Thursday, October 28, 2010

Swooping Magpies

My daughter loves riding her little bike to the park.  The purple helmet (thankfully) stayed on when she went to play.  The next minute we hear a “swoosh”!

The magpie started swooping her!

She thought it was extremely funny! “You missed me, you missed me!”

Monday, October 25, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Week – Pink Challenge

This week has a pink challenge in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness over at iHeartFaces.  I think everyone has someone close who has been affected by breast cancer, so it is a great cause to support.

I know I posted this one over the weekend, but you don’t get much more pink than a little girl and confetti!

Be sure to click on the link below to see more!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Lighting a little girl

I got a few boxes of confetti on sale at the store recently and had an idea of how I wanted to use them.  The wind has been blowing quite strongly lately, so I thought it would make a fun image of the wind blowing my youngest’s hair along with the confetti.  So one afternoon late, when the sun was just beautiful and the wind blowing like crazy, I put her in her favourite dress and got the whole family to help.


So first a few practice photos, to make sure the light was set up right.

Then the boys started throwing confetti.  She started twirling all on her own, with the wind billowing her hair and the dress…


With the last of the light fading quickly, the confetti running out, we finally timed it perfectly. She became a little princess, being blown by the wind… 

I need to find some more confetti!  It makes for really special memories!  (and the wind can definitely stay too!  It is an awesome assistant!)

-this was lit with a flash, a reflector and sunset

Monday, October 18, 2010


I am entering this year’s Canon EOS Photo5 competition.  One of the briefs is to create a close up image with an eye dropper.  I manages to get hold of a gorgeous glass one to add to the effect of the image.  The image is from a little science experiment you can do at home.  Add some milk to a saucer, then place some drops of food colouring to the milk.

Next add some dishwashing liquid and watch the colours swirl!  I just love how the drop looks like a piece of glass, with the reflection below. 

I will add some more photos from my entries tomorrow, but there is a pile of washing calling!  Taking photos all weekend means I left a bit of housework for the week.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fix It Friday @ iHeartFaces

In time for Halloween, this week’s challenge is pumpkin-themed!

The original photo

Fix-It Friday #74

There is some beautiful backlighting creating a bit of a halo around her hair, but her face is a little dark and the shadows are really blue.  So with Curves in Photoshop and some dodging, I brightened up the foreground a bit.

I then played around with the crop.  We have been learning how to change backgrounds, so I decided to move the pumpkins in a bit closer.

Then just a bit closer crop and the pumpkins moved in a bit.

To see more edits of this photo, be sure to click on the link below!

Blowing smoke

One of the categories for the Canon EOS Photo 5 competition is to create an image using incense.  I have been playing around a bit, just to see how it photographs.  It sure is a lot of fun!  Something totally different.


There isn’t a lot of time left, but hopefully I can put something together in time. 

I think have a great idea, will post it when it is done.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Butterflies and dragons

What would a kids’ festival be without face painters?  Well, the kids thought it so important, they were prepared to wait a whole hour in the line to get their faces painted by the artists from Elena Lieu Body Art.  And they were absolutely magnificent!

My three year-old didn’t move the entire time!  She couldn’t make up her mind, then finally settled on a rainbow butterfly.  So many colours in just one stroke…


My son didn’t have any doubts.  He wanted to be a black dragon!


Have you ever seen a three year-old sit so still?  She didn’t move the entire time.  I was amazed at Elena’s skill.

The skill of these artists is amazing!  Each child’s face was a work of art. 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fairies at the festival

There is always a little fairy section at the tulip festival.  Being a “kids day”, some real-life ones turned up to read the kids some stories.  (I was really impressed that she got up that tree!)

My kids got into the fantasy world… My son turned into a black dragon for the day!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Wedding at Puffing Billy

What can be more romantic than taking a train ride on a heritage steam train on your wedding day!  I have partnered with a friend and great photographer to cover an intimate wedding in the Dandenongs.


It was a great day with beautiful weather.  Margaret Collier personalised the ceremony beautifully, with lots of laughter and remembrance.

I am really looking forward to a great partnership with James from Ligero Photography.  We make an awesome team!

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

We spent a great day at the Tesselaar Tulip Festival during the school holidays.  It worked out really well, going on one of the days they had special activities for the kids.  The flowers were gorgeous!  The kids had a ball running in the mud between the colourful blooms.




I’ll post some more tomorrow.  I always take too many photos at the festival.  There are just so many gorgeous things!