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A romantic session In the woods

A romantic session in the woods.

I wanted to plan a romantic session for a couple who have their wedding coming up very soon. How about a little pre-wedding portrait session in the woods of Mundaring? Yes, that’s right! It’s not all bush, there are some woods in Mundaring too. The perfect place for this romantic session to be held.

We found a nice little pine plantation tucked away in the Perth Hills. The plantation became the exact type of location for Neil and Courtneys pre-wedding photographs.

 

 

Our first meeting

Neil and I first met quite a few years ago. He and his brother and sister along with the family dog had photographs with our studio. Together they had some portraits taken along the swan river for as a surprise birthday gift for their mother. The 3 sibling got on so well, and their dog provided some extra fun and laughter. Needless to say, their Mum made compliments that the gift was very thoughtful and beautiful.

The engagement party

Fast forward a few years. Neil makes contact with me again with the news that he is engaged to the fabulous Courtney. He invites me to photograph their engagement party held at the Guildford Rose and Crown.

While at the party I noticed a few familiar faces. I meet Neil’s brother and sister once again. Other faces at the party also look very familiar to me. Courtney’s Father and Brother seem very recognisable too.

A few conversations later, a connection is made. Both of them work at our local swimming hole, Bilgoman swimming pool. Earlier in the week, in fact, my children had swimming lessons at the pool. After the swimming lesson, while the kids played, these were the two gentlemen who looked after them very well.

The engagement party of Neil and Courtney was a huge success. Quickly they continued to plan their upcoming Wedding day. My next job is photographing their pre-wedding portraits or love bird session. Time certainly flew.  A summer kayaking accident I had made a minor delay to their booking. Their pre-wedding portrait photo shoot was pushed back to late summer.

The perfect light

The light this afternoon for the romantic session was sensational. The little cosy spot tucked away in the woods was perfect for a romantic session.

Finding the right light is the key to making good portraits. Perth weather offers very little cloud filter from the sun’s powerful rays. Choosing a time when the light is less harsh will give the best results. Light for portrait sessions that is less harsh can be formed and shaped for the desired effect.

The colour scheme chosen by Neil and Courtney worked well with the mood of the pine forest. With the light delightful, our session continued until the sun had finally gone down on this magical day.

The Pre-Wedding portrait process

Pre-wedding portraits are such an important part of the wedding booking process. Bridal couples begin understanding what the Wedding day will feel like. This comes without the pressures of crowds and time constraints.

Each couple has an opportunity to spend some quality time together. For many couples, this is the first time they are photographed together professionally.

Our photographic journey together begins too. Our next booking together will be their wedding, followed by the first baby photographs and sooner or later a full family portrait is on the cards

Wedding day Looming

Keep an eye out for this coming Octobers wedding. Neil and Courtney have a beautiful wedding day planned in the Perth Hills.

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Neil romantically kisses Courtneys hand

A romantic session on a perth hills trail

romantic stroll on the perth hills trail

Keep an eye on this wonderful couple and their soon to be Wedding.

Brad & Chantelle’s Wedding

We were lucky to get some nice lovely weather for the Wedding of Chantelle and Brad, which was held in Kings Park, Western Australia’s iconic urban park and ranked one of the largest urban parks in the world. Brad and the Gents prepared themselves for the day at Quest just below Kings park, while Chantelle and the Ladies prepared themselves for the day in Brad and Chantelle’s home. After a beautiful midday ceremony at the Marlee Pavillion in Kings park, the Bridal and families got together at Chantelle’s parents home for some traditional Italian food and some photo’s with absent family members. The Bridal photo location started at Yellagonga National park/Cockman House, which was followed by a series at The Blue Boatshed following some fun wedding day portraits opposite the Old brewery. The reception was a lavish affair held at Fraser’s Restaurant in Kings Park.
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Anzac Day

Anzac day – from a Photographers viewpoint

Anzac day is one of those special occasions, you know the ones. The ones that bring a smile and a tear to your eye at the same time, where silence for a small moment feels like eternity and can help bring back countless memories and emotions in the blink of an eye.

