Mum’s 70th.

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 faced with a formally set table, flowers, gift, champagne and the […]

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Why we all should celebrate IWD2017.

On this International Women’s Day, I’d like to share some thoughts based on my experience as a woman living and working in Australia today. All of us, men and women, should be celebrating the great, acknowledging the challenges and working towards respect and equality. I hope that the men in your life have felt included, […]

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Summer in Newie

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 temperature gauge says […]

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Life.

Today my little girl and I attended the funeral of her teacher Katie-Jane Day. If you’re reading this and you don’t know me, my family or my daughter’s teacher, these words will likely wash over you. You might feel a pang of regret at hearing of a funeral so close to Christmas. You may be […]

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The simple things.

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 need for that […]

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Self-doubt, being special & this blog.

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 sound arrogant or […]

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Have courage.

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 in that captured […]

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