July 30, 2015

Postcards from Bendigo

So I forgot to tell you something super important in my last blog post...

I FINALLY GOT MY DRIVING LICENSE!

And it only took me two-and-a-half years after my eighteenth birthday to get it.

Hurrah!

Last weekend, Paul and I took a little road trip to Bendigo for my friend, Molly's 21st birthday party. Whilst I had my DSLR with me, I didn't take many photographs with it and opted to use my mobile instead. I'm really lazy sometimes, ok?

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To be honest, we spent most of our time in Bendigo napping. It was Paul's first weekend off since the beginning of May and my first weekend since the start of June. When we felt like leaving the comfort of bed we walked around the Bendigo CBD, admiring the beautiful architecture.

We visited a Buddhist temple and lit incense. The temple worshipped the goddess of mercy, Guan Yun and there were thousands of paper cranes and a whole table filled with tributes of food. 

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We also visited this little cafe that had a coffee machine inside a caravan?!
The coffee was excellent, the hot chocolates were literally heaven on earth and the food was delicious as well! 

Paul had a burger, of course, and I had Canadian waffles - you just cannot pass up bacon and popcorn with ice cream all on the same plate.

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We had an amazing night hanging out with many of my old friends from high school in Wangaratta. Molly ate a scorpion after downing some tequila! I had to stick to sipping lemonade because I was driving, and a boogied to some country party classics.

We were also graced with a reunion performance by Not The Spice Girls. To fill you in, when we were in year nine, we all performed in a musical that centred around a talent show akin to Australia's Got Talent. At the end of the show, 'The Spice Girls' performed Stop for the crowd. Ever since then, it's been a party favourite amongst my friends.

Tom, Molly's brother was guest performing as Posh Spice.



All the hairy details: We stayed at The Schaller Studio // We visited the Golden Dragon Museum and the Conservatory Gardens // We ate at CortillĂ© and Brewhouse Coffee Roasters.

July 23, 2015

Hello, I still exist!

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Hey, guys.

How are you?

Let me start by telling you how I am.

Over the past couple of months, I feel as though I've been pushed over a cliff and I've been left hanging by the skin of my teeth on the edge.

Life sucks sometimes, I'm aware of that, but I keep thinking to myself, how many bad cards am I going to be dealt time, after time, after time before I get a good hand?

Everything seems so hard, so complex. I'm not sure I like adult life. I just want to curl up on the couch and watch cartoons all day without having to worry about finding money to pay my rent, or the fact that I haven't done a photo shoot for literally months.

So yeah, that's how I'm feeling at the moment. Now, let me fill you in on a few other details that have happened recently.

1. I quit my job. 
You know that really cool job that I was talking about earlier in the year? I've since left that. I can't go into more detail, but I left because I wasn't fitting in as well as I wanted.

2. I started an internship.
A super cool internship with a little web development company called Digitalsmith. They have plans to take over the world and I am entirely okay with that. I've been writing blog posts, taking photos, going to meetings about secret projects and running their social media twice a week. It's fun, and I'm so grateful for the amazing opportunity Leighton, Rob and the team have given me.

3. I started back on campus at University.
As some of you may know, I've been completing my undergraduate degree online. But after a year and a half of sitting in front of a computer studying, I got a little lonely and wanted to make some friends. I'm now on campus twice a week and so far, I am loving it! :)

I'll be posting a little more frequently over the next few months now. I have more time to conduct photo shoots and I'm required to do a lot of blogging for my university subjects! I'll be sharing a lot, but not all of it will be photography related.

We're going to Bendigo this weekend for a 21st birthday. I'm hoping to take some photos as well as maybe creating a little film to share.

And that's my life at the moment.

Let me know what you guys have been up to - I haven't had much of a chance to read any blogs in quite a while! 

June 10, 2015

Galit & Claude

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Throwing it back this lovely Thursday to a wedding I shot for my friends, Galit & Claude, back in February. I find the wedding photography industry notoriously difficult to break into. In fact, this is only the second wedding I've photographed in four years. I'm always thankful to friends and strangers who reach out to me and trust in my skills to capture important life events.

