Ever dreamt of owning your own slice of beach house heaven? Well I can't help you with purchasing one but I can recommend somewhere to stay for holidays. And you will never want to leave. This beautiful property on Sydney's northern beaches in available via Airbnb. Featuring four bedrooms, an enormous deck for entertaining and an interior that consists of a stylish 'beachy' design and neutral colour palette, this home in Avalon is the place to be for summer.
Home owner Zoe runs an online bridal registry and the good news is, most of what you see in these images including the furniture, art and soft furnishings etc can be purchased from her at www.theweddingnest.com.au Eek! Look out credit card, I think you are going to take a hit!
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.
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...
With the weather turning cooler, have you been, like me, day dreaming about the chance to put your feet up in front of a beautiful fire in your own cozy, well equipped, private lodge with a spectacular vista of ever changing hues over the mountain ranges before you? Found it! Photographed it! Loved it!
I've just had the honour of photographing Dry Ridge Estate. The owners, Bob and Barbara invited me to capture (for their new website which is coming soon) their stunning slice of heaven in the Megalong Valley complete with rolling hills, dramatic escarpment, plentiful vineyards, a very inviting Cellar Door and the sensational Sunrise Lodge - which we stayed in for two nights. Oh I do love my job...!
My partner and I had access to explore the whole property, including the Six Foot Track - a 44.3 kilometre walking trail - which passes right through the middle of the property. The walk (whether you do all of it or just a part) and the property of Dry Ridge Estate itself, offer some of the most incredible scenery I have ever witnessed including waterfalls, a swimming hole, sheer cliffs and plenty of wildlife. We really do live in the best country in the world.
A local company provides horse riding tours that meander through the adjoining rainforest and valley floor, before stopping for a tasting at the Dry Ridge Estate cellar door. You can sit and contemplate the gorgeous view while sampling some of Bob and Barbara's specialty wines and share a cheese plate. It was so difficult not put my camera down and join them in a glass (the people of course, not the horses!)
Having been up since before dawn and shooting all day, I called it quits just before sunset. I'm really glad I did. When I was finally able to put my feet up with a glass of Riesling in hand, I simply couldn't be drawn away from the captivating view. Oh, except to pour myself into the incredible hot tub complete with mood lighting and wine glass holders, which conveniently also has a view of the valley. Nice design feature...
Two days simply was not long enough, especially since I was working for one of them. I'll definitely be returning to Dry Ridge Estate, if for no other reason than to experience it in a different season. The colours change before your eyes and there is so much to see and do. Or not. Actually we didn't get to use the fireplace. Hmm...what am I am doing next weekend?
Occasionally I question (sometimes more than I would like!) why I chose to become a photographer. I mean, I just take pictures of architecture, interiors, landscapes and people... right? I can be plagued with self doubt and lack of confidence at times. Yesterday I was reminded why I chose this path, by an incredibly inspirational young woman with a very touching story.
I was fortunate enough to photograph this house yesterday. Now owned by Atlanta.
Last year Atlanta lost both her parents to illness and she inherited this magnificent cottage on Sydney's Northern Beaches - which she now rents out as holiday accommodation - designed, built and owned by her mum, an amazing artist, photographer and student of life. (Check out her mother's beautiful creations, some of which you will see on the walls of this cottage, here)
Atlanta, an only child, is now herself a mum of two girls and is a creative, talented, beautiful soul. Check out her amazing jewellery range here and here.
As I was listening to her story, a very personal and heart wrenching one, I couldn't help but think...never judge a book by its cover. We never really know what someone is going through do we? Here is this incredible young lady just doing the best she can with the cards she has been dealt. She described her circumstances as a gift. She has been reminded of just how special life is and that it can all change in the blink of an eye, so make the most of it.
It was then I remembered why I became a photographer. I am pursuing my dream. And along the way, I meet people who change my life. Life is too important and too short not to do what you love.
Thank you Atlanta for sharing your story with me and reminding me of my purpose.