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Into the Woods…..


“So tell me gentleman, tell me the time and place where it was easy to be a woman.”~Andrew Sean Greer, The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells

Went back out into the woods today to test the space with an actual person. Places that seem beautiful and mysterious on their own change so much when you add in a person. Places that seemed unremarkable can become the perfect place when someone’s soul fills it up.

Looking forward to next week’s project.



The Pines – Spring Finale


“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping
When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.” ~Dr.Seuss

It has been a while since I have simply gone out and taken photos for the fun of it.

I went to The Pines today to find some locations for an art shoot I want to do next week. Tomorrow I will go out again with a stand-in model to see if these locations are suitable (all will become clear as to why I would bother to do a stand-in model shoot when you see the final project and here the story behind it). It is one thing to love a location for nature photographs, but something else to photograph a person in it…..especially when you feel photographing people isn’t your strong point!

Practice makes perfect.

In the meantime, so many moods out there today!

On the eve of my gap year


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”~Socrates

Tomorrow my youngest child starts school. There is sadness that my baby is growing up and all that, but it is also a bit like Christmas Eve.

I’m having a gap year.

I know that traditionally it is used for high school graduates taking a year off to travel or what not before starting university. But I’m claiming it to describe what I am doing this year: not going back to work despite both my children heading off to school so that I can discover myself.

Sounds a bit airy fairy. Maybe it is.

When I first set out to have kids and be a stay at home mum I never imagined how tired, crummy, grumpy, zombie, frustrated and generally worn down I would become over the 6 years that followed. We all know there is boundless joy, laughs and surprises with kids, but kids are yin and yang, up and down, highs and lows. All these combining forces are like physics. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Especially on me.

I have changed.

I’m going to find out who this new person is, take her out for a run, do some yoga with her, get her to take some photos, paint a picture with her and then see what kind of career moves she wants to make in 2016.
It’s going to be quite the year, huh?

I couldn’t do this without the support and encouragement of my husband. He’s THE BEST.
I hope one day I can be the breadwinner and he can take a gap year.

Here is me, post mountain hike with the kids, post dinner making, post 6 years of full on, 24/7 motherdom……

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