December 17, 2014

Before The Storm

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Wow. Hello!
Where did those last two weeks go?
I honestly can't tell you what I've been spending my time on because I've just been SO busy. Everything is flying past me in a flurry of red and green. 

I've had a full diary since the beginning of this month and now I'm finding myself, a week before Christmas eve, with absolutely none of my Christmas shopping done and a computer filled with shoots I'm working on.

Last Monday I shot a few portfolio images for the lovely Johanna who I was lucky enough to go to school with. I always get really excited when old school friends contact me to take some photos of them. As a photographer, I sort most people I meet in life into two categories: people I'd like to photograph as models and people who I would like to photograph because they're just genuinely nice or interesting.

I never shoot in the rain. It's partly because I've never really had the opportunity and also because the majority of people I work with aren't too interested in spending their day getting wet on location. Thankfully, we had to book in this portrait session a couple of weeks in advance and we didn't have any room if it came to rescheduling because of the weather. When I looked at the forecast on my weather app in the morning, I stuffed my camera bag full of plastic bags to protect my camera, borrowed Paul's waterproof jacket and hung a towel around my neck. I had all bases covered.

Luckily it only rained on us for a few short minutes and while we waited for the wet weather to subdue, we took shelter in one of the many caves we discovered while we walked around the cliff edges. After the rain passed, thunderstorm clouds brewed to the south and we took advantage of the dramatic scenery as much as we could before running back to the car, sopping wet from standing in the ocean waters trying to capture a perfect shot.

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December 1, 2014

Summer by the Seaside

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My favourite thing about summer by the sea is the fact that it doesn't get too hot. I've spent the majority of my life welcoming summer each year with hot, sticky weather with nothing but a public pool to cool off in. Now that I live by the sea, I get to go to my favourite beaches to swim. Most of them are pretty quiet which is a huge bonus!

A couple of days ago, I went for a little drive down the Great Ocean Road to Cumberland River, just outside of Lorne. A couple of my family members were staying the weekend there so I drove my brother down so that he could join in on the fun.

Although it wasn't technically summer when I went, you could feel the anticipation in the air. Summer is not my favourite season. I much prefer the colours and brilliance of early-mid autumn but that doesn't mean that I don't enjoy summer for it's own reasons. I love how healthy I eat in summer. I basically live off fruit and salad when it gets warmer, as well as the occasional quintessential Australian barbecue. I love how social I am, it seems like once December rolls around my calendar just fills up with various events and planned activities. I also just spend more time in general outside enjoying the nice weather. I just really love all of the anticipation around this time of year!

Today I set up up three little wooden Christmas trees I purchased last week and they're sitting on a table in the corner glowing with light and it's making me very happy inside. I've also been listening to this playlist by my friend, Sophie all day!

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What are some of your favourite things about summer/Christmas?!

November 28, 2014

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In the past, I've always spent a lot of time thinking about my birthday, what I wanted to do, who I was going to invite over etc. But after about 2011 that died down for a variety of reasons. This year I didn't really want anything over the top, I just wanted to have dinner with my family and Paul's. Unfortunately, life (and work) get in the way and sometimes the way you imagine things just cannot be.

So my plans changed. I guess it was life's way of welcoming me into a world where I wasn't a teenager.

I woke up early yesterday, with a sore back and I desperate need for a shower after working the previous night. I was so fatigued (I cannot even explain to you how I'm feeling today after the push of feeding 1400 people last night) but I wanted to get up early to enjoy my day fully. Ideally I would have fitted in a run, some meditation and a gym session, but I just didn't feel like it.

I sat down, watched Ferris Bueller's Day Off (because I thought that would be a good movie to wish my youth goodbye to), painted my nails and edited some photos before going to lunch with Paul's Mum, Susan and his brother, Simon.

We went to Tulip, a place Paul and I have been wanting to go to for a while. We enjoyed a really nice meal for a couple of hours. Time wasn't rushing me like it normally does, and that was really nice. Afterwards, I saw my parents for coffee and they gifted me with some beautiful earrings.

The afternoon passed by in a blur. We got home, I washed and dried the clothes we needed to wear for work while Paul was helping his Mum and brother finish off my birthday cake. We sat down for dinner and cake at 6pm and we needed to leave by 6:15pm.

The rest of the evening was a flurry of plating up food, handing plates to waitresses, washing an endless supply of bane trays, burning myself and getting more bruises on my arms and legs.

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Smoked trout croquette with almond cream / Ox tongue pastrami, pickled walnuts and celery.

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Jamon Serrano – cured Spanish leg ham. 

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Salad of tomatoes, dried anchovy, burratta and samphire.

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  • Grilled asparagus with Gruy√®re, fermented garlic and vegetable compost /  Salad of steamed kale, pancetta, hazelnuts and egg vinaigrette / Half roast chicken with curried carrots, sour cream and tahini / Fried potatoes with sriracha.

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(Ailis cat)

These are a few things I've learned over the past year of my life:
  1. Don't spend time focusing on your flaws/things you don't like about yourself. Spend time trying to better yourself.
  2. Sometimes a person's gratitude is not a good enough reason to do something.
  3. You have to take risks to do anything interesting in life.
  4. Exercise, eating well and meditation are the keys to coping with mental illness.
  5. Stop dwelling on the past. It's happened, you can't change anything.
  6. Nostalgia is good in small doses and horrible when it is a perpetual state of mind.
  7. Feminism is extremely important, but there are issues that men face which also need to be addressed.
  8. Studying online is lonely, but if you make an effort you can connect with some amazing people.
  9. No matter how many times you ring up for a competition to win Katy Perry tickets, you're probably never going to get through.
  10. People who are honest, supporting and good listeners are the best kinds of people.
  11. How many likes, followers or friends we have online doesn't measure a person's worth or their talent.