I am going to attempt the 365 challenge in 2015. Starting NYE 2014, 1 photo per day for the whole year and I’ll finish in time for NYE next year. I may not upload every day but I will aim to take a photo every single day and upload at the end of the week. They may not all be awesome, and lots may be only taken with my phone but I will try to do this! Please feel free to leave comments of encouragement at the bottom of this page to help me on my 365 journey.
Here we go…
31/12/14 – My lone boy sits waiting to walk home from NYE dinner.
01/01/15 – Reading about dinosaurs before bed.
02/01/15 – Brushing.
03/01/15 – We had a special day out today to see Giggle and Hoot at The Playhouse – QPAC. Hayden is going through a dressing up phase and I like to encourage it. It’s fun, it encourages the imagination and you can get away with it as a 3 year old!. More than one shot today because we had so much fun!
04/01/15 – Macro. Green. In other words, a slow news day.
05/01/15 – In the jungle, the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonight.
6 days in and I’m finding this may be an interesting personal experiment. I thought I would be sick of having to get out my “big camera” every day and find something to take a photo of but I’m really enjoying it. 6 days in ONLY though! I give myself another 45 days until I am sick of it. I’ll keep a little diary of these thoughts as I go along because I think it will be interesting to see where this goes.
06/01/15 – Coffee shop date with this cheeky monster.
07/01/15 – Playing “sink the sea monsters” in Mum and Dad’s bathroom sink.
08/01/15 – Guess where we are going in T minus 5 days?
09/01/15 – The domestic “helper”. Also very overgrown grass and an untidy back-yard from all the rain.
10/01/15 – Afternoon swim.
11/01/15 – Fell asleep on the lounge. Always comforted by his beloved “BB” (the artist formerly known as Flaps).
12/01/15 – Only on the first leg of the journey and he is already tired. (phone pic)
13/01/15 – We had a slight hiccup on our journey to Japan this morning. At 7am we got a text message from our airline saying “Your flight to Japan has been cancelled. Have a nice day.” Then proceeded 3 hours of phone calls to airlines, busses, hotels and insurance companies to get us back on track. We are now 24 hours behind and will miss a day skiing but we are back onto a flight tomorrow. (phone pic)
14/01/15 – Finally made it onto the flight to Japan. (phone pic)
15/01/15 – Hayden’s first glimpse of the snow was from the plane window. (phone pic)
16/01/15 – First day on the slopes. (phone pic)
17/01/15 – The little due isn’t liking the snow actually falling on him but he’s loving the hot chocolates and playing in the snow when it is a clear day. (phone pic)
18/01/15 – The view from where I stand. (phone pic)
19/01/15 – Night skiing. Abstract. (phone pic)
20/01/15 – Gyozagasm. Nothing better than gyoza and beer! (phone pic)
21/01/15 – Snow and cute little buildings for miles today as we left Niseko via train. (phone pic)
22/01/15 – Snow day at Fuji-Q Highlands park so all the rides were closed, we bowled instead! (phone pic)
23/01/15 – The view from our bedroom window this morning. (phone pic)
24/01/15 – We are having our first night in Kyoto and enjoyed some gyoza for dinner. I can already tell that I am going to love Kyoto. (phone pic)
25/01/15 – Planning our first day out in Kyoto. Where to today? (phone pic)
26/01/15 – I’m addicted to these Japanese bikkies. (phone pic)
27/01/15 – We experienced a traditional Japanese tea ceremony today. The movements that she made and they way she did everything so purposefully was amazing to watch. (back of camera shot) (phone pic)
28/01/15 – A hard days sightseeing at Arashiyama had this one sleeping in the pram while we enjoyed lunch and a quiet beer (or 3). (phone pic)
29/01/15 – Somewhere in Gion. (phone pic)
30/01/15 – I’m pretty impressed that we were able to board the Nagoya sky boat with Hayden who is usually afraid of heights. It was actually me hyperventilating near the top! (phone pic)
31/01/15 – This is the mess of train stations we have to figure out when catching the subway in Nagoya. (phone pic)
01/02/15 – Tokyo afternoon. Hotel Metropolitan view. (phone pic)
02/02/15 – Following an awesome family photo shoot (our family had photos taken) in Tokyo, we had dinner at the famous Harajuku Gyoza. Nom nom!!! (phone pic)
03/02/15 – Shibuya starbucks. (phone pic)
04/02/15 – It’s the middle of winter here in Japan on our last day in the country. The cherry blossoms are not supposed to be blooming for a while yet but we stumbled across literally 7 trees in a park that had these blossoms. We aren’t actually sure if they are cherry blossoms they might be plum blossoms? (phone pic)
05/02/15 – Hayden slept like a star on the flight home. Literally. (phone pic)
06/02/15 – The sunrise over Brisbane, from 30 000 feet, was spectacular!