I'll probably never get to photograph a wedding like this again. We trekked over sand dunes to get to the secluded location where Galit and Claude said, 'I do,' in front of only eight people, including myself and the celebrant. The wedding certificate was signed on top of my camera bag. To celebrate, we all had a drink and cheered as the bride and groom cut into their Minion cake. The night concluded with a gathering at a local bar with other friends and work colleagues.  The evening was perfect, the lighting was serene.

Ps. For the horde is a reference from World of Warcraft, for those who don't know :)

May 7, 2015

Disturbed

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So remember that photo shoot I talked about yonks ago... yeah well I finally got around to editing those photos. Talk about procrastination, right?

When I wrap up a shoot, I'm normally itching to get home and begin the editing process. I love reviewing the images and seeing them almost come to life with the colours I inject in Photoshop. But there are also times where I'll come back from a shoot only to find that I'm really disappointed with the images I created. Sometimes I don't experiment with angles enough; sometimes I find that an image I thought was in focus is, in fact, blurry; sometimes I just didn't think things through and went a bit snap happy without really thinking, 'hold on, what am I actually trying to do here?'

In this particular incident, I was really disappointed with how I handled the lighting. In an ideal world, every photo shoot would be conducted at either sunrise or sunset. Sometimes, when you have to travel a fair distance to a location, you don't have that luxury. Shooting in the midday sun is challenging for most photographers. Sometimes the harsh contrast will enhance your photos and sometimes it will hinder them, majorly. I so desperately wanted to share a couple of images from this photo shoot that didn't make the cut purely because I wasn't thinking things through when I was snapping the images. If I had of taken the time to go through my usual process when crafting an image, I would have had two amazing images that probably would have been my best portraits. Alas, they are now on my hard drive never to see the light of day.

It took me six months to edit these photos because I was so annoyed at myself for those two photos. Sometimes when something doesn't go to plan, you can lose a little bit of inspiration. I edited about twenty images from this day and only two really made me feel unhappy, and that's a pretty good result, in hindsight.

I've presented the images today in reverse to the order they were photographed. Most of my work is narrative based, but it's fairly rare that I will take such a large body of work to be presented as a story. I'm really interested to hear what you all have to say about what you think the narrative may be. 

May 6, 2015

Little Updates

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Sometimes I forget that my blog is separate from my other social media accounts. I know that a few of you follow me on my Facebook and Instagram pages, but I also know that a lot of you don't, so I'm just going to take some time to update you all on a few things that affect this blog.

This year, so far, has been absolutely crazy.

At the beginning of the year, Paul and I started looking for our first rental home. It was a very exciting, scary and nerve-wracking time. We began looking for our own place because we had just accepted new jobs, (that at the time were going to start imminently) and we wanted to be closer to work. 

Well, almost three months have passed since we moved into our little abode, and only now are we just starting at those jobs! 

For those of you who are wondering, we are working at a new restaurant called Millars which is opening up tomorrow in Lara, VIC. Paul is going to be the sous/pastry chef and I'm running all of the social media, taking all of the photos, making coffees and pretty much helping out in the café wherever I'm needed. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

This new job is both immensely exciting and dead scary to me. It's my first full-time job. I'm going to be at the same place every day for five days a week and then I'm going have to come home and tackle my university work every night. Yes, I'm attempting full-time work whilst I'm also studying full-time. Not to mention I'm still continuing with my freelance photography job. Someone just kill me now before I fall into a heap of exhaustion.

As I type this, Paul and I have both been awake since 4:30am. Paul's up and in the shower, getting ready to make the frosty, five-minute bike ride to work. He has a very long day of prep ahead of him, getting everything ready for the opening tomorrow. I've been editing photographs I plan to share here shortly and I'm about to get up and do some exercise before hammering out some uni work before heading into the restaurant. This is probably what life is going to be for us now. No more Netflix binges (I'm more sad about this than I would care to admit) or a lot of down time to just 'surf the web'. I'm going to be a hive of productivity - which will actually do me (the queen of procrastination) a lot of good.

This isn't to say that I won't have any time for new photo shoots. Admittedly, I haven't been creating as much for my own personal gain because I've been more preoccupied with my studies this semester. But it does mean is that I won't have a lot of time or energy to write a significant amount of posts on here. In no way am I abandoning my dear blog, but my posts will be a little more sparse and I won't have as much time available to read all of the blogs I follow. 

Being busy sucks but as my Mum/other adults in my life would say, it's part of growing up. 
I wish I could stay a teenager forever.