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Ihave been a wedding photographer for a long time. It feels like a lifetime. And I have absolutely loved every minute of it. It is always such an honour to be there to capture the story of 2 people committing to each other surrounded by their loved ones.
As much as I ABSOLUTELY LOVE it, it has come at the cost of a lot of missed family time, birthday parties, anniversaries and weekends. For a long time, that didn't feel like a sacrifice, but since moving to Perth and seemingly "starting again", that sacrifice has become more apparent. Add in the effort of running a business that requires so much forward planning and self -promotion (which is hard work for a humble-bee like me), plus doing it solo, and it soon feels like a lonely and tough way to make a living.
So time for a plot twist. 2015 will be my last year of shooting weddings under my business name. I have a few more weddings booked for this season but will not be taking on any new ones for 2016 and moving forward. I still love photography and have no plans to sell all my gear, but it is time for a change of direction and to grab some more of my weekends back to spend precious time with my kids while they are still young and want to hang out with me. xx jk
To my past and current clients: THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be a part of your special day and to capture your wedding story. It is an honour I will forever cherish. I want to re-assure you that your wedding images will remain safely backed up on the current storage systems I am using, and I will still be available to help with anything you might need! Any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact me.
At this time in exactly one month, I will be standing on the start line of the Busselton Half Ironman about to swim a 1.9k swim as part of a team. Wetsuit clad people all huddled together, with nervous energy flickering around us. Chatter and sighing, lots of noise and nervous energy. Arms and legs stretching and bending, trying to focus on why lies ahead and straining to hear the sound of the starters voice over the beat of your heart. The thought of that both terrifies me and excites me. I am looking forward to the challenge in so many ways.. and a little nervy about the distance, swimming competitively and setting a good time for the 2 people to follow (Dean, our awesome cyclist friend will tackle the 90k ride and my spunky hubby Brad is finishing off with the 21k run). I am so excited about going down there, watching the elite athletes compete, soaking up the atmosphere and surrounding myself with the positive energy that I feel at every triathlon I compete in. The determination and dedication of each and every athlete is awe inspiring.
One of the best personal results of my training and competing (apart from the 23kg weight loss, which is awesome all on it's own :) ) is the life lessons I am learning and sharing with my kids. I don't compete to win, I participate to challenge myself. I don't care if I come first, last or somewhere in between. I focus on my times and improving them each and every race. I celebrate my increasing fitness and technique, and I feel proud because I am winning by beating myself (and everyone else who is still home in bed:)) I am loving sharing this journey with my hubby and kids because it is teaching my kids that anything is possible if you work hard, practice and have faith in yourself.
It has been almost 4 months since I did my first "little" triathlon and while I don't expect I will ever get the place where I would tackle a 1/2 ironman on my own, I suppose the one thing I have learnt so far, is never say never;) I often reflect on my journey since moving to WA only 10 months ago. I miss Wollongong terribly..the familiarity and most of all friends. But I am loving life here in the West. I have had the best time exploring new places, trying new things and challenging myself with new fitness goals. I am meeting so many amazing couples who are trusting me to document their wedding stories (which will always be my one true love) and I am loving the new locations I get to photograph, talented vendors to work with, and gorgeous WA light:)
So in one months time, I'll be a few minutes into a 1.9k swim. Tangled up with bodies trying to find my place in the water. Bobbing along with the waves. Talking to myself to calm breathing and my beating heart. Focussing on finding a rhythm to swim to by singing songs in my head. And I expect that will happen all with a huge smile on my face. Because Life is Good.
One of the best things about where we live now is how close we are to the beach!! Trigg beach is just a walk away and it is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen (minus the sharks of course:)) The kids love the beach so for christmas they got surfboards and surf lessons to encourage some more beach visitation:) About a week before there lessons began, they were eager to try out the boards so we took a trip to the beach. Sadly we didn't take into account the choppy conditions so they ended up "boogie boarding" more than surfing. With just 4 days of awesome SurfGroms lessons with the fabulous instructors at Surfing WA, they were standing up, doing some basic tricks and loving every second of it! It made me almost want to have a try myself...almost:)
NB: the last lot of photos were taken with my trusty iPhone.. I was too lazy to lug my big camera to the beach:)
Iam here still ..I promise! I have been busy with life and it has been hard to find time to blog!
I have been meeting lots of wonderful new WA couples to chat about their weddings and booking lots of fabulous weddings here for next year. One of the biggest decisions I have made regarding my business relocation here in WA is to limit the number of weddings I take on. I pride myself on personal service and awesome client care and to ensure that continues I will be limiting my wedding bookings to 20 per year to ensure all my clients get the best of care and of my creative energy! One of the other decisions I made with my relocation was that it was time for a brand "freshen up" .. My new look is done but my website still is being built so I can't reveal too much just yet.... but here's a little hint of whats to come.... There is still LOTS of colour of course:)
On a personal level, I have been busy being mum to my kiddos again. Being separated for 6 months at the beginning of the year was tough so it is great to be here and soaking them up. They are SO much fun and they are really loving their new environment..especially their new school. There is always something happening..this week was book week so we had to get creative with some costumes...
As you can see Jack is now a giant.. LOL! He has just turned 7 and towers over his almost 9 year old sister. They are both doing so well at their new school and making heaps of new friends. I am completely in awe of their resilience and their openness to our new adventure. In some ways, I wish I was more like them....:)
The other big thing in our lives is that we are in the midst of designing our new home. We bought a fabulous old house in the northern suburbs of Perth but we totally underestimated the costs of renovating here in the west!! After a few quotes, and several stiff drinks (!!) we have decided to knock our old place down and build a shiny new place. We are in the designing phase where my dreams and our budget are sure to clash. I have been Pinterest-ing up a storm and decorating it in my head. It takes a long time (by my east coast standards) to build a home here..mostly because they are made totally of brick and concrete, but also because its a boom town and builders are hard to come by. We are hoping to start early next year and be back in before next christmas ..but I think I might be dreaming ...:)
My wedding season has started and I have 10 wonderful weddings to travel back to Wollongong for in the next few months, along with one in Daydream Island!! I am so excited for all my upcoming weddings and soon there will be lots of beautiful couples & their amazing wedding days to share here.... xxx jk
During the school holidays the kids and I went on a bit of an adventure walk through Kalamunda national park with some other kids from their school. It was so lovely to explore and experience the beautiful, and very different, environment and landscape of a small part of WA. The kids had a blast.. climbing rocks, finding the trail markers and navigating our way down rocky paths. I took my camera along with the aim of capturing the kids but I was also struck by the beauty of our surrounds and all the different textures & colours. It was such a lovely way to spend the day...and the "icing on the cake" was finishing up at a french bakery ..petit fours..yummo!!
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