a professional photographer - you must have to have so much passion and determination to make it. I'm pretty certain there is absolutely no room for doubt.

I LOVED shooting the wedding. The social aspect, the idea that it was work, but in a beautiful location, capturing such stunning, sacred moments. I even loved the physical aspect of it all, the ache at the end of the day from holding the camera for so long.

I'm not even sure where I'm going with this ramble, I just felt like unloading some thoughts.

Maybe, tell me about your photos. Your thoughts on photography.

ps the photo above is of my adorable niece Ottilie, exploring my parents' garden in the magical afternoon light.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Unfinished.

That's just the contents of my bag of embroidery. Not including paintings or to do lists. I think it's time I started completing some things.

clockwise from top left (in case you're wondering) - a gocco print snail on calico, partially embroidered; a prints charming paisley panel, partially embroidered; my embroidery threads; a tin of felt and fabric scraps; some paper pieced diamonds; umbrella prints scraps; a partially embroidered gocco print mermaid, for my niece Ottilie; two kantha stitched envelopes, one complete, one in progress, inspired by an Alex Falkiner workshop; and one incomplete panel from Alex Falkiner's drawing with thread workshop. Whew!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Cousins


Yesterday. Ottilie and Iris. Cousins, born one month apart. Already they make each other laugh and squeal. Giggle and exchange kisses. Play games. Share toys. Fight a little!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Beth + Eric

I haven't been round here much. Real life just seems to be taking over (which is a good thing, right?)

My sister Celeste is a seriously talented photographer. Almost a month ago, she professionally shot her first wedding. And she was generous enough to ask me to be her second shooter. Although I had my reservations (I'm not a trained photographer), I was happy to help and grateful for the opportunity.

Shooting a wedding is intense - but in a wonderful way. There is so much emotion to capture, so many moments, a rollercoaster, whirlwind day. I would love to do it again sometime. Fingers crossed.

To see more from the wedding, have a look on Celeste's blog.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Staying creative

On the weekend, I escaped, headed south and spent a marvellous morning painting. With three like-minded mums, I meditated, discussed creativity and motherhood and found some inspiration.

At top - my set-up. Underneath - Zoe and her guitar underneath the banksias overlooking the sea // Betty sketching garden scenes.


























Saturday, October 4, 2014

Magic

Nora bathed in golden light. She's at her happiest exploring my parents' garden.

More from the same day over on the documented.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

They are children.

I know I'm not the only one who has read (and re-read) Emma Watson's UN speech. It is simple, concise and a little bit genius. And it holds so much truth.

I believe that to fight gender inequality, we need to start with our children and how we are raising them. Yes, we all want considerate and happy children. And that is the key word - they are children before they are boys and girls. Which is why I often find myself so frustrated by the divisions made (think toy aisles in department stores). The excuses given (think 'boys will be boys'). The gender ideals we place on them from such a young age. They are children. We need to let them be children, first and foremost.

An organisation I fully support, in its work to fight the gendered marketing of toys to children is Play Unlimited. If you are interested, go take a look at their website or like their fb page.