**Throwback Thursday** This photo session was a lot of fun but I had completely forgotten about it until I was cleaning up my computer files the other day. My brother was on university exchange in Oregon, USA in 2012/2013. With a bit of travel at the start, he was away for approximately seven months in total. He didn’t shave while he was gone as he wanted to grow what he affectionately referred to as his ‘exchange beard’. He was under strict instruction from our Mum that it was to be shaved off upon returning home but we had some fun before the clippers were plugged in! His appearance with the beard made me think of the proud, bearded men in portraits from the 1800’s. That was the inspiration behind these images. Obviously, a proper 19th Century gentleman would wear a tie but we didn’t have anything suitable on hand. Again, not totally true to the style/era as I am sure a proper 19th Century gentleman would have clean fingernails! My brother is a forester so the softness and cleanliness one would associate with a gentleman of that era is just not there. I hope you enjoyed viewing the little ‘costume’ photo […]
By now, followers of this blog will be aware that I love the rain. So here are a few more pictures with a ‘rain’ theme however this time, the rain has ceased but the evidence of the downpour is still there.
**Flashback Friday** This is a huge flashback. All the way back to 2010 and the first family portrait session. A big thank you to Jen, a colleague, for inviting me in to her home and giving me an opportunity to take photos of her and Ashlee. It was a great learning experience at the time and looking back at the pictures now, I can see even more aspects of my photography that I have improved on. I don’t dislike these images but they reflect my skill level at the time. I will share some of my lessons with you and would love to hear your critique as well. It is always good to go back to older photo shoots to either reinforce something you have learned from that photo session and to critique the images to improve your photos. These images appear in the condition they were provided to Jen and Ashlee back in 2010. The above image was more of a casual one and not posed. While I quite like this one – and did at the time – I do feel it is a bit awkward in its composition. It is a bit heavy on the right and […]
I must start out by saying that I really love Winter. This comes from a privileged background of a roof over my head, warm clothes and access to a heating device be it hot water bottle, fireplace or heater. However, my love of Winter is coupled with despair for those who dread the cooler months as it gets so much tougher if you are sleeping rough. Autumn this year was quite a warm one and so far, three days in to June, it has still been reasonably warm. The sudden temperature drop as the afternoon drags on is becoming more pronounced though. The cold of the Winter nights may be a little harder to enjoy though as this year I will be required to leave the warm cocoon of my doona to tend to our little baby and her night feed requirements. Will I feel the same longing for the months to stay Winter as the days get warmer and Spring approaches? Or will the countless loads of washing, including cloth nappies, that I will need to fit in to the small window of drying opportunity get the better of me and show me a new enthusiasm for the warmer months? […]
**Flashback Friday** There is something special about a maternity photo session. The excitement and anticipation give it a different energy to all other sessions. With this little baby due any day now, I thought this was an appropriate post for the first flashback Friday. Sarah was 34 weeks pregnant.
Choc Fudge Brownie Biscuits 250g butter, softened 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 3/4 cup caster sugar 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 1 egg 2 cups plain flour 1/4 cup cocoa powder 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1/3 cup finely chopped roasted hazelnuts 2/3 cup coarsely chopped dark eating chocolate 2/3 cup coarsely chopped milk eating chocolate 2/3 cup coarsely chopped white eating chocolate Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Grease oven trays and line with baking paper. Beat butter, extract, sugars and egg in a small bowl with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; stir in sifted flour, cocoa and soda in two batches. Stir in nuts and chocolate. Roll level tablespoons of dough in to balls and place 5cm apart on oven trays. Bake for 12 minutes. From: Biscuits; The Australian Women’s Weekly, 2011 (reprint), ACP Books, Sydney