I feel as lost as Olive when she was stuck in the pumpkin plant. One of my biggest fears happened on Friday morning. I still feel pretty numb about it, and deeply sad. You see, with client images I back up in three locations. With my own? No back ups. HUGE MISTAKE! PRINT YOUR PHOTOS! I wish I had. I was working off a laptop until late July this year, when I upgraded to an awesome computer with an amazing screen. I have been meaning to copy the pictures from previous years over to my hard drive for a while now, in fact I had already copied 2014 and 2015 over. There is something pretty exciting in the near horizon which prompted me to get off my behind and finally do it. It seems that I didn’t copy+paste but that I cut+paste which is really where the problem is. See, when I plugged my hard drive back in to the computer there was an error dialogue box and then 2016 folder was gone. Just disappeared. Because I had cut+paste (which I NEVER do!), they were also no longer on my laptop. PRINT YOUR PHOTOS! I wish I had. I am […]
My parents are going away for a bit and refused to let me drive them to the airport (which is about a 2.5hr return trip) but let me drop them at the train station five minutes down the road. The girls and I decided to squeeze in some more time with them by staying on the train for a few stops and getting off in time for a morning snack. We haven’t had an outing for a while – especially not a train one! – so I brought the camera along. This is an example of how a documentary session unfolds photographically. We did our thing and the photographer (me!) documented what went on. Interested in bringing me along to a family day out? Contact me here – I can’t wait to start planning with you!
I have always wanted to be a philanthropist. While I definitely do not have the ability to make “a generous donation” the size that a philanthropist can, I am going to start giving more than a $25 donation to sponsor my cousin in his Multiple Sclerosis cycling event. If I sit around waiting to earn the big bucks, my small bucks that can make a difference won’t get out there either. So, as the saying goes, “There is no time like the present.” I know I want to donate my time and skills to Heartfelt, an organisation who provide photographic sessions to families who experience stillbirths, premature births or have children with serious or terminal illnesses. I am a bit of a huge softie* and so think I need to wait until my two are at school so I have time to process the experience and to the be truly available to the families. * I get all choked up and teary in Tinkerbell and the Legend of the NeverBeast when they put Gruff to bed. ‘Nuff said. I was trying to think of other ways I can use my creative side to contribute to an organisation or cause I believe […]
It has been one month since our last check up. I left the Children’s Hospital with a skip in my step. Olive’s braced hours are reduced to 12 hours, or her night time sleep! It took nearly two weeks for Olive to adjust to brace free daytime sleeps. She was not able to self soothe if she woke up after a short sleep, took a bit longer to get to sleep and often needed to be put back down at the bottom of the cot. There is a still some dysplasia in one hip but the other is exactly where it should be for her age! Our next appointment is not for another two months. Fingers crossed the remaining dysplasia is corrected and we get the all clear! The photos below are from one morning not long after the brace free days commenced.
Clinic Check Up Day! I was quite nervous before the clinic appointment as I had noticed my daughter’s hip felt like they were clicking when she kicked around. I had never noticed this before. I was so worried we had gone backwards. Was it possible to go backwards??? I started to count up the times I let her go for ‘just a little bit longer’ in her brace free hour. I began to feel guilty. I also had a few questions for the specialist today as well. I had planned on writing them down but in my concern for the new clicking, had forgotten to pen them. When we went in to see our doctor he entered the room wearing quite a serious face where he has previously had a smile. My heart sank. He said he had just had a look at our ultrasound and there hadn’t been any progress. I was instantly relieved as I knew he hadn’t yet seen our latest ultrasound. We had to get them done externally this time as I was unable to get to the imaging appointment at the hospital. I quickly explained this to him and handed over the images. He had a […]
Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) As we near the end of ‘Healthy Hip Awareness Month’ I thought I would share a little about our hip baby and hip dysplasia. Olive is now 3.5 months old and has been in her Dennis Browne Brace/Bar (DBB) for a little over 5 weeks. I knew very little about DDH until two months ago. Being our second child, I knew the Community (or Child and Family Health) Nurse was rotating our daughter’s legs in the hip joint to test for ‘clicky hip’ when she was one week old. I didn’t know what a ‘clicky hip’ indicated. The nurse told me that she wasn’t too sure on one of her hips. It wasn’t clicking each time but didn’t feel quite right and she recommended I get them looked at again in the drop in clinic in a week or two to see if it is still present. The nurse said the right hip was the concern. When I went to the drop in clinic, the nurse there felt the left hip was the concern. At the advise of two Community Nurses but still unphased by what ‘clicky hip’ actually indicated, we went to the […]
**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 […]