Saturday, July 31, 2010

Fix It Friday – iHeartFaces

This beautiful young girl is this week’s Fix It Friday challenge.

Fix-It Friday #64

I played around a little to make the image a little warmer and to get her hair colour to pop a little.

I thought she really had a fairy-like quality to her, so I added some textures


and changed her dress to pink, just to see what it would look like!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Carlton and buskers

A couple of buskers were singing at the museum.  She really had a gorgeous voice.

With the grey skies, she really stood out with her bright scarf and hat (isn’t the scarf awesome?)

The ducks in the pond were really precocious.  As soon as we came close, they charged at us, hoping for some snacks I think!

Walking back I kept on being astounded by the variety of architectural styles. 

I am really looking forward to doing this again next year!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Walking Around Carlton (Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk)

I got  a chance to take part in this year’s Scott Kelby World Wide Photowalk.  We walked around Carlton, past the Melbourne Museum and through some alleyways.  It was so much fun just walking around with other photographers, seeing the world through different eyes.  I am still working on the photos, but here are a few of the first ones.

Lots of old buildings with interesting designs on the doors



Fabulous trees with the most interesting branches against the sky (ok, I cheated and turned the grey sky blue for a bit of an abstract)

Fabulous colours everywhere.  I seem to get attracted to the blues most of all.

I haven’t walked around the back of Melbourne Museum before. The park is gorgeous, especially with all the fallen leaves everywhere.

The skies turned dark and gloomy every now and then, but that works when you take pictures of the sky! (ps this is a colour picture.  I didn’t make it black and white.  The sky made everything grey for a while)

Here and there were a few colourful roses in gardens.  Spring is not too far away any more.


The abstract shapes the museum forms, make a fascinating contrast to all the nature and historical images around.

More soon, time to put my little one down for her nap.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fix It Friday – iHeartFaces

This week’s photo is by Angie.  Two gorgeous little girls, aren’t they!

Fix-It Friday #63


These are just two quick fixes.  Lots to do today: a birthday party to go to and the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk this afternoon. 

My basic fix just moved the pole and added some blur.  Pushed the levels and brightness a bit too.  A slightly closer crop was the final bit.

Then I ran Pioneer Woman’s Heartland action at 89%.

I better run.  To see more versions of this image, click the logo above!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Flashy kids

Just some quick photos of my kids from that first flash session.  My daughter is quick to pose and so is my younger son. 


Capturing the oldest is a bit tricky though.  Non of the normal lighting setups worked, so I broke the rules and lit him from below and voila!  My son as I know him!



I am rushing off to my first photography class for year 2.  Can’t believe I have made it so far.  Hopefully I will be able to get a few nice shots tonight of the city.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


These two cousins were just too adorable as flower girls.  Jumping full of energy still at the end of the day.  I love the portraits I captured of them. 

Rembrandt lighting (notice the little light triangle under the eye on the shady side of the face) 

Side lighting from the window

And they kept smiling all day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Over Her Head – iHeartFaces Challenge

I took this image not long after my youngest had her operation to have the lump removed.  She was as chirpy as ever and really keen to pose while I practiced using my new flash.  She allowed her brothers to pose for one or two, then she would go through her whole repertoire for me again!  She doesn’t always want to model for me, but when she does, she is brilliant.

toddler under blanket


More entries on the iheartfaces website.

Monday, July 19, 2010


When I was at school, the word to use was ‘cool’.  Apparently the word these days is ‘fierce’.  Well, I don’t quite get it yet (my age is showing I guess!), but I think Shiann really rocked the photo shoot because she really looks fierce!

I think ‘fierce’ works here, don’t you?

This is a busy week since classes are starting again, a week early.  I have Sunday School lessons to prepare for the next few weeks too.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Flower girls

We started the formal photos with the flower girls.  They had been so good all day, we wanted to give them a chance to go play.  And they just posed beautifully!  I love these moments between 'formal’ poses, catching a look between a couple in love, little girls dreaming of their future…


Fix It Friday - iHeartFaces

This week’s image is of the sweetest little girl.  Isn’t she adorable?  With such a smile I just want to give her tons of hugs.

First I made the image a bit warmer.  The shadows on her face were a little distracting, so I lightened it a bit (with kids you have to grab the moments where you get them!)

I am a photographer, I HAVE to do a black and white version!

And I tried a little crop with a vignette to darken the edges.  (You will often find there is more than one image to grab in a moment.)

To see more edits, click on the logo above.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Sunset on Stormy Evenings

We have had a few stormy, rainy nights recently.  The clouds at sunset look absolutely awesome because of it!


I love clouds!  Makes me feel a little bit like an artist

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Saying ‘I Do’

The intimate ceremony was held in the gorgeous little chapel at Bram Leigh.  Shiann’s lovely mother walked her down the aisle.  The relationship between the two of them is extremely special.

The celebrant, Paul Cochran ,  led the ceremony  with lots of humour and tender moments remembered.


It was a day filled with so much happiness!

More images on Facebook, I will share the formal portraits tomorrow