Feeling at home takes work. It takes time. And it takes trust. It didn’t take long for my heart to feel settled in amongst nature. Basically everywhere outside of our four walls. It’s felt familiar, welcoming and calm right from the beginning. Behind the doors, on the other side of the windows it’s taken me longer. There’s been a shedding of other, as we’ve painted colours we connect to, slowly adding bits of us. Cleaning, cleansing. Making memories and spending time. It’s been almost six weeks and it’s starting. That rested feeling. When you can exhale into safety. And breathing through each moment takes less. Less what, I’m not sure. Just less. The tightness in your chest loosens. And the trust, it’s grows too. 12/365 #herwildandpreciouslife#herwildandpreciouslifecl
Anyone else not ready for Christmas?!? 🎄 I have to say that this is the first time in a very long time that I’m actually panicking about being ready! I’m usually wrapped and ready to go before December even hits! I LOVE Christmas and start counting the days in July (I’d even put up my tree then if my husband would let me!) But this year I am struggling...might be these 4 little boys tearing up the house all day, or the 3 older kids pulling us in every direction at night...but I haven’t wrapped a single present 😲! At least I get to stare at these pretties! Aren’t they absolutely beautiful ❤️
Hand to heart, this season has surprised me with clients who are such a good fit with my philosophy and approach. Clients who are responding to the emotional core of what they see. This 3 generational family from Perth invited me to spend a morning with them on their first trip together to Singapore. I might have shown them around a building or two, but they showed me much more through their genuine kindness.
Day 11 of BLOGMAS! 🎄(For all the other days prior check out my blog. Link in Bio)
“Friends, I hope you know it’s ok if your strength looks a little different in this season.
I hope you know that the fire inside of you is still there. Even if it burns quietly and gently, as candles do on windowsills.
I hope you know it’s ok to not feel the same as everyone else.
I hope you know that even in the rush of it all, there is time and grace to heal.
There is time to take your time, seeking peace and quiet beyond your understanding. Even if you feel you have a long way to go.
Breath after breath, depth into depth, the steps you take not only matter but they reveal the quiet strength that has been in you all along - and has been growing ever since.
I hope you know how perfectly and wonderfully you are made and the fact that you are YOU is a magnificent gift in itself” ~Extract from a quote by Morgan Harper Nichols~
Happy Tuesday lovely Insta peeps. Be blessed today 🧡🎄🧡
Transparency...I’ve literally unravelled the past couple of weeks. With selling our house & open inspections the last couple of months, my heaviest workload to date, moving house, overdoing it and hurting my back and a husband who is struggling with the heat and due for his 6mthly meds and really struggling, IM SPENT!!!! I’ve been angry, emotional and highly anxious. After my back not bouncing back quickly enough I came to the realisation that I’m going to need help for this upcoming wedding or not photograph it at all. I’m devastated. My bride and groom were amazing when I gave them the news and for that Im thankful I have surrounded myself with such beautiful people.
It also meant I had to put my big girl pants on and ask for help. I approached the lovely Dana from @_willandco_ and she didn’t even hesitate to come and help me.
I’m without words. Running a business is hard, doing it alone is hard. This makes me feel a whole lot less alone and that I have people in my corner.
This means the most to me, to be able to deliver for my clients and also take care of myself.
Forever the juggle, work v life balance...2018 you have really stuck the boot in.
It’s been weeks since I’ve done a self portrait. In fact the last time I posted one I said I was getting back into it again so no more lies to myself, I can only do so much in one day and at the moment there is way too much going on. But here is me, I think I’m up to week 32 of my self portrait challenge and have no idea what the prompt was for that week but a photo with my boys is better than no photo with my boys. As you can see it was a grab them and click kinda moment and the focus isn’t great but hey it’s something. Still thinking of all my lovely cyber IG friends out there, I’ll be back in action real soon 😘.
I shared this on my stories and just had to share here too because I love it so much. And yes, how bizarre that this feed has gone from being wedding photography focused when I started it in the Seychelles in 2015, then to families back in Dubai then more recently it’s been pretty much all my story. And now these guys too. If it’s one thing that’s certain in life and that is ‘change is inevitable’ alongside growth, evolution and path finding. However whatever the subject I’ve always always, from the very beginning, been about telling stories. Sometimes it’s your story and right now it’s mine. When asked what kind of photography I do I often stumble. It sounds a bit funny to say but if ‘story telling with light’ is a thing, then that’s my thing. And these guys, well I just love this boy band pose living in our paddocks.
Raise your hand if you believe modern family photography doesn’t have to be looking and smiling?⠀
It’s evolving into more than that and I’m so grateful for mamas that allow me freedom to play. I’ve been intentionally trying to spend some time looking for those magical streaks of light in the home, such as this.
This too, is the story of family.
These busy toddler days can sometimes feel really, really long but I also know how precious and amazing they are, and how quickly they disappear. I’m enjoying and preserving every moment I can. 11/365 #herwildandpreciouslife#herwildandpreciouslifecl
This photo session meant the world to me. I have never worked with special needs children, and Camden’s mom specifically sought me out based on my philosophy of capturing more of the in between moments- as Camden has a hard time sitting still. Camden and his brother were a dream and this session is one that will tug at my heartstrings for years ❤️
Just your regular afternoon snowboard practice in backyard ✌🏼 In January these boys start boarding as a sport offered on post , super normal things to do after school . I would like to never again live without snow please . Thanks. #alaskagrown#alaskakids @thealaskalife
"I watch you as you sleep, I'm jealous of the night⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I'd steal you from your dreams, just to buy more time⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
So much in my heart, so much in my soul⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
A lifetime ain't enough to ever let you know"
we’re 58 days away from celebrating Oz’s day of birth. I was asked to share our birth story at a home birth info night next week, and as I gather my thoughts I honestly can’t believe we’re nearing a year of spending every moment snuggling and learning from this amazing boy. lucky, lucky, lucky ✨ also, all the mamas are with me on the emotions surrounding first birthdays, right? Like 💔😭💔😭💔😭💔
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dirty hands, clean money 💰
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i stopped playing the lotto bc i already won with this guy right here.🥰
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i’m so happy i decided to send that @facebook message 9 years ago 😂📲
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in doing so it lead us to daily messages, then to the daily texts, to the good morning phone calls (even tho i hate talking on the phone)😏, which led us to me hopping on a plane for a weekend visit, ✈️ to then a week visit the next month for his birthday 🎂 where he introduced me to the best sushi 🍣 ever and my very first root beer float😬, then FINALLY we just packed my shit one night and he helped me drive across the entire country so we could be together. 🚙 🛣
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driving from NC ▶️ WA in the dead of winter was quite the adventure but that was only the beginning.
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no adventure will ever compare to the one we get to do every single day called parenthood. 👨👩👦👦👧🏻
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i wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else except you babe! @mr_mcmurder