Posts Tagged ‘family’

The Olive Cotton Award

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

A few weeks ago I attended the exhibition opening of the Olive Cotton award for Photographic Portraiture. Ralf and I decided to go, mainly because my family are originally from Murwillumbah – where the exhibition is held and also, I was a finalist!

It turned out that all of mum’s side was due to be in town that particular weekend. We viewed the exhibition early in the day and at one stage from across the room, I caught my mum standing in front of my picture. She was beaming from ear to ear, gesturing wildly and entertaining an audience of three.

Oh geez mum! Really!?  I was suddenly a teenager again!

It was embarrassing and at the same time… it was beautiful.

I was fortunate to run into the judge of the competition – Stephen Dupont, at the airport. I took the opportunity to thank him for the talk that he gave the night before. He was clearly surprised and said that he’d hoped it was ok? …He doesn’t prepare speeches of the cuff and all that…

He had spoken about how while he was choosing the images for exhibition and the winner he had made sure he was unaware of the names of the entrants. He chose all images for the exhibition on their impact and how they made him feel and expressed how heart wrenchingly hard it was to choose a winner.

Of course, this year – the winner was Natalie Grono, who turns out to be an ex Ultimo Photo imaging student, like myself. Congratulations Natalie!




















The beauty of Family | Sydney Harbour

Sunday, July 26th, 2015

A family portrait is something to be treasured forever so if you get a chance to round up your loved ones, don’t miss the opportunity.

Our session with the Watsons was organised to fall just before sunset. Not only did we create some beautiful images but we had stunning views of the harbour while doing it!

In future, I will pack a picnic.

Visit here to book a session with me today.












Cloudy with a BIG chance of rain | The Bradshaw family

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

It had been raining for days…

The plan was for a morning shoot in Centennial park and looking out the window that morning, we were all a bit skeptical.

“Let’s go ahead” said Halorrie

We are so glad we did!

What a perfect morning to photograph such a beautiful family.










































Little Raphie

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

We were all excited at Juneth’s baby shower about the big day when Raph would come into this world.

I was even more excited when Juneth and James asked me to take some newborn photos, just one week after he was born.


A beautiful baby for two beautiful and very proud parents.


This is my fav…













And this is mum’s…


A little bit of personality goes a long way

Monday, January 28th, 2013

The more time I spend with this brother and sister team, the cooler they just seem to get.

I was actually in fits of giggles whilst editing their last session.

They are both adorable and hilarious!



Everybody Loves Stella

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

Image not by me but finding out who took it!

I met Angela back in the 90’s and we bonded through a local Theatre company that we were both involved in.

She has always been a dynamic person with an ability to have time for anyone, even if she hasn’t seen you for like, forever – she can pick up where you left off.

When I say she has time, I mean she really listens.

(Please note this image of Ange taken whilst performing in “The Maids”  is not by me. Credit to follow)

Ange and I recently re-connected after I caved and joined the book of face. I was fortunate to be invited to her home on the edge of the Blue Mountains to photograph her with partner Paul, along with their very very new baby Stella.

When I arrived and as most new mothers do, Ange apologised for the state of the house, the bad phone coverage, her baby brain and all manner of things but what she may not have realised at the time was that this particular afternoon and everything that came with it was exactly what I needed.

To me, everything was perfect.

So, in exchange for capturing some awesome moments in the early life of her beautiful baby and her family, I was given moments of wisdom from someone who really understands.

Nurture your friendships and when you say on parting “We will make sure we catch up soon”,  Do it. Life is too short.