It got me right in the heart…looking out the window at my husband and the kids hanging the washing out together, I was suddenly overcome with emotion.
And it took me a minute to figure out why.
I realised it’s the little things in life that give me all my joy, happiness and love. Those in between moments that would otherwise pass by unnoticed. When I started really noticing them and soaking up all the good feelings my life really changed. (more…)
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately…about my own childhood and how I would head off for hours with my friends to play around the neighbourhood – the only instruction being to be home in time for dinner. As much as possible I want a similar experience for my own kids. I want them to learn about risks, decisions & consequences now – not when they’re 16 and trying to decide if they should get in a car with a friend who’s been drinking. I struggle with letting go (does any Mother not?), but I know how important it is to let go of my anxieties and let them climb that really high tree, learn to cross the road on their own and to have the freedom to be outside exploring rather than inside watching tv.
A little while ago we went on holiday with friends who feel the same way us, and it was really lovely to watch the kids spend hours making their own fishing rods out of sticks and flax, and head off alone to the estuary to ‘fish’ and explore and get completely covered in mud. I think they came home from that holiday just a little bit more grown up.
Sidenote – I can get a little lazy with personal photography…picking up my iphone far more often than my DSLR! But this holiday I let my passion for taking photos consume me and completely indulged my urges. So thanks to our lovely friends putting up with me snapping away like a crazy lady…boy do I love it!
The irrepressible Lila and her little sister Beth find out they’re going to get a new baby brother or sister!! You have to watch for the hilarious one liners from this comedy duo…
I love my job. To make this movie I spent time in Australia with this amazing women’s portrait photographer – Melanie Leighton. I’m so grateful to have met Mel and to count her as one of my friends. Her philosophy really appeals to me. “I don’t want to make you over, I don’t want to make you look like a celebrity, I just want to photograph you as you are”. She shoots on film and her images are breathtaking. Take a look at the little movie I made for her business – and if you’re in Melbourne, Australia I can’t urge you enough to go and have her photograph you!!!
I’m constantly humbled and inspired when people let me into their lives to film their family. Vanessa and Danny are no exception. Their love for each other and their three gorgeous children shines out so brightly you can’t help but be in awe. Ness is one of the happiest most optimistic people I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet. Her and Danny have an amazing philosophy on life…they’re choosing to live more simply so they can spend more time as a family. As Ness would say ‘the best things in life are free’.
Our family were lucky enough to spend a week with them in the most incredible spot called Diggers Camp in Northern New South Wales. Their enthusiasm, generosity and hospitality made it one of the best holidays we’ve ever had, and for that we’re truly grateful.
I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into their happy life x