The Dawn service scramble

For the past few years we have been getting up early in the morning to attend the dawn service at Blackboy hill. This site was once a training camp for the early Anzacs, and holds a special place in history. Our kids have ben eager although very tired to get up and go to the dawn service, and we see many of our family and friends there. There is also a fantastic group of volunteers that put on hot drinks, scones and Anzac cookies for the people braving the cold mornings.

Well this morning wasn’t that cold, but due to baby having a rough night, we had a bit of a sleep in. In fact Baby, Kembry and Mesha didn’t get up at all, While Cumoram and I scrambled for the door to get there before it finished. This year seemed to be even more packed than previous years, but it was great to see such wonderful support.

Marching with pride

After attending the Dawn Service, the family and I caught the train into the city to watch the Marching Parade. This was an event that we would attend regularly when we were younger, especially when my Grandpop was alive and would March with the other returned soldiers. We would march with him often, which was a great delight to us. Dad really got into it too and so Anzac day has always been a special day for us as a family.

One year I went to March and took my younger cousin Paddy out with me to be alongside our Grandpop. Well the West Australian newspaper thought that would be a great shot and so they snapped a picture of us to be published in the paper.

A portrait of my Grandparents

Another great memory is of a very early portrait I did of my Grandpop and my Grandma sitting together at Langley reserve  after the march and while we waited for the main service to begin. I loved that moment and still have the photo I took of them those many years ago. I had given them a framed picture of it as a gift and it was the one thing I asked to have back from them when they passed away. It holds a very special meaning to me.

This year we found a spot to watch the parade down by the Bell tower. We met with friends Tim and Jess Batten and took in with us Jessy Fallon. Jessy and Cumoram road their scooters around most of the time, but Kembry and Jairom had great joy sitting and watching the soldiers and marching bands in full motion. I snapped a few pictures of the day and processed them as Black & White images. I love black and white photography especially on days like Anzac day. Its a great way to show expression without the colour distraction.

As I saw these men and women march, I saw many things in their faces. Many carried scarring of what they had been through or what they had seen. They also had a look of dignity and pride. As I looked at their expressions I wondered what they thought now. I hope they have a place in their heart of peace and joy, knowing that what they did those many years ago has been of great benefit to us and our kids. Because it has. We live in a land of peace and plenty, where we have liberty to choose. Our freedom is our greatest blessing. Sometimes we moan and groan of our circumstances, but we are so blessed and have so much. And we OWE so much to those who have fought for our freedom and prosperity. To all those ANZACS and all those affected by the sacrifices of their family in the past, I would like to say THANK YOU….. LEST WE FORGET.

I hope these black and white photographs tell a story and find meaning in your heart

Just a quick preview of some pics from Anzac day 2012. A full blog of images  soon. LEST WE FORGET!!!

Bunbury Family Photography

Bunbury Family Photography – Incredible session prices

Bunbury family photography sessions are available for south west families. Do you live in the Bunbury region and are you looking at getting that next special family portrait on the wall?

Book your 2015 family portrait with one of Western Australia’s most prolific and evolving family portrait photography studios.

Dezire Studios is renowned for their high quality presentations and family photograph collections.Your family portraits are not just pictures; they are a story of life, love and laughter.

 South West home

For many years Dezire Studios was primarily based in Bunbury and serviced the South West region of Western Australia. Each year we offer a little something back to our old South West home.

Portrait photography sessions are normally an hour-and-a-half adventure. They are a very intimate and special experience. Your portrait will be candid and natural and will capture your lifestyle and personality.

Let Western Australia’s premier on location portrait specialist tell your story with a set of beautiful family photographs that you will treasure for your family heritage.

Big Promotion

As a special for Bunbury and surrounding areas, Dezire Studios will be running a special promotion in the beautiful month of April.

Family Portrait session fees will only be $50 (a huge saving from the standard $175 fee). Plus families will receive 30% of our wall print range. Your only commitment is the purchase of either a wall print or family lifestyle album

Book Now

The session fee includes an on location family portrait session and a same week viewing session to choose images for your wall.