07/02/15 – Back home in sunny, hot Brisbane we enjoy a Zooper Dooper in the afternoon. (phone pic)
08/02/15 – Our neighbour’s kids came over for a play this afternoon. Dressing-up is always a hit! (phone pic)
09/02/15 – While this photo wasn’t taken today, you will have to forgive me for adding a prior taken pic. I haven’t finished backing up my CF cards and recharging the camera batteries. I know, excuses, excuses, excuses. I’ll be better tomorrow! Hayden in the snow.
10/02/15 – Brisbane gateway bridge.
11/02/15 – A gorgeous pregnancy and newborn album is photographed before being sent out to my lovely client.
12/02/15 – Baking. Banana bread.
13/02/15 – Library time. I’m hiding from you mummy.
14/02/15 – At the newly opened Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately I wasn’t there for a happy valentines day visit. I was doing a special photo shoot for Heartfelt, whom I volunteer for. Please head to the website to read more about the amazing work that Heartfelt does. It is truly an honour to be invited into people’s lives when they are at their most vulnerable and grieving. If you donate to charities a couple of times a year, I would love it if you might consider donating to Heartfelt. Or maybe if you are a photography enthusiast you could organise a photo walk with your friends and each person donates a gold coin.
Check out the camera project… “gifting a quality compact camera, small printer and an in-service presentation/workshop from a Heartfelt member about how to take better photos for families.” Read more here: https://www.heartfelt.org.au/Camera_Project
16/02/15 – Hayden struggling to get the hang of the water fountain drink.
17/02/15 – Darth Vader watched TV.
18/02/15 – Nice smelling Aroamas have arrived as gift to my clients this year! Nom nom.
19/02/15 – A package ready to be delivered to a special client.
21/02/15 – Yeah, yeah I have missed a couple of days here and there. I found it difficult to get back into things after the Japan holiday but I think I am back on track now! Today I met baby Danilo for his newborn shoot. So gorgeous!
22/02/15 – Baby Joseph is baptised.
23/02/15 – I have been nominated on Facebook for the 5 day black and white challenge so here is the first…
24/02/15 – iPad playing.
25/02/15 – Sword fights.
26/02/15 – My little kitchen helper. We were blowing eggs today for a photography project I am working on.
27/02/15 – Teaching him how to take photos with the instamax.
28/02/15 – Coins and modelling clay.
01/03/15 – iPad learning before bed?
02/03/15 – Cousins.
03/03/15 – He said he was being the Yetti.
04/03/15 – “Practising” his guitar.
05/03/15 – Lizard in bathroom.
06/03/15 – Test shots for a concept shoot tomorrow.
07/03/15 – Behind the scenes on a concept shoot with my twin nieces.
08/03/15 – The Brisbane Wheel.
09/03/15 – Prints all packaged up and headed out to a client.
10/03/15 – Hanging in my home. Little quotes to live by. This is one of my favourites.
11/03/15 – Throwing a tanty in the front yard.
12/03/15 – Hello beautiful happy boy again. Dressed in one of his favourites dinosaur costumes.
13/03/15 – Reading to himself.
