Another day, another beautiful home to photograph. Rarely do I have the absolute pleasure of walking into a home and not have to touch or change a single detail before I photograph it. On this day however, I was blessed to arrive at the home of a lovely family of four to find the place perfectly styled and incredibly warm and inviting. It was a pleasure to photograph. So much so, I wanted to move in!
As we all know, it is the little things that make a house a home. A child's artwork framed, board games, shells collected on holidays and sealed in jars, all lovingly on display. Precious things that create lasting memories.
Bold use of colour doesn't have to overwhelm a room. Black and white can be stark, but with pops of red or yellow, these rooms felt instantly more inviting.
My work affords me the honour of being invited into people's houses and I'm constantly amazed at how creative people can be when decorating and furnishing their homes. Over the years, I've learnt it's the detail, the small touches that make all the difference. And it is these everyday, simple things that paint the picture of who lives there, where they have come from and where they are headed. So I thought I would share some of my favourites. I'd love to hear what you think makes a great room so feel free to comment below with your ideas and inspiration.
What a difference a little colour makes, especially in a nursery. Don't you just love the orange cot for a pop of colour?
What a simple way to add some glamour to the boudoir, with a dressed manikin.
There is no reason you why you can't have a few pockets of fun amongst the serenity of a bedroom surely?
Similar tones and patterns add interest but keep your look streamlined.
Check out this fantastic studio in Bondi. Colourful, bright, fully equipped and a brilliant location just two minutes from the beach. Some people have such an incredible ability to bring colour and texture together. When can I check in?
Welcome to the Dry Ridge Estate Homestead - a brand new offering in accommodation in the Megalong Valley, NSW Blue Mountains. About a year ago I had the pleasure of photographing the Lodge situated on the same property at Dry Ridge Estate.
Now the Homestead is available for holiday letting and the owner Barbara generously invited me in to capture its beauty and homeliness. I could easily picture myself curled up on the couch in front of the fire wasting the day away but alas, I was there to work.
If 'doing nothing' is not your style, then there is horse riding, bush walking, waterfalls, a vineyard and plenty more to explore. You even have a cellar door metres from the back door so you don't have too far to go for a fantastic drop of the good stuff (red or white) - try the Lady Barbara Riesling. Delicious.
I've stayed on the property twice now. It's incredible. And with the Homestead now available you have the choice of a romantic weekend in the Lodge or take a bunch of friends and chill out at the Homestead. My tip - book early and just as the weather begins to cool so you make the most of the fire and the spectacular Autumn sunsets over the escarpment.
The property has plenty of space for the whole family, including three generous sized bedrooms and two bathrooms.
So it's been quite some time since you've heard from me but with good reason. As some of you know, my partner and I welcomed our beautiful baby boy Jack into the world in November and we have been in the blissful baby bubble ever since. So to have the honour of photographing this divine family on my foray back into work was a dream come true.
And his mum Acacia, dad Luke and their family dog Jarrah. I shared a gorgeous afternoon with all of them by the harbour capturing a few precious moments made all the more special by that magic smile and the adorably squishy cheeks of Lennon's.
Don't you just love Jarrah's paw on Luke's arm and Lennon's "just chilling out" expressions in this series on the grass?
"Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite…"
I was so lucky to spend the afternoon with Kelly, Evan and gorgeous Jackson recently making the most of the lovely Autumn weather. Aren't they just a beautiful family? I really am blessed to do what I do. Oh, and I think I might know where Jackson gets his baby blues from. Just check out his mum...!
I've recently returned from a wonderful trip to Bali. What a destination! The place is so full of life, culture and ceremony. Whether you are looking to kick back with a good book on a beautiful beach, hop on a scooter and battle the crazy traffic, or sample some of the most diverse and delicious international cuisine ever...Bali has you covered.
For me, it was the colours and light (must be the photographer in me!) that I found incredible. So if you will forgive my indulgence, here are just a few snapshots from the trip that I think really showcase the diversity and beauty of this special place. Sampai waktu berikutnya (until next time), enjoy the journey...