Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone.

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Today, part of my heart flew away on a jet plane.  Not forever, its only a week.  But for long enough that you realise how much of you is in there, and how soon all this happens.

I’ve been walking around singing in my head, “Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.”.  All the while, remembering that corny part of that movie, Armageddon, where Ben Affleck sings to Liv Tyler.  And I realised that every time I get on a plane, or drive someone I love to the airport, I sing this in my head, or out-loud, like I did this morning. Its a reminder that we have them for such a short time really.  We need to make the most of it.

I’ve been documenting this Photo a Day challenge, since the 1st January, and its a great reminder of why photographs are so very important to us.  We need to cherish these moments for more than a moment, a status update, or for the number of likes they get.  We need to cherish them for that feeling you get, when part of your heart walks down the skybridge to fly away from you.

Fly back soon my heart.

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Week 1

The new year is here.  For some of us, relief that 2016 is done and dusted.  For others, anxiously waiting to see what 2017 has in stall for them.

These school holidays have been relatively quiet.  Not much in the way of excitement, just holidays at home.  For me, I was so excited to have this time.  It was/is a much needed stay-cation, full of lazy days and relaxation by the pool.

The kids lives are so full on during the school year – sports, music, homework – to have some time to tell me how bored they are, is exactly what the doctor ordered.

It also gives you time to reflect on what is important, what we can let go of, what is holding us back.  Reflection for me, is key to finding that happy place of balance.

So as the new year rolls around, that reflection turns to motivation.  Lets make 2017 greater than 2016.  Lets improve on last year, on last year’s self.  Be a better version in 2017.  Part of that for me was capturing more of what was around me so here goes – the photo of the day challenge.  I’ve started it before, and set limits and rules and some serious restrictions to make it more challenging.  But, life gets in the way and I think last time I lasted about 5 days.  Well here I am on day 8, and I’m feeling pretty chuffed I got here.

Here is week 1 of the challenge, so please look out for week 2 next week.  And if I don’t post it, well lets not mention it.  After all I never set time frames on this one – I’ve lasted 3 days more than last time, so there you go, 2017 is already better than 2016. As one my favourite Friends character’s once said, “in your face last year me”.

 

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2016 was one crazy year for most people, and for me it was no different.

The ups were huge – New York and Atlanta being a highlight for me.  3 days in NYC followed by 3 full on days at The Baby Summit in Atlanta.  It was a trip I’ll never forget, surrounded by incredible people and working with and learning from the best in the business.

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Turning 40 was huge – I don’t mind the number at all, and am just glad to finally get here.

Another up was judging at QPPA – The Queensland Professional Photography Awards – 3 days spent amongst my peers examining some of the best work in Queensland.

The downs fortunately are drowned out by the incredible ups in my mind.  Despite their challenges and like everything, we work through them and try not to let them get to us.

I am incredibly thankful for so much from 2016, including the incredible opportunities I’ve been so lucky to experience.

To all my clients from 2016 – thank you for an amazing year and for allowing me to capture your family for generations to come.  To those coming in 2017, let’s get into it!

Here are a few faces from last year.

 

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For a Family Photographer in Brisbane, this family was the perfect end to an exciting year.  Energy is one word I would use, particularly for this little guy here.  He was so energetic, playful, inquisitive, and loving.  You can see it all in that big smile.  We followed water dragons around all afternoon, and then moved onto ducks, and tadpoles and I’m not sure what else but wow, his beautiful way with animals was just such a pleasure to watch.Family-Portraits-Brisbane

I’ll say it all again, but there is a reason I love to do what I do.   I love meeting new families, I love seeing them interact and seeing what makes them tick.

This beautiful young family was my last session for 2016, an amazing year.  I can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring, come be a part of it.

 

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Something I put together about what I do – its all about you and your family.

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