14/03/15 – It is often difficult to get clothes onto him.
15/03/15 – Afternoon at Bunya Riverside followed by fish and chip dinner. Perfect Sunday. (phone pic)
16/03/15 – Gorgeous canvas and print order for a client.
17/03/15 – Laughing. (phone pic)
18/03/15 – Bedtime books every night.
19/03/15 – Fell asleep just before dinner.
20/03/15 – Picking up prints with me from Foto Frenzy. Quick snap behind the building. (phone pic)
21/03/15 – As I finished a day of 7 hours shooting, these clouds felt appropriate to my feelings. It had rained hard, it was miserable and it looked sad. I had just finished up shooting 2 difficult sessions for Heartfelt… 2 little angels taken from their parent’s way too soon.
22/03/15 – Following the sadness of the day before, I was told by other experienced Heartfelt-er’s that I should take myself out of everyday life for a morning off and do something special. I really didn’t feel like it to be honest. I would have liked to stay in bed and feel sorry for the world. My throat had a lump in it that would not go away. I decided we should go out to the nearest “beach” and just have a walk. Shorncliffe is nice and close by, it is not a surf beach and it has a lovely serenity about it. We walked, I still felt crappy but it did make things a bit better. (phone pic)
23/03/15 – Cuddles from Neo. (phone pic)
24/03/15 – Old skool arcade games at our local coffee shop FTW! (phone pic)
25/03/15 – I think I am going through a cloud phase. The afternoon light from my back steps was pretty. (phone pic)
26/03/15 – Fresh juice this morning. Hayden saw it happening on play school and wanted it done. Hey, if it gets a carrot into him then I’m all aboard! (phone pic)
27/03/15 – Baby’s breath. Is there anything sweeter? I love the simplicity of these flowers. Random fact you didn’t know about me: I had baby’s breath as my wedding flowers. (phone pic)
28/03/15 – 10 month old baby Erin in studio this morning. Absolute cuteness!
29/03/15 – This weekend I entered 4 photographs into the Queensland Professional Photography Awards and came away with 2 silver awards. So stoked! My first awards at QPPA. Here I am with my two photographs above my head and right next to me. (phone pic)
30/03/15 – My two silver award images.
31/03/15 – Still celebrating my win! Kisses with the little one. (phone pic)
01/04/15 – Crazy eyes. (phone pic)
02/04/15 – Went to see Walking With Dinosaurs with my nieces and nephew. (phone pic)
03/04/15 – Geo-caching in the rain… aka treasure hunting. (phone pic)
04/04/15 – Nudist. (phone pic)
05/04/15 – Easter!
06/04/15 – An afternoon at Cedar Creek.
07/04/15 – Neo.
08/04/15 – Eyelashes.
09/04/15 – Today we visited my friend’s new puppy. 12 week old Sia. She is a Whippet.
10/04/15 – My little Dr on our way to the Dr’s.
11/04/15 – The aftermath of lego Star Wars play.
12/04/15 – Today was the first organised photo walk we went on. Read more about it here.
13/04/15 – Yesterday I also photographed the cutest little darling you ever did see. This is Joseph. I love him.
14/04/15 – I was feeling a bit bored with taking photos in my home and then I cam across this article: 5 genius ways to re-discover your house with your camera. So then I opened the front door and lay my dog in front of it. Problem solved.
15/04/15 – My Tiffany “H” pendant. Love!
16/04/15 – Bath-time.
17/04/15 – A local coffee shop that doesn’t have a price list. You pay what you want! I can’t believe I have never been here before.
18/04/15 – Minute to win it birthday party.
19/04/15 – Neo loved having a special treat – doggy milk.
20/04/15 – Hayden decided to take his pillow, teddies and blanket down off his bed and sleep on the floor.
21/04/15 – I like to call this game, “while mummy was sleeping, oh yeah, oh yeah!”. Toys all over the place.
22/04/15 – Chillaxing in front of ABC iView.
