Mum’s 70th.

May 2017. My Mum is turning 70. The “Festival of Frances” has been up and running since Friday night and looks to continue well into the week. Today we surprised Mum. She arrived late morning for what she thought was a family BBQ but instead was greeted with a formally set table, flowers, gift, champagneContinue reading “Mum’s 70th.”

Why we all should celebrate IWD2017.

Today’s News: A woman dies at the hands of a current or former partner almost each week in Australia. Women pay tax on feminine hygiene products such as tampons. Still. Last year the OECD reported Australian women were paid 17.3 per cent less than their male counterparts in same/similar roles. This gender pay gap isContinue reading “Why we all should celebrate IWD2017.”

Summer in Newie

February 2017. It’s Summer in my home town of Newcastle. Right now we are in a recurring cycle of extreme heat, some respite, extreme heat. Soaring 40+ temperatures (that’s 104+ degrees Fahrenheit if you’re reading this overseas) followed by soupy humidity building reluctant storms that whisper rather than shout. As I write this, the temperatureContinue reading “Summer in Newie”

The simple things.

November 2016. There’s a lot to be said about focusing on the present and enjoying the moment. Sounds easy? It’s hard, at least for me. Working life demands that I constantly be planning, implementing and improving; it’s a continuous loop that involves contemplating ‘next steps’. Then there’s school (what’s coming up? what does our daughter needContinue reading “The simple things.”

Self-doubt, being special & this blog.

November 2016 Tammy Guest posted an interesting video blog a week or two ago. It was about remembering your strengths, the things that make you special and of which you should be proud. About remembering your achievements. About remembering the things that you might gloss over in an effort to not stand out, not soundContinue reading “Self-doubt, being special & this blog.”

Have courage.

November 2016. Portraits. The traditional head-and-shoulders study or eyes-straight-down-the-camera is something with which we are all familiar. In photographing children there is something to be said for capturing a more ‘editorial style’ of portrait. They are changing and growing so fast; a photographic portrait of a child should tell the story of their development inContinue reading “Have courage.”

Keepsake.

2015. I’m a lover of book shops and can rarely visit one without walking away with a purchase. I like the tactile pleasure of reading a physical book and have never quite found the same joy in reading a novel on the kindle or iPad. I love browsing books, handling books, getting excited about newContinue reading “Keepsake.”

No place like home.

May 2015. Last week I hosted a gathering of my work team. We’re a relatively new group – two teams combined into one – so it was important that we spend time together, get to know each other and collaborate on our team plan. I made an early decision to take everyone out of theirContinue reading “No place like home.”