Family portrait sessions will be held between the 15th – 17th April 2015. There are 5 sessions available only so book now to avoid disappointment.

 

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Birthday girl

My Birthday girl reminds me that families are forever.

I heard some tragic news late last night after I had finished judging a camera club competition. The baby of a friend and previous wedding client had passed away after a very short life. I send my warmest regards to the grieving mother and she sent back to me a beautiful and insightful message. She encouraged me to ‘hold my babies tight” and showed amazing bravery in talking about the peace she would have with her the rest of her life from the small moments her son had been with her.

A parents special role

It made me ponder the special and beautiful role I have as a parent to 3 amazing children, and the sacred responsibility I have in raising them and seeing them become an asset to their owns families in years to come and the community they live in.

Eager to enter the world.

Today is a very special girls birthday. Yes, today is my only daughters 8th Birthday and it has been a long way coming. I think she has been 8 for about 5 or 6 years now. I vividly remember the day she was born, especially because this young lady was in a hurry from the outset. We raced to the hospital and barely had time to get the camera out let alone park the car. In the panic I drove into the wrong hospital and eventually parked in a doctors reserved car park. 15 minutes later we were blessed with our second beautiful child.

Birthday girl

Her 1st precious moments of life

 

Since then it has been a roller coaster ride and a half, with many wonderful and amazing memories. This young princess of ours is hilarious. She has an amazing personality and is fun and adventurous.

Her own comedy show.

Many times she has brought us to tear from laughing so hard. I love her extroverted approach on life. Times like while travelling in Kununurra and staying at a caravan park and I would take all the kids into the toilets to have showers before our day’s activities. Kembry would run up to one of the used cubicles, look underneath and start a conversation with the very embarrassed person using the toilet.

Protective Mother Hen.

She is also very kind and always thinking of everyone especially her brothers. She is a protective mother hen of her little brother, carrying him like he is her own son. And we love the playful games and activities she plays with her handsome older brother. I just love the way they cackle and laugh together so much. It has been a pleasure to travel with them on family and work trips.

So many beautiful memories and even some challenges ( I’m sure when she is a teenager there will be some more too). But today I just want to take some time out to remember my birthday girl and how wonderful families are.

Birthday girl

Our favourite Birthday Girl

 

 

family photo shoot locations

Family photo shoot locations

A Safe Location:

If you are planning a family photo shoot at an outdoors location, it pays to pick a good location that is safe and suitable. It is also very important that the location is friendly to the family in the portraits and that right lighting can be achieved for you photo shoot.

Backdrops that compliment:

Our family photo shoots are held in an outdoor environment. One that has a natural and pleasant background – a backdrop that compliments you as the subject but does not dominate the portrait. One that creates a happy and fun environment. A good location is important to the way your portrait is lit and how it looks overall.

Good light and no distractions:

Dezire Studios brings many years experience photographing in outdoor locations for family photo shoots. Our team will guide you to a suitable location for your family portrait. Beautiful locations are not always suitable for a family photo shoot or portrait session. Distractions such as crowds, bad light and working distance may impact the look and feel of you family photo shoot.

Follow these guideline when choosing a location for a family photo shoot.

  • Beachscape: A beach,lake or river location that usually offers a bank and water in the vicinity. Perfect for natural, playful portraits. Best time is late afternoons just before sunset or twilight sessions.
  • Bushscape: A location with natural rocks, logs, trees and scrubs. Great all-round location for playful, natural, and traditional portraits. Suitable for morning and afternoon sessions
  • Parkscape: Similar to Bushscape but generally has manicured grass, gardens and trees. As long as there is lots of shade, this can be good for early morning and late afternoon sessions. Preferably not with swings or playground equipment
  • Ruralscape: On a property that has old barns, sheds, horse stables,tractors, vineyards or long fields. For farming families its ideal to have it on your own property. The best times for these sessions are early morning, late afternoon or twilight.
  • Urbanscape: This location usually has  architecturally strong buildings or structures, Can be modern or vintage and could include stairways, arches, graffiti walls or alleyways. For more creative, expressive and abstract portraits. Great for late afternoon and twilight sessions.