23/04/15 – Three gorgeous framed prints that went out to a client today! I am in love with white frames these days.
24/04/15 – I went to work in the afternoon and liked the light from the side mirror.
25/04/15 – First shot was a test shot of light painting. Second shot is the shot I really wanted to get for my client. They were both created in camera, I didn’t add in the lights in photoshop at all. Here is what I wrote on Facebook about this image (the pregnancy one):
” Being a photographer or any creative has its ups and downs. I happen to be an extremely emotional person and a lot of that emotion goes into my art as well. I can have my confidence shot at the slightest thing (depending on what time of the month it is, hahaha. #jokingnotjoking) or I can be on a creative manic high with a million ideas buzzing through my head. Although, being a professional photographer is as much about my clients as it is about my own selfishness. Let me explain. We do this as a job because we love it. We wouldn’t put ourselves through the pain and a lot of heartache running a business, unless we absolutely lived and breathed the creative process behind it all (the selfish side is the love for creativity). The creative process is like crack cocaine to us, but at the same time we are compelled to tell a story about our clients. To tell their story. To make it special for them. To create a photography experience unlike any other they have had before. To be unique, because they are our focus. They 100% come first in our business because where would we be without clients who believed in us? We believe in their story, we believe in their love, we believe in their honesty, we believe in sharing their story through pictures. And so we create.
Sometimes before a session I will have an idea that I want to explore with the client. It might be a little out there and it might not actually work photographically but I like to give it a go (the crack). It is always up to the client whether or not they are comfortable with an idea. You will remember the pregnant mamma I made go for a swim in the creek… yeah I didn’t force her there, she was smiling. Tehehehe!
So I run these crazy ideas by my clients and if they go for it then great, yippee for me, I get my crack and they (hopefully) get a super awesome photo that tells a part of their story, or at least is a representation of the way I artistically see their story. If they aren’t into it, that’s absolutely cool too. I still create my ass off at each and every single session and I try to bring your families’ story to life through your photos.
What’s the point of all of this? I just wanted to share with you the thought process behind an image like this one. It means so much to me and to my clients. It tells a story and there is a lot of love put into making this picture. In this photograph I want to show you the courage that Belinda and Kieran have had to summon over the past few years. I want to honour the angels that wait for them in heaven. I want to honour the rainbow baby that awaits arrival into this world to meet his amazing parents. I want to honour the babies and children I have met through Heartfelt. I want to show you my insides, my passion, my honesty… my story as well as yours.
“A “rainbow baby” is a baby that is born following a miscarriage or still birth. In the real world, a beautiful and bright rainbow follows a storm and gives hope of things getting better. The rainbow is more appreciated having just experienced the storm in comparison.”
What is your story? I want to tell it. Kate.
26/04/15 – My twin nieces Lexi and Charlie had their 6th birthday party themed black and white after 101 Dalmatians.
27/04/15 – Doing a little test with off camera flash. Hayden is always my un-willing model.
28/04/15 – Finally got around to installing my beloved cage light above the dining table. Quick abstract pic on the way to work.
29/04/15 – Hayden not wanting to go to bed.
And our before and after hallway reno. Geez, that was a long time in the making.
30/04/15 – Portrait of a dog.
01/05/15 – Family movie night.
02/05/15 – Today I did two Heartfelt sessions. I can’t share the photos so I will leave this day blank.
03/05/15 – Ear in bath.
04/05/15 – Morning light on print.
05/05/15 – Morning light on dog.
22/05/15 – He thinks he is Santa today.
24/05/24 – Coffee shop Sunday.
08/06/15 – Cool kids at the park.
11/06/15 – My serious boy.
16/06/15 – Butterfly art.
20/06/15 – Newborn session with baby Jayden – 2 weeks old.
21/06/15 – Down by the riverside.
25/06/15 – In the “spooky spooky” forest. OK so this has gone from photo a day to more like photo a week! I have gone through a rough couple of months and really haven’t felt like picking up my camera every day.