 

Click here to see some examples of these location types

 

 

 

 

presentation collections

Products and Presentation collections from your family portrait session

There are many options and presentation collections available from our product range. When booking a family portrait with Dezire Studios, please take into consideration how you wish to have your finished images presented.

Not just a disc

Our specialty is producing beautiful wall portraiture and “one of a kind” fine art collections. We suggest you measure up wall spaces for where you would like your images mounted and consider gifts for family members before coming to our viewing session, as this is the time for you to place your order and decide on the Presentation & collections. Our presentation collections includes the following:

 

 

Prints

We offer a range of specially crafted images on archival papers. Our wall display prints begin from 14×11 inches up to 60×40 inches. Images can be printed on Matte, Glossy or Metallic papers. Also available in custom collages with full framing options available. Our wall prints are a more traditional method of presentation, colour accuracy is of the finest standard and will maintain fade free for 75+ years.

Wall Canvases 

Our canvases provide that artistic and yet still classical look. Our canvases are printed on Gallery quality canvas with the archival Giclee inks and coated with a protective UV coating to protect them while they hang.

Acrylics & Aluminum’s

For that WOW factor have us print your favourite images directly onto Aluminum. These images are printed right to the edge and come ready to hang. For that modern contemporary look, nothing can beat the aurora of a metallic print mounted in between high glossy acrylic.

Coffee table books

These are perfect for the coffee table or even as a gift for that special someone. Printed on press quality paper and with a variety of album covers, our coffee table collection includes custom design and personalization when you have more than a few favourite images.

Handcrafted albums

Our Handcrafted albums are perfect for displaying your cherished images.The quality of the albums and prints will be unsurpassed.Your album can be personalized with our huge range of other cover materials, e.g. leather, metal, wood, acrylic etc.Your favourite images are printed on archival photographic paper and mounted in an classy presentation album. Our stunning and elegant a designs will capture your imagination.All albums can include personalized design layouts, panoramic pages and full page spreads. Our professional and sleek designs will capture your imagination.

Our specialty is producing beautiful wall portraiture and “one of a kind” fine art presentation collections

 

 

 

Portrait style guide

Family portrait style guide – What to wear?

Many people booking a portrait session ask the very same question – What do we wear? These handy hints for a better portrait session should give you some ideas on how to get your portrait style guide right for your family portrait.

Rule Number 1 – The unbroken rule

The number 1 rule when preparing for a portrait is to ensure everyone is comfortable in what they are wearing, or they will not enjoy the session. Here are some handy hints on what to wear are below. (This portrait style guide has been prepared by a professional photographer who has photographed over 1000 portraits in a 15+year career behind the camera.)

Hint number 1. When choosing appropriate clothing for your portraits consider that clothing should compliment and not dominate the portrait. To prevent overpowering the people in the portrait bold patterns, stripes and distinctive logos should be avoided. Solid colours, subtle prints and classic casual clothing are always complimentary.

Hint number 2. For a visual balance for a family portrait it is better to have everyone dressed in the same tones or colour themes. For example having everyone dressed in light or all in dark or all neutral tones.This does not necessarily mean that everyone must have matching outfits, rather dressed in clothing that has similar tonal range. Following this as a guideline will provide more pleasing and visually balanced portrait, where no individual family member will stand out.

Hint number 3. The next steps are deciding on a colour theme either lights, darks or neutrals and whether everyone will dress formally, semi-formal or casually. Remembering again that everyone needs to feel comfortable.

Once you have booked a portrait session,  we will send you out a comprehensive guide (or you can download it here) on  what to wear including appropriate colour themes, styles, makeup, glasses and props.

portrait style guide

Dressed to impress at the beach

 

 

Perth & regional family portrait locations

A Guide for the best Portrait locations

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Mothers day love is devotion

What is a Good family portrait location

One of the most common questions our professional family photography studio gets asked is  “What are some good family portrait locations?”

As a family portrait photographer, offering family portrait sessions not only in Perth but in country regions of Western Australia, I spend many hours trying to find out what people would like their printed portraits to look like on their walls.

Natural Light

Apart from a discussion family portrait locations, our family portrait clients usually ask about clothing to wear during family photos, and how we can achieve the best natural light to give the best results for their family photographs.

Of course, lighting and timing for your family portrait session are ultimately important. In Western Australia, we have beautiful quality natural light. Choosing the right family portrait locations to become one of the key choices for successful family portraits.

Family portrait locations that are comfortable

The right family portrait locations will engage any couple, family or children being photographed during the portrait session. Good family portrait locations will help them feel natural and comfortable in the environment.

Here is a quick visual guide to finding the right family portrait locations for your next photographic session.

Another guide would be to make a Pinboard on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/  and look for family portrait location ideas and share it with your professional photographer.

Brook Desmond the lead Family photographer at Perth based Dezire Studios, has been shooting professional outdoor location family portraits for over 15 years. The following visual portrait gallery has been mastered during that time as is a wonderful resource for families looking for professional outdoor family photographs.

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On location portraits

On location portraits – finding the right one

There are a couple of key factors to consider when having your next family portrait. There are all the usual, what should I wear? what style should we go for? are we dressing formally or are we going for a casual look?

As a premier leading portrait studio in Western Australia, we will guide you through those important decisions. All our clients who book a portrait session with us receive their complimentary and comprehensive guide on what to wear to your portrait session, how much makeup to apply, whether to wear glasses or not, and what props work. We have guidelines and suggestions for colour co-ordinating clothing, how to get the tones right, whether or not to wear all the same images, and how to dress so you can achieve the look you are after, all the while remaining comfortable and looking natural.

The other key factors to consider are timing and location. Our studios specializes in natural family on location portraits, images that appear candid and unposed and show you naturally having fun. Our motto is Life, Love, Laughter and it takes a little preparation to get it right.

Our studios specialty is on location portraits. The reason for this is simple. You and the family will feel more comfortable, especially young children who may normally feel cooped up in a studio. The session becomes an experience, a happy and joyful family moment, an event that you will always remember together.

The most important thing to remember is even with on location portraits the focus is still about the people and not the landscape. In saying this, yes the landscape is important, the background is essential, but it is merely a way of complimenting the people that are in it. A nice background will not over power the people in the portrait, but will add taste and flavour.

The essential key in on location portraits is most definitely lighting the scene right. In a studio, the strobes or flash become the key to lighting the subject and the background. On location portraits are controlled by the ambient light from the sun. The sun is a powerful beast and has the ability to dominate the portrait if not used correctly. You would have seen these images before or even taken them on your own camera. Things like harsh shows under the eyes, nose and chin or to one side of the face. Similarly splotchy light making unattractive patched on the face will do the same thing. With the right lighting not only will you get the most flattering portrait, but you will also have a splendid background to compliment and add flavour to the portrait and enhance your already glowing self. Get the light wrong and you merely add age to you.

Light is a Photographers trick and mastering outdoor light that you cannot dial down or amp up is a specialized art. It takes years of training and hands on experience to master this and be ready for whatever comes your way. But what on location portraits sessions allow, is for individuality and uniqueness. Shooting the same on location portraits at different times or on different days will give different looks. You will have your own unique portrait that is totally personal to you.

Much better than having the same pose, same backdrop, same lighting and same clothes as the last client that came through. And with a wealth of amazing locations here in Perth Western Australia and throughout the nation and world you will have a much more rewarding and natural experience. In the next part of this post I will go into the types of locations and show you some samples of how to get you personal portrait experience.

Below are a quick sample of some different types of locations and as we share more on how to select the right location for your on location portraits, we will add more sample to help you select the right type of location for your next family portrait.

An example of a on location portraits in the bush

An example of on location portraits in the Urban architectural location

A Twilight session

An example of  on location portraits in a Rural location . This was the clients actual farm

An example of on location portraits in the Park location

An example of on location portraits in a Beach location

 

Family portrait album – Please watch & share

Love at Home

I have just finished off working on this portrait album design for a wonderful families portrait album. Please watch & share. I can’t wait to present it to them. I have loved the time I have had sitting down working on this portrait album design. The day of the Photo shoot, we spent the morning at their home preparing for the Photographic portrait session, and then we wondered down to Hyde Park to take some lovely family portraits. I cannot wait to share the entire blog and the story, miracle and journey of this beautiful family. You will be amazed at their courage, strength and love for each other, and the amazing friends around them who support them in their journey and challenges.

portrait album design

It is a joy working with wonderful families like this. A Mum and Dad that love each other and together work hard to give their kids the very best. I just love seeing families enjoy being together and it is the privilege of my job as a professional photographer to be with them and Photograph them celebrating the simple joys of life. This work sums up my style as a photographer, and to finish it up with a lovely portrait album design just completes it perfectly.

This amazing family has endured some serious pain and suffering and need your support and Love especially during this hard time. I made this album for them and presented it to them today, on what will be a day in their life that they will never forget.

Please Watch this clip it will break your heart – Such an amazing family. Biggest love and prayers to them now.

Dan & Felicia’s Wedding sneak preview

While this lucky couple is away on their Honeymoon in romantic France and Europe, we have decided to upload a couple of sneak previews of their Wedding Photos. If you weren’t lucky enough to be at their beautiful Wedding at Mulberry on the Swan, you would have missed the fact that it rained all day and we had to brave the elements for a small period of time to get a couple of Photographs in the normally beautiful Swan Valley region. Dan & Felicia were total troopers as were their family and bridal party. And even with the weather the way it was, it truly was a photographers delight. Hope you enjoy the little blog post about their wedding, and we promise a full updated post when the lovely couple return from their Honeymoon.

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Wedding rings with the Brides parents Wedding album

Photographers delight


Bride’s parents ponder on their Wedding day as the Bride prepares for her day

Bride & groom kiss


Dan & Felicia share a moment out of the rain

The look of love


The look of love

Photographers delight


Could pass for the Kelly gang… only sweeter

 Proud parents


Proud parents

Rainy Wedding day location


Run for your lives, its raining

Rainy Wedding


Pure Love is enjoying each challenge

Wedding Photojournalism


Wedding Photojournalism catches everyone out

Cute lower girls


Cute flower girls caught up in the moment

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catch the petals

Wedding day magic


Wedding day magic

Bridal poses


enjoying a kiss out of the rain

 

A Visit to the Farm

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A Family Farm Visit


 

It was fate that led us on this farm visit. The Dowerin Field Days are something that we as family look forward to each year. It’s a wonderful family day out, and gives us a chance to explore the countryside a little too. This year, at the last minute, we decided to stay the night up there instead of driving there and back in one day (a 5 hour round trip). Finding accommodation for two adults and three children is difficult at the best of times, but when you’re looking for last minute accommodation in a tiny country town, and all the nearby towns, at a time of year when thousands and thousands of visitors are expected… well, it suddenly becomes a lot harder.

But our lucky stars led us to “Mrs Rae” and “Mr Chris” the day before we left. And so, at the end of a long and busy day at Dowerin, our tired little family found ourselves driving further and further from the main roads and down wide gravel roads, out to a picturesque farm 45 minutes from Dowerin, near the town of Cunderdin in Western Australia’s beautiful Wheatbelt region.

 

 

 

When we arrived, we were welcomed warmly into the farmhouse, and then spoiled by our lovely hosts, who made us feel right at home.  After sitting down for a rest next to the blazing fire in the lounge room, and being introduced to their adorable 13 week-old Kelpie-Blue Heeler puppy, Chocco, we were treated to a gorgeous roast dinner of home-killed lamb and vegetables from the garden, followed by a delicious pudding.  Our children had warm baths, and then we settled in the lounge for a few very enjoyable hours of chatting and getting to know each other and learning about each other’s lives. We were able to show them our travel photography from around Australia and the world, and exchange stories of our travels.

 


 

The next morning, we took the kids out for an early morning walk around the farm, to explore and do some photography. The mornings are very chilly during winter in the Wheatbelt, so the kids were bundled up (our daughter borrowed a jumper of Mrs Rae’s, because she couldn’t find her own jacket).

For children who are so curious and adventurous as ours, the farm was bliss. There were old sheep sheds and machinery sheds to explore, there was seasonal farm machinery to look at and learn about, there was a little creek running past to splash in, the fields were lush with green wheat and yellow canola flowers.  There was even an abandoned and decrepit house not far from the farmhouse to enliven their imaginations and to use as a setting for photography. The farm was incredibly photogenic, and its many different settings were used as the backdrop for hundreds of photographs. The walk wasn’t too long, as it was early and cold, and everyone was hungry. We returned to the house for breakfast, with promises of exploring again afterwards.

 

 

 

After being treated to a delicious breakfast, we went out to explore again. This time, we took the kids to see the chickens. Our children love chickens. They love to feed them, they love to catch them when they escape, and they love to collect the eggs. We spent some time around the chicken coop, talking and letting the kids play around the chickens. We got some fun photographs of the kids chasing and catching the chickens, and running around the coop. Then we decided to explore some of the sheds that were nearby.

 

 

 

One of the sheds was an old sheep shed, and although there haven’t been sheep on the farm for quite a while, the paraphernalia from those days is still there, including branding irons and even a whole bag full of wool in one of the pens. We walked through the sheds, with Mrs Rae explaining what some of the mysterious machines and equipment were and how they worked and when they were used.

We watched Chocco taking his first frolics through the cold water in the creek and we walked around the wheat fields, relaxing and taking our time, as you do in a place where time seems to stand still and peace reins supreme.  The wheat crop was green and luxuriant, wet with overnight rain and morning dew, and the kids had the time of their lives running through the crop, hiding from Chocco and letting him chase them through the wheat, playing hide-and-seek. We stopped many times to take photographs.

 

 

Another visit to the abandoned house was exciting as we realized from the ornate ceilings and other little clues that the house would have been quite a handsome one in its day. Rummages through cupboards turned up yellow bottles of “Milk of Magnesia”, old medicine bottles and other little hints of life in the old house. There was even an old copper in the outdoor laundry.

After getting the kids clean, warm and dry, we spent some time relaxing in the warmth on the back patio. Chocco slept  contentedly while Mrs Rae showed us her flower and vegetable garden and shared her knowledge of garden lore with us, even sharing a small piece of her garden with us by giving us some cuttings to bring home and plant in our own garden.

But all good things must come to an end, and so did our farm visit. With hugs and kisses and reluctant farewells, we packed up the car and went on our way, back along those winding, pretty country roads. We were only there for a short time, but it was such a magical, blissful, peaceful experience for all of us that we will have to return again!

 

Happy Mothers day

Mothers Day a time to celebrate:

This Mothers day we ran a photography competition , and asked you all to pick an image that best resembles motherhood. We also asked you to share in your own words your personal feelings about your mother or about motherhood, and what is special about mothers day. Well firstly, happy mothers day to all the others out there, and thank you for your wonderful and amazing contribution to life. Also thank you  for touching our hearts with you kind, uplifting and inspiring words about mothers, we really have felt the spirit of this mothers day.

Mothers day love is devotion

Mothers day giving what you have

Mothers day love is devotion

Mothers day love is devotion

This mothers day, I am thankful to my mother, she is so wonderful and special and has given everything so that we can be who we are.  She still continues to be this amazing person

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Mothers day photography voucher – Mothers day competition

Mothers day photography voucher – Mother’s day competition

We have decided that this Mothers day, we would run a competition so that some lucky people can win a photography voucher. As a Professional Photographer in Perth, I witness many wonderful moments and unforgettable memories. The love between a mother and her child, be it teenager or baby, is one of the most warming and lovely things I get to experience in my job. In this Mothers’s day competition You will need to select you favourite mothers day image. The image that typifies motherhood. The most natural picture of a mother interacting with her daughter or son.

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Mothers day

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Mothers day is one of those special days that we love to celebrate. we truly are grateful for the mothers in our lives and honor and respect the challenges they have faced and the sacrifices they have made.
In my life I am blessed with a wonderful